“The End ” More than you ever bargained for. The unexpected

Wedding Photography New Jersey,New York
Wedding Photography New Jersey, New York

“The End” More than you ever bargained for?

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!

This particular photo was taken at the Pleasantdale Chateau West Orange NJ

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Heart Quake , The Kiss

Each kiss a heart-quake… ~Lord Byron, Don Juan
Suzanne and Bogdan after the ceremony.A classic.. shot.. I could not have planned it or set it up any better ! I just got lucky.

Kisses and Rose Pedals
Each kiss a heart-quake… ~Lord Byron, Don Juan


Women in White, Tribeca Rooftop Cyclorama

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

 

colleen bridal portrait
High Key bridal portrait tribeca rooftop

Women in White, Bride in a Box. Wedding Photography as Style

Studio portrait of a bride
Wedding Photography New Jersey, New York

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.

 

www.alfonsepaganophotographyweddings.com

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I could not resist ! wedding photography on the fly. Finding inspiration in the moment.

New York Minute
Farmer John and the Bride Times Square NYC

 

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

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NYC Times Square
Brides and Farmers

Behind the scenes photographing a bride Times Square NYC / Never Dull

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