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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.


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Just … trust me.

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Sometimes photography requires a good deal of trust. The coordinator from the New York Botanical Garden stood in front of me and said “We have transportation, and you have access to all the wonders and beauty of the gardens at your disposal. Where would you like to go?”

“Well … I saw a really great patch of unmowed grass. Can we go there?”

Trust can pay off.

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


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Steiner Studios Stage 6 Wedding: Igor and Mishella

New year’s resolution: Let the photos do the talking. I don’t have to tell you that Mishella and Igor were awesome. Any bride with emotion that pure and any groom who can rock a Funky Chicken that hard have to be awesome.

Southern gentlemen Zack Delaune and Taylor Hide were fantastic help on the day, and have a photo apiece in the mix. And the staff at Stage 6 is absolutely top notch. When I hear how solid and comprehensive day-of manager Eric’s pre-wedding run-through is, reiterating lots of things I tell my clients, I kind of want to give him a hug.
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Panorama on the sly

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It’s not often that I can pull off a candid “Brenizer method” panorama, but here’s a 10-photo image from when the couple took a break at their Stage 6 at Steiner Studios wedding reception to spend a minute alone with the skyline. Like any extreme panorama, it reads best in very large sizes, so here it is in exactly one percent of the original area. One adage of panoramas is that at any given print size you’re compressing out the noise, handy at ISO 10,000.

10 photos with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.


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Christine and Gaetano’s Tappan Hill wedding

I love shooting friends’ weddings. There are lots of obvious reasons, but also it just reminds me of all of the context that goes into our photography. When Christine makes a certain expression, I know “Man, that is so Christine!” and I give it photographic weight. My goal is always to get to know my subjects enough that I can take images that are “so them,” and walking into a shoot filled with history always gives me perspective to check my work.

Christine and Gaetano met at Fordham University, another place filled with history for me (and one of my favorite corporate clients), and I always love shooting ceremonies there. The reception was at the Tappan Hill mansion, a fantastic venue with literary history and the home base of Abigail Kirsch, one of NYC’s premiere caterers. So yes, the food was fantastic, and as a guest as well as the photographer I got to partake in all of it.

Yes, in the roles of friend and professional, I Uncle Bobbed myself on this one. But I promised to stay out of my own way.

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