NY Athletic Club Wedding
New York, NY
When I shoot in a space like St Ignatius Loyola or the New York Athletic Club, I'm aiming for a super clean look that's timeless yet updated. These weddings beg for black & white and I just couldn't help myself on Nicole & Colin's classic soiree on Central Park South.
A Unique Viewpoint
Although a large part of my life revolves around capturing weddings, I’m also busy photographing performing arts and documenting the work of major corporations & non-profits. I bring all of these experiences together when shooting nuptials so as to create a unique documentary of the day. Emphasizing architectural symmetry and balance in a scene, I think this makes even a very active moment take on a serene, still life quality. This wedding, in particular, embodies this.
Two Photographers, Two Locations
Often times the bride will get ready at a hotel. But, the groom may not. Colin chose to get ready at home where there was a lot of light and he felt comfortable. This works well for us and if you have chosen to have two photographers, we can certainly send one of the team to go document the men.
Stay out of the Way
I could easily tell a bride to look in the mirror and admire herself but there is something about it that just looks fake (because it is). In this image, Nicole just happened across a mirror, seeing herself fully made up for the first time. A photo like this will remind her of that moment, and that is much more meaningful.
Here to There
Photographing transitions is always interesting because at a wedding, it usually accompanies some sort of anticipation. Here, Nicole is en route to the church, and her dad is preparing himself for what is likely a pivotal moment in his life when he gives her away. It’s an old gesture, but one that lives on as a big moment for many brides on their wedding day.
It Culminates Here
At a church wedding, when the organ starts rumbling and the lights come up, most people have their eyes on the back of the church for the first glimpse of the bride. The bride’s mother’s eyes, however, are often trained on the groom.
Dont Let Me See You
The priest or officiant in some spaces may have very specific rules about where photographers can be during a ceremony mass. I’m quite used to this and it doesn’t phase me. That doesn’t mean we can’t cover the ceremony thoroughly as I’m happy to stand in our designated spot and wait for that special glance.
Poised & Elegant
Nicole and Colin are an elegant couple who look great simply being in each other’s presence. I won’t make a couple do anything that makes them look who they aren’t. We’ll keep an open dialogue throughout the portrait session so that everyone looks comfortable.
A Moment to Refresh
After getting ready, making it to the church on time, and traversing about for portraits, a couple can be a little exhausted. I always try to give a little down time so that the bride and groom can breathe before things ratchet back up for the reception. A lot of the time, the church ceremony may be several hours before cocktails begin, so there is a whole nother wave of introductions and rounds to make as the reception begins.
The Guest's Perspective
It’s my mission throughout the wedding to capture the various moments in such a way that recreates the day as if your guests were telling the story.