Well this year is certainly flying by. Last weekend was Jason and Eliza’s wedding at AURORA in Brooklyn and it was nice to have a city wedding as a change of pace from my last wedding at the beach. They did their first look at the William Vale hotel and we stopped for a quick portrait session at Domino Park before we got the venue for the ceremony. I was so excited when they told me the had rented a vintage taxi cab for photos since I have only had a few other couples do that and it always adds such a unique touch to the photos.
The food was incredible and included hand made pasta, fresh fish, and a mix of delicious desserts (my favorite being the chocolate cake with pistachio gelato). We had great weather all day and everyone ate and danced to their heart’s content. I am gearing up for my last wedding of the fall tomorrow and will be back soon with another blog post for that one. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather that we are having!
Welcome back! I have been so busy this fall that I completely forgot to make a post about Carolynn and Casey’s wedding from the end of the summer. They got married right on the water in Scituate, Massachusetts and we could not have had a more perfect day. The weather was great and they had a New England seafood boil with full lobsters and steamer clams for dinner. Not to mention some of the best clam chowder I have ever had at cocktail hour.
They also had their dog there for the ceremony, which I am always a fan of. It was nothing but good vibes and good food all day with music, corn hole, and of course a whole lot of love. We had a beautiful colorful sunset to end the day and the sky really put on a show for us. I have some editing to do for my fall weddings but check back soon for another post and gallery. Thanks!
I hope everyone had a great summer and is enjoying the nice cool temperatures we are getting in the Northeast as Fall approaches. I just finished having my website redesigned and am able to update this blog again. Last month I had an engagement shoot with some great clients at a local Botanical Garden.
We started an hour before sunset to give us more chances of finding shady spots with nice flat lighting. There were still some nice pockets of golden hour light, so it was perfect and I had plenty of options when editing afterwards. We had time for an outfit change and found some nice spots while making our way around the gardens to all of the locations I had planned out beforehand.
I mainly shot on the Canon 5DSR that I recently purchased and this was only the second time I have used it aside from a trip to Tennessee my wife and I took earlier in the summer. I am very impressed with the image quality on the 50MP sensor especially when cropping in post production. Since the ISO capabilities are where this new workhorse lacks, I always carry my Canon 5DIII with me as well. For this shoot I was using the Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 and the Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8 for portraits. I always use my Canon 100mm 2.8 macro for the engagement ring shots. While I love my full-frame setup and have been using it for close to a decade now, I think I may have to switch to mirrorless for this upcoming wedding season. I have some more editing to do from recent weddings and events so check back soon for more. Thanks!
It was great to be back at Perona Farms the other weekend as Brittany and Johnny’s wedding photographer! My wife and I were married there back in 2019 in the barn as well, so I had plenty of spots in mind for portraits. Unfortunately, we had a very rainy day but that did not stop our couple and guests one little bit. Everyone was in the best mood all day and the wedding party and family were great to work with and very easy-going for group photos. The couple even had the same DJ as we did for our wedding, the always fantastic Danny C Entertainment. Danny had the dance floor full even before the first course came out; guests of all ages were out there having a blast. The bride and Groom’s son andrew stole the show on the dance floor as he was breaking it down with the rest of the kids and the adults alike. It was so great to have back-to-back wedding weekends again and I am looking forward to working with the rest of my couples for 2021 as we navigate through these times that have made events as a whole an uncertainty. I love being back out there with my gear and capturing these special moments that my client’s can treasure forever. Congratulations Brittany and Johnny and cheers to a happy and prosperous rest of 2021!
A huge shoutout to all of my couples who had weddings booked for 2020 and have had to reschedule; I am so glad that were able to find dates and work together this year! Last weekend I photographed Tom and Kylie’s Wedding at Minerals Resort in Vernon, NJ to kick off my first wedding of 2021. I have been to the venue in the past and had a great time as a guest, so I was excited to work there as a photographer as well and be on the other end of the lens. We got lucky with an overcast day for photos and a perfect temperature for an outdoor wedding. The spot we chose for first look had wisteria hanging from the lattice and ivy along the walls which made for some great photos, then we stopped at a few other spots for portraits before making our way back for the ceremony. We were able to get all of the bride and groom portraits, family, and group photos done before cocktail hour which is always the goal so the bride and groom can enjoy the rest of their evening while I swoon over the photos from the portrait session. Their band put on such a great show as well, coming out on the dance floor with the guests and showcasing the talented drummer with an awesome solo to kick off the night. I could not have asked for a better couple, venue, and group of family members and guests to work with. I am currently gearing up for another wedding this coming Sunday at Perona Farms, which happens to be where my wife and I got married so Holy nostalgia. Let the wedding season begin!
Last weekend I had the pleasure of capturing another couple’s engagement in New Jersey. Matt proposed to Chelsea at their home and had the entire deck decorated with a rose petal trail leading from the garage. He even had bandannas made for the dogs and put out all of their old cards from the years that he had saved. Guys, take notes! Seriously though, everything was perfect and the rain held off just long enough for us to get our photos in and even get some drone footage. Matt then had a surprise lunch at his and Chelsea’s favorite restaurant with all of their friends and families waiting so I hurried over there to get set up for group photos before she arrived. When you have love, friends, dogs, and good food, there’s really nothing that can go wrong. Here’s to the weather cooperating and to celebrating Matt and Chelsea! Congratulations guys!
The summer got the best of me and I am months late to this post but I still wanted to share. Back in June, I was hired by Cocktail Caravan Bar to attend a wedding they were working to get shots of the bride and groom enjoying some drinks as well as the newly renovated bar as well. The venue was Firefly farms in New Jersey and it was beautiful with the most perfect weather, we could not have asked for more. We had a short photoshoot before the event so I could get shots of all their delicious signature cocktails being constructed. at the event, the bartender Sam was working overtime to make sure everyone had a chance to try their drinks (I had to partake as well once I was off the clock). If you are ever looking for a safe and fantastic portable bar for any weddings or events, these guys are ones to call! You can see more at https://www.cocktailcaravanbar.com/. I am looking forward to working with them again at the next event and I promise I will try to better about updating this blog regularly. I hope everyone has been having a great summer!
It is a special thing to be able to photograph a couples proposal as well as be the photographer for their Engagement session. I was so glad that Alyssa and Mike had given me the opportunity for both and we had so much fun during their engagement session in Liberty State Park. While there were plenty of crowds around, we were able to get all of the shots I had in mind with a little bit of patience and careful framing. For their proposal, we just made it in time before a rain storm, but we had perfect weather for the Engagement session. They were open to all of my ideas and even braved some of the waves on the shore for one of my favorite spots near the Colgate clock. Thank you Alyssa and Mike for the opportunity and I wish you guys the best of luck! This has been such a busy summer with Engagement sessions and I would not have it any other way. I am looking forward to some upcoming weddings I have booked, especially those in the fall (my favorite season) with the foliage.
I was super excited when Brian told me that he and his fiance Kaela wanted to do their engagement photos in a more “outside the box” way. Them both being artists, I knew they would have some great ideas. We ultimately decided to spend the afternoon at Storm King Arts Center exploring the grounds and enjoying all of the artwork but we had even more fun creating some interesting images using the surrounding artwork. I think my favorite images from the set were from the mirrored fence but I was very happy with how they all came out. It was a great opportunity to spend the day at a place I have wanted to go for some time now with some really fun people. The artwork there is really impressive and there are acres of grounds to explore. Needless to say, I will certainly be back a few more times!
With summer right around the corner and all of the flowers in bloom, it was a perfect time for an engagement session at a Botanical Garden. When Doug and Diana were on board with the idea, we chose Ringwood Botanical Gardens because it was a short drive and I already had some shots in mind from previous sessions there. As you can tell from the photos, we had a lot of fun and laughed a ton. I included a lot more candid laughing shots than I normally do because they were all too good not to. I personally find the candid shots the most satisfying sometimes and it helps to create a more well rounded portfolio.
It is so important to have your clients be comfortable in front of the camera and it is your job to create an atmosphere where they can be themselves and truly let their emotions show. There is no substitute for that emotion and no way of replicating it in post production. It is such a delight to see that emotional connection between a couple while I am photographing them; it makes me so excited to start selecting and editing the final images for them. This is a skill acquired over time and I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge and experience with each coming session. It has been a busy spring already and I am looking forward to the summer sessions I already have booked!