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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!

Katie and David | Highlands Country Club | New York Wedding Photographer

I loved Katie from the first time I met her on a rainy day in Astoria.  Not only do I automatically love people who laugh with their whole face and body, but she is also extremely warm, kind and deep.   Katie and I chatted about everything from her family to her wedding dress and especially about her and David’s special love story.  Katie and David were friends for almost 10 years before they started dating.  Their passion for music was the foundation of their relationship and their hangouts usually consisted of venturing into the city to hear the the NY Philharmonic.  I was not surprised that they decided to hire a DJ AND a band for their wedding in tribute to their love for music.  I met David a few months later when we were getting closer to the wedding and I saw that their love story was summed up for me in David’s face when he looked at Katie.  I found out quickly that he shared Katie’s kindness and warmth for people, though in his own more reserved manner, and they both know how to have a good time!  Their wedding so unique and full of emotion and special moments that I can’t even begin to describe.  Hopefully these pictures can give you a little taste instead of this special couple’s big day.  Thank you Diane for second shooting and providing me with some of these lovely images,  and thank you Stefania for your assistance that day!

What is Photojournalism? | New York Wedding Photographer

I so often have couples contact me saying “I love your photo-journalistic style!”  While I know they are referring to the natural,  non-cheesy, unaware of the camera look of couples in most of my portraits, photo-journalistic is actually a misnomer in the case of most of the images I display on my website.  So I thought I’d take a minute to discuss photojournalism.

So what is photojournalism?  A true, 100% photojournalist photographer is one who would show up on your wedding day and like a ninja would not be seen or heard, no formal portraits would be taken, and your album would be comprised of 100% purely candid moments.  Many couples love this style as it tells a true version of the day and means no time spent taking photos, but what’s sacrificed is the opportunity to use light and scenery in a beautiful way, as well as an opportunity for a skilled photographer to pose you in the most flattering way for your face and body type in order to create images that would be worthy of hanging on a wall as a work of art.  This is by no means a knock on photojournalism as a style.  I know several amazing photo-journalistic photographers but what they do, while brilliant, is very different from what I do.   Their images tend to be concerned with mostly just emotion and storytelling, but for a bride or groom who are not as camera-conditioned as some this might not be good news.  I take pride in being able to make anyone look their very best on camera during the portrait part of the wedding.

Almost no photographers are 100% photo-journalistic, and all wedding photographers are photographing an event so they are in some sense partially photo-journalistic.   In fact, for most of the day, I let things unfold naturally and only insert myself a few times to make suggestions such as, “This would be an excellent spot to get into your dress.”  However, I am never going to be interrupting a genuine moment to ask you to turn and smile, so in that way I definitely have some ninja-like, photo-journalistic elements to my style!

However, most people hire me for my ability to create beautiful portraits.  I call it “Creating Candid Moments.”  In my case I would say that photojournalism, along with films, art, and landscape photography inspires my bride and groom portraits, but they are not candid.  I have spent an inordinate amount of time studying posing and what looks natural which has given me the ability to pose my couples in a way that looks beautiful and flattering and well composed, but still looks natural and candid to the unknowing viewer, though a photographer might recognize the careful choices made in lighting and composition.  I pose, I tweak, I direct the portraits to achieve the most flattering images, but I also have a gift for keeping portrait time fun and light-hearted which means the images feel intimate, fun, relaxed, natural and REAL.   My goal is that the setting, backdrop, lighting tell your unique love story, as if one was watching a romantic movie and pushed “pause.”   Perhaps you could call it “cinematic.”  Once posed, I have little tricks to get the couple to interact naturally and in that way “create a candid moment.”  Though many images on my website have a photo journalistic vibe, most of the images I showcase on the first page of my website are from the one-hour block of time my brides and grooms give me for portraits.  For fun, why don’t we play a game called, “Candid or Portrait?”

I’ll start with an easy one…Candid or Portrait?

Of course the above image is candid.  I did not pose the groom and his mom for this, but this was taken in the moment during their first dance.

Candid or Portrait?

The above image is a portrait from the bride and groom’s portrait time.  Seeing an opportunity for a beautiful composition, I asked her to walk a step ahead of him across this path.

Candid or Portrait?

Hopefully it’s obvious to you that no one sits together this cute on their own.  I posed them and then giving each person someone to look at besides the camera, took the shot.

Candid or Portrait?

These are candids from the couples first dance.  A 70-200 allowed me to get in really close to really capture the deep emotion in the second image without interrupting their moment or making the couple camera-conscious.

Candid or Portrait?

This moment is a portrait.  This staircase was an opportunity to showcase both the venue and vineyard behind as well as the fog creating a moody portrait.  Doesn’t this look like someone pressed pause on an old, romantic film?

Candid or Portrait?

This is a classic example of what I mean by “creating candid moments.”  I posed this couple and their loveable dog in this spot with the nice light and leading lines in the background.  Her natural reaction was to cuddle with the dog and his natural gaze at her was so loving.  I didn’t interrupt to get the pose I was originally thinking of, I let it unfold.  I didn’t even ask him to kiss her on the temple!  I posed them and created an opportunity for real romance to happen!

Candid or Portrait?

Okay I tricked you this time.  All the other walking photos have been portraits, but this one is a candid.   We were walking back from bridal portraits and I saw an opportunity.  Seeing as I wasn’t wearing heels like the bride and could run ahead of her, I did and captured her and her girls coming up the walkway from afar.

Candid or portrait?

The left one might be pretty obviously a portrait, but you’d be surprised how many people think photos like the one on the right are candid.  Not so.  Even a simple kissing picture takes a good amount of posing and adjustments to look this romantic!


Hopefully this answers a lot of bride’s questions about “What is Photojournalism?”  Thanks for playing “Candid or Portrait”! I am your host Caroline Frost Shea, see you next time!

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jaine {brklyn view photography} - August 20, 2013 - 10:24 am

this is so cute & super helpful for brides!!

Amy Rizzuto - August 20, 2013 - 3:13 pm

I LOVE this post! What a fun game Caroline. :)

Caroline’s Choice | Pickles and Pies | English Garden Bridal Shower

When it comes to your wedding you want it to be perfect and scream “YOU!”, but as much fun as crafting and DIYing it up sounds, what NYC bride really has time for that?  That’s where Pickles and Pies comes in.  Pickles and Pies is an event planning business (also  a made-to-order bakery who does  the most delicious mini or regular sized pies you’ve EVER HAD).    I had the privilege of meeting Erin of Pickles and Pies on a styled shoot and later photographing a bridal shower she designed.   In fact, today it was featured on the adorable blog 100 Layer Cake!

Her vision was an English Garden bridal shower complete with fascinators, wildflowers and delicious Pimm’s cups served in Mason jars all cooked up in this ADORABLE Brooklyn backyard.  Yes,  Brooklyn, you know I have a love hate relationship with you.  I love you because you are so cool, and I hate you because I’m not cool enough FOR you….;-)

Yes this is a real bridal shower, yes that is a real bride and those are her real guests.  No they are not models (but I KNOW they look like it right?)   Pickles and Pies did such a favorite job which is why they get to be featured on my first “Caroline’s Choice” blog post!



Michelle - August 30, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Loving every bit of detail! You captured it beautifully!

Candice and Chris | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

This July it was my absolute joy and privilege to be a bridesmaid for the first time!  My beautiful older sister, Candice, just got married in the very spot I did, my parent’s lake home in South Lake Tahoe California.   As I was in the wedding, I couldn’t very well photograph it, so instead I offered them a romantic engagement shoot as my wedding gift.  It was secretly a gift to me because I’ve always wanted to photograph a couple in this gorgeous little meadow on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.  During the summer it’s full of wildflowers, grasses, pines,  coyotes (we even saw a few during the shoot) surrounded by the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe herself.   If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, you have to go, there is really nowhere else quite like it in the world.   If you are considering a destination wedding, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to get married.  If your family doesn’t have a lake home, don’t fret.  You can always rent a gorgeous property on the water for your wedding day like The Thunderbird Lodge. (Off the point, but I am obsessed with this castle-like venue).

What can I say about my beautiful sister and my awesome  brother-in-law that these pictures don’t already say? Fun and lighthearted, they don’t take themselves too seriously, but are passionate when it comes to family.   Though they are both two busy people, they cherish every minute they have together.   Never seen Candice happier than since she met Chris and I’m sure Chris’s family would say the same of him.  They are truly a match made in heaven and it was such a joy to endeavor to capture that bond.

Cassandra Charles - August 7, 2013 - 10:40 pm

love it!

Amy Rizzuto - August 7, 2013 - 10:52 pm

I love these photographs so much! My favorites are the ones in the wildflowers and on the beach in front of the lake. Great job Caroline! Candice…you look beautiful!

Candice Clark - August 8, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Wow! Thanks caroline .. You brought tears to my eyes .. There beautiful ! Had a blast and Alex was a great assistant :) ill call you soon .. Love you

Carol Clark - August 8, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Great pictures!

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