Rockefeller Center and Time Square are special to Tim and Stephanie and now, even more so.
Every Christmas they’d take a trip to the City to see the tree and enjoy being with each other in the happy crowds. So when Tim decided to ask Steph to marry him he knew just the place, the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. To make it even more special Tim asked me to secretly photograph his proposal and then do an engagement session to celebrate.
Everything went according to plan. Stephanie did not even notice me shooting away while Tim ask for her hand in marriage and was delighted when family and friends suddenly popped out to congratulate them. We then spent a little time together creating images of a day they will never forget.
(And a fun slideshow, too! Steph & Tim’s Slideshow)
Krusty old pros like Joe McNally, Robert Seale, Zack Arias and Brian Smith can’t possibly distill their years of photography into brief one-hour workshops, but somehow they did. (Although I doubt they enjoy being described as Krusty.)
I was there in New York City at the Luminance Workshops and so were they. One by one they did what they do, where they were, with what they had, just like real life. They weren’t designing rockets but instead creating images on the fly, tweaking things here and there and showing us the results. A little inspiration for a little aspiration.
My photography business is a blend of weddings, families, business portraits and photojournalism. Getting published is always fun and getting a photo on the front page of a newspaper or the cover of a magazine never gets old.
My assignment this weekend was the Tour of High Bridge. A series of fair short bike races in High Bridge New Jersey. It was hot and humid Saturday morning but fortunately not mind-crippling or rubber-melting, over-the-top hot. Not too hot for those lean, mean peddal pushing machines who wear tight colorfull clothes and strange shoes.
I wanted to show some speed, which means blur. Shooting on bright sunny summer morning usually means fast shutter speeds and stopped motion but with a couple of speedlights and some dark shade its pssoble to get that shutter speed down and use the lights strategically. Fortunately I didn’t go for the awesome “head-on” shot and get creamed, head-on.
I always enjoy being a presenter at bridal shows but it seems overwhelming for the ladies who come to the show. There is too much to see and it is hard to remember all the vendors they visit (especially all the photographers). So instead of just sitting at a table I decided to have some fun and do something a little different.
Erich Radlmann of Hunterdon Weddings (http://www.hunterdonweddings.com/) has the best shows in the region and people love them. I do too and I’ve pretty much decided only to do Erich’s shows. This year Erich presented a show at the Grand Colonial (http://www.grandcolonialnj.com/).
Aisling Carroll, Event Coordinator at Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce (http://www.hunterdon-chamber.org/) graciously agreed to assist me for the show. We set up a micro studio to create 1940s style glamor photos. I wanted to just play a little to give the ladies a sense of what it is like to have me photograph them. (Hopefully it wasn’t to painful.) No one was really prepared to have their photos taken but everyone knew it was just for fun.
Karen Shankoff of Attachments in Flemingont (http://attachmentsnj.com/) lent us some gorgeous necklaces to let the ladies wear for their photos.
Check out our little handmade video (click on the link below) and see a few samples of the photos we created. All the photos are posted on Facebook Page at this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brokaw-Photography/
Here is the link to our video:
GRAND COLONIAL BRIDAL SHOW VIDEO
These are the actual photos of lovely ladies who appear in the video being photographed.
The men of the 44th Georgia Company from the Civil War bivouac up in Yankee territory over the weekend. So I figgered I go do some shootin’.
Me, being a tried and true Yankee wuz takin’ my chances entering the rebel’s camp site. But I had a Canon, so I weren’t not fearing them boys.
They just set and stared as I lit ‘em up with my Speedlights to get that late afternoon look (on a soggy Sunday morning). A splash of light here and splash there and ya’d think we was back in 1861 (as long as I avoided getting the tractor trailer rig in the background).
Its great to be the “house photographer” at major events like the Dance Theater of Harlem Vision Gala in New York City. You can grab the best spots for shots and be part of the private party where everyone relaxes and enjoys the night. The great Harry Belefonte was honored by the Dance Theater and humbly accepted his award from Lynn Whitfield and Soledad O’Brien. The event was at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City and attended by over 250 of New York’s elite. The dancers did a few numbers on stage and of course were truly awesome.