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Wedding Wednesday: Dogs in Weddings – Our Top Tips

August 9th, 2017 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital - top tips for dogs in weddingsIsn’t the tongue out, tail wagging kind of wedding guest the best kind of wedding guest!? Here at 5th Avenue Digital we certainly think so! Incorporating your dog in your wedding celebrations is a sure-fire way to increase the cuteness (especially in your wedding photos) and have your guests undoubtedly smiling from ear to ear as they find their way down the aisle.

For many brides and grooms having their beloved pup join in on the festivities is an absolute no brainer (because why wouldn’t you include your best friend in your wedding!?), so to avoid any unwelcomed chaos here are our top 5 things to consider when having dogs in weddings:


  1. Have a designated dog chaperone – you really don’t want to have to worry about whether your dog is overdosing on the wedding cake mid-way through the reception – having a chaperone watch over them will give you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about. Consider having the chaperone take the pup home prior to the reception, the loud music may overwhelm and scare them.
  2. Don’t over-do it with the outfit – dogs do not tend to enjoy being dressed up at the best of times so make sure they are as comfortable as possible (especially if it’s a hot day) by ensuring any clothing/accessories are loose and unrestrictive.
  3. Check with the venue – Some venues don’t allow dogs so it’s important to check beforehand, a lot of planning goes into incorporating your dog in your wedding and it would be disappointing to see all this time, energy and money go to waste.
  4. Tell your photographer ahead of time – It’s always a good idea that the photographer knows exactly what to expect. They may need to allow for more time during the portrait session or they may be able to offer you some words of wisdom beforehand.
  5. Come armed with lots (and lots) of treats – We all know dogs respond very well to bribery, take full advantage of this – getting dogs to stay in position for a photograph is no easy feat!

We’ll now leave you with some GORGEOUS wedding pup inspiration courtesy of our very talented (and dog loving) photographers here at 5th Avenue Digital – introducing our dogs in weddings: Guinness, Zoey (dog of honor) and Emmett!

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Beth Baynum

The Hidden Costs of A Bargain

March 30th, 2016 by | Share Blog

12_31_2015_DN_0131Professional event planners say: hiring a freelance photographer is like hiring an intern to handle your most important event.

When it comes to event photography, everyone knows there are tons of options available. Just do a Google search for Event Photographer and see how many hits you get. It’s overwhelming!  Start looking at their various sites and you’ll be even more confused. How do you know which photographer is going to best meet your needs?

The truth is: you don’t. Unless you personally know the photographer whose site you’re reviewing, or know someone else who’s worked with them, it’s nearly impossible to accurately assess the photographer’s real talent, much less what they’re like to work with and how reliable they are. Here’s a fact lots of people don’t know: the images you see on a photographers website have very likely been worked on extensively. You are seeing the best of thousands of shots they’ve taken. Shots that may well have been Photoshopped to look as good as they can, which hides the photographer’s real ability.

Hiring a freelance photographer to cover your important event, who isn’t known or hasn’t been vetted, is a huge gamble. Sure, they may cost less. But there are no do-overs, your event isn’t a dress rehearsal. You have one opportunity to catch that moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time. One single chance to capture your son blowing out his mitzvah candles. You take a big risk merely hoping the freelancer you’ve hired has the skill and experience required to get these shots.

That’s why professional event planners use 5th Avenue Digital. They have full confidence, knowing our photographers have been specifically chosen from the thousands of photographers out there for their artistry, technical skill, personality, reliability, experience and vision. We work with them to help hone their expertise and make them even better. We teach them the ins-and-outs of the religious ceremonies and cultural traditions. We coach them on working with all types of people, from the nervous groom to the overwhelmed mitzvah mom.

Next time you’re looking for a  professional photographer and reviewing the myriad freelancer websites, ask yourself, “Is the low rate worth the risk?”  Then talk to 5th Avenue Digital… and relax, knowing you’re getting photography talent and service you can trust.

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Elizabeth Beskin

Advice on Hiring a Wedding Photographer

January 20th, 2016 by | Share Blog

blog3So your significant other just popped the question and the process of wedding planning has commenced. Trying to hire vendors that meet your criteria can be a bit overwhelming. We are going to offer you a few bits of advice to help you choose the right wedding photographer for your celebration.

We are in the age of the internet and research could not be easier. Make sure you do your homework: research your wedding photographer. You want to be certain they are the right fit. Look at websites, social media channels and reviews. Photographers offer a lot of information on their websites and reviews are an excellent way to get an outsider’s perspective on their own wedding experience.

There are many different styles of  Wedding photography. Chat with your photographer about which style appeals to you the most. This is very important. Communicate your expectations of style so everyone is on the same page. Your photographer should be able to show you examples of their work in your desired style.

wedding photographer portraitsWhen meeting your photographer, you will want to see examples of their work. Request to see examples of wedding albums as well as complete wedding galleries. You want to see the full scope of the Wedding photographer’s work, not just the selected album shots.

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your lives. Most likely there will be combinations of friends and family members together that will make great photos. You will want to ensure your photographer captures those memories. A shot list is an important document to create for your photographer, to help ensure you get the must-have photos you want.

wedding photographer protraitsIt’s important that you get along with all of your vendors, but especially your photographer. Your wedding photographer will be following you around all day and you will be spending more time with the photographer than with any other vendor. It’s very important to meet with them at least once during your planning process. If your wedding photographer is coming from a distant location, ask for a Facetime or Skype meeting. Personality is key here. Your wedding photographer should be someone you are happy to be around.

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Your vendors are there to make your experience a much more pleasant one.

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And….congrats on your engagement!

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Photographers: Robert Evans, David Nicholas, Jen DelCastillo and Courtney Collins for 5th Avenue Digital

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Wedding Wednesday: James and Danielle, a Fairytale Wedding

January 14th, 2015 by | Share Blog

wedding dovesWe recently had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of James and Danielle at the stunning Crystal Plaza in Livingston New Jersey. The wedding had a high glam feel and 5th Ave Digital’s superstar photographer David Ducane captured all of the glamour of the wedding in the photos.


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Wedding Wednesday: Ginny and Chris at the Four Seasons

December 3rd, 2014 by | Share Blog

Wedding Portraits We recently had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Ginny and Chris, located at the Four Seasons NYC. The Four Seasons provided the event with a prestigious setting that gave this New York City Wedding drama and elegance. 5th Avenue Digital’s Brian Friedman captured all of the stunning photographs using the Four Seasons as a background to create different wedding portraits and photographs.  (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Tips for Finding a Great Wedding Photographer

December 11th, 2013 by | Share Blog

0078-2-20130928-BJThe Knot released an article recently on how to find an ideal wedding photographer. It may not be the easiest task when you begin planning your wedding, but these ideas can help you find the right one for you. Keep in mind, your wedding images can last a lifetime, and that’s the most special day in your life that you will want to relive throughout the years.

1. Settle on a Style:

You may want to look into a photography style that you prefer to begin with. For instance, you may be interested in a documentary style. Instead of having a series of traditional poses, these are spontaneous or candid photos of people, décor, or action. The photos capture the moments exactly as they happened and tell a story at the same time. 5th Avenue Digital offers a variety of photographers, each with different styles to suit your specific tastes.

2. Do your homework:

Review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style.

3. Set Up an Interview:

Deciding on a photographer is not only based on their portfolio, but meeting with them in person as well. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos. 5th Avenue Digital will set up interviews for you with the photographers you like most, saving you lots of time and trouble. (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Mark & Scott

November 6th, 2013 by | Share Blog

same sex marriage equality This week’s real wedding of the week is of Mark & Scott. This couple had been together for many years, and it was very meaningful for them to tie the knot in front of their closest friends and family members. It was a non-traditional fall wedding and quite casual, but still very intimate & special.


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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: John & Richard’s Wedding

October 23rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

Same sex mariage photography by 5th avenue digital This week’s real wedding of the week of John & Richard took place at the Manhattan Penthouse. It was a ceremony filled with pure love and a very close-knit group of family and friends which surrounded the couple as they exchanged their ‘I Do’s.

The reception was located on Fifth Avenue, with its prime Manhattan location overlooking stunning skyline views and top class service. The beautiful decor and event planner of this wedding was by James Abel Events.The entertainment with live symphony was provided by Star Talent which made everyone get up and dance the night away with the wonderful couple. The photographer BJ Enright captured the wonderful moments this couple shared with their loved ones on their special day.


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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Rachel & Mark’s Wedding

October 3rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital Wedding PhotographyHave you ever wondered what it feels like for a father to give his daughter away, seeing her in a stunning white gown, glowing with happiness and ready to walk down the aisle? It’s a shared moment both public and intimate, one that usually touches all who are witnessing the ceremony.  And it’s fleeting, making it a challenging moment for photographers to capture.  That’s why the photo of this moment speaks to us most when looking at images for this installment of Wedding Wednesday. Rachel and Mark’s wedding at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown NJ. was beautiful in so many ways, but the photo of Rachel’s father seeing her for the first time, with his expression reflecting love, admiration and joy for his daughter, is the real stand-out image. (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Kate & Pete’s Wedding

September 25th, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital Wedding Photography This week’s highlight wedding of the couple Kate & Pete took place at Stage 6 Steiner Studios, a venue located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Stage 6, which doubles as a production studio for television and movies, features spectacular views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn & Williamsburg bridges, and the Empire State Building — a stunning backdrop for the wedding photos.

Their ceremony reflected an ambiance of pure love and happiness. The reception was unique, with guests playing cowbells and percussion instruments along with the DJ.  The guests were given flip flops in a variety of colors which allowed everyone to bring out their moves and dance the night away — including breakdancing and The Limbo!  Abigail Kirsch took care of the delicious catering, and 5th Avenue Digital’s Kari Otero captured the most memorable moments of the wedding. (more…)

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