Spring Wedding in Connecticut

I had a great time shooting the wedding of Andrew and Lymarie in Connecticut. The day before the wedding it was pouring rain all day, which made everyone a bit nervous since the reception was outdoors at the beautiful grounds of the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield, CT. But to everyone’s relief the wedding day turned out to be a perfectly beautiful, sunny day. As usual, I used my Canon 5D Mark iii for all of the shots and my assistant had a Canon 6D. Having an assistant is a great asset and allows us to capture the action from two angles simultaneously. This is especially helpful during the reception but also during the portrait session when the second camera man can also help out as a lighting assistant. I find that the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is wonderfully versatile and covers most of my needs for the fast moving and at times chaotic wedding photography.  Its long range comes especially handy during wedding ceremony when you need to get those intimate close ups without getting in anyone’s way. The other lens that I find irreplaceable for weddings is my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. This wide angle is especially helpful for the “getting ready” shoots which often take place in a considerably restricted environment, such as hotel rooms etc. The wide angle is also priceless for the reception where you might want to get more of the action in your pictures.

Prior to the wedding we did a post-wedding portrait shoot with the wedding party in a nearby park. There were some large trees nearby that provided deep shadow for the wedding party which is normally a positive thing as you don’t want your wedding party standing in the hard midday light with a lot of shadows cast on their faces. The challenge we had in this particular scenario was that the beautiful, natural backdrop was completely exposed by the hard midday sun. As a photographer you have to be careful to not to allow your camera to set the exposure for the bright backlight as this would cause the wedding party to be underexposed. On the other hand if you expose for the shadows you risk overexposing and loosing all the detail of the beautiful background. To help compensate for the bright back light I had my assistant use a large, 6′ x 4′ Lastolite reflector to throw in some fill light for the wedding party.  This can be tricky at times partly because of the large size of the reflector and partly because some people’s eyes can be very sensitive to the reflected sunlight. The trick is to do it fast and to break it up every minute or so. Also it can be a challenge to get even light for a group as large as I had here, a total of 16 persons. You can also have the couple look away from the reflector, as I did in this shot.

Often a lot of action takes place during the more relaxed atmosphere at the reception. This is an opportunity for some real fun, memorable, candid moments. At the same time, the reception can be a real challenge as far as good lighting goes. This is were those speedlites come in real handy. In this particular occasion the wedding party loved to rock the dance floor and I had fun capturing all of the fun. As I was shooting with the wide angle lens I needed to mix and mingle with the wedding party in order to really capture the joy and exuberance at this party. I used the second curtain sync option available in Canon’s speedlites to create fun light trails from the colorful lights illuminating the dance floor. I also use Canon’s Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT which allows me to hold the speedlite (with a dome diffuser) off camera in my left hand while holding the camera and shooting with my right hand.

After the ceremony I shot a few quick portraits in the golden light of the setting sun. The narrow time frame between the wedding ceremony and the reception can easily make for one hectic portrait shoot. My recommendation therefore is to take the portraits before the reception if possible, or even day before the wedding. However in this case the ceremony ended just before the “golden hour,” which left us less than 60 minutes to get some fantastic portraits before it was completely dark. With the help of my assistant I used a three Canon 600EX-RT speedlite setup to provide fill light for the couple while retaining the beautiful colors of the sunset in the background.

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Gondola Boat Ride In Central Park

The Loeb Boat House in Central Park offers gondola rides at the pond for up to six people in a boat. This is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do with with your special someone while in New York. From the pond you can enjoy the unique combination of Central Park’s lush green forest against the backdrop of the stunning Manhattan skyline all at the same time. On a calm evening The San Remo apartment building reflects beautifully off of the pond’s surface. Past and present residents of the San Remo include such famous personalities as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there, alongside her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Bono bought his apartment from Steve Jobs for $14.5 million.

To get the most our of this special moment why not hire a professional photographer to capture the moment in a quality worthy of this special setting? Contact me at info (at) juhaphotography.com for availability and prices.

Central Park Spring Blossom – Part II

Here is another post from my favorite place in NYC, especially during the Spring: the Central Park! I try to make a walk to the park at least once a week. On each visit I notice how one blossom has come to an end only to make room for some new flowers. The magnolia blossom is now pretty much over. The Yoshino Cherry Trees that were still blooming a week ago on the east side have made room to the Kwanzan Cherry bloom on the west side of the water reservoir. The ground under the trees is covered with the petals like virgin snow. My new favorite this Spring is the English Garden / Conservatory Garden on the east side at 104th Street where a majority of these photos were taken. It is such a peaceful place to relax and meditate in this buzzing city. Now is the perfect time to get your portraits and head shots taken in the most beautiful place in the greatest city in the world. Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for pricing and availability. Take a look at my portfolio here. And don’t forget to smell the roses!

 

Per And Richa In Central Park

Had fun doing a photo shoot of a great looking couple in my favorite setting in New York, Central Park. April and May is the perfect time to get great portraits during the magnolia and cherry blossom season. Would you like your photos taken in Central Park by a professional photographer? Are you visiting New York and would like someone to capture professional quality photos of you while enjoying the park sites and  relaxed atmosphere of Central Park. Are you proposing, getting engaged or planning a wedding in New York City?  I can help you capture these important moments in high quality digital photos. If you’d like, I’ll turn your photos into a stunning custom designed photo album as well. Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for prices and availability.

Spring Blossom In Central Park

Spring time is my favorite time in Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy does such an excellent job taking care of the park’s 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams and 80 acres of woodlands. April is the best time to enjoy the magnolia and cherry blossom. Last week I decided to walk around the whole park, starting from the south-east corner northward to Harlem and then walking back southward on the west side. I’ve never actually been north of the water reservoir so I really enjoyed visiting some new places, such the Conservatory Garden around 104th Street on the East side and the North Woods up in Harlem. Spring is also a fantastic time to spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that make their annual migration via New York. Central Park is the one place where you can distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan life without actually leaving the city.