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.

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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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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.

 

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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 

Jennifer & Ken: Glen Island Wedding Photographer

May 19, 2013

Jennifer and Ken had a perfect spring day for their wedding. We started the day’s festivities in White Plains at the Crowne Plaza. The girls from Vis a Vis Artistry were on hand and did an amazing job with the hair and make-up. Then we headed off to The Glen Island Harbour Club for the rest of the day’s events. Jen and Ken decided to have a “first look” and see each other before the ceremony. I love it when couples decide to do this. It is a way more intimate first meeting and it allows them to fully enjoy their cocktail hour. The day was filled with emotion and it was such a treat to be allowed to share it with them. Thanks again and congratulations guys!

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I just love the excitement on Jen’s face as Ken signs the Katubah and makes it official.

 

 

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Ken was getting some serious air here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jen and Ken joined us in the photo booth for our crew portrait.

 

 

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!

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

 

Giving Back 2012

February 1, 2013

Tim and Glenn continued work in the non profit arena in 2012 with Spectrum for Living. Spectrum is an organization providing clinical services for people with disabilities, staffed with dedicated professionals and volunteers whose focus is on improving lives. In June Timothy Glenn Photographers covered the Spectrum Gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove. The event honored Joe and Cheryl Marino and featured former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers football coach Greg Schiano as a guest speaker. Attendees were treated to entertainment provided the big band Bounce, can-can and ballet dancers, and a Vegas style casino night.

Craps Table

 

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In October, Spectrum held their Northern NJ walk at Van Saun Park in Paramus. The giggle therapist was on hand catching smiles with his yellow hoop. Hot dogs, cupcakes, music, dancing and of course… a walk in the park, were the order of the day. Friends and family came out on this beautiful Sunday to contribute to what turned out to be a wonderful outing for everyone.

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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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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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