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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

360 East at Montauk Downs Wedding Photography

The photos below are from Andrew and Kelly's wedding out in 360 East at Montauk Downs. First I'm going to start out by saying when it comes to my clients I find myself lucky. Maybe I attract like minded people and it just makes the day awesome. I don't think like most wedding photographers, I really try and build a connection with my couples because I feel it makes such a big difference for the wedding day. In most cases I meet with my clients at least twice before their wedding. We met Andrew and Kelly first at a Bridal show, then I met them over some coffee to go over specifics, and then a third time out in Montauk with my fiancé to go over more details over dinner and drinks. My fiancé Nicole is typically assisting me the day of the wedding and also does second shooting so when she's free I like her to meet my couples as well. I want my clients to feel like they hired friends instead some faceless vendor. Now back to their wedding. We started off early in the day by meeting them at the Royal Atlantic Beach Resorts for some getting ready photos. Then after that I headed off with the guys to Camp Hero where the ceremony and first look would take place. Nicole stayed back with the ladies and got some great photos. We had the first look on the edge of a pretty steep cliff. Then moved over where the Long Island Lighthouse was in view for some family formals as well as where the site of the ceremony would be. We snapped a couple portraits with the lighthouse in the background but due to timing the sun was causing everyone to squint and then switched to a different backdrop. The open sun by the water at that time of day is typically one of the hardest situations for photographers and videographers. Luckily I know what I'm doing and made the most out of the situation. After the ceremony we wanted to do some portraits with just the two of them and the layout of that area is fairly difficult for the bride and groom to escape. There's two ways out, the main route with all of the guests going towards and then the side route where their party bus couldn't fit. We came to the rescue though! My assistant brought my car through that way and we drove the bride and groom to the beach location near the lighthouse for some awesome portraits. After that we drove back to 360 East where their reception was being held. The wooded ballroom was beautiful  and had some great light coming in. The rest of the night was a party and we captured all the fun that ensued. Thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding day Andrew and Kelly! We hope to stay in touch!

Katelyn & Anthony Westbury Manor Wedding Photography

I met Katelyn and Anthony through a past client who's wedding I photographed earlier this year. Katelyn was a bridesmaid and was able to see how I worked and the final photographs after they were edited. We didn't have a chance to take engagement photos which I feel is a very important part of the whole wedding photography process as I get to know my clients a little better as well as them getting to know me. Nonetheless we met up on several occasions to the point where the bride and groom knew me and were comfortable me having a camera snapping away at them. My clients typically say they felt like me and my assistant were guests at their wedding because of how much fun we have with everyone and how much we care about all aspects of the day. I think they also say this because of my approach to photography is more of that of a photojournalist and I am not constantly posing them throughout the day. I want them to enjoy real moments at their wedding. The wedding at Westbury Manor in Long Island was perfect and I loved photographing there. Very easy staff to work with and plenty of different locations for me to have fun with.

Congratulations Katelyn and Anthony!

Cathy & Mike's Engagement

My awesome clients are always asking me if I have any locations in mind for engagement photos, and as someone who loves exploring new places to walk and hike I always have an ton of ideas for great spots here on Long Island.  Here's a little preview from Mike and Cathy's engagement session over by Sands Point. (I actually did my first engagement session here years ago).

Can't wait for the wedding you two!

Bayville Long Island Wedding

You couldn't ask for a better day to hold a wedding. I was helping out photograph the first 4 hours of the day consisting of getting ready photos in Bayville, the ceremony at St. Gertrude, and some portraits over at the C.W. Post campus.  This is just a quick preview, there are plenty more photos from the big day.

Congratulations you two!