Photo of the Day: Into the Sunset

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When life hands you sunsets like this, you use them.

The first full-day Ryan Brenizer photography workshop starts tomorrow! All full up, but dispatches and more dates to come!

Thomas Lester - Oh, how I miss living in NYC…

Alvin Banzuela - Very nice, I love the mixture of urban setting and sunset, I usually see sunsets on the beach only…. I miss the days of multiple images posted, are those ever coming back?

Eliza Claire - Every time I look at your images of New York, I get a little more excited about my trip in June! This is stunning.

Kristi Wright - What a beautiful image. It definitely makes me miss NYC.

Takahiro Yamazaki - so romantic^^

Photo of the Day: Freezing and Flared


This will hopefully be the coldest engagement shoot I ever do. Not Nick and Rebecca, who are warm and fun and awesome, but the unbelievably freezing weather. Since Nick and Rebecca are long-time friends of mine, I felt free to poke at them a bit about the weather in this Nikon D3s video.

Dee - Wow….I love this shot..the flare is really nice

John LaPlante - OK…give it up…what lens was this shot with…24mm and 1.8…gotta know…Sigma? New Nikon prime?

Ryan Brenizer - Sigma 24mm f/1.8, hence the flare. Most top nikons are too good to have interesting flare.

Photo of the Day: Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen…

Flower girls’ lives aren’t as easy as they used to be…

Kirsten - You are a master moment catcher!! This is superb!!

David Porter - Nice catch!

Eric Yerke - This is the essence of photojournalism. Well captured

Thomas Lester - Love it. She looks like she’s “getting her drink on”! Hahaha….

Ben Godkin - This shot is perfect! I love the implied nature of the boys playing video games in the background.

Photo of the Day: Impressions


I did an engagement shoot on Saturday with Adam and Chastity, and had a great time despite the FREEZING cold. We decided to pause whenever my fingers couldn’t feel the shutter button anymore.

Daniel Dunlap - Wow…seriously…WOW!

iloominimages - Love the foggy look on the glass. Hot!

Kathryn L - Fantastic picture! And for the cold hands, check out any outdoor supply/hunting supply stores for self heating hot packs. There are small ones that fit right inside your gloves and they last 7 hours…not that you’ll need them that whole time.

Kristi Wright - I love this shot! It’s sexy and mysterious. You rock!

Photo of the Day: Jumping the Gun


I’m not sure the ring-bearer knew what hit him.

Thomas Lester - Awesome! He’s a ladies man!

David Porter - This one made me laugh out loud. Great catch!

brett maxwell - great shot! I wonder who this will be more embarrassing for when it turns up again when they’re teenagers :)

Jolene Oldham - This is so sweet, it hurts!

Larry C - Nice! Lovely shot. :)

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Photo of the Day: Objects in Mirror…


Kindiya and Thomas later told me that they had no idea why I was standing 10 feet away and shooting at a moped while they kissed. Surprise!

Kirsten - The best images are the ones that surprise the clients like this and this really is amazing!!

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks!

Ginger Mauser - LOVE this!!!

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ken kienow - this rules, pwns, and wins all at once. you might say this photo is multitasking.

Dennis Pike - I was going to try to say something clever, but would it really be better than what Ken said? nope. great stuff. I dig the title too

Wedding: Dora and Josh

2009 was without a doubt the craziest year of my life, and I was so glad that I could end the wedding season with a couple as nice and fun and Dora and Josh.

The mixture of Eastern and Western heritage started early, with the traditional Chinese game of forcing the groom to either pay money or pass challenges to be let into the brides’ parents’ house. As weddings go later and later into the winter, you can see the groomsmen being increasingly desperate in just their tuxedos. The mix continued with a beautiful ketubah signing and Jewish ceremony under the chuppah. For this ceremony, the rabbi turned Josh around so that he was the very last person in the congregation who would see the bride, and his reaction was priceless.

Also, for my fellow geeks, this was one of the rare weddings where I shot with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Watch the slideshow and see if you think you know which is which.

I couldn’t have ended the year with a better couple. Congratulations!


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Dustin Finn - That last portrait is awesome…Nice work.

Dennis Pike - I have my theories about which is canon and which is nikon…

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Dustin! You know where it was. ;-)

And thanks for all the help on this wedding!

Brianna Phelan - Beautiful story that you’ve told with these images. It looks like a great day.

Ryan Smith - Your the best, I always love you work. I like to keep up with it too see what I should be doing.

Photo of the Day: Red, White, Blue, and Us


A nice moment of a wonderful Australian couple who came to New York to elope. Hey — the Australian flag is Red, White, and Blue, too!

The fill light is from a Lowel ID video light.

Dennis Pike - one thing you are reallyu good at is mixing light sources and color temperatures for mood.

Ghene Snowdon - I love the way the warm and cold light are mixed creating this fun and colourful scene.

Photo of the Day: “Who, Me?”

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Sometimes expressions tell the whole story.

Eliza Claire - Nice capture, Ryan!

Looks like an everyday scene chez moi. Except it’s usually the boychild crying and the girlchild looking shocked and innocent.

karthik - wow, so beautiful. i remember my childhood incidents after seeing this. great timing !!!

Ricky Law - Recalling how I would have responded then as the brother in this pic “It wasn’t me! I didn’t do anything!” with my sister crying beside me.

Amanda Basteen - HAA! I love it, such a perfect photo. I’m guessing they are brother and sister?

Ryan Smith - Always love your work, the only thing is the b&w seems a little harsh on the little girl, almost makes her look a bit freakish. Of course everyone likes something different, the things I love clients don’t like and vise versa sometimes.

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antialias - LOL! I laughed hard on this pic … can I give this comment for Haiti. So they could smile again :D #haitirelief

Chris - How much of your pictures do you photoshop? This one looks simple but yet it’s not and I was wondering how much you edited.

Awesome work, I like your style!

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks! This was just a simple black and white conversion with a bit of dodging.

Putting the “AQ” in “FAQ”

A couple weeks ago, I got hooked up in the “Ask me a question” Formspring meme that was going around, and you can see all my answers (and ask me more) here. While I didn’t get as obsessed with it as some photographers … *cough* Jonas Peterson *cough* … it was a lot of fun and a great way to answer some of the burning questions people had. But the list is long and filled with questions that are either technical or sometimes silly, so I thought I would put some of my answers that readers might be interested in right on the blog. These aren’t exactly frequently asked questions, since most were just asked once, but close enough.

Is there a point at which you will think “I’ve arrived” in the photography world, a goal to reach “before you can rest”?
Photography isn’t a destination. It’s a journey. I don’t want to rest, I want to take pictures.

What do you remember about yourself when you were a child?
I was definitely shorter. And precocious.

Been a fan of yours since your early days on flickr. How do you stay healthy? And what do you do if you’re sick on a clients wedding day?
It’s important to me to stay healthy. In more than 100 weddings, I’ve never had to miss one for any reason (there are very good emergency plans, but it is very important to me not to have to use them). I try to get a decent amount of sleep. For me that means at least six hours. In college I was always sick because I slept about three hours a night.

Also, I get a good deal of exercise.

Are you a “stuff junkie” or an “experience junkie”?
Experience junkie. If I were a stuff junkie, I wouldn’t keep breaking it.

How do you get people to so such cool stuff on the dance floor?
They’ll do it. All you have to do is be unobtrusive enough to be in front of them without them noticing or caring.

What happens at your client meetings? Spill some tricks!
It’s mostly just pleasant conversation and watching slideshows, and when they ask a question I answer the seven they haven’t thought of yet.

Do you dance at all your weddings?
Only if my friends are getting married … then it’s ON.

I read that you said you deliver 100 images per hour, do you feel that delivering hundreds of photos detracts from the end users satisfaction when going through so many photos?
No. I deliver a front page of my 75-100 favorites, so people don’t have to view the full set unless they have a reason to. I like to photograph as many guests as possible, because they were important enough for the bride and groom to invite and pay for.

Could you describe the post-processing you usually do on your images in a sentence or two?
I do way less than most shooters, because I don’t want my post-processing to be trendy. Quite often it just looks OK right from the start. But sometimes I really love a picture and just like to finesse it a little. I also have a default tone curve that I shoot in or apply afterward.

Thoughts on diffusers? I’ve noticed some great photogs use them and others just bounce.
I don’t use them much, but really it’s all just about understanding light, and using the tools that make it looks how you want. Lots of diffusers turn flashes into bare bulbs, which can be useful but I’d rather not have it on-camera.

Photo of the Day: Weddings in the Matrix


Note to DJs: Please stop using red and geen laser dots. Chicken pox are generally not a good look. In this case, though, I just went with it, shot at f/1.4 with the ambient light, and let the laser lights fill in the scene … including the groom’s mouth.

From Phil and Stephanie’s great wedding.

remixoverdrive - That’s hilarious, and something I haven’t seen before! Very interesting. =D

Eliza Claire - LOL so funny!

And if you convert to b&w you get asked “oh, what happened there? What have they got all over them? Paint???”

Yep, been there, hated that.

Dennis Pike - I think you could do a fill in the blank to DJ’s example: “DJ’s, stop doing/using ___________” a million possibilities

Fotograf - hehe groom’s mouth looks great :)

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Florida beach weddings - That really is a great picture. It really captures the moment and humor.

Thank you for the #haitirelief comments!

I still have to do the final tally, but thanks to the attention of so many I will be donation hundreds of dollars to Water Missions International, a charity with good presence in Haiti that focuses on the crucial issues of clean water and sanitation. If you’re interested in taking more action, Charity Navigator lists them as a very well-run charity with low overhead.

I will keep looking for ways to help and I hope you do the same. Also, as my friend Charlotte Geary pointed out, at times like these unrelated charities tend to suffer, so remember to keep supporting yor favorites.

Thank you!

Charlotte Geary - Wow, that’s fantastic, Ryan!

Gemma Schipani - Its people like you that make me believe there is some good left in this world.

Avelaine Scyrup - You are an inspiration!

Kirsten - Very inspiring!!

On being a “green” wedding photographer.

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I’m a pretty bad marketer. I know it. That’s why it took me years of sitting around, seeing other people successfully brand themselves as “green” wedding photographers without thinking about it until, about five minutes ago, I realized I’m pretty much the greenest wedding photographer I know. How many other wedding photographers choose not to own cars? (It actually makes more sense in Manhattan to rent every time I need one for a shoot, but that means I don’t drive unless I have to).

My office generates a staggeringly little amount of paper. All of my contracts are online. I only give DVDs on request, because DVDs go bad eventually and litter landfills. I give flash drives, with instructions on how to back up photos forever on one’s own hard drives — or, if clients are into it, I provide the online servers for full digital delivery. No mail planes, no torn envelopes, ta-da.

Even my staff, including my brand-new intern (more on her later), comes into the office via mass transit. Albums are made with recycled materials when possible, and my studio requires minimal energy to heat and cool.

We’re pretty darned green here. Who knew?

Kirsten - Given that I’m considering NYC as one of the places to move in late 2010; that renting a car part is particularly interesting to me. I always wondered how you lugged all your gear through the subway system! And congrats, on being so “green”!

Maria Amparo - It´s a good idea about using online servers for full digitally delivery… I never think about it.

Sandra - I’m fairly “green” myself. The use of flash drives rather than DVD’s is genius.

Andre - I’m glad it is this way.

Being “green” should be a change to societal norm. I’m glad because you have a business that just happen to fit into the model already, without needing a “green initiative.” :)

Congratulations on being green, Ryan!

jenny - and i love it that you are :)

Robert Kilmer - Sunflowers… in January?!?!!?

Ryan Brenizer - That picture is like 3.5 years old.

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Photo of the Day: A Kiss Grows In Brooklyn

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I said you’d see more of these guys. The first couple who actually walked the length of the Brooklyn Bridge with me for a shoot, they deserved a bit of rest at the end.

Daniel Bartel - Brenizer method or just a wide open aperture? What lens and exposure?

Ryan Brenizer - Just wide-open, my sadly retired Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Daniel Bartel - Great photo. Sorry to hear about your gear falling in the drink. I recently picked up a used Sigma 30mm f/1.4 from a buddy and have shot with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-D for some time. I’m very impressed by the 30 1.4. I understand why you’ll miss your 50.

Brian - Amazing image!

Larry C - Beautiful! Love the bokehs. :)

Dennis Pike - Ryan, you know I love your work, but you and I need to have a talk about the titles for your images

Ryan Brenizer - People love my titles. That tree in the background is the actual tree that grows in Brooklyn. So deal. ;-)

Ryan Smith - Beautiful, would love to try some city work instead of just the beach. Why did you retire the 50mm 1.4? The image is a bit grainy, which is a nice look. Is that just the iso you are using, or is it a post processing effect.