Ali celebrated her milestone this past weekend at Radnor, PA (The Inn at Villanova University). The decor of the reception was amazingly done with a lounge area for the kids. The night was filled with gathering of family and friends, a lot of dancing, including a performance by Ali herself and some backup dancers. The dance floor was certainly packed all night. Mazel Tov Ali!
Dana & John celebrated their best day ever on the first day of fall. At the Philmont Country Club, we took the golf carts out to the course to do their first look. The weather was beautiful, not too hot and not too cold. Everyone looked amazing!
Ring: Winthrop Jewelers
Officiant: Rev Bob Devine
Flowers: Precious Petals
DJ: In the Mix, Harry McCloskey
It’s September 9, 2018 and the weather at Penn’s Landing was windy, rainy, and cold. Our client Brian reached out to us a month ago to plan this proposal and while the day was not ideal for photography, our equipment held up to Hurricane Florence on this day. It takes commitment and loyalty to gather a group of friends to willingly stand out in the rain/cold during the hurricane. The proposal was a success; check out some candid shots of the day.
We love being able to use our skills and talents to give back to our community. We had a great time offering our services to ADNN (Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast). Brandon Holiday, Executive Director of ADNN, organized a full day of sports activities including kayaking, wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, and many more activities for children and adults with disabilities.
Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast is constantly looking for volunteers so donate a little bit of your time to make a world of difference in people’s lives. Visit www.adnnec.org for more information.
We had the pleasure of covering the launch of Thy Kingdom Crumb, a non-profit community initiative established by Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation and The Connect Church. Their ultimate goal is to reach out to various communities and provide food for all people while demonstrating the love of God.
Donate or learn about Thy Kingdom Crumb.
“It’s on us…’cause he loves you”
Hope & Love
So you're about ready to pop the question to your significant other. The diamond ring is in place and now it's time to decide on where to make this happen. Our client Sean decided that the view of Center City would be an epic way to propose to his long time girlfriend and now Fiance. He made this happen on the balcony of XIX of Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Let's just say this was an unforgettable experience for us too as it was blazing 95 degrees outside. Nonetheless, we were able to get some amazing shots sneaking behind some bushes in the small balcony.
So you’ve just finalized your venue and date and now have the daunting task of picking out a DJ, caterer, event planner, oh, and yes, of course a photographer. Hey!!
Generally, the main question to be answered is how many photographers do I need? 1 or 2 or.....7. Haha, I’m kidding about seven, though it’s not unusual for us to take 3 or 4 for a large South Asian wedding.
Most typical couples must decide between one and two photographers, and I almost always (86% of the time) push them towards two. There’s a few key reasons for this.
On your big day, what usually happens is the groom and bride are getting ready simultaneously at two different locations. So, if you want pictures of the dress hanging in the window, the bride getting ready, AND all the groomsmen shenanigans (cigars, shots, slip n slides— yes it’s happened) then you need two photographers.
Another reason to have two photographers is for optimal ceremony coverage. When vows are being exchanged, you want coverage of both the bride and groom. When he sees you walking down the aisle for the first time, we need to see his face. When mom gives her speech, we want the guests' reactions captured. So many things are happening simultaneously during the wedding ceremony that need to be documented.
Also, during cocktail hour, usually the primary shooter is taking family portraits, but a second photographer is able to catch all the excitement happening during cocktail hour.
Furthermore, a second shooter allows you to get different perspectives of important wedding events. For example if you want a shot of you walking down the aisle, but an elevated shot from the balcony as well, a second shooter is needed. Also, if you are the type of bride that wants multiple angles of the first kiss, or dual coverage of both your faces for reactions during your vows, the second shooter is worth it.
In summary, many couples elect to have a second shooter, but it all depends on your needs and budget. If bride and groom reactions, different perspectives and dual coverage of the getting ready portion of the day is important to you, I say definitely get it. If that’s not as big a deal, we can work on ways to organize your wedding timeline to maximize the ability of a single photographer to capture most of the day. As I tell my clients, there will be some things missed, but a single photographer will be able to capture a large portion of the day’s festivities.
I went back to my 2016-17 brides and collected data on a large majority of them as it has been said, “experience is the best teacher.” Here’s a breakdown of my weddings last year by the number of photographers.
Out of those couples that chose not to have a second shooter, here were their reasons why:
Finally, I asked, in retrospect, do you think a second shooter would have been helpful:
In conclusion, most wedding couples have told me that not spending more on their photography was one of their biggest regrets. Countless times, we’ve had to “stage cake cuttings” or “fake a toast” just to cram everything into a couple’s allotted time. It may seem a large investment, but remember, the photos/video are the only things left 10 years later, and your wedding album will be handed down for generations.
We've been in the business for a number of years and seen many extravagant weddings. Once in a while, we come across a couple that would much rather celebrate their marriage in a more laidback manner. Emma & Ave tied the knot at the Historic St. Peters Church in Olde City inviting 30 of their closest friends and family. The couple held their reception at The Olde Bar formerly the Bookbinder Building. The reception focused on intimate social gathering of family and friends without traditional dances or DJ.
This past December, we photographed Zach's proposal to Cara. While it was freezing cold, they had all the elements for perfect winter photography. It was the perfect proposal with fluffy white snow, Christmas lights, and a committed man on bended knee to his future wife.
Fast forward 6 months, we are now capturing their engagement photos along with their precious dog Galaxy at the Philadelphia Art Museum and Waterworks. We finished the night at Race Street Pier for some amazing blue hour photos under the Ben Franklin Bridge.
What's the number one fear of planning a wedding? Most would say it's rain. Although it was basically a downpour for the most part of their wedding day, Kristin & Harry still had the best time of their lives. We were able to take our bride and groom outside for some beautiful photos during periodic drizzle and halts of the rain. It was a day filled with love, laughter, joy, and unforgettable moments with ceremony at the Ambler Church of the Brethren followed by reception at The Warrington.
Falling in love is a wonderful experience. Finding love may not be easy but once found, love has the power of brightening everything around you. We loved showcasing the love of Emmanuel & Princy under the natural golden light. This wonderful couple is ready to be married in 3 weeks and embrace a brand new journey of moving into our lovely city of Philadelphia. It was a pleasure to be able to work with them and introduce them to Race Street Pier and City Hall during the engagement shoot.
After marriage, the next milestone in a couple's life is bringing a new life to this world. There's no better way to celebrate this special moment than capturing a glowing mother-to-be through a maternity shoot. The couple chose Shufoso Japanese House & Garden because it offered a beautiful and peaceful backdrop. Shufoso is located near Fairmount Park at the heart of the City of Philadelphia.
Longwood Gardens is one of our most popular engagement photography destinations. Many of our couples choose it for different reasons. We always end up with a variety of amazing images. We had a great time photographing Hilary and James during the sunset golden hours just one hour before Longwood Gardens closes.
Pierre S. Du Pont House
I'll follow you
Wherever you go...
Cherry blossom is a national flower for Japan, also known as Sakura. It represents the beauty of life. Every year during this time, Washington, DC becomes a major tourist attraction because of the cherry blossoms festival. Luckily, cherry blossom trees are widely distributed in our beautiful city of Philadelphia as well. We took advantage of this blossom season to photograph Gokhan & Naciye's engagement along Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park overlooking the Schuylkill River. A beautiful day with just enough wind to blow the blossom petals in the air for a magical scene.
It's that time of year, PROM SEASON! J&J Studios gathered a few fine young ladies for some fun glamorous prom mini sessions showcasing Bernedette Herder's amazing evening gowns. Our beautiful young models include Jen, Destiny, Jada, and Allyson. Makeup Artists Quran Hayes, Caitlin Levin, and Rebecca Bolger made our models look spectacularly beautiful!
Here's a look at some of the photos from the shoot.
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN...
I finally have the time to blog a wedding that happened 2 years ago. Our minimalist bride and groom opted to have their wedding in their parent's backyard located in Ambler, PA. This likely saved them at least $10,000 on having to host their wedding at a normal venue. The bride was minimal with flowers as decor and used baby breath/white roses for the bouquet (another $3-$5K saved). No wedding party, just a the best man and maid of honor by their sides while they said "We Do." They kept it simple and yet the one thing I remembered most about their wedding was the reception. Everyone packed the dance floor despite the humidity and the rain. At the end of the day, what matters the most is everyone had a great time and the photos certainly captured it all.
The reception was most certainly LIT and TURNT UP!
THE LOWEST DIP WE'VE EVER SEEN!
And the evening concludes...
We love offbeat brides with unique wedding ideas. They are non-traditional, creative, and filled with imagination. We had the opportunity to photograph Marnee + Rich's Renaissance wedding at the Carriage House in Galloway, NJ. Galloway may be a small town but there is nothing small about Marnee + Rich's wedding.
The details are as unique as one can imagine...
The offbeat bride - nothing ordinary about this one...
The Guests, they most certainly showed up!
The most important thing in the world is family and love. We had the pleasure of photographing The Lee Family's portraits in our studio. It took a little to get them loosened up in front of the camera but we eventually were able to get some fun and natural smiles from everyone.
love for her daughter is always pure and unconditional
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IS YOURS TO CONQUER
Like a mom, only cooler.
Shopping for a wedding gown is probably one of the most fun experience during the wedding planning shenanigans. So you've spent 1K-2K, if not 5K on your wedding gown, is it worth that much money if you only wear it one time? But do you have to wear it only one time? Our recent bride said NO...I want to wear it again for a bride/groom portrait photoshoot.
In the middle of March and just right after the great Nor'easter snow storm, Longwood Gardens was the perfect spot for spring yet wintery photos. The snow storm dropped close to a foot of snow at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA which created a winter wonderland backdrop for us. The inside of the greenhouse observatory of Longwood Gardens was filled with beautiful orchids and spring flowers.
Our recent bride and groom will tell you NO, you don't have to. How much you spend depends on what's important to you as a couple. Beautiful photos are the best way to remember the most important day of your life. Wedding photography was certainly top priority when budgeting for spending on this couple's wedding day.
Here's a simple yet elegant ceremony and lunch of 20 of our bride/groom's most important guests at Carlucci's Waterfront Restaurant with live acoustics. Reception is at the comfort of their own home decorated with twinkle lights all around the walls.