Priya and Andy were married on Saturday at The Riverhouse. It was a morning ceremony and the weather was perfect. The Riverhouse’s beautiful setting – a modern and unique patio with a beautiful garden was the ideal backdrop! Congratulations Priya and Andy – it was an honor to photograph your wedding. Here are a few favorites from the day. Very unique gift for the guests…a little live plant beautifully packaged! A quiet moment before the reception.. Our beautiful bride! And the beautiful gown by Maggie Sottero!
My dear friend, Carol, a fabulous guitarist and singer, was married last weekend. I had the honor of being her photographer! What a blast! One of the most fun weddings I have been to EVER! It helped that almost everyone there were super talented musicians, so there was LIVE music at the ceremony and reception! Carol and Steve performed as well. My best to you both! Here are a few images from the day.
I had the honor of photographing the Wedding of Lauren and Anthony at the Waterview in Monroe, CT. It was a lovely ceremony which was held inside due to the wet weather. The ceremony room and reception tables were beautifully decorated with flowers by Elizabeth of Blush Floral Design. I loved this special moment between Lauren and her mother just before the ceremony. Lauren wore an amazing dress which looked comfortable and gorgeous! …..and Tony looked great as well. After the ceremony and formal photos, Lauren returned wearing these shoes and a cute short dress for the party! Anthony changed his shoes as well! Congratulations to Lauren and Tony! AND a thank you to Jean Molodetz for her help as second photographer. Your images speak volumes, and I look forward to working together again soon. Other vendors: Big Apple Entertainment -DJ, Inspiration in Motion– videographers
I am celebrating the love between Petra and Derrick on the blog today! These two very special people are to be married in October and I look forward to their wedding at Amarante’s! They were right at home in the fields around my studio in Mansfield, CT. The love I saw and felt between them warmed my heart! I feel that the engagement session is an opportunity for engaged couples to capture something special for themselves that they may not have another chance to do. These days leading up the the wedding day are very special. Thank you, guys, for a wonderful afternoon together. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Check back for other engagements, weddings and portraits; and friend me on facebook, too!
I recently attended the May Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp taught by Cliff Mautner in Haddonfield, NJ. Cliff, one of the top ten photographers in the world, is a natural teacher, as well as a supportive, generous and genuine person. I found this workshop to be a life-changing experience. Why go anywhere else? I highly recommend it to any wedding photographer who, like myself, always ran for the shade. Or, that struggles with adding light when there is no ‘quality light’ to be found. With Cliff’s coaching and personal attention, I was able to find the light, see the light, or add the light myself. We had plenty of time to work for 2 and a half days, with a group of beautiful models on location in downtown Philadelphia. ‘Hands on’ was what I needed to be able to see and understand what Cliff was teaching. The size of the workshop was perfect, no more than 18 photographers, who were some of the most wonderful and talented people from all over the world that I have met. We all delighted in the realization that we could actually leave this workshop with skills that each of us could use to create our […]
I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Melanie and Jeff on Sunday. It took place at the beautiful Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven, CT. Melanie looked fabulous in a gown by Casablanca from Fairy Tales Formal in Glastonbury. The cake was by Creative Cakes by Donna. The grooms mother, Beth Weller and friend, Janet Sanders provided the floral centerpieces and the beautiful sunflower bouquets! Here are a few of my favorite images from the day! The last image of the couples first dance was taken by the amazing, Jean Moledetz, who was my second photographer for the day!
Unlike looking for your perfect venue or dress, which you can see and experience in the moment…the photography is something very different. You need to be able to trust your photographer to produce the kind of imagery you desire at a future date! This is no small task. It requires asking for photographer referrals from family and friends; then looking at their websites, interviewing them in person, taking good notes and having a list of questions ready for them. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and let them know exactly what you envision for your wedding photography. San Francisco wedding photographer, Joseph Kohn, has a great article on his website about these specific questions to ask each photographer you interview.
Tip #3 When you picked your ceremony and reception site, what was it that you fell in love with? What ever it is, let your photographer know. It is important to me as a photographer to know what you envisioned when you chose that place. For instance, if it is at a mansion and the spiral staircase and graceful columns were what excited you; or if that stonewall and barn behind the reception site made you jump for joy – make sure you communicate this so it is not overlooked that day. This is a great reason why choosing a photographer who you feel comfortable talking with and who takes the time to listen and ask about what you have in mind is so important. If you chose a venue with no areas on site for creative photography, you can always find cool places on the way or in the area that are interesting and make good backdrops for your group photos. You just need to communicate the need for this and plan it with your photographer. I am always available to go to on site ahead of time and walk it with my couples so we are on the […]
Tip#2: With so many colors to choose from, think about how your color choices will look in your wedding images. Also, save the leftover fabric (hems) from your brides maids dresses so you can either match colors for the details, centerpieces or wrap the bouquet stems. Take a look at one of my brides from 2010, Pamela. She had a unique color scheme at her wedding at the Inn at Mystic, CT. I think it looked great for a summer outdoor ceremony! Pastels would not have stood up in the direct sun. Here they are in the shade for the photos and it still looks great.
Because of the many discussions I have with my newly engaged couples and the advice I find myself giving, I thought I would start a series of “tips” for brides and grooms here on my blog. These tips, not necessarily on wedding planning, but on anything that I have observed to be helpful to avoid pitfalls either the day of the wedding, before or after. So, here is the first one! Tip# 1. Quite often during the formal family portraits at a wedding it can be difficult for the bride to focus on the photos happening at the moment. She may be worried that she doesn’t see a certain family member for the next portrait and she ends up looking tense and distracted. I suggest to my couples that they pick two people, one from the brides side and the other from the grooms side, who know all the folks on that side of the family and will round them up for the photos. These people need to be leaders who will speak up and be active in getting the job done. I carry a list, too, however it is hard to identify who Aunt Rose is when I […]