New York Wedding Photographer { Jan + Andrew First Look }

 Jan and Andrew taken by new york wedding photographer

First off if you’re looking for an wedding photographer take a look at my new york wedding photography portfolio.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve felt really busy lately, but I think it’s just all in my head.  That and my throat hurt a bit so that kept me from doing the things that I really wanted to.  Like work on Jan and Andrews wedding photographs.  I have been desperately craving working on something creative.  But before I can have fun with the creative stuff I have to sort through all their images, and get ratings and stuff out of the way.  That way I can find the images I really love easily, and eliminate the ones that are out of focus, or generally off exposures.

Say hi to Jan and Andrew a really great couple, who just seem to work together.  Jan cares more about other people than she does herself, and Andrew is an easy going generally cool guy.  I think these 2 are going to be just fine.  So here’s how I got to shoot their wedding.  My girlfriend is best friends with the bride, and offered up my camera to shoot the wedding.  The fact that I came attached to the camera was just added bonus I guess.  They already had another photographer lined up, but she doesn’t do much photoshop work, and they wanted some shots that were a little more retouched.  To get the kinds of shots that are my style, I knew I would have to go scouting locations before the wedding.  I really wished I was in New York.  New York wedding photography has got to be a ton easier when it comes to the backdrops that you can use for the formals, and the bride and groom shots.  But I was not in New York, instead I was in Hays Kansas.  Yes that’s right… here’s the part where you say…”Oh I drove through Hays one time”.  

So anyways before the wedding I went out scouting locations.   I found quite a few I liked.  About 10 total, but as it turns out we just didn’t get to them all.  Time was a commodity that I didn’t have.  The light was great it was 8 am, plenty of shade, tons of great soft light.  I hoped there would be more shade, but we ended up shooting at high noon.  The light was tough to work with, but I used it to my advantage.  That kind of direct sun can be a great hairlight, or rimlight.  Is it perfect? No.  But if you get a flash, give some fill, and work on getting even exposures you can get some really neat shots.  I actually kind of enjoyed being out of my comfort zone.  I didn’t have time to complain.  I didn’t have time to think.  I only had time to shoot.  It was all instinct.  If not for the stuff I have learned with the strobist crew it would have been all over for me.

Back to the first shot.  As soon as I took this shot I knew that it was going to be one of my favorites, but I needed to come up with a treatment that I felt fit the style of shot I was going for.  I really liked the duplicity of this shot, 2 doors, 2 people, it just struck me for some reason.  This location was so cool too.  I can’t really describe it, but you could tell it had history.  I think that’s what I liked about it.  I always go for grunge, before pristine.  Character is what I’m looking for when I scout locations.  That and tons of bright colors.  Hays doesn’t exactly have a lot of bright walls, or awesome colors to work with, So I got creative with what I had to work with.  For this shot I went with a really vintage look.  1960’s muted colors, some vignette.  I thought it worked well with the serious expressions on their faces.  Andrew kept saying “alright now do serious”.  Which was fine by me.  Photo stats : 1/200th, f/4.0, ISO250, 70mm.

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This shot I went with a nice lomo look. High saturation, tons of colors, and some pop.  Photo Stats: 1/200th, f/4.0, iso 250, 98mm.

Jan and Andrew on Brick road by New York Wedding Photographer

This is one of those shots where I used a fill flash to get an even exposure.  I think I had my flash set at 1/8th and shot away.  The funny part was seeing the inverse square law in full effect.  I think this was the first time that I saw a couple of steps one way or another could have such a huge impact on exposure.  Finding the right distance was key to these shots.  And before I post the photo stats and you call me a liar for having a flash, it was all on camera, and set to auto fp.  Meaning that I could sync up to whatever shutter speed I wanted, with some loss of power because it’s flashing multiple times as the shutter runs across the frame.  Photo Stats: 1/3200th, f/3.5, ISO 400

Jan and Andrew against a Silver wall

I really didn’t do that much to this shot.  Just increased contrast and took out a little bit of saturation.  I just liked the simplicity of this shot.  I still have no idea how they held those perfect smiles all day long.  Photo Stats: 1/320th, f/5.0, ISO400, 82mm.

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again more vintage.  On camera sb-600 prolly at about 1/4. Photo stats 1/2500, f/3.5, ISO400.

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More serious faces.  Alright actually I had to photoshop out a smile in this shot.  I’ll let you try and guess who.  Photo stats: 1/2500th, f/2.8, ISO 400, 70mm

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Man his glasses were shiny.  I’m sure I’ll be posting some shots where you can actually see the whole landscape in his glasses.  Photo stats: 1/2500th, f/2.8, ISO 400, 70mm

Anyways congratulations to Jan and Andrew, and I hope you guys like what you see so far.  Keep in mind this is just a taste.  I still have a ton of work to do.  There are so many shots that turned out great, now the question is what to do with them all.

-Dave

5 Responses

  1. Jennifer White

    I found you through a comment you posted on Cindy Loughridge’s (Cinnamon on Flickr) blog and clicked over to your blog… amazing talent and really a creative eye you have. I’ve really enjoyed paging through your blog… do you have a “go to” lens for most of your portrait shots?

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    • New York Engagement Photographer

      Hey Jennifer,

      Yah I mean it really depends on what I’m shooting. How about this I’ll give you a rundown of my portrait lenses and when I use them. I shoot nikon, so keep in mind these are all nikon lenses.

      70-200 f/2.8 – this is prolly my main money maker, it allows me to get the kind of compression you want in portraits. It has soft clean bokeh, and is wiked quick focusing. On any shoot I have this lens on my camera prolly about 70% of the time. it’s a great focal length and I know i’m going to get nice crisp images from it, with little to no distortion.

      85mm 1.4 The bokeh machine. It’s a prime lens you have to learn how to shoot primes, it’s a different feel zooming with your feet, but this is by far and away the best controled portrait lens in the world. When I want a wash of color behind my subjects I bring this bad boy out. And it’s always creamy and wonderful.

      24-70 f/2.8 – New toy. Still learning and playing. I like what I’m seeing so far. Quite a bit of distortion at the wide end so it’s not a portait lens on that side, but otherwise it’s great.

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  2. Harvey

    I followed your link through from David E Jackson’s blog where you had posted a comment, I’m so glad I did, I really enjoy your work 🙂 Nice job. I’ll be adding this blog to my google reader.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next 🙂

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    • New York Engagement Photographer

      Thanks for the comment!… I just glanced at your blog, and it looks like you got some cool stuff up there too. I’ll be checking back over there in a bit, but first onto writing a new post, I’m way overdue.
      -Dave

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  3. Eileen

    Just found your blog and webpage, wish I found have found it before my wedding. I love your pictures and style!

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