The theme for this wedding was football and this was represented in various ways throughout the day. There was also a pretty lengthy shot list in which we were going to shoot the wedding party in several football formations and situations in a planned outdoor location. Mother nature put here two cents in and derailed those plans and most of the shot list was thrown out the window as a result. This is why the first image in this post is so significant.
The show must go on and although plans were changed, we still had an awesome day!
This week’s images are from the same shoot as the silhouette images from last week. As I mentioned, we shot 95% of the images from the rooftop terrace of this apartment building, which had some incredible views. I wanted to incorporate some significant NYC views into the shoot as best I could. I even shot them while we took a break to warm up a bit.
Sometimes it takes time for a child to warm up to the stranger with the big camera. If you don’t have an opportunity to photograph a child before the formal portraits, and they are either shy or just do not want to have their photo taken, it may not turn out good. One very important thing I learned about photographing people in general is that there is just as much work that goes into building relationships as actually taking pictures and are often done at the same time. By that I mean simply getting to know people and more importantly, letting them get to know you and feel comfortable with you.
This beautiful young lady was as shy as can be when I arrived at the home where the bride was getting prepared. I introduced myself and went about setting up my camera. I tried not to move around too much as to intimidate her. I sat close to my equipment bag and was testing some shots inside the den where the wedding dress was hanging. The sunlight was pouring in through the windows, so I was testing for a good exposure on the dress where I would not blow out the highlights or underexpose from the sunlight. I then opened up a third stop to better expose for skin tones because I wanted to be ready to grab a shot of her, which I knew would be quick.
I turned around to see what she was up to. She was peeking her head out from the kitchen watching everything I was doing. I told her I liked her tiara and asked if I could take her picture because she looked so beautiful. She nodded yes and quickly ducked right back into the kitchen. When she peeked her head back out, I was already focused and ready to snap the shot that literally lasted about a half a second. I smiled and said “I got you”. I then asked her if she would like to see the photo. She smiled and nodded yes again as she came over to look at the back of my camera. I told her again how beautiful she looked and wouldn’t you know it, she followed me around and modeled for me for the next 20 minutes. When it came time for the formals, she was my best subject (next to the bride, of course).
More like images of the week, this week I’m cheating a bit, but they are all from the same session. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to choose just one. If I could, I would post an entire image gallery each week, but that would be way too many photos to insert into the blog post.
This year, I have been fortunate to be busy and having so much fun doing what I do. Although I have a pretty decent web presence, I owe a lot to my friends and family who have endorsed my work this past year, because I know it’s because they believe in me. I am more confident than ever before because I do what I believe is right. I have listened to every professional in the business say that the most difficult thing as a photographer is try to be different than everyone else out there. The way I approached that theory is simply to not try to copy everyone out there so that I am not the same. This gives me the freedom to be instinctive and approach each shoot with a clear mind while not following a fixed shot list each time out. If that were the case, all of my images would look the same and this would eventually become boring.
Well, off to work. Enjoy the weekend and thanks for checking in.
I was contacted by Rose last November. She had been engaged for under a week and wanted to schedule an engagement shoot. At this point, they have not yet set a date, secured a venue or anything. First things first; let’s get the engagement documented. The girl knows what she wants and I like where here priorities are at.
I was extremely flattered to hear that she found me from researching the internet. She not only found my website and images, but she also dug up some testimonials from previous clients and made it a point to let me know she heard nothing but good things. It’s nice to hear. Most of my business comes from referrals by word of mouth, so it’s nice when people find me from other means.
We scheduled the shoot and it was awesome. We walked around Argyle Lake in Babylon Village for about an hour and a half until the sun set. I got to know them together for a little while and they immediately felt comfortable in front of my camera. We took some candid shots along with a few fun staged pictures and we kept shooting until we used up every bit of available light.
Almost two months later after delivering the engagement pictures, I receive a phone call from Rose asking to book the wedding date. They were happy with the engagement photos and since we had a successful trial run, we stuck together for the wedding. Rose and Vinny were married a little over a month ago and everyone had an awesome time at the De Seversky Mansion to celebrate.
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.
As someone who maintains and designs his own website, I am always looking for ways to improve my sites delivery of visual content and ease of use. I want to provide a professional presentation for my images, which is also functional in handling the volume for many visitors. Oh yeah, and it needs to be flexible enough to modify if I change my mind and feel like overhauling the design. Not too much to ask, right? It is when you are hosting your own images.
6 years ago, I incorporated a photo-hosting service to my site and it was one of the best business decisions I could have made. With this, I could still design the landing page and any other informational pages from scratch, but photo hosting would be handled by the experts. It provided my clients with private, password-protected galleries and a nice viewing experience while allowing them the added luxury of ordering prints and products with secure e-commerce. It also provided my business with a professional web presence for my portfolio and handles album photo selections and connects me with the client through each image. This was Huge!
I have had all this in place now for a while, so the improvements I focus on now are strictly geared towards presentation and web presence. I work hard to create beautiful imagery and I want the best presentation for my images. After all, my web site is my primary portfolio and the first place most people see my images if they are considering hiring me. I have toyed around with a couple of different designs for my portfolio page, such as image thumbnails and slideshows with music. What I really want is a page that takes into account the orientation and dimensions of each individual image and displayed them in such a way that they could all exist on one page and still be neat. I think I have finally found it.
I included links below to both my new and old portfolio pages, which presently coexist. I plan to make the decision by the end of the week to deploy the new site or not. If I decide to deploy the new site, it will take over my existing portfolio domain and the old one will be gone.
All opinions are appreciated, and thanks for checking in!
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.