Having your wedding on top of a mountain sounds like something you would hear about in a fairy tale, but Erin and Brendan made it happen, and it was stunning! Between the meetings, engagement session and the wedding, working with these two has been great, they were a kind, easy to work with and fun. I was not surprised when I saw how many family and friends came from out of state to celebrate there special day. I obviously had to start the blog off with a car shot, as you will see by looking through the blog, Erin and Brendan are big time car Subaru enthusiest (I mean they even used real car parts to hold up there cake for crying out loud!), Congrats to the two of them, and enjoy the blog!
I am proud to announce a partnership with Krystal Rose Studio (http://www.krystalrosestudio.com) . I have worked with at previous weddings and all I can say is Krystal and her team do amazing work and I would recommend her to anyone needing a little pampering.
Due the agreement we have, I will now be able to offer studio sessions for those that interested. This will open up many opportunities in the services I offer, such as:
If any of these offering sound good or if you have any ideas of your own you would like to suggest, please feel free to contact me anytime.
For a day that started off with constant pounding rain and cloudy skies, it's amazing that just after the ceremony we were greeted with blue skies and rainbows! That was not the only bright part of the day, the fact that Yelena and Feryaz were about to embark on a new chapter in their lives as husband and wife out shined all. I had a wonderful time shooting their wedding and wish them nothing but the best. Enjoy some of the images below.
Shocker! Another un seasonably cold photo session! Mother nature is going to break sometime soon, I just know i! Although it was cold, I still had a great time with Rebecca & Clautaire. I am looking forward to shooting their wedding in Utica in July.
Nikon 70-200mm VR II F2.8
In my opinion, if you're a wedding photographer, this lens is a must-have. I use it for around 25% of my images at any given wedding, but they are important ones. The focal length and the fact that it is F2.8 through out the entire lens is what makes this lens so special, it allows you to capture shots at the ceremony without you having to get right in the bride and grooms faces. I can easily work the sides and back of the venue and zoom in to capture these important images.
With a 200mm focal length, I also believe this lens allows me to capture very genuine moments, because people tend to show more emotion and act as themselves more when they don't have a camera pointed in their face.
The only time I really don't use this lens is for getting ready shots. I feel for these images I want to use a wider angled lens so that I can capture much of what is going on around and in the room....Which leads me to another great lens below.
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8
This is my work horse. It's reliable and very versatile. I use this lens for about 60% of my images. This lens will be on my camera at some point during every part of the wedding (getting ready, first looks, portraits, family/group shots, ceremony, reception, etc) The focal length of 24-70 is very useful.
The focal length of 24-70 has also helped me capture some of what I call my "Signature Images" these images usually are shot at a wider angle and will show off the subjects incorporated with a large sweeping landscape.
Even though this lens and my 70-200mm are f2.8 and can shoot pretty well in dark situations, it is still advised that you have atleast one the following in your bag....Prime Lens (see below)
SIGMA 35mm DG F1.4
This is the newest weapon in my arsenal. You will notice right away, that unlike my other two lenses, this one can go as low as f1.4. This may not seem like a big deal, but the difference between 1.4 and 2.8 is greater then one would think (at 1.4 your camera's sensor can collect 4x more light then at F 2.8) To make this very simple......This lens can see in the dark (OK not literally), but during those very dark situations you encounter when shooting weddings, such as reception lighting, portrait sessions at night with very little ambient light, etc, this lens will get you very high quality usable images.
On top of all of this, the lens is extremely sharp and produces very nice bokeh, only down side is with it being a prime lens, you won't be able to zoom in and out (well you can, but it requires you moving your feet!)