Engagement Photography

New Jersey Here We Are!

Ok this is happening, I’m blogging!

It’s only been a couple years since we added any weddings or engagement sessions here, but we’ve had some big life events happen. We’ve been shooting weddings full time and still loving the heck out of that, so don’t think we stopped:) In the past couple years, we managed to get married ourselves, move from Long Island to New Jersey, travel a little and get a dog. I guess those are the main highlights, and why this blog was put on the backburner. Now just a little note about our move to New Jersey, we moved here for a bunch of reasons, the main one is the majority of our weddings we photograph are in New Jersey, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and Philadelphia, so Northern New Jersey seemed to be the most centrally located.  There’s a ton of amazing weddings and engagement shoots I want to write about and show the world, but I have no idea where to start, so here’s a recent engagement session over in Cranford, New Jersey.

These two were a ton of fun for the engagement and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding. (They also put me on to some really good coffee, which is definitely the way to my heart ;)

Dumbo Brooklyn Engagement Photography

Dumbo Brooklyn is probably my most sought out area to do engagements and elopement photography in New York. Whats not to love, there's a ton of cool sights from under both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, multiple parks, the NYC skyline, cobblestone streets and good eats :) I almost never shoot in the same spots especially for weddings, but a place like Dumbo Brooklyn, there are really just endless possibilities for different photos. Last year I was there about 15 times and I only stepped foot on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge once, but every engagement session was 100% unique to the couples I got to work with and they all rocked! Every time I go out to a wedding or engagement session I have to push myself out of my comfort zone, trying new things is the best way to grow. This was the first time trying out a double exposure and it came out pretty great (the cool bridge silhouette portrait). This was also one of the first times I used my leica m240 for about half of the engagement session along with my nikon. The leica is a fully manual camera, I even have to focus the lens manually. I have a couple reasons I use the leica: it gives a very distinct look, almost like film instead of digital, and it's just plain inspiring to work with. I'm very excited to be working with these two for their Long Island Wedding this fall!

Thanks for reading my photography blog!

-Matt

Some Wedding Photos I took in 2015

2015 was definitely a big year in many regards. It was a huge year for my wedding photography as it was the second year going full time. We managed to hit our goal for bookings local as well as our travel quota, we hope to do about 20% of our weddings outside of the tri-state. I managed to photograph weddings in Colorado (3 shoots), Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Martha's Vineyard. This upcoming year, we already have some awesome travels ahead over in Florida and Texas. Another reason 2015 was such a monumental year, was the fact that we got married ourselves. Being on the other side of the lens as well as helping with the planning definitely gave me a new perspective on what all my clients have to go though on their big day. 

Without further ado, here's some favorite wedding photos from this past year. 

Weddings and engagement sessions from the past couple months

Wow,

This has been the craziest wedding season yet. I have been on the go non stop shooting weddings and engagement sessions all over the place this year as well as getting married myself. This year I had the most travel/destination weddings yet, and planned our own wedding (mostly my wife) for the middle of busy season. We pulled it off and have had some of the best experiences yet. Working with amazing people, making new friends, traveling the country, and seeing how it is on the other side of the lens for our own wedding. Now that things are slowing down, and I'm not shooting 3 weddings every weekend I will have more time to blog some of these amazing weddings from over the past season. Keep an eye on the blog. 

Here's a couple favorites from some weddings in the tri-state as well as weddings in colorado, Marietta, Georgia, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Martha's Vineyard, and New Hampshire.

Thank you for looking through my work!


Kate & John Engagement with the family

I love shooting weddings for people I know from my old town. I went to school with both Kate and Johns younger sisters and they must of seen my work through them or one of their friends. I always tell my couples that engagement photography is a huge part of how I get the photos that everyone loves on the actual wedding day. It's more of an exercise than anything. They wanted to know if they could bring their kids along for a family/engagement session. I figured why not? Last minute Kate sent me an email and wanted to know if this idea was too crazy, this questions already made me say I'm in. he wanted to know if she could bring some of that colored powder seen at the color run challenges and maybe have a color fight at the end of the shoot. I get super excited when my clients want to do something a little out of the ordinary as they make for the best photos. Check out some of the photos below from their family/engagement session. We had a blast, and I can't wait for their wedding over in the Hamptons in a couple of months.

-Matt