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Image of the Week | Platinum Sunset

It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over. This summer was no doubt the busiest summer season I have had yet and things don’t really change gears from this point. School begins next week, kids sports and activities are in full swing and wedding season does not begin to slow down until November.

Portrait bookings are coming in for late summer/fall outdoor family shoots. This is actually the perfect time of year to shoot outdoors as the heat and haze of the summer does not dilute the skies true clarity and color saturation. I am shooting just as many outdoor sessions over the next few months and I am in-studio sessions here at home base.

For this weeks image, I wanted to post one of my favorite images from summer. It’s an image of the fire island lighthouse I took at sunset at the Fire Island National Seashore. As breathtaking as this image looks in color, I chose to have this printed on metallic paper in black & white due to the tasteful tones and contrast the image displays when the color is removed. It places more of the focus on the lighthouse in this composition, because the lighthouse itself is black and white.

I hope everyone had an awesome summer and I look forward to a very picturesque autumn season.

Congratulations Rose & Vinny!

It was great hanging out with these two just two weeks after their recent engagement. The engagement sessions are important to me because it gives me the chance to get to know the couple before the wedding. I get to put them in front of my camera before the big day.

Practice usually makes perfect!







Dorothy & Paul – Awesome Fire Island Wedding

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Dorothy and Paul,  a lovely couple from Virginia who had plans to get married here at the Fire Island Lighthouse. Dorothy is originally from Hawaii and Paul lived on Long Island years ago, but had never visited the lighthouse. The idea was to have an outdoor wedding by the beach and were both pretty excited when they found this spot.

Given the distance between their home and here, they did plan a couple of trips up to check out the venue and meet with a photographer. They found me while searching the internet for long island wedding photographers and noticed that I had covered weddings at the lighthouse before and also had some personal landscape images there as well. We met in person on their last trip up and they decided to hire me after we talked and looked at pictures and albums for almost two hours. I was praying that the weather would be awesome as I had so many ideas for images visioned in my head. I love to visit this place and it’s a home run every chance I have to go there.

They had a very personal and traditional Hawaiian ceremony planned where they both placed leis on all of their guests (including myself and the officiant) which was very cool. We’re not talking cheap paper leis either. They were made and flown in from Hawaii and were some of the most beautiful decorations I had ever seen.

Everything was perfect for this day and I am excited and honored to have been selected to document their special day.

Congratulations Dorothy and Paul!


– Mark