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  • Meet Caroline

    A few things you should know about me...I am passionate about creating wedding photos that are natural, romantic and timeless. My approach to portrait time is to create timeless imagery that captures you two and your unique love in an honest, but gorgeously composed way that looks almost candid. Not a model? No problem! I believe it's a photographer's job, not yours to help you look and feel comfortable in front of the camera! I work in both medium format film and some digital. Film because of its beautiful, soft, fine art qualities and perfect skin tones, and digital because of it's reliability in low light situations.

    In my spare time I read, write poetry, music and mentor other women. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and my drink of choice is a French 75.

    But enough about me... I look forward to hearing more about you and your wedding plans!

Cape May Wedding | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

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I absolutely love photographing destination weddings.  I get to meet the couple’s  families ahead of time, spend  more time with them and learn more about their story at the rehearsal dinner.  And on the day of the wedding,  the party rages all night long because no one has to drive home or be up early the next morning.  It was so fun getting to know Melissa and Bryan and their friends and family better during  their wedding weekend at Cape May’s Congress Hall.  A nicer group of people you wouldn’t meet anywhere.

As Melissa’s maid of honor and best friend said of her,  both her and Bryan are the kinds of people that know how to bring fun to any occasion, and so it goes without saying that their wedding was a blast.  “All Biz Meliz”  as Bryan teasingly calls her, pulled off a gorgeous and fun wedding complete with lovely details like sea glass trays, organic touches of rosemary,  amazing band and a trolly car to drive the bridal party around.  Her nickname isn’t completely fair though, because both Bryan AND Melissa wear their heart on their sleeve, and while they are both quick to laugh, neither are ashamed to shed a happy tear.  So their wedding was full of all my favorite things: happy tears from everyone, lots of laughs and a raging party.  Throughout the day it couldn’t be clearer that these two joyful people are insanely in love and excited to spend the rest of their lives together.  I feel like the last picture tells the story of their wedding perfectly:  Bryan and Melissa blissfully happy in each others’  arms and so comfortably at home amongst their numerous family and friends.

Leandra Brown - February 4, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Gorgeous! :)

Amy Rizzuto - February 5, 2014 - 5:35 pm

So pretty Caroline!

Melissa Romanetz Gunderson - February 10, 2014 - 10:10 pm

love this caroline! so amazing, thank you for capturing all these special moments! xo

Jessie and Ryan Brooklyn Anniversary Shoot

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This sweet Canadian couple and their film anniversary session have ravished my heart.  Ryan and Jessie married one year ago.  For their anniversary, they planned a trip to NYC, but Ryan had other things in mind.  He surprised Jessie with a trip to Orlando “on the way” to New York where they first spent a few days in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – a dream for huge-harry-poter-fan Jessie (she’s a girl after my own heart).  When they did make it to NYC eventually, we all had an awesome time running around Brooklyn, and I had an awesome time telling their love story in film!

Denver Photographer - January 23, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Did you shoot these on film? The colors are great on these!

Natural History Museum and Central Park Engagement Session | New York Engagement Photographer

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My heart goes out to Stephanie and Dean this week as they are currently residing in Chicago and while I have complained NY has been uncharacteristically frigid, Chicago is actually experiencing crazy temperatures like highs of -1.  That is CHILLY.  But these two lovebirds know something about cold weather: they met at school in Ithaca, New York.   But enough about the cold, let us harken back to a warmer, happier time.  Early fall this year when I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie and Dean in person for coffee and to shoot their engagement session.   This unique couple, wanted a unique engagement session.    I was super excited that they chose the Natural History Museum in addition to central park.   Firstly, because its 2 blocks from my apartment, but mostly because it’s always fun to do something new!   We had a great time and lots of laughs (as you can see) even though the guards kicked us out within 10 minutes.   Can’t wait for their upstate barn wedding in August!

New York Engagement Photography by Caroline Frost

Allison Mannella - January 15, 2014 - 8:58 am

Beautiful! And how cute is her smile?! Can’t wait to see their wedding!

What Does It Take to Be a New York Wedding Photographer? | Behind the Scenes 2013 NYC

I’d like to propose that wedding photographers have one of the simultaneously toughest and most fun jobs there is.   You have to be a photojournalist, artist, fashion photographer, bridesmaid, and product photographer all wrapped into one, with negative amounts of time to get it all done.   And just like pretty much anything, New York City makes it 10 times harder and 10 times more fun.   Here are ten tips on what it takes to be a New York wedding photographer with behind the scenes pics of me and my team this year.  Some of these tips are New York specific and many of them apply to any wedding photographer!

1. It’s possible that 50+ tourists may gather around you at any point during the day and want to take the same picture you are.   It feels like being on stage, but stay calm, ignore them and do what you have to do.  Have your second shooter or assistant ask people to stand back if necessary.  Can you even find me in this picture?

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2. Pay Attention to detail:  What angle of their face is the most flattering,  is their hair perfectly in place, is the dress laid out perfectly? Oh yes and ask your clients before you touch their faces.  :)

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3. Never stop smiling, no matter what happens!

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4. You’re there to serve your clients on one of the most special but also possibly the most stressful day of their life -don’t forget that and just photograph.  If your bride needs help tying a bow, fixing hair, pinning something, or a hug- offer yourself as a stand in bridesmaid. 
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5. There is no shame in contorting yourself into all sorts of weird positions including laying flat on the ground, standing on a chair or doing whatever weird yoga move this between a chair and couch to get the perfect shot.   Some yoga training beforehand might help keep you from making the pained expressions I am in these pictures.

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6. Dress cute, but practical. NYC wedding days are usually 9 hours plus and since there is rarely driving on the wedding day you will be on your feet for all of it.  My hair is always up so it stays out of the pictures and doesn’t get tangled in my camera straps.   My Holdfast strap allows me to carry two camera and comes in a gorgeous Chestnut leather that matches my favorite pair of boots!  Plus it makes me feel like Indiana Jones. 
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7. Be memorable by being personable- no one will forget the photographer that busted a move at their wedding!

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8. Don’t be offended if someone wants you to take a picture for them on their iphone or point and shoot camera -Also, look like you know how to use it even if you don’t, which I clearly failed at in this case.

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9. Hire an awesome team who knows how to blend work and play at the same time.

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Why should testing your lights be boring?

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10. Don’t forget an assistant – you have too much to worry about already traipsing through the city doing portraits surrounded by masses of people.  Hire someone to carry your bags, sweaters, extra cameras to make sure they are safe at all times.  This is an absolute must for me for city weddings – otherwise I’d leave “a trail of Caroline” everywhere I go – as my husband calls it.   Kristy (pictured here) and Julieanne were lifesavers this year, time and time again!

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Overwhelmed yet?  Don’t worry, your clients gratitude and reactions to seeing their images makes it all worth it!

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If you enjoyed this post, you can see more pictures of me and my team behind the scenes HERE

Many thanks to Kristy, Mekina, Sidney, Angela, Julienne, Calvin, Melissa, Jonathan, Jess and my husband Alex all of whom helped me enormously this year and who captured some of these amazing behind the scenes moments.

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Mary Veterano - January 9, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Hahaha, so true!!!! This is best post ever. And your black and gold dress is so fabulous! :)

mike larson - January 9, 2014 - 2:36 pm

love your heart and smile here, great work & content for photogs!

Sidney Morgan - January 9, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Oh my gosh. Love you, Caroline!!! This post is perfect. <3

Elizabeth Fox - January 9, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Love it!

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - January 10, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Haha – I’m giggling because I find myself in mostly all of these situations too. Great post! It’s all so true! Happy new year!

Candi Clark - January 11, 2014 - 5:26 am

Love it !

Lorin - January 11, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Such great tips. Love that Holdfast camera strap! I’m going to have to look into that. Thanks, Caroline!!

Lily Frost - January 13, 2014 - 12:37 am

Great story telling. Full of love and admiration for you!

Allison Mannella - January 15, 2014 - 8:55 am

Love this post so much! Very impressed with your yoga skills!

Angela Newton Roy - January 17, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Super cute post, Caroline! So glad we got to join one another this past year (and already once in 2014, yay!!) and I look forward to more of it in the future. Great job!

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Jamie - February 11, 2014 - 6:20 pm

I also moved from CA to NYC and I really love your work and blog, especially this behind the scenes post! How lucky that you have such a great team and network of photographer friends.

Oksana Harris - March 21, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Hey Caroline! I absolutely love how even these second shooter bts images are still totally in your style! Super fun and helpful post!! :)

Chris - May 2, 2014 - 5:23 am

Haha that first picture! Fun bts post! :)

Jessa - June 2, 2014 - 5:08 pm

I just saw this! Love it! :)

Erin Douglas - June 15, 2016 - 2:44 am

Hi Caroline!! great advice. You actually photographed my best friends wedding in 2012 at the highland country club. We still talk abou the wedding and i always look for the photos. I do have a quick question for you, equipment wise. I see in this post you are using pretty much the same lens. What lenses do you most normally use and how many? Would love to hear about your must have/use..

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