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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
I wanted to share with you folks a fantastic shoot I had over the weekend with these two sisters. On the way to Skylands Manor it was pouring rain, by the time I parked it was nice and sunny. This was a good sign that great images were about to happen.
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!
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.
I was fortunate to convince the owner of the Blind Pig in NYC to let us shoot our couple. These huge Arsenal fans had the bright idea of getting matching jerseys to do the Save the Date invitations.
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.
By now it's no secret every full service wedding package comes with a free engagement shoot. Veronica & Matt happened to pick the best day of December for their shoot. It felt like Spring out. Matt had proposed at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken so they wanted to shoot there. We also shot in the alley where we got a lot of really cool shots. What's not to love about this couple. We had an amazing time and I'm really looking forward shooting their wedding in 2016.