The Furiato Family Sunset Photo Session in Roosevelt Park

As the sun began to kiss the horizon in Roosevelt Park we trekked through the park to a few spots I was familiar with from a recent session. Since we were losing sun by the second, I had a speedlite on a stand to help give the “sunset” look. Rim lighting is a trait synonymous with sunset behind a subject. I had an orange gel on the speedlite to give the warm rim light the sun would normally provide. Within minutes it was dark and needed to use a flash. Using a wide beam & warm gel helped give the Furiatos a warm glow against the deep purple of the night sky.

Michelle and Anthony recently celebrated their wedding and wanted a few shots of their rings. Just as this was happening, two ducks were swimming by. Embrace the symbolism in it!

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Furiato family photos at Roosevelt Park

Portraits with Swathi in Princeton, New Jersey

Outfit changes and props galore! Swathi came with an impressive array of items for her shoot, including her friend Serena who assisted with styling. I’m used to Princeton’s huge summer color palette, so it was important to bring in as much color as possible for this grey day.

Swathi obviously has a great fashion sense and each of her outfits gives us a sense of who she is. I also love working with people that can smile naturally! It is a true talent.

Swathi Sree portraits at Princeton University and Princeton Battlefield

The Comeback of Classical Elegance in Weddings

It’s back, the inspiration of Baroque and Romanesque, the aura of Parisian romance, the elements of jasmine and lavender that’s prominent in Grasse – these elements create an entirety to accentuate a theme that has been a constant choice and is a comeback trend for weddings as well as other events, the Classical Elegance. “Classical Elegance is timeless and is making its way back into the forefront of weddings around the world. The clean, crisp, and detailed elements of such theme captivate the eye and display an overwhelming sense of romance,” as defined in a blog by Calluna Events.

The Wedding of Jennifer Schwartz and Anthony Tolisano (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Standard of Romance

When talk of romance is opened, one destination that would usually be mentioned is Paris, France. Imposing as it may seem, the country of France is in fact almost always equated to symbols of passion, love, and amoré. To have a better understanding of the country, an immersive experience would be suggested. Passion has been derived even in events that are not directed to “matters of the heart”, whether its celebrity-filled events like the Festival de Cannes or sporting events like the World Poker Tour Grand Prix Paris. Looking into the details of these events, what makes them more attractive in comparison to other countries’ festivities is the fact that the locations emanate an atmosphere of passionate gusto, a strong desire. Simple activities like poker for example, become more grandiose and celebrated with more fervor because of where they are held. The success of organized poker tour events is attributed of course to the organization’s passion to advocate the card game to an official sport, but in addition, such events when held in Paris or in Cannes, create more hype because of the region’s repertoire in being places that signify ardor and much zeal. Take these elements in and incorporate them into events, whether competitions like poker, or momentous occasions like weddings, and you get the classical elegance with a vibe of full blown romance.

Incorporating, not Overpowering

“The simple yet elegant details such as beading on the back of a gown or the subtle makeup help to create the classical French inspired look of an elegant wedding. Capturing the little details of a classical elegant wedding can be attained through incorporating the modern trends within this romantic wedding theme,” a precise statement from Calluna Events. It’s in the minute details incorporated with modern trends that will make for a classic elegant theme to work. It’s a simple rule, overdoing it will just engulf your audience, your guests, to just sheer clutter instead of inculcating the Parisian aura.

Whether you’ll be on a honeymoon to Paris or just have the Parisian them, to conclude, keep this statement by Tanya Sweeney – in mind, “Ask about an ideal wedding and they’re likely to mention something that sufficiently reflects them as a couple. What they really want is to send their guests into the night, shaking their heads in impressed awe and wonder at the sheer fabulosity of it all.”

The Union of Meg and Eric in Brooklyn, New York

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Meg and Eric for their union at city hall in New York City. Prior to the actual shindig at Club City Hall (the place looks pretty swanky for city hall) we took photos near the Brooklyn Bridge and carousel house. I had never seen the Brooklyn Bridge up close like that and it’s really good looking. So when you put two good looking people in front of a good looking bridge, it’s like shooting the cover of a magazine. The landscapers moved around in the background tending to trees and I know they were thinking the same thing.

After we finished up near the bridge it was time to head into Manhattan. City Hall was bustling with brides.

Eric and Meg's Brooklyn/Manhattan Wedding

Kim and Ming “Trash The Dress”

On Saturday, October 9, 2010 I was invited by Buko Media to photograph a couple in the style of “Trash The Dress”. We shot at the warehouse in Jersey City, New Jersey. The place had a lot of character to say the least! A posh office, a warehouse with excellent graffiti tags, and a rooftop next to an old Clorox Chemical building at sunset. Kodi, a German Pointer, was great to have around. I love dogs and he was very well-behaved for just 5 months old.

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Lindsey and Dave engagement session

Lindsey and Dave at Washington Rock in Green Brook, New JerseyOn November 7, 2010 Lindsay and I met with Lindsay and Dave to take engagement photos. We drove up to Washington Rock in Green Brook, New Jersey. The weather was a bit overcast and quite cold, but everyone was a champ about it.

There were several families around at the time, so we spent a good amount of time waiting for the perfect moment. (I will also mention that my Canon 430EX Speedlite was malfunctioning during this shoot. The bulb fixture slipped off its plastic track and was not allowing for power adjustments. Made for a difficult time. Anyway, I was able to fix this problem once I got home.)

After we finished up at Washington Rock, we hopped in the car and drove down to Westfield, New Jersey. The downtown area of Westfield is great. They’ve managed to keep that old-fashioned look Americana look intact all these years. They even have a movie theater that isn’t owned by a major corporation. I’d consider that a small miracle.