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Bryant Park Grill Wedding | NYC Wedding Photogrpaher

When I was first starting out in wedding photography, second shooting used to be the thing I wanted to graduate from into having my own clients and shooting my own weddings, but now that I am shooting my own, second shooting has really become more like an occasional treat!   It’s a lot more laid back than being the primary shooter, and you have the chance to really step back and think of a wedding in a more documentary way.  Because you aren’t directing portraits, it also forces you to look for the “less obvious” shot to get some variety from what the primary shooter is getting.   It’s a unique way to challenge yourself to help you grow as a photographer for your own weddings.  I especially enjoyed this wedding because Lindsay Madden is one of my fave people to hang with, and because this couple, Eric and Suzanne,  just knocked it out of the park with wedding day sweetness.  I loved how Eric’s two girls and boy were so involved in the day and how much they seemed to adore their new step-mom.  It was clearly a joyous celebration for everyone.  Plus these two were so stylish: her in her Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos, and him and his party wearing classic black and white tuxes.  There was truly an air of Manhattan elegance to the whole affair.  Thanks Lindsay for inviting me to second shoot this with you :)

While we waited for Lindsay and Suzanne in the first look location, we did some portraits. I love this one on the right.  Eric looks so James Bond.
My fave portrait of the day

 
The ceremony was on the top of Bryant Park Grill…a truly killer place to get married.
The inside was equally stunning with a gorgeous view of Bryant Park which was lit up through the night.
As a photographer, let’s just be real, the receptions aren’t usually the part of the wedding we are most looking forward to.  The lighting is often challenging and three hours of dancing pictures can get tiresome, however  with a crowd of partiers like these guys, I couldn’t help but have a good time.  I was dancing a long with everyone even though my camera was glued to my face.  Whaaat?  I’m on the dance floor anyways!  O and yes, in both of the last two weddings I did someone tried to dance with me…or more like dance up on me…but that’s another story…. In all seriousness though this couple and their family made my heart melt and this reception  was a bundle of fun.
The kids gave a speech saying that they knew Suzanne would be the best step mom ever.  Love her reaction.

Instead of the groom/mother dance, Eric danced with his two daughters…so sweet.

Brooklyn Bridge and the West Village | NYC Engagement Photography

I had the great privilege of being asked to do an engagement shoot for this adorable duo from Kansas who broke out of their small town a few years back, and took the brave leap of moving to the big city together.  Now they are super excited to be tying the knot in October of 2012 back in their home town, but meanwhile they wanted engagement photos that would capture their love for this great city.  So early one Saturday morning we met in DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge)  for some skyline shots and shots in an abandoned brick building…score!  Then we moved to their corner of the city- the West Village to finish up.

Katie’s the kind of girl who everyone wants for a bff.  She will greet a new acquaintance with a big hug- much to my elation as the girl that hugs her clients hello…guilty.   Jaime is the kind of guy who says a lot without saying a lot.    Toward the end of my shoot, I had misplaced the cover to my camera bag which I also often use as a little seat for my clients if I’m having them sit on the ground for a pose.  I figured we’d finish up and then I’d go look for it, but he insisted on finding it, and before I could object he was running down the street in the other direction to the last place we’d been.    You  can tell they both really care about people, towards the end Katie was sharing with me all the best West Village Restaurants and  Jamie, a tax lawyer, was offering advice on protecting my business legally (free advice…I’ll take it!)  These two will certainly be an unstoppable duo making friends wherever they go- you can’t help but love them!

Thanks to my second-shooter and fellow cat-lover Michelle Clemente-Lange who was a great help on this shoot.

Stephen and Bianca at the Cloisters | NYC Engagement Photographer

Get ready for a warm and spicy autumn treat! Ironic because this session was shot in 40 degree weather for which Bianca bravely donned an adorable Urban Outfitters dress bare-legged (props girl!).  Nevertheless, this session is reminiscent of a steamy cup of mulled apple cider… spiked with a little rum.   The last 6 months while Bianca was in Oregon performing in the cast of Oklahoma, Stephen remained in NYC studying for his Masters at Columbia University.  Finally the show ended and the two are reunited, and their love for each other seems to have grown all the stronger in their time apart.  Now these two are able to get a jump on planning their wedding taking place upstate in May of 2012.   Bianca wanted a fall themed engagement shoot in a unique location.   When she suggested New York’s Medieval art and architecture museum called “The Cloisters,” I was elated.  This museum, constructed from ruins of castles and cathedrals in Europe (each stone transported to the US and reconstructed) is one of my favorite places in the city and is perfectly placed right next to a long beautiful park on the Hudson.  Though most of the leaves fell the weekend before this was taken,  we were able to find some areas that still had the rich fall colors.  With the beautiful autumn sunset light and a couple so passionately in love, I felt that I had stumbled into a autumn fairytale dream.  Can’t wait to shoot their wedding in May!

 

 

Kacey and Brendan’s Autumn in Central Park | NYC Engagement Photographer

Autumn in New York..most agree its the best time to be here.  Apple cider and pumpkins.  Not too hot, not too cold.  Colorful foliage galore, and a general fresh sense of the old is passed and the new is coming.  This is especially true for Kacey who is an English teacher.   But what is more for Kacey and Brendan, who works in Finance,  they are about to embark on their new adventure as a married couple in July, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.   I barely have to tell you how genuine their love for one another is because these images say it all… I hope you enjoy this little walk in Central Park with them and that you are inspired by the love that they share.

The Princess Kate resemblance is really strong in these next three images:

 

It was really hard to choose whether to show these in color or black and white….they were so gorgeous in both..

This image below was a close second for my favorite…So passionate and romantic and yet completely free and natural.  Scroll below to see “the winner.”

It was super hard to choose, but I think these one below is my favorites of the day…their passionate love is just so tangible.  I got a little misty eyed during this part of the shoot at how FREAKIN gorgeous and in love these two are.  Luckily this was the last frame!

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