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This head shot session with Erik Pearson was shot in Riverside Park on New York’s Upper West Side. Erik is a Brooklyn based director and projection designer.  His recent projects include Spike Lee’s “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on Broadway/HBO, Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants The Musical” in development with Tina Landau, Bill Irwin’s “Mr. Business”, Streb’s “Kiss The Air” at the Park Avenue Armory directed by Robert Woodruff, Greg Moss’s “Billy Witch” for Studio 42/APAC, John Glover’s new opera “Our Basic Nature” for American Opera Projects, and Jen Silverman’s “Tanner’s Last Stand.”  Additionally, he’s worked with Playwrights Realm, SoHo Playhouse, Intar, HERE, TerraNOVA, New Dramatists, Lark and Studio NYC.  His international and regional credits include The Holland International Dance Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Two River Theater, Carolina Ballet, El Paso Opera, Ballet Met, The Magic, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, BRAVA!, and Marin Theater Company.

erik pearson This head shot session with Erik Pearson was shot in Riverside Park on New York’s Upper West Side. 

The title of this post is a little misleading. This couple had their actual wedding ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade overlooking Manhattan from across the East River. The getting ready photos and the wedding reception took place at Rebar, a hip restaurant and bar in Dumbo, which is an area just north of where the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges connect to Brooklyn. The bride and groom wedding portraits were taken on the roof of Rebar and you can see the Manhattan Bridge in the background.

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married in dumbo The title of this post is a little misleading. This couple had their actual wedding ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade overlooking Manhattan from across the East River.

Their love of the great outdoors led these guys to ask me to join them at the Long Beach Island Barnegat Lighthouse in Barnegat Light, New Jersey for their wedding engagement photography session. Never one to shy away from a fun photo, I ended up to my armpits in the ocean to get a good photo of them as they strolled in the water against the sunset. I love creating HDRI and found this to be a great opportunity for it.

barnegat light Their love of the great outdoors led these guys to ask me to join them at the Long Beach Island Barnegat Lighthouse in Barnegat Light, New Jersey for their wedding engagement photography session.

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.
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