Connecticut & NYC Gay Wedding Photographer

I often get asked why I shoot DC weddings so often. I mean, I’m up here in Connecticut and NYC, why such a draw to DC? Easy answer: I was born and raised in Virginia and moved into my first apartment with Natalie in DC when I was 19. DC is home in so many ways: I went to art school there, Natalie’s family lived there for all of her childhood, my relationship turned marriage with Natalie started in DC. Natalie is a DC native- something not very many people can say. And living there for years, DC is really home for me in many ways.

So yes, I often travel to DC and make in my job to know all the new things and fun, secret places to shoot in the city. And sometimes a couple has a very clear vision in mind. Nothing secret but something actually very iconic but meaningful to them. The Kennedy Center has a feeling of being ‘huge’ and making you stop and stare at the long halls. I think a lot of that is because most kids growing up in the DC area went to the Kennedy Center all dressed up for a play or their free concert day. As a small kid, it’s just enormous. And that sticks with you.

But Jessica and Evan wandered the halls together with me, taking a cold, chilly day and enjoying being alone in the space. But CJ had to be included so we picked him up from doggy day care. It was Halloween and many a dog was passing us in adorable costumes. But CJ was just happy to squish Jessica and Evan in a massive cuddle pile in the leaves.

 

 

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“Ithaca is gorges” was printed on many of the tidbits for the wedding that were strewn around the hotel room. Ana and Beth love Ithaca and planned their wedding in the stalls of the very active farmers market by the water. That morning was slow, like getting up and ready for a Sunday brunch. Because they got ready together, everything was together which = much less stress. Ana zipped up Beth’s sequined gown and clapped her hands when Beth turned around. Ana jumped up and Beth couldn’t help but break into a giant grin.

Ceremonies are the official act you need to get married. It’s about these two loving people. But Ana and Beth looked out to their family and friends almost as much as they looked at each other. Their community was all there. And even as they looked out, they almost never stopped holding hands. Beth and Ana were used to being “in it” together. They looked around easily to help the other, make things fun and easier for both.

One of my favorite photos of them is during the ceremony when Beth brushed Ana’s hair back from her face while she was giving her vows. It’s something as a couple I’m sure Beth does all the time and that’s why I love it. Small gestures of love. Of wanting to hold and touch the other. Not the big grand gesture but the small, almost automatic things we do for a lifetime of love.

DOC/Planner: One of a Kind Events // Florist: Plenty of Posies // Caterer: Ithaca Bakery // Music: Evil City String Band // Dresses: Nordstrom and David’s Bridal
Alterations: Hage Tailor Shop // Headband: Etsy // Necklace: Ann Taylor // Invitations: SnailMail Designs // Glass Bottles: Luna Bazaar and One Kings Lane

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And Ana and Beth jumped into the photobooth with Natalie and I!dressing up silly brides kelly prizel

“Go in with a good attitude and don’t worry about what you look like in the shots. Let Kelly direct you and don’t second guess her. She can see what you look like. You can’t. You’re paying her for her eye, so let her use it.”- Michael and Trevor

I know there is a lot of “I’m a CAT person” or “I’m a DOG person” but as the furry mom to 3 rabbits, 2 cats and a dog, I vote for all of them. So I love getting to shoot couples who bring not just themselves but their furry family too. So Duncan, the adorable cocker spaniel, got to briefly meet my dog Finch as I plopped down on their blanket that was already stalking out a perfect shooting location next to the lake in Central Park. With it being so hot, we didn’t want to have to run around everywhere, so we ended up going only a few yards and still got all these great Central Park summer shots. The arch of the trees was perfect on the Central Park mall, and just the right amount of sunlight shone through the branches.

gay Connecticut gay wedding photographer “At our wedding we didn’t have a great shot with our dog, Duncan, so for this shoot we wanted to make sure we got good shots with him. We knew he was photogenic, but we were surprised at how well he did with the shoot and didn’t get distracted. I don’t know how many shots Kelly had to go through to get the fantastic ones she sent to us, but we were floored by how good he looked. He was truly a part of the shoot and not just a prop.”

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“I LOVE the picture of us with Duncan in the bike basket. The light was beautiful under the trees and Duncan looks super cute peeping out of the basket.”same sex couple kissing on central park benches engaged couple opening wine in central park for engagement gay guys holding each other for engagement shoot

What is something that you would do differently knowing what you know now?
Kelly initially wanted to do a sunrise shoot, but we are lazy and didn’t want to get up that early. After doing a hot, sweaty, August afternoon shoot, I think we should have taken her initial suggestion.

My venue was _____________ and it was the perfect place for:
The area near Bethesda fountain in Central Park and a few other nearby spots. It’s perfect for a multi-location look without having to trek around too far. Each area had a different look and they were mere steps apart.