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.
This is the first installment of my image of the week series on my blog and I hope to continue for a while. My blog has been all over the place with all the different material I have been shooting and I need to try and get a routine going to keep things in order. I like to shoot anything and everything. Even though I can most certainly be labeled a wedding photographer, I like to share other images throughout my experience.
Anyway, I thought a good way for me to bring some consistency to my blog is to do an image of the week post where I can post one image per week and say as little or as much as I would like to say about it. Hopefully others will join in and post their opinions to make this even more interesting. The image I choose can be of anything recent or old, but you can bet a majority will be wedding images.
I thought I would start with an image of a wedding I shot just this past weekend. The thing I love about this image is what it stands for. The couple actually did a grand exit from the wedding reception in a classic cadillac with the just married sign on the back. I did capture the full shot of the car with the sign, but the challenge here was to capture the last kiss through the bright glare in the back window, which lasted about a half a second before they were off. It was so classic and vintage. People just don’t do this anymore.
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.
One of my favorite images from a recent wedding. I had just caught up to this image while processing some of the 4,000 images taken on this day.
Finally some nice weather. Enjoy the weekend everyone.
When I am asked how I would label my general style of wedding and event photography, the answer is definitely documentary. Documentary photography is what most people know as called photojournalistic. Although the technique may resemble a photojournalistic style, I do not consider myself a photojournalist. When I am hired to photograph a wedding, my job is to visually document not just the motions, but the emotions.
It used to seem easy to me when I looked at great candid images on some website and I would say, I can take that picture. That’s easy, there is no complicated lighting or planning involved. Not it’s not! I don’t care what equipment you are using; if you see a moment that is already happening, by the time you bring your camera to your eye to compose, get in position for a good vantage point, focus in the low light and press the shutter, the moment is long gone.
The most important tool I use when documenting any event is anticipation. I have to keep my eyes wide open and anticipate everything about to happen so I am ready when it does.
I just launched a gallery dedicated to documentary images on my website here. This gallery will be completely overhauled by the end of this years busy wedding season along with the rest of my portfolio.
I hope you like!
Girlieann & Steven were married at the beautifully decorated Milleridge Inn.
I have purchased and designed several templates for picture presentation over the years. They include picture collage sets and digital mattes, holiday and thank you cards, and digital papers I use in my custom album design.
See my growing collection here.
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Had a nice engagement session with Angela & Mark this past weekend. I look forward to documenting their wedding. More images to follow….
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Peggy & Mike are two very cool people. I had such a great time documenting their wedding for them. The weather was perfect, the Harbor Links Golf Club is awesome, The Times Square Orchestra kicked ass and their family and friends kept the party going strong all night. You just could not help yourself from singing the words to every song they played. There were not many people sitting during this reception.
Congratulations you guys. I know you will have an awesome life together.
Wow, it has been a while since I last posted on my blog. It’s been very busy lately and I have been putting it off to get some boring business stuff done and keeping busy otherwise doing some awesome shoots and designing albums.
I thought I would post some pictures from an engagement shoot I did last weekend for a very cool couple. We started out at a place I love, Norm Levy Park in Merrick, NY and we ended up at……….Norm Levy Park. We actually never left the park and it was awesome.
Congratulations Angela & Mark!