How to be a Skinny Guy in a Chubby Business

What’s everyone’s favorite part of an event? Is it the beautiful location? Is it the awesome people you get to spend time with? nah…its the food! One of the best parts of my job is the endless food. From sizzling steaks to tons of amazing sugar, its a day you and your stomach relish! (no pun intended)

With the endless events I go to and all the food offered at them, I’m sure you’re wondering how I stay so good looking (haha) and in shape… From running 4 miles every morning at 6am and eating healthy I’ve lost 12 pounds since August, but eating healthy at these all day events is practically impossible when you’re kind of a pig like me! Walking around an event and seeing this everywhere you go is kind of like a cruel joke. I’m sure that all of us have fallen into the traps of food temptation, and if not I’m here to tempt you some more. Here’s a couple of my shots to get you going…

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The Bar Mitzvah “Breather”

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an unforgettable day in a child’s life. Once they have become a bar/bat mitzvah, they are officially an adult of the Jewish community. That can be a lot of stress for a 13 year old! Studying months in advance leading up to the big day, one couldn’t help to be nervous standing up in front of all those people.

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony to photograph is the Hakafah, when the child carries the Torah around the synagogue in procession. While the child is carrying the Torah, it becomes a break in the service for them to catch their breath and relax. The smiles and surroundings of their loved ones brings ease to them, leaving them recharged and less stressed for the latter half of the service.

As the photographer, the service can be challenging. I am usually not allowed to photograph inside the ceremony, and when I do it’s with available lighting, which most of the time is poor. When this moment of the service comes, I get three or four frames to catch it and then it’s gone forever. This is one of the more memorable pictures for the family that I love to capture.

 

Wonderful Wedding Details: Wedding Dresses

Welcome to the second posting of Wonderful Wedding Details.  Today is the Wedding Dress gallery.

It amazes me how the dresses these brides choose can look similar and yet so different.  While there seems to be a few common themes such as the sweet heart neck line and beading, the dresses exhibit a wide range of styles; from ruffles to ruching, to A-line and trumpet.  I love how each dress matches the brides’ personalties.

 

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Cakes

Wonderful Wedding Details: Cakes

I was recently going through some of the weddings I have photographed and realized that the brides and grooms have some really different tastes in cakes, decorations, flowers, etc.   I thought it would make a really interesting gallery for all you future brides and grooms out there.  Maybe this will even help you decide on a cake or theme for your wedding.  Every couple weeks, I will post another category, like flowers and dresses.  This first post will be about all the delicious wedding cakes I have photographed (and eaten).

I had 3 pieces of this cake and miss it very much.

Emma’s Prom

My daughter Emma is growing up so fast and is now a young woman.  She had her prom a few weeks ago and it was quite the photo-op.  It was really beautiful to see all the kids dressed up and looking so dashing.  Since there was no official photographer I decided to photograph all these pictures with my fancy point and shoot (Canon gx 1), because I didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to myself with my big DSLR.  Despite using a point and shoot, the pictures came out great.  I was able to shoot RAW, which means the photos retain all their information to make it easier to edit.  It was amazing some of the camera hardware that the parents had.  There were so many parents taking pictures of their kids posing and hamming it up.  It was so funny and such a delight to see.

Una & John

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It’s so important for the photographer and the couple to have a test run together.  An engagement shoot is perfect for this, because it really breaks the ice and at the end of the shoot the couple knows what to … Continue reading

Michael’s Bar Mitzvah

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I had a great time at Michael’s Bar Mitzvah.  The family was very friendly and the atmosphere was wonderful.  Those are one of the many reasons I love photographing these celebrations.

Mansion on Broadway

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We became a preferred vendor at Mansion on Broadway in White Plains.  It’s such a great venue for parties.  It has a really cool feel to it and is very photogenic.  They were nice enough to give us free reign … Continue reading