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Looking love in the eyes

This weekend on Saturday I had the opportunity to shoot with a wedding with a friend of mine at Snuffy’s Pantagis Renaissance steakhouse in New Jersey. Heres a look into the eyes of love with Forrest and Jayvie just after their beautiful wedding ceremony. Keep a look out for some more from this energetic wedding in the next upcoming weeks. Till now here’s the “teaser”. Enjoy!

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A New Life, A Wonderful Journey

This past weekend I had an awesome opportunity to be a second shooter and to assist a good friend of mine, Cliff Cooper in my very first wedding! Well where should I start? Being my first time I was extremely nervous, I had no idea what to expect. Things were going through my head like “Is there a point in time where i shouldnt be photographing something?” or how about “what if someone is dancing and doesn’t want their picture taken?” Probably the biggest one of all “what is proper wedding photographer etiquette, and are there people that I should not be taking pictures of together?”. Well considering that it was a first for me I feel the whole day ran through very smoothly.

So the wedding took place in the West Village of Manhattan, at a venue called the Alger House. Marc and Erin were married on October 22nd, 2010. This location and venue was perfect. There were about 80 guests at the wedding. With this venue and the amount of people who attended set up the mood perfectly. It was a very warm and personal atmosphere, which in my opinion suited this couple very well. First the bride was getting ready upstairs on the 3rd floor. Here is where I let Cliff take over and get the shots he needed, but i snapped a couple as well.

After the Bride saw the Groom, it was decided that it would be a perfect time to go outside and really capture the couple in action and really soak up the atmosphere the area had to offer us.

After we shot the couple outside we went back in and got on with the ceremony.

Now as for all of the rest, well, you can only guess. There was 2 “I do’s”, 2 Rings, 2 Huge Smiles, 1 Kiss a couple of tears, a first and last dance, and 5 hours of memories to capture. Here are some.

Overall I had a great experience and just got the tips of my toes wet. I can’t say I have an understanding about how wedding photography works and is coordinated, but I did learn a couple things. Knowing where to be and when, also timing is key. That can be taken two ways. One timing makes those amazing pictures, but also timing so you know where to be positioned for that anticipated kiss, or even the smiles and tears you know will pop out and then quickly hide.

Please visit my friend Cliff Cooper at his website www.cliffcphoto.com and view some of his work from previous events.


It’s hot in the city, hot in the city tonight!

Lately almost every weekend I’ve been going into a city to take pictures, kind-of being an “urban explorer“. Being in such an over-whelming place all time lets my imagination run wild! Theres always so much action going on you never know where to look. There are so many places in a city to get inspiration. Here’s a picture of a cyclist in Central Park, NYC

Being that Philadelphia and New York are huge cities, there are a vast number of people around you all of the time doing all sorts of different things. Not all of my inspiration comes from people though. Theres also places in a city that can be quiet. Although this is hard to find on a weekend, its great when you get that moment, you can sit down your gear and set up that shot. Frame it just the way you like, make that picture tell you a story.

Well as we know, most major cities are known for landmarks.This also provides a photographer with a lot of inspiration. You look at it and know that you’ve seen it before, but you want to make your shot that much better, and you want to catch it at an angle that some people may not see.

Before I went exploring into these cities with my camera, and way before I had a license to even be able to drive into a city (years ago). Whenever I heard the two words picture and city mended together I always imagined city scape’s, and big buildings!

Now I’ve come to the realization that you can always dig deeper. Theres always another challenge to take on, another angle, another view, or just a whole new perspective. That’s my goal, to show people the world that I see not just through my eyes, but through my lens.

So drop me a comment, let me know what you think!!


Shooting Manhattan

Well this past thursday I went with a friend Cliff ( www.cliffcphoto.com ) to Liberty State Park in Jersey City. This place has some spectacular views and you can really take in the beauty of the Manhattan Skyline from this point. Heres just a couple of pictures from the journey. The silhouette shot is a picture I took of Cliff as he was setting up a shot.