A Taste of Things to Come

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I’m working on a little somethin’ somethin’, and The Markows are one of many who have helped with it. More details soon.

Most of you are looking at this and thinking how fabulous Stephen and Julianne are. But those who have taken a lot of Me Method photos are thinking “All those parallel lines and no stitching errors? What strange magic is this?” Well, sometimes a new dog can learn old tricks. More soon.

Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: 71-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 105mm f/2 D DC (equivalent of 30mm f/0.58 according to Brett’s calculator)

Romanas - “All those parallel lines and no stitching errors? What strange magic is this?”
Exactly what I was thinking. I’ve noticed only one very minor error at first glance. Usually, I try to avoid parallel lines as much as I can, as fixing them involves a lot of manual stitching, which I hate doing.
Stephen’s fingers look a bit weird, perhaps. I am unsure if it is an error, or just the angle that bumms me out. In any case, looks lovely and got me oh so curious. Please, do share the said old tricks!

Mark Howells-Mead - I use PanoEdit and the only problem I’ve had with stitching where there are a lot of parallel lines are where the target view is seriously distorted (e.g. fisheye).

dennispike - The Markows just straight kill it on both sides of the lens

Elissa R - I can’t wait to see more!!

Craig Cacchioli - What is this voodoo that you display? :)

Julianne Markow - I love that you left the car in the frame, as if to show how un-important the shallow DOF in your method makes it… and combined with all of the (perfectly stitched) leading lines pointing right at us makes it compositionally perfect. You’re the best.

Venetian Wedding: Erica and Dan Eric

Filipino weddings tend to be an incredibly vibrant mix of deep ceremonial meaning and broad family ties, with more people in the processionals than even attend many of the weddings I shoot. These both lead to a deep sort of community investment in the wedding … or in other words, people are ready to party.

How do you take this energy and turn it to 11? First, you invite a LOT of people, whom The Venetian does a great job at housing in style.. Second, you be twin vibrating bundles of energy like Erica and Dan Eric. A couple that taught everyone how to Dougie for their first dance, and who had her father do a mean Beyonce impersonation for the father/daughter dance. There is warmth and then there is Erica, who at a number of times throughout the day would stop whatever she was doing and give me a hug. “I’m so glad you’re here!”

I was glad too. Glad to be there with such amazing, crazy people. Glad to share the day seconded by the amazing Tatiana, who also got her share of hugs, and my intern Leah. And really, just glad to show you these photos.

KrysteenaMarie - stunning images, and a beautiful celebration!

Ed Pereira - OMG the group brenizer method shot!! Amazing!

Bjørn Hagen Aakre - Excellent mood and colors. Loving the dancefloor moments!

Max Barros - brenerized group shot? awesome

Brett Valentine - Fantastic set! What a fun group of people, and it shows!

AliNoorani - I love the chandelier tilt shifts and believe the vertical one is this set’s no.1 shot. It is NEW (at least to me) and tells a great story in a nice frame. It shouts its title to me “Wedding Night”

Suzaidee Mohd Shom - Wow great work… the group photo is awesome. Love your lighting for images during the celebration :)

Vitaliy Piltser - Looks like you got caught in one of the shots :)

Kim Rix Photography - Simply stunning photography! It speaks for itself really.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Ed!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you! I’m always trying to nudge the envelope a bit.

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Brett! They were so much fun.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Kim!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Krysteena!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Bjørn!

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Max!

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Suzaidee!

Ryan Brenizer - Haha, it’s my cameo.

Kim Rix Photography - My pleasure Ryan. I enjoy your work – it gives me something to aspire to.

Dale Lempa - As usual, outstanding work. Your use of light is subtle and perfect.

Lưu Nguyên Khang - Lovely shots, Ryan. I’m new here, may I know the wide angle lens you used to shoot?

Ryan Brenizer - My normal wide is a 28mm f/1.8 and my super wide is a 12-24mm

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Dale!

Ian Baker - Stunning work and absolutely nails the joy of the day. Love the Gangnam style dance pics…

Tom Schopper - I was just admiring this set and realized that the church looked
familiar! St. John’s in Bergenfield was not only my childhood parish
but was also where *I* got married… 25 years ago!! Great work here,
Ryan! ~

Georgio Alfeche Dano - Gorgeous! D & E

Tappan Hill Wedding: Amanda and Mitchell

It’s sometimes hard to describe the unique thrill of a wedding day to people who haven’t experienced them as a photographer. There’s an incredible, omnipresent pressure, knowing that you just have one chance, that you should always do the best you possibly can no matter what … but at the same time it’s so incredibly enjoyable. And it’s made all the more so with hilarious clients like Amanda and Mitchell (who does a mean “slap the bass” impression from I Love You, Man), a fantastic venue like Tappan Hill Mansion, and help from Tatiana’s capable skills and winning ways.

I don’t need to tell you how emotional the day was — you’ll see that. I can only say that I shared in every moment of exhilaration.

David Childers - That light hitting the brides hair just makes her glow. I can see a noticeable change in your work lately and I like the direction it’s going.

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks David! I try to maintain core consistency for clients but I’m always evolving around the edges.

John Owens - More inspiring work ryan, love it.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you John!

Sara K Byrne - the ceremony! wow.

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Sara! It was actually pretty tough thanks to the strength of the backlight, but it made for a great scene.

Julianne Markow - OH MY GOD that ceremony!

Feisty68 - Beautiful work. What lens did you use for that circular shot of the ceremony? 14-24? 16mm? Love it.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you! I used a 12-24. When I go wide, I go wiiide.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you!

Feisty68 - Am I wrong by assuming you meant 14-24mm?

Sam Le - Seriously, you do it every time man. Just absolutely love that wide angle ceremony!

Martinhambleton - Well, I was going to wax lyrical about those two early shots of the bride nearly in tears, about what superb documentary images they were …. and then I came across the ceremony shot. There just aren’t the words for that one. The best I can manage is WOW.

Haryadi Be - always stunning!

Ryan Brenizer - Yup, I meant 12-24.

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Sam!

PeterMahar - You always take some of the best dancing photos! Love the emotion so much, main reason I follow your work is because of the great emotion in your photographs! Keep is up.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Peter!

ferjuaristi - crazy good brother.

PD - I too am noticing a difference (for the better) in your work. Nice to see you mixing the traditional/romantic in with the rest of your style.

Ryan Brenizer - I’m a softee at heart.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Fer!

Dale Lempa - Beautiful portrait work.

Sneak Peek: Jenny and Jerry (with VSCO 4)

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This is always the time of year when I’m so busy documenting incredible stories that it’s hard to find time to share them, but my giant mug of coffee and I will work to show Jenny and Jerry’s gorgeous wedding. I processed this with VSCO 4, which was released today. Don’t worry, I don’t have nearly enough hipster in me to make any money off your VSCO purchases. But they’ve been doing some fantastic stuff over there with a killer iPhone app, and I’ve always like slide film, so I thought I’d give it a try. This was Astia 100F (one of my favorite films), modified with only the stuff from their toolkit.

And thankfully I didn’t have to shoot and scan 53 slides of Astia to make this.

Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: 53-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G (equivalent of 28mm f/0.45 according to Brett’s calculator)

Ryan Brenizer - Testing the new comment system!

Mudan Wedding: Fallon and Andrew

To use modern Internet parlance, this wedding was so full of feels. I could have created a blog post entirely of Top 50 Best Heart-Wrenching Sobbing Moments, but that would have edged out the possible Top 200 Best Hysterical Laughs. It’s what happens when you take two incredibly sweet people, one of them a wedding photographer herself, and throw them into a day with numerous ceremonies, from the quiet and reflective to the raucous hardship the groomsmen faced at particularly inventive door games. It’s what happens when family gathers from all over the world to ignore the heat and celebrate Andrew and Fallon. And it’s what happens with a wild group of friends — I don’t show photobooth photos on the blog for a few reasons, but we’ll just say that things got particularly creative and many guests walked out with a pretty good cardio workout.

I was thrilled to be joined on this wedding with Tatiana and Michael Stavrinos, even though all the good photos made my editing job much harder. It’s a challenge I’m happy to take.

Dale Lempa - Excellent wedding documentary. Love the colors and textures.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Dale!

The Mill at Spring Lake Heights Wedding: Nicole and Kyle

Thanks to a long string of luck, my clients tend to make description of them a bit difficult. “Extremely nice,” “deeply family-oriented,” “handling stress with cheer and grace,” — on the streets of New York you could pick someone out of a large crowd with just those descriptors, but I’ve been lucky to have this be common threads of the people that hire me. So to describe Nicole and Kyle, you take these and add the deep respect and camaraderie of Kyle’s military family, breeding West Point officers. You stir in the deep bond with his brother, who, in words I thought I’d never write, produced a hilarious, heart-wrenching PowerPoint display for his speech.

And then you add a gorgeous day, the heat that would later scorch the area just poking into the territory of a nice warmth. Finish with a bunch of friends and family ready to spring into the party, and you have a good day. Thanks to Robert Piangozza for assisting.

(Note: If you’ve noticed that this site has run slowly for a long time, blame my old Web hosts and, apparently, my popularity. I’m with new hosts now who have great customer service and the ability to handle the strain of lots of people looking at lots of photos. There are still a few kinks to work out, but if you can see this post, you should be in the clear.)

Hempstead House Wedding: Maggie and Jonathan

Maggie is a decisive person. When she first met with me, not long before her wedding, she was just in for a couple days from her home in China, and I quickly realized that this was not the traditional “Convince me why I should hire you” meeting, but rather “This is why I’m hiring you.”

Weddings are hard enough to plan when you have plenty of time and are able to keep checking in the venue — it’s another story when you live almost 10,000 miles away and with just a matter of weeks to put the major details together, but she handled it with grace and all sorts of style, for example putting a modern twist on Chinese cultural traditions by ending the reception in a killer (Western-style) red dress.

As the thermometer pushes 100 degrees this week, we forget what a short time ago that it was cold and windy, but the wind whipped so hard during the ceremony that for a bit I was sure I was going to be documentarian of disaster. But clearly Maggie’s decisiveness included some very strong tents — and of course, no winds are going to bother the sturdy Hempstead House.

Thank you Pieter Sienatra for your help on this fantastic, blustery day. And thanks to Maggie and Jonathan’s friends and family for making it such a fun day — not every groomsman out there would dress themselves up in toilet paper and re-enact the proposal just so the groom could earn the right to see his bride. And we won’t discuss the body hair collection part.

Eduardo Suastegui - Great coverage all around. Looks like it was a super fun wedding.

rich - love the shot of the bride coming up the stairs and the groomsmen after that one. also crazy getting the MOH’s eye in the flute!! awesome work ryan!!

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - Looks like this Wedding was a lot of fun, love the party photos, really bring the atmosphere a live!

Mary Richard Sundberg - I like the outside pics, with the darkness and the clouds!

Chad Neufeld - that photo of her eye through the wine glass is pimp… well done…

Ron - Awesome shots as always Ryan! I was just there attending a wedding. The castle/mansion looked real cool to do creative shots. They did the wedding outside with only umbrellas for the guests… It was blazing hot!!!!

Liberty House Wedding: Regina and Jerry

Whenever my fantastic wedding photographer friends fly in to New York to help me shoot a wedding, I like to give them days that might be well outside their norm. It’s an old magazine photo editor trick to bring a fresh sort of vision to a given story, and gives a different sort of accent to my standard “work my butt off and tell the big story” style. For example, when Sara K Byrne came in fresh from her open-air, rural, hipster Idaho weddings, I had her help with a quintessential high-class Manhattan wedding in the opulent cavern that is the Metropolitan Club.

But what could be fresh to my friend (and fellow Moment Junkie co-founder) Kyle Hepp? She’s based in Chile but spends most of her time in or around airplanes, shooting and traveling all over the world. What can be fresh to someone who was in her third hemisphere that week?

“OK, Kyle, this wedding is going to be fantastic. The couple is extremely nice, I love the Liberty House, the day ends at 4…”

“Four a.m.? Cool! That’s pretty standard in Chile, though I don’t always stay the whole time…”

“No … four p.m.”

That did it. Of course the biggest challenges of daytime weddings are that sometimes it’s hard for people to feel the same sort energy at tea time that they would at mid-night, but with Jerry and Regina’s friends and family there was no need to worry about that. A cold mist turned the dramatic NYC skyline view into an impressionistic panorama, and inside the Liberty House the day was marked by deep convictions — convictions to friends, family, religion, and each other.

While the day was almost entirely culturally Western, the energy was helped further by the deep sense of fun of Asian-style reception games. I am sure Jerry has forgiven Regina by now for mistaking the arm of a female guest for that of her new husband.

Thank you both for letting me share in this day, and thanks to Kyle for doing a great job more than 5,000 miles from home.

Donna Baker Schumann - BEAUTIFUL

Kyle - The pinky shots!!!!!! I love those two together, so happy to see you put those in the blog post.

Thanks for pulling me way out of my comfort zone RB :) I had fun!

Regina and Jerry, if you see this, thank you, it was an amazing day!

Manel Tamayo - Great storytelling!

Deepak Rai - superb

Ed Atrero - Slick job working those shadows in those sweet portraits. Superb work as always, Ryan!

Steve Koo - I loved the pinky shots too! The reception, as always, is a highlight. Great work, Ryan!

Britney Gardner - I enjoyed your lead up to the photos – especially nice seeing the Liberty House during the day for a change. :)

Neil Redfern - How do you manage such creativity at every single wedding?! Amazing images as always – I love the shot of the bride looking out of the car window – wow.

Dale Lempa - Beautiful “moment” photography.

Kandid Weddings - Great reception shots! Captured the atmosphere and emotions very nicely.

The Green and the Gray

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One of the hidden benefits of using so many advanced panorama and compositing techniques to quickly do the otherwise impractical or impossible is that it takes you back to the film days where you can be pleasantly surprised by a photo much later. The result of this tilt-shift pano of Central Park’s urban/pastoral view is exactly what I had in my mind, but it was great to see it take shape.

Lens: 45mm f/2.8 PC-E, 9-image panorama
Camera: Nikon D4

Elissa - Wow, that is both gorgeous and glorious.

Au Patea Ya Boss - nice one

Lyn Rees - Damn, that’s good!

Sean - Cool tilt-shifting aside, I’m digging the pony tail

Paul Johnson - That is a very beautiful technique and photo. Very nice! I wonder how that would look with a lens baby.

rich - tilt shift pano?? crazy cool ryan!

Kim Rix Photography - Very clever and inspiring. I will give this a go in London where there are some beautiful panorama backdrops.

Brillpix Photography - Very nice image. Love the dreamy look that this has created. Looks like it was shot with a lens baby, rather than a tilt shift lens.

www.kandidweddings.com - Cool shot! Has turned out very nicely.

Dale Lempa - Awesome perspective.

Thank You Live View…

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…since there would have been no other way to frame this shot of Alana and Gerard at 200mm without burning out my corneas.

Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII
Camera: Nikon D4

Ben Joseph - Atmospheric, subtle and evokative. A great shot, perfectly composed.

Ben Joseph Photography - Atmospheric, subtle and evokative. A great shot, perfectly composed.

Lightworks Photography - Beautiful use of the old rule of thirds as well! Beautiful shot Ryan!

Steve Brill - Great composition, and beautifully exposed. Love it.

Boaz Arad - Wouldn’t the DOF preview button work just as well?

Dale Lempa - Gorgeous.

Four Seasons Wedding: Kartika and Varun

I’d been dying to go to Vancouver ever since the Winter Olympics showed off its beauty, and thanks to the Canada Photo Convention and Varun and Kartika’s wedding at the Vancouver Four Seasons, I went two times in a month. Of course, given my schedule this time of year, that means that my grand total of sight-seeing for both trips was about 15 minutes.

But I had so much fun that I’ll have to come back. Varun and Kartika aren’t just incredibly nice, they’re absolutely hilarious. I’m a softie — usually when I’m thankful for autofocus it’s because something touching has made me tear up a bit. But I had to spend most of this day photographing through the laughter. Of course a bit of door games started that off right — wedding days drive brains crazy, so when Kartika left a complicated mathematic clue about where she was hiding, I forgive the groomsmen for coming up with “somewhere on the 271st floor.”

Eastern and Western traditions have very different expectations for wedding receptions, and it was fascinating to see the Indian/Indonesian/Chinese/Canadian cultures mix with the quirkiness of Varun and Kartika’s own friends and family. Who needs a garter toss when the groomsmen can toss swords around and do a lucky Dragon dance?

Thank you both for flying me out to document this beautiful, hilarious day. And thanks to Rachel Pick for helping on the day and being my local Vancouver liason.

Elissa - This wedding looks epicccc!

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - You really are a master at Ring photos, and everything else.

Lal Bahadur Gupta - Good photographs

Dale Lempa - Awesome. Beautiful portraiture.

rich - love the warm relaxed photos at the end on top of all your awesome documentary work!

yuriy - So wonderful!

From touched to terrified to thrilled in 60 seconds

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Oh, Varun … you mentioned me in your reception speech, saying that my work had made you start loving your work as a photographer again, and I teared up even as I blushed furiously (“I’m a documentarian! No one is supposed to notice me!”) And then you threw me a curve ball, “And now I’d like Ryan to take a really cool shot! Everyone get out your cameras!”

The idea was what you see here … a stylized take on the Uncle Bobism of a photographer’s wedding. But how do you make a bunch of flashes go off when they’re all from different manufacturers … and most of them are camera phones?

Very carefully.

Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6

Dylan Howell - nicely done. now you need to launch your ios flash app.. :)

Joseph Farrugia - Those seem more like the “AF-assist” light than actual flash bursts……the dark venue would trigger those devices to use something of the sort if they indeed have that feature.

Heidi Huber Photography - Very nice! I’ve caught a few of other people’s strobes during the reception, and I love it!

rich - wow ryan – quite the story and you pulled it off dude. amazing as always