It’s All About the Emotion!!

January 1, 2017

Photography has a transformative effect. When we look at an image we are taken back to the moment when that photo was made. We remember how we felt at the time, who we were with, what we were doing. We have a genuine emotional investment in that image. That is the POWER of photography. This image was made at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve last year. I remember the energy in the room and how everyone was sharing in the couple’s joy. It truly is a privilege to be invited into people’s lives, even if it is only briefly, to experience such moments.

New Year's Eve wedding

New Year’s Eve wedding

Tips For Planning a Multi-Cultural Wedding

April 1, 2016

As the world we live in becomes more culturally diverse so do the weddings we plan. Weddings that combine two or more religions and/or ethnic traditions are increasingly popular. So it goes without saying that the tact and consideration necessary in planning such an event can create a great deal of stress for engaged couples. There are a few steps you can take to insure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Communication is Key

Planning any type of wedding requires a lot of compromise so discuss with both sides of the family early in the planning process what traditions you would like to incorporate. It is essential to have a clear vision of how you would like the day to look and feel. The goal is to host an event in which both families feel comfortable and included. Try to and keep an open mind about your family’s ideas and concerns. Educate them on what would be considered appropriate behavior. You will definitely want to avoid any potentially embarrassing situations.

Keep it Personal

Many officiants from differing faiths are open to conducting the ceremony jointly. Let them know while this is your wedding you also want to honor your families’ customs and traditions as part of your day. While different cultures have different wedding customs, often the underlying meaning and purpose of these traditions are similar. If you plan to include unfamiliar elements in your ceremony, such as the Filipino custom of wrapping the couple with a cord and veil, provide brief explanations of the significance in your wedding program. This way your guests can appreciate the symbolism.

Don’t feel that you need to incorporate every custom and ritual into your wedding. If it is not possible to equally represent both the bride and groom’s backgrounds into the ceremony there are other ways to honor each family’s traditions. For example, you can feature the bride’s heritage during the ceremony and the groom’s during the reception. Offering a multi-cultural menu or including ethnic music can be great ways to incorporate the traditions of each family.

 

 

Lauren Goldenberg and Joseph Roza

Timing Is Everything

One of the biggest challenges of a multi-cultural wedding is to make sure you allot the appropriate time for all the different religious and cultural ceremonies. For example, there may be multiple wardrobe changes throughout the day. Some religious ceremonies are much longer than others. For instance, if you plan on having an Indian wedding you may have to allow time for the groom’s procession called a Baraat. Or if you are planning a Jewish ceremony you will need to schedule the Katubah signing before the ceremony begins. If you are working from the perspective of a typical American wedding day timeline, you will need to allow for extra time to address these customs.

 

Deanna Fisher and Karl Najork Wedding

Maintain Perspective

Even though a wedding is full of logistical complexities, ultimately the day is really about celebrating the love two people share. During planning process it’s easy to lose sight of this. In the end, the bride and the groom should mutually agree upon which religious and cultural traditions are most important for them to include.

Now Don’t Screw it All Up! – 5 Things to Avoid on Your Wedding Day

March 14, 2016

Everyone wants to look amazing in her wedding photos. You have picked the perfect gown, spent hours on hair and make-up, found the right jewelry to accentuate your outfit and hand picked a second-to-none photographer to capture it all. Here are 5 things to avoid if you don’t want to negatively impact your wedding day experience.

  LOOKING AT THE CAMERA ALL THE TIME

This is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves. You spot an amazing moment unfolding from across the dance floor, you get into position and compose your shot and then someone becomes camera aware and ruins the moment by saying “Hey everybody there’s the photographer – say cheese”. A wedding is the celebration of two families coming together. How would you like to remember this event, with a bunch of photos of people mugging for the camera or a collection of images of those people who are dearest to you interacting with one another in a genuine and meaningful way. This is not to say that you should never look at the camera. Certainly during those more posed photos it is necessary to do so. But when it’s time relax and enjoy the party, pay no attention to the camera. Let the real moments unfold and allow the camera to capture it. The photos will definitely look better if you do.

Bride having fun on the dance floor

Bride and Groom Hora

REQUESTING TOO MANY SHOTS

Trust your instincts, if you have done your homework and hired and experienced and established photographer there is no need to provide him with a 6 page shot list with every conceivable combination for family portraits. This is your wedding not a photo shoot. Lets be honest, there is only so much that you can accomplish in a given period of time before quality begins to suffer. Giving your photographer a lengthy list of photo requests is only going to give you quantity not quality. The goal is to document the day not to provide every family in attendance with a photo for their holiday card. 

FALLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY TRENDS

Trends are fun, but rarely last. Do you want your wedding memories to be clichés in 35 years? Remember the best man grabbing the groom’s arm preventing him from running away or the double-exposed photo of the bride and groom superimposed over their ceremony. Keep your photos authentic and timeless. Photos of real moments and honest emotions always stand the test of time and can be enjoyed for generations to come.

 TRYING TO MAKE THINGS PERFECT 

It’s your wedding, just try to have fun. Even if everything doesn’t turn out exactly as you hoped, roll with it, and enjoy yourself. It’s always those moments that are unscripted that make your day unique and different from every other wedding in history. Embrace your individuality and let serendipity unfold. A happy bride always makes for better photos anyway.

Bride and Groom's first dance at The Venitian

NOT UNPLUGGING

We live in the digital age for sure, even 90 year old grandmas have iPhones. I understand the thrill of getting that great shot, I’m a photographer after all, but the trend of guests using iPhones and iPads to photo bomb the wedding is getting out of control. Oftentimes the groom’s view of his bride coming down the aisle is completely obscured by a sea of mobile devices being held out into the aisle. Guests no longer experience the wedding first hand because they are all fixated on their phone screens. Guests need to realize that the couple has hired a professional to capture the day’s festivities and they should just enjoy the wedding.

wedding Guest with iPad

 

When is it TOO LATE to Book My Wedding Photographer?

March 7, 2016

There are so many things to think about after the big “YES!”. Two of the biggest decisions you will likely make first are the when and where to get married. After that there is a long list of details, both big and small that need to be addressed. One of the most important is who is to photograph the wedding. Imagine having secured the most idyllic location, wearing the most glamorous bridal gown, at the most elegant reception venue and no one to capture all these details.

Each week I get a handful of inquiries from brides looking for a wedding photographer for 6 months from now, for next month, or even crazier; next week. In almost every case I have to turn them away because I am already booked. While the thought of loosing the opportunity to work with an amazing couple is disappointing, I am more troubled knowing how difficult it is going to be for them to find a quality photographer on such short notice. The simple truth is many in-demand wedding photographers book over a year in advance. As your wedding date gets closer, it will be harder to book your first choice photographer.

Because we are living in a time where we are inundated with photography, more and more, brides are placing an increasingly higher value on quality photography for their wedding. So, needless to say, finding the right photographer is pretty important.

So when is the “right” time to contract your wedding photographer? The simple answer: book your wedding photographer as soon as you secure your venue, if not sooner. I have been booked on a number of occasions before the reception hall has been retained. Some vendors, such as the florist, bakery, limos, or even hair/make-up artists may be able to schedule more than one wedding in a day. Their services typically do not extend from the bride’s preparation through the end of the reception. Photographers, on the other hand, don’t typically schedule more than one wedding in a day. So once you find a photographer that you know is THE ONE, don’t delay.

Keep in mind that there are certain times of year that are more popular for weddings. Here in the North East, October tends to be the busiest month, so if you’re hoping to get married during peak leaf season, perhaps look into booking everything that much sooner.

What if you did reach out to your favorite photographer well in advance and he is still unavailable on your date? Don’t panic, ask them for recommendations. They may know of a colleuge with a similar style who is available.

There is certainly no right or wrong time to book a wedding photographer, however, delaying will certainly affect your options.

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Dianna & Brian: Harbor Links Photographer

April 24, 2013

Spring is finally here! Well,technically it may be but it certainly did not feel like spring for Dianna and Brian’s wedding. I give both of them big points for braving the chill and the wind with me. Once inside and warm everyone had a great time. Thanks again Dianna for being such a “troopah” and congratulations to both of you. We had such an amazing time spending the day with you!

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

 

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz Wedding

Dianna Kelly and Brian Katz WeddingI am not sure what to say about Mr. Ed !?

 

Sarah & Erik – West Orange Photographer

April 2, 2013

We spent an amazing day on home turf at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with Sarah, Erik, their friends and families. Sarah and Erik decided they would see each other before the ceremony began. This was music to our ears because it gave us plenty of time for the portraits. Having completed all the formal photos before the ceremony allowed them plenty of time to just hang and relax with their family and friends. The moment The Jason Craig Orchestra hit the first note the dance floor erupted and didn’t let up until the very end of the night. Here are a few of our favorites from the day. Thanks for a great start to the 2013 season guys!
Sarah Spilken and Erik Perrella Wedding

West Orange Wedding Photographer

West Orange Wedding Photographer

West Orange Wedding Photographer

West Orange wedding photographer

West Orange wedding photographer

West Orange wedding photographerThis little dude took his dancing VERY serious!

West Orange wedding photographer

West Orange wedding Photographer

 

Diana & Bill | NJ Wedding Photographer

January 1, 2013

Well, here it is, the first post in 2013. What better way to usher in the New Year than with a post from an amazing wedding. Diana and Bill have known each other for 23 years. When a couple has known each other that long it makes it all that much more special to photograph them. Along with a tight knit group of family and friends we celebrated this awesome occasion at The Jersey City Hyatt. While it was a frigid day, Diana and Bill took one for the team by heading out on the roof top deck for some photos. Mother Nature thanked us all with some amazing light and a brief snow shower. Diana and Bill assembled an all-star cast of vendors as well; Vito from The Potted Geranium provided the florals, Eddie from Stix Productions provided video services and The Groove Shop helped everyone channel their inner dancing machine. Glenn and I are so happy for Diana and Bill and cannot thank them enough for sharing their most special day with us.

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Timothy Glenn Photographers takes the responsibility of photographing your NJ wedding seriously.  We document each wedding with care and creativity not found with other NJ wedding photography studios. Your NJ wedding is a unique, once in a lifetime event. We strive to provide the absolute best in NJ wedding photography.

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Sarah & Erik: Jersey City | New Jersey Engagement Photographer

November 27, 2012

Thousands in our area were affected by Super-storm Sandy. Even though her winds have passed her effects continue to be felt by many. She messed with us a little bit last week by shutting down Sarah and Erik’s intended engagement session location. Glenn and I were forced to go into problem solver mode. A little quick thinking and some fast-talking by Glenn got us past some police barricades and we were back in business. Often-times when you are forced into the unexpected the results exceed your expectations.

 

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Timothy Glenn Photographers takes the responsibility of photographing your NJ wedding seriously.  We document each wedding with care and creativity not found with other NJ wedding photography studios. Your NJ wedding is a unique, once in a lifetime event. We strive to provide the absolute best in NJ wedding photography.

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Sarah & Josh: Brooklake Country Club | NJ Wedding Photographer

November 8, 2012

Sarah and Josh picked a great day for a wedding! It was a perfect fall day. Our excitement has been building since we photographed their engagement session last year and they did not disappoint. They gave us the time needed to make great photographs and when they hit the “stage” they gave us 200%. I think it shows in the images.

 

Venue: The Brooklake Country Club

Florist: A Touch of Elegance

Hair: Depasquale’s Spa

Entertainment:  Synergetic Sound and Lighting

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Look who we ran into on the streets of Morristown, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Being the cool guy that he is, he was more than happy to pose for a few photos with Sarah and Josh.

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Timothy Glenn Photographers takes the responsibility of photographing your NJ wedding seriously.  We document each wedding with care and creativity not found with other NJ wedding photography studios. Your NJ wedding is a unique, once in a lifetime event. We strive to provide the absolute best in NJ wedding photography.

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Deanna & Karl: The Mahwah Sheraton | NJ Wedding Photographer

November 7, 2012

We introduced you to Deanna and Karl awhile back when we blogged their engagement session. Glenn and I began our day at the Mahwah Sheraton for both Deanna and Karl’s preparations before heading to Christ Church in Ridgewood for the ceremony. We were able to spend some quality time photographing the bridal party at The Hermitage before returning to The Sheraton for the evening’s festivities. A big thanks go to Angela from Juliet Events for keeping all of us on task.

 

Venue: The Mahwah Sheraton

Florist: A Touch of Elegance

Make Up:  Donna Massa

Entertainment:  Ariel Entertainment

Planner: Juliet Events

 

 

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