Princeton University Wedding: Heather and AJ

Raised first like Huckleberry Finn in the middle of nowhere, and then in tiny upstate hamlets, I fell in love with New York City as soon as I could get there, and have never felt even a twinge of regret about my NYC alma maters of Fordham and Columbia … except sometimes when I stroll the more audaciously beautiful parts of Princeton’s campus. Heather and I geekily bonded from the start, when she mentioned she was a classics major and I started reciting the opening of the Iliad from memory. (It gets geekier — I may have let out an audible sigh of jealousy when her bridesmaids started talking about bonding during classes taught by Elaine Pagels).

If two people can have a laugh over jokes that use Agamemnon as a punchline, it’s no surprise that John and I had a fantastic time at this wedding. Their ceremony was in the opulent Princeton Chapel with an intimate reception at the Prospect House, with a jazzy band and and endless stream of great food. Like every other wedding you’ll see here for the next few weeks, it was blisteringly hot, but it didn’t slow them down — she even took all of the bridesmaids out for crack of dawn yoga that morning.

I was happy to have John Edgar along as a second-shooter again — it’s always easier to get a laugh out of a couple when you can poke fun at the Canadian. Also thanks to Rafael Javier for a great job assisting and running the photo booth, including an epic amount of driving.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - Nice job as usual Ryan, these came out amazing. Oddly enough I just posted a photo the other day that was in front of the chapel.

Denis Adonis - Two photos blew me head. The photo of the chandelier and the picture of the forest.
A hug bih Ryan :)

Amir - Really like the one with T/S in the church. great set!

Bazo - Amazing job Ryan!!!

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - magical!

Kristopher Gerner - The bubble gun, yes!

Denis Adonis - Ryan Brenizer es uno de mis fotógrafos FAVORITOS. Tiene una capacidad enorme para hacer imágenes ASOMBROSAS en situaciones cotidianas.
Ojala te guste su trabajo de MATRIMONIOS, a mi me impresiona. Si te gusta, compartelo, o presiona el botón que facebook nos regaló “ME GUSTA”.
Un abrazo enorme desde Valparadise y gracias por tu tiempo :)

Geoff Kirby - Lov your work Ryan.

Santiago - I can’t seem to have enough of those backlit shots of the bride getting a dose of hairspray. Your vision is truly unique.

Craig Cacchioli - Ha, love the guy in the blue check shirt at the… one minute he appears to be in a tender embrace and then his face is all screwed up and his expression is saying “when will this end?” Funny… lots of other great shots in here besides though, fab work

Anna Nguyen - that flower girl reminds me of me when I was forced to be in a dress and made to “sit pretty”, now I love dresses lol.

Saminda Weerarathna - Amazing…….WoW. WoW………..WooooooW….

Martin Hambleton - Just love the group shot on the steps. Great to see a non-symmetrical composition that works!

Casi Lark - Stunning work!

Chilling in a Hot Chapel

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The Princeton University chapel is unbelievably gorgeous. Also un-air-conditioned.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
Place: Princeton University Chapel

Johanna - Oh, to be young again… :) Awesome shot!

Ian Abdilla - is this a brenizer method as well? as I am seeing a tag “Untitled_panorama1.jpg”.

Amir - Great candid capture! The b&w really suits this one.

Jason - Excellent work as always Ryan! Do you prefer the D3s over the newer D4? If so, why?

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5

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E-M5 with Olympus 12mm f/2

120813 124559 25mm f1 4This year, with the help of some sponsorships — B&H Photo in particular — I’ve had the opportunity to test pretty much every hot camera that’s come down the pike. I’ve been amazed by all the new technology this year coming out to serve professional and advanced photographers. So which of these cameras did I decide to keep for myself (and thus pay for) at the end of the review period?


Every camera had new advantages, but also trade-offs that made me happy sticking with my trusty D3s and X100 for a while. Go with what works, and nothing seemed to out-and-out transform my photographing experience in a way that made it worth the hassles of change.

Until now. Not to give away the ending of this review, but I’ve already bought the E-M5 for myself, along with the Olympus 12mm f/2 and Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4. I also tested the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95, which was a delight in its own way but which I did not keep. Why, out of all these fantastic cameras, did I make these choices?

First, let’s understand some context

The search for the perfect little camera, and the Micro 4/3rds universe

For a long time, I’ve been faced with a dilemma — I am a photographer who walks around without a camera. I have this amazing camera system that I love, but it’s way too big and cumbersome to take everywhere, and when you do, you’re always “that guy” with the giant DSLR — it feels more like you’re a photojournalist covering your own life than a person actually living it. Yes, I’ve got my iPhone, and yes, you can take compelling photos with that, but I want more versatility, a LOT more control … and, of course, I want RAW. And I wanted as big a sensor as possible in as small and unassuming a package as I can get.

Lots of great things are happening on that front. The RX100 is truly pocketable and has great image quality from its one-inch sensor. Sony’s NEX-5n looks like a point-and-shoot, but it has the same sensor size as the old big, honking D2x (and MUCH less noise.) But I was also looking for a versatile system, and that means high-quality lenses. This has been the Achilles heel of the NEX system so far, which is mostly variable aperture zooms. Meanwhile the micro 4/3rds system, led by Olympus and the Panasonic-Leica team is pumping out these beautiful little gems of fast, light lenses left and right. But none of their cameras seemed too tempting to me, largely because of the relatively high levels of noise of their sensors.

Enter the E-M5. I’ve been using it for the past few weeks in a mix of my personal life — hanging out with friends and family as I travel between jobs — and on wedding days and portrait shoots when appropriate. And even in casual snapshots it impresses me. Take this photo (with the 25mm f/1.4)…

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Not too bad … a little noisy but pretty clear, especially since it was taken in very warm light. Whaddaya think it was shot at? ISO 800 maybe? No. ISO 8000.

While this is a particularly good example, it’s clear that this sensor is a game-changer for micro 4/3ds the same way that the Nikon D3 solved Nikon’s noise problem back in 2007. Even if it was in a mediocre camera these results would be turning heads.

Luckily, the E-M5 is far from a mediocre camera. After all, the Fuji X1 Pro also has extremely good high-ISO quality and a really nice and growing lens line-up — but it’s also a bit quirky, especially in the autofocus department. The photo above was taken at EV 0.6, well below candlelight, and the AF system had no problem at all. For snapshots like this, with the increased depth-of-field of the smaller sensor, even face-detect autofocus works surprisingly well even at f/1.4. Continuous tracking isn’t nearly as good as on a phase-detect autofocus DSLR system, but otherwise this is a camera that works with you to take in-focus photos at a moment’s notice, not against you. Combine that with a body that’s smaller than it looks in photos and a very quiet shutter, and you have a camera that’s a dream for catching moments without calling attention to yourself:

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The AF is so good that I decided to send the 25mm f/0.95 back and get the 25mm f/1.4. For a camera I use mostly casually, I’d rather have the speed of photo acquisition over the stop of light.

Other things I love:

A great EVF: I am a huge fan of EVFs (electronic viewfinders). I keep my X100 in EVF mode about 98 percent of the time, and cannot wait for professional DSLRs that have a similar EVF option. Once the refresh rate is negligible it solves one of the biggest technical problems in photography — as cameras get better and better, the lagging factor is the human eye. The E-M5 can see in the dark better than I can, especially with the 25mm f/0.95 mounted. When I dial in the white balance, I can walk around the darkest of wedding receptions and through the EVF it looks like daylight. I can see the nuances of expressions better than I can just walking around. The EVF introduces a tiny bit of extra delay, just enough that it takes getting used to but not so much that you can’t get used to it.

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E-M5 with 25mm f/0.95

An EVF also allows you to see the effects of shooting at exposure settings that differ from the normal ambient reading. You can actually see a silhouette or high-key effect before you shoot it, and the position of the exposure compensation dial makes this extremely easy to do in aperture mode, making sure you have the exact exposure you want before taking the shot.

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As a not inconsiderable bonus to people like me who’d like to do this for decades to come, it also means you can shoot backlit into the sun — silhouette or not — without burning holes in your retinas.

•The unobtrusiveness: When I started mixing it in for part of the wedding day, I thought I would attract more attention than normal simply for the “Uh … why is your photographer using such a tiny camera?” factor. But given its unassuming profile and a shutter than is almost inaudible in a room with normal conversation in the background, I noticed people immediately paying less attention to me. As a photojournalist, this is invaluable, allowing me to get real emotions and unforced moments even from very close to my subject:



•Great colors: This is actually a great JPG camera. For almost all of these shots, using the RAW was more a matter of general principle than something I felt the files desperately needed. Throw in an Eye-Fi card, and you have a camera that can output very good photos straight to the Web. There are also lots of “art filters,” but those aren’t really my scene, man.

•Perhaps the best in-camera image stabilization of any camera, anywhere. I’m so used to not having this (and shooting moving people) that I haven’t used it much, but expect me to talk about it more as I review m4/3ds telephoto lenses.

The back screen pops out for off-angle review, but still feels sturdy. So sturdy that I didn’t even realize it popped out until I read the manual. Good when you need it, and not flimsy the rest of the time.

Anything I didn’t like?

The RAW isn’t raw: Like a number of recent RAW-using point-and-shoots, Adobe seems to have partnered with the camera-maker to automatically hide some of the worse defects of the lenses. I really like the sharp, speedy, and light 12mm, but it definitely has barrel distortion, and Lightroom corrects this without even letting you know it did. Here’s the same file processed by Lightroom on the left and Capture One (which shows the original distortion) on the right. This is a worst-case scenario for barrel distortion, but for other scenes I’d like to be able to choose how much I want to correct:


•The menus are a bit wonky: There is a very handy Info menu overlay that allows you to quickly change common settings, but the way you interact with it isn’t completely user-friendly — including having to press different buttons to do the same thing depending on which camera mode you’re in when you call up the menu. I’ve definitely spent more time accidentally turning the interface on and off than skillfully navigating it, and camera menus are basically my first language. More casual users may be stymied for a good while before they get used to it.

•Battery life is OK, but way less than my other DSLRs. This is a case of me being spoiled by big honking batteries. But especially if you like to use the Live View, stock up on extras.

•A built-in flash would have been nice: I never use it for professional stuff, but this is also a very handy personal camera in between serious work. Sure I can mount an SB-900 on it and shoot manually, but that kind of defeats the whole portability thing.

These are fairly niggling details, though, and I know I’m going to continue to love this bad boy. Expect more micro-4/3rds lens reviews to come!

Some more photos with the E-M5:


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Max - I inherited my dads OM2, if the lenses would have worked and the VF been the same size I would have got one…

I might get a smaller camera soon, looking into the EOS M because of the EF lenses I own.

Cool review, very detailed! Thanks

Olivier Hericord - enormous depth of field not an issue for you?

yooshik - Love the camera for all the same things you’ve wrote in the review. How did you get such a clean shot at ISO 8000?

Nicholas Gonzalez - I’ve always shared the similar problem of wanting to carry a little camera with a larger sensor and better quality than a phone, without feeling like I’ve compromised too much. Although I’m waiting to see what the canon eos M can do, I have my eye on this olympus. Awesome review.

Peter - Hi Ryan,

Nice review, great work! A question though:

I am debating between two camera’s, next to my ‘wedding-gear’. What would you say: Fuji X100 or this Olympus?

Kind regards,


Joshua Mitchell - Does the 25mm Panasonic lens have AF capabilities with the Olympus body? This whole thing looks really appealing to me, I’m not 100% sold on my Fuji X100 but the XPro1 doesn’t seem quite there yet either. I want something small with a 50mm focal equivalent.

Sean Molin - Using the X100 for the past week has really gotten me onboard with EVFs for all the reasons you mentioned. I’d just resigned to holding off until the X Pro2 before jumping into a compact system, especially since the lens line up looks like it’s going to get pretty tasty in 2013… but m4/3 is so mature already, I’m tempted.

David Lee Tong - An awesome review of the OM-D Ryan… Great photos as well.

I’m still on the fence as to which <25mm lens to get, I think you made my list much shorter with this review.

Ryan Brenizer - LR4’s great noise handling definitely helped. I wouldn’t expect every 8000 shot to be this good, but it still amazed me.

Paul Krol - Love reading your camera reviews. In this one I just wish you explained a bit better what an EVF is.. before launching into that discussion.

Peter van der Ham - Nice review, great work! A question though:

I am debating between two camera’s, next to my ‘wedding-gear’. What would you say: Fuji X100 or this Olympus?

Kind regards,


Joe Grimshaw - Great review, Ryan. I’ve had mine for over a month now, and was going with the same approach to weddings. Best money I’ve invested in awhile. I also picked up the Voightlander 17.5mm, but I’m going to get the Panasonic 25/1.4 in the next week. I see what you mean about having the AF. The 17.5mm is great for details and slow work, but after shooting it an event last night, I need the AF… badly

Joey Miller - Great review! I’m a photo technician at, and even with an entire warehouse of the latest and greatest at my disposal, this is the camera I take home pretty much every weekend. Couple of comments, though. I love the 25 1.4, but in keeping with the spirit of the small size, I much prefer the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. It’s slightly wider (and this is personal preference, but slightly wider than normal is my ideal focal length on pretty much all my cameras. My Mamiya Universal is probably to blame for this), and it’s much more compact than the 25. Is there a compelling reason you chose the 25 over the 20? If you haven’t yet, get your hands on the Oly 75 1.8. It is AMAZING. You mention no built in flash. Did yours not come with the FL-LM2 flash? It’s basically a detachable pop-up flash. I find it comes in really handy for party pictures and the like. Not very powerful, but does the trick at portrait distances. As for battery life, I agree. This thing sucks batteries. I take the optional battery grip with the cam every time. I don’t always use the battery compartment (usually I just take it to have an extra battery), but adding the detachable grip really makes the camera feel more secure in my hands.

My one complaint with the camera is the way the continuous focus mode works, or rather, how it doesn’t really work in any way that’s very usable. The new Panasonic G5 does AF-C right, so I know it’s possible. Maybe a firmware update, or the next generation will fix this. Either way, when AF-C works, this camera will be very hard to beat. Can’t wait to put it head to head with the Canon EOS-M next month.

Raj Sarma - Ryan, what’s your secret sauce for such great colours?

rashard - I love this little camera. great review, size does matter. DSLRs have their place but so do these little guys. Nice work and review with this camera! I think my DSLR may have been replaced!

Anton hartono - Hi Ryan,
Have you tried any famous Brenizer method with this oly e-m5?
If you do, what do you think of it?
What about 75mm f/1.8; any review and sample soon?

Libby Hsiao - Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the review. I’ve been eyeing this as a walk around and hiking solution as I don’t particularly want extra weight on extended days backpacking in the field. While I’m slowly appreciating EVFs the latest OLED Sony implementation on the a77 really blew me away with how good it was. I don’t suppose you’ll be reviewing the a99 in the future? I love the idea of it, of a small, fast and lighweight FF but you can’t defy the laws of physics and the translucent mirror does cost about 2 stops in noise performance. In any case, it would be awesome to see you put it through its paces.

Mike Aubrey - Technically the RAW is untouched, the lens correction data is written in alongside the RAW data rather than in the RAW data. No RAW data is disturbed, missing, or damaged. Practically speaking, it’s no different that simply using lens profiles in Adobe.

David - Great review and fantastic pictures. I don’t think I’ll be switching to an OM-D over my full frame SLRs for wedding photography anytime soon though, although it is still a fantastic little camera.

Martin - I’m fairly sure you can set up a Lightroom import preset to disable lens correction, if you want.

Richard Matthew Villareal - Have you done bokeh panorama using the OMD?

Jr Miller - Have you tried the new E-M1 yet?

Ryan Brenizer - Yup, I have one for review right now!

The Garrison wedding: Uvinie and Gniewko

Even after more than 250 weddings, I’ve had surprisingly few repeats of couples’ name combinations … but I could probably do a million more without getting another Uvinie and Gniewko.

Their day itself was just as unique, blending together Sri Lankan, Polish, and modern American traditions surprisingly seamlessly. Gniewko himself drew all the table numbers with intricate designs, he followed the Buddhist drummers perfectly, and Uvinie was perfectly willing to play the Polish game of “vodka or water?” (The glasses are switched randomly, and the one who gets the vodka supposedly has the upper hand in the relationship. Or at least looser dance moves at the reception.)

Every time I shoot along the Hudson it seems like the weather does crazy things — wind or cold or searing heat. We started with a taste of Sri Lanka with the blistering weather, but as it cooled it changed into a sunset so dramatic that the entire reception stopped to gawk at it. I had to tone down most of the images of it, because out-of-camera the colors looked too brilliant to be believable. If anyone out there is planning a wedding at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, I think I’m properly trained for it now.

Thanks to Jashim Jalal, who did a fantastic job helping me out.

Amir - Looks fantastic. Great coverage.

/mariahedengren - Wow! What details, what colors! Love the photo of the couple bowing. Awesomely done!!!

Walter Burks - VERY beautiful wedding! I love the photos with the red sky, amazing work!

Jayson Merryfield - Beautiful, vibrante, ELECTRIC images, and just so much of the couples personality is coming through these pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Sean Molin - DAT SKY.

Veronica Varos - Amazing, amazing. And that bride is stunning!

Robert Kilmer - I didn’t think it was possible, but there is no denying… you are actually getting better. As in… better than superlative.

Denis Adonis - I just can say WOW!!!! So beautiful photos, so vivid colors!, You are such a good photographer!!! A big hug from Valparaíso :)

Saul Valdez - Wonderful work.

Caryn - Seriously?! Your work just isn’t fair! SO amazing! That sky is stunning & I love the recessional shot!

Blake Burton - I love the one of them bowing at the ceremony. The little part of her face you see is great. wonderfully done!

Jennifer - Fantastic, Ryan! Wow — how ’bout that super red sky? She is stunning, he is dashing, but my fave people might be the two festively dressed dudes leading the processional.

Kat Braman - so many awesome moments but the two that really grabbed me are the shot of her walking down the stairs and the baby with the stroller in the background.

Kevin Lane - That last shot is just awesome. If it is possible I am going to attempt it tomorrow at an evening wedding.

rich - wow – so friggin nice!

nick - amazing as always. seriously, so good. I’m in love with the huge pano with the couple and the tree. awesome.

coler - The diversity of your skills is inspiring.

nate - oh my word, looks like a blast. gorgeous works as always.

Neil Redfern - You never fail to amaze with your images. It’s so nice to see such colourful, vibrant and creative images. Brilliant!

Phillip Gao - Ryan, hi from Melbourne, Australia! I’m a wedding photographer here and your photos are my inspiration. You manage to capture special moments that are fleeting. Let me know if you’re ever down here – I’ll gladly shout you a beer!

Bridget Francis - Wow! So many favourite shots – so inspiring, thank you!

Eric - Great pictures! Just curious, are you doing anything different with post processing? Your pictures are always excellent, but for some reason these seem to have a tad bit more dynamic range, detail or punch…?

Sorry to ask… Any D800 or D4 shots?

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Eric! I’m always evolving slowly, trying new things around the edges while trying to keep continuity. These were all D3s.

Casi Lark - Every single shot is just dreamy!

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Coming soon: Uvinie and Gniewko

If I had a nickel for every Sri Lankan/Polish union I’ve seen… I’d have a nickel.

Since people have asked, we are on the final round of Brenizer Method contest judging … but that requires three extremely busy photographer teams in very different time zones to be available at the same time as we hash it out. We’re working on it, and can’t wait to show the results.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 70-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G (equivalent of 25mm f/0.4 according to Brett’s calculator)

Tom DeBruyn - This is so awesome. Every time I try a Brenizer Method portrait photo shot distorts and misaligns the photos. I shoot using an 85mm lens, use the automatic photo merge. Typically it’s small branches and long grass/shurbbery that does not come together properly. Do you ever need to blur pixels to hide this type of error in post?

Kandid Weddings - Wow 70 images? That takes real dedication. Like the end result.

Boston Public Library Wedding: Erika and Chip Tear Up the Place

You may remember Erika and Chip from their first wedding, marred by Hurricane Irene.

Well, they gave it another go at the Boston Public Library, and it was fantastic.

No Photoshop compositing here. Normally I would enjoy any debates on this, but my mother is a super-powered librarian, so I’ll note that I visualized this shot the second I walked into the reading room, and had my second Jason Kan go to Barnes and Nobles and buy some books we could use for this.

Lens: Nikon 28mm f/1.8G
Camera: Nikon D3s

Craig Cacchioli - Glad you added a note about buying some books… I feared for the life of those library books!!! Love the shot… VERY reminiscent of the photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square in 1945 of a nurse being kissed by a sailor… you know the one, yeah you do :)

Martin Hambleton - Wow, what a different take on the confetti shot!

Dennis Pike - This may be my favorite wedding photo ever.

Jeanette - Amazing vision and execution!

Rhys - This is just plain terrific.

Johanna - You are a GENIUS! Love this sooo much!

Trond-Daniel Kastnes Kvalvik - So cool! How was the lighting setup? Continuous light?
Is the D3s still you main camera? No D4?

Nessa Kessinger - You’re amazing.

Tom Bass - Cheryl, the black areas around the paper on the top half of the frame act as visual lines that help lead the eye to the couple. You see those same lines spelled out clearly on the floor, but you have to “fill in the blanks” so to speak on the top half. The top half also introduces the element of chaos which contrasts with the couple cemented to the ground, oblivious to it because they’re in love. If there were less negative space around the paper, the paper would become more of a backdrop than anything, and would lose most of this meaning.

caroline - daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang Ryan!!!!

Sara Kelly Johns - Thanks for using books purchased for the shot…I would be cringing if there was any doubt, of course…but you knew that. GREAT shot! You have such creativity and they went right along with it…

Colin Povey - Great shot. Did you throw the papers in? Are they suspended on wires? Did you do this with Photoshop and a black or green screen? Inquiring minds want to know!

Heidi Herlihy Alger - Will we get to see more? I absolutely loved the hurricane photos.

Lauren Kinde - That’s how a dip should be done! Love it!

Joe B - This is why we need books instead of Nooks and Kindles – For shots like that. Absolutely amazing. I would tell people that all the torn up papers were Hurricane Irene clippings! Ha!

Tim Kamppinen - You are the f***ing man. Incredible shot.

Max - Awesome buddy! super creative

Colin Povey - Were the pages just thrown into the air, or were they on strings or something to suspend them? If thrown, how did you keep the area in front of the B&G clear-was it just luck? How many takes, about? Single SB-900? It appears the main light was backlighting them, did you use a reflector for fill? Very well done, BTW.

Kandid Weddings - Fantastic idea and great execution. well done!

V Tran - Amazing shot and very creative use of the space!

Jason - Holy. Moly.

Angie - Really awesome shot!!

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Wedding, Kansas City: Asma and Mohsin

As a New Yorker, if I had to picture a Kansas City wedding, I’d likely list through “barbecue catering” and “blues band” long before hitting “Pakistani Muslim.” But one of the best things about this job are the constant surprises, and also working with clients as gracious and accommodating as Asma and Mohsin, and their families. It’s one thing to make sure your wedding photographer gets fed, and quite another to demand they get an amazing home-cooked meal before taking a photo. Despite the bistering heat of a Kansas City summer, it was a total pleasure.

The wedding was a two-day affair, with the mendhi at a conference center and the wedding reception at the gorgeous Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In between were a thousand great moments between Asma and Mohsin’s loved ones, the increasingly groan-worthy jokes of Asma’s brother as emcee, and enough comments about Mohsin’s fanaticism for typography that I wish I could give them their own special font for this post.

Yannick Charifou - Waw !! Really beautiful work !!

amir - We love ethnic weddings and this one is so colorful. Fantastic coverage.

Bryce W. - Amazing as always. Only you could think to take a portrait in a parking garage and make it look spectacular! Strong work, sir.

Aaron Nystrom - That sure looks like a fun event! Great work as always.

ayesha - i’m sure you’ve shot a pakistani muslim wedding before but this is the first i’ve seen. and now i feel all inadequate. LOVE IT!! fantastic moments as always, and the wide venue shots and portraits are showstopping… as always!!!

Craig Cacchioli - Love the henna tattoos. Another inspiring work.

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - exceptional Ryan!

Syed Murtuza Hashmi - Fantastic! :) I always wanted to see how you would shoot a Muslim Wedding :)

Faria Reza - I will not get married if this guy is not the photographer….[-(.

Fred Emery - So greattttt :-)

Wahid Mohiuddin - Gorgeous Coverage Ryan, truly exceptional!

Salahuddin Khan - never thought of getting that much creative shoot for muslims traditional wedding – perfect – the best one is from a wide angle view from top of a gallery looking down at the dinner.

Joel C Adelaide - Consistently awesome photography, love this wedding coverage. The mix of photos and PP is outstanding, well done Ryan :D

biswajit kumar - Love this …. u really capture the true essence of any wedding ceremony…inspirational

Dennis Pike - Bride- “you want to take me WHERE for a bridal portrait?!”
Ryan – “A Parking garage. trust me, it’ll be awesome.”

Ryan, FTW

Martin Hambleton - Well, I expected a riot of colour and energy …… and I wasn’t disappointed! Brilliant.

Bemby Andiyanto - Wow! Awesome work mate. You’re always number one of My favourite wedding photographer. Stunning and great stuff…

Long Island Aquarium Wedding: Andrea and Richard

This was not your normal wedding. First of all, unless you’re my Mom, Andrea has probably been following my work longer than you have. She first asked me to photograph this wedding years ago. And this was an official, “Are you free that weekend?” booking, not the fairly-common compliment of “I want you to photograph my wedding someday … now I just have to meet someone I like!”

So yes, it’s a compliment that after years of searching and planning, they never changed their mind about me having to document the day. But there’s also something unique about them simply knowing, years before they wanted to get married, that they would be together forever and this was the sort of way they would celebrate it.

Rogue fish, glasses flourished before a first kiss … even a lengthy PowerPoint presentation, it was geeky and fun and uniquely them throughout. Most impressive to me? Those flowers below … they’re not flowers. They’re incredibly delicate ceramic clay, both the bouquet and the boutonniere. Beautiful.

Thanks again to Valerie Sebestyen for helping me on this day in her extremely productive stint as an intern.

Martin Hambleton - Even for your extensive portfolio, dancing under a Great White shark must be a first? As usual, a riot of colour, moments, expressions and emotion, all beautifully captured.

Kahuku Photography - Beautiful wedding photos! Looks like fun was had by all.

John Barwood - This is amazing, the imagery is great as is the story! I wouldn’t expect anything else.

Jakob - Stellar work as always, buddy.

Kim - There’s such a genuine warmth to this couple that I love. It really hit me with the photo of the young boy and the bride smiling at him in the background.

matt - Too bad the moniker NYC’s finest is already taken. Amazing.

Heather - The silhouette in front of the aquarium is just pure perfection in every way.

Denis Adonis - Very cute story of how they came to you. Choosing an aquarium for the party is just awesome. Nice photos Ryan! Hugs from Chile.

Trond-Daniel Kastnes Kvalvik - Oh my god this is so awesome!
I might have to renew my loan on the house so I can afford hiring you for my wedding! :p

smal - I love this wedding! I love the pillow fort! I love their ceramic flowers, totally amazing! They look so happy together. Wonderful work.

Dustin Finn - You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! You know how many times I am there and the TURTLE is NEVER OUT…

Incredible work as always…

Jessie Blum-Gabriel - Beautiful! You capture them so well here. I love the rings-through-glasses-shot!

Teresa K - You are one of the VERY best Ryan, this post is perfect in every single way and these images rock the way yours ALWAYS do. The love and joy is so tangible in these images. You are my photo hero man, the industry needs more Ryan B’s.

bohnjello - so many, awesome moments captured. well done!

Mathias - Looks like a really fun wedding, everyone seem so happy :)

Jim Hetley - As parents of the groom, we were amused by all the shark symbolism in the ceremony . . .

Edric - You are a true photojournalist, you captured the essence of the day like you always do. I truly beleive you are one of the best in the world.

Amir - The aquarium shots have turned out great. Also like the ring shot idea.

Steve Koo - Great work, Ryan. The reception, as always, was a joy to look through.

kristi wright - The shot of the couple dancing underneath the shark is pretty amazing!!!

geneoh - Awesome work Ryan, That couple is so dang cute together.

Jim Murphy - Awesome venue, awesomely captured. Love that ring shot too. Great work!

Max - You outdid yourself on this one!!

Jessica Schilling - What a cute couple – they look so happy together. And that has got to be one of the coolest receptions ever!

Holly - What a fun unique wedding! Amazing work as always Ryan!

kong wai - Awesome !! beautifully captured

Elizabeth Soriano Aguilar - es totalmente fantasticò todo el panorama y tus fotos totalmente geniales!

Natalie Norment - Seeing these pictures make me warm and fuzzy inside. I’ll be happy once I get pictures of my own wedding to show you and Andrea!

Battery Gardens wedding: Marisa and Joe

Marisa and Joe’s Battery Gardens wedding was awesome … a little too awesome.

OK, I’m kidding, there’s no such thing. But really, weddings like these make the rest of human experience look like it needs to try a little harder. Where is the hysterical laughter, the gorgeous dresses, the grandmothers lifted over heads, on a random Tuesday? Where are the private water taxis touring Brooklyn, the breakdance fights, the viral videos recorded on a streetcar?

I mean, Marisa made Call Me Maybe cool, for pete’s sake (and she stuck it in my head forevermore.) They took reception karaoke — usually a dance-floor killer — and made it into an incredibly raucous battle between bride and groom. Incredible.

Life, you need to work a little harder to live up to Joe and Marisa’s wedding.

Thanks again to Valerie Sebestyen for being a great help at this wedding — as a veteran of my workshops, she even managed a few great “Brenizer method” shots of the guys. (I don’t really walk around saying “I have a method,” so most of my couples have no idea about it other than liking the photos from it … but Joe is all about it.)

Martin Hambleton - Some serious attitude at this wedding – wow! Every frame shows the amazing party atmosphere.

Craig Cacchioli - Love it, especially the one of the guy jumping – makes it look like he is floating and his legs were cut off at the knee!

Sara - This is wonderful Ryan! They look like so much fun!

rich - one epic dance floor – wow. amazing photos!

Blonnie - WOW! That looks like it was some awesome party!

Ian Abdilla - amazing the way you manage to portray the emotion of the day… as always

Ashley MacPhee - I’ve never laughed so hard at a strangers wedding. These shots are incredible. But you had to have these incredible people to make for the HILARIOUS moments. Amazing amazing. AMAZING.

Julianne Markow - this wedding looks insane! I’ve never wanted to be a guest at a wedding so bad in my life.

Alex Blackwelder - uhh-mazing

Claudette Carracedo - Oh my… so awesome, Ryan.

Marisa Abdoo-Buono - For the record… I won the karaoke battle! Ryan — You are a master at your own method (and Joe constantly talks about it). Thank you for capturing the most fun we have ever had in our lives! Life worked very hard that day ;-) PS – “Call Me Maybe” is still cool…

Denise Baron - Photos are amazing for sure the people are the hoot. So many great shots. Laughing hard but with a sense of love and community. They Captured the love and friendship you are surrounded with CONGRATS.

Reggie Menacherry - these rock realyyyyy.

Billawdeep Deb - Wow… I really liked the picture with all the couples ( on the backdrop was the Brooklyn bridge ). Its amazing how you were able to lit up only their faces… Awesome!

sachin khona - Excellent work Ryan!

Jimbo Slice - Unbelievable set, as always. This set has so much motion and excitement! I’m always impressed and inspired by your work. Congrats to the lucky couple; they look like hilarious people.

Peter Sheppard - I love the wink. Brilliant timing, true moment catching. I always enjoy your posts!

Xavier Héroult - Very nice pictures : love-them-all ! I really like the battery_gardens_wedding_09.jpg

David Jenkins - Such a talent for capturing the moments Ryan. Great coverage.

tim - This is a wedding riot. Amazing stuff. Still trying to work out how you lit everyone’s face in the bridge shot??

Trond-Daniel Kastnes Kvalvik - Simply amazing work Ryan! You are such an inspiration!

Max - Oh man! So much to love from this wedding!
Granny liberty pic is awesome!

small - And this all happened on a Tuesday?! LOVE all of the dance floor photos. Amazing!

Oli - Awesome candids man. Fun fun fun.

sam hurd - i can’t think of a better fit wedding for you. masterfully done, sir.

Amanda Basteen - love the bouquet throwing shot, so cool!

Walter Burks - Unbelievable work, i love them all! Really, really cool wedding!

Amir - The reception photos have turned out great. So many fun shots.

Veronica Varos - Your work nevers fail to amaze me.

Steve Koo - The bride has such a great, contagious smile; I had a big, goofy one on my face as I scrolled through these. Fantastic work, Ryan!

Jessica Schilling - Love how sassy everyone is at every part of the day! Amazing portraits and silhouettes and the reception looks like such a good time.

Elissa Rïnehart - I am slayed.

Michael Movsesov - Wow! Crazy beautiful and fun wedding! That shot of the bride throwing the bouquet is soooo good.

Sam - wow what a crowd, this must have been so awesome to shoot, well done Ryan!

Nick Evans - What a rockin party! Nice work Mr Brenizer!!!

Joseph - You shoot the craziest weddings RB!
Congratulations Marisa and Joe.

Kristen - Ryan. You. Are. The. Man. Period.

Raj Sarma - Ryan , these are amazing as always, the couple must have been blown away by these pictures! I really love the colours you get out of your photos, any tips that you’d like to share? I’m a D700 user and seem to struggle with colours at times.

Denis Adonis - Ryan, I’m falling in love with your work, every day a little more. The story is so well established, and each image so well built. I learn a lot from you. Thank you very much, really, thank you very much, a big hug from Chile :) PD: And I love the colorus!!!

Kris Dela Pena - haha, soo fun! and look at those ChemTrails in the sky. :P

Anita - Normally I admire your work and go on without a commenting but after seeing these wedding pictures I just have to leave a comment!
I actually think I have NEVER stopped and giggle out loud when I looked at wedding pictures, but that is what happend today when I saw that picture of the lady in blue, with the statue of liberty on her head, in the arms of a gentleman. And I went back up and saw the man laying on the dance floor and then the bride watching over her friends gymnastics…..they are all fantastic pictures! Amazing job, congratulations!

rusu55 - Great images collection. A lot of energy involved. :)

mariann - captured the buonos true spirit, great job!

sloma_p - Do I see freelensing on the first-kiss shot? Woooot? You’re crazy man, it takes some guts to freelense during such an important moment…

Ryan Brenizer - tilt-shift, sloma. Still took some guts!

Sara - Great set of photos. Really amazing :)

Si Young - Some cracking work, excellent.

derek - Gorgeous wedding! Love all the emotions you captured and your portraits are lovely!

All in A Row

Cute scene from Catherine and Jeff’s Roxbury Barn wedding.

Lens: Nikon 28mm f/1.8G
Camera: Nikon D3s

Joseph - Another timeless image Ryan.
How’s the 28mm? Knowing you, you’ve got a review of it coming soon…?

Adriana Diana Durian - absolutely love this one!

Foto Wester - Great Picture!

Chris Lin - So, this did eventually go to the night? A Night at the Roxbury?

Keith - Hi

Just stumbled across your website in search of inspiration and I’m glad to say I found it !!

Love you work Ryan – this image is priceless. I love amazing moments like this – moments that many other photographers would miss.

ps – if you would ever like to be featured in a UK Wedding blog then let me know


Benjamin Gallé - Great one! – What’s your experience with the 28/1.8G so far?

Vivek Sinha - Very cute photograph indeed :)

Amir - Beautiful capture of a great candid moment. well done!

The BQE has never looked so romantic…

I rarely have time to blog them during the season (which is now pretty much 12 months a year), but yes, I still do engagement shoots regularly, and yes, they are a blast.

Hand-held at 0.8 second shutter speed to get this.

Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6
Camera: Nikon D3s
Light: SB-900 with Pocketwizard Plus III (which are fantastic)

Sean Molin - How do you like the Sigma compared to, say, the 14-24?

Corwin Black - Handholded 0.8 sec without stabilisation? :D Man thats some steady hands.. And great pic, wish I had that good ideas..

Daniel Krieger - great shot Ryan.. you can almost see my apartment from there! :)

Mellisa Han - This is so beautiful. Amazing talent!

Alfonso Bonvini - Ryan could you use the PW Plus III on camera to trigger two Flex5 and 1 miniTT1?

Or the Mini is just a transmitter~?

dylan - can dudes say amaze-balls? great capture.

Matt Haines - Nice shot! Did you have a fill on their faces, or did you just lighten them in post? There seems to be more detail on the camera side of them than the rest of the scene would imply.

Guastivino’s Wedding: Julia and Dean

I said that Danielle and Spencer’s wedding was the wildest one I’d ever been to. But what I love about NYC is that you don’t need to go around the world to find splendor and beauty, craziness and fun, when I can walk down the street to venues like Guastivino’s, the fantastic setting of Julia and Dean’s wedding. And I love that there are people like Julia, Dean, and their friends walking around this city, being all respectable and proper Manhattanites … and then, when it comes down to it, oh man, can they dance.

I had a fantastic time with Julia and Dean throughout the whole process, from the engagement shoot where he surprise-re-proposed to her (so he could “do it right” that time) to just chilling and laughing with them in the limo. (What I don’t love about NYC is that it can turn a one-mile trip to the reception into a 45-minute journey.)

It was a gorgeous and stylish day throughout, from the beginnings at the W New York Union Square to their impeccable eye for detail and jewelry (Dean is in the biz). But nothing will stand out more than the all-pervading, ligament-stretching, constant fun they all had.

Thanks again to Valerie Sebestyen for assisting!

Max - Very nice, once again!

Kristopher Gerner - It just keeps getting better & better.

Joseph Delgado - Those reception shots are killer!!!!!

Christian - Probably my favorite of any of your weddings I’ve seen. Seriously awesome. Every frame.

Erika Delgado - I really enjoyed stopping by your site today…You’re an amazing photographer! And fab wedding :)

Fred Emery - Great as usual…. thanx for your incredible work…. D3s & D800?

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - I just can’t figure out how you achieve this lighting and effect with all the photos you do. It’s incredible! Will this be cover in your workshop? Any news with London?

Svetla Ilieva - Great! Magnifecent work!

Walter Burks - This are so good! What an amazing wedding. Love the dancing shots and that shoe shot at the top is awesome!

Julianne Markow - So much awesomeness.

Anonymous - Ryan, You should do a “tutorial” or breakdown of your hairspray shots and the lighting! I’ve seen these before, but yours are the BEST! by far!

Minh - Your work continues again and again to inspire me. Beautiful Ryan !

Natalie Gibbs - Ryan, what I love about your work is that every shot is special and bold and dramatic… even when it’s a shot of shoe. Fabulous. The portrait with the rushing taxi cab is so much fun, and as always, your dance shots rock.

Alyssa Schroeder - You’re just too good. I love the shot with the hairspray and the ring shot is gorgeous… all the moments at the reception, so fun!

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - They make one beautiful couple. And that last shot is just precious. Well done as always :)

Nick - Kick-ass work as usual, Ryan! And I LOVE that last shot.

benj haisch - so so so good. every single one of your wedding deserves to be in a magazine.

Dan - Hot stuff. Your couples sure know how to have fun.

Alicia Adamopoulos - Loving this as always. Just pure awesome.

Peter Lippert - I see always these Spray-shots. You like them, don’t you?
I like them too! You give me everytime inspiration, Thank you! Peter

Dan Cheung - Tilt-shift ceremony from afar caught my attention.

Kandid - Great coverage Ryan! The reception shots have nicely captured the atmosphere of the wedding.

Kim - This bride has such a beautiful warmth to her, she feels familiar without me knowing hardly anything about her.

Nora - Great work as always! Every time I view your work it makes me want to go to NY more and more.

Elissa Rïnehart - This is crazysauce. So good. That reception photo where the guy is basically doing the splits while carried in the air is up there in my all-time favorites.

Suvriti Gupta - Amazing pictures as always. What is the light source used in the dancing shots.

No Rain on Their Parade

Generally when it rains on an outdoor wedding and I say “it didn’t faze them for a minute,” it’s a figure of speech. Even couples with the broadest perspective will have a minute of “Oh man, we were going to have a gorgeous outdoor wedding and now we can’t … oh well, we’ll have fun anyway.”

But Beth and Dino literally didn’t stop smiling for a second. If there were any uneasy glances at the thundering sky, any sighs, I didn’t see them. All I saw was a fantastic, hilarious wedding, the sort of day where the officiant lifts his lines straight from The Princess Bride. Brilliant.

Lens: Nikon 28mm f/1.8G
Camera: Nikon D3s

Veronica Varos - Absolutely beautiful.

Craig Cacchioli - Nice. How did YOU keep dry? Or was it shoot and run!

Danny Gorman - Briliant Ryan your photos are always amazing! I can’t wait to see more from this soggy but beautiful wedding!

Nick Hardy - your work and attitude continues to inspire, I had a wedding shoot that got caught in the rain and couldn’t help myself Thank you Ryan.

Jim - Wow! Beautiful work Ryan. You really inspire us!

Kristine Bondarenko Stepping - I am absolutely taken away every time I see your pictures. You are a great inspiration, thank you.

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Brilliant work as always, Ryan.

rich - so friggin awesome. the story, the moment – absolutely perfectly captured

Roger N - This has got to be the most pimped out tent I have EVER seen!

Aaron DuRall - So ready to see this set!

Rudmila Nasiha - every I see your pictures whether it’s wedding or landscape I go stunned and amazed…..

Serena - Fantastic. LOVE this one! :)

The Sky Right Now

Not Photoshopped to heck; it actually looks like that. 23 images with a new lens I’m testing for B&H (the Tamron 24-70 VC).

You can buy a print of this here. For this I recommend a wide print like the 12×24″. The watermark will not be in the printed image.

Well, hello entire world. Nice to meet you. Here’s another one for people still looking. Single image:

(buy a print here)

Aram Stith - wow, on a blog FILLED with amazing photos this stands out.

Emi@1314 - Awesome photo! Just curious, what lens are you testing?

Klick Studios, Inc. - Photos can define a career, I wish you the best and that this shot of the NYC skyline does just that for you.


Sezin Koehler - Please put a watermark on this photo so that we can share and not steal your thunder. Pun intended. ;-)

One of the most amazing captures I’ve ever seen. Ryan, you are blessed.



Eric Faber - Is there any way I can get a high res copy of this photo? It would make an incredible background for my dual monitor set-up.

Rick Miller - Wow!

Manny DeJesus - shot came out amazing,

Brandon Farmer - How do I get this photo printed?

Doug Levy - 28 1.8?

Cyndy Earnshaw - NY right now…… WoW Charlie Earnshaw.

Steinn Eldjárn Sigurðarson - No HDR either?

Michael Doyle - That’s a still from Ghostbusters.

Alexander Chee - Incredible.

David J. Peebler - Saw it with me own eyes!

Bob Lentini - I am an amateur photographer…what were the settings for this picture? Awesome photo

Craig Cacchioli - Looks amazing. Can’t believe that this hasn’t had that much PS to bring it out like this.

Matt Bresler - It’s not HDR, the sky was like this.

Marc Emory - Who’re you going to call?

Shivian M. B. Morgan - Ugh! It took forever (read: 10 seconds) to dig through your page’s code (since I couldn’t right click) to download that image… wish you (instead) didn’t disable right clicking. I’m sure it deters some people, but hell… Facebook has a “download” link on all your photos so it’d be nice to see the same here :-)

Stewart Butterfield - I, for one, would pay top dollar to have a large super-high quality of print of this.

coyote - All hail Gozer…!

Kayte Hansen - Amazing shot! Reminds me a bit of Ghostbusters…ok I just totally aged myself but an amazing picture nonetheless!

Bigdady1 - Looks amazing it’s very hard to believe its real

Joseph - Gotham city looks amazing! =)

gerardo huertas - Good fotos and nace

amiin - Wow masha Allah amazing photo

Janusz Man - Super » Incredible photo of last night’s “derecho” storm in New York - […] concentrated on something else” (although I would have loved it), but this is a great shot by Ryan Brenizer. Share-Comparte:Related […]

Michael Reid - Incredibly beautiful…

Michelle - Looks like a Batman movie right before a big brawl between good and evil is about to begin, I love it,capture more….

brian - amazing shot! were you taking these from the pulaski bridge, by any chance?

Margo Ross - Wonderful shot .*.*)x

Joel Daniel Inwood - I can’t be the only one that looks at this and immediately thinks Ghostbusters!

Jay Callaghan - beautiful shot. Even if it is HDR who cares. Photography is art and sometimes a little post production helps make a photo a work of art – and, IMO, that is the case here. Beautiful sky and a very nicely put together panorama. Amazing how Photoshop can take that many images and seamlessly stitch them together so effortlessly. Keep up the good work.

Judy Herron - Breathtaking!

John Barwood - Man, I have just discovered you and your work in the last few weeks. You are proving to be a total inspiration photographically and personally…Thanks.

Gregory David Loughran - Pretty dark scarry

Daniel Berry, NYC - WOW. it looks like we were about to be sucked up into the sky!

Deron Sizemore - How is this 23 images? Different exposures photoshopped together as one?

Adrian Hillier - Staggering!

Cindi McCarty Smith - Great image! In the olden days we had to use special lens and some magic in the darkroom to get something even.
close to that kind of effecct. Terrific!

Michael Tranchina - Beautiful shot! What camera did you use for this shot?

Minal Mehta - Absolutely fantastic… em..cheers to u Ryan..

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Neil Redfern - Wow – what a sky, it’s like the end of the world…!

Jonathan - Hey Ryan! What’s your secret to getting great colours directly out of the camera without photoshop? By the way, I’m a Nikon D90 user. Hope to hear from you!

Noelle Goveia - Wow- these photos are absolutely stunning!

Veronica Piteo - Guau muy buenas!

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Kishen Shen - beautiful shot…Ryan..thankz f0r the link…..

Bob Patzelt - Beautiful shot created as a result of Chem Clouds —Google it!

baraka - what a beutiful world!