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Meet Beth Fink – Senior Catering Sales Manager at the Westminster Hotel

July 12th, 2013 by | Share Blog
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Beth Fink

What’s a synonym for party?  Food!  From intimate gatherings to wild extravaganzas, we toast life’s special events with gastronomic delights.  The Westminster Hotel’s event facility in Livingston, New Jersey hosts every kind of social event, and their first class catering takes place under the watchful eye of Beth Fink, senior catering sales manager.  From wedding receptions, birthdays and bar mitzvahs parties to anniversary dinners, retirement celebrations, and class reunions, Beth gives each client her personal attention to guarantee their event will be a culinary success.

How did you get into the event industry? 

I’ve always loved events.  After graduating from Indiana University with a major in tourism management I got a job doing events for a large law firm.  I quickly realized that my passion in events is the food so I went back to NYU to get a masters in food studies and food management.  Today I use my knowledge of food to create magnificent events. (more…)

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Meet Jeremy Ballin, Videographer at LOL Productions :)

July 5th, 2013 by | Share Blog

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The extraordinary moments of your special events will last forever in your memory.  But thanks to videography it’s possible to relive those moments over and over again, and share them with far-flung family and friends who weren’t able to attend.  Jeremy Ballin is a videographer and post production specialist at LOL Productions specializing in event, corporate and industrial video.  “Stylistically, I vary from photo-journalistic to experimental.  The ultimate goal is to express what the client wants to articulate in a fresh and appropriately exciting manner.”

Video collaboration with 5th Avenue Digital:  https://vimeo.com/67140042

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Elizabeth Beskin

Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: How Are Same Sex Weddings Different Than Traditional Weddings?

June 5th, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital PhotographyThe relationship may be unconventional but the goal of same sex wedding photography is the same:  capturing the expression and celebration of love.  It may require a little out-of-the-box thinking but it’s also a creative opportunity to transform conventional wedding traditions to reflect the values of the couple.  Our professional wedding photographers at 5th Avenue Digital share their thougths. (more…)

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Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: Funniest Wedding Photos

May 29th, 2013 by | Share Blog
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Tim Waltman

Ever notice how tense things can be at a wedding?  From the worried bride to the anxious parents to the nervous wedding planner, everyone’s on the quest for perfection.  But the more you want things to go perfect the more they don’t.  In the end we should all just have fun because the funniest moments are often the happiest ones we remember, like this candid moment of the bride and grooom captured by 5th Avenue Digital wedding photographer Tim Waltman.

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BJ Enright

“I just love the look on this groom’s face as he’s being lifted up for the hora” says BJ Enright, wedding photographer at 5th Avenue Digital.  “The bride and groom were a hilariously fun couple, and I found myself laughing a lot and really enjoying spending their wedding day with them.” (more…)

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Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: What’s the Funniest Thing That Happened to You on a Wedding Shoot?

May 22nd, 2013 by | Share Blog

Photographing a once-in-a-lifetime wedding can be pretty serious business, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of the unexpected, the humorous and the totally hysterical. Our professional wedding photographers at 5th Avenue Digital share some of their funniest moments.

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Stavros Panopoulos

Stavros Panopoulos:  There have been many events that were funny, although the bride and groom’s opinion may differ, but one stands out that I think all can agree on. I was photographing a newlywed couple in Central Park after the wedding and Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith walks in to photo bomb the shot. Everyone was delighted. The bride gave him a kiss on the cheek and he went on his way. (more…)

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Meet The 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: Great Locations For Engagement Photography In NYC

May 15th, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue DigitalLocation, Location, Location!  What’s the best location to capture those special engagement photographs?  Want to know what top NYC photographers think?  We asked our professional engagement  photographers at 5th Avenue Digital to share their favorite spots in New York City.  Here’s what they had to say. (more…)

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5th Avenue Digital Welcomes Photographer Amy Etra

May 8th, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital PhotographyWhen Amy Etra was aspiring to be a cool hippie at her high school on Long Island, photography was the new cool art class so she signed right up, and got hooked.  Later she studied photojournalism at Boston University, moved to NYC and worked as a photo assistant in the exciting world of advertising.  In the 1980’s she moved to Los Angeles and became a national magazine portrait photographer, shooting celebrities and business leaders for Newsweek, Time, Forbes, USA Today and other top publications.  In 1999 she moved back east to Connecticut where she “fell” into the wedding biz when a photo editor at Business Week asked Amy to shoot her wedding on Block Island.  “Wow, it was the perfect  fit for me” Amy recalls. “Creative, fast paced, and all about photographing people and artsy details.”  Today Amy excels in wedding photography, engagement photography and bar mitzvah photography in addition to her corporate work.  Amy shares more of her thoughts with us.

How would you describe your signature style in five words?

5th Avenue Digital PhotographyMy style is: artistic, fun, creative, spontaneous, photojournalism.  My favorite photography expression is:  “Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind”  which is perfectly illustrated in my photo of Alex and her veil blowing.  I set her up with her bridesmaids on her street and all of a sudden a strong wind came up and I clicked.  But everything was in place already, location, lighting….and I got lucky..because I was prepared!!  Call it photographer’s luck, whatever. (more…)

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5th Avenue Digital Welcomes Photographer David Ducane

May 1st, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue DigitalDavid Ducane smiles when he thinks about how his passion for people and adventure turned into a career in photography.  Growing up in southern California, his many family camping trips spawned his initial love for adventure.  At 14 his family relocated to New Jersey where he met his great friend Jon who introduced him to photography.  From the moment he picked up the camera he knew he loved taking pictures.  “I love light, and locations with minimal settings or many lines and shapes” David reflects.  “Every event, every session is a new opportunity for me to push myself, to create images that impact the viewer but are still classic and timeless.”  David is equally fabulous as a wedding photographer as he is shooting bar mitzvahs. David shares more of his thougths with us.

What was the first event you photographed when you knew for sure: ‘This is what I want to do’?

The “This is what I want to do” moment for me was when I was traveling in Nepal 5 years ago. I got to meet many amazing people and take tons of photos while hiking in the mountains. One day it just hit me that I didn’t ever want to stop taking photos.

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What job or person gave you your first “big break”?

My big break moment came when the salon where my sister works – Arrojo in Soho – asked me to photograph 25 fashion bloggers who came to get makeovers.   After that job I was asked by a big fashion designer to do her e-commerce and the ball has continued to roll.

How would you describe your signature style in five words?

The five words to describe my style are:  quite, moments, fun, classic, dynamic.

Who or what inspires you the most?

The person I work with, the location and the type of lighting I have to use inspire me in a new way at every shoot I’m part of. (more…)

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Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: Best Locations to Photograph in New York City

November 30th, 2012 by | Share Blog

meat packing discrict for engagment shootsScouting possible NYC locations for your wedding photographs and want to know what a professional photographer might say?  We asked some of the professionals at 5th Avenue Digital to share quick thoughts on their favorite NYC locations in which to shoot. (more…)

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Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: Best Time of Day to Take Photographs

October 23rd, 2012 by | Share Blog

Perhaps you are giving thought to what time of day might be best for your engagement or wedding photographs and are wondering what the professionals think. Of course, professional photographers are able to produce great shots at any time of day, indoors or out.
Even so, they do have their favorites, so we thought we would ask some of the professionals at 5th Avenue Digital to share quick thoughts on the best time of day in which to shoot. (more…)

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