Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy Holidays!

The whole family relaxing at home by the fire watching Elf! After such a ginormous year, it’s nice to be able to take it easy for a change!


Stephanie Padovani - Elf rocks! You have a beautiful family. Happy Holidays!

Stephanie & Jeff

Brandi - Merry Christmas :)

Kay - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

quelyn - Yay, it’s so nice & christmassy. I love seeing different people’s trees & decor. Your house is so cozy :D

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Let it Snow!

We had a decent amount of snow come our way here in NJ the other day. Now, I don’t know exactly what happened to the kid in me who used to love playing in the snow, but sad to say he is gone. I am happy to report though that my daughter Zoe is quite “normal” when it comes to that kid/snow relationship. Perhaps her joy will rekindle my affinity for the white stuff, who knows! Anyway, I did take the opportunity to just wander around my back yard with my camera the day after the snow to see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised! I’m a big fan of repetition, form, line, patterns and clean compositions in my work, and there was no shortage in my back yard! The snow only serves to accentuate many of these characteristics. So, I thought I would share what I saw with you all. This was a really good exercise in seeing shapes and patterns and organizing them into pleasing compositions.


I thought I would first start off with a little collage of some of the images I caught and then proceed to show the uncropped/larger photos as well.










Lee - Hi Todd, I love these the stark white against black just looks amazing.

Krystal Radlinski - Only you can make abstract snow photography look sexy.

Rachael Earl - A few remind me very much of Edward Weston-beautiful!

Todd - Wow, thanks Rachel, that’s so nice to hear, he was one of my favorite photographers when I first started this journey! :)

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{Best of} 2009 Engagement Sessions

I love putting these “best of” posts together because it gives me a great opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all the great shoots I’ve been on this past year. But even more importantly, it allows me to really reflect on what it is I do for a living, which is preserving happy, loving memories for people through my creative eye. Last year’s best of was in the form of a slide show, and my initial plan for this year was to post a top 20 favorite photos from 209 list, but I have a really hard time narrowing down photos! So, because it’s my blog and there is no one to stop me, I am creating a top 20+ favorite photo list of 2009 engagement sessions. I don’t exactly know how many photos are here, but it’s more than 20! Also, I think if I were to make this list a week ago, or even a week from now it could be fairly different. Yes, I can sometimes be THAT indecisive! I’ve also decided that it would be too difficult for me to put these in a definitive order of “favoritism” so I will put some of my obvious favorites towards the top and then it will just kind of get willy nilly! So, a big thank you to all of my clients! YAY! Enjoy!


This one is actually my favorite of the year, that much I do know!



























Graeme. - WHAT is going on in the one right above the ‘butt depot’??? It’s amazing!

Also: do you have a full time location scouting guy or what?

=)

Todd - Hey Graeme. Those are little gnats being back lit by the sun. I probably only got a few shots off before the “herd” of them moved out of position and the sun disappeared. Nope, no location scout, I wish though! I just show up and make it happen! Thanks for commenting.

christine - they’re love fairies, right Todd?! ;)

do you ever do “just because” photo sessions? now that marriage is out of the way, i have to find another excuse to get more pics out of you….

ps- post some more pictures of your baby boy!! :)

Todd - Did I say gnats???? I meant LOVE FAIRIES YESSSS!!!!! ;)

“Just because” sessions are basically engagement sessions for married people?! :)

mum-Grandmum - FANTASTIC SHOTS. Wish I could be a fly on the wall when you are shooting!

Michelle Laffler-Ove - What I wouldn’t give to have an ounce of your talent! Well done

David Mielcarek - Really awesome collection of images, Todd. The first shot is just so cool! Everything else too. You are a true master of funky composition and color! Congratulations!

Preeti - David Mielcarek sent me your way. I absolutely love your work! It’s such a fresh take on the ‘genre.’ I’m going to dig through your archives for the Grounds for Sculpture shoot!

Krystal Radlinski - Sooooo flippin stellar!. Oh and the holding hands shot with the NY skyline in the background… sigh… delicious.

Todd - Thanks again everyone! It was great putting these together and seeing them as a whole instead of them being isolated favorites spread out over many blog posts. I really appreciate the feedback! :)

Justin John - Hey Todd, I’ve been following your site and your blog for a long while now but haven’t said much on your posts till now. I’m a fairly new photographer who heard about your stuff from other photographers. Just want to say you’re absolutely my favorite wedding photographer. I really believe that photography is about just having fun and taking pictures that you just know feel right, because of your work. Its really something that has inspired me and I will always be looking to your stuff as “style” inspiration. Thank you so much, and you can be sure when i get married your coming to Sunny California. Warmly, Justin John

Kay - Wow! These are incredible! Your use of light is just ridiculous

lucrecia - love love love that we made the best of 2009 blog. we were thrilled to show you “our” downtown! can’t wait for the wedding, it will be here in no time!

Todd - Justin…WOW! THANK YOU, that’s SOOOO cool to hear!!!!! Just make sure you get married when it’s nice and cold here so I can rub it in everyone’s faces! ;) I LOVE California!!!!! YAY!!!

Thanks Kay!

Lucrecia, I really enjoyed walking around the financial district, I love new spots to shoot! Thanks

quelyn - Weeee, That first one is probably my favorite e-picture you took too :D But you know, I am biased. They’re all so great!!

Todd - Yes, you are very biased indeed! ;) Thanks!

Arty - Your images are very creative and inspiring! Thank you.

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Cortney + Ryan

I met up with Cortney and Ryan in their hometown of Hoboken this afternoon for their engagement session. It was a chilly day in Hoboken, but we rocked it out regardless! Cortney and Ryan were so laid back and easy to photograph. We wandered around the water front for a bit and then headed through the streets of Hoboken to finish things up. Cortney and Ryan were such troopers, braving the cold weather, all the while looking fabulous in the process! I had an awesome time hanging out and getting to know you two today, and I’m really looking forward to your wedding next year!


If this wall looks a litle familiar, then you may have seen it on the show Cake Boss! It’s right behind his bakery, which had a line out the door the entire day by the way!


I love the kid in the background scaring the geese!








For some reason it took me a while, but we finally got that reflection off of Cortney’s engagement ring!

I love when things just come together like this.



After a few hours out in the cold we decided to warm up with some Starbucks coffee. Thanks for the Gingerbread Latte guys! mmmm



And as the sun was well on its way to bed, I convinced Cortney and Ryan for one last shot!

Rachael Earl - Can I just say that your blog is one of my absolute favorites in my Google Reader? Consistently fantastic-bravo!

Aunt Robin & Uncle Roger :):) - Hey Cortney & Ryan, What beautiful pix of you both that we so enjoyed viewing. Thanks for sharing. :) :)xoxo:):)Aunt Robin & Uncle Roger

Todd - Thank you so much Rachael! Coming from another photographer, it’s all that much better to hear! :)

Cortney - Hey Todd – Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We are blown away by your use of color and ability to make the seemingly mundane whimsical. We can’t wait to work with you again on our big day!!

Todd - Hi Cortney. You are SO welcome, it was my pleasure, but I would hardly call you and Ryan mundane! ;)

Graeme. - Awesome work as usual. It makes me cold just looking at these images!

Mama and Papa Bear - Wow! The shots were incredible – Todd, you are a talented artist with a camera! Cort and Ryan, you two look absolutely terrific together – like the cold didn’t matter. We love you. Mama and Papa Bear.

Kay - Wow Geez Todd! I can’t even believe how amazing these are! I love the hoboken reflection one and the amazing ring reflection shot! Was aperture was that take at? Great job!!!

Todd - Thanks Kay. The ring shot was taken at 2.8

Grammy - I finally got to view these priceless moments. My heart is bursting as I see your beautiful images light up the streets of Hoboken. The Clam House shot….close to my heart….especially meaningful. A gleaming illustration of your caring/sharing personalities. I love you, Grammy

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Shannon + Bryan

Having shot Shannon and Bryan’s e-session a few months ago in Hoboken, I already knew going in to today that these two had chemistry together. What I didn’t know, however, were the few set backs Shannon encountered just prior to me arriving. Let’s see, the florist crashed into Shannon’s mom’s car, one of Shannon’s bride’s maids became so sick that after showing up during the prep, she eventually became too ill to attend the wedding at all, and worst of all was that Shannon’s grandmother suffered a heart attack the night before. Shannon didn’t let any of this alter her plans for enjoying an awesome wedding day with friends and family! She took everything in stride and kept on keeping on! I had such a great time capturing Shannon and Bryan’s wedding day too! In fact, this blog post may very well hold the record for the largest number of photos posted from one wedding. Any of you silent blog stalkers out there have some free time to verify this?! Congratulations Shannon and Bryan, enjoy Jamaica!


I love the feel of this shot with all that light spilling in from the window.



I think this was Shannon and her sister’s special sign to keep from crying.





I love the “quietness” of this shot.



Shannon and her dad.












Not quite the largest bridal party I’ve ever worked with, but certainly the most I’ve ever shot indoors for sure! These guys were great!




















Last shot of the night? Almost…
…During Shannon’s sister’s toast, she had mentioned that Shannon and Bryan have been to every Diner in NJ. This got me thinking, especially since there happened to be a Diner literally across the street from the reception venue. So, right after the last song I approached Shannon and Bryan and asked if they wanted to go for coffee at the Diner. You should have seen there faces light up with excitement! They snuck out the back door and I met them across the street so they could get some coffee while I got some shots of them in the process! Yay!






Deana - Hey Todd! You knew I would be stalking all week for these! :) What a fabulous job! Your pictures brought me to tears and laughter. I can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks so much for making Shannon and Bryan’s day wonderful. Loved everyone of them! You truly are the best! :)

Well Wishes,
Deana
Shannon’s sister and MOH ;)

Todd - Hi Deana. Thanks SO much, it was my pleasure!!! Actually it was YOUR speech that inspired me to take them over to the diner! And I apologize again for “redecorating” your room! :)

Nicole - Todd – I LOVE these pictures and this wedding! Especially the diner – GREAT idea!

shannon & bryan - Todd, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. These pictures are absolutely wonderful! You really captured so many moments that recreate the night, we love every single one of them and can’t wait to see them all. The diner was definitely a fabulous way to end an already perfect day – despite all our setbacks :) . You and Michelle were great to work with and are so talented. The picture of Father Tom during the ceremony is amazing, the way he is lined up and posed- I can’t get over it. Thank you again- like my sister said, you truly are the best. PS- I thought no one saw me sneaking peeks at Bry during the ceremony- you caught me red-handed!

Erika Kelly - Todd, you did an AMAZING job!! I love ALL of the photos, especially the photos at the diner. You captured shots that they will cherish forever. Kudos to you!!! :) Erika (bridesmaid/cousin)

David Mielcarek - Very expressive couple, masterfully captured! Wonderful work, Todd – congratulations! Love your angles, compositions and moments. I like how you push the envelope and come up with all those ideas – this is exactly what a lot of other photographers are missing – a little bit of a spark and some brains (not just awesome lenses + 5DM2! I am not coming out as too bitter, am I? I mean this as a compliment ;) ) What a great play with the diner, too! I looked at other posts – real pleasure to view this blog. It’s compelling and alive! Yay! Now I understand why you have such a huge following – well deserved! Woohooo!

Todd - Thanks Nicole!
Shannon, you are SOOO welcome! Yes, I’m so glad you guys were up for the diner afterward, it really added something! I’m vigilant for the bride’s “sneak peeks” during the ceremony, I love it!
Thanks so much Erika! :)
Hey David! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate that. hmmm, coming off a little bitter, maybe just a little, but the “brainless” photographers only help to make us look even better! ;) It was great seeing you at the “Tacky Wedding” party last week, glad you were able to make it.

rachel darley - WOW. Super duper, absolutely, freakin’ fantastic!!!! I love the silhoutte photo of the bride against the golden background. And the diner photos are awesome. Seriously. AWESOME.

Kay - I haven’t seen these yet because we just moved! But they are fantastic!!! If I’m half as talented in photography as you in 20 years, I will be thrilled! I love the half shadow shot, so creative!

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Zoe

I’m in the process of going through and keywording some photos and came across one of my favorite photos of Zoe. This was taken almost 3 years ago, which means she was almost 2 in this shot. It’s hard to believe! I’ve always thought this could be an ad for GAP whenever stripes are big again!


paul - hey todd! i’ve been looking at your blog and pictures for awhile now but this is the first time I’ve commented. first off I just want to say, wow! dude you are an inspiration! every time i look at your pictures i go wow. always astounded by the beauty of your pictures. keep up the good work and keep at it!
I live here in Seoul Korea with my wife and am currently teaching elementary school kids. I really love taking pictures of kids, specifically my students. truly the joy on their faces always make me smile ^^
I currently have a 5d classic and am thinking about picking up the 5d mark 2. I know that you previously owned the old 5d? I was just curious what your opinion was on making the switch.
I also currently own only one lens, the EF 24-70L . Do you have any other recommendations on other lens to add?

Again, you rock man! you may not know it, but i’m sure there are tons of people like me that come across your site and are looking at your pictures and learning and growing to become a better photographer!

paul

Todd - Hi Paul. Thank you so much for the kind words regarding my work. I’m thrilled you find it inspiring, that’s awesome! Ok, so to be perfectly honest with you, I’m not exactly “over the moon” about the Mark II. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome camera and I’m glad I did upgrade, but if you aren’t doing this professionally I’m not sure it’s worth ditching your current 5D. Unless you really want to use the video feature on the Mark II which is kind of fun to mess around with I must admit. As I always say though, it’s the wizard not the wand! :) As for lenses, that’s a really tough one without knowing exactly how you shoot etc. No doubt, the 24-70 is probably the best “all purpose” lens and if push came to shove you could probably shoot a whole wedding with just that lens. :) I guess if I had to recommend a lens it would be the 70-200mm. THen you’re covered from 24-200. Shooting the 70-200mm IS 2.8 wide open is pretty awesome. I’d say almost all of my engagement session are strictly shot with those two lenses. SO, there ya go. :) But that’s just me. ;)

Thanks again Paul, it’s really really great to hear people comment on the blog so that I know someone is out there and to hear that it’s inspirational is just icing on the cake! Best of luck!

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Ray and his Caddy

I decided to take a trip down memory lane and take a peek and some older blog posts from previous years and thought I would resurrect a few of my favorites over the next few days/weeks. This shot is of my father-in-law in his 1965 Cadillac. This photograph was pretty involved in creating, requiring a few off camera flashes as well as some household flour thrown in front of the headlights too! I was happy with the end result, although I forgot to have him smoking one of his cigars! Oh well!


Reggie Beehner - this shot deserves a comment. badass. awesome unnoticeable lighting, too.

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