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Belle  Photographer / Storyteller Raising three kids in the East Village Embracing the chaos, finding the magic New Yorker always & forever 💕

She wore a pink gown and he wore silver shoes. The wildly overgrown garden was draped in sheets of white muslin. In the middle of her vows the sky crackled and opened up, drenching the guests, the flower bushes, the whole city. But instead of letting it silence her, she spoke louder, declaring her love over the storm. And when at last it stopped, the guests, all standing now huddled between puddles, cheered uproariously. The couple kissed. A huge rainbow appeared in the sky. And all was perfect.

"There's a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we've left it.” -Colum McCann

Little sisters make the best muses.

The one day of year when for a fantastical passing moment, the horizon outside matches that of my dreams. #fourthofjuly

I was recently asked what career advice I would give my younger self, and after much deliberation I finally settled on an answer: ladies and gentlemen, size doesn't matter. If I had a nickel for every time I've rolled up to a shoot with a couple of tiny, well-loved cameras in my bag and utterly confused an industry which oddly sizes everyone up by the flashiness of their gear, well I'd probably be that annoying weirdo in the city who perpetually pays for everything with piles of nickels.

Don't get me wrong, I love my DSLR, but it rarely comes out of the bag these days. There's just something about the tangible experience of clicking dials and rings into place that speaks to my creative soul in a way that a million screens and buttons simply can't. And there's something in the way I seem to connect with my subjects when the intimidation of a huge camera is removed that allows an honesty, a truth, to shine through. For me anyway.

And so my advice is not that it doesn't matter what you shoot on, but quite the opposite: find the camera that excites you, that feels RIGHT in your hands, that lets your creations match up with the vision in your head, whether it's old, new, film, digital, or an iPhone. Be okay with being that girl who shows up to work with lipstick and a smile and an unassuming little camera around her neck. Rock your style. Own your process. And when people mistake your unconventional exterior for harmlessness, be polite and keep on shooting on your Trojan horse of a camera. Because when the images on the other side ooze soul and magic, the world will notice. They always do.

Flew overnight to the weird wild land of Los Angeles to direct a project for @louisvuitton and @supremenewyork . Desperately in need of sleep. And about 10 lbs of California tacos. ❤️

It's evenings out on the stoop watching little toes run through broken fire hydrants, deliberately busted open by the firehouse down the block because we may not have yards or pools, but we do have one another- eight million of us to be exact- feverishly clustered together in what we call a city, but what feels more like a thousand tiny villages. It's the endearingly crazy neighbors across the hall who stop over for iced coffee every day. It's the way the hustle of the streets slows way down for a couple of months, quieting the noise just long enough to hear the guitar of the street musician on the corner drift up through your windows. It's a poem. It's a song. It's summer in the city, and it's finally here. #bellesnyc

I learned a new word today that I think I've been searching for since the day she was born:
Fernweh: German / n. / the call of faraway places; homesickness for the unknown.

There was a big high wall there
that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property
But on the back side it didn't say nothing
This land was made for you and me

Mama said there'll be days like this...

She's a goddess and her name is Niurka ✨ #portraitsbybelle

Today someone asked where she was from and she very matter-of-factly replied, "Well I was born here, but I'm actually half New Yorker and half mermaid." Sounds about right. #film / 📷 @yanpalmer

After the rain. Barefoot. As you do. #LevonSparrow

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