30 April 2012

Our 20 x 24 Polaroid Portrait


Here it is....our photo from the legendary 20x24 Polaroid camera.  We felt so fortunate to get our portrait taken.  And I must say it took our breath away when we saw it seconds after it was taken - simply because the detail is unreal.  I just love looking at Danny's kind expression.  Every time I look at it, I think, "That's Danny" and I am reminded of how I felt the first time I saw him - he just exuded so much kindness and warmth.  That camera just captures so much.

We'll be getting this framed for our anniversary, which is right around the corner.  And I guess one day our kids will have the option of schlepping around a big poster size photo of their parents.  :)

Here's the camera and the studio managers, who happen to be associates of mine from one of my past jobs....

Photo by Evan Kafka
This is the very same camera used by Andy Warhol, Lucas Samaras, David Levinthal, Chuck Close, etc.  (Crazy!)  It was built by Polaroid in the 70s and then when they closed in 2008, a small group rescued the camera and the large format film stock and opened 20×24 Studio in New York.

Currently the camera is also being used to photograph celebs and filmmakers who come to the New York Film Society at Lincoln Center.  [While our photograph was drying, we just may have been able  to watch the next photo shoot....which happened to be with Alec Baldwin.] 

Have a great day, everyone!

Mara 

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25 comments:

  1. i would have loved to seen that monster camera. pic is fantastic!

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  2. That's amazing. And I know you don't encourage envy around here, but I'm completely jealous. Yes, jealous that you got your picture taken by that camera and jealous that you both look so amazing for a one-time shot kind of deal.

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    1. Miggy - Oh man - we just got lucky. We were relieved neither of us blinked.

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  3. You look so gorgeous in this picture Mara. I might need to fly out to NY just to get a photo like that taken with my hubby.

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  4. Fantastic photo. This will be cherished by your children's children!

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  5. this is gorgeous! that would have been so much fun, i am glad we can all live through you! :)

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  6. Beautiful! How did you get this opportunity? Can any one have a shoot? I'd love to do this!

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    1. Jen - I used to work for the owner of the camera. But, anyone can call the studio and make an appointment for a portrait. I hate to tell you this part though: The price is $2,200 (yikes, I know.) That price does include up to (4) portraits and a 2-hour photo shoot.

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    2. yikes is right! but still its amazing! I'm sure the time and film and people are expensive... it is really incredible! you are a lucky duck!

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  7. How cool! And how fun that you can say you have such a unique picture :)
    That is one seriously large camera, and your photo turned out beautifully!

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  8. WOW! What a stunning portrait! And I love the story behind it. Your kids & grandkids are going to love it someday!

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  9. I just love this Mara - it's modern and old-fashioned all at the same time. Beautiful! xo

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  10. Mara, this is incredible. I love it.

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  11. Mara, this is so amazing!! What a beautiful photo of you two! xo

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  12. It's beautiful, Mara! I'm sure you remember that Chris and I got one a few years ago. It turned out well, too. That camera is amazing, and it was such a fun experience.

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    1. Scarlett - I would love to see your photo! I was so glad you guys got to do that...

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  13. Mara,

    What an awesome experience and work of art to have! I am so curious to see one in real life now after you mentioned the amazing detail it has. Portraits, whether they are photographs or paintings are some of my very favorite things to collect. p.s. and you two look great! :)xo

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  14. Wow! You guys are so lucky. What an amazing photograph.

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  15. Wow amazing. Koefed super models as always. Way to go!! I love this.

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  16. That really is amazing. I'd love to get one of those done! Although my husband and I usually need a few outtakes to get a great picture. Ha!

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