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Becky & Chris | Engagement Session | Skylands Manor

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.



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DUMBO NYC Engagement Session with Nikon Z6

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DUMBO NYC Engagement Session with Nikon Z6

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.



Gear used:

Nikon Z6 | Tamron G2 70-200 | Tamron G2 24-70 | Sigma Art 135mm 1.8


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Valley Regency | Michelle & Mario Wedding with Fuji X-T3

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.

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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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Crowd Surfing Bride

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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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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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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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.  

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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 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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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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Fall Session with Joanny

Today we went to Celery Farm in Allendale, New Jersey for a Joanny's Fall Session.  This park is one of my favorite places to shoot.  Joanny was full of great posing ideas, she was a natural.  I used my Indra 500 Strobe Light with a Softbox to light her so I can combine it with ambient light.  The results were phenomenal.

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Head Shot Season

The temperature is dropping and wedding season has come to an end.  Portrait season is among us.  We run many promotions and sometimes we include a hairstylist and a make up artist that we love.  Last week's promotion was all about the corporate headshot.  This is perfect for LinkedIn

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Nikon wants what?

This week I was contacted by Nikon that they wanted to use one of my images for their social media and print.  Needless to say I was very humbled.  My City Skyline images are very popular on the 'internets'.  This particular images was for Nikon to demonstrate the proper way to do a long exposure.  You can see the link here.

 

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Studio Portrait with Melissa Rodrigues

Here's a studio session I did with Melissa.  Her third time in the studio.  She brought her grandmother along this time so I put her in front of the big strobes.  Not so fast grandma, you are not escaping without your picture being taken.

 

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