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It’s always hard to write these types of articles since they can be perceived as a self serving message. This story was not planned ahead, but it came out of a recent trip with my son at his boyscout camp while looking through the images.

I spent a few days with him at camp Barton in NY on lake Cayuga. Awesome time: sailing on a catamaran, hiking, kayaking … Loved every minute of it … with a couple exceptions:)(the tent sleeping was not as fun as I remembered from my youth years). One of the trips was at Taughannock Falls. For trips like this one, I just bring my little point and shoot camera. Along with the troop, there were a few parents tagging along just like myself. Of course I offered to take a few pictures of them and their kids. I also wanted to capture the moment and get some images of myself and my son together as well (since he’s a teenager now, I might need some proof in the near future that we can have fun together; although it might not seem that way from the picture .. I’m still trying to figure out if it was because he had to pose with me or because he didn’t put gel in his hair for the picture:)). Bellow is the image I took (left) and the image one of the parents took of myself and my son (right). Same camera (handed my camera to the parent), same settings, same location.

why hire a professional photographer

Digital changed the perception of people about photography, more specifically, about paying for professional photography. Yes, today’s technology is really good (and anybody can take a picture with their phone). However, as you can see, when creating images, you need more than just clicking the shutter. While this was just a “snapshot” (not an important moment like a wedding, for example), you can still see that it makes a difference on how it will come out. A professional’s experience will determine how that image will look (snapshot or not). While it might not make sense to hire someone to come along in your vacations to take pictures of you, I highly recommend hiring a professional for important events in your life (weddings, mitzvahs, newborn portraits…). And make sure you do your homework and research that photographer to make sure (s)he’s been doing it for a while and is really experienced and not just someone that got a nice camera as a gift for their birthday and decided to be a “photographer”.

Check back to see some of the images from my trip. Hey, maybe it will inspire you to have your son/daughter join boy/girl scouts. It’s a lot of fun.

 

Professional Photography

While we mostly cover social events, we are frequently contacted by professionals for their corporate headshots. Linkedin did a survey with recruiters and found out that accounts that have a profile picture get more clicks compared to the ones that don’t have one. And it makes sense to have a professional image instead of some snapshot with bad lighting (or just picked from a vacation image).

Monica contacted us because she wanted a professional headshot that will be featured on her company’s website. We normally take several images, with different clean backgrounds and even different outfits. Our goal is to try to capture who you really are. Monica ended up selecting two images from the session. They happen to be my favorites as well since they really portray the warmth and kindness I felt when I met Monica.

Corporate headshot of a woman taken by Philadelphia corporate headshot photographer.Coporate Headshot taken by Conshohocken corporate headshot photographer.

 

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Welcome back to the second installment of Sharon and Matthew’s wedding at Rivercrest Country Club! I hope you enjoyed the holiday vacation (we certainly did). And to keep the festive mood going, we’ll share with you these wonderful moments from their reception.

Wedding reception details from wedding at Rivercrest Country Club in Phoenixville. Wedding cake, table settings, sweetheart tableBlack and white portrait of bride and groom dancing during the first dance.

 

EBE Entertainment did a wonderful job to keep everyone entertained and on the floor all night long.

EBE Entertainment band at wedding at Rivercrest Country Club in Phoenixville

 

The beautiful couple leading the way on the dance floor …

Bride and groom dancing during their wedding reception. Cool blue and purple uplighting in the room.

Guests dancing at wedding reception at Rivercrest Country Club in Phoenixville

 

Mother nature cooperated with a gorgeous sunset allowing us to create this beautiful silhouette portrait of the bride and groom.

Sunset portrait of bride and groom from wedding at Rivercrest Country Club in Phoenixville

 

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Welcome! Today’s dreary day is the total opposite of the beautiful wedding day of Sharon and Matthew.

Venue – Rivercrest Country Club

Ceremony details from a Rivercrest Country Club wedding

Sharon’s yellow roses wedding bouquet was beautiful.

Wedding bouquet with yellow roses and purple accentsBride portrait by the window at Rivercrest Country Club wedding

I especially love this portrait of Sharon by the window. It encapsulates the elegance and distinction you see when you meet Sharon.

Bride portrait

And Matthew was right on par with her.

Portrait of the groom by the windowOutdoor portrait of the groom with a waterfall in the backgroundBlack and white image of bride walking down the isle during processional

As always, the little moments in between tell the best story of the day…

Black and white image of the groom looking at the bride walking down the isleBlack and white image of an indoor ceremony at Rivercrest Country Club weddingTender moment of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at Rivercrest Country Club weddingFlower girl bringing the rings at Rivercrest Country Club weddingBlack and white image of the wedding ring exchange at Rivercrest Country Club weddingBlack and white image of the vow exchange at Rivercrest Country Club wedding

The happy couple after they said their I do …

Bride and groom walking back during recessional at Rivercrest Country Club wedding

 

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Welcome back to the second installment of Dana and Brendan’s wedding at Springfield Country Club: the reception. As you can see, the place looked beautiful. I especially love the ice sculpture with their initials and the heart.

Venue – Springfield Country Club
DJ – Schaffer Sound

Wedding details from a wedding at Springfield Country Club wedding; pink wedding cake, ice sculpture

 

As you probably noticed from the previous post, they had a large bridal party … and a big entrance was only fitting.

Collage with images of the bridal party grand entrance Springfield Country Club wedding

… and Dana and Brendan’s was on par, rocking the entrance ….

Bride and groom entrance at Springfield Country Club wedding

 

There is no need for words … you can see the love they have for each other.

Black and white portrait of bride and groomBlack and white portrait of mother of the bride and bride dance at Springfield Country Club weddingBlack and white portrait of mother and groom dance at Springfield Country Club wedding

 

Shaffer Sound rocked the house and everybody had a great time.

Guests dancing at Springfield Country Club wedding. Cool initials projected on the wall

 

As soon as I walked in Springfield Country Club and saw this wall, I knew I had to use it for a portrait of the beautiful couple.

Artistic portrait of bride and groom at Springfield Country Club

 

Thanks again Dana and Brendan for allowing me to capture this fun and wonderful day.

 

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