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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Allie & Albert | The Westmont Country Club

March 26, 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.

Fall wedding

Bridal Prep

Bride and Dad

Christian Loubatoin

Groom's prep

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Allie and her girls gettin’ all “BRIDSMAIDS” on ya.

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My homage to Richard Avedon.

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Bell choir

They had this amazing bell choir at the ceremony that just blew me away.

Bride and Groom grand exit

Allie and Albert at The Westmount Country Club

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Bridal party fun

The bridal party hamming it up for the camera.

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Allie and Albert at Westmount Country Club

Wedding deco, The Westmount Country Club

The folks at The One and Only Westmount Country Club always do such a fine job.

Bride and Groom first dance

Toasts at The Westmount Country Club

Emotional dance between bride and dad

Allie and Albert at The Westmount Country Club

Food Truck

The Westmount Country Club dance floor

This crew certainly knows how to party. The dancing was nonstop all night long.

The Westmount Country Club

The One and Only Westmount Country Club

bride and groom silhouette

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 

Alexa & Dave: The Wedding That Almost Wasn’t

March 18, 2014

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.

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wedding rings, hockey, hockey player groomDave is a hockey player and coach so I couldn’t resist a little hockey inspired ring shot. He’s an awesome dude so I give him a pass for being a Rangers fan.

 

Nicole Miller lace back bridal gown

Nicole Miller Lace Back bridal gown with cathedral train

Beachfront wedding ceremony, Sandy Hook

emotional brideWhat I love about these two photos is that they were made just seconds apart. Alexa’s expressions tell of just how emotional this day was.

 

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Erin & Matt: Long Branch Wedding Photographer

June 19, 2013

What’s not to love about Erin and Matt? They love the Yankees, They are from Brooklyn (one of my favorite boroughs), they love great music (possibly the best selection of music I have ever heard at a wedding ~ and I have been to A LOT of weddings!), they gave me all the time I wanted for photos, they have amazing friends. So what’s not to love? Nothing I say…they are just plain AWESOME! So enjoy a few of their photos and relish in their awesomness.

Long Branch Wedding Photography

Long Branch Wedding PhotographyThe bar is open- Mimosa anyone!!

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic WeddingErin & Matt and a little behind the scenes shot of how we got the shot.

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic WeddingNo Photoshop trickery here folks. Thats what the moon really looked like.

 

Erin Bulkley & Matt Leskovic Wedding

Long Branch Wedding Photography

Long Branch Wedding Photography

 

 

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

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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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NJ Wedding Photographer

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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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Enjoy this NJ wedding photography provided by Timothy Glenn Photographers offering NJ wedding photography in NJ, NY, PA and CT.

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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