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...
How could I resist? The Knot's Photo Editor, Rebecca Crumley, invited me to an invite only get-together of select wedding photographers, NYC being the place to celebrate with their new offices downtown. There were about 20 of us so that meant I got to mingle with some old friends... and make some new ones too.
And yes, what a terrific view of the lower tip of Manhattan! I wanted to move right in!
So thank you, Rebecca for having me! And best wishes to the Knot in their new space.
This can save you hundreds of dollars in wedding makeup services.
I've seen where the bride's makeup looks amazing to each and every guest - but the camera picks it up a little differently.
It's because cameras see things differently than the human eye. There are certain makeup principles to consider when applying bridal makeup so the bride not only looks amazing to her guests - but in her wedding photos too.
The makeup artists I routinely work with understand what's needed to accomplish this.
That's why this is great news:
My make up artists have agreed to donate their talents to a limited...