Congrats to Angela and Miles, who got married today! We had a wonderful time with you guys! With The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake,, Scott E. Hemming Entertainment, Coccadotts Cake Shop, Poppytree Floral Designs, Angela’s Bridal, Beauty with Julie and Erika’s hair designs. Thanks to Alan for second shooting.
Thank you, Olya and Craig, for sharing a fun and romantic wedding day with JFP! Congratulations! With Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Franklin Hospitality, Patience’s Panache, Piano Man’s DJ Productions, Angela’s Bridal and Lovecraft Productions. Thanks to Alan for second shooting.
Hey, Angela and Miles, can you believe the big day is almost here? I can’t wait to see you guys on Saturday! And I’m looking forward to working with The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake, Scott E. Hemming Entertainment, Coccadotts Cake Shop, Poppytree Floral Designs, Angela’s Bridal, Beauty with Julie and Erika’s hair designs.
The photo above is one of my favorite model images I’ve ever made. And not just because it’s of my fiance Jeanette.
I love the posing, the mood, the light … I’m proud that we made this photo together.
Portrait photography is a common topic of conversation among us. As a photographer and a model, we enjoy talking about what makes a good portrait. We discuss where hips and chins should go. We debate silly versus sexy. And we talk about the benefits of teamwork. If a photographer and a subject are on the same page — if they’re both working toward making the same type of image — the chances for success are much higher.
Typically, my car is loaded up with gear for a portrait session. Among the equipment that makes its way into my Subaru: multiple cameras and lenses; a flash and a lightstand; a softbox; a stepladder and an apple crate; a reflector; and a diffuser. However, since the car was already filled with vacation stuff (we were in Virginia Beach for a little getaway), there was no room for all of that. I had just a camera (a Canon 5D Mark III), one lens (my 24-70mm, which is not my go-to portrait lens) and a reflector. There’s also typically hair and makeup professionals involved. However, Jeanette quickly did her own hair and makeup.
The wind was whipping on the beach. Sand was flying into our eyes. Jeanette had to hold the reflector with her hands for shots like this:
At one point, the wind blew so hard that the reflector lifted and banged Jeanette in the nose. Once we both knew she was OK, we laughed quite hard at the ridiculousness of it. I can only imagine what the other people milling around on the beach thought, especially when they saw Jeanette holding the reflector in place with her feet (that’s how we made the top photo).
We only shot for about 15 minutes. That’s all it took to get what we wanted, including the following photo (which is Jeanette’s favorite from the session):
Thanks to Jeanette for reminding what you can do with teamwork. It doesn’t always take a lot of gear or time to make nice photos. Sometimes, it just takes a common vision and trust. (OK, and a beautiful fiance!)
My friend Olya is getting married on Friday! I can’t wait to see her and Craig, and to document their big day. Olya and I met through the wedding industry (she does hair and makeup – Olya Paskovaty Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist), and she’s a fun, kind human being. She and Craig are lucky to have each other. I can’t wait to work with Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Franklin Hospitality, Piano Man’s DJ Productions, Angela’s Bridal, Maya Landi and Lovecraft Productions.
I had the chance to catch up with 2012 wedding clients Tamara and Nick today (as well as their daughter Meilyn) and their extended family for a portrait session. Even though The Crossings was ridiculously crowded with people enjoying the gorgeous weather, we found a quiet spot and enjoyed some smiles together. Thanks to my buddy Anthony for assisting.
Congratulations to Andrea and Michael, who got married at 90 State Events (Mazzone Hospitality) on February 28, 2015! I had a great time with them, and it was wonderful to work with True Grace Makeup, Cuff’s Cakes, Petricone Matt Photography (video), The Magnetman and White Label DJs. Thanks to Alan for second shooting.
Andrea and Michael’s son Christian played a key role during the wedding. I love this moment between Andrea and Christian:
Andrea has some serious style:
Since it was quite chilly outside, we did a First Look and some of our portrait work at the Hilton Albany:
We then put on brave faces and headed outside (brrrr!):
This couple rocked it despite the cold!:
Back at 90 State, we made one quick vault portrait before the start of the ceremony:
Christian threatened to steal the show with a little tumble and a smile at the start of the wedding:
I love this photo by Alan:
Finally, it was party time:
Thank you for choosing JFP, guys! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
Thank goodness it’s almost time get outside and start making photos like this on a regular basis! Is anyone else as excited as I am for a stretch of sun and warmth? LOL. I can’t wait to spend some quality time outside. I’ve been cooped up in the studio for the past week, editing, designing albums, submitting weddings for potential publication … doing everything except the thing I love most — photographing people!
But it’s almost time for the craziness to start. Yay!
And I may have a model session or two up my sleeve in the next couple of weeks to tide me over till my wedding work gets hectic.
After many years spent working in public relations (among other gigs), I finally love my work. I wake up excited about the day ahead of me more often than not. It’s a great feeling.
If there is something you are passionate about in life, I highly encourage you to explore it as much as you can. I have zero regrets about the years (nearly 10 of them) I spent working a day job and obsessing over photography on nights and weekends (and sometimes on sick days, too). It was totally worth it. Now I make my living making pictures like this. Life is good.
Congratulations to Jessica and Mike (and Laika), who got married on March 14, 2015. I’m so glad they chose JFP to document their big day! I had a blast with them. And it was great to work with The Glen Sanders Mansion (Mazzone Hospitality), Lipstick N Lashes Beauty Bar and Boutique, Ambiance Florals & Events, and Music Man Entertainment. Thanks to Alan for second shooting.
I started the day with Jessica as she got ready at Glen Sanders:
This image of Jessica trying to eat a sub made me laugh. It was too funny to pass up:
Mike has a great sense of humor:
Jessica and Mike did their First Look (and their portraits) at Glen Sanders. We mostly stayed inside because it was cold and wet outside.
Mike is not the only one with a sense of humor! LOL.
The ceremony took place at Glen Sanders:
Finally, it was time to party:
Thank you, Jessica and Mike, for choosing JFP! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!