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

Why a “First Look” May Save Your Wedding Day

February 28, 2016

What is a “First Look”? It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s the first time a bride and groom see one another on their wedding day. But more importantly when during the wedding day timeline should this special moment occur? There are definitely strong feelings associated with this on both sides of the debate.

Certainly some feel that it is bad luck to see one another before the ceremony. The origin of this superstition may surprise you. Back in the day when arranged marriages were the rage, the couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding was merely a business transaction between two families. Fathers feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding. This would embarrass the bride and her family. Therefore, it became the custom that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony. This way the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind and back out of the deal. The veil the bride wears was to keep the groom from seeing what the bride looked like until the last possible minute insuring the wedding would go off as planned.

With a “first look” the end game here is to create a less stressful day to insure the best wedding ever. There are definitely some benefits to doing a first look.

Enhances the wedding experience. The ability to relax and not hold back all your emotions is priceless. After photographing over 900 weddings I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times the groom got emotional when seeing his bride for the first time at the ceremony. Between all the guest leaning into the aisle to get their cell phone photos, the anxiety of being “on stage” and the realization of what is about to happen the only thing going through the groom’s mind is “try not to pass out”. When you have an opportunity to share an intimate moment and be at ease with one another the emotions can just flow. He can tell you how he is really feeling, how beautiful he thinks you look, how excited he is. I’ve seen this private exchange go on for more than 15 minutes. This would not be possible during the ceremony.

More time together. The truth be told, you will actually spend very little time alone with each other on your wedding day. People will be vying for your attention all day. After all everyone has gathered in your honor. Many may have travelled long distances to be with you. A first look will allow you more time to spend with each of them.

Attending cocktail hour. A first look often allows more control over the day’s schedule. This is especially true when both the ceremony and reception will take place at the same venue. This is because as soon as the ceremony ends the cocktail will begin. This only gives you one hour (at best) for ALL of your formal portraits. There are many portraits that need to be taken in addition to the bridal portraits. Immediate families, bridal party and extended families all need to be photographed. In most cases this simply isn’t enough time. An hour may seem like plenty, but when you consider the time it takes to rally the troops together and keep them all corralled during the portrait session not much time is left for the photos of just the two of you. You will probably want your photographer to spend some time in the ballroom photographing the room and all the details before your guests enter as well. Most couples would rather take this time to relax and enjoy that “Just Married” feeling and spend some time mingling with family and friends.

More/better photos together. When you have a first look you have more flexibility with the timeline. You can decide what photos are important to you, how much time you are willing to devote to them and block out the necessary amount of time. My experience has been the photos are generally better crafted, more diverse with more varied locations when a first look has been planned. The biggest obstacle to getting great wedding portraits is the lack of time.

Overall, the goal is to make the wedding experience more meaningful. A first look doesn’t necessarily diminish the tradition of seeing the bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle. You still experience that moment. When deciding whether or not to do a first look you must ask yourself what’s really important to you and what do you want to achieve from your wedding photos. Think about how you can realize these goals without adding any additional stress to your day. After all it’s your wedding and what better way to begin your life together than putting each other first.

first look

first look

 

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.

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

NJ Wedding Photographer

 

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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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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.

 

New Jersey wedding photographer

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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All You Need is Love: Nicole & Andrew

July 18, 2011

When Glenn and I first met Nicole and Andrew some months ago we knew that their wedding would be amazing. They are so full of energy and life. I knew we had not misjudged them when Nicole busted out bright red bridal shoes. 200 family and friends danced the night away to the sounds of Stages, but when the couple hit the dance floor they owned it. It was one incredible party! Hope you both have a spectacular life together.

Catherine & Chris: Florentine Gardens

August 23, 2010

Glenn and I had the pleasure of photographing Catherine & Chris’ wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens. It was a beautiful celebration among their family and friends. Congrats and thanks guys for being so sweet and kind.

Both Catherine & Chris work for Reebok in Massachusetts, as a matter of fact, that is where they met. They had special wedding sneakers made for Glenn and myself. Too cool.

In the Press

February 11, 2010

Our own Tim
Camuso was mentioned in an
article by Rhonda Bassat-Rivera, a wedding planner
& consultant, and the founder of West Orange, NJ based
Bride Ideas. The article titled “Be a bride,
not a micromanager!”
appeared on
NewJerseyNewroom.com in their Life
section on February 10. Check it out at: http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/be-a-bride-not-a-micromanager.