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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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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: 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: Kristin & Ryan’s Wedding

August 14th, 2013 by | Share Blog

This week’s highlight wedding took place at BLT Fish Restaurant in downtown New York. It was a simple yet small ceremony, but in an ambiance filled with a lot of love and delicious catering.

Kristin & Ryan had originally planned to do a lavish wedding at a hotel, but decided to invest on a destination trip around the world. After a fun filled vacation, they had their wedding of about fifty people at BLT Fish with their closest family and friends.

Shawn Rabideau of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design handled their planning, floral, and the venue.  Officiate Reverend Alma Daniel performed their ceremony at the restaurant. Jennifer DelCastillo, the wedding photographer, captured every special moment. Take a look at their wonderful photos! (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Edward and Carina’s Wedding

July 3rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

Carina and EdwardCarina and Edward do a lot of traveling because both work for international non-profit organizations. Due to this, much of their wedding planning was done over E-mail. The traveling duo settled in New York City for their wedding. Their ceremony took place at Riverside Church and the reception at the W Union Square. Carina and Edward transported their guests to the reception via a double-decker site-seeing bus. Kari Otero, assisted by Tim Waltman, captured the many adventures of Carina and Edward’s wedding.

After the wedding Edward wrote,  “We are so pleased to have you as our photographer. You did a tremendous job of getting the shots we wanted, of keeping Carina calm in the storm, and of corralling everyone into place when shots were needed. I was also very please to work with Tim as the second shooter. As our guests all leave and the post-wedding blues begin to take us we look forward to seeing the photos and reliving our wonderful day through your work.” (more…)

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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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Kari Otero Talks Boudoir

June 5th, 2013 by | Share Blog

Photographer Kari OteroThough wedding, portrait and event photography are a large part of Kari Otero’s business, a growing passion has been her work in boudoir photography. Here she shares some of her insights about that genre.

For those who don’t know you, can you explain what type of photography you do?

I’m a portrait, event and boudoir photographer. I take particular interest in making women feel beautiful and confident in my work and the boudoir style gives me the unique opportunity to work with women in a more intimate session and photograph them in a new light. It’s a particularly exciting time for Boudoir photography as more women are venturing into sessions.

How did you start doing boudoir photography?

My background is in dance and theater. I’ve always found myself surrounded by artists and I would take the opportunity to photograph them. I love creating storyboards and scenes for individual sessions based on the persons own history—a more dramatic version of themselves. Sensuality and heightened emotion are usually the result of individuals playing a more dramatic version of themselves. My style was developed through these initial sessions. I quickly learned that I could make individuals very comfortable in front of my lens.

In one sentence describe yourself and why you belong in boudoir photography.

I am drama without all the drama and women tend to gravitate towards that; I find you can make any woman feel sexy and great about themselves without focusing on their “shape.”

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Elizabeth Beskin

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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Elizabeth Beskin

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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Elizabeth Beskin

Best of 2012: Wedding Portraits

May 11th, 2013 by | Share Blog

Here are some of our favorite Wedding Portraits from 2012.

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