long island engagement photographer

Kate & Taylor's Wedding at Peconic River Herb Farm

As a wedding photographer, I often find myself wondering what it is draws people to each other. Sometimes it's a chance encounter on a train platform that leads to a forever. Other times, it's a complicated journey in life that brings you to a small Long Island town you'd otherwise not have heard of. In this sense, I find that experience becomes a lesson in metaphysics - how, as two separate entities, did we ever exist outside of this realm without each other? What could have been out there, besides us two?

For me, wedding and engagement photography is a journalistic experience that allows me to capture two people who have found one of the most important things in the world - love. I get to be that third eye, looking into their spaces and memorializing the way they felt for each other at that exact moment. It's a honor, really, to be able to do that, and every day I'm thankful for the chance to photograph couples from various backgrounds that share that common thread. 

For Kate and Taylor, their journey in love sprouted from the desire to find someone that shared their passion for adventure. Their list of achievements together is staggering, and includes things like a one-of-a-kind pop-up restaurant in Greenport that sources locally from the North Fork, and the shared experience of opening the first snail farm in the United States, set to manufacture escargot for wholesale. But perhaps their greatest journey comes from the way they love each other; unwaveringly, without reserve, and so fiercely, you can't help but step back and marvel at them.

Kate and Taylor's wedding at the Peconic Herb Farm was, without a doubt, the most anticipated event of the year. Friends and family from all over gathered together to witness the marriage of two people who, through hell or high water, have managed to create this picture of love that most only dream about. From a moving speech by Taylor's grandad during the ceremony (that brought guests to tears), to their separate vows that echoed the same poem by e.e. cummings, every element of this bohemian affair was filled with purpose. The idea of purpose especially applies to Taylor's gift to Kate - several letters, tied with string and wrapped neatly in their own envelopes, meant to be opened on special milestones. Fittingly, the bunch was expertly encased in glass with the map of the world etched into it.

Kate and Taylor - I would wish you the entire universe, but it seems you've already found it within each other. Congratulations, and I hope each year is better than the last.

 

2016 Year in Review

2016 was a huge year for us, here's a couple pics to see what we were up to.

Caumsett State Park Engagement Session

Caumsett State Park in Long Island is one of my favorite places to go biking and when Rebecca and Carl said they wanted to do their engagement photos there I was all over it. I only of the George Weird Barn for weddings and the bike trail which I never ventured off of. This was all uncharted territory which I get excited for since I have no preconceived notions on where to shoot. When I'm looking for scenes to put my couples in I go about it with the mind of a landscape artist. Many of the scenes would look great even without my awesome couples in them, but when I can get a well composed landscape then add people in it that's when magic happens. We spent about an hour and a half walking around the property getting some great moments together. 

Amanda & Kevin Engagement Session at Morgans Park in Glen Cove

I love when my clients ask me where they should have their engagement photography done. I try and pick a location close to where they are and typically like to have an area that gives the option of different settings.  The couple was coming from Sea Cliff so I figured Morgans Park in Glen Cove would be perfect since it's in the neighboring town. Morgans Park has plenty of trees, little path ways, and it's right on the water, which makes it perfect. I think it's safe to say we all usually have a pretty good time during these sessions since I keep everything casual and as natural. We ended with them dancing around in the gazebo. If you want to have an adventure like this or are looking for a long island engagement photographer shoot me and email.

Thanks for reading

-Matt

Sands Point Preserve & Port Washington Engagement Photography

I love engagement sessions and always include them in my wedding collections but sometimes couples meet me after they are booked with their photographer but still want to get some photos from me. I met this couple at a bridal show and we scheduled this engagement session over in Port Washington and Sands Point Long Island. I know the area pretty well and there is a great variety of scenes here from open landscapes to the beach and some wooded areas. Long Island offers so many options as far as settings for engagements of weddings. I think the session turned out awesome and am so glad they found me to work with them.