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The Intimate Wedding of Madeline and Todd

I love my job. Even though I photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, each one is different than the next. From 500 guests to an intimate wedding like Madeline and Todd’s. And to top it off, Madeline was so relaxed and not phased one bit about the change in plans. The ceremony and portraits were to be done in a beautiful park setting. Mother nature thought otherwise.

DIY wedding decorations and bride bouquetmom helping bride getting readyb&w images of sister helping bride getting ready

A non-traditional wedding … a non-traditional bride … a non-traditional wedding dress …

fun outdoor bride portrait with a halloween background

 

Did I mention that Madeline was not phased by the rain? … here she is laying down to take pictures with her nephew … the rain just stopped.

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groom and grandmother portrait outdoors

 

The best accessories for a bridesmaid …

fun bridesmaid portrait

This was a new one for me: guests were leaving their fingerprints and thoughts on a handmade painting. Pretty cool.

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After the ceremony, we stopped by an abandoned train station for some portraits …

bridal party portrait at abandoned train station

 

As always, we end with a portrait of the happy couple.

bride and groom portrait outdoors under a tree

 

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Trump National Golf Club Wedding Reception of Tara and Mark

Welcome to the second installment of Tara and Mark’s wedding at Trump National Golf Club: the reception. After a stormy night and rainy morning, the weather decided to cooperate and the sun came out. Just in time for portraits of the beautiful bride and groom.

 

Bride and groom portrait at Trump Golf Club

 

The warm and glowing sun-setting light was filling the room during the first dance.

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The parent dances are always filled with emotions.

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Everybody had a good time and Mike Rossi kept everybody on the floor the entire evening.

Guests dancing at wedding reception at Trump Golf Club

 

Watching the sunset on the balcony…

bride and groom on the balcony watching sunset at Trump Gof Club wedding

 

Thank you again Tara and Mark for allowing me to capture your special day.

 

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Trump National Golf Club Wedding of Tara and Mark

Not too long ago I photographed Tara and Mark’s engagement session. Their wedding day has arrived ….

Ceremony – Trump Nation Golf Club

Although it started with a rainy weather, by the time we finished the getting ready part, the sun came up and all the worries went away:)

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Tara got ready not too far from the club.

bride accessories

Her sister surprised her with a beautiful watch …

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Shortly after Tara arrived at the Club, we did a first look between her and Mark. You can definitely see their love for each other.

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One of the things that sets apart this golf course from others, it’s their 19th hole. We had to take a portrait of the beautiful bride and groom there.

bride and groom portrait at Trump National Golf Club

Check back next week for more images.

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DuPont Country Club Wedding of Stacey and Steve

This week I have the pleasure of featuring the intimate and beautiful wedding of Stacey and Steve.

Venue/Ceremony – DuPont Country Club

 

I hope you’ll enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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Stacey being helped by her mom and long time friend Caroline (they’ve been friends since they were teenagers … what a beautiful friendship).bride getting ready at dupont country clubbride portrait at dupont countrly club

Ring bearer and flower girl always steal the show …ring bearer and flower girl walking down the isle at dupont country club

What a beautiful moment: Stacey being walked down the isle by her older son.bride walking down the isle at dupont country club

Apparently, the ring wasn’t cooperating and wasn’t going on Steve’s finger easily:)

As always, we end our blog with a portrait of the bride and groom.bride and groom portrait at dupont country club

 

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Making of a Portrait

With weddings, I am there to document an important day in someone’s life, to capture all the emotions and details of the day. Yes, my years of experience and my vision will influence how the images look and feel, but they are pretty much the representation of what happened in front of me.

With a portrait, I sometimes find it challenging that what comes out of the camera doesn’t really represent how I feel and how I see the end result. A portrait is about a person and not so much about recording how someone looks. For centuries, a painter was able to express him/herself though his or hers brush. As a photographer, that was not possible until the digital era (technically it was only possible with a huge production which was out of reach for the majority of photographers). Today, there are many programs out there that allows a photographer to express his vision (and I’m not talking about some Instagram filter or Photoshop action).

My older son is a boy scout and I wanted to immortalize this moment in his life with a beautiful portrait of him. And while the portrait was beautiful, I wasn’t really happy with the end result because it didn’t evoke the emotions I had when I’m looking at my son. Bellow is the portrait straight out of the camera.

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And this is the portrait I created after spending about 2 hours enhancing it. I wish you could see the print because the digital version you are looking at, it doesn’t do it justice. I hope you enjoy it.

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