A Central Park Conservatory Garden Wedding

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The Conservatory Garden is the crown jewel of Central Park. Covering just six acres, the stunning formal garden includes a manicured lawn, two tree-covered walkways, and an epically beautiful walled flower garden, complete with koi pond. The NYC Parks Department knows the value of their real estate, and they keep the garden in tip-top shape. But such beauty has a price, and there are certain hoops you have to jump through in order to get married here. So in today’s blog, I tell you everything you need to know to plan your Central Park Conservatory Garden wedding, from permits to photo locations and everything in between.

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Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas

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In all honesty, just about anything could be defined as a centerpiece for a table. The purpose of a centerpiece is to provide a focus for the table setting and illustrate the event theme in terms of color or style. And while most people opt for floral arrangements, I’ve had clients who are allergic to flowers or simply don’t want to go to the expense. I think you’ll find that after food and the venue, flowers are the most expensive item in any event budget. With that in mind, I have put together a list of some non-floral centerpiece ideas as illustrated by Rokaya and Keith’s fantastic Housing Works Bookstore Café wedding this past weekend.

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Bronx Zoo Wedding Venue Update

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Today’s blog post is going to be a bit of a Bronx Zoo wedding venue update. I recently had the pleasure of photographing Kristyn and Chris’s beautiful Bronx Zoo wedding – and while this is my third time at the venue – there are a few administrative requirements that you need to be aware of before booking the zoo as your wedding venue. So let’s get caught up on what’s new at the Bronx Zoo and enjoy the photos from Kristyn and Chris’s wedding.

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High Line Family Portrait Tips

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How to Get the Best Photos on the High Line

Representing both NYC’s past and its future, the High Line is one of the city’s best attractions. The 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan lures in both tourists and locals alike, and it is a frequent location request for portrait shoots. But with over five million annual visitors and very little space to escape the masses, you need a plan so you can get the most out of your photo shoot here. In today’s blog post I will be sharing with you photos from Peggy, Mark and Phoebe’s recent portrait session and the High Line family portrait tips I used to capture the day.

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Do You Need a Permit to Get Married in Central Park?

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Yes…and no.  How to Plan a Wedding in Central Park.

After taking a few months off for social media summer vacation, I am back and wanted to share with you my latest wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Matthew and Travis this past week in Central Park. We lucked out with weather and crowds, and the result was some amazing photos in a (mostly) hidden spot right past Bow Bridge (a.k.a., ‘Bow Bridge beach’). I want you all to learn from Matthew and Travis’s good fortune, so in today’s blog I tell you everything you need to know about how to planning a wedding in NYC’s most visited park.  So let’s start by answering the question, ‘do you need a permit to get married in Central Park?’

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The Best Family Portrait Poses

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Strategies for looking natural in front of the camera as a family

As you know, I am not a fan of stiff, boring poses. I would much rather let my portrait subjects be free to be themselves in front of my lens. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get people to look and feel natural while being photographed. So in this week’s blog post, I reveal how I structure a shoot and give you my list of my best family portrait poses that are guaranteed to get a relaxed smile out of any family member.
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Wedding Photography Timeline Tips

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‘How Long Should My Wedding Photos Take?’

This is the question I always get asked by couples taking a first stab at their wedding day schedule. While no one wants their photography to take all day, photographing certain groups of people does take a certain amount of time. And in general, the longer the amount of time allotted the better the photos. In today’s blog post I unravel the mysteries of what goes into planning the schedule for your big day with a few wedding photography timeline tips.

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Beyond Belly-Cupping: Modern Maternity Portrait Tips

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For most moms-to-be, the maternity portrait session is a tricky affair. How do you take a good photo when you are not feeling the most comfortable?  Further, how do you strike a balance between showing off the miraculous state of your body without making your stomach the entire star of the show?  In today’s blog post I tackle these questions and offer a few modern maternity portrait tips to help you glow in front of the camera.

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Band vs. DJ

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Things to Consider When Selecting Your Wedding Musicians

Music can make or break any type of party, but it is particularly true in the case of weddings. As an outsider looking in – and someone who attends at least 20 weddings a year – I have a unique perspective on the issues you should consider when selecting your wedding entertainment. In today’s blog post I’ll give you a list of pros and cons in the band vs. DJ debate to help your event planning process not end on a sour note.

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