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.
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!
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!
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!
It was a pretty nice day for an early March wedding on Long Island. I’m happy the young newlyweds had good weather. The ceremony was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon, which is close to home and the reception continued at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst. Although, a bit chilly by the water, we still got pictures outside and everyone seemed to have a good time. Here’s a preview to their story….
Congratulations Crystal and John!
This kid was cutting up the rug all night….
I met Kelly & T.J. while they were planning their wedding and new lives together. Eager and careful when choosing their wedding services, they knew exactly what they were looking for. We met for a little over an hour discussing details and interests and I realized they just wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they weren’t just getting a cookie cutter wedding package with a stranger showing up on their wedding day. They were getting something that fits them.
We ended our meeting having discussed a lot of wedding stuff and they wanted to still discuss amongst themselves before making a decision. I received an email 10 minutes later while they were still on their way home that I was chosen as their photographer. They were gracious and kind and we began to build a friendship before a single image was even taken.
Fast Forward – It’s been almost two years since we first met. Their wedding album is now complete and in two months they will be blessed with a new edition to their family. All the best to you guys. You are awesome and have been nothing but good to me.
Thank you and Congratulations!
Hit he play button to see Kelly & TJ’s wedding album.
There are many moments during the wedding day that help tell the story back in the wedding album if they are anticipated and captured properly. It doesn't matter how good your memory is…when you jam-pack that much stuff into one day, you won't retain memory of everything.
Undirected expressions usually show true emotion. When someone looks back at a picture of themself from a particular moment….they can usually remember what was going through their minds at that moment, helping relive the experience all over again. That's what I try and document.
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Sometimes you can find a really nice spot outdoors to snap a few frames even after the sun has gone down. Most wedding venues have outdoor areas that are pretty well lit. But sometimes it's not quite enough to get a good exposure on the subjects. That's when I bust out some extra lighting. I always bring my quantum light with me and a few speedlites. Lighting is key for creating drama and mood.
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