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.

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New Year’s Eve wedding

5 Tips to Selecting Images for Your Wedding Album

April 28, 2014

All too often our couples tell us “there were so many amazing photos that we can’t narrow them down”. I know that the selection process may seem like an overwhelming task, especially when you can’t visualize how they will all fit together in the final album.  Don’t stress, just keep in mind that a little good planning will make all the difference in the world.

1) Pick your absolute favorites

When you are deciding which images to include remember that this is your wedding album, your first family heirloom, and not some generic off the shelf mass-market coffee table book. Select the photos that mean the most to you, not necessarily the pictures that you feel you are expected to include. Select the ones that stir your emotions, bring a smile to your face, that transport you back to that moment in time.

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It helps to remember that there are five key segments in the day:

1)    Preparation

2)    Ceremony

3)    Family portraits

4)    Bridal party portraits (this includes the portraits of the bride and groom)

5)    Reception

Include a handful of key moments from each category. Remember that the goal isn’t to document every smile, tear and laugh that occurred during the day. Which leads me to the next point…

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2) More doesn’t equal better

One to two images per page allows for a clean elegant more focused design. It is typically best to choose one strong image that best represents the moment rather than including four or five that are not as compelling. The idea is to allow your story to unfold at a nice even pace and keep the viewer interested and engaged. It’s not a minute-by-minute account of everything that went down that day. Show the parts that you most want to remember.

Weddings are one of the few times in life where all those people who are most important to you are present under one roof. So including a group shot is a must for most couples.  However, half a dozen pages of family portraits may be overkill. It is not unusual to make portraits of the same people in various combinations.  While they may all be great photos resist the urge to include them all in the album.

3) Tell a story

It’s all about creating a beautiful narrative. The best wedding albums tell a story and this one should tell the ultimate story… yours. Most stories have a beginning, middle and an end and so should yours so think chronologically. Your preparation photos should come before the ceremony and your ceremony before the reception. However, there are no hard and fast rules here. You can certainly mix some portraits throughout or start and end the book with an amazing portrait. What we really want to accomplish is for the book to flow.

4) Don’t forget the details

The details are what personalize your wedding and make it uniquely yours. Your décor selections are all extensions of your personality and were made with meaning and forethought. Without question, a lot of time, effort and expense was spent making these decisions so make sure that they are represented in the book as well.

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5) Keep it simple

Focus on the best images and let them speak for themselves.

We believe that the final album is so important. The wedding album is a vehicle to relive all the emotions you experienced that day. But in reality the album is not as much for you as it is for your children and grandchildren. It is through this book that they get a glimpse into who you are and how profound your feelings for one another are. It will show them your deep love for family and how much you enjoy each other. We wrote about the value of making prints from your digital photos in a previous blog post (http://www.timothyglennphoto.com/blog/?p=1407) and the bridal album takes that up a notch.

BONUS TIP: Don’t Procrastinate

It’s not uncommon for a couple to set aside the project of selecting their album images until they have more time to sort through them. Unfortunately, this can turn into months and even years. We all become involved with life and time slips away from us. The sooner you get those selections to your photographer the sooner you will have that amazing heirloom album in your hands to cherish for generations to come.

 

 

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.

 

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Nicole Miller Lace Back bridal gown with cathedral train

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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