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Image of the Week | Mr. & Mrs.

Occasionally the bride and groom will bring their own props to incorporate into a few of the images on their wedding day. I notice this happening more and more lately, probably from a wealth of these images flooding the internet through facebook, pinterest or instagram. This is great because it tells me they care about the message the images express, which is always one of my priorities. It also provides me with an opportunity to come up with fun ways to incorporate the props.

Image of the Week | The Wedding Singer

This weeks image is one that is almost impossible to figure out the context unless you are actually familiar with the subject. This gentleman happens to be the lead singer of a kick-ass wedding band named The Times Square Orchestra. The message this image conveys for me is this; If the singer of the band at your wedding puts on a Michael Jackson glove and starts singing Billy Jean, there’s a chance the bride and groom may want to remember that.

Image of the Week | Maid of Honor

I have been working so much these last 8 weeks, and have looked through 20,000 photographs from recent weddings and portrait sessions. Besides a perfect portrait, the images that stand out most for me are the documentary captures that I position and wait for. Capturing an evocative and timeless moment that isn’t staged is very rewarding. No words necessary to describe what the person is thinking at that very moment. It says it all.

This moment was one that I anticipated, and having spent some time with both the bride and maid of honor before the ceremony, I was certain to capture it. The maid of honor and best man were positioned opposite the bride and groom on the alter, which was a cool setup because they did not have to turn around to see each other. They caught eye contact during the ceremony just as they were about to begin exchanging vows and there it was.

I Do

Preparation coverage can be very interesting because I document all the little details that the bride and groom have chose to include in their special day.

Beautiful Wedding Day

Just a sneak peak at the wedding from this past weekend. We were blessed with such a beautiful day and we all had an awesome time. I grabbed some from the batch as I skimmed through quickly and decided to post just a few. There is still a lot of work to be done as this was a very long day and a lot of pictures to go through.

I am going to be very busy through the next few months, but I will definitely find some time to post some pictures with a little blurb at the very least.

Congratulations Angela & Mark!

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– Mark

Wedding Photojournalism

I met with a client recently and they were blown away with the amount of photojournalistic pictures that were made at the wedding reception. These moments are as natural as it gets. It appears that I am right in front of the subject when these images are taken, but that is not the case. I do not want the subject aware of my presence when I am shooting these images. If they were aware, the emotions would not look natural. When I approached the bride and groom at the end of the reception to say goodbye and one last congratulations, she looked at me in surprise and said “I honestly thought you left”.

That’s the way it should be. I’m going to post some different photojournalistic images over the next couple of weeks as I update my portfolio with some of my more recent images.

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Thanks,

– Mark

 

Wedding Portraits

I will always will be a student of photography. I look at pictures all the time, because I enjoy and appreciate them. And most of the time, I am not even looking at wedding pictures, because it’s not inspiring to recreate something that has already been done. To me, looking at pictures helps me look a scene as if it were a picture, so I can see the results before I snap the shutter. It’s not cool to constantly follow someone else’s work or always work from a preconceived shot list. It’s important to be different and it’s difficult to do this without trying.

Many photogs tend to get into a routine where every shot looks the same. Every bride and groom are standing the same, or every bridal party looks like it was posed the same way. That works for some people and that is totally fine, but if you can’t challenge yourself to be different on the spot, then your creativity may go stale. It’s easy to bring contact sheets with you and simply shoot through the notes, but when a situation forces you to be different, now you have to think. If everyone shot the same way, choosing a photographer would be as simple as going with the best price.

Two very important factors to consider when trying to recompose or recreate an  already accomplished shot: People do not all look the same (features, posture, etc.), and the scenery is almost always different. When it comes to portraits, I always include soft close up images into the mix, but most of my compositions will include something in the background or foreground to reveal the subjects surroundings. And for me, that usually means outdoors. somewhere in the sweet spot of a beautiful landscape.

 

Occasionally, the weather prevents me form working outside and we are forced to move indoors, but the bride and groom chose the venue because of the beautiful landscape. It’s unfortunate, but there are always opportunities to get good images and when you are hired to do a job and deal with these situations, it is always my main priority to try and kill it. Envision possibilities and work with what you have. Move some furniture or use a mirror to expand a really tight space. The last thing I want to do is present the images to the couple and blame my lack of production on Mother Nature. There are no do overs!

– Mark

Congratulations Lauren & David

I photographed a wedding recently at the beautiful Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson. As with every event I document, I visited the location beforehand to scout indoor and outdoor photo locations. I always need to be prepared for both good and bad weather, because you never really know what Mother Nature’s mood will be the day of your wedding.

We were able to capture a few pictures outside by the water, but it started to rain about 7 minutes in. Once the rain started falling, everyone scattered back to the hotel with their umbrellas already handy. Since I happen to carry photographic umbrellas with me as part of my gear, I had an idea to create a “kissing in the rain” photo in front of the hotel’s entrance. The rain actually stopped for a few minutes as the bride and groom assume positions, but it still turned out cool. The back-lit scene would have made the rain drops very clear in the frame if it were still raining. I secured one of my lights underneath the umbrella to light them from the top. I knew I needed to light them somehow, as it was dark out at this point and basic off-camera flash did not seem adventurous enough for me. I grabbed some great photos throughout the day and was very pleased with the result due to being prepared.

I had a meeting with the bride and groom this past weekend to go through their wedding photos with them. I always have the bride and groom come by the house to view all the wedding photos because I enjoy seeing their reactions to the images. It’s the icing in the cake.

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– Mark