Monthly Archives: January 2010

Here it is, the grand finale of my favorite photo recap of 2009! This being the Bride and Groom/Bridal Party category. I did not sequence them in any particular order. I’m really proud of this collection of shots. And of course a HUGE, GINORMOUS THANK YOU to all of my 2009 couples, without whom these photographs would not exist. It was an unbelievable year, and I am just SO honored to have been entrusted to capture your special days! I’m really looking forward to 2010 to be another stellar year for Laffler Photography. Thanks everyone!

  • jeff tisman - F’n AMAZING!!!

  • Alice - Fantastic presentation!!!

  • Jessica - Wow Todd – you are seriously unbelievable. I cant wait for you to shoot our wedding in a few months!

  • melissa - stunning. all of it.
    any plans yet to have a photo seminar?? i’m there.

  • moo - i love every shot in this collection. insanely gorgeous work.

  • Lee - Wow those are so great, I love them all. What a great year of photography, can’t wait to see what 2010 brings.

  • Michelle - Speechless

  • jason - wow. a-ma-zing. i just love these. made me smile. made me laugh. made me want to go take photos. you rock!

  • Melissa - Todd – I can be a silent stalker no more! These pictures are so moving – I’m compelled to comment!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can’t wait for you to shoot our August wedding!

  • Melissa and hugo - by the way, we’ve had your site up the whole morning because we love your playlist!

  • Todd - Thanks SO much everyone!!!!

  • Krystal Radlinski - (Sigh) dreamy.

  • antoinette - i’m coming out of my blog stalking and finally commenting…these pictures are so amazing…jon and i can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding this october!!!

  • Naqib/Qippy - Hi Laffler I just can’t get over how amazing your shots are, I really wish you would do workshops to teach people to shoot the way you do, cos I really find your approach fresh and vivid and above all,real..I just attended a workshop by Joe McNally last week as he was right here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was really good fun learning first hand all his strobing techniques..Do you strobe much? are most of these shots purely daylight? Thanks

  • Todd - Thanks for the blog love Krystal! :)
    qippy, thank you so much! Well, I am seriously considering putting together a workshop, so stay tuned. In the meantime though, I have committed to speak at Mystic 6 next January in Mystic Connecticut. More detailed information to come on that. ;) I just saw Joe at Mystic 5, he’s great! I would say that a majority of these shots are available light only. Some have supplemental flash used behind the couple to rim light them, and there are a few that were lit just with flash, but not many.

  • Naqib/Qippy - Wow thats great to hear, anyway it would be nice also to learn from you how you edit your pictures using,TRA,Kubota and Lightroom…cos yer editing is so spot on…keep me posted on yer workshop..;)

  • KrisD Mauga - You are my inspiration- love this collection of your faves!!!!

  • Deanna Peralta - Absolutely Amazing!!! Looking foward to you photographing my BF, Amanda FLores’, wedding in August!

Next up we have the fourth installment of my favorite photos of 2009, this being the reception category. I have not posted them in order of my favorites, but instead I tried to group similar shots together, so hopefully you will see the connection between photos. I had fun putting this together, and stay tuned for the last installment, the Bride and Groom/Bridal Party photos! Thanks for looking.

  • Shang - Sooooo many fun images! I really feel like jumping up and dancing myself just looking at them. t’s also fun seeing how there can be similar moments between different weddings. Another job well done! I

  • Brandi - Dear God, I heart you so much! Love them all :)

  • Todd - Aaaawww shucks guys, thanks! :)

  • Nadya - Great pics! Always fun to look at. Todd what would you say are your top 3 lenses you use most? Just wondering :) thanks!

  • Todd - Thanks Nadya! Hmmm, probably my 70mm-200mm, my 85mm 1.2, and 16mm-35mm on the dance floor. Although I do probably use the old stand by 24mm-70mm a lot too, but those others are my favorites I suppose.

  • paul - as always, great pictures again todd! hey todd I was just curious, do you have any books to recommend about photography? also any other great reads on post-processing? tx ^^

  • Todd - Hi Paul. Thanks so much!

    Recent books I have purchased were, Joe McNally’s book “The moment it Clicks”. It is entertaining and has some good useful advise in it as well. I also found Annie Leibovitz’s book “At Work” pretty interesting. I also just recently bought Vanity Fair’s “Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images”. That’s a cool book of images as well! For more technical stuff, you can’t really go wrong with any of Scott Kelby’s books.

  • gudezine - happy day,happy frame

Here is the third installment of my photo recap of 2009 in the Ceremony category. Again, in no particular order. Add a comment if you have a favorite (or even if you don’t have a favorite, comment anyway)! Thanks.

  • Kay - I love 4 & 5 and the one of the guy yawning cracks me up!!

  • Shannon - I think this might be my favorite category- there is so much emotion in all of these pictures, not only did our wedding pics bring tears to my eyes, all of the other photos did too! Love all of your work!

Next up are some of my favorite shots from the prep stage of the wedding day, all taken in 2009. Again, these are not in any particular order, but if you have a favorite, chime in with a comment! Stay tuned for the next category which will be the Ceremony. Thanks

  • melissa - i love that you are doing this, Todd. so fun to see.
    this is probably biased, but i LOVE the one of my nephew in his underwear looking up at me. : )
    they are all great, but another fave is the one of the guy buttoning up his last shirt button.

  • Ryan Young - I continue to be amazed at your work. Photo 0046fortney (the bride in the field/woods) isn’t wedding photography…it’s fine art.

  • kris rupp - Wow, pick one favorite??? How about 21?? Your work is awesome… (Heard about you from a bride so thought I’d check out your stuff). So cool and such great storytelling :)

  • Shannon - I love all of them- but I think my favorite is the one with the bride looking out the car window and her father’s (I’m assuming) reflection is in the window- what a cool moment! I also love the one with the bride and the gardening tools! Too difficult to decide, they are all wonderful :)

  • Sabrina Morley - thanks for putting me in there! it was such an amazing day and u captured so much of it and made it into even more~~you are a master of your craft!

  • ChristopherDavid - Rockin’!!!

  • Deana - Todd your work never stops amazing me! I agree with Shannon’s post with the Bride with the father’s reflection is breath taking! I teared up! That Mrs. McGuire is quite a stunning bride, as were all of them! ;)

  • Kay - Great shots!!! There are too many good ones to pick a favorite. The flower girl one cracks me up though :)

  • quelyn - Glamorous, Glamorous, Glamorous…. Wait, why is someone brushing their teeth :P

Better late than never right!? At least it’s still January though! Anyway, I wanted to recap 2009 with some of my favorite photos throughout the past year. I’ve already posted the engagement sessions, and now it’s time to conquer the weddings. I will be posting the best of 2009 in several categories; Details, Prep, Bride+Groom and or Bridal Party, Ceremony, and Reception. First up is the details category. These are not posted in any particular order by the way. Stay tuned for the rest of the categories over the next week or so! Have a favorite? Chime in with a comment…I dare ya!

I want to give a GINORMOUS thank you to all of my 2009 couples who have entrusted me to capture their wedding days for them, it’s a HUGE honor for me!

  • Rachael Earl - Too many favorites to name-awesome job, and I bet 2010 is even better :)

  • melissa - the shoes in the box. so simple and so awesome. : )

  • Kay - LOVE the heart shoes! How the heck did you get the timing of shot #1!

  • Todd - Thanks Rachael, I hope so! :)
    Thank you Melissa.
    Kay, those heart shoes belong to Melissa, who’s comment is right above yours. :)
    Hmmm, timing, I guess serendipity! Seriously, though, I noticed the brides maids watching TV, so I had the idea in my head, framed up the shot and waited for something (anything really) interesting to come on. Well, after about only a minute, this came up, click and DONE! :)

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Rina and Jason’s wedding the other day. What a great way to kick off the new season with an uber awesome couple and a very intimate wedding with their family and a few close friends. Rina and Jason got married at City Hall in New York City, which was a first for me! Honestly, I was actually surprised at how nice it was! After a lightning fast ceremony we took some time photographing around the City Hall area. I wasn’t really used to being surrounded by such a large police presence. Although, I was happy to only have been asked to “move along” once! Then it was on over to Locanda Verde restaurant in Tribeca for a wonderful lunch. I had such a great time hanging out with you guys today, thank you for having me along! Congratulations, and enjoy that “sleeping honeymoon”!

Since I didn’t go to Rina’s prep location, I grabbed the next few shots of her at all different times throughout the day.

Because Rina and Jason were running late, I was able to meet the family and grab some candids while we all waited together.

I love this shot of Rina’s 2 nieces.

This was hands down the fastest ceremony I have ever photographed. It lasted 2 minutes…LITERALLY!

They have this cheesy “photo op” wall where I guess couple’s can get their token photo taken standing in front of city hall, or I should say in front of a poster of city hall. So, we just decided to have a little fun with it!

Rina’s niece was SOOOO excited to throw rose petals at them as they came out!

I had a sneaky suspicion there were no humans at the Department of Justice!

Rina’s brother Ray gave a great toast.

I think fake mustaches should be mandatory at all weddings from now on!

I love this shot with both their moms looking on.

After the lunch we went back out for just a few more photos.

  • Shang - I chanced upon your website while browsing around. Your work is SO beautiful. You have the talent of bringing out the feeling of really being in the moment. You find beauty that is natural and uncontrived. Great job! ~ an ardent admirer of your work

  • corey sewell - These are so awesome – love each and every one!

  • Krystal Radlinski - Utterly natural loveliness!

  • Dina - Just amazing, amazing, amazing……. These pictures are beautiful and everything about the wedding was beautiful… I want to thank Rina, Jason and Todd for making this wedding one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever experienced.

  • Iris - just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nothing more to add…..
    Oooh, 2 more things ;): all my best for the lovely couple and thumbs up to the photographer!!!!
    (Great kind of seeing things! LOVE them ALL)


  • rachel darley - Lovely, amazing, and wow!

  • Robin - You’re just a special kind of awesome, aren’t you Todd? I love these so much. They look like a really fun couple too!!

  • Ray - Absolutely fantastic! Well done!!!!

  • Lee - These are great, it looks like you really captured the feeling of the day. Love the jumping shot…I think I have to learn to jump before my big day.

  • Miah Klein - Yep, you are an amazing photographer indeed….refreshing!

  • axl - A bunch of emotions showing open hearts.
    Wish to everyone: daily a smile or a handholding little jump.
    (…..what did you drink to have a moustache so quick???)

  • Colleen - Wonderful! The pictures are amazing! Have a wonderful life together.

  • Louie - I follow your blog ever since you photographed a friends wedding. As an amateur photographer myself I always look for inspiration from your blog. These pictures show that you don’t have to have a huge, over the top wedding to have beautiful photos.

  • Todd - WOW, thanks for all the nice comments guys!
    Kay, follow me to the awesome land! :) See you next week.
    Thanks Robin! *blushing*
    Lee, just jump on Steve’s back and then let him jump for the both of you! :)
    Louie, thanks for following along! Yes, it is VERY true, all you need is a couple who are obviously in love and don’t mind showing everyone else, a few close friends and family, people who aren’t afraid to show their emotions, a nice place to photograph doesn’t hurt, and some time to do it.

  • maureen - you rock!!
    where in NJ do you live?
    I would 2nd shoot if you needed and i was available.
    i live in NEPA.

  • Todd - Thanks Maureen! I’m Scotch Plains NJ. Thank you for offering your services for 2nd shooting. Fortunately, at the moment I’m pretty good in that department. :) Thanks

  • rina & jason - Todd, thank you so much for capturing our special day! I’m sorry it has taken us awhile to comment, meanwhile we’ve been sending everyone a link to you blog! Your talent exceeded our expectations and really showed everyone that a City Hall wedding and intimate lunch reception can be just as grand as a traditional wedding. Thank you so much for agreeing to work with us and giving us such wonderful memories!

  • Todd - Hi Rina and Jason. You are SOOOO welcome, it was my pleasure photographing your wedding! :)

I just shot Rina and Jason’s wedding this afternoon and had to share this shot with you all. They got married down at City Hall in NYC, and inside they have this cheesy “photo op” wall where I guess couple’s can get their token photo in front of city hall, or I should say in front of a poster of city hall. So, we just decided to have a little fun with it! I’m not usually a big fan of jumping shots, but this one had a specific purpose. To complete the “illusion” I wanted to get their feet off the carpet, where the poster met the floor. This solved that problem nicely and I just think this is hilarious!!! Stay tuned for the full blog post.

  • Dani - I love this! Long time fan of you blog, but never a commenter, couldn’t help myself on this one. Your work is simply amazing!

  • claire - i don’t know how you did it – but this is an amazing photograph. luv it

  • Anonymous - love it! i cant believe this is inside i so thought this was in front of the building! wow your amazing!

  • Kay - OMG amazing!!! The lighting is PERFECT! Absolutely Perfect! I love their facial expressions, and how high they got and the whole thing is sooo cute! Todd!!! Please teach me how to be awesome like you!

  • rina & jason - HA! This is awesome! It totally captures how we felt about or City Hall wedding!! Thank you so much, Todd!

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