Shangri-La Spa wedding: Anna and Kerry

Let me tell you a story about pressure. Pressure is when the bride for your January 2016 wedding first contacts you in April … April, 2009. Pressure is when said bride is also a wedding photographer … and goes on a wedding photography show … still years before she actually planned a wedding, saying that she would hire you for her wedding even if she had to wear a trash bag as a dress to do it.

That was the pressure of Anna and Kerry’s wedding. How could I, just some guy who likes to take pretty pictures of people enjoying themselves, live up to seven years of Anna’s hopes and dreams? I’m not sure I ever could, but thankfully I had an advantage that she never considered for most of that time … Tatiana, still the biggest secret weapon in wedding photography.

The biggest advantage, though, was the outsized personalities, hospitality, and general awesomeness of the bride and groom. Yes, we are blessed to have couples that seem to have a staggeringly high number of people maintaining their niceness through stressful, expensive wedding days, but it is something else when you find yourself using the bride and groom’s apartment as an ad hoc office the entire day after their wedding. Consider the smiles that you will see below, and consider how large they are despite their original venue being damaged by tornadoes right before their wedding, and that their gorgeous new venue, the Shangri-La Springs, was rained out on the morning of their wedding. Of course, there may have been some pent-up energy that was released when the sun peaked through the clouds, since at that moment Anna told the officiants to shorten the ceremony to exactly three minutes from processional to first kiss so they could run outside and soak it up.

It ended up being a beautiful day for them, whatever the weather. I barely remember the wetness, the dirty shoes … what I remember is the ringing laughter, the no small amount of tears, the beautiful decor put together by CocoLuna Events, and the bonds of new friendship I myself had made through this process. It was such a wonderful, terrifying honor … and thankfully, Anna got to wear a beautiful dress, and not a trash bag in sight.

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David Pun - Nice!!!!!!

Javier AF - wow

Ian Abdilla - Mesmerising

Ted Nghiem - yep. No work will be done today.

David Frohmberg - Love this!!!! Thanks Anna for letting us be a part of it!! :)

Jojo Pangilinan - great moments!

Molly Grubbs - Awesome photos

Anna Michalska - Stellar work!!

Bobby Matthews - THiS is my GOAL. Wow.

Þorkell Arnar Egilsson - Beutyful and full of life…Thanx <3

Jolene Oldham - Way too much fun was had! So wonderful!

Deepak Kumar - Best Moments

Mike van der Lee - Fantastic Ryan. Excellent balance between posed and documentary – absolutely love everything of it and I’m sure the couple and family too. I strive to be like something similar too one day… :)

Max Parra PH - Amazing

Glynwood Farms wedding: Heather and Aaron

The grass is always greener on the other side, and for New York photographers, with rustic wedding venues like Glynwood Farms we take that literally. “Wait, there are trees here? And fresh air? And not once has a security guard threatened us? What is this magical place?”

There are many ways to describe how great Heather and Aaron are, but let me try a very 2016 one: I’d totally listen to their podcast if they had one. You can’t talk to them for a minute without getting hit with how intelligent, funny, and kind they are, and what a good pair they make. Their friendship and connection was keenly evident all day, and that connection was the star even with the gorgeous farm surrounding and their wildly celebrating friends and relatives.

As always, a great day is made even sweeter when I can cover it alongside Tatiana. Thanks to Main Course Catering and Flowers by April for making the day even more beautiful and delicious.

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Marco Ramacciato - great job! which camera and lenses did you use?

Sara Kelly Johns - There is such a sense of joy and fun in these pictures–and some are SO gorgeous!

Brooklyn workshop 3/31/16!

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Wedding photography is both and art and a craft. What matters in the end is the art — the making of beautiful, creative, flattering portraits; capturing important emotional moments and telling the story of the day. But the craft is what allows us to do this in any kind of environment, whatever is happening with the schedule, the weather, and with the people in front of our lens. With 20 years of experience and more than 900 weddings between them, Ryan and Tatiana have been through every problem and come out the other side with great images, and we want to show you how.

512So what better way to do this than to go straight to an actual beautiful-but-difficult NYC wedding venue? That’s right, for this workshop we have rented out the awesome 501 Union, a fantastic wedding venue with wonderful ambiance … and with a mix of black walls and ceilings, a giant skylight and low ambient light, it also has all the things that can make photographers’ heads ache in frustration.

This workshop will take you through working with couples and portrait subjects, from making them comfortable to making them look their best, and through a number of advanced photographic techniques that will allow you to more easily and quickly create striking and otherwise-impossible photos. We will also show you how to use a real NYC wedding venue to your advantage. Ever have a couple who wanted gorgeous, varied portraits and the terrible weather wouldn’t let you step outside for a second? Ever have to work in an extremely difficult reception space and wanted your lighting and documentation to look as good as possible? We’ll take you through our process step by step.

Better still, we are bringing the ethos we use in our weddings to our workshops, and full day means full day. We will begin with a breakfast meet and greet, spend a full workday on location at the venue, break for lunch on location, break for dinner out so you can rest your aching brains, and then meet for a session of night shooting, processing and workflow instruction.

We are so excited to be able to show you exactly how we work in a real venue with challenges, and to pack your brains full of useful information and individuated instruction. $800.

How do you get to 501 Union? Here you go. (Although pre-workshop breakfast spot is TBA.)

To sign up, e-mail photos@ryanbrenizer.com with the subject “MARCH 2016 BROOKLYN WORKSHOP.” Deposit will be $250. Please e-mail and get confirmation before paying the deposit.

Kome Parnell - When is your next workshop?