Monthly Archives: July 2008

Roy and Peter’s wedding was so much fun to be a part of. They booked me last year after a friend of a friend of a friend was at my house for a baby shower and was admiring some of my photographs on the wall, and told Roy and Peter about me. I’ve been looking forward to photographing their wedding ever since. My friend Walter Van Dusen drove down from Connecticut to help out being the second photographer. There are a few of his images below where noted. The ceremony and the reception were held at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ. Have fun being tourists in New York City guys!

I found this brochure in the lobby of the hotel that the guys were getting ready at. I thought it made a nice backdrop for their rings.Photo below by Walter Van DusenPlease don’t try to adjust the color on your monitors, Emily’s eyes really are this blue!I don’t normally post two ring shots, but come on, look how freaking cool these rings are! They have their wedding date in Roman numerals on them.
Peter all ready to go. Photo by Walter Van Dusen
Walter brought out his ring light for this cool shot. Photo by Walter Van Dusen.Can you feel the enthusiasm!Roy’s Best Person planting one on him right after the ceremony.Roy and Peter’s first dance.

  • zofia - Fantastic work, Todd and Walter!

  • Naqib (qippy) - cool table did you capture that..were you on a ladder or something and how about the lighting for it?nice…

  • Justine MIller - Gorgeous work, lovely wedding and you have some amazing shots. I love the one of him on the couch with his partner in the mirror.. great work!

  • Krystal Radlinski - Absolutely lovely work! You have perfectly captured the charming personalities and joy of the day. I’m not even a guest and yet I felt as if I were. Brava.

  • Todd - Thanks Zofia.

    Qippy, only Walter knows my trademark secret for getting this shot and he is sworn to secrecy! Just kidding, I mounted my camera to a mono-pod with a 15mm fisheye attached and used a cable release, then just “boomed” it in. The lighting was on camera flash which was bounced in. Thanks.

    Justine, thank you, I like that one too!

    Krystal, that is the ultimate compliment! Thank you so much.

  • Arlene Catherine - OMG!!! Love, love, love these! Well Done.

    ~ Arley

  • Roy Corson & Peter Kiuzma - The shots look great! You and Walter were wonderful to work with. Can’t wait to see them all. Thanks again!

  • Naqib (qippy) - cool thanks so much..I will try that this weekend for a wedding shoot..thats so nice of you to share that with us…cheers

  • Bernadette - I am so glad I recommended you Todd! Fantastic shots, and I can’t wait to see the rest of them! :-)

  • Seshu - Love that table shot! Great work you guys.

  • Chanelle SegeriusBru - Great set of images. (DWF member here). Love the colours.

  • Ingrid - These are absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad to have discovered your website..such an inspiration to me.

  • Christine - Why are there no pictures of me.

  • Vishal - This are awesome images. I admire your work. Keep it coming.

  • Ali - These images are both gorgeous and touching. Wonderful work.

  • Caryl - I just love the rich colors and the emotions that you captured… GREAT work ….

Today I got to meet Mae, along with her mom and dad in Jersey City. When I arrived Mae was still resting up for her big photo shoot! The second she woke up she was all smiles for me and my camera. We had a great time playing at the park and then chilling back at her crib. Thanks for a great day guys!

I love this one of the whole family sitting on their stoop.
Mae loved playing with these measuring spoons!

Off to the park.

Love this one with mom and dad in the background.

Mae loved being tossed around.

After Mae’s snack we found this caterpillar on her arm!

  • Mike Levitz - Hey Todd,

    Thanks for posting these. I can’t believe you had time to update between our shoot and the evening wedding. We had a great time hanging out with you (or hanging out while you worked!). These pix are amazing; we can’t wait to see more.

    From the second Mae saw you, she couldn’t take her eyes off you. You definitely have the magic touch, not to mention great reflexes (you saved her from falling!).

    Many many thanks…looking forward to doing it again (maybe her second birthday?)!

  • Todd - So glad you enjoyed them Mike. I had lots of fun hanging out/working with you guys too! I actually didn’t have a wedding last night, I’m not a super hero!

    I forgot about saving Mae from her almost fall off the couch…hmmm, maybe I AM a Super Hero!

  • Catalin Alexa - They look lovely! Excelent work!

So, if you read my previous entry about my surprise trip to Saint John, you know where I am at the moment. Anyway, on the boat ride over from Saint Thomas to Saint John, we met a really nice Indian couple who were just starting their honeymoon. They had traveled 26 hours from India to get to Saint John! I decided quickly that with this great location, and this great couple, I couldn’t pass up snapping a few photos of them at Caneel Bay Resort. I met up with them after breakfast one morning to take some shots for about an hour or so. Congratulations guys and enjoy the rest of your whirl wind honeymoon, which will also include an Alaskan cruise, Las Vegas, New York, Disney, and maybe more, I couldn’t remember it all! Enjoy!

This was taken in the old Sugar Mill which is on the property of Caneel Bay.

  • Naqib (qippy) - Looks really great..looks like the beaches here at should really make a trip down here in Malaysia..believe me there are so many places like this..really clear beaches..nice pic the pic of your daughter by the beach..

  • ross - absolutely stunning photos. the environment is really beautiful! best of luck to them both.

My wife surprised me with a little get away for our 10th year wedding anniversary! We are staying at Caneel Bay in Saint John. This is truly an awesome resort. The location, service, and food are all top notch. We decided to take our daughter Zoe with us and we are glad we did, we are all having so much fun together. The water is AMAZING! Most of our days are spent snorkeling and kayaking and sipping pina colada’s in the turquoise water. Thank you honey, you ROCK!

Here’s a shot I took from our room.
Zoe is loving vacation!

They have these wild donkeys roaming around the resort.
Ok, back to the vivid colors!

Susan and Zoe relaxing by the water.

  • Kim - Even though there’s no way I’d squeeze this 39-weeks-pregnant body into a swimming suit right now, I’m totally jealous. Looks amazing!

    We miss you back in Jersey, though!!

  • jeff tisman - damn todd, this certainly beats a family portrait!! ( ha, ha!)

Well, another great wedding today! I feel like a broken record saying that, but it’s true! Do you guys even remember records? And wasn’t it the record player, not the record that was broken? Someone stop me. All records aside, Lauren and Jason had a beautiful wedding today! Everything went so smoothly too, maybe somewhat due to Lauren’s type A personality, I don’t know, I’m just saying! Actually, I only learned of this through Lauren’s sister’s speech at the reception. I thought Lauren was very relaxed and easy going the entire day. Not that type A personalities are uptight and hard to deal with, I’ll just stop there before I get myself into trouble! Congratulations guys and enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii! Their reception was held at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank NJ.

I met up with Lauren and her bridesmaids at the Jonathan Salon in Red Bank for a few photosI couldn’t decide which one I liked better….…so I’m posting both! How cute are they!?
After the ceremony, we headed over to Riverside Gardens Park for some photos.We took this one later on at dusk.Lauren and Jason’s first dance together.And Lauren’s first dance with her father.One of my favorites of the day.

  • andy stenz - the photos of them at dusk are beautiful. the catchlights look big (not bad, just reverse engineering here…) are you using a softbox there?

  • Onada - Gorgeous gorgeous images!

  • Todd - Andy, thank you so much. I used a canon 580EX fired into an umbrella, triggered via pocket wizards.

    Onada, thanks! :)

  • jessica m. - Beautiful!! I LOVE the lighting!

  • corey civetta - Gorgeous work – love your style! That shoe shot is too cool!

  • Mona - The pictures are BEAUTIFUL! You both look amazing and I love the pictures at dusk too (although the PSU group shot is very awesome as well!) :)

I could easily describe today in just one word, and only using three letters…WOW! I met up with Agnes and Warren at Washington Square Park today to do their engagement session. They picked the New York University area because that is where they both went to college and also first met one another. Agnes is actually finishing up her MBA there next year…go Agnes! They are such an awesome couple, and I sincerely had a blast photographing and just hanging out with them. Folks, the following photos are the result of having a bulletproof equation : Awesome couple + great location + plenty of time + good light + my camera = stunning photos! Enjoy! Oh, and be sure to check out the slide show I made at the bottom of this entry too!

This is one of my favorites of the day.

I can not tell a lie, the original shot had the letters “N R W” in the yellow circles, but I wasn’t satisfied with that, so I changed them to “W & A” Warren & Agnes!

Warren spots Agnes walking towards him…

…gets her to sit down and chat with him…

…and the next thing you know, he’s giving her piggy back rides!

Warren, in front of “his” building!

I’m so mean, Agnes was about to pass out from starvation, so we were heading to the local pizza place when I spotted this sliver of sunlight. I just had to get this shot. Don’t worry, Agnes is just fine!

  • birgit - I’ve wanted to say this for a long time, todd – you do such a great job! I love to see the pics, and they always look different.

  • Naqib (qippy) - Hey…I’ve been viewing your website quite a bit…I like this new set of pics you have just u mentioned before it is shot mostly with amibient is this set also the same case?anyway do check out my new blog if you have the time

  • Todd - Brigit, thank you! :)

    Thanks Naqib. Yes, this was all shot with just natural available light, no flash.

  • Warren - Hi Todd,
    These pictures are wonderful!! Can’t wait to see the whole set. =)

  • Sarah Q - These are AWESOME! I looooooove love love the vibe. They look like such a fun couple. Now I’m jealous and wanna fly to NYC :)

  • Anonymous - Hi Todd,

    I love the slideshow. You did a wonderful job capturing all the fun we had during the shoot and I really appreciate the thought you put into putting together a set that flows well. You can’t see but I have a huge smile on my face looking at these pictures.

    Thanks so much,

  • Melissa O - Your images have such a great connection between the couple. I love that you photographed them interacting with each other and not your camera. Beautiful work, very inspiring.

    Melissa O.

  • Todd - Agnes, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! It really was my pleasure watching you guys be in love! Keep smiling!

  • Todd - Sarah, the funny thing is that we only walked within a 2 block radius! I don’t like getting into the city, but man I sure do love photographing there!

    Melissa, thank you so much! Yeah, I’ve found that most people don’t make cute googly eyes specifically for my camera…well, except for maybe me, but that’s another story! :)

  • corey civetta - LOVE your work / style. Awesome stuff!

  • Melissa Papaj - Wow! Todd you are amazing! Beautiful work! I aspire to be as good as you!

  • Rosie Parsons - Fantastic shoot! I love the subway one especially!

Today I took my daughter Zoe to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. We had SO much fun today! We rode this cool train they had, saw some awesome animals, Zoe went on the carousel twice, played on the slide, had a blast with the water misters throughout the zoo (it was really hot today), fed some goats, and of course got ice cream! Thanks for a great day at the Zoo Zoe!

I love this shot of Zoe taking a picture of me using her camera!
I love how proud she is of this shot that she took. It’s hard to tell, but it’s a picture of my feet and shins!

Zoe’s new passion, orienteering! So what if the map is upside down!

Here she is chasing some mist from one of the water misters they had throughout the zoo.

Apparently Zoe wasn’t the only one who was hot today!

Zoe loved going down this slide.

I kid you not, this is a photo of two turtles fornicating, granted it’s SEVERELY cropped!
Ok, this one wasn’t taken at the Zoo, but I wanted to throw it in because I like it so much.

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