This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.
By G.E. Masana
Someone was arguing that a "real" wedding photo only needs to be of the wedding couple smiling - and more than that's not needed.
I guess that guy has toast and water for all his meals.
Maybe back in the 1930's one photo was about all you'd get because cameras weren't as portable. But if you have the ability to capture more from a wedding, then why hold back? My mom has a photo taken at her sister's wedding back in the 60's. It's got my entire family in it. She treasures that photo especially now since she's the last...
The funny thing about wedding photographers is that what you, the wedding couple, want to find in a wedding photographer is often different than the reason we, us wedding photographers, think it should be.
Most wedding photographers think it should be that our wedding photography's so incredibly awesome that you can't but help to want us as your wedding photographer. That would be nice.
But while you may absolutely love the photos you see, the fact is, discerning wedding couples have other concerns which are also priorities for them.
Here's what I hear from other couples who hire me. So maybe...
One hundred years ago the second largest private residence in North America was built in Cold Spring Harbor, long island: Oheka Castle.
These days, Oheka Castle has 32 rooms and suites, manicured gardens and rivals luxury European hotels. A wedding here is more than an event, it's a ticket to a bygone era of style.
Last time I was at a wedding there reminded me of castles you'd find in Europe. There are magnificent mansions on long island to be sure, but for castles to get married in, nothing comes close to Oheka.
A couple of months ago the Knot came out with its "top 12 trends for weddings" and announced the end of this and that trend, and hailed the new trends of the year.
And I thought, "yes... until next year when you declare those new trends old, overdone and finished. Just as you did right now with last year's trends."
I tell my couples, trends get dated. Fast. Better to have style and substance instead.
And here's David Tutera, famed wedding planner, advising the same:
How do you make your wedding timeless while still staying current?
The first way to keep it timeless is to avoid having...
If you want to escape getting ordinary snapshots from your wedding, here are 3 keys to capturing great, real moments with photos that will touch your heart for years.
Having photographed hundreds of weddings in the New York City Tristate area, and around the country, I've invested numerous hours with brides and grooms on their wedding days. And even afterwards when I've met up with them again at weddings they referred to me. So I've experienced what it is people, people just like you and me, who wish their photography to embody all their tears, smiles and laughter,...
Selecting your wedding photographer sure isn’t easy these days. From prices all over the map to determine who’s the best qualified photographer, to where do you get the best value, the better experience – how do you ever find the right photographer for you?
You start by reading this guide. You’ll discover how to avoid the common pitfalls in selecting your wedding photographer simply by asking the right questions. And knowing ahead of time what the right answers are.
You won't find these insider questions anywhere else unless an experienced professional wedding photographer lets you in on it…...
Having photographed hundreds of thirty-something couples and their weddings, here are 10 of the things I've learned about what's important to the thirty-something bride.
But first, here's why I'm writing this.
You'd think wedding photography is simply about picking up a camera and taking photos at a wedding. And if you're lucky enough, there's some actual talent behind the camera and the photos come out looking rather nice.
You'd think that, but that's not all there is to it by any means.
Because I've photographed weddings for couples in their 20's, 30's, 40's... and how different age couples...
Join me, NYC Wedding Photographer G.E. Masana, as I explain my exclusive "Modern Classic" photography style and the behind the scenes process that creates emotionally filled, illustrative photography and couture wedding album stylings from my wedding couples' wedding moments.
Bruce Cullen actually puts thought, talent and heart into the videos he makes. I can tell.
You can see it in the little moments he films and weaves into his finished wedding videos.
It would be real easy just to let a camera record what's happening in front of it. And then just let it play.
It's quite another thing to actively find what should be in front of it. And film that.
And then edit it all together in a way which never lags. That keeps you fascinated. Keeps you watching for what comes next.
When you speak to Bruce he'll tell you how his videos look fluid because of his Steadicam...
I've been building a new engagement photography portfolio and it's been fun trying out new ideas with lots of different engaged couples around the NYC Tristate area.
I got this comment from one of the couples from the last session which I think after everything is said and done, beyond the art and technique, drives home the point of why have an engagement photographer at all:
"We just love how you captured the moment. We can almost feel it and experience it again through your lens."
- Junko Kanda, NYC NY
That's the point exactly: Here's this little window of time in your life. A slice...