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Emily and Abraham | Skyview Golf Club | Sparta, New Jersey

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.

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First Wedding with the Fuji X-T3 | Ninety Acres Wedding in New Jersey

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First Wedding with the Fuji X-T3 | Ninety Acres Wedding in New Jersey

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

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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.

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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.

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Samantha & Julian | The Manor | West Orange, New Jersey

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Samantha & Julian | The Manor | West Orange, New Jersey

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.

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 Now we know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry it was not the bride’s bouquet. One of the bridesmaid was kind enough to volunteer hers.

Now we know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry it was not the bride’s bouquet. One of the bridesmaid was kind enough to volunteer hers.

 Can’t we all just get along? The obligatory ‘Tug of War’ shot.

Can’t we all just get along? The obligatory ‘Tug of War’ shot.

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While there are a ton more images of the bride tribe, it’s time to show you guys the bride and groom shots.


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Alright guys, I' think you’ve seen enough. Let’s head to the reception.

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As always Posh DJ’s are always killing it.

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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.

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First Portrait Session with the New Fuji X-T3

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Taken with Fuji X-T3 with the Fujinon 50mm 2.0 Lens

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.

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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

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Nikon D750 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

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Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm 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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