Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Capturing wedding day emotions.

2014 continues to be a great season for Neil Anthony, here's a few shots taken at a wedding last weekend.

The groom and ring bearer eagerly awaiting the entrance of the bride, although in fact the ring bearer seems more interested in me than what's happening directly in front of him. 
The bride approaches with her father.
The preacher seemed intent on making sure the couple received a solid spiritual wedding day message about marriage.
As a photographer I find it particularly important to capture as many 'story telling' expressions as possible.
The bride begins to console her soon to be husband as his emotions starts to get the better of him.
These are real tears that she is moping up.

All done and everyone is smiling again..

Oops, spoke too soon!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Season

We have been very busy in 2014 and therefore have a lot of blogging to catch up with.

One of my favorite things to do while the bride is getting ready; photographing wedding details.

There was a lot of distracting 'wedding stuff' all over the place making it difficult to find a 'clean background' to shoot against. In the end I chose a window, and by over exposing the light coming through I was able to make the background appear white.
I took a chance and asked the bride to hang tight just a little longer in what was pretty frigid weather so I could photograph her shoes as she absolutely LOVES shoes.
Here the groom is wearing a small piece of jewelry that contains a photo of his mother who is deceased.
See the bride's reflection in the mirror as she helps her very proud and happy father with his buttoner

A different perspective of a Catholic priest giving Mass through the crowds.

The soon-to-be husband and wife receiving a blessing.
'Wide' Alter View

One of my self imposed challenges is to try and offer creative and unique angles that you won't find on 'Pinterest' or that Aunt Agnes won't think of when she gets in my way with her iPad. :)
 On top of the world
Failed attempt to throw the bride over the wall.
 Bride and little girls getting ready to pose
 Making use of the foliage

Having way too much fun here, (without the groom.)
 Ok, he's back

 Cake time; nobody lost an eye!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Changing The Perspective

Most weddings follow a similar pattern and the expectations as far as photography is concerned are almost identical. What in many ways makes photography an art and also keeps me as a photographer from becoming mundane is to change perspective. This is more often than not achieved by using the things around you.

This couple put together what some might refer to as a 'budget wedding'. Indeed the event did not have 'all' of the lavish trimmings most have come to expect these days, but what they did have in overflowing abundance, were incredible friends who clearly supported their relationship and left me with the impression that they will be there during the tough times. The venue itself wasn't in my opinion 'picturesque' but there were certainly some great spots to be found with expert composition of the most important photos of the couple while the were alone.

I have long been a fan of capturing what might appear to be a voyeuristic perspective of the bride and groom romancing each other. Pictures like this one, makes use of the surrounding foliage, adding dimension to wedding  photos resulting in a most welcome difference to the usual 'posed looking square into the camera' shot that you find on the internet.

You will always get a picture of the brides gown, why not throw in one like this to add to her memories of the fleeting wedding day.

 Here we have something completely different. If you know how to use your camera then you can break the rules of light and exposure to achieve a shot like this. The bride is standing in front of a window with sunlight streaming in. You set the camera to over expose the incoming light and use your flash to compensate for what will now become an under exposed interior and voila, you have a unique perspective not easily achieved by someone with less experience.

Many times the groom or the best man have the rings in their possession making it impossible to include in the photos taken of the flowers, jewelry, shoes etc. while in the bridal suite with the girls. So what do you do, find the best man right before everything begins, ask him to hold the rings and then grab a quick but very creative shot, (yellow flowers in the background) while everyone is waiting for the procession to begin. (You gotta be quick though).
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Happy Family

Here are a two posed photos of a Haitian couple who I photographed in July of this year. The last picture is a candid moment of the groom with his son who was the 'Best Man'.


We really had to move quickly to get these and other shots that were in my opinion great considering the short amount of time available to us, not to mention the searing hot sun that we had to pretend was a comfortable 78 degrees in order to get great expressions from the couple.

Dad and Son shedding tears together
 This moment brought me close to tears also as the young man shared from his heart, things that all fathers would like to hear about the great job they did raising their sons and daughters.
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Three Wedding Venues

We've been away from the blogosphere for a while, so
here's a small selection of what we've been up to during the summer.

Here's a picture of a place I frequent, (The Imperia) on Easton Avenue in New Jersey
The Imperia

A unique night shot of New York taken from Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park in New Jersey. This was one of a series of photos as we tried to get the best balance of a great exposure between the moon and the city lights.
Liberty House

Another night shot but this time it's a picture of the Dolce's banquet hall in Basking Ridge, NJ. This is a great spot for outside weddings as will be seen in an upcoming blog.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our first wedding of 2014, Denise and John.

While we have been quite busy on the commercial side of our business, we have been lookng forward to getting back into the wedding scene. So here are a few images from our first 2014 wedding.

The bridesmaids were in a party mood from the very beginning.
As always, I loved photographing the wedding gown. It's always amazing to see the dress take shape once the bride puts it on.
This close-up picture of the ring was photographed on top of a bench.
These shoes had a good amount of weight to them so I figured they must have cost a few dollars.
The flowers were pretty heavy too; even the bride was surprised at how heavy they were.
The garter was very lacey. I love lace.
Here she is. This lady was among the sweetest women I have met in my profession as a photographer.
The groom and his friends had me in stitches the whole time I was with them.
Nice job on the chairs.
There was a lot of tears shed at this wedding. Lookout for our next blog on emotional moments.
Here comes the bride.
The Officiate did a great job including God and Jesus Christ in the marriage of this couple.
Later we photographed a few pictures of the couple alone.
Here is Denise and John during their first dance together after the ceremony.
Dancing with dad turned out to be a very emotional moment for everyone.
Mom too.

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