A lot of times wedding photographers get the question "Have you shot in this venue before?" like it's a huge advantage. But I find that the bigger challenge is shooting in a place I've already been in many, many times, like Grand Central Terminal. It's very hard to shake myself free of the trappings of previous shoots and see it in new ways, but collaborating with Tatiana we were able to make a change. Grand Central is a beautiful building with incredibly muddy, uninteresting light, and you can't set up light stands without very quickly getting yelled at by people with big guns. But with a little creative flash placement and quick work transforms muddiness into a fiery glow.
One from today's sunrise engagement shoot with the D810. Sometimes the most handy tool is clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
At play in the peaceful, pastoral fields of … Manhattan.I set a new record for most-photos-per-minute at this session, for reasons I can explain later. But their story continues (for me) tomorrow…
My first double exposure on a shoot. I've always loved how tree branches look like reverse lightning, or the capillaries of the heart.
Joe and Marisa live in Brooklyn Heights, with amazing views of Manhattan -- so the engagement capital of NYC has personal meaning for them. 12-image "Brenizer Method" panorama with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.
I love how the flash is making a rainstorm evoke a quiet snowy moment. We got a massive storm in NYC in the middle of an engagement shoot. I knew it was coming, so I said to the couple: "We can either stay nice and dry and shoot in Grand Central … or we can play in the rain and try for something extraordinary." I'm very happy they chose to play in the rain with me. My pocketwizard contacts started shorting out about 30 seconds after this photo (but were fine after a quick toweling-off).
Now that I knew it was possible, I figured "Why not go for the Grail and try it at night?"
The jogger was unstaged
I had a fantastic, fun session with Gina and Gary, and I managed to surprise myself with this one. Yes, I’ve been getting a kick out of using the golden rule of photography “nothing outside the frame actually exists” to turn Newark into a verdant wonderland. But when Gina and Gary told me they wanted to shoot in Penn Station I thought “Ok, this will be fun, we’ll re-enact the early stages of their relationship, capture the feeling of a surging crowd, etc.” but I never thought the station itself would look good. Penn Station … the shame of NYC, an architectural disaster so terrible that it inspired a new movement in architectural preservation, and some great episodes of Mad Men … transformed by a dramatic underexposure and a Wells-Fargo sign (which is outside the frame, and so doesn’t exist). It actually was a delight to walk around and see the place not as my eyes would see it, but as my camera would.
I took an advantage of a relatively quiet day on Poet's Walk to do a nutty me-method pano: 53 images with 95mm f/1.4
There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for an engagement shoot with me. Dress to a similar level, get ready to have fun … that’s about it. But ballroom lessons never hurt.
I love when I can take a place I've shot at dozens of times and see it in new ways.