Monthly Archives: June 2010

Janice + Yifty | Gabby + James | Teasers

I still have a lot of blogging to catch up on folks, bare with me! Until the next “official” blog post, feast your eyes on two teaser images from this past weekend. The first one is from Janice and Yifty’s wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City. The second image is from Gabby and James’ wedding at the Princeton Marriott. Enjoy!

jeff tisman - INSANE my man!!!!!!!!!! That NYC shot ROCKS!!!!!!!

Kate - LOVE the shot of Janice and Yifty- they’re going to be so excited to come home and see all of your amazing work. Thanks again for capturing my big sister’s day! : )

Heather Culley - Beautiful! Love the use of light here.

jay - in the first pic, it looks like your powerful flash put a dark shadow of a building in the middle – if you smooth the shoulders it will look like the couple. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!

Naqib/Qippy - My God the last shot is simply Awesomeeee! Tod..love that!

JEFFREY FELZENBERG - Todd –

Simply put, you are one of the most incredible photographers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting – a true artist in every sense of the word. I didn’t cry at the wedding, but seeing the beauty and happiness in the photo of Janice and Yifty along the waterfront certainly made my eyes well up. Thank you for everything!

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Stacy + Mike

Bare with me as I grab some plutonium for the flux capacitor, and climb into my DeLorean DMC-12 and set the clock for October 11, 2008. Why this particular date? Well, on that date I photographed Jessica and Jeff’s wedding. During their reception I grabbed a great candid photo of this couple embracing while slow dancing. The woman looked as if she were in heaven. I captioned the photo, “I think someone’s in love!” (See first photo in this blog post). Well, as you might have already guessed, that couple was Stacy and Mike! And here’s the REALLY cool thing about having happy awesome clients, not only did I get to see Jessica and Jeff again at Stacy and Mike’s wedding on Sunday, BUT I also got to see them the day before at Kathleen and Bill’s wedding on Saturday! (See the prior wedding blog post) Yep, Jessica and Jeff referred Kathleen and Bill to me as well! Thanks guys!!!! Ok, hop back in the DeLorean and come back to present day! Stacy is one of my favorite brides to date! She’s so genuine and easy to photograph, plus she just cracks me up! It was my absolute honor and privilege to photograph Stacy and Mike’s wedding at the uber cool Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta NJ. Today was also a new first for me, in that I did all of Stacy and Mike’s photos after the wedding had ended. This almost back fired on me as it began to POUR with rain during the reception, but luckily let up about 30 minutes before it was over and in time for photos. I was left with some sun light, some dramatic clouds, a great location, TIME, and of course a great couple who are so in love! To quote my last bride Kathleen, “The Todd is still undefeated!” I love that! Congratulations Stacy and Mike!!!!

Stacy and Mike dancing at Jessica and Jeff’s wedding back in 2008.Sadly, Stacy didn’t wind up wearing these shoes because they kept snagging on her wedding dress!I like the look on Stacy’s face, but I LOVE the look on the make-up artist’s face even more!Stacy was so in love with her dress that she started dancing with it!Just to show that Stacy is capable of being serious at times too!1 wedding cake + 1 mirror + a grumpy looking elderly gentleman = THIS!I wish I had a story to go along with this photo, but honestly, I got nothin’!Here’s Jeff. (The guy through the window, not the guy in the reflection)One last kiss before being whisked away in the Rolls.

Todd Laffler - No comments yet? hmmm ok, then please allow me to copy and paste an excerpt from an email I received from Stacy….

” My Idol,

First of all, your sweet words in the blog made me cry. I didn’t cry at the ceremony, but your blog made me cry, go figure! :-) The photos once again are SpECtaCUlaR!!!!!!!!!! The one that made me get emotional was the one that no one really knows the story behind. BUGS BUNNY! My dad came home from work one day and had a bugs bunny stuffed animal hidden inside of his coat which was all buttoned up. He opened the top button, and two gray ears popped out and I had the biggest grin imaginable! So…a few months ago, mom and I were shopping around in an antique store in south Jersey and found Mr. Bugs in a tux!!! I immediately thought we had to invite him to the wedding and get a great pic with Dad, which you absolutely did! That picture is so precious to me.”

You are quite welcome Stacy, like I said it was my absolute pleasure! Thank you!

quelyn - No comments for you!!! Oh… Damn….

These are great, as per usual :) That’s pretty cool that you still have that picture of them dancing at that reception. yay love!!

rachel d - Ummm…my mind is screaming “AWESOME!!!” these are so much fun and gorgeous, as usual!! and the one that takes my breath away is the silhoutte of the fence, couple, and the radical cumulonimbus cloud in the background. Its not my wedding, but i’d love a canvas of that!! =)

Dani - OMG!!! These are stunning! I love these! I want to get married again so you can photograph my wedding!

DANA - ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW SO HAPPY TO BE APART OF YOUR BIG DAY AND TO MAKE YOU EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL!!!! HOPE ALL IS WELL TTYS XOXO HAIRDREESER AND MAKEUP ARTIST DANA

jay - Absolutely gorgeous photos. Wish I have the eyes of yours :)

Did you have the groom holding a flash in one they stand by the water?

Maureen Cassidy Photography - you ROCK the cool-house! you are amazing.
LOVE THESE!

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I Loath Water!

Sorry for the lack of timely blog posts everyone! I’ve been battling a cold/laryngitis for a little while. I’m all better now, but now I am recovering from a flood that happened in my office on Friday morning! Nothing is majorly damaged, but I have not had access to my computer until right now! Basically it’s a big ‘ol mess here, but I am trying to get back on track. Hang in there! Thanks.

Ok, here’s a teaser image for the next blog post, Stacy + Mike’s wedding!

Greg - that is unreal…
not a composite is it?

ur by far the best wedding photographer i’ve seen…
my gf loves your work as well.. have you ever been to vancouver, bc?
we’d love to have you as our wedding photographer… =)

Todd Laffler - Hey Greg, thanks ma man! Nope, not a composite. It rained heavily about an hour before I shot this. Then the sun came out and these cool clouds rolled in. I had scoped out doing this shot earlier in the day and things just sort of lined up for me! :) I just love it when a plan comes together!
I have never been to Vancouver specifically, but I have been to Canada and thought it was an amazing place. Plus, they sold CRUNCHIE bars, one of my favorites! :) Anyway, I would certainly be open to discussing the opportunity to shoot your wedding, so just hit me up with an email whenever you are ready and we’ll go from there.

Thanks Greg!

Lee - I love this photo. The composition is amazing. Keep up the awesome work, glad you’re feeling better

Naqib/Qippy - Wow where was this shot! It’s really spot on Todd, sorry to hear about your office being flooded, I hope all is well now,take care and warm wishes from me and Fara :)

jeff tisman - AWESOME!!! Looks like the into to “Independence Day” when the aliens were coming too destroy earth!!
Pretty RAD!!!

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Quelyn - That’s an awesome shot indeed. Sorry to hear about your office :( That’s a bummer, but at least everything is ok!

rachel - Hi Todd! Just wanted to know if you’d be willing to share the details in how you made this image?? (Lens, focal length, how far away were you standing, etc etc…)?? I think this is just a radical image, it swoons me =)

Josh Lynn - This.. this is just beautiful.. :)

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Kathleen + Bill

While I was at Kathleen’s prep, her mother confided in me that she was actually pretty surprised that Kathleen and Bill even hired a photographer. See, Kathleen and Bill both think that they are not photogenic. Pish posh, they just haven’t been photographed by the right photographer yet! I think they both looked awesome, but I’ll let you be the judge! Kathleen had casually asked me while she was getting ready what my favorite movies were. I wasn’t ready for that questions and was so focused on what I was doing, I drew a blank. Well Kathleen, now that I don’t have a camera in front of my face, I can safely list several of my favorite movies….in no particular order, The Royal Tenenbaums, Young Frankenstein, Say Anything, Band of Brothers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, I Love You Man, just to name a few. Something I personally found hilarious on Kathleen and Bill’s wedding day is that I found out that prior to the wedding and throughout the wedding day itself, that they would refer to me as “The Todd”. I’m not sure why I find that so amusing, but I just do! This was such a fun wedding to photograph, and I could tell that both Kathleen and Bill had a blast as well! Congratulations you guys, and enjoy that honeymoon!

ChristopherDavid - Um, yeah, Kathleen and Bill are hideous… Seriously Kathleen and Bill, you both are lovely! Todd, so did you carry that monster in your bag for the ring shot or was it a lucky find? ;) Thanks for sharing – superb work as usual bro!

Melissa Papaj Photography - You never cease to amaze me Todd! Awesome work as always :)

Kathleen - Wow! It was the best time of our lives and you were able to capture how much fun we had and how happy we were that day… “The Todd” is still undefeated….
Nice choice in movies! I think your ringtone still wins as the funniest & most random fact I have learned about you, though…

Kathleen - Christopher David,
Thank you so much for the compliment! We got ready at my parents’ house, where I grew up & I guess Todd found the monster in my room, which was always chock full of random things…

Mike - Kathleen…I think I know you….are you Ann Marie’s sister? If so, she and I worked together at the A&P. If not, well then…my mistake =)

Pat Brennan - Wow, what an eye, what a gift, almost beyond words, what a great photographer!

Kathleen - Mike,
Yep, I’m Ann’s sister. Did I work with you there, too?

Walter van Dusen - The Todd, Great job with the wedding coverage. A fun and loving wedding…

Brandi - Not photogenic? You gotta be kidding me. They are both super adorable and VERY photogenic and Kathleen’s eyes are STUNNING! I always tell my couples who sing that ‘I’m not photogenic’ song the same thing.. you just haven’t met the right photographer! :)

Mike - I think so! I was friends with Dave and Jen Sab.

Congrats on your wedding! Todd did an awesome job as always!

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Holden | Teaser

This is Holden, my little buddy Sawyer’s sort of new brother! Just a quick teaser to keep your eyes a peepin’!

nadya - beautiful photo! love the light here!

James Macasaet - Amazing as always MISTER Laffler. lol. The clarity and sharpness on this is ridiculous. Can you at least tell me how you post processed this photo ?!

– James

jay - Great pose (or is it all natural?). Those two little hands, oh my, is an image going to stuck with him forever :)

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kim + mike

Kim and Mike came to me as a referral from one of my favorite couples ever, Q and Gaz, so I knew these two were going to be awesome as well! And they did not disappoint! I headed over to their hometown of Highland Park to see what trouble we could find. After about 45 minutes or so, the skies opened up and we got hammered with rain! So, we ducked into a coffee shop to wait out the rain, and luckily it had passed after about 20 minutes. Then it was back out on the town for some more fun. I had a great time getting to know these two and I am really looking forward to photographing their wedding next year!

Whoever decided to put this window in the coffee shop we ducked in to…Thank You!The posing for this next shot was all Mike!

Mike - Todd, you have outdone yourself! I’m pretty much never photogenic but these pics are amazing!!!

Quelyn - YAY!! Love them Love them Love them!!!!

jay - about the image where you have half face of each person – did you crop or your lens is just so special :)

laetitia - Congratulation Mike and Kim… sorry we can not come to your wedding ;-)
Great pictures !!!
Love the last one !!!

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