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karen and dan : 2009.7.3

Chemistry! Karen and Dan have chemistry. Seriously all I needed to do was find a cool scene and they did the rest. That is rare and makes my job so easy.
Dont know if any of you noticed but the last few weekends have had some similarites. Sacred heart in Yonkers and Untermeyer Park I think I have shot that combination at least 4 times already. And the season just started. That does not mean Im going to sit back and shoot the same thing four weeks in a row. I attacked Untermeyer today not using a single spot I used in the last ten years. There is one shot that I swear no one has ever shot. I will point it out.
This first shot was Karens request. This is her “baby” as she called it, a Buick Roadmaster. I can’t get over this shot!
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So here it is. One of the craziest angles I have ever shot at untermeyer. I needed to scale a 10 foot wall to get this. I have a photo to prove it, I will post it at the end.
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Oh yeah, these next few are going to require some explaining. They were shot at the not yet completed Windows on the Hudson. A new catering hall that Karen and Dan were supposed to get married at but the local building department decided to shut down the construction for one reason or another. Karen and Dan had to move there reception to another local facility, but we still had the great idea to sneak into the building for some photos. So cool!

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As promised here is the shot of me 10 feet up. I love my job!
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The slide show music is their first dance song “Just the Way You Are” By Billy Joel

Oh, and finally the video was shot by my friend Ed Neary From Milestone Video Productions

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melissa and john : 2009.6.28

Another day wedding this one took place at the awesome Harvest on the Hudson. I love it there.
Its a restaurant in the evening but they do weddings during the day.
This place has it all. Awesome food, an insane location for photos and a really different banquet room.

We met really early yesterday morning to knock out the photos before the ceremony.
This was really important when you have a day wedding and everything is at one location.
If we wait until after the ceremony for the photos then we only have a few minutes between
the ceremony and reception to take photos and I almost never get what I want to get done.

Melissa and John were great subjects and the photos are really something that I’m proud of.
Hey Melissa not bad considering : ) I will talk to you when you get back!

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The slide show music is there first dance song “You Had Me from Hello” by Kenny Chesney

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celeste and steve : 2009.6.27

Saturdays wedding was a day wedding. I love day weddings!
Forget about the obvious the party is over at 6 and I get home before the girls are asleep.
But the vibe is so different from an evening affair that its so refreshing to attend.
People hang out all over the reception site; outside, in the room, on the dance floor its awesome.

The ceremony was at Resurrection Church in Rye, so the park photos were a no brainer… Playland.
Everyone knows I love shooting on the boardwalk, at the end there is a pier that has a covering for those hot sunny days.
I somehow convinced Celest to sit on the railing of the pier (she is afraid of heights)
But with a little help from Steve she didn’t think to much about it! Up she went.
Glad she did it gave me the opportunity to shoot a different angle on the boardwalk.
I loved these photos so I’m blogging 12 of them.

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By the way Ronnie rocked the candid’s at this wedding. If you interested in a second candid photographer remind me to show you this wedding as a sample!

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Updates…

Hey all.
So I decided to update the blog with a little bit of “whats going on!”
As you can tell we are in the heart of the wedding season.
This year I will shoot more weddings then any other year. I’m humbled by this.
Everyones positive feedback is so much appreciated. I promise to not sit back and relax,
The intensity that I brought for the past 10 years will only grow stronger!
Website
I noticed that the gallery section of my website was getting a bit stale. Partly because I update the blog so often, I didn’t think that anyone even looked at the gallery.
Nevertheless I updated the gallery with three new weddings. (I left Danielle and Rob up there because I feel like that is a great representation of a winter wedding.)
If you get a second check out my choice’s let me know what you think.
Oh and the music was changed as well. As much as I like starting the playlist off with Lisa Hannigan I have to admit if I hear that song one more time I might lose it! The song that starts the website off is now “Forever” by Ben Harper, his lyrics are awesome.
Makeup artists
At least once a week I get asked about make up artisits. So I put together my list of artists that I think are masters of their craft.
In no particular order.

– Angela Civale – (914) 879-4161
– Jill Imbrogno (845) 661-7717 – www.jkflashy.com
– Rosalba – (917) 968-3535
– Vanessa Tarricone – I only have her email.
These four artisits are by far the best I have ever encountered.
Video
Video is such a nice addition to a killer wedding album. And of course I feel like I know some of the best in our area.
This post I decided to highlight Dave Venturini from Moving Pictures, but to be fair I will link all three of them in this post. I leave it up to you to decide who suits your needs.

– Dave Venturini
– Robert knowles
– Ed Neary
Dave/Moving Pictures actually just designed a new package that will cover everyones budget and style preference. He calls it the clean package. It is aimed at the person who wants a clean video with perfect audio and none of the bells and whistles. If this is something you need Check out this post on daves blog. It will explain it all.
Locations
This year my goal was to find obscure locations for the portrait portion of the day. I feel like this was a contagiouse thing with some of you. I received tons of emails and phone calls saying I found the perfect spot. I love it, I now have a network of people searching for something different. This industry is in for a shock! Or a wake up call. I hope all the other photographers are listening People want something different!!!

If you have any great ideas for location please let me know. I would love to scout it out and tell you if it will work.
Oh and for those of you that are still a bit traditional of course I still go to the normal spots Untermeyer, Pepsi and Glenn Island.

So thats it for now, If you would like to talk about anything above feel free to call me.
Oh and no posts wthout a photo.
This is Gretchen from West Palm Beach. Me and the girls escaped two weeks ago so I could reset. I didnt tell anyone because I didnt want my weekend brides to freak :)
Remember when being covered in sand was the greatest feeling in the world.
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We went to visit my best friend EJ and his beautiful family. EJ and I have known each other since preschool!!
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vickie + john : 2009.6.21 [ jason ]

Despite the rain, or threat of rain most of the day; Jason created some awesome images for Vickie and John. What a better setting than Queens and NYC!? The day was exciting to say the least. Not the typical wedding scenario at all. Chauffeured not by a limo, but a yellow NYC taxi cab! Jason stopped traffic in the middle of the West Village to take advantage of the charm of the city.

JD, I think you did an amazing job. The circumstances of weather and lighting were certainly not ideal and you nailed it! Vickie and John, thanks for including us in your day. You guys look fantastic. Enjoy.

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