How can you be sure YOU will have a great time at your wedding reception? The best way is to hire a good team. A good party takes experience and skill to pull off. A venue with experienced managers and a great band or DJ is key. As a photographer, I work closely that day with the reception manager and/or DJ. Make sure who you choose is experienced at weddings, as there is much going on. This person is in charge of the timing of the entrances, dances and events of all kinds during the reception. Your DJ or band leader must know how to throw a great party! I have witnessed countless receptions where the DJ or bandleader takes charge of the room and creates a great time. One person I have loved working with is Matty B who is a one man live band and DJ. He is an exceptional wedding pro and throws a great party, plays sax, guitar and sings beautifully, as well. He can suggest what songs to play that will make your party rock, will play your music, and knows how to handle all the events of the day. Plus he works with […]
I am back with some tips to help you make your wedding day photography go smoothly so you can capture everything you would like. In the last post I spoke about the early planning stages – the venue and time of day for good lighting to help you look good in your photos. Next, let us talk about time-lines. TIME-LINES are very important for your images because you need to allow enough time for your photographer to help you create the images that you really want. If the details of your dress, rings, bouquets etc are important to you, allow at least 1-2 hours before the ceremony starts to have yourself and your details ready to be photographed, along with your brides maids, mom and any other family or friends that will be with you in your ready room. If your brides maids and mother can plan on being dressed around this time so that everyone looks great in the photographs. Allowing time to photograph your father and/or your groom in a “first look” is possible before the ceremony. If you would like this, allow the time for it. This should be done early or off site so that your […]
So you would love to have great photos on your wedding day? Here are some things to bear in mind. Usually you would be thinking about this from the start of your planning. LOCATION is key. A beautiful location with nice backgrounds and ambiance will help create wonderful photos on your wedding day. Take this into consideration as you look for a venue, church and reception site. These are the places where light is important. Plenty of window light is helpful in creating beautiful photos of faces and all the action at the reception. If it is a night reception or a ballroom, check out the lighting beforehand. Low light or candlelight can be wonderful for creating mood. A good photographer can ‘make’ their own light on location if necessary. THE SWEET LIGHT: Sunset times are very important to know when you set your date and your venue. Two hours before sunset is the soft golden light and perfect for outdoor ceremonies & your formal portraits. We photographers sometimes call this the sweet light. This portrait was taken on a porch late in the afternoon in September at the Publick House in Sturbridge MA . A good photographer can also create […]
Shoes can make a difference on how you feel especially on your wedding day. If your feet hurt it is no fun. Here are some samples that have been the favorites of my brides for different reasons. First are a pair of soft and pretty shoes that are elegant, pretty and comfortable. They looked great with the brides Silk Flower bouquet and silk dress. These were worn on a hot July day and were simple in style but the shiny stones shown bright when the bride changed into an elegant party dress for the first dance. The guys shoes can be less interesting unless comfort is the main concern. These guys decided to wear ‘Dress Sneakers’. Nice and comfortable for a garden wedding on a hot summer day. In a church? Naah! I love the simple design and texture of these shoes. Now, if you want to make a statement…try something bold. Sandals with a flair are great for tall brides so they don’t tower over their groom. Some brides choose to change shoes – one for the ceremony and the other for dancing. Shoes you can kick off in an instant if you feel like it and match the […]
Everyone needs a time to get away from their normal activities – to refresh, renew, revisit and learn new stuff. I attend a wonderful Avatar course (Wizards) that meets in Florida each winter where I can do just that. It has nothing to do with photography in any direct way. It is self-study, meditative time, explorative, and you do this with thousands of incredible people from all over the world. We are “one” for 13 days – it is a life changing experience and an incredibly wonderful time that I am very grateful for. Now I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. This is a photograph of the first morning I woke up in Buena Vista, Florida a few weeks ago. I did not have my pro gear with me, but I did have my trusty little Nikon Coolpix P7000 which is a great little pocket camera. I walked down to look around the grounds of the condo where I stayed and experienced this wonderful sunrise. The air temperature was very cool and it interacted with the warm pond water creating a foggy sunrise and beautiful reflection. I enjoyed many more sunrises from the heated swimming […]
The White Rose by John Boyle O’Reilly The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove. But I send you a cream-white rosebud With a flush on its petal tips; For the love that is purest and sweetest Has a kiss of desire on the lips. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Traditionally the white rose is a symbol of innocence and purity. That is why it is often used in wedding bouquets to symbolize these traits in the bride.
As promised, I am back with another New England wedding at the Historic Publick House in Massachesetts. I photographed two weddings there this year and both were very different. One reception was in the tent and the other in the barn, and there are two outdoor venues for outdoor ceremonies. The big lawn on the hill and the garden lawn near the tent. I love photographing at this venue, the opportunities for photography are wonderful and the staff terrific. There are a variety of accommodations for overnight stays on site as well. Plus, the food is great! Check it out if you are looking for a unique place to get married. Here is Carolyn and Ryan’s wedding on the big lawn. It was a wild day- from fog, sun to rain! This was an August wedding. Don’t you just love her dress? This first image was taken in a lovely little house by the motel. It had wonderful natural light for portraits. Here is the Gazebo with beautiful landscaping for the ceremony. And, that lucky rain. Boy did it pour and really soaked the groom. But look at their faces… he doesn’t care and she is happy as could be to […]
Hi. I am a wedding photographer in Connecticut. I love this state and New England with all it variety. I was born and raised here, but have not lived here my whole life. After spending time in New York City and Rochester, NY for my college years; Santa Barbara, CA and Baton Rouge, LA working and starting a family, I am grateful to have moved back to Connecticut to live in its’ ‘Quiet Corner‘. I like the variety New England offers from its cities, beaches, mountains and of course the seasonal changes that make photography here so colorful. It is a great place to raise children, too! I have raised two of them. Anyway, I just wanted to share some of the wonderful moments in my 2012 season of weddings here in Connecticut and New England…. though my reach this year was only in Connecticut to Massachusetts but, I loved every minute! Here are some warm weather moments to enjoy. This first couple, Heather and Eric were married in July at the beautiful Alumni House on the UConn campus. It is a wonderful venue. This ceremony took place in the lovely courtyard. Here is Petra-Ann and Derrick whose wedding […]