As Alfonse’s partner in life and work I tend to wear many hats. I am the co-owner, director and manager of many things ranging from client meetings to emptying the garbage bins of our photography studio to writing blogs that nobody reads. I serve also as the subject of many light tests and a lot of times for stock shoots and promotional material as in this photo.
I wish I could say this shoot was as joyful as it looks. Because the petals weren’t falling the way we wanted them to, I had to keep leaping with abandon over and over again until we realized we had to shoot the tossing of the petals separately. Separately is how we ended that day, too–with me wanting to toss something at Alfonse (and no, I was not thinking rose petals).
Things do not always look as they appear to be — wishing a lot of that this year.
Back in the day, mid 90’s or so, this photograph was taken with a Widelux panoramic camera (film days) so its a little grainy, a little soft and imperfect–to say the least, but it became my acid test for future clients. I called it “The End ” for obvious reasons, and it was to promote the unexpected. You see, at that time I was a pretty radical nontraditional wedding photographer in a time of traditional photography. I did sometimes have clients that were not the perfect match and did not really understand what it was that I was trying to achieve. This shot happened very quickly, the bride and her bridesmaids decided in the middle of getting dressed to go out and have a smoke, the rest is history. With the bride’s permission, of course, I used this shot in full page ads in 4 wedding magazines (yes, this was before The Knot and all the rest). I figured if people called me after seeing this photo we would be a great match indeed! I was right, my wedding photography business boomed!
Wedding Anniversaries Tanya and Brian Married November 2008 at Twenty Four Fifth, Greenwich Village New York, just in site of the Arches at Washington Square Park. Twenty Four Fifth has since closed its doors for business, I believe this wedding may have been one of the last ones hosted by them.
Tanya Posing for us in the doorway.
Tanya and Brian first dance and a kiss
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
W. Somerset Maugham
Wedding Anniversaries,Marla and Peter Married November 25, 2006 At the New York Marriott Downtown. Xmas decor up adding to the festive mood.
Marla posing for us here showing her gown and flowers.
Marla and Peter Sunset along the Hudson River
“Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”
Maria and Nick Down the aisle with lots of family and friends helping them celebrate.
A very happy and candid moment of Maria. The ceremony and party took place at Battery Park Gardens downtown NYC.
Dawn and David toasting their guests at The Water Club on the East Side NYC.
“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.”
― Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
Another Shot from Colleen and Paul’s wedding. The reception took place at Tribeca Rooftop NYC and it just so happens that there is a Photo Studio with a Cyc . Needless to say we took advantage of that and rewarded with some of the more dramatic and high key portraits of the session.Skylight and window camera left, no need of flash. Stylin’! From our Women in White series
“Men In Black”
Traditionally the bride gets more attention everyone in general including the photographers.Well… shes got the dress! The wedding dress! Us poor guys have a tux. predominantly black…..I forget about shoes… and the brides getting dressed is most undoubtedly a sexier affair. But the grooms got heart.Dancing fools for the Bride! I have started a gallery on my website and here in our blog to honor and feature the grooms and groomsmen ” Men In Black ” a work in progress, a celebration in motion.
We are always trying to take our wedding photography portraits to another place. Pushing our own limits and constantly trying to bring it way beyond what is expected. Wedding Photography as Style, something passed what is expected. This model, in fact, is a bride who I asked to come to our studio to model for us. I know, what does a bride in a box have to do with anything? Nothing, its purely visual and quirky and its what we love to do, and, it is wedding photography. We built this set in our studio to do a series of photos we were work in on, Healthy Bodies and Bound ,using athletes and yogis as models. It was obvious that the next step would be to bring a bride in.
We have been shooting weddings since 1995 and we still enjoy the hell out of it but I admit, we are always thinking what it is we need to do to make it more.
We love working with and photographing weddings for our brides and grooms and to bring to them the best that we can offer and are always willing to take whatever steps it takes to bring these images to the next level.
I could not resist…Finding Inspiration in the moment. I have done countless portrait sessions with brides and grooms in the middle of Times Square. As My portrait sessions tend to get a bit animated, inevitably a crowd will gather sometimes hundreds of tourists will be surrounding us while we shoot. I saw what looked like a farmer from Nebraska, plaid shirt, suspenders,John Dere hat….. and just did what comes naturally to me. I grabbed him and posed him with the bride! A memory for him to take back home.Fun for the tourists, great for the bride, good practice for my “pull something out of a hat ” Gene. All in a days work
Behind the scenes photographing a bride Times Square NYC / Never Dull
A few years ago I was shooting couture wedding dresses in my studio.I started doing this due to a little frustration regarding on site wedding portraits.. not getting enough time… difficult locations, you know what I’m talking about. I wanted to see what I could do in a situation that I had total control and no time constraints, besides, some of the dresses were crazy !