Sweet. Down-to-earth. Deeply connected. It’s not just that I enjoyed spending the day with Naomi and Ben, documenting their relationship, friends and family, and not enough that I loved the choices they made for their wedding day … I respected them. At every point they chose to focus on the deep relationships they had with friends and family, and keep things simple and beautiful. When I walked in to the Wainwright House, Ben was already at work helping to build his own chuppah (and doing a great job — if I built one I’d nervously watch out for even light winds). Family dogs ran free, even breaking loose into the reception at one point. Along the way the great team at Ruby Stone Productions kept the day well-styled and running smoothly, so that everything just felt easy and fun.
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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.
This is one of those pictures that even my large-size blog format doesn’t really do justice — the original is about 150 megapixels.
I can’t post the full set without permission due to extreme fabulousness, but I will ask nicely, because this was a fantastic wedding day.
Brenizer method and flash composite. Because why not.
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 36-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 (equivalent of 23mm f/0.38 according to Brett’s calculator)
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.