What is ‘Golden Hour’?

Online dating headshot photographed during golden hour by NYC portrait photographer, Kelly Williams

If you have ever done a shoot with me, you know that I am always advocating to shoot during ‘golden hour’ – but what is it exactly and why is this time of day so important? Simply put, golden hour (a.k.a. ‘magic hour’) is the time just after sunrise and just before sunset when the sunlight is at its best.

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What to Have Ready When the Wedding Photographer Arrives

Bride and groom portrait after their Fordham University Church wedding

Every wedding I shoot always starts off in a scene of pure chaos. I knock on the hotel room door, say hello to the bride – who is normally getting her hair curled at the time – and start unpacking my cameras. The room is usually filled with the following: champagne glasses, uneaten morsels from breakfast, spanx, make up, and an overflowing suitcase with its contents all over the floor. I love it. So much kinetic energy that goes on behind the scenes before the polished and beautiful bride makes her graceful debut down the aisle. No one need ever know the scene that went on in the room just moments before.

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The NYC Photography Gallery Report: Chelsea Edition

My new year’s photography resolution for this year is to try and break out of a creative rut any which way I can. SLR Lounge recently had a good article on six ways to do just that. One of the article’s suggestions was to take a field trip.  And since visiting NYC’s numerous art galleries on a consistent basis has always been high up on my ‘to do’ list, yesterday I decided to take a field trip to Chelsea.

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For the Best Portrait Lens, (Focal Length) Size Matters

Engaged couple in Central Park

One question I always get when taking someone’s portrait is, ‘what’s with the big lens?’ The lens I use most often for portraits is my huge 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The lens is 7.8 inches long, and weighs a little over three pounds. It’s an arm workout for sure. That said, this lens is great for cutting down on distortion and makes for some great photos.

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How to Trim Your Wedding Guest List

A place setting photographed for an article on how to trim your guest list, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Baby, it’s cold outside here in New York City. What better way to stay warm then to remain inside the house spending time whittling down the guest list for your wedding? Well, maybe not, but for many of my clients just starting the process of planning their wedding, this is exactly how they are spending their time.  So, here are some tips for how to trim your wedding guest list:

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Is My Wedding Tax Deductible?: Maybe…

Candid photos from a Brooklyn rehearsal dinner to accompany an article on wedding tax deductions by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

It’s the start of the new year, and I am already trying to get my house in order, financially-speaking. As a small business owner, tax season comes four times a year, so I need to get everything ready in January. As I am compiling my own receipts, it got me thinking about the business side of your big day: are weddings tax-deductible?

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How to Have Fireworks at Your Event

A photo to accompany an article on how to have fireworks at your event, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you all are at a barbecue enjoying the day. I’m off to a party in Long Island City to watch the fireworks over the East River, but in the meantime, I thought you might be interested in what it would take to host your own private fireworks display.

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How to Take the Best Family Photos

Family fun beside the lake by NYC family photojournalist, Kelly Williams, for an article on how to take the best family photos

I hope you are all having a great start to your week!  Monday is over, so we only have the weekend to look forward to.  On that happy note, I wanted to share with you a few tips I have developed over the years for how to take the best family photos.

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