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Snow Day

09.February.2013

Just up the hill from where I live over looking the mid-town skyline lies Steven’s College.  With the combination of snowfall, bright blue sky and rosy check smiling children with sleds; Steven’s hill came alive.  It reminded me very much of my own childhood growing up in Vermont, where weekly snowfalls this time of year […]

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Just up the hill from where I live over looking the mid-town skyline lies Steven’s College.  With the combination of snowfall, bright blue sky and rosy check smiling children with sleds; Steven’s hill came alive.  It reminded me very much of my own childhood growing up in Vermont, where weekly snowfalls this time of year were a normal occurrence.

The panoramic is a compilation of several images, look closely at the two girls on the left, just above them is the same boy in green parka that is in the center of the image.  You can see a larger version of the panorama here.

 

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Winter Wedding!

04.February.2013

Alexis pauses for  a moment before heading to the ceremony.

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Alexis pauses for  a moment before heading to the ceremony.

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Engaged- Gina and Anthony

07.June.2012

I’m excited to share Gina and Anthony’s engagement session!  Anthony proposed to Gina on the roof of their mid-town apartment (pictured below) earlier this year and I had the privilege taking them back there for their engagement session.  Sometimes engagement sessions can be a little cliche, but with Gina and Anthony they decided to stick […]

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I’m excited to share Gina and Anthony’s engagement session!  Anthony proposed to Gina on the roof of their mid-town apartment (pictured below) earlier this year and I had the privilege taking them back there for their engagement session.  Sometimes engagement sessions can be a little cliche, but with Gina and Anthony they decided to stick with what was meaningful to them…where they got engaged, favorite corners of central park and their favorite brunch restaurant (The Grey Dog).  No need to give much direction when you get genuine smiles in front of the camera!

         

Married! Surita and Richard

14.May.2012

Upon rollin’ hills, between vineyards and olive groves, with the scent of rosemary and lavender and warm friends and family and Italian on the tongue a marriage began…                 Castello Vicarello was also the location of Mario Testino’s Vogue shoot in early 2011.

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Upon rollin’ hills, between vineyards and olive groves, with the scent of rosemary and lavender and warm friends and family and Italian on the tongue a marriage began…

 

    

     

  

Castello Vicarello was also the location of Mario Testino’s Vogue shoot in early 2011.

  • Helga

    you are the best photographer ever! I am glad that I know you!

Weather or knot!

04.May.2012

This past year was a year of extreme weather.  From excessive rain, even a hurricane, to an early surprise snow, couples in 2011 had their share of weather, especially on Saturdays!  One of the most important qualities a photographer can bring to each wedding, especially in New York, is a calm presence and confidence that, […]

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This past year was a year of extreme weather.  From excessive rain, even a hurricane, to an early surprise snow, couples in 2011 had their share of weather, especially on Saturdays!  One of the most important qualities a photographer can bring to each wedding, especially in New York, is a calm presence and confidence that, despite the weather or anything that does not go exactly as planned, you can still count on great pictures and meaningful moments that are captured for a lifetime.   Below are stories about how weather affected three couples who I had the pleasure to work with last year.

Jennifer and Kevin’s Wedding during August’s hurricane Irene at the W Hoboken.

The view early in the day from Jen’s W Hoboken Suite.  Irene descends on lower Manhattan and Hoboken!

Despite the impending storm, Jen was ready on time even walked to the Church from the hotel a few blocks away.   Throughout the day and early evening the clouds thickened, and maybe there was some worry, but the rain held off and we even did some portraits al fresco.

Inside, the wedding went off flawless, here the flower girls began the ceremony procession.

When it comes down to it, weddings are about the people, the connections they have, their relationships and how they share their love and emotions.   Although dozen’s of guests cancelled, some came to the wedding and not reception, or left after the first hour of the reception, Jennifer and Kevin got so share this moment.  It’s one of my favorites of the year – all the guests and family that stayed to the end together for one last impromptu picture, each person is celebrating in their own way.  Most importantly the couple enjoyed a beautiful day with the ones they love.

Preparedness is key.  In addition to the orange sand bags put in place to prevent rising tides from entering from the Hudson river, the hotel also implemented a plan for guest, including to have beds ready for all guests and staff in the event they could not leave the hotel.  The staff at the W Hotel in Hoboken were nothing more than amazing.  When the wedding ended, I was concerned about the preservation of the files during my commute home and spent time backing up every file up, leaving a copy at the hotel prior to walking home in the two inch an hour torrential down pour.

Lilia and Rich, October snow storm at St. Patricks Cathedral, Per Se

Lilia and Rich had planned a classic New York affair having their ceremony in the heart of midtown at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  As Lilia completed the finishing touches of her hair and makeup and put on her dress. it began to rain outside.  It was late October and had been as high at 80 degrees just a few days earlier.  The trees were still green in central park with some signs of fall color and as we left to head to the church from the Waldorf Astoria where Lilia was getting ready, it began to rain harder.   With all the guests and Rich and Lilia inside the church and the hour ceremony began.    Joyously, after exchanging vows, Rich and Lilia walked down the isle and, as the church staff opened the doors, they and all the guests gasped at the snow streaming sideways in the street outside.

It was only a few feet between the church doors and the waiting car, but snow it did! 

Once safely in the car, Rich reached to put his arm around Lilia, his cold hands on her bear back! 

The scene from across the street. 

The classic Rolls Royce that the couple hired had a great heater but no windshield wipers!  The driver had to jump out at each light to wipe off snow and ice so he could see where to drive down 5th Avenue.  Once at Per Se the couple and guests were warmed by the sounds of the Mariachi Band

Jenny and Phil, June rain showers, Tuscan Villa Wedding, Italy

As often is the weather in the Tuscan Country side just outside Siena in the summer, light rain showers are regular.  This is great for agriculture and the reason that this region is such a great place for wine growers but can also lead to some damp weddings.  Jenny, Phil and her bridesmaid wait for a passing rain shower before the start of their ceremony.

Just after the ceremony the rain showers began again.  However, since their wedding was a destination wedding and all of the guests were traveling, the day was flexible and the minor rain showers allowed the couple to spend a lot time mingling with guests. 

One of the benefits of overcast skies and recent rain is beautiful skin tones and bright green foliage. 

  • Antonio Bortolotti

    Fabulous! As always Robert, your portraits convey inspiring feelings and wonderful emotions. Proud our home in Sardinia, Italy could be part of it. Antonio & Cristina @ www.casateulada.com

  • Jim Unger

    Love this montage of bad weather pictures!! Regardless of the weather surprises, you can tell each day was still perfect! Excellent job capturing it all! Thanks for sharing!

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