Monthly Archives: July 2009

Melissa + Carl

Let me start by saying that Melissa is a self professed photography snob! And rightfully so, she’s a photographer herself! I can relate, as I myself am a bit of a photography snob too. So, I was honored when she and Carl chose me to photograph their fun and unique wedding in Philadelphia this weekend. Melissa is also one of my silent blog stalkers too. This became clearly evident when I showed up to her parent’s house where she was getting ready and she left me a note saying there were Rice Krispie Treats in the kitchen for me!!! In some past blog entry, I don’t even know which one, I must have mentioned that on wedding day I partake in Gatorade and Rice Krispie Treats all day long to keep my stamina up. How flippin’ awesome is it that there was a big box of them waiting for me? Thank you Melissa!!!! Melissa and Carl were SO easy and fun to photograph. Melissa was truly up for anything too which included, but wasn’t limited to, climbing up onto a tank, jumping off of said tank, hopping up onto a narrow loading dock after I had just fallen trying it myself, among other daring feats as well. We photographed around Melissa and Carl’s neighborhood of Fishtown for some cool urban shots in Philadelphia. Then it was on over to the gorgeous Glen Foerd Mansion. Melissa had some great touches to her wedding, like her awesome synthetic shoes with two big red hearts on them, the 1,000+ folded paper cranes which were all over the venue, their invitations which included some photos of Ewoks carrying wedding rings, and the use of her grandfather’s old bottles as part of the centerpieces. I know I totally went overboard on how many photos I am posting, but hey, it’s my blog, and I’ll go overboard if I want to! I had a great time hanging out with you guys today! Congratulations!

Love this one!

I hope I get this right. I think this was Melissa’s grandmother’s chair that Melissa’s grandfather made.

I love how Melissa’s flowers look crammed into the end of the gun!

Out of nowhere, this horse came down this side street. I love when stuff like this happens!

Here’s a shot of only some of the folded paper cranes throughout Glen Foerd Mansion.

And here’s how the cranes got there. Melissa’s friends helped out with the folding and hanging. And speaking of hanging…

Some of Melissa’s grandfather’s old bottles used on the center of the tables.

Note to future Flower Girls: Try to spread out the times you throw flowers, and don’t wait until the end of the aisle to dump all of them at once!

Just as Melissa made her way down the aisle, the sun peeked out on the right hand side.

I happened to be in the right place at the right time as Melissa looked over to her parents during the ceremony.

I love capturing the double hug!

What I like about this photo is that there are three things happening simultaneously. Of course we see the gentleman standing, his pointer finger a pointin’, inspired to get his groove on, but then in the lower part of the frame we see little Tommy sort of sulking in his chair while his dad seemingly tries to comfort him, then we see in the right part of the frame, a gentleman who appears to have been caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. I hope someone sent him into this pocketbook and I haven’t actually captured a felony in progress!

I wish I had a story to go along with this photo, but I don’t. Feel free to make up your own. I’m going with this being a Cornholio impersonation!

ChristopherDavid - Seriously Todd, this is awesome! I love the creativity employed in the holding hands shot with the mirrored shadow on holding hands on the background wall (img_0978). I looks like you spent a great day with this couple!

Todd - Hey Christopher. Thanks! It was a great day indeed.

christine - hahaha i know a flower girl that did the same exact thing!!! makes it all the more adorable. :)

Carl Franke - Hey Todd,

Wow! We’re in Aruba checking out the photos right now! Amazing work…We can’t wait to see the rest!

- Carl & Melissa

Melissa - LOVE!!! thank you!
- from the photo snob/ blog stalking/ rice krispie treat supplying/ recyled heart shoe wearing/ typing from aruba bride.
seriously, thanks. they rock. :)

Jennifer Fretz - these are the most amazing pictures i have ever seen (most amazing couple too) … makes me want to get married (to myself!!) just so my friends and I can be photographed.

brandeye - the pictures are so, so great! i’m so sad we had to miss the wedding.

Candace - STUNNING
Congrats to Carl and Melissa

Jason Davis - Todd,

Your work continues to amaze and inspire me. Great moments captured! You have some lucky clients.

Andy - Wonderful pictures and a happy couple. The stuff of legends.


Paulette Hassey (mother of the bride) - Todd – I have been looking at these photos all day – as has everyone I work with – we just can’t stop looking at them. They are amazing. I knew Melissa would only settle for the best photographer – so glad she found you. Can’t wait to see the rest of them. Thanks so much for these wonderful memories.

Mary Lou Barry - These pictures are fabulous! Of course, Melissa & Carl are so easy to photograph. Congratulations!

Nicole - Love this wedding Todd! My fav is the one with the 4 different scenes (dancing, cookie jar, pouting boy & family having fun!)! Great job!

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Gemma + Patrick

Holy murals Batman!!!! After salivating as I passed by Peter Luger’s Steakhouse on my way to Gemma and Patrick’s apartment in Brooklyn, my Spidey photographer senses began to tingle as I started to pass cool mural after awesome mural! And for those of you counting, yes, I just referenced two super heroes in as many sentences! Gemma and Patrick were so easy to photograph, but having kick butt backdrops certainly didn’t hurt things either! I had a blast hanging out with these two around their stomping grounds and am really excited to photograph their wedding in December. In fact, their wedding will certainly be the last one I photograph in 2009. Yes, their wedding date is December 31, 2009! Looking forward to it guys!

This reminds me of those Geiko commercials…”I always feel like…somebody’s watching me”

I just got this new lens called a lensbaby from the UPS guy a few hours before I left for Gemma and Patrick’s. It’s a highly selective focus lens but is proving a little tricky to use! I liked this one though.

Perhaps my brain subconsciously picked up on the word “Hero” from this photo when I started blogging? Would it be weird if I started showing up to weddings wearing a cape and tights?

Hands, Duck, Empire State Building…Done!

These are all the frogs Gemma had to kiss before meeting her prince. haha, I’m on a corny roll!

Patrick - success! really enjoyed the pics, Todd. the colors are vibrant and i’m glad willyb finally made it onto your website. thanks again!

gemma - great pictures todd! unfortunately, pat beat me to them – but i’m still a devoted blog stalker nonetheless. Can’t wait for December!

Todd - Glad you guys enjoyed them! Yay! POWER to my blog stalkers! :)

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Merav + Jon

I had such an amazing time photographing Merav and Jon’s wedding today! We had a great couple who were so in love, an awesome venue, the weather was picture perfect, and come to think of it, so was Merav! We all started out at the Jersey City Hyatt for Merav and Jon’s prep and their escalator “reveal”! Jon was hilarious all day long, and provided great comic relief, cracking both Merav and myself up. At one point in the day Jon was telling me that Merav was one of my closet blog stalkers (I know there are more of you out there too!!!). Anyway, as any good blog stalker knows, my wife is pregnant. Well, Merav was starting to get worried that my wife might go into labor just before or on their wedding day and that I would not be able to photograph their wedding. After letting out a hardy chuckle I explained to Jon that after many long and sometimes laborious (pun intended) conversations with my wife, we have agreed that I will not miss a wedding if she goes into labor on wedding day. The odds are that this won’t happen anyway, but there you go. Now that I think about this, I feel bad for any female independent wedding photographers out there who have to shoot while being pregnant or miss weddings in the later stages of pregnancy, and also after the birth as well. Too bad they can’t get maternity leave! I digress!

Merav and Jon’s beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at the Newark Museum in Newark NJ in the courtyard. The reception was held inside. I had a blast photographing all the kids being either swung around the room by their hands, or sitting atop of an adults head, or even cartwheeling around the dance floor! Congratulations Merav and Jon! Enjoy Hawaii you lucky ducks!

Here comes Jon up the escalator to get his first looks at Merav on their wedding day.

All that white space on the left is actually in the photo. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to tell you that.

This is some SEVERE camera tilt eh?!

Instead of using the more traditional “One Foot Stomp”, Jon opts for the much more impressive “Two Foot Stomp”! Nice one Jon!

Looking up…

…and looking down.

This ended well…
…and this didn’t end so well…

…and this one ended in tears! (don’t worry he was fine)

Merav - todd – these photos are incredible and definitely surpassed my expectations (and obviously I had high expectations :) ). Thank you so much! – m & j

Todd - So glad you enjoyed these Merav! Don’t forget to put sun screen on! :)

Becky (Jon's sister) - These are AMAZING!!! Todd, how did you even get those angles? Beautiful!

Todd - Thanks Becky. The angles…hmmm, probably a combination of step ladders, mono pods, tippy toes, laying on my stomach, laying on my back, and tilting the camera. I think that covers it. :)

Allan - truly splendid; you captured the energy and feeling so well; great work; thank you

myrna (MOB) - just fabulous! these are absolutely wonderful photographs!! Merav and Jon knew how to choose their photographer!! thank you for a terrific job!

christine - i blog-stalk openly :)
fantastic pics as always, todd. am so jealous of all the lucky brides that get to work with you!!!!!!!!

Howard - Bravo! These are the best wedding pics I’ve seen. Beautiful, interesting, gloriously capturing the wonderful wedding.

Sutejo Kurniawan - you are amazing.

mum - is ny so full of amazing graffiti? We need help here in Liverpool.

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Martha’s Vineyard {Family Vay-Kay}

So, Susan, Zoe and I packed up the family truckster and headed out to Martha’s Vineyard for a week of fun and relaxation! I don’t even think we made it out of Scotch Plains before Zoe piped up from the back seat “when the heck are we going to be there?”! I knew it was going to be a long 5 hours right away! We had an absolute blast spending the week in MV. We spent most of our time on the beaches, but also visited a few farms, sailed on the Black Dog Schooner, the Alabama, stopped by the Farmer’s Market, drank plenty of Arnie Palmers, and of course we had our fair share of Lobsta Rolls too! It was great to get away for a bit, but it’s also great to be back home too!

So, I picked out a bunch of photos to blog, but decided to try something a little bit different as far as the order I post them in. As I had pulled all the photos together that were for the blog, I started noticing some similarities between photos that were taken apart from one another. So rather than post the photos in chronological order, or by grouping them just by their content alone, I have tried to group them in a way that the photo on top somehow relates to the one below it. Now, I know this isn’t 100% successful and some are a stretch for sure and some just don’t have any connection to the one above it, but I tried nonetheless. So, as you are looking at them, see if you can pick up on how the top photo may relate to the photo below it. Some are as simple as the use of color, texture, shape, camera angle etc.

I don’t know about you, but there is something very refreshing about having sand kicked in your face by two pretty ladies!

So, the connection between this photo and the one above it should be pretty straight forward…no?

Zoe is one bad ass 4 year old!

A detail of the massive main sail from the Schooner, The Alabama.

I wanted to test the tonal range of my camera, so Zoe and I collected these rocks of varying shades of grey and put them together. I’ve always wanted to try this after being such a big fan of Andy Goldsworthy!

Balancing rocks on the beach of Aquinna is a popular thing to do and quite beautiful in its simplicity.

Sacks of mmmmmussels.

“When the heck are we gonna be there!?”

Just in case you don’t notice the kite, there is a kite in this photo.:)

YARGH! Hoist the Jolly Roger mate!

Another work created by Zoe and me.

Just in case you are still playing “how does this photo relate to the one above it” game, NO I am not calling Susan a pig! The connection is “mamas” and “tummies”.

That circle is actually the sun which was masked by some mist and clouds. I processed this image bluer then it was to give the look that it might be dusk/moonlight.

jason - only a true photo nerd would take shots of rocks to test the tonal range of a camera. i LOVE it!

Todd - Gee thanks! :)
-Photo Nerd

M.Kruter - Big Andy Goldsworthy fan, Bravo!

mum - great work todd, love the rock pics and in fact all of them. what was the speed of your shutter to stop the action of the sand and waves, how far you have come since arranging all your toys on the bedroom floor to take your first ever photo with my old camera! I am sure you were only 8 yrs old then. By 17 you had graduated to taking photos of poor rupert under the wheels of your first car with ketchup for effects!

Nicole - Loved the sequencing, color and subject matter of course! Zoe looks SO cute leaning out of the car!

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Zoe + Rain + Sun + Ice cream + Swing

We’ve certainly had our share of rain this spring/summer. Zoe embraced the rain though and donned her rain gear and jumped in some puddles when she could. When the sun finally made its appearance, it was nice to get out in the backyard and enjoy Zoe’s ginormous tree swing. On one hot day I asked Zoe if she wanted some ice cream and of course I realize the ridiculousness of this question to a 4 year old! Well, Zoe decided that she wanted to mix mint chocolate chip ice cream with rainbow sherbet. Who am I to deny her icy desires? Anyway, I thought I would post some photos of Zoe just being Zoe.

I thought it was cute when Zoe pretended to think when I asked, “Zoe, would you like some ice cream?”

Then things got decidedly messy!

After hosing Zoe down and an outfit change it was swing time…

…and some dress up!

Bernie - Love the ice cream shots. That’s my girl…. So glad you guys are home. I missed you…


corey civetta - These are so much fun! She is adorable and I love her spunky personality.

christine - LOVE the ‘getting messy’ pictures. she sure knows how to enjoy ice cream to its fullest

Q - HAHAHAH she’s awesome!! She knows exactly what to do with Ice Cream.

michelle - zoe is getting so big! it must be the ice cream….

mum - When I was 4 I was lucky to get an ice cream once in a while. I would have been licking the ice cream off Zoe’s feet.
Sorry to take so long to see these pics but my computer is being hogged by my other grandaughter, Arianna. Hope the family is ok, ta ra for now!

Nicole - These are my FAVORITE pix! My goodness what fun for Zoe to play in the ice cream! Love the clean up dress (in green like a future JL’er!) and fab toes!

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Miriam + Han

This was such an INCREDIBLE wedding! Miriam and Han did a phenomenal job planning their wedding and all their hard work really paid off! After photographing their engagement session a few months ago I already knew going in to today that they had great chemistry and a way of making each other laugh that would make my job easy. I LOVED Miriam’s hot pink wedding shoes too! She had to have them dyed hot pink which wasn’t that big of a deal, the problem was finding hot pink socks for Han to wear. Well, let’s just say Han took one for the team today. Not because they were hot pink, but because the only hot pink socks they could find had Hello Kitty on them! We need more men like Han this world! We had a great photo session in DUMBO, Brooklyn which is right around where the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge enter Brooklyn. Once again, here was a couple who gave me plenty of time with them, and once again, I really think it shows in the images we got. Thank you so much for that guys, you rock! Then we headed over to the ceremony/reception venue which was AMAZING! Miriam and Han chose Stage 6 at Steiner Studios which is such a great space with awesome views on their rooftop patio! The people from Abigail Kirsch Catering did an outstanding job with the space and the food too, thanks Eric! I would also like to thank my good friend Walter van Dusen for helping me out with today’s coverage. Congratulations Miriam and Han, think of me when you are lounging around in Saint Lucia!

I call this one “Being Prepared for Luck to Happen”. I had this shot set up and was just waiting and hoping for something cool to come on TV, and wouldn’t you know it, it did! I love it when a plan comes together!

Image below by Walter van Dusen

These little guys were adorable!

Image below by Walter van Dusen.

I love when the wind kicks up at just the right time!

My view…
Walter’s view…

It may look like two separate photos but it isn’t. This is a Saint Lucia warm up for Miriam and Han!
I loved how the sun was shining on Miriam and Han during the ceremony.

Goody bags for the kids are always a great idea!

A quick costume change for the Tea Ceramony.

Image below by Walter van Dusen.

Quelyn - Awesome!!! Those kids are amazing, those are some pretty epic faces.

Kimtim - Seriously these pictures are AMAZING!! the bride (mrs. latte :) ) look amazing!! and the groom’s socks are priceless i love it! As usual Todd’s work is the best there is!! Congrats to the bride and groom!

Lis - love the shot of the kids!

Mark Beckelman - Todd — beautifully inventive work (as usual). Always an inspiration!


miriam and han - Wow! We love every single one of these pictures!!! Thank you so much for capturing all the emotions and details of our big day. We will definitely be thinking about you while we’re in St. Lucia…because we’ll be anxiously awaiting the rest of the pictures! Can’t wait! :)

jason - these are beautiful. love the kids making funny faces, the tv show, and your use of light. amazing work

corey civetta - Absolutely stunning! Love your work!

ChristopherDavid - Todd, your sense of timing (little boy looking into the bag) and your skills at blocking your group photos are awesome! I love your low angle work!

You rock!


sandyjenete - Absolutely beautiful. Amazing as usual!

Olivia Leigh - Gorgeous. Really wonderful and inspiring work. Very creative while not falling into being trendy, and so clean! Lovely.

Lizelle Lotter - wowowowowow
One day…

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Q + Gaz

OMG, these two were such fun to work with!!! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much during an e-session! Q and Gaz are such unique individuals and didn’t need much prompting from me to have fun together, which as you will see comes naturally to them! We met up in Red Bank which is where they first met. I hit up some old standby locations and also found some new great ones as well. We even got to head down by the water where we had the privilege of meeting Ratchet Jaw! A chatty character who never seemed to be at a loss for words, nor asked if you wanted his opinion either! I had such a great time spending the day with you guys and I can not wait to photograph your wedding in September!


Taking Street Fighter into the fourth dimension!

Q - AHHHHHHHHHH!))$&$#)&#$) Amazing x infinity. I should hire Ratchet Jaw as the doorman for our wedding, I think that would make it a thrilling experience for all. Once again, you have produced amazing photos, I can’t wait till the wedding!!

Zaporozhets Sergey - cool color and emotions!

jeff tisman - don’t know how you do it todd!!! you da’ man!!!!


Rhiannon - OMG you guys are so funny. best engagement photos ever! can’t wait to see your wedding photos too.

xx aussie rhi

Magick - Loveeee these!!! Esp. the Iphone one. Congrats guys :)

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