I just got done working on the images from a wedding I shot up on Vancouver Island last month and wanted to share a couple with you. I think these might me my favorite bridal portraits I've ever taken. I love everything about them. I'm going to work on a full post of the wedding but until then, here you go!

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[September 20, 2011] Tina said:
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[September 20, 2011] Becky said:
So looking forward to the rest of your pictures. We were so honored to be there. These pictures are amazing!
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[September 29, 2011] Anne said:
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I'm working on this wedding and really love this image. More from the wedding soon.

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[August 22, 2011] end of tenancy cleaning said:
Great photo. I can see why you like it. I like it too. Best regards Justin P.S Will you be so good to share the rest of the images once you're done working on the wedding?
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[September 6, 2011] Ryan Gladstone said:
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Danielle and Jason are one of my favorite couples... ever. I shot their wedding back in March. I was buried in work at the time and I never got a chance to post their images which is a shame because, like I said, they're one of my favorite couples.

Their wedding was here in New York on the water near the Throgs Neck Bridge at Marina Del Rey. The Throgs Neck Bridge has played a big part in their relationship so it was integrated into all of their details and since the venue was close by we decided to take their portraits by the bridge. Not the worst place to have to take pictures, haha.

Oh yeah, my friend Victor once told me that the best food you'll ever eat at a wedding is at a New York Italian wedding. He was right. :)

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[July 13, 2011] Jason Bucci said:
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Love the old building behind them! And the bridge! Just gorgeous pics!
[August 16, 2011] Matt Herrmann said:
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You did such a fabulous job on this wedding. Kudos!
[November 2, 2011] LLPirate said:
Is that SUNY Maritime College campus I'm seeing in the background with the bridge? It sure looks like it! Great photos!
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It's not really fair having a wedding this great at the beginning of the season. It sets the bar unreasonably high for the rest of the year. Katie and David got married at Rancho Chiquita, a private residence, in the hills of Malibu. The grounds of the home were set up PERFECTLY for a wedding and the incredible house was a perfect backdrop to shoot against. The fact that its in the hills overlooking the ocean didn't hurt either. Haha. :)

Here are some favorites from their day!

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[June 17, 2011] Cathy and David said:
Dude. You aren't kidding! That does set the bar high! Awesome details man, I'm very jealous. :D
[June 17, 2011] Kelsey Steindler said:
Michael, you never fail to amaze me with your talent! You are truly gifted :)
[June 17, 2011] Valerie Macdonald said:
You captured the day perfectly! THANKS for making my daughter look so beautiful, and my new son-in-law so handsome!
[June 17, 2011] s h e r r y said:
:) Love the detail shots, and all the awesome locations! Wonderful!
[June 19, 2011] Taylor said:
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[June 22, 2011] linda said:
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[August 29, 2011] Raleigh Wedding Photographer said:
I really like this wedding Michael, especially love the bride and groom shot near the pool.
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Ely Roberts is a photographer from San Luis Obispo and when he brought his girlfriend to New York to propose to her he wrote and asked if I'd shoot an engagement session of them while they were in town. I've said it before but I love shooting photographers, haha. They're up for anything and whether they are or not they at least act like they're comfortable in front of the camera.

It was a blast hanging out with Ely and Abby that afternoon and I love the images from the session. Here are some favorites.

If you're a photographer or even just blogger you really need to check out BlogStomp. I've been using their actions to prep my blog images for about a year and a half but they just came out with an App that doesn't need Photoshop to resize, sharpen, create collages, add your logo or watermark, resize and save for web. It's unbelievable. Check it out.

I love this series, haha. Ely was playing around and jokingly got down on one knee reenacting the proposal... I wonder if anyone has ever done that for engagement pictures before?! Haha.

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[April 27, 2011] s h e r r y said:
:) These are AWESOME. Love the locations!!
[April 27, 2011] Cameron Ingalls said:
So awesome you shot (my neighbors) Eli & Abby! Thanks for taking care of them. They look great!
[April 27, 2011] Andrew Cahill said:
These are beautiful. :-)
[April 28, 2011] ely said:
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[May 13, 2011] Jamie Geysbeek said:
First of all, these photos are awesome. I love your style. Secondly, and sorry for the long story - I stumbled upon your Twitter page after following a couple of local photogs here in MI, and then finding a national photographer who was following you. So I clicked on your link, liked what I saw, and then visited your website. Eli's photos were the first ones I saw on your blog. I went on a mission's trip to Nigeria with him in 2004. I can't believe how random that was. I have found a photo of him that I took with my 2MP PowerShot, sitting on a rock in the middle of the wilderness haha. Anyway, thought that was interesting. Great photos, and I'll continue to follow your stuff.
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Thank you for fitting Ely and Abby into your busy schedule. The pictures are so nice. I can't really pick my favorite one, since they are all great! Everyone should know the Lord had Abby picked out for my son, and a dear niece orchestrated them meeting. Thank you, Lord and Hillary!
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Last week I announced a contest. I grossly underestimated how much I would hate judging. You think it would be easy… it’s not. It’s a very difficult thing to place one person’s work next to another person’s work and say, “this one’s better”. I got a lot of great entries and saw some great moments. In the end I was so frozen with indecision that I had to enlist the help of my friends. We chose these five because of the strength of the whole collection. Some people had individual images that were stronger but we felt these as a whole conveyed the emotion of the day the best.

That said, THANK YOU so much for participating. Like I said before, I’m far from a pure photojournalist but I still take my job of documenting the couple’s day very seriously. And, in this day of styled shoots and wedding blogs showing almost exclusively details and portraits it seems like photographers have begun shooting for publication more than the couple.

If you weren’t picked please don’t hate me. :)  I thought there were SO MANY deserving photographers, but we had to narrow it down to 5.  If you click on the photographer’s name it will take you to their post of all of the moments from the wedding. Here are the finalists:

Katie Lewis

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Kat Forsyth

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Shang Chen

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Ashley Turner

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[February 17, 2011] Shang said:
There is so much amazing talent across the board! I wouldn't have wanted to be in your shoes either to have had to narrow it down to just 5! Thanks so much for looking at all our work!
[February 17, 2011] Deborah Zoe said:
Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate!! Gonna have to say go Shang! Represent Boston:)
[February 17, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
Oh my word, thank you so much for nominating me! It's an honour just to be nominated :-)
[February 17, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
Wow! All the five entries picked are simply amazing! Thank you for such an amazing opportunity! ;)
[February 18, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
Aargh, my friends are driving me crazy. Every last one of them seems to think they're voting only for the specific photo you see (in my case the dove one) and not for the full blog post. I wish people would read the damn instructions!
[February 19, 2011] Tim Allen said:
Love love love Kat Forsyth's photo.
[March 1, 2011] Katie Lewis said:
Wow! So excited to be a part of this! Thanks so much!
February 8, 2011 Miscellaneous , Published

I just heard from one of my brides from last summer that her wedding was published in Manhattan Bride Magazine. I love seeing my images in print... even if the images aren't the ones I would have chosen... or the way I'd crop them... or how I'd lay them out. Haha.

I also got an email from The Knot that their first coffee table book, The Look Book is out on stands with a bunch of my images in it! There are lots of images on the pages so I won't go through and point out mine but if you've been following my blog for a while they should look familiar.

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[February 8, 2011] Kerrie Underhill said:
I spy Ashley and Cort's table names! Way cool! Congrats, Michael:)
[February 8, 2011] Michael Norwood said:
You're right Kerrie! :)
[February 8, 2011] amy said:
AMAZING!!! In related news... why am I not surprised? :)
[February 8, 2011] Kelsey said:
I see our centerpiece there! Ya Michael, great job! :)
[February 9, 2011] sonya at zenobia studios said:
We've been dealing with issues like that as well! So frustrating, yet trying to remain grateful for getting printed...what a pickle. Congratulations on the Knot feature! That's amazing!
[February 12, 2011] Brad Peters said:
Michael, it's nice to see you blogging again. I'm always inspired by your work. thanks.
[February 22, 2011] Dina said:
Wow, fabulously impressive pictures!
[April 19, 2011] barbara dieppa said:
Congrats! Well deserved !
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[March 6, 2017] Joseph said:
Great, thanks for sharing this blog.Really thank you!

I shot Veronica and Jason's wedding in San Pedro a few weeks ago. As I was going through the images I loved how many great authentic moments there were. It got me thinking about my job as a photographer. Looking back over the images from Cyndie and I's wedding, the images that mean the most are the ones that captured a moment and more specifically an emotion. THIS is what weddings are about. Sure, I love to shoot portraits. I'd probably go so far to say that's my favorite part of the wedding day. But, the fact remains that in the end I'm there to shoot a WEDDING... and weddings are about 2 people coming together to join their lives. That is an incredibly emotional thing and we, as photographers, are given the responsibility of capturing it.

I've never received an email from a client saying, "I didn't even know you were there!" I talk, laugh, joke with my clients throughout the day. It makes them comfortable having me around and I feel like I get better images because of it. I'm definitely not a pure photojournalist but I take the responsibility of documenting their wedding day very seriously.

So after thinking about all of that I decided to do and entire blog post only showing "moments" from the day... no portraits, no details. The only images I had any hand in "staging" were the ones from the "First Look" and those I only told them where to stand. The rest were as real as they get.

So here's the contest.

If you're a photographer I want you to blog an entire wedding with no portraits, no details and no staged or directed shots. I don't care if you've already blogged the wedding. Go through and pick out the best moments and show me what you've got.

Leave a comment below telling me you want to be a part of the contest. You'll have 6 days to blog it. Next Thursday I will go through all of the entries and pick my 5 favorites. On Friday I'll post the finalists and we'll have a vote. Monday the winner will be announced.

One last thing... This is not about getting everyone from Facebook and Twitter to vote for you. I'll be checking up on everyone to make sure their not campaigning. Telling people to check out the contest is cool but none of this "I REALLY need your vote to win this contest" stuff I see all of the time. OK? Cool.

THE WINNER will receive a FREE 8x10 10 spread (20 side) album from Madera Books. (or an equal credit toward another size album).

Okay, now on to the images.

I love how everyone in the room has a hand in helping her get her dress on, haha. Only on a wedding day is that normal.

The first look and a quick prayer.

I LOVE this shot of Veronica and her dad watching everyone enter the ceremony. I was able to get this because I had my good friend and awesome photographer, Victor Sizemore shooting the processional. Good second shooters give you the freedom to take risks on the wedding day to get images you couldn't if you had to get the "safe shot".

Another great father/daughter moment.

A few shots from their communion that I love.

Shooting the recessional is always one of my favorite things. The couple is always so excited and usually shows a lot of emotion.

I also love focusing on the couple during the toasts. There's always a lot of great reactions.

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[February 4, 2011] Chelsea Patricia said:
Count me in!
[February 4, 2011] JenK said:
Michael! These are amazing. I'm so glad you shot Veronica and Jason's wedding. Veronica and I were just talking about how glad we were that you and Victor stayed to shoot the whole reception. I've been spreading the word about you two!
[February 4, 2011] Deborah Zoe said:
I'd like to play:) I'm posting mine on Monday of next week. Thanks!!
[February 4, 2011] Vegas Wedding Photographer - FogartyFOTO said:
I can't believe how colorful and sharp and magnificent these photos are. But then I can. Beautiful!!!
[February 4, 2011] Katie Lewis said:
I would love to participate! I'll be posting tonight!
[February 4, 2011] Hayley said:
We are totally in! :)
[February 5, 2011] Tara said:
Hey.... Not a photographer, but a floral/event designer... Can I blog a wedding that I love with the said details and enter on behalf of the photographer? Or just for me I guess! Have one in mind and love the look of your albums and would love to have a shot! =)
[February 5, 2011] Jan Garcia said:
would love to join. thanks!
[February 5, 2011] Hillary gamble said:
I love this idea! I'm blogging at least one, partially for the contest and partially just because I love it!
[February 6, 2011] Johnny5 said:
I'll see if I can find a wedding to blog. Love your shots from this one. I want to see the portraits!
[February 6, 2011] Shang said:
Such a great contest! I'm posting my entry on Monday!
[February 6, 2011] Yolie Ramirez said:
I would like to participate. Thank u! I love the books specially because you have the colors of my wedding.
[February 7, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I'm in! I'm no photojournalist, but I think this will be great to try. I'll try get it up tomorrow!
[February 8, 2011] Spring Smith said:
I'm in!!!! This is such a great idea :)
[February 8, 2011] Kenny Grill said:
I want to be in your contest!
[February 9, 2011] Lizzi said:
Your images are amazing... please count me in! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
[February 10, 2011] Andy Dunn said:
Hi Michael. maybe too late and not an actual blog post, but still in the spirit of the comp. Andy http://www.flickr.com/photos/theandydunn/sets/72157626016871200/with/5061012806/
[February 10, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I've got to say, I was looking through all the entries so far, and I already know who I think should win. And it's not me. I'm who I WANT to win. :-) My post is here: http://katforsythphotography.co.za/cape-town-johannesburg-wedding-photographer/moments/
[February 10, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I've got to say, I was looking through all the entries so far, and I already know who I think should win. And it's not me. I'm who I WANT to win. :-) My post is here: http://katforsythphotography.co.za/cape-town-johannesburg-wedding-photographer/moments/
[February 10, 2011] Ryan Gladstone said:
Thanks for creating a contest that celebrates photojournalism and capturing the moments of the wedding day! My entry can be found here: http://www.ryangladstonephoto.com/jefferson-city-wedding/
[February 10, 2011] Ashley Turner said:
I'm in! Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh? I love this idea :)
[February 10, 2011] Monica said:
Well... hopefully just in the nick of time...
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