Is a 2nd Photographer Important At Your Wedding?

“Is a second wedding photographer necessary?”

This is one of the top 10 questions I get!

I’m not trying to up sell you here, but the simple answer is “Yes”.

A second photographer offers you so much. From covering the guys getting ready, to offering additional perspectives, capturing candids when your main photographer is positioning people to, being an assistant at times, and helping us keep on schedule, a “2nd photographer” is important. Having a second photographer gives us the opportunity to be in two places at once. For example, during the getting ready photos, while the main photographer is capturing the bride and the bridesmaids getting ready along with all the wedding details, the second photographer can be in the grooms room with the groomsmen documenting all of their excitement (beer drinking) and gift exchanges and anything else that is happening there.

During the ceremony, the second photographer helps once again by adding a second angle to the entire scene. He/she is capturing not only what’s going on upfront, but guests reactions, wide angle photos of the whole scene, and more. While the main photographer is up front of the processional, the second photographer can be in the back capturing you going down the isle and all of your guests.

We work seamlessly together as a team.

5 Ways To Take Better Engagement Photos

5 Ways To Take Better Engagement Photos

There are several reoccurring questions I get asked when planning engagement session shoots, so I decided to make a blog post on the 5 most important things you should know before your engagement session! I hope these questions help calm your nerves and give you more transparency in to the world of photography. I tried to be specific but if you have any questions or comments please feel free reach out!

Jourdan + Adam | Winter DUMBO Engagement Session

Brrrr it was cold! Jourdan and Adam were real troopers for making their Brooklyn Bridge engagement session this awesome! Origionally, we were scheduled for Sunday, but with an alleged snow storm on the way we rescheduled for Saturday.

When planning their engagement session Jourdan and Adam asked me what they should wear. Knowing it would be cold (28*), I said “Wear something you’ll be comfortable in, something fashionable, and something not too puffy. You’ll definitely want to wear a warm jacket though. A peacoat would be a great idea.” Peacoat it was! These two knocked it out of the park with their simple and clean look.

We started out near the Brooklyn Bridge Ice Cream Factory lighthouse and slowly made our way in to DUMBO stopping along the way. Adam expressed he felt a bit awkward in front of the camera and I kept this in mind throughout our shoot. I too, even as a professional photographer, am not the most photogenic and comfortable being photographed, so I completely understand how he feels. I had Jourdan and Adam do real simple poses and broke up their posing with easy relaxing walking shots (holding hands, Jordan holding Adam’s arm, looking at each other…).

Jourdan’s number 1 (and only) ask was to get a shot of them on Washington Street with the Manhattan Bridge prominently in the background. I love this shot because if you time your shoot right and position the couple correctly you’ll capture the Empire State Building dead center in between the bridge’s support tower. It’s a cool shot, which captures a lot.

Later that evening, I texted Jourdan the photos above (a small sample) and recieved a quick reply.

“Jonathan these are amazing!!”. - Jourdan

SoundOff ShakeUpNYC

Shape Up NYC is a free, drop-in fitness program (no class registration) with locations across the five boroughs. The awesome part about this program is community members just simply show up to take the fitness classes, there’s no signup! The classes combine aerobics, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, light weights and much more. SoundOff Experience provided the DJ and headphones used during Friday evening’s silent workout event at the Chelsea Recreation Center.

SoundOff Experience is a wireless headphone technology company that lets guests simultaneously tune in to up to three channels of audio from DJs, event leaders, fitness instructors, and multimedia presentations all at the same time. Friday’s event was a silent event for those without headphones. For those with headphones, the event was a super personal experience as you listened to music and to the instructor through your headphones as your worked out.