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Kate & Greg’s wedding in Buffalo, New York

When I did Kate and Greg’s engagement photos I fell in love with these two people. So fun, so warm, so genuine. And at the time, I was hugely bummed because their wedding was all the way in Buffalo and they were looking for a photographer locally to help keep the wedding costs down, which I totally get because this stuff can get expensive.

But then they emailed me months later and said they had to have me do it. There was no one else they wanted. I flipped out with excitement. I knew how awesome their wedding was going to be and I was so pumped to be asked to come shoot it all the way from Phoenix. To have people put that much trust in you…there are no words for it.

The wedding was absolutely amazing. And so were Kate and Greg. Heck, she and her brother picked me up from the airport! Who does that? The kindness they showed me was simply unbelievable.

The ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, and the reception was only a few blocks away at Statler City. The church blew my mind, the architecture and the stained class windows…unreal. We explored a bunch of areas around Buffalo taking photos with the couple and the huge wedding party and that party bus was the best I’ve ever been on!

Thanks to Delbert and his brother Jovanni, the videographers, for being awesome roommates and a pleasure to meet! And David Jaan, local epic photographer, I’m so thankful you were able to shoot with me and I pray we can work together again in the future! Your talent is ridiculous.

Mostly, Kate and Greg…thank you for everything. You went above and beyond for me and I wont ever forget it.

And now, enjoy the photos!

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A Brooklyn bench

Brooklyn Bench - Dumbo

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8 l, 17mm, f/8.0, iso 100, 46 sec, b+w 10-stop filter  // buy print)

I left New York last October with a bunch of photos, but I’ve always come back to this guy as one of my favorites. I dig leading lines…or just lines in general, and this boardwalk along DUMBO had them aplenty. The boards themselves, the railings, the benches…and then the massive Manhattan Bridge in the background.

This is a long exposure processed simply with #VSCOFILM. Thanks again to my buddy Rick Young for letting me borrow his B+W 10-stop and drag it not only to New York, but also on a follow-up trip to Oregon. That dude is one of the best people I know.

I have a bunch of other random shots from NYC and at some point soon I plan on throwing the rest of them into one giant blog post. It’s probably about time.

Streets of New York

Streets of New York

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(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35 mm 1.4 l, f/2 iso 100 1/160 // buy print)

When we were in New York back in October, my wife and I took a day to wander the city. We started off in the West Village by grabbing a quiet little breakfast and then wandering down random streets, taking pictures of anything we thought was interesting.

There is something quite beautiful about an empty road. I loved the slight sprinkling of leaves, the bike, the shadows and the trees.

I focused on the manhole cover at f/2 to drop off focus in the background quickly.

The Brooklyn Bridge

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/8, iso 100, 292 sec)

A couple of days ago I posted an Instagram photo of a new canvas we bought for the house of one of my shots from New York. You can see a picture of it below. I haven’t posted a shot from that trip in awhile, especially the bridge shots. In the days immediately following my visit there, all my photog buddies that I had met up with were unleashing a torrent of bridge images and we all got sick of them fairly quickly *grin*

But maybe enough time has passed by?

This was taken on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the Manhattan Bridge off in the distance. I have to give some credit to my buddy Brian Matiash for giving me the idea to jump over the railings here to setup a shot on the beach. I tend to take what is given to me sometimes, instead of going for the shot that no one else is thinking about.

I love the way this turned out. I had a 10-stop filter on my lens for 292 seconds and it was kind of a tough shot with the light falling quickly and my inexperience with that filter. There is some graininess to it which I dig and it actually looks quite fantastic on the canvas.

Red Head

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.8, iso 100, 1/160th)

Happy Friday to you all! Excited about today…the family and I have a big photoshoot in front of the Session Nine cameras this evening and we’re stoked. Been about four years since we last had pictures taken and that was without our little girl along for the ride. Going to be epic!

This image was just a simple scene in New York’s Central Park. A red headed woman quietly reading a book surrounded by a green island in the middle of a giant concrete jungle.

So cool.

Please click on the photo to see it with the black background.

When Harry Met Sally

Music Man - New York Central Park

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/1.8, iso 400, 1/320 // buy print)

I’ve been waiting and waiting for a time when I could use this film for Movie Title Wednesday and it’s finally here. It took a trip to New York to make it happen, but that is perfectly okay with me.

When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorite movies. In fact, I wanted to join my wife in visiting The Met just so we could stand in that one spot and practice saying “Pecaan pieeeeeee…pecan pieeeeeeee.” Probably the best romantic comedy ever, but I think it kind of transcends that “chick flick” status into a classic. You have to see it. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at their best. A movie spanning years and ending on New Year’s Eve in New York. Funny, heartwarming…unforgettable.

This photo is one of my favorites from the trip. I was dying to use it for the movie series, but I couldn’t think of a title until of course I talked to my wife. I had already thought of WHMS, but didn’t connect the dots too well. Yeah, it’s set in New York, just like my photo. But my wife remembered how the movie is full of awesome, big band music. Harry Connick Jr….It Had to Be You. Good stuff.

Which works perfectly with this old man playing a saxophone in Central Park. Not to mention the fact my wife and I were together, exploring the park…kind of like Harry and Sally wandering around New York.

This actually wasn’t a simple shoot and keep moving. I took my time composing this. Trying to figure just where to place the man at the end of the tunnel. How much of the blurred wall to show. But the bigger aspect was employing some patience I don’t usually possess. The guy wasn’t facing in this direction the entire time. It took maybe 30 seconds to finally snap the photo with him perfectly silhouetted exactly how I wanted.

I think a younger version of me from not even that long ago would have just shot and kept on walking.

All the crazy time we spent shooting bridges and I knew a shot like this would be more meaningful to me than anything else. That’s why I love photography.

Paparazzi

So what do a group of photographers do when they get bored of shooting stuff around them, or have to wait 30 minutes for a large table at John’s Pizzeria?

Turn the cameras on each other, of course. Become our own paparazzi. The photo above of my pal Brian Matiash kind of says it all. Someone is off-camera left shooting a picture of him, then a second guy is on the right taking a picture too for some reason, and thus I completed the trifecta in an attempt to capture BM in his element: the center of attention *grin*

Most of the shots in this blog post take place while we waited to eat some just amazing pizza after we had been photowalking since 5:30am. The food was delish, but the company was the real treat.

So here are my final portrait images from the trip to New York. They were tall taken with the 35mm 1.4. Had a blast. Met awesome peeps. Ate fantastic grub. And hopefully furthered some friendships that will last a long, long time.

Before the pizza, Jesse Pafundi was playing with Jacob’s huge ass 400mm lens. This is the shot Jesse was lining up below, from his perch on the Brooklyn Bridge.

My boy Chris Deangelis from Fresno.

The MAN Rich Williams, responsible for all kinds of amazing portrait shots himself.

My Aussie pal Jacob Lucas.

Brian Furbush…hilarious dude, totally awesome meeting this guy.

The Canadi-man…Heath O’Fee…I always do my best to shoot this guy at his most awkward. Some of you may have seen my Instagram of him on the subway *grin*

Brian Matiash shooting with the 70-200.

Love, love, love this shot of Scott Wyden. He’s a solid dude.

Heath shooting with his awesome old Mayima film camera.

Never can get enough of BM.

Chris D!!!

Here is Rich…going from checking his camera’s LCD playback to….

…instant smile!

Aussie’s have big lenses…and other pictures

I’ve talked about it enough on Twitter and Facebook, but last week my wife and I went on a four-day trip to New York City. The primary reason for this little jaunt was to take a little vacation together, but also to meet some of my favorite people in the world. In the last year or two, I’ve become great friends with a group of photographers that are based all over the place…Seattle, California, Canada…and a bunch who are up in the New England area. So we planned this epic meetup.

And amazingly, it actually happened. Somehow, someway…all of us, from different states and countries, made it to NYC for an insane day of shooting and hanging out.

The title of this blog post is meant for Jacob Lucas, an Australian “bloke” living in Seattle. It may have been the story of the trip, but he dragged along his massive 400mm lens to shoot with. I mean, he fit that thing into his backpack and walked around NYC with it. All day. A stud.

The photo above is one of my favorites from the trip. You can see myself and the Manhattan Bridge in the reflection. And I love that Jacob is smiling in the background. The 35mm 1.4 gave me a cool distortion, making it feel like Jacob was waaay off in the background. Of course, that 400mm was so big, this isn’t THAT far off from the truth.

So this is the first of two blog posts with images of these awesome guys and our adventures in NYC.

Before the epic day of shooting took place, we met for dinner at Da Rosina’s…where good food and good drinking took place. This first picture is of Jesse Pafundi and his beautiful wife Dani, who helped set up this dinner and get things organized for the next day. I love Jesse’s passion for photography and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve over the last year. If you live on Long Island and need a lifestyle or wedding photographer, hit him up!

Here is Jacob shooting with old Mayima film camera that belongs to one Heath O’Fee.

And speaking of Heath…here he is with his wife Brei. They flew in from Canada on the Tuesday before this Friday dinner and he shot the crap out of NYC. I love, love, love this guy…his portrait work has really gotten amazing and I’m starting to get jealous of the work he does.

Now this is Brian Furbush…whom is one of the funniest guys I know. He also takes great pictures. Of course, that depends on whether or not his 5D Mark II can focus or not. Here he is trying to make it work at dinner.

He recently took a fairly epic, epic shot of the RFK Bridge in NYC. Check it out when you get a chance. He was huge part of getting the dinner and Saturday photowalk put together, so a big thanks to not only Jesse, but Brian as well. You guys were awesome.

A shot of Heath with his Mayima. That thing’s shutter click was more manly than anyone else’s Nikon or Canon.

My buddy Chris DeAngelis was there too…and sadly not pictured at dinner. I have a shot of him below. An amazing guy, was awesome to meet up with him.

Saturday morning…after none of us got more than 4-5 hours of sleep, we met up at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a sunrise shoot. We ended up being there for an hour or two, and then went off to breakfast.

But here are some pictures from our time in the park. It’s kind of funny how when you get tired of shooting bridges, or the light gets bad, you suddenly turn your camera on the people you’re with. We did a ton of shooting each other on this trip and it was a lot of fun.

Here is Jesse setting up a shot.

Heath posing for me.

Here’s DeAngelis. I mean, if there is a nicer guy on the planet than Chris, I’d have a hard time believing it. A great guy, great father…and I wish I had gotten to talk to him a bit more. Next time for sure man, especially when you come to AZ next year!

Jacob

Heath with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan in the background.

Here’s Jesse Instagram-ing…which we all did constantly.

Jacob

Jesse

Heath and Jesse

Finally, another shot of Jacob

Stay tuned for part two…where guys like Brian Matiash, Scott Wyden and Rich Williams make appearances.

Sunrise in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunrise in Brooklyn Park

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8 L, 17mm, f/8.0, iso 100, 39 seconds, 10-stop filter)

So I was in New York last Thursday through Sunday, and here I am sitting in a hotel in Corvallis, Oregon. New York was a vacation, Oregon is for my day job. Looking forward to my off-hours in Oregon though, as I plan on hitting the coast a few times, starting tonight.

Since I don’t have a lot of time, I wanted to pass on an image from my trip to NYC. This was taken at 7:25am in Brooklyn Bridge Park. I was there along with a few other amazing photographers and I’ll talk about that whole part of it on another post. Lack of time today. But I have a ton of portraits of the guys I  met and I can’t wait to share them.

This shot includes the Manhattan Bridge, which sits east of the Brooklyn Bridge. I love this little boardwalk and the sun peeking out from under the bridge. The light was amazing.

Click on the image to view it bigger with the border, think it adds a lot to the viewing experience.

 

Clouds over New York City

Sometimes taking photos from a plane just doesn’t amount to much afterwards. You really have to find a sky or a scene in front of you that is so unique that capturing it from a plane makes it amazing.

I don’t think this is close to that kind of photo, but what I do love is the angle I was able to get with the plane turning to the right as we headed to JFK in New York. The clouds were beautiful and up on the horizon they were moving left to right and forming storms as they made their way to the right, as you can see.

Just a fun view of a giant city, one that I’m fond of and would love going back to someday.

(You can see more photos from my trip to Holland by clicking on this tag: Holland Trip)