When Regis and Varinia asked if we can do our engagement session at Mohonk Mountain House we said YES! This very unique place has so much to offer. I loved the old rustic background combined with beautiful greenery. We started with simple poses to get them warmed up and quickly worked them up to our fun prompts. It started to rain and that did not stop them from having fun and giving me some awesome shots.
It’s Gay Pride Month. As such, it was obligatory to do an engagement session with this beautiful couple in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The sun was uber bright and with that I had to bring an assistant to assist us with professional lighting. The results are no lost in detail, great color, and beautiful skies.
Here’s a quick blog of a recent engagement session in Skylands Manor in Ringwood, New Jersey. The weather was not working out and we weren’t able to hit all of my little nooks this place have to offer. With that said, they still came out with many great shots for their wedding invitations.
I had an opportunity to do a Maternity Session with this beautiful soon to be mom. We did our session in Skylands Manor in Ringwood New Jersey which is one of my favorite locations to shoot as there are so many options. What more can a photographer ask for? It also helped the weather was amazing.
Our session takes about 2 hours and we visit various cute nooks on premises. When we do a sessions we make sure that our clients leave with lots of beautiful images to choose from.
The beautiful weather is now upon us and all the couples are now cashing on their Free Engagement Session included in their wedding packages. This year’s #1 pic for most couples is DUMBO Brooklyn. DUMBO has so many options for photo ops it’s insane. You do have to know the area well to really get the most out of it. I usually have folks meet me at Starbucks as the first location I start is only 2 short blocks away
I solely used the Nikon Z6 for these engagement photos. The light weight of this camera really makes me feel like an artist. I didn’t use a strobe for this session which is not the best idea when the sun is so harsh. The whole time I was worried I was not going to light these images. The sun was completely blinding. When I got to the office and I started to edit these images I was so impressed how much detail I was able to get. I absolutely love these images. I was stressing for nothing as I did not need a strobe at all.
Nikon Z6 | Tamron G2 70-200 | Tamron G2 24-70 | Sigma Art 135mm 1.8
This short blog is to share some of the images we shot at Deepcut Gardens in Middletown, New Jersey. Today’s mission was to use one camera and one lens, although I’ve brought my entire camera bag. My weapon of choice was the new Nikon Z6 with the Sigma Art 135mm 1.8 lens. This bokeh master lens is ridiculously sharp. Right out the box it worked with the Nikon Z6 and I didn’t have to update it with the Sigma USB Dock. The Nikon Z6 does have some annoyances but I believe I can fix them by going through the menu system. Overall I have to say this is one amazing combination. For those of you looking to go into the Nikon Mirrorless system, I’d say go for it. I love this camera so much I’ll be getting a second one just to do wedding videography.
What better to celebrate my lil pups birthday than to shoot with a brand new camera and lens. I’ve picked up the Nikon Z6 with the Sigma Art 135mm 1.8 and I have to say what a combo. If the Sigma 105mm 1.4 is known as the Bokeh Master, this lens should be the Bokeh McLicious. Everyone seems to think it’s heavy and it’s not that bad. Shooting the dog I did see a slight problem if you fucus on the nose the eyes are blurry at 1.8. That is to be expected as I was not that far. The background is not that busy which means its a very high quality bokeh. In the past I’ve shot with the Nikon 105mm 1.4 and thought this was the best lens ever made. At half the price those looking to get similar quality will not be unhappy with this lens at all.
Today I did a small family portrait session with the brand new Nikon Z6. Coming from the Nikon D850 it was not that hard to adjust. On the D850 I had each image display for 3 seconds to check on my focus. I configured my Z6 to do the same thing and that was a problem. Being that the view finder was an electronic display it was displaying the picture inside the viewfinder. Many times I wanted to keep shooting but was constantly annoyed. It was an easy configuration to change it back. The only other issue I had with the Nikon Z6 was that the focus was not as fast and as great as the Fuji X-T3. These are just first world problems because when I got home the camera nailed focus 99% of the time.
The FTZ adapter did give me some initial problems. Both my Tamron G2 lenses were erroring out the camera. I had to purchase the Tap device from Tamron that upgrades the Firmware on each lens. Once that was complete all my lenses almost felt like I was shooting natively to the camera. All in all I am happy with this camera and I am looking forward to Hybrid Shooting at my weddings in the future with it as it has image stabilization built in.
The valley Regency in Clifton, New Jersey was such a nice place to shoot a wedding. It was our first time there. It has an endless opportunity for photos. The great thing is that bride and groom prep areas were completely on the opposite sides of the building.
The party started with them the moment we got there. They had the perfect playlist of music while we were doing our bride prep. They did a first look which was awesome. We like to that because we are in better position to really see the reactions of the bride and groom. They had Posh DJs during the reception and they always tear the roof off.
As far as gear is concerned we did a bold move to shoot both Nikon d850 and Fuji X-T3. The Fuji X-T3 did such an amazing job during the reception which was one of my biggest concerns. The focus was fast and there as no struggling in low light at all. The next wedding will be shot in it’s entirety with the Fuji X-T3
Last but not least I also wanted to share a short slideshow we did for Mario and Michelle. I have to say we are quite please with the results.
While this is not just a list but also a mile high view of what a DelensMode Photography Wedding experience is like. This is exactly what to expect. We create, we engage, and we capture the most beautiful moments of your day.
1. Creative Process
Getting ready pictures for us is our favorite part of the day is because this is where the creative process begins. It’s early, we’re pumped, and we are ready to rock. After we greet the bride we get to work immediately. We gather all the shoes, rings, wedding dress, and every last detail you can imagine. We shoot this in dozens of variations. Additionally, we get amazing images of the make up being applied as well as the groom getting all spiffy.
2. Capture Fun Times with the Bridal Party
This is where we have to win everyone. I believe it requires just the right personality. We try to make things fun while also remembering we are there to catch candids and be out of the way.
3. Kodak moments.. I mean DelensMode Moments
This is our personal touch. We love to create those impact-full or tear jerking moments. We usually do this towards the end of bride and groom prep once all the details are out of the day.
Hi Guys.. Here are some of our images from a wedding we shot at The Tides Estate in North Haledon, New Jersey. This is another event that had rain in it’s forecast but once we arrived the rain stopped. We love doing wedding photography at this venue as there are so many places to shoot. Even on bad weather there are so many great shots we can get inside.
Starting with bridal prep I took the wedding dress to the main floor and stuck it on the window. This provided us with amazing natural light as well as pictures with the bride and her mom with the dress. I also took the groomsmen there and did a portrait for each of them. Fast forward to the cocktail hour I took the bride and groom and we got some amazing images on premises. The Tides Estate really provides a photographer’s dream with all the options the courtyard has to offer.
Hi Guys! I wanted to share some of our shots from our wedding at the Skyview Golf Club in Sparta, New Jersey. This particular weekend we had 3 weddings back to back, and here I am to tell the tale. The weather was not cooperating and Emily stuck it out no matter what. Despite the bad weather we used most of the property. I highly recommend this venue and the staff was amazing as well.
I just picked up the new Fuji X-T3 at Unique Photo in New Jersey and I was anxious to get this bad boy to a wedding. At first I will admit I thought this camera was too small for my hands. It’s a significant difference coming from the Fuji X-H1. The second I got home I configured the camera settings for pro use. I made sure all the buttons and command dials were set to make quick changes to Auto Focus Modes and White Balance. I also configured the Command Dial to be my Exposure Compensation.
Friday had arrived and I finally got shoot my first wedding with this camera. I started with shots around the property. Shooting with this camera really makes me feel like an artist. I think of composition. I use the LCD screen to compose often. I find myself taking less shots
Fast forward to the wedding ceremony I was shooting with the Fuji X-T3 primarily and my back up camera was a Nikon D850. This way if I had terrible pictures, I knew i’d have amazing shots with the D850. I set my Fuji X-T3 to Wide Tracking auto-focus and enabled Face and Eye Detect. Most people don’t do this, but to be honest, I want to think about getting the shot. I don’t want to miss a moment because I’m spending so much time focusing for the eyes. I want the camera to do all that work for me. With that said, it nailed every shot, especially when a bride walks fast.
This camera has definitely proven itself as a camera I can use professionally. I know many folks have been using the Fuji X-T2 but I’ve never shot with it myself. I have to say I am very pleased with the results and I will definitely plan on getting another X-T3 before the year is over.
Let’s talk about a playground guys! Because that is what it’s like for a photographer when he shoots a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, New Jersey. When we got there we only had 45 minutes to get our bridal party shots as well as the bride and groom. Like we say, we thrive on pressure. We started at the courtyard and things escalated quickly from there.
While there are a ton more images of the bride tribe, it’s time to show you guys the bride and groom shots.
Alright guys, I' think you’ve seen enough. Let’s head to the reception.
As always Posh DJ’s are always killing it.
As you can see guys, this was one hell of a wedding. The folks at The Manor were amazing as always. Always helpful and attentive to vendors and guests. We always get excited when we shoot there.
I’ve purchased the Fuji X-H1 about a month ago and to be honest it was not love at first site. Coming from the Nikon world, I was in the market for an amazing replacement camera that is light as well as professional. Rumors came out the Fuji X-T3 was about to be announced. The internets went wild speculating regarding specs and before you knew it, Fuji made an official announcement. I contemplated so much getting it that it game me extreme anxiety. I mean, how many cameras do I need?
Fast forward to present day and now this bad boy was in my hands. A client asked me to take pictures of her 17 year old daughter and I quickly grabbed my X-T3 and ran out the door. The first thing I noticed was the incredibly fast, lightening speed Auto Focus System. The face and eye detection was completely AMAZING!!! This is important for me as I’m always in suit shooting weddings and I’m laying on the ground to compose certain shots. Now with the flip screen and face detection I know my camera will get a sharp image on the face. Needless to say, the anxiety of this purchase quickly went away.
There is a caveat to this story however. Not knowing what I was going to get out of this camera so I re did the entire session with my Nikon D850. I have to tell you guys that both cameras are NIGHT & DAY. Two completely different style of shoots. I’d say the Fuji is for that Hipster look and the Nikon system is for those really punchy and high quality images. None the less, both are amazing.
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.
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.
Once they got the Save the Date nailed we took a few more shots around Frank Sinatra Park.
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.
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.
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!