Cai and Johnny’s Wedding at the Dyker Beach Country Club

One of the fantastic things about working out of NYC is that I feel like a specialist in about 18 different cultures. I sometimes know the ins and outs of Jewish and Hindu ceremonies better than the people getting married; I can tell you how to set a table for a Basque wedding, and I absolutely knew that Cai and Johnny were going to have a fantastic day with their East-meets-West wedding at Dyker Beach. I always get a big kick out of the Door Games that traditional Chinese weddings make the groom and his groomsmen go through — whether or not they were fans of having to put on lingerie and drink increasingly disgusting liquids so that Johnny could meet his waiting bride.

The day itself was great — fantastic weather and a very strong sense of family. In most big weddings there are guests who the couple doesn’t know so well, but here I could see their connection with everyone they talked to. There we plenty of Western touches as well, from her gown to their friend officiating the ceremony with his iPad.

March 18-19: Ryan Brenizer Workshops Go to Hollywood (or at least Burbank)

(Not that Hollywood)

I’ve gotten a lot of requests to do workshops outside the NYC area, and I did a test seminar in New Orleans back in 2009, but I wanted to wait until I could be sure I could take this show on the road and do a great job with it.

March 18th and 19th are that time.

This workshop, “What Would MacGyver Do?” will take some of the best things I’ve learned in the shooting and business workshops I led in 2010, as well as all of the preparation work I did for my DWF lecture in January. We’ll be taking the kinds of real-world problems that wedding and portrait photographers deal with all the time — bad light, not enough time, bad locations, awkward subjects, and more — and working through them to get technically and emotionally compelling photographs. Recommended for people-shooters who can at least count upward in f-stops.

This is a night-and–day workshop, with the night of the 18th given to networking and discussions of the hows and whys of shooting professionally. I take great care to make sure that people can get benefits not only from me, but from lasting connections to other photographers with shared skills and interests, and it’s been great to see lasting friendships come out of previous workshops.

Cost is just $500 for registration before March 1, and $600 thereafter. E-mail to sign up or get more information.

Fun fact: This will be the first of my workshops planned by more than one Brenizer.

UPDATE: I should note that with my current schedule I won’t be doing many workshops this year. My current plans are one West Coast workshop, one East Coast workshop, and one in December in Asia. Going to be another busy year with lots of fantastic clients.

Stepping Out

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One thing about being a wedding photographer is that you spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, thinking about how to photograph in them, the lighting of them, the obstacle of overcrowding … but it’s the one part of the wedding day that is always, always at daytime.* So with the modicum of free time I had in my recent trips to Texas, I’ve been playing with shooting in relative darkness, giving me total control over the light I do and do not want.

Lens: 35mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: Litepanel MicroPro backlighting.

*Assuming you aren’t photographing in the Arctic Circle.