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In the first photo, from left to right; me and Caroline with our two daughters, my mom and dad, and then my nephew and sister. I took this portrait by the pool when we were in Tucson visiting my folks for Christmas, 2013. Notice how un-bundled up we are. Welcome to Arizona!

The next photo was taken before winter back east got into full swing. From top to bottom; my in laws holding our youngest, then my sister in law on the left, obviously followed by me, Caroline and the little scamp in the foreground. I took this one on the front stoop of our building on the Upper West Side.

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meet my family In the first photo, from left to right; me and Caroline with our two daughters, my mom and dad, and then my nephew and sister.

This wedding started in Staten Island at Our Lady Star of the Sea church on Amboy Road. From there we hopped in our cars and drove up the Hudson River to the Castle Hotel and Spa Tarrytown, NY. The reception hall was a tight space, making the photos a challenge, but I believe the intimacy of the space won out and helped make this collection a winner.

Note to brides: be sure you budget more then enough time to drive from location to location on your big day. If Google Maps says it’s going to take 45 minutes, then budget 90. I got stuck in traffic driving through the New Jersey/New York traffic and missed a good portion of what was already a tightly scheduled portrait session in Tarrytown.

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our lady star of the sea This wedding started in Staten Island at Our Lady Star of the Sea church on Amboy Road.

These sunset wedding engagement portraits were taken in Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Though I don’t advise going against warning signs to get a photo, I occasionally find myself doing so. Always use common sense and tact. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

sandy hook beach engagement photos These sunset wedding engagement portraits were taken in Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Though I don’t advise going against warning signs to get a photo, I occasionally find myself doing so.

When Director Jen Wineman asked me to take some staged photos of her play The King’s Whore by Rob Santana at Walkerspace Theatre in Tribeca, New York City, I eagerly agreed. I’ve always loved being behind the scenes in the theatre, and here was an excellent chance. Wineman, Yale School of Drama graduate, has a highly creative and off-beat vision, and has directed numerous shows from New York to Williamstown to the Telluride Theatre in Colorado. This spring she will direct Charise Castro Smith’s new play The Hunchback of Seville for Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle. It should be known that she and my lovely wife Caroline both went to Vassar College together.

I shot all this stuff using existing light on my Nikon D800. Some of the shots have the ISO cranked up as high as 6400. Man, that D800 is an amazing piece of machinery!

the king’s whore When Director Jen Wineman asked me to take some staged photos of her play The King’s Whore…

This couple was married at the Gramercy at Lakeside Manor in Hazlet, New Jersey. The wedding had the trappings of a traditional Jewish ceremony, but the bride and groom made sure it had a contemporary flare, and they wanted their photos to reflect that. So we split the portrait photography between the inside and the outside of the venue.

I shot this wedding on behalf of George Street Photo and would like to thank them for their continued business. If you think my prices are a bit too high, perhaps you’ll find theirs more palatable. Who knows, you may even be able to book me through them.

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lakeside manor wedding This couple was married at the Gramercy at Lakeside Manor in Hazlet, New Jersey. The wedding had the trappings of a traditional Jewish ceremony, but the bride and groom made sure it had a contemporary flare, and they wanted their photos to reflect that.

This interfaith couple loves the Botanical Garden in Ringwood, New Jersey, so it happened naturally that we did their wedding engagement portrait photography there. Luckily the weather was perfect, and the flowers and trees looked as beautiful as the love between this muscle man and his beautiful bride to be.

botanical garden engagement portraits This interfaith couple loves the Botanical Garden in Ringwood, New Jersey, so it happened naturally that we did their wedding engagement portrait photography there.

I photographed this wedding last year at the Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, NY. The Hudson River Valley is, in my opinion, one of the most picturesque places you can hold a wedding, and it makes portrait photography a snap. No pun intended. Aware of the photographic potential of the castle, my happy couple budgeted lots of time for pictures. Even so, the challenge wasn’t where to shoot, but did we have enough time to shoot every place we wanted?

Christina Whitney of Whitney Events was the event planner. She’s a dream to work with, bringing a level of integrity, creativity and professionalism that’s hard to beat in a wedding coordinator. I highly recommend her services.

My D800 was at Nikon for repairs and NPS was kind enough to lend me a D4 for a few weeks. My opinion of the Nikon D4: amazing. Perhaps Focus Camera will want a review of one some day. Meantime, if you’re in the market for a consumer camera, check out my camera reviews.

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a wedding at lyndhurst castle I photographed this wedding last year at the Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, NY. The Hudson River Valley is, in my opinion, one of the most picturesque places you can hold a wedding, and it makes portrait photography a snap.

This wedding day started off on Keyport, New Jersey for the bride’s getting ready photos. Once she was ready, we departed to the Deep Cut Gardens in Red Hill for the first look and some garden portraits. From there, a photo op under a covered bridge followed by more portraits at the historic Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University. The wedding ceremony and reception were held at The Grammercy at Lakeside Manor in Hazlet.

This wedding marks the official start of my new style of side-lit wedding ceremonies. I’ve done a few others that way by necessity, but here, despite many options, I made the conscious decision to do so. I think it looks beautiful, and it gives the couple a polished yet pleasingly realistic look to their wedding ceremony photos when most others seem nice but a bit flat.

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monmouth university wedding portraits This wedding day started off on Keyport, New Jersey for the bride’s getting ready photos. Once she was ready, we departed to the Deep Cut Gardens in Red Hill for the first look and some garden portraits.

Nothing changes your life like a new baby, and it’s always an honor to be able to document it through photography. These newborn portraits were taken on New York’s Upper West Side. The little angel slept through most of the photo session, waking up for a snack and a clean diaper.

maxwell http://wp.me/s1dfhG-maxwell Nothing changes your life like a new baby, and it’s always an honor to be able to document it through photography.

The festivities of this wedding day started with a first look and portrait session at the Rutgers Garden in Brunswick, New Jersey. From there, the happy couple and their friends went to the Grand Marquis, an events venue in Old Bridge Township. Wearing African designs, the reverend made sure the ceremony was as beautiful and heart-felt as the reception was over the top fun.

Aside from dropping my camera and almost falling off a wall to get a shot, it was about as much fun as I’ve had taking pictures.

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the grand marquis The festivities of this wedding day started with a first look and portrait session at the Rutgers Garden in Brunswick, New Jersey.
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