Thursday, August 15, 2013

Second shooter gets the best shots!

This is the second time this year I have had the opportunity to act as a "second shooter" at a wedding. In this role you are sometimes placed by the primary photographer into a position that isn't ideal. Often you cannot move around too much which in this case turned out to be a good thing as I was able to capture the many expressions of this very animated bride.

This is a picture of the bride and her parents having been asked by the minister to pray, are perhaps in deep contemplation about the life changing events that will soon unfold.

A little coy perhaps? 

Clearly very excited.

 The groom of course is a little more staid in his demeanor.

I was difficult to get a decent shot of the rings, but in the end I quite liked the shot taken over the shoulder of one of the groomsmen.

More excitement as the bride awaits the moment when they are pronounced 'husband and wife'
It looks like the groom might have whispered something silly.

An interesting side glance
Now she is seemingly perplexed. What could he possibly be communicating to her?
A look of resignation now.
 Back to being elated.

At last the moment she has been waiting for.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Neil Anthony ( photographs Mallard Island Yacht Club.

We recently photographed a wedding at the rather plush Mallard Island Yacht Club. For a change instead of posting pictures of the happy couple we decided to show off our architectural photography skills.
You will pay up to $25,000 to reserve and use the estate and then an additional fee for the caterer who has exclusive rights for food and beverages at the site.
I have to admit I was very impressed with the Bridal Penthouse Suite; a very romantic way to spend your first night together. The brides dress on the left belonged to her mother. I loved the dress, sadly they don't make them like this anymore.
 Another view of the Bridal Penthouse Suite from the sitting area near the bank of windows.

They hallway leading to the Penthouse Suite.

Kitchen area off the Penthouse Suite.
Here are a couple of photos showing where the ceremony took place.

Couple of rear shot of the main building from the marina with the ceremony site off to the right.
In all honesty I was not too impressed with the "Grooms Shack" especially after experiencing the shear breadth of the Penthouse. I don't think the groomsmen were particularly interested in it either as they were reluctant to spend much time in there.
The layout of the main ballroom (next 3 images), was tighter than one might expect from such a lavish venue but nevertheless accommodating.

Very stunning cocktail area, (next three images).
Mallard Island Yacht Club at Night (Next two images)

If you like what you see, and would like us to photograph your wedding at Mallard Island, give us a call or drop us a line.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In The Bushes

This couple have a great story where difficult life events brought them closer to each other proving that love is stronger than anything the world could throw at them.
This genuine smile was snagged while hiding in the bushes at Rutgers Gardens in New Jersey.

The simple things in life like laughter in a marriage often gets overlooked in favor of our busy lifestyles. Take some time to smell the roses and laugh with each other...

 ...or cuddle.

'Look into my eyes'.

You see that spring in his step? Remember when you had that on your wedding day? Get it back!



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Brides Veil, Shoes and Bouquet

Pretty much everything you see in the pictures below will go into storage not long after the wedding day is over, which is why wedding photographers try to be as creative as we can in the short amount of time available to us at the brides home. Seeing as the items will not likely be worn again, the idea is to produce images that you can be printed and framed.

The brides shoes and veil photographed using a chair as a background.
The brides bouquet photographed on a small display table that had to be temporarily cleared . (Did you notice the power outlet on the left, I hate when that happens :)

 The bouquet with her shoes in the background.
Now the brides shoes are in the foreground.

Finally, a close-up of the bouquet.



Catholic Church Weddings

Apart from the spiritual component one aspects of weddings held at Catholic churches, the church itself in most cases offers great architectural backdrop to the event.

The crucifixion is represented by a metallic statue of Christ attached to a cross that hanging from the ceiling with a beautiful mural as a backdrop.

Here’s why I love taking pictures at Catholic churches.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Confessions of a 2nd shooter - (March 2013)

So this week Neil Anthony, (that's me), had the opportunity to be a second shooter. This is notable because I can focus more on story-telling creativity while the primary photographer does al the ‘Heavy Lifting’. Here we have a couple of shots of the happy couple finishing up their first dance.


Here are friends and family watching the Bride and Groom. Perhaps the three ladies are remembering when the newly weds were babes in their arms.

Surprisingly, these two boys are showing a good amount of interest; this caught my eye as usually boys this young are thinking about their iPads.

The story continues with the bride dancing with her daddy. Look closely at dad’s face; see what his expression tells you, then look at the brides expression in the next image below.

Their expressions tell you that there was a lot of love in this family.

Here is the groom with an incredibly big smile on his face watching his new wife dance with her father. This is unusual too as I don't often see a groom so engaged in this part of the event.

Now it’s the turn of the groom and his mother. Again you see in their natural story-telling expressions; another happy family.

And of course, the bride taking it all in along with another family member in the next image below.

Watching the Groom and his mother during their first dance.

Grandma and the bride. This is always one of my favorite sights at a wedding.

Arguably one of the most important attendees at a wedding: An Ambassador of Christ, Father Neil, who incidentally was quite happy that he and I shared the same name. Here he is praying at dinner. Perhaps his presence at this wedding tells a lifelong story about the genuine happy expressions we saw in the pictures.