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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