Monthly Archives: September 2009

Streetwise and Sexy

"Brenizer Method": Just six shots with the 135mm f/2. You don’t always have to go nuts with it to get a good effect. BACK TO TOP | CONTACT ME

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Emilie and Noel: 8.15.09

Watch the full slideshow here (or click “continue reading” below) I’d been looking forward to Emilie and Noel’s wedding the moment they said the words “former professional dancer,” and “I have a bridal dress made for spinning.” Nothing brings energy to a wedding like centripetal force, and this one had it in spades. Held at […]

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Gothic Wedding, old-school-style

…and not just because they’re not wearing facepaint. The bride is wearing an unaltered 109-year-old dress! Over at End User, I have done a review of Nikon’s new 35mm f/1.8, which I took this photo with. No vignetting was removed from this photo in post. Find out what I think! BACK TO TOP | CONTACT […]

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Meghan and Kyle, 8/8/09

Watch the full slideshow here (or click “continue reading” below) Like most of my weddings, the day began with a personal well-wishing from the president… OK … not true (though I did take that picture.) In fact, Meghan and Kyle’s wedding began on a gorgeous weekend in Boston. After a summer filled with rain, to […]

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Beginnings and Endings

For Kyle and Meghan, a kiss before entering the reception. For my poor 85mm f/1.4, a last shot before getting stolen from the bench behind them. OK, this is a "brenizer method" panorama, so it was the last 24 shots. At least it was a pleasant way to go. (You can always cheer me up […]

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WPJA Awards!

I don’t generally enter contests, but the Wedding Photojournalist Association was one of the things that inspired me to get into wedding photography in the first place, so I’m thrilled to participate. The images the site regularly put forth in its contests showed me that the era of stilted poses was over, and that the […]

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Sarah and Jeff: 8.1.08

Watch the full slideshow here (or click “continue reading” below) Sarah and Jeff had a fantastic wedding at NYC’s Union Square Ballroom. I know that any couple who can keep a near-100-pound dog in their midtown apartment is up for the surprises, joys, and responsibilities of marriage. What a whirlwind their wedding was! With proper […]

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Corinn and Jeff, 7.31.09

Watch the full slideshow here (or click “continue reading” below) Corinn and Jeff had the sense to get married on a wonderful day (my mother’s birthday — Harry Potter’s too, if you’re interested). Sadly, the weather was not *quite* as wonderful. But that didn’t keep their spirits down for a second. After a beautiful Catholic […]

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Battle of the Sexes

Sometimes, I try to turn challenges into opportunities. One of the toughest times to shoot is peak mid-day. This is counter-intuitive to the layman: “Photographs need light! Let’s shoot when there’s as much as possible!” but the sun is a very harsh, extremely strong light source, and there are few less attractive places to put […]

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Stephanie and Phil: 7/18/09

Watch the full slideshow here! I knew the second that Stephanie and Phil said the words “West Point” that their wedding would be fantastic. Phil is a member of the renowned West Point military band, and if anyone knows how to enjoy themselves, it’s the military and musicians. They are both unbelievably sweet. Stephanie is […]

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Rules for Shooting Wedding Couples

We’ve had Rules for Shooting Groomsmen and Rules for Shooting Group Photos, so now it’s time for the big one: Rules for shooting couples. 1. This is the most romantic day of their lives. Play on that energy and capture it. 2. These photos aren’t just for them. They’re for the parents, they’re for the […]

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Just an Expression

A big part of the work I do on wedding days is the collecting of expressions. I love people’s faces, and I never get tired of finding telling, emotional-but-not-embarrassing expressions that capture the essence of a person in that moment. By and large, these aren’t shots to base a portfolio around. If you submitted them […]

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Show Your Worst

100 percent out-of-camera (except for border and logo) I’ve started a new thing this month — posting my day-of slideshows publically to my Facebook. As a branding idea, photographers are told this is quite possibly the worst thing you can do. You’re supposed to show only your best work, carefully culled and processed to the […]

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