Author Archives: Petra Romano

Petra Romano is a portrait photographer located in New York City taking timeless photos that show off the beauty, style and personality of people.

Plandid, Candid and Posed Portraits • Brooklyn, NYC Lifestyle, Website, Headshot and Boudoir Photographer

Have you heard about the “plandids” yet? People started to go crazy for these types of photos on the Instagram. Honestly, it seems so funny to me. Why? Because in a way I have been doing exactly these kind of images for a really long time now. And it never occurred to me to call them plandids. I simply call them candid/lifestyle photos. And they are pretty much my signature, specialty. But I use a bit different technique than the one described in the article.
So, how do I achieve this style of images? I do not make my clients repeat one action over and over and over. There are only certain things I direct, the rest is leaving freedom to the person being photographed. This way I capture the real personalities. For example I point to a location that would be perfect for a certain action suggesting the client to walk towards me, look to the side or give me a fun spin around. And there IS a lot of action going on during the session. This is to achieve a variety of shots. I know you all need them for your social media. They all need to have a different feel too. Yes, I’m talking to you, small business owners, entrepreneurs and other professionals – you especially need to show yourself on your website and social media as your potential clients are always curious who is behind the brand. This is a great way to connect with the right potential clients. The images need to be personal but not forced, creative and real in the same time.
The variety created during the boudoir session is excellent for telling a story. The one we print in a form of the Signature Album, the most loved specialty product.
 
So, do I ever take those beautiful/posed portraits? Yes, I do. Those classic portraits are the ones that are used for profile photos. Or, in the case of boudoir, these end up framed on the desk of the partner.
 
Leave a comment below or email me letting me know how you feel about the plandids. Is it something you would like to achieve for your social media or private use? If you answered yes, let’s set you up with a photo session. Call or email me to schedule your photo shoot.  I would love to work with you as this is exactly what I love to achieve in the photos and what I strongly believe in.

Personal Branding Photo Session for Communications Consultant for Entrepreneurs • Brooklyn, NYC Website and Blog Photographer

Anybody else starting to feel more alive and full of energy now that the spring came? You should take an advantage of it. Now is the time to sit down and plan and more importantly execute!

I always wanted to update my website and make it more useful and productive. But to be honest I’m not super good at writing. Deep down I knew I needed a help. That’s when I met Amanda! And I knew this was it, this was what I’ve been waiting for. 

Amanda Berlin is a communications consultant for entrepreneurs. I asked her a few questions, see below.

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Amanda, communications consultant for entrepreneurs is a mouth-full! What does it exactly mean? 

I help entrepreneurs who are running soul-powered businesses articulate who they are and what they do. I help them write web copy, tell their story, and spread their message in the media. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Can you tell an example when you helped one of the entrepreneurs and how it benefited her/him? 

I have helped my clients get featured in magazines and newspapers as well as online on podcasts and blogs. One of my favorite examples is of a client who is an activist for humans and reproductive rights. We got her a big feature in the feminist publication Bustle right around the time of International Women’s Day.

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

My clients and the people I talk to on my podcast provide the most inspiration. I find it so useful to interact with people who I can help so I can learn more about how I can help others like them. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Anything new coming up for you? Something we can all look forward to?

I am launching a new service called Empowered Publicity, where I work with clients one on one to find their media opportunities and build a foundation for their brand. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

If you could give one advise to my readers, entrepreneurs, what would that be? 

Think about what you have to teach to various audiences and then find media outlets that will offer you those opportunities. 

You have something important to say, you have stories to tell, you have something that someone out there needs…you don’t have to wait until you have the perfect website or everything figured out before you start putting yourself out there.

Where can we learn more about you? 

Amandaberlin.com and pitch.school

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Sexy, Flirty, Beautiful • Brooklyn, NYC Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman
Mrs J. came for a mini boudoir photoshoot and she rocked it! It’s the confidence that makes us sexy, remember? Yes, yes, yes, of course she was nervous when she got to the Brooklyn studio… just like everybody else! But once we started photographing she relaxed and had fun.

 

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

A few days after the photoshoot (during our in-person consult) I learned Mrs J.’s age and remained stunned. She is 49 years old. Isn’t she just gorgeous? And I love her spirit too.

 

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

I have been photographing boudoir of women of any age (18 and older) and any shape. I love when they decide to celebrate themselves. How would YOU like to celebrate yourself? Boudoir? Glamour? Fitness? Outdoors fun lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below. Or email me: petra@photobypetra.com!

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

Girly Gala Glitz and Glam Event • Brooklyn Glamour Photographer

I just want to say: Brooklyn ladies, you rock! You all were gorgeous and it was hard to pick only a few of you for this blog post. Did I photograph you and you don’t see your photo below? Click the link at the end of the post to see all the images.

Would you like to have your own photoshoot? Get in touch with me!

Enjoy! And yes, I included the Hunky Men too ;-)

To see all the images click here!

Miss J. smiled at me: “I felt like a different person the next day” • Brooklyn NYC Boudoir Photographer

Miss J. is a gorgeous 40-something year old woman who wanted to celebrate her body and beauty. Recently divorced she feels stronger and more confident than ever. And I loved her for that. We experimented with different looks, but the afro hair is my personal most favorite. She looks elegant and gorgeous the most. Don’t you agree?

 

Miss J. chose the amazing 12×12 inches Signature Album (see the album below) and added a Metal Wall Artwork too.

 

Are you ready to shine for your boudoir or glamour photos? Drop a line to me. 

 

Chef, Health Coach and Yoga Teacher in One!

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Arianna Sertoli is a triple threat: clever chef, knowledgeable health coach and patient yoga teacher. She is a very warm person and easy to talk to. I asked her a little more about what she does and what inspires her. See the mini interview lower.

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Arianna, tell me exactly what do you do and what inspires you?

I am an Italian enthusiast woman living in the hectic New York City, owning my business as a private chef, health coach and yoga teacher. I live in Brooklyn and I spread my love around.

To start as a private chef this entails that I cook a lot, the kitchen is my sanctuary. I organize supper clubs in various locations to debunk the idea that healthy food is not tasty. I bring healthy farm to table, local and homemade to the table. I also believe that at home you should learn how to cook and make simply meals for you and your family to stay healthy and happy. Here is where I come into, and teach you how to make this happen.

As an health coach I work with man, women and young adult and focus on making changes to fit their mental and physical goal trough different methods. Everything is custom fit. Since we are all different and one diet doesn’t fit all.

I include yoga in my practice because I believe is a great way to bring movement to the body and there are many practices to learn and keep our mind calm. In today’s world we are always pushed with many worries and stresses with meditation we can clear our mind and become more focus, and with yoga movement we can strengthen the body is a more elegant and ligneous way then simply lifting weights.

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My guess is that as as a health coach you suggest incorporating a lot of vegetables and fruits in your clients’ dishes. What do you personally prefer – vegetable or fruit?

I love all kind of mother earth fruits and vegetables. As a fruit I love summer ones, peaches, berries, watermelon or apricots, as veggies the leafy greens are delicious to me, as well as I adore pumpkins of any kinds and summer zucchini.

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What is your favorite dish?

I love fish and anything that goes with it is a winner for me. I am also a lover of guacamole (is so simple to make and good for you!)

 

What are you most excited about right now?

My Book coming out this summer! It took sometime to get the courage to do it and finally everything is falling into place. I wrote a in season cooking and yoga book that will bring you back to the simplicity of a healthy home cooked meal, as well as few yoga poses to make you feel open, relax and ready to embrace each season.

 

What’s your favorite quote?

Once a year go somewhere you have never been before -Dalai Lama-

 

When do you feel your most beautiful?

When I am next to my husband, when I do what I love, or simply when my skin has that golden tan color from the summer.
 
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Second Boudoir Shoot with Ms A. and Her Thoughts

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Ms. A came for her second boudoir shoot with me. It’s always fun to see the client second time as we know each other a bit better and the flow is even easier. I asked her to give me her feedback. Here is what she wrote:

“It’s never easy to take your clothes off in front of anyone for me, but with Petra I always feel comfortable. She’s really good at giving direction so you’re not just wondering whether or not the picture is good or will turn out right. I like working with Petra because I know the images will be perfect, retouched tastefully and always beautiful. I definitely would recommend anyone wanting a tasteful boudoir shoot to work with Petra because your images will be something you can be proud of. “

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A Look into a Mind of a Pole Dancer

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You guys, who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, may remember the photo of a pole dancer. I wanted to share with you more than just the photo because Samantha is super inspirational and as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. She is a pole dancer, a personal trainer and a student finishing up her prerequisite courses to apply for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. And she teaches pole dancing too. Busy lady!

I asked her a few questions to find out how and why she started pole dancing and how it makes her feel. 

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How long have you been pole dancing and why did you start?

We’re approaching about a year and a half ago now that I started pole dancing. One of my closest friends, Jackie, invited me to come to a class with her just as a way to switch up our workout routines. I took one class and didn’t go back for fear of getting “too muscular.” I had NO idea that pole would change my life shortly after. My friend convinced me to come back and give it another try. I did my first invert during that class–which for a beginner is a big deal–and for the first time felt the “high” that is well known to pole dancers. From that point on I was hooked.

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How does the pole dancing make you feel?

Pole has opened so many mental doors for me. For one, it has opened my eyes to a beauty outside of traditional standards. As I said, I originally ran from pole because I didn’t want to get too muscular or “manly” looking. I struggled for a while with the changes that my body went through as I grew stronger– I felt inadequate at times as a woman. But over time I’ve come to find such power in the strength that my physique conveys. It is my badge of honor that I’ve overcome both the physical and mental challenges that pole dancing has presented to me. 

But the most important part of pole for me is its ability to bring me to the present. I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. The ONLY time that my mind is quiet and at peace–the only time that I’m in the present moment–is when I’m on the pole. It is my form of meditation. It has given me the strength to make it through some of the lowest points in my life. 

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What would you say to the those who are thinking about starting pole dancing?

Just start. And keep coming. Pole is one of those sports that tells you “no” over and over again. It requires strength and grace, and it can be quite painful. But the feeling you get when you defy it and conquer a trick makes it all worth it. It’s truly an indescribable feeling. I can guarantee you will discover an inner strength in yourself that you never imagined existed

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Those of you, who would like to join Samantha’s pole dancing class in Brooklyn, NY, she teaches at the Flatbush Loft (where these photos were taken). Or shoot her an email for private lessons.

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Now, I would love to know what is YOUR form of meditation and what makes YOUR mind at peace?

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Over 50-Years-Old Fierce Woman Found a Perfect Gift for Herself • Brooklyn NYC Boudoir Photographer

The enquiry stated she is about to get married and wants a gift for her fiance. Somehow I immediately imagined 20-30 year old girl. Boy, was I wrong. Mrs I. is a proud 50 something year old power woman. We set up the date for her boudoir photoshoot and I guided her through the entire process from getting ready for the shoot to what to expect on the shoot date. It was a week before the photoshoot I got a panicky phone call. It is very natural women get so nervous right before the big day. I talked her through and in no time the shoot day arrived. 

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Mrs I. came in blushed and humbled but warmed up as soon as she sit in the makeup seat. The whole session was such a blast! Ms I. found her confidence and she was unstoppable. Her words still ring in my ears–If I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it. Well, guess what, we are planning a second shoot that may not be boudoir, but hey, we need to frame her fur babies too. And maybe even her husband ;-) 

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See what Ms I. said about her shoot here.

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Romantic Couples Boudoir Photo Shoot • Brooklyn Intimate Photographer

Ms A. came to me with a wonderful concept for her and her boyfriend’s shoot. The words she used were: black-and-white pictures, bed scene, romantic. That’s all I needed, really.
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And at some point we had to leave the bed.
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Tell me, how would you like to be photographed with your special one?