Wedding Pro or Your Uncle Bob ?

When it comes to wedding photography, experience counts. Many couples are tempted to try and save money by entrusting this important task to a friend or relative. But properly documenting the big day requires much more than simply having an expensive digital camera. You will be admiring and sharing your wedding pictures for years to come, so don’t cut corners.

A professional wedding photographer will meet with you before the event. They will bring examples of their previous work and ask you which shots you prefer. This will help them get to know you and your personal style. They will then be able to use this knowledge to determine what type of approach is just right for you – casual, elegant or somewhere in between.

Unlike amateurs, professional photographers have the technical knowledge to make every shot the best it can be. They are experts in lighting, composition, field depth and proper focus. They can select the perfect moment to snap a candid shot, and they know exactly how to set up a posed picture so that everyone looks their best. Not to mention that professionals spend thousands of dollars purchasing and maintaining top photographic gear to ensure the highest quality images.

A professional photographer also has the experience to make certain that every aspect of the day is thoroughly documented. They will capture every special moment and get a shot of every single guest. Because they aren’t personally involved in the event, they won’t be distracted by wanting to eat, drink, dance, make conversation or otherwise participate in the festivities. They are there for one reason and one reason only – to make sure that your wedding pictures are exactly what you want them to be.

Once the wedding is over, your professional wedding photographer will present many options for how to store, display and present the pictures. They will offer a selection of beautiful albums that will make it easy and fun to share your memories with friends and family. They can also mat and frame special shots and provide reprints in any size desired.

It’s easy to see - professional wedding photography is an investment that will pay off for years to come.

Anytime Portrait Sessions

Introducing anytime portrait sessions starting at $250 ! Have you have wanted to have images of you and your loved ones done in the style of modern wedding photography ? A touch of photojournalism and a touch of portraiture. Here are a few examples of an anytime children's portrait session. Casual and FUN ! Here a few photos at a local beach in Massapequa,NY

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Monica and Carlos' Wedding

Posting has been a bit slow lately due to the busy wedding season. Here are a few from Monica & Carlos' Wedding.Church: St Vito's Church Underhill Avenue Mamaroneck, NY
Reception: Hyatt Regency Old Greenwich, Connecticut

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I love window shots..

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The Toast

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I LOVE Shadows !

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Trends in Wedding Photography

Every wedding is unique and special. One of the most precious memories for the couple of the day are the photographs. Today there are many new and unique ways to chronicle the day.With the dawn of digital cameras, the possibilities are now nearly endless. Today your pictures can be less expensive, more impressive and ready in much less time than was standard in the past. No longer are there disturbing flash bulbs to deal with, film to reload or months of waiting for the proofs to come in. Photographers today can do what once took months in just a matter of days. Plus, digital photos are easy to save, share and print as often as you like.

One of hottest fads in wedding photography in recent years is a style termed portrait photojournalism. Forget those typical stoically posed pictures and the forced smiles and instead opt for a more natural style. This method chronicles the day from prep to the last dance as it unfolds naturally. This is a spontaneous and much more relaxed style of chronicling the big day.

On the other side, there has also been a rise in glamour style of photography. This trend calls for the photos to have a high-style air with the use of techniques behind the lens and in the editing room.

Black and white photos are a classic and have always been very popular. They offer a great variety of choices from muted syles, to sepia and cross-color styles and offer the lucky couple a unique style for wedding photos. There is also the old stand by, of putting disposable cameras on the tables so that guest can take and share their views of the ceremony with the lucky couple. This is a fun and affordable method of getting spontaneous shots of the ceremony.

Unable to decide on one particular style? Then why not combine a variety of styles and create one of your own? You could create a compilation of black and whites and color shots to create your prefect photographs. Today the possibilities are virtually endless and the only limits are those set by the couple.

With all of the chooses available to couples today, there is certainly one that will meet your needs, budgets and desires. Whatever style suits you best, the most important thing is to follow your heart and make it your own.

Documenting Your Wedding Day

Photographs are some of the best ways to document occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, these are just some of the instances where photographs are used to tell the story of that special occasion. Wedding pictures, for instance, tell the story of the beginning of the bride and groom’s life together. The wedding is a statement, not only legally, but publicly that a couple has decided to be together for the rest of their lives. And the documenting of that occasion by using photographs is the best way to remember the special moments of that special day.
A wedding photo is just a moment; a moment of a certain instance during the wedding. The photos may start with the bride and groom before the ceremony. This displays their lives apart with their friends and family. It is a brilliant representation of who they spent time with and had relationships with along the way in their lives. Then, the pictures may be the wedding party walking down the aisle to stand on their respective sides. This represents the two parties of friends coming together in harmony to celebrate the union of their mutual friends and family. Then the pictures would be of the wedding. This is easy to understand, this represents the public union of the two in front of their friends and family. Then the pictures would be the two parties together representing the two groups of friends and families coming together around the bride and groom to show their support for the union.

Finally, the pictures could be taken at the reception or dance and dinner following the wedding, showing the celebration between the two groups of friends and family and, like the bride and groom will become, the two groups become one.

The best way to accomplish this storytelling of photographs is simple. Of course posed pictures are the norm in traditional weddings, one group of people stand in front of the camera and act happily. Though this can be advantageous to tell the story of the wedding, there are also better photos to be taken that would do better to tell the story of the wedding in its true form. Posed pictures are defiantly better for formal framings of the event, but candid pictures are far better when it comes documenting the event.

Taking candid pictures of all of these events can do well to capture the truth behind the special occasion

Shari and Edgar's Wedding

Every now and then I have the opportunity to shoot at am amazing venue. This past weekend was one of those times. Shari and Edgar were married at Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, NY. It was a picture perfect day with amazing views and architecture. A perfect setting for a wedding.Here is a little taste of their special day.

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Marina's Sweet 16

It is nice to take a break from the busy wedding shoots every so often. Every now and then I get to shoot a sweet 16 or an anniversary. Last night was Marina's Sweet 16 at Verdi's of Westbury. Marina is a typical 16 year old, that is of course, until she sings. Marina is an opera singer. She dazzled her guests with her angelic voice as she made her way into the main room during her entrance. Here are a few images from that night. I hope to be adding more this weekend. Enjoy.

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Holly and Gerald's Wedding

Holly and Gerald were such a great couple to work with. They bridal party was all about having a good time and the Venue was fantastic.. An outdoor ceremony with amazing weather, you could not ask for a better day. Enjoy a few photos from the even. I will be adding a slide show later  this week.

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A Portrait Session With Georgiana

As you can see, I usually out a different spin on my portrait sessions. No studio lights, no styrofoam props. Just people in their natural environment. It really makes for amazing images. Here is a nice little example of a next day portrait session of Georgiana after her christening. Everyone knows how crazy the day of an event can be, it is nice to know that they have an option of having a separate day where the can relax and just make beautiful images.

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Kathy and Louie's Wedding Part 2

There were so many great imaged from this wedding I decided to blog a few more...
There is always something about shooting the dress that I love...

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and of course the shoes...it's the little things that you done really get to pay much attention to at your wedding...

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I love to shoot inside old limos and cars, it just has such an amazing look to it..

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such a great couple !

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Kathy and Louie's Wedding

I had a great opportunity to shoot an old friends wedding from high school. The wedding was a blast, a lot of dancing and great music... Here is a little tease of the day.. more to come this week........

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Photography Contest - Win an engagement session !

The Contest

Announcing my first photography contest ! The way it works is pretty simple. I need to you know your story. All entries will be judged on the following criteria....

A little blurb on how you met, what makes each other so special and how did he propose. Include anything you would like that helps tell your story. Also all entries must include a current photo of both of you. So on to what is included. I will be picking 2 winners on in each of 2 categories:
1) Most unique proposal
2) Best story, How you met, etc.

The Prize

You get a free 2 hour urban style engagement session in NYC (Manhattan area) or Long Island and a 26 page 8x12 story book style engagement book. You will also be featured on my blog with your photos and a slideshow. In addition you will receive all of your photos on a cd or dvd for your own personal use.
So what's the catch. There really are no catches, no obligation, no pressure sales pitch to sit through first.

The Rules:

1) One entry Per couple
2) Engagement session must take place before May 31st 2009
3) Oh BTW..I will be picking 2 winners! 4) You must sign a mode release. The release will allow use of your engagement images for advertising and marketing purposes only

Some incentive...

If you do decide to book with me and you have submitted an entry, You will also receive a free album upgrade from 8x8 to 10x10 or 10x10 to 12x12 !
All photos and stories submitted may appear on my blog at www.briancalabresephotography.com

How to Enter

Send your story and photo to contest@briancalabresephotography.com

Good Luck !

Trish and Henry's Wedding Day at Fox Hollow

I had a lot of fun shooting this wedding, The venue was the always beautiful Fox Hollow Country Club in Long Island. Normally catering halls who have a "photo studio" have a room where they throw a piano and a few painting and thats it. Fox Hollow has a few stunning areas where the photos are guaranteed to be amazing. Here are few photos from the event.

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The Canon 5d Mark II

More of my thoughts after this weekend's weddings. In the meantime enjoy a nice low light sample from this amazing camera. This Image was shot at ISO 3200 with my 35mm 1.4 at F1.4 1/40s. Just stunning.. more coming soon

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