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Liane and Greg | NY Engagement Photographer

I had never been to this part of Brooklyn before, but after this shoot I fell in love and went straight to Craigslist to see how much a tiny apartment would cost me to be in this gorgeous peaceful neighborhood.  Let’s just say a tiny one bedroom was gonna cost me double what the hub and I pay in Astoria for my large 2 bedroom apartment in a great area and only  1 block from the subway… That said, I had a great time and became obsessed with ivy and brownstones.  Go figure.

Thanks to Judy Pak who gave me the opportunity to join her on this fun shoot…  Greg and Liane were sweethearts and Judy and I had a lot of fun hanging out once again and shooting their engagement and wedding the next day (post soon to come).

Enjoy, and try not to get to jealous of the residents of this adorable neighborhood or the perfect love shared by these two cuties.

 

Jan and John’s Great Gatsby Wedding | NY Wedding Photographer

As of Friday morning, I had never met Jan or John and I hadn’t the faintest idea that I would be photographing their wedding.  However,  when Lauren Gabrielle emailed me Friday morning asking me to second shoot for her at this Long Island wedding I couldn’t pass it up.  I even cancelled a massage appointment I had, which is ironic given how much I could have used it after 12 hours of shooting on Saturday…I’m still sore and limping.

It was really fun shooting with Lauren, a laid back girl who is incidentally 3 months pregnant!  She gave me so much free rein to do my own thing; which I really appreciated.  First she dropped me off at the groom’s house, where  I simply knocked, introduced myself and started shooting.  His six groomsmen had a lot of fun giving this little photographer a hard time, but it made the day really fun, and I felt like I was shooting around friends by the end of it.   As a stark contrast to his rambunctious friends, the groom struck me immediately as a a very kind-hearted, quiet guy with a killer smile.  At one point I was gathering all my photo stuff out of the limo and I urged him and the groomsmen to head into the church while I finish packing up, but he insisted, “We aren’t going to leave you.”  Hang on to that one Jan!

Lauren was photographing Jan getting ready meanwhile and I didn’t see her until she pulled up in her vintage car.   Her gold and ivory mermaid gown with a silk bow around the waist was just breathtaking…  Jan was gorgeous (which goes without saying) and such a sweetheart too: quick to laugh and quick to smile.   It was clear how this pair were simply meant to be.

After the ceremony we went to the north shore of Long Island for some photos and then to the reception which was at an old mansion.  After the formal Catholic Mass, I would have never imagined the raucous reception that was to come…Jan and John’s friends and family could party! It was hard not to have fun at the reception amidst the wild dancing.

Something about this wedding really reminded me of the Great Gatsby what with the mansion (The Woodlands at Woodbury) ,  Long Island Shore, vintage Rolls Royce, suspenders and her slender mermaid gown.

OKAY…now what you really came for…not to hear me ramble.  Here is a selection of my favorite photos from the day…Lauren was so kind in giving me opportunities to choose some poses and locations for the couple.  I really wanted a wide shot of them against the reeds.  They were such naturals together and gave me my favorite shot of the day.  (The first photo below)

Thanks to John and Jan for letting me share their special day with them!

 

          The best man, John’s brother, asked me to take a shot of the groom looking out the limo window like he had just made the worst decision of his life.   Apparently it is a family tradition.   I didn’t include that shot for obvious reasons- but in between sad poses John’s real emotions about the day came out, and I got this shot.

 

When we had already given the driver of this fabulous car permission to leave, I happened to glance at the review mirror and see this archway.   I thought what a perfect frame within a frame within a frame.   We grabbed the couple who thought they had finally gotten a break, and got the driver to wait another minute while  I snapped this shot.

One thing that was really special about this wedding was the bond both families seemed to have.  During the father daughter dance I notice the groom watching his bride with such love and joy that I had to get this shot with him in the background.

I know you don’t usually see a lot of reception pictures on wedding blog posts but this reception was too fun to leave out!  This couple was the grooms brother/best man and sister-in-law who had only gotten married 9 months before.  They were so fun to photograph because they never stopped dancing and acting silly.  Here they were having fun dancing and singing to “Don’t stop Believing” with over-exaggerated gusto. Oh, and I also have to include this awesome kid who was a real head banger on the dance floor and never seemed to get tired.  He eluded my camera for most of the night, but eventually decided to give me a chance and I snapped this shot. 

Once the bride and groom had finally said all their hellos, they got on the dance floor and seemed to have the time of their lives.  This couple let it all loose and got crazy with the rest of their family. 

 

Wedding and Engagement Photo Contest Winners

 First and Foremost I just Want to Say…

Thank you so much to all of you who entered our Wedding and Engagement Photo Giveaway!  I was so delighted by the wide response, and  I loved seeing all of the couples pictures together. As you can see, this was a duel purposed post because above is a teaser of the Long Island wedding I shot yesterday- but more about that later…

The winners of a free customized engagement photo session (worth $400) are Liliana Dow and Daniel Stratton!  Congrats to this lovely couple who are getting marreid in Philadelphia in September of 2012!

But that’s not all!  Because of the overwhelming response I decided to choose a runner up couple as well.   The runners up who win a wedding photo package (of their choice) at 15% off  are the beautiful Valerie Menos and Jospeh Ramkhelawan who will be getting married in the NYC area in June of 2012.

Looking forward to getting to know each of you couples and hearing more of your stories!

Love,

Caroline Frost Shea

Steve and Faye | New York Engagement Photographer

Monday was an exhausting but truly rewarding night.   Working with the talented Judy Pak Chung again,  she constructed a travel themed shoot inspired by the movie “Up!” complete with stylists!  In addition to looking fabulous and stylish, this couple was so sweet, and they are getting married on my birthday this year: August 6th!   We did this shoot later in the evening than I usually do which I explain later in this post posed a problem for me, but it was also so romantic with the street lights and relative quiet in the park.  It was super hot and humid that night but with the gorgeous shots we captured- it was sooo worth it!   My fave is this first one which looked so ethereal and romantic in black and white.  The background blur of the willow tree almost makes it look like it was photoshopped with some cool brush tool- but it wasn’t at all!

I love how I learn something new with every photoshoot, especially when shadowing someone talented like Judy.   This photo shoot I learned a very simple but important lesson: I need new camera.  Haha!

Basically in simple non technical terms, my camera doesn’t have the low-light quality or capabilities that I need.  As the light dimmed and the moon came out,  the most beautiful pictures kept presenting themselves.   As Judy clicked away,  my auto focus seized up and refused work any longer at finding shapes in the dark to focus on.  By the end I could only watch!  Solution? My husband and I have decided that the time has come for me to buy a 5D Mark II in August! What a birthday present!   :)  Can’t wait! I will need it at the wedding I’m going to be helping Judy with in late August…

Love,

Caroline at Frost Photography

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