Monthly Archives: March 2011

Family Vacation | Martha’s Vineyard

I’ve been dying to blog our family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard ever since we got back last summer, but alas, work comes first sometimes. Well, now is my chance to relive some really great experiences in one of favorite places to vacation. This year we rented a rustic little “Writer’s Cottage” which was VERY secluded and right on a pond which led to the Atlantic. What I love about MV is just how rustic/unspoiled it is, combined with its diverse topography and its perfect size for exploring. There are amazing beaches, some with clay cliffs, free form casual rock sculptures, an incredible little fishing village, farms, forests, great biking, quaint towns, sailing, awesome views of stars, nature preserves, the agricultural fair, art galleries, and I could go on and on, but you get the point. In fact, while we were there we saw President Obama. Ok, maybe it was just his motorcade! I can’t wait to get back, but for now, enjoy some of my photos from our vacation.

One of the farms we visited on MV. I had to wait a long time to get this one!Not what you think!Long day.This is one of the ferries you need to take to get to MV.I love when stuff like this happens!We went for a small adventure on one of the Black Dog’s tall ships.This is my favorite beach, not only for the clay cliffs, but also for the random rock sculptures people make.This little seal decided to bask right on our little private beach next to our kayak. Of course we named her Lousille.This is a view down Scrubby Neck road, one of the roads leading to our Writer’s Cottage.The stars were the most amazing I had ever seen.And what are vacation photos without some shots of the little ones?This was fun. I didn’t have a tripod with me, so I had to rig up a crate I found and prop the camera up to the right angle with some rocks. Then I found a couple of large rocks and threw them up over the water, and lit them with my head lamp.

jeff tisman - you have talent. you should become a photographer. :)

Jen - wow. breathtaking!

kris rupp - Wow, thanks for sharing your vaca!!! Love them all but the front of the small row boat in the water is my fav!!! :)

Joan - Stun.ning. Your photographs of my favorite place in the world take my breath away. You’re an inspiration to anyone with a camera.

allan z. - LOVE this post!!

Javi Collazo - Really amazing pics! I would like to see as you see. Bravo!!

Angela Mum Laffler - Chris and I really like all of these shots. You must have had so much fun.

Shang - Wow, the stars look amazing!!!

Rob Cordova - Todd. You are amazing man. Truly one of the greatest artists I have ever seen. Ridiculous talent.

Naqib/Qippy - Hey Todd!
Long time no hear..heheh…anyway I really these sets of images truly inspiring..It seems that you never dry out of juice!..how do you do it?..I mean what inspires you to be able to always get fresh new ideas? Anyway take care!

Tony - even on vacation you shoot like a pro

Kristina Variano - Your pictures ALWAYS take my breath away. Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments and pictures. If you ever find yourself in need of some (free) help, like carry your bags, and lights, I would glady assist!!! You can call on me, I live in Scotch Plains and do assist for a local photographer sometimes.
Cheers,
Kristina

Todd Laffler - Thanks so much everyone, I appreciate the kind words, really do!
Naqib and Tony, when I pick up a camera, yes, even on vacation, my goal is always to produce something unique in some way. It could be taking something boring and forcing it to be interesting in some way, or it could be taking something that is already interesting and figuring out how to make it even MORE interesting! A good example is the shot of the cliff, the moon and the seagull. That seagull wasn’t just a static element in the photograph that I could ponder. I could have shot just the cliff and the moon and moved on, but I didn’t. I waited, and waited for a seagull to fly into the frame in a way that complimented the other elements. It’s being happy with what’s in your frame, but then not being satisfied with that, i.e. how can you take it one step further? Hopefully that made sense. :)

Rodrigo Vargas - Todd, you’r photos are EPIC! Always.

ChristopherDavid - It has already been said but I’m going to say it again: Todd, you are truly an inspiration. It is true, even on vacation, you seem to be on point and on the look out for visually compelling imagery. Honestly, it is your personal work that impresses me most lately because of its departure from the awesome work you are producing every weekend. I think your personal work is evidence of how you are not just a great wedding photographer but how well rounded of a visual creative you are and that you are always “Seeing.”

To Todd’s clients both current and future; You are in very good hands.

Brian Kraft - Crazy cool. Way to take it one step further.

April - Wow, these are seriously the best vacation photos I’ve ever seen! That photo of the stars literally took my breath away (and I swear I’m not usually this gushy when commenting!)
Thanks for sharing them!

Victor Herrera - Todd this is amazing post WOW love the night picture :)

Ati Thailand - I wonder if you could tell me the camera setting of star shot with the pond that you threw the big rocks into. Thanks.

Jennifer Parlanti - You are the quintisential artist. I drank up every image, and tried to imagine the conjuring of the idea, then the waiting, and the joy of capture!! Just awe inspiring!!! what a stunning place to vacate!! Your kids are gorgeous too!! :]

Leslie Privette - Beautiful work!!!! Inspiring!

Diane - Wonderful. So glad I discovered your work. Love the strong graphic quality. An inspiration and a new favorite. :)

Mike Loshe - Lovely pictures! Where exactly were these shot? My family and I rented out one of the those Martha’s Vineyard Rental homes for a month and I am dying to get some shots like this! Any help?

Owen Lucas - I look at a lot of photography and it’s rare these days that I get astonished …your photography is astonishingly good señor! x

Joan Price - Thanks for the share! Truly stunning photos! These really take me back to last summer when my family and I got one of those classic Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals. I mean this thing literally was something out of a magazine! Wooden shingles and all! Ugh I can’t wait to go back.

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Hangin’ with the Flynn Family

As I was mopping up stuff I wanted to blog from 2010, I came across a great afternoon I spent with my friends the Flynn family last fall. We just hung out in their back yard, and I grabbed some photos of little Holden and his big brother Sawyer. Thanks for the laughs guys!

I never get tired of seeing little kids wearing their dad’s shoes!

KrisD Mauga - OMG- too cute! luv it! Hope all is well in Jersey- say HI to Justin!

jeff tisman - once again todd, awesome. sign me up for a shoot.

Jennifer Boyle - So very sweet, Todd!

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One Last Blast of Winter!

Although it just snowed here in NJ, the funny thing is that I shot these a few months ago! This was one of those really big storms we had during this past winter, so I headed out into my backyard to see what I could find. I love when I can spend an hour or two just shooting whatever interests me in the moment.

nadya - very abstract i like it! I need to try and look at things this way ^.^ thanks for sharing!

matt wilson - I hope this past storm was the last blast. I’m done with snow for the year.

Rob Wallace - Is that the geese Captain Sully missed? Great site, Great eye ,Thanks for sharing.

Jay Studio Photography - oh i love the simplicity of these photos especially the black and white ones!

Petronella - Amazing! Love the perspective.

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{best of} 2010 Bride+Groom/Friends

If you think of the “best of” blog posts as one great big firework display, then this would be the grand finale! But before we let the fireworks do a little visual gymnastics on your peepers, I need to thank a few people first. Big ups to Michelle Arlotta who handles most of my editing, the album designs, and soon will also be my much needed office manager. Basically, she has become my right arm! YAY! Also, thanks to all the second photographers whom I have been honored to work alongside, thanks for all your hard work in 2010! A ginormous thank you to my assistant Ali Doyle too! She makes my wedding days go SO smoothly, and turns me into a better photographer! A quick thank you to my family for putting up with the long hours I put into this! And last but certainly not least, to ALL of my wonderful clients who appreciate what I do and entrust me to capture their wedding days in fun and unique ways! I seriously love all you guys!!!! hmmm I am starting to feel like I just won an award or something! Ok, ok I’m gettin’ the hook! On with the show…

Kristi Odom - Wow, I keep looking at this post over and over! Amazing!!!

Brian Kraft - Fireworks!

Antoinette & Jon - so incredible todd! the entire collection is just breathtaking!!

Karen - Todd – I have just been enthralled by all of your ‘Best of 2010′ posts. You are brilliant and so creative. What a whirlwind of emotions – I laughed and I cried (sometimes at the same time). Thank you for sharing.

Erin Kiok - Thank YOU for such amazing wedding photos!!

rina - I went on our site to tell one of my classmates about your work right before my evening class at 6pm. I was not expecting to see a pic of Jason and I on any of your current post and let out a little yelp in the NYU computer lab! It was a fun surprise and great to relive the memory of our wedding day. Thank you, Todd, for capturing how special it was to us. You are sensitive to how unique every couple is and have a great talent for capturing what makes their wedding day special.
Wishing you all our best,
rina & jason :-)

Jackie A. - Lovely! I’m a blog stalker for a while now lol and I just have to say, love your work :)

James Schokman - Seriously Todd, your work ethic to do whatever it takes to get the shot should show all brides and grooms that not all wedding photographers are of the same calibre. If you are not winning awards this year, something is wrong with the process. Also how do you get your assistant to hold that remote flash so consistently behind the subject? She’s epic !

Andrea Matone photographer - inspiring work.. stunning imagery.. my reference point in wedding photography..

Tall - SO. RAD. MIND. BLOWN.

Keri - Todd looking at these pictures makes me even more excited for my wedding! I am so happy we found you!!! All unbelievable shots!

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{best of} 2010 Reception

Up next is the best of 2010 in the reception category. I swear, my couples throw the most rockin’ parties around!!!! Enjoy.

James - Laff, truly phenomenal work. That you can nail that many winners in one year is nothing short of amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kim - you are amazing!!!!!

KrisD Mauga - you always ROCK then RECEPTIONS! I feel like I need to be there because each one looks like the best party EVER!

jay - you put so much energy into these! truly inspirational.

amber montgomery - simply the greatest photographer in the world!!!
I only hope I can hire you when my daughters get married!!
I have 3 left!! :)

Bob - The garter shot with the old woman screaming has to be one of the funniest pics I have ever seen.
Awesome work as always

Angela Mum Laffler - Proud of you Todd! And thanks to the lady who commented above as I am now the mother of “the best photographer in the world” x

Lyle - Haha! These are the greatest shots ever! LOVE the humor and the life!

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{best of} 2010 Ceremony

Here is another boat load of photos for you. This time it’s the best of 2010 in the ceremony category. Stay tuned for the reception category photos coming soon!

rach d. - oh Todd, I look forward to what 2011 brings for you. SUCH amazing work, I *love* every single image you capture/create. The emotions jump out of every photo!

Tony - you are THE BEST . . .

Brandi - The moments you catch of children during the ceremony are always some of m faves!

David Chandler - Simply FANTASTIC! No one I’d rather shoot a wedding with. Kudos to your awesome clients too.

Marcelo Gongora - Realmente inspirador y de lo mejor que he visto últimamente. Gracias from Spain

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{best of} 2010 Prep

DISCLAIMER: I know these best of 2010 posts will most likely take a while to load up, so if that’s the case, you might want to just click on the title of each blog post so that your browser is only loading that one single post. Or you can open my blog and then open a new window and go check out failblog.org for a bit, just remember to come back! Enjoy!

Hilda Burke - Todd, you are my hero. I stalk your blog regularly, and you never disappoint.Your vision is so unique and fresh, it pretty much blows everyone else out of the water. Thank you for giving me something to aim for.

nadya - LOVE it :) thats all….

NYC Faces Makeup Artist Anni Bruno - Wow! Every image is a work of art!

Tim Camuso - Good stuff Todd. As always.

Jennifer Boyle - Todd, you are amazing. I am going out of my mind with jealousy at what a phenomenal photographer you are.

Todd Laffler - Thanks so much Hilda. DO you think I should start sporting a cape when I photograph weddings from now on? How funny would that be? :)

Thanks for taking the time to comment everyone, I really appreciate it!!!!

Luis - It’s hard to write anything different than everyone else. Just great stuff. Always looking to your blog for inspiration.

Paul mcguigan - Hi Todd,

Really excellent photographs and I really enjoy following your blog. Your mastery of the camera but also your ability to ‘see’ the light is very impressive. Put that together with your ability to capture all of the motions during the wedding day and you are a superb photographer.

Enough schmoozing from me, keep up the good work mate ;-)

Mark - So many amazing images, Todd!

Brian Kraft - I reckon you spend a fair amount of time laying on the ground while you work. If you wore a cape at the same time, I think you could bring things to new and interesting levels.

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