MALENA AND TONY’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JERSEY CITY, NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

MALENA AND TONY’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JERSEY CITY, NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Here is one future bride to whom we will not be adding the suffix, “-zilla”.  Malena and Tony are one of the most laid-back couples I’ve met, and it’s always nice to photograph people who are so cool and relaxed.  Tony is actually an avid photographer, himself, and he and Malena did all the location scouting themselves!  Supposedly, Jersey City has a bit of a bad reputation, but from the places they introduced to me, I loved it… They found some really sweet nooks and crannies, including this bench and grassy hill in the middle of an industrial/commercial complex.  I love juxtapositions like that!  Thanks, also, to Justin Choy for assisting on the day as well.  I can’t wait for the wedding!!  Enjoy these e-session photos for now…  =)

Here’s an example of how some Photoshopped tilt-shift can really bring out your subjects…

Some more Brenizer Method goodness.  I try to use this technique at least one or two times a session

ME:  “Try walking on the yellow lines toward me!”
TONY:  “Oh, we do this test all the time!”  

At the very end, it was getting dark and there was this area with outdoor uplighting of which I just had to take advantage..

STEPHANIE & JOHN’S WATER'S EDGE WEDDING | OCEAN, NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

STEPHANIE & JOHN’S WATER’S EDGE WEDDING | OCEAN, NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I’ll just come out and say it.  I love second-shooting.  It gives me such creative freedom to move freely about, and shoot images that I wouldn’t normally be able to shoot due to the responsibility of having to capture the “primary” shots as the main photographer.  Such was the case as I was second-shooting for the talented Jenelle Kappe a few months ago at Merri-Maker’s Water’s Edge in Ocean, NJ.  It was such a great time working with her and this couple!  I got a bit of nostalgia while photographing John and his groomsmen’s getting ready portion of the day at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Eatontown, NJ, as they reminded me so much of my fun-loving (and not always kosher) high school friends… haha.  This wedding party wasn’t afraid to just be comfortable in their own skin and have a great time, and that’s exactly what they did.  And of course, when I’m around, you can always count on it showing up in photos  =)  Enjoy!