Month: March, 2014
I love fall weddings and this one was another great wedding for a great couple. We spent an afternoon with Allie and Albert back in June at Monmouth University. That’s when I saw just how perfect they are together. They are a joy to be around as are their family and friends. They all made us feel so welcome. A big congratulations to you both, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of this amazing day.
Allie and her girls gettin’ all “BRIDSMAIDS” on ya.
My homage to Richard Avedon.
They had this amazing bell choir at the ceremony that just blew me away.
The bridal party hamming it up for the camera.
The folks at The One and Only Westmount Country Club always do such a fine job.
This crew certainly knows how to party. The dancing was nonstop all night long.
Event Coordinator extraordinaire: Inez Bennett
Cinematography: Our great friends at Iris Cinematics
Entertainment: One of the areas absolute BEST bands, The Groove Shop
Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Food Truck: Jaynees Party
I have been looking forward to Alexa and Dave’s wedding for months now. We had such a great time during their engagement shoot I wasn’t sure that we could top it. But let me back up a bit. You may recall back in September (yes, I am a little behind in my blogging again) there were rumblings of eminent government shutdowns. Typically this is of no concern to a bride and groom except that Alexa and Dave’s wedding was to be held at Fort Hancock within the Gateway National Recreation Area. Since the park is run by the National Park Service it was at risk of being closed the day of the wedding. Thankfully our goverment held out for two more days – crisis averted.
The day was a perfect fall day, sunny and just a little brisk. Alexa looked amazing in her Nicole Miller antique white crepe de chine lace back gown. The chapel train really added just the right touch of elegance. One of Alexa’s bridesmaids officiated the late afternoon ceremony which made it all that much more special. Just as they were walking down the aisle we were all treated to a spectacular sunset. Big thanks to our good friends Spinners Entertainment who kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Also in need of a special shout out is Nikki D. who did a fantastic job on Alexa’s make-up and Merri Makers Caterers.
This past week two separate brides whose weddings we photographed some years ago contacted me. Both asked the same question: “I lost the DVD of our wedding photos, do you still have the files?” This got me thinking about how in today’s digital world, we print fewer and fewer of our photos. It’s never been easier to share our photos; we upload them to social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Flickr etc. We pin them, tweet them, like them, +1 them, but are we leaving anything tangible behind for our children and grandchildren to hold in their hands, except maybe a shiny silver disc?
Today, most people view photos on tiny screens with varying degrees of color and resolution. Since most visual content is consumed digitally these days this all seems very normal, but how would you feel if you went to a gallery or museum and all the art was shown on small LCD screens? The impact and the artistry that went into crafting such works in the first place would be lost. To be honest, I love the times we live in, but nothing quite compares at looking at an old photo of a loved one and reminiscing about that person. Maybe I am being a bit sentimental, but a photo takes on a whole new life when held in the hand. I look at it from different angles, I bring it in close, then further away. I contemplate what was happening at the moment the shutter was pressed, then the moment before and after. It is a much different experience for me when viewing images on a computer as I often skip through them quickly barely giving each a glance.
The reason why most of us take photographs is to visually document our lives. So why then would we chance those memories to the fickle nature of technology? I have had numerous hard drives fail and I have a drawer full of floppy disks, Zip and Jazz drives that I have no clue what’s on them because I no longer own the equipment that can read them. I even know someone who accidentally deleted Grandpa’s 95th. birthday party photos (oops!). Sometimes we forget just how fragile our digital images are. Consider printing your photos as another form of back up. It’s ability to be viewable will never become obsolete even as newer technologies emerge. While physical copies are still vulnerable to damage or loss, you can never have too many copies of something that is truly valuable.
I have always encouraged our couples to purchase a bridal album, but I also realize that it’s simply not in everyone’s budget. We do include printed proofs in all our collections and I wish that was something more photographers would offer rather than just shoot and burn. I believe that the photographic print still has value, even in today’s digital age.