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Marina and Michael – Pine Hollow Country Club

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07.May.2013

  PINE HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB EAST NORWICH, NEW YORK (LONG ISLAND) Marina and Michael’s review of the Photographs: “It was us, relaxed, happy…and most importantly un-posed, non-stiff, ourselves.”  Read more of there review here.  

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PINE HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB

EAST NORWICH, NEW YORK (LONG ISLAND)

Marina and Michael’s review of the Photographs: “It was us, relaxed, happy…and most importantly un-posed, non-stiff, ourselves.”  Read more of there review here.

 

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WPJA Award Winning Wedding Photographs

15.April.2013

It’s an honor to again be recognized by the Wedding Photojournalist Association Q4 2012 for two wedding photographs.  Thank you to Abby and Jason (first photograph below at the Liberty House) and Rubina and Ashish (second image below in Turks and Caicos) for trusting me to document their wedding day’s!   About the WPJA: “Since […]

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It’s an honor to again be recognized by the Wedding Photojournalist Association Q4 2012 for two wedding photographs.  Thank you to Abby and Jason (first photograph below at the Liberty House) and Rubina and Ashish (second image below in Turks and Caicos) for trusting me to document their wedding day’s!

 

About the WPJA:

“Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.”

Abby and Jason’s fall 2012 wedding ceremony under the setting sun of the New York City skyline at the Liberty House.

 

A post hurricane Sandy rogue waves crashes the wedding party portraits during Rubina and Ashish’s wedding in Turks and Caicos, October 2012.  Read more about this moment in “The Anatomy of a Moment”.

Other recent WPJA award winning images include:

Carolin and Oliver’s wedding dance in Plazzo Publicco, in the heart of Siena’s Campo in Tuscany, Italy:  http://rwagnerphotography.com/2012/03/26/wpja-award-winning-image-2/

 

Carolin and Oliver’s wedding, Carolin and Father, in Plazzo Publicco, in the heart of Siena’s Campo in Tuscany, Italy: http://rwagnerphotography.com/2012/01/02/wpja-award-winning-image/

 

Jennifer and Phil’s Test of Strength at Catignano Villa in Tuscany, Italy: http://rwagnerphotography.com/2011/09/09/wpja-italy-wedding-photography/

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We’ve been adopted!

08.March.2013

  What started off as a bike ride on a beautiful October Sunday along the Hudson river turned out to be a life changing event.   Chrystal (my wife) grew up with animals, sharing her life with her dad’s hunting dogs in rural North Carolina along with some very special house dogs as well, none […]

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What started off as a bike ride on a beautiful October Sunday along the Hudson river turned out to be a life changing event.   Chrystal (my wife) grew up with animals, sharing her life with her dad’s hunting dogs in rural North Carolina along with some very special house dogs as well, none more beloved than Buffy.  Buffy was Chrystal’s Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso mix of 17 years who passed away two years ago.  Buffy came into Chrystal’s life in high school and saw her through many of her life’s events including college and her move to NYC.  While we were dating Buffy would growl at me, perhaps sensing Chrystal’s competing affections between myself and her.  Once we were married Buffy and I became friends.

More recently, Chrystal’s favorite activity in the evenings had been logging onto petfinder.com each evening to review all of the adoptable dogs.  Although I was encouraging about the prospect of sharing our home with a dog, I was always a bit hesitant given our love for travel and the responsibility that lies with making a home for a dog.

Then there was Hudson…..The day Hudson chose us was a warm and sunny afternoon (a week before Sandy).  We prepped our bikes for a long ride up to the GW bridge from Hoboken and not a minute or two along our way to the waterfront we came across a large truck parked on the pier.  The city was sponsoring a pet event and several vendors were set up including an adoption truck that housed many animals in need of a home.  One side of the truck was glass and contained multiple kennels, mostly with cats and a few dogs.  I encouraged us to go over and take look, knowing how therapeutic it is for my wife to be around animals.  Chrystal was hesitant to approach, knowing her difficulty to walk away from these homeless animals without help.

We got closer to the truck and in one of the cages there was a white medium sized fur ball pacing back and forth.  He walked in figure eights in the small confines of his space, pausing to look out each time he faced the glass.   His hair was mix of pure white, with a touch of saffron and golden strands.  The volunteer who recognized our attraction to the dog encouraged us to “just take him for a walk”.  He needed exercise and some socializing and it seemed harmless to me.  I enthusiastically said yes but Chrystal again hesitated.  Before we knew it, we had locked up the bikes and were taking this puff ball of a dog for a walk.  There were many people out along the water front that day, a lot of whom were accompanied by their dogs.  As we walked this white incorrigible dog, he was respective and inquisitive to meet his canine companions and very social with their human care takers as well.  I think he was acting his best that day to impress.

Before we knew it, nearly an hour had passed on our walk.  We had been able to spend some time with this dog, observe his behavior and his relative care (he was well fed but severally matted).  As we reached to hand the leash back over to the volunteer, he mentioned that we could foster him until a new home was found.  Chrystal pulled me aside to discuss.  I was in favor of giving it a go, at least to foster, but she was torn, not knowing what would happen to this dog.  I had never had an animal companion before and was naïve of the prospect and responsibility that lay ahead of us were we to take him in.  Chrystal’s struggle was ended when the volunteer stated that the dog had not been neutered, an indication that he may be put to sleep if a suitable home was not found soon – a reality in a world in which only 50% of dogs ever find homes (the statistics for cats is staggeringly higher).  In a few minutes, after filing out the paperwork, we were on our way with this yet unnamed boy.  We scrambled to get to the pet store to gather provisions before the store closed. Our neighbor, whom had lost their dog earlier this year to old age, was gracious enough to give us a kennel and some other necessary supplies.

We had agreed to foster, but after a few days we knew there was no way we were going to give him up.  We named him Hudson after the river he found us on.  They say that hard work is the most fulfilling kind.  Although most of the time Hudson is nothing but a joy to be around, he is also a lot of work, of which there is no better kind.  He sits at my feet now, content and trusting after four months.  We look back at his struggles which get less day by day.  During the first week we took his crazy running around the house as play, but we now know that this is a sign when he is most stressed.  There have been sleepless nights of him barking at sounds unknown to him, some snapping at strangers that perhaps remind him of his past life and our stress of not knowing how he will react to visitors at our home or their reaction to him.  However, through it all, we know that we made the right decision that day by opening up our home to him.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, I encourage you to think about adoption first – it’s a commitment but well worth it!

Thank you to all those professionals and volunteers who rescue, care for and find homes for so many abandon animals.  If you are looking to adopt a dog, volunteer, donate or already have a pet, here are a few excellent resources:

Petfinder.com, great place to find a pet.

Northshore Animal League, world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.

Cornstone Pets, where Hudson gets his food and just about everything he needs.

You Lucky Dog, where Hudson gets pampered.

Hoboken Animal Infirmary, where Hudson gets excellent care.

Dog Vacay.com, where we found a person and a home to take care of Hudson when we travel, thanks Caitlyn!

 

Our best guess is that Hudson is a Tibetan Terrier or mix of Terrier.  Tibetan Terrier’s were originally breed by Tibetan monks in a forbidding climate high in the Himalayas’, no wonder Hudson loves the snow!

 

 

 

 

  • DONNA MARIE

    This is so cool ... reminds me of a recent post on our FB page -- http://goo.gl/yBZV5. Congratulations!!

  • Donna Berna

    What a wonderful heart warming story. Hudson is a very lucky fellow! Congrats Mom & Dad

  • Jenie Byrne

    I love Hudson!!! Congratulations!! Beautiful pictures!!!

Anatomy of a Moment: Caution you Might Get Soaked!

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26.February.2013

Rubina and Ashish knew from the beginning that they wanted to have their wedding in Turks and Caicos.  They had been to the Island for a vacation in the summer of 2011 and soon after they were planning their wedding on the white sandy beaches.  What they weren’t aware of at the time was how […]

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Rubina and Ashish knew from the beginning that they wanted to have their wedding in Turks and Caicos.  They had been to the Island for a vacation in the summer of 2011 and soon after they were planning their wedding on the white sandy beaches.  What they weren’t aware of at the time was how a storm named Sandy would impact their wedding weekend.    Turks and Caicos had been spared a direct hit by Sandy, which was just gaining strength when it passed through the Caribbean days prior to devastating parts of the North East, including Rubina and Ashish’s current town of Hoboken, New Jersey.

The winds on the island had been more than what was usual that time of year, but nothing that significantly effected the wedding.   The sangeet was held on the beach front the evening before and just after the ceremony ( which was moved from the planned location on the beach to a lawn with sea view in front of the hotel) Rubina and Ashish headed to the beach to get pictures with the bridal party but little did they know a few abnormally large waves would sweep the bridal party away!

 

A groomsmen takes a moment to draw a heart in the sand with Rubina and Ashish’s initials!  Note: Notice every’s ones attention is on the groomsmen.Indian wedding, grace bay (1)

Moments later a large wave breaks and washes over the heart drawing and bridal party up to their knees.  Rubina and Ashish had been tied together as part of their Indian ceremonial traditions.  Ashish instinctively moves up to dry land unknowing pulling Rubina forward! Indian wedding, grace bay (2)

As the bridal party realizes what has happened, smiles wash over their faces.  The good news is that their sari’s were made of a breathable material which dries fast.

 

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Most members of the bridal party lost their shoes in the surge, Rubina and Ashish reach higher ground.Indian wedding, grace bay (4)

One of my favorite pictures, Rubina looks forward into the future as the bridesmaids assess the damage and try to straighten and get the sand out of the dress.Indian wedding, grace bay (5)

The more formal part of the portrait session resumes.Indian wedding, grace bay (6)

Already wet, in such a beautiful place, the bridal party enjoys the warm water.Indian wedding, grace bay (7)

A smaller wave breaks.  If you look closely behind them a larger wave is building!Indian wedding, grace bay (8)

We’ve all experience being hit by a large wave…just not on a wedding day where we’re in the bridal party! Indian wedding, grace bay (9)

Completely over taken by the large wave, the elaborate sari’s are weighed down.  The gentlemen in the back has lost his pants!Indian wedding, grace bay (10)

Another of my favorites, some people are laughing others are in panic.  The bridesmaid in the middle gets stuck momentarily from the weight of water in her dress as well as being stepped on.  The groomsmen pull them out.Indian wedding, grace bay (11)Rubina, who was up on dry land finds humor in the bridal parties reactions. Indian wedding, grace bay (12)

 

 

A guest photographed me catching these wonderful moments.  I lost my sandals as well!Indian wedding, grace bay (13)

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Grand Central Terminal Turns 100!

21.February.2013

It’s been over a hundred years this month since the first train passed through Grand Central Terminal.   Even before I moved to New York back in 2002 the beauty and nostalgia of Grand Central came to life through the iconic photographs that makes up the lure of New York City.    To think it has more […]

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It’s been over a hundred years this month since the first train passed through Grand Central Terminal.   Even before I moved to New York back in 2002 the beauty and nostalgia of Grand Central came to life through the iconic photographs that makes up the lure of New York City.    To think it has more then once considered for demolition!  The photographs of Grand Central throughout the years stand as a great testament to the power of photography and its ability to not only capture a place and time but the essence of what it was like to actually be there.  I can taste the coal dust and imagine myself wearing a proper top coat and hat if I were passing through during those early days.  The Atlantic ® has put together a wonderful gallery of some of the great iconic Grand Central photographs, which can be seen here.

I’ve been lucking enough to capture a few memories for several couples I’ve worked for whom found inspiration in Grand Central.  Here are a few photographs from those moments, starting with a recent feature in the Knot.

 

 

  

 

Jassi and Cara’s New York City engagement Session in Grand Central, To see more photographs and read about the session see Merci new york’s blog.

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I was lucking enough to work with Bill to capture his proposal to Jen in Grand Central.  I later photographed their wedding, read more about their proposal here.

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Lisa and Chris’s engagement session, who’s wedding i’m photographing in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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