Category Archives: Photoshoots on location

Photoshoots on location by portrait photographer Petra Romano.

Chef, Health Coach and Yoga Teacher in One!

Brooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-1.jpg

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.

Brooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-2.jpgBrooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-3.jpgBrooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-4.jpg

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.

Brooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-8.jpg

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.

Brooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-5a.jpg

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.
 
Brooklyn-NYC-Headshot-Personal-Branding-Photographer-7.jpg

A Look into a Mind of a Pole Dancer

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-300.jpg

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. 

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-100.jpg

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.

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-500a.jpg

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. 

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-200.jpg

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

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-400-c24.jpg

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.

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-700-c19.jpg

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

Pole-Dancer-Portrait-Petra-Romano-Photography-600-c52.jpg

Yoga Instructor Headshots and Portraits • Brooklyn, NYC

Meredith is one of the most amazing and sweetest yoga instructors in Brooklyn, NYC.The photos below were taken on top of the roof. Why on top of the roof? Simply because that is exactly the place where the yoga classes take place (with Meredith teaching) whenever the weather allows it. Yes, I myself attend and love them. Enjoy the photos and remember to get in touch with me to schedule your photo session!

Petra-Romano-Photography-Yoga-Headshot-Portrait-NYC-050.jpgPetra-Romano-Photography-Yoga-Headshot-Portrait-NYC-150.jpgPetra-Romano-Photography-Yoga-Headshot-Portrait-NYC-100.jpgPetra-Romano-Photography-Yoga-Headshot-Portrait-NYC-300.jpgPetra-Romano-Photography-Yoga-Headshot-Portrait-NYC-350.jpg

Handsome Men and their Rescued Pets Pose for a 2015 Calendar

Recently I was part of an amazing project to help sheltered animals. Two NYC charities, Pillows for Paws and Grandpa Dave’s Creature Comforts, organized it. I photographed eight handsome men with their rescued pets (read dogs, cats and bunnies). I met such amazing animals as well as people. There is a heart-warming story behind each photo. Get your Tails of NYC RescueMen 2015 Calendar to learn the 12 inspirational stories of New York City men coming to the rescue of animals in need. And to own a calendar you are not going to let your eyes go off. The best part – your donation goes to the sheltered animals.

Here is a little sneak peek:

James_Pierce_III_0041.jpg
James A. Pierce III (Mr. May), Broadway triple-threat, and Nakia who found each other through Facebook.

 

Lorenzo_Borghese_0045.jpg
Italian Prince Lorenzo Borghese (Mr. January) and Thumper,  Norwegian Forest cat who is a polydactyl (he has 7 toes on each front paw and 6 on each rear paw.)

Have you ever donated/volunteered for a good cause? What was it?

 

A Girl with a Henna Tattoo

Nazz is one adorable girl. She is a makeup artist. But I guess you can easily tell from the photos! She did her own makeup and hair. And she looked glamorous!

Nazz_Rokonuddin_0014.jpg

Living in Maryland she visited New York City on a special occasion (wedding of her friend). And a special occasion calls for a special treat- gorgeous henna tattoo in this case. I am so glad I got a chance to celebrate it with her!

Nazz_Rokonuddin_0008.jpg

The photo session took place in Governor’s Island and the theme was “vintage”. Sound fun, right? Yes, it was!

c85-Nazz_Rokonuddin_collage.jpg

 

Snow White

c38-Petra-Romano-Boudoir-Beauty-Portrait-Photography-Snow-White-1a.jpg
This girl has a very special place in my heart. We share a life-long friendship and I will always see the beautiful innocence in her. It took some time to get a chance to photograph her (she lives in Europe.) However, it was worth the waiting. Don’t you just love the combination of her porcelain skin with her dark hair?

c28-Petra-Romano-Boudoir-Beauty-Portrait-Photography-Snow-White-3a.jpgc60-Petra-Romano-Boudoir-Beauty-Portrait-Photography-Snow-White-2a.jpgc86-Petra-Romano-Boudoir-Beauty-Portrait-Photography-Snow-White-4a.jpg

In the Middle of the Field…

c90-Petra-Romano-Lifestyle-Portrait-Photography-Field-1a.jpg

… somehow, everything seems to be more romantic…

Petra-Romano-Lifestyle-Portrait-Photography-Field-2a.jpgPetra-Romano-Lifestyle-Portrait-Photography-Field-3a.jpgPetra-Romano-Lifestyle-Portrait-Photography-Field-4a.jpg