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Here are a some images from an engagement session I shot a few weeks ago. We started out in the Meatpacking District, on the High Line, then headed over to Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park. We found some really cool spots over there that I'd never noticed before. I love the light here in winter. There's something about it that is so amazing and so different from anywhere else I've shot. Hope you like them!
Chelsea and Serge got married at the Boathouse in Prospect Park Brooklyn and had one of the most fun weddings I've ever been a part of. Serge's family is Serbian and they had a Serbian band come play during the reception. It was MADNESS. Amazing, glorious, madness. Haha. They definitely know how to party. :)
I'm leaving town in a few hours so I didn't have time to blog the whole wedding but here are some of my favorites from the portrait time.
This post is pretty special to me. Curt is one of my best friends. We were college roommates, fraternity brothers, and to this day he's as close to me as family. I got to shoot (and be a groomsman in) his wedding last month, outside Dallas. It was really amazing to see my friend, who's gone through a pretty tumultuous few years, be so incredibly happy.
Obviously since I was IN the wedding I don't have images from the ceremony, so here are a few of my favorite portraits.
Congrats Curt and Mandy. I love you guys!
The new family. 15 years after we met...
Curt's daughters... two of my favorite little girls in the world.
What was supposed to be a perfect fall day in New York turned out to be a record setting snow storm here in Manhattan. Luckily Allison was on the ball and noticed the forecast a couple days prior so we shot their session one day early, still not knowing exactly what kind of terrible weather we had escaped. Due to an unusually warm October we didn't have the fall color Allison and Tony traveled across the country to see but I think we got some great images that day. Here are a few of my favorites.
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. :)
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.
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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.
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.
Sometimes I get close to what I'm after, this time I got exactly what I wanted from a wedding party photo. I love *everything* about this photo.
Several months ago I was hired to shoot what I thought was going to be a pretty typical engagement session in New York. Time passed and as the date came closer I got in touch with the couple to firm up the details. They told me they had some ideas about the shoot and then said they wanted it to have a 1950's theme. They wanted to shoot outside a diner, they were having a '56 T-bird there for the shoot, they were dressing up in 50's attire... in fact, it wasn't going to be typical at all.
One of the things they told me is that they wanted to shoot with the car outside the diner and have the sunset behind them. Well if you know anything about photography you know that in order for that to happen you're going to have to use lighting. I guess I could have done some HDR stuff but its not 2006 anymore. :)
So I rented a Profoto set up and drove out to New Jersey to the diner. The diner was awesome but it was also surrounded by cars, not from the 50's, which to me kind of kills the whole thing. So we positioned the car in the middle of the parking lot and I shot from pretty much the only angle that blocked out the rest of the cars and still showed the diner. I felt pretty good about the images as we were shooting but I never get too excited because you really never know what you're getting until you open them up. I even turned the strobes off at a couple of points and shot natural light just in case things weren't turning out as good as I thought they were.
When I opened the images up to begin working on them I just fell in love. Its so different from what I normally do but man they're so freaking cool.
While I typically work with natural light, when I was first getting started I never wanted to be in a situation where I felt unprepared so I learned as much as I could about off camera lighting. I'm by no means an expert but knowing this stuff has helped me get good images out of bad situations.
So here are a few of my favorites. I put in some of the natural light stuff as well. I think the difference is really interesting. Let me know what you think.