Category Archives: Personal Work

So, after shooting Amy + Sam’s wedding in Napa Valley, I had a day to kill the following day. I decided to take a short bi plane ride over the area to see what I could see. It was a great experience, and I’m so glad I did it. Afterwards, I headed out to a park near Oakland for a little hike in the woods. Then it was off for some food in San Fransisco and a beer at a pub, Sorry, no photos of the eating and drinking. Here are a few photos of my day. Enjoy!

  • Chad Pennington - Man, I wish I had time like that on my destination weddings.

    Good captures. How much was the biplane ride

  • Joe Payne - Great work, Todd! I’m a sucker for lines!

  • Wouterking - Great photography..

  • Wouterkingma - WOW!!!You are such a great professional wedding photographer.Your work is so wonderful…I love your works…

This blog post is LONG overdue! A little over two years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to Guatemala with my friend David M to photograph Kate + Ryan’s wedding. During my down time I was able to stroll around the city of Antigua and see what I could find. I love this city! SO colorful, the food was amazing, and the people so interesting. One day I will get back here, I just know it. I will follow up with some wedding guest impromptu “couple sessions”, Kate and Ryan’s wedding day, and then an epic hike up an active volcano! For now, here are a few snaps from around the city of Antigua.

  • Anni Bruno - That’s my husband’s ankle in that shoe-shining shot! Such an amazing place. Lovely to see these!!! xoxo Anni

  • David Mielcarek - Aaaah…good times! So many awesome memories and beautiful work here. I remember when you were patiently waiting to take the shot of the street lamp shadow and the red wall – when the woman was walking into the frame you said “I think I clicked too soon”… and then it turned out to be just perfect. Hope to do this again one day!

  • Todd Laffler - Thanks David! It really was an amazing trip, I can’t wait to return one day!

  • Rosemary Martinez - I totally love your work remind me my country Honduras”

  • Jerzy Modrak - These photos remind me of my trips to Cuba and Mexico. There is nothing like Latin America for a wedding.

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! 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.

  • 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.

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!

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.

I just got back from a wonderful vacation from Martha’s Vineyard with my family. We had an amazing time together and I can’t wait to blog it. However, I am behind on blogging weddings so this will have to be put on the back burner for now. So, I will only post a few for now, but will certainly revisit this down the road!

I couldn’t believe how vivid the stars were out where we were staying. This was taken about 50 yards from the “Writer’s Cottage” we rented, which was right on Deep Bottom Pond. Those splashes were from me throwing rocks into the water during a long exposure and lighting them with my head lamp.

  • katie barnes - oh my. that first shot is simply stunning! gorgeous work… can’t wait to scroll through the rest of your blog.



  • sha nay nay - todd. these are amazing.

  • Maureen Cassidy Photography - You are just so CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY good!!

  • Jessica - Wow! That first shot takes my breath away. Stunning. When are you selling prints?

  • jay - Speechless. The 2nd one blows me away.

  • Carey Nash - These are wonderful!!! Great stuff!

  • Vikki Bakus - A-m-a-z-i-n-g! If I ever go to Martha’s Vineyard, I’ll be disappointed coz your pics steal the scene.

  • Aunt Arlene - You’re work is awesome. What a talent you have. Keep up the good work.

  • Maggie McGill - LOVE the last image, it took me a few minutes to figure it out, the colors are gorgeous!

  • Todd Laffler - Thanks so much everyone! I can’t wait to come back to this when wedding season slows down a bit, I have a lot more to share.

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