CHRISTINE ABBATE // PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER NEW YORK // BLENDNEWYORK INC.
Ten years ago, I picked up a digital camera because I could not afford to hire a professional photographer for an ecommerce project I was launching. I never would have guessed it would lead me to a passion I still have. Even though the blendnewyork website is no longer selling women’s fashion and art from New York City designers, I am forever grateful because it led me to where I am today.
I work with individuals from all backgrounds and professions to create images that are complimentary and believable. It’s so much better (in my opinion) to take a portrait photo of someone naturally smiling or finding an expression on their face that is truly themselves, rather than taking a photo of someone faking an emotion.. I think most people, whether aware of it or not, can see and feel innately if a portrait of someone is really showing who they are or a “posed” persona of themselves. Now, posing isn’t terrible, it’s needed in many other situations. However, when it comes to portraiture, getting the real self of someone, shot in such a small clip of time, is what drives my creativity towards portraits. I pride myself on being able to capture life’s memorable moments and am grateful to be included in so many creative projects.