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Beautiful First Communion in Englewood Cliffs

We recently did a beautiful First Communion that was to die for. We were very honored this super amazing family chose us for Anjolie's special day.  We started in Englewood Cliffs and made our way to The Picco Tavern in Hackensack, New Jersey for the Ceremony.  

 

 

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Engagement Session In Hoboken, New Jersey

One of our models is getting hitched.  When Julian popped the question she decided to go with us to shoot her beautiful wedding.  Being that all our wedding packages has a free engagement session, she immediately took advantage.  The family is heavily in to sports so they decided for a soccer themed engagement session.  

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The main thing they wanted was a Save the Date shot to send out.  They got really cool matching jerseys and the rest was up to me.  Usually there are a ton of people at a park like this, so we did the best we could not to have extras.

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Once they got the Save the Date nailed we took a few more shots around Frank Sinatra Park. 

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Family Looks Like Legos in Botched Family Photo Shoot

I've never written a blog post like this, but this is a perfect example of why you should leave the photography to professionals.  A photographer was hired to take photos of a family at a park.  It happened to be a bright and sunny day.  What could go wrong?  Apparently a lot.  The photographer did not know how to position the family in harsh light.  She also didn't use any type of diffuser or professional strobe.  And last but not least, she did not know how to properly edit the photos when all else failed. She decided to fake the faces and make them look like legos.  She actually delivered this to the family.

There is a lot to be learned by this.  If I were the photographer I would have said that I am new and I'd do this completely free.  This way, if my work was this bad, we could have simply rescheduled until I got it right.  The blame is also to the family who decided that they wanted to save a buck and go to the cheapest photographer they can find.  You get what you pay for is the catchphrase of the day. 

At Delensmode, something like this will never happen.  We know how to make our photos exposed correctly in this situation.  Additionally, we carry professional light gear that can over power the sun in most cases.  Not to mention, all you have to do is make use of good shade in these situations.

In my examples below you see various examples of outdoor shoots where the sun is bright.  You can tell the light is consistent throughout.  This is when we bring out our professional lighting gear.  As a professional photographer you know your camera gear inside and out.  The most expensive camera gear does have it's limitations, and that's when you bring out professional lighting gear.

Our post is not to put blame to the family or the photographer as this ended in laughs for the family.  However, it's to show value in what we do.  Photography is like any other profession.  It requires constant training of the craft and new gear. Luckily for us, it's our passion.  We love what we do.  When we say the biggest stressful day of your life (your wedding day) is our comfort zone. We mean it.  We thrive in pressure.

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Verona Park and Celery Farm Reserve Winter Shoot

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Verona Park and Celery Farm Reserve Winter Shoot

While most folks are recuperating with the New Year's Eve festivities, we were out there doing what we do best.  We took advantage of the of the flurries and made aa beautiful winter shoot out of it.  We started at Celery Farm Reserve in allendale, New Jersey.  To my surprise there were a ton of people playing Ice Hockey.  We shot until Rayssa Squarcio, our model of today couldn't feel her toes.  

Once Rayssa thawed a bit we went to Verona Park in Verona, New Jersey where we've shot multiple weddings as well. We shot for Provocatïk the clothing brand.  The make up artist for both shoots was Shirley Jay @shirleyjaymakeupartistry.  She always does a fantastic job.  Once we got to Verona Park it was already sunset and the temperature dropped dramatically.

With a little time to spare we did a quick shot in the studio for the brand.  I love working with this team.  

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Beautiful Wedding at Trump National Golf Club .  Bedminister, New Jersey

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Beautiful Wedding at Trump National Golf Club . Bedminister, New Jersey

What an awesome day for a wedding.  It's not Winter yet but it sure felt like it.  Despite the cold weather, the beautiful scenery quickly made up for it.  The first thing that was quite apparent is the level of service.  Everyone from the valet to the bartenders were exceptional.  I got to see Donal J Trumps personal locker and his beautiful home.

We started our day taking pictures of the exterior, interior, and the table settings.  Meredith and Michael wanted a first look and I quickly organized one.  After the first look we went and took some beautiful shots before the ceremony.  

The ceremony was short and sweet.  The same goes for the rest of the night. For the main course, I had the short rib ravioli which was to die for. Overall this wedding was filled with loved one and it was a success.   For me it was such an honor to shoot their wedding as well as this amazing venue.  I did make some friends there so I think I'll be going to the Trump National Golf Club pretty soon!

'Have an event at Trump National Golf Club? Love our shots here?  Contact us to book your event.'

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Engagement Session at Skyland Manor in Ringwood

We had a very successful engagement session today at Skyland Manor in Ringwood, New Jersey.  Quiana and Daniel really put up with such an immense cold and glad to say it did not show in the images.  We did the usual tour around the property and made use of the foliage.  I used both natural light and studio strobe.  I try for all my shoots to have as many options as possible for their images.  I'm very honored to be their wedding photographer.

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Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi Wedding

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Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi Wedding

This wedding was just this past Saturday and I couldn't wait to share the images with you guys.  It started at a hotel with both the bride and groom getting ready at the same hotel.  Which I love for many reasons.  Firstly, I can run from room to room and catch a bunch of candids as they happen. From the hotel, we went straight to Insignia Prime Steak and Sushi where the ceremony and the reception were held.  On the way there it was raining and we were getting flash warnings on all of our mobile phones.

Despite the terrible weather, the wedding was a big hit.  The food was amazing and we were able to get the best shots ever.  I stuffed my face with all the food going by me as I'm shooting the attendees.  My favorite part was this cellar they had.  It was very small but we made it work.  We all were pleased with the turnout and our images.

'Have an event at Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi? Love our shots here?  Contact us to book your event.'

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Engagement Session at Happy Day Farm in Manalapan Township, New Jersey

It's fall with 90 degree weather today.  Our mission is an engagement session at Happy Day Farm in Manalapan Township, New Jersey.  With no cloud in site and no shade I thought today was not going to be our best shoot ever.  I brought an assistant to do our professional lighting and combat the harsh sun.  For us, our engagment shoots are how we connect with clients and build a great relationship.  What we do is much more than photography.  I hope you enjoy today's images.

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Beautiful wedding at The Inn at Millrace Pond

We had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at The Inn at Millrace Pond in New Jersey.  What I liked about it most that it felt as if it were a small village.  No matter what angle you pointed the camera, you were surrounded by old rustic beauty.  

Stephanie and the bride's maids were amazing, and Ted was not only the coolest groom but a great host/entertainer as well.  It's weddings like these that makes us love being wedding photographers.

'Have an event at The Inn at Millrace Pond, New Jersey? Love our shots here?  Contact us to book your event.'

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Yours Truly In Action

Hi folks, for a long time I've always made a point just to share my passion with everyone.  I always was concerned with the final product and much less about me.  Being that we are starting a Youtube Channel I feel it's only right to start introducing who I am to the universe.  Hope you enjoy the very quick clip and subscribe to our Youtube channel because there is so much more to come.

 

 

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Magical Wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course

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Magical Wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course

This beautiful wedding day began at Christ Church in Brooklyn.  After the ceremony we rushed to Brooklyn Bridge Park.  I've met the couple there 2 weeks prior to scout locations.  Once we got Brooklyn Bridge Park our first location was the pebbled beach area.  While it was very crowded, we managed to get an angle where only one boy was in my shot and I had to photoshop him out.

 

After the pebbled beach area we went towards the 2nd nook I found.  This one was not part of the planned shooting spots at the park but I thought I could get a great shot.

 

One of the biggest signatures to my shooting style is if I'm shooting a subject, it's all about them.  I'm not concerned how populated an area is, I will make it about them and only them.  Now moving on to the next location, the couple really wanted a specific area at the park.

 

After this location we went to one last stop before we rushed to the reception.  There were literally dozens of folks here snapping pictures of us.  I usually have my lovely assistant to help me with the professional lighting and that makes us look like a big production set.

 

The next series of images is after the reception.  Dyker Beach Golf Course was very kind in giving an extra golf cart to take the the newlyweds to the best shooting locations in the golf course. It was us in the 2 carts plus a third tour guy and we looked like a 3 car convoy all over the course.  It was a great experience for all of us.

 

'Have an event at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn, New York? Love our shots here?  Contact us to book your event.'

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DelensMode Chillout Sessions

Our studio and outdoor portrait sessions often are filled with good times and great music.  I've curated over the years a playlist in Spotify and I wanted to share it with you folks.  I update this religiously.  Enjoy!

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Model Session At Skyland Manor With Natalia

Hello folks, it's been a while.   The bright sunlight coming through my blinds is an indicator it's safe to get out there and shoot.  My mission today was to be "minimalist".  I'm always carrying a bag full of gear as if all shoots were a wedding.  I decided I was not going to bring any strobes and a bunch of gear.  So what did I opt to bring you ask?  A Nikon D750 and D810 with my Sigma Trinity of Art Series Lenses (20mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.4).

At first Natalia and I were going to shoot at this old factory that was abandoned, or at least I thought.  When I went to scout the place it was heavily guarded which made no sense.  Well, when I am all fresh out of ideas, where do I shoot?  The beautiful botanical gardens at Skyland Manor in Ringwood.  

 Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

 Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

 Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

 Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

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Beautiful Wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn, New York

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Beautiful Wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn, New York

I was fortunate to shoot a wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course with this lovely couple.  The Groomsmen got ready at The Standard Hotel in New York City which is a personal favorite of mine.  The groomsmen were coolest bunch spend time with and take photographs.  It's hard to believe this is what I call work.  

'Have an event at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn, New York? Love our shots here?  Contact us to book your event.'

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A Dream Wedding At Dyker Beach Golf Course

I was fortunate to shoot a wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course with this lovely couple.  The Groomsmen got ready at The Standard Hotel in New York City which is a personal favorite of mine.  The groomsmen were coolest bunch spend time with and take photographs.  It's hard to believe this is what I call work.  

 

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Your Same Day Slide Show

Our studio is always trying to be innovative when it comes to your wedding.  Some DJs take snap shots on your wedding and throw plain old slideshows during your wedding.  Here is an example of a same day slide show we do here at DelensMode Photography.  We actually edit and retouch images and make this beautiful slide show that has blown dozens of bride and grooms away.  This is included in all wedding packages.  Our mission is to give you that $10,000 wedding at a budget price.

 

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Cinematic Engagement Session

I'm not sure who wins here.  The folks who book with me and get a free engagement session or our studio.  Sometimes our clients let us run with our crazy ideas.  I liked what the couple was wearing so I opted for a movie post type of shot.  We initially wanted a the bridge behind us at DUMBO in Brooklyn.  It was high noon and the sun was terrible so we went to a side street.  The rest is history.

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