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Albany, Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain Wedding Photographer | Aperture Photography

Aperture Photography Albany, Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, Saugerties, Kingston Wedding Photographers

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The Great Debate

Aperture Photoraphy Photojournist Wedding Example The Great Debate Wedding Photojournalists vs. Editorial Wedding Photography

Photojournalists, true photojournalists, are there at your wedding to find a story, and document that in images as a story, one with cohesion, one with emotion, one with reaction. That’s what we do, tell stories with pictures and I love it! The old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and those words are different for everyone.

Style is everything, especially when it’s your wedding album and it’s your day. When meeting with clients, I am very specific on defining my style both through viewing my portfolios (I show both my journalism and wedding portfolios) so as to not have any client misunderstandings.

Editorial Wedding Photography has a bit more of a fashion.  Some shots are staged and lit for the reason to get a stunning magazine type shot.  Who would not want some shots like that?

The key is a blend depending on the bride and grooms taste and personality.  Aperture Photography will provide that blend.  Please take a look at our work and you will see.

Jill & Ken at 11 North Peral in Albany, NY

What a beautiful full day in Albany, NY.  The bride was dressed in perfect elegance.  The wedding had it all, a mix of class, formality and fun.  It all started in a beautiful suite on State Street. Then a formal high mass at St. Francis of Assisi.  Topped off at the fantastic 11 North Pearl of Albany, NY.  Aperture Photography is was glad to be a part of it.

It's all in the details ! Acra Manor, in the Catskills

It is hard to find time to blog this time of year.  Here is just a tease.  There is more to come. We spend so much time shooting and editing in Photoshop.  I know a wedding takes at least 60 hours to edit.  I know it seems like a lot, but I am picky and want everything to be the best. Here is a little tease from Acra Manor.  They are so nice and everything was fabulous.  The food was so good.

A great article on the history and styles of wedding photography. (from Wikipedia)

The tradition of the ringsWedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for announcements, portrait displays, or thank you cards) as well as coverage of the wedding and reception (sometimes referred to as the wedding breakfast in non-US countries). It is a major commercial endeavor that supports the bulk of the efforts for many photography studios or independent photographers. Like the technology of photography itself, the practice of wedding photography has evolved and grown since the invention of the photographic art form in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.[1] In fact, an early photograph, recorded some 14 years after the fact, may be a recreation for the camera of the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. However, in the early days of photography, most couples of more humble means did not hire a photographer to record the actual wedding itself. Until the later half of the 19th century, most people didn’t pose for formal wedding photos during the wedding. Rather, they might pose for a formal photo in their best clothes before or after a wedding. In the late 1860s, more couples started posing in their wedding clothes or sometimes hired a photographer to come to the wedding venue. (See the gallery at White wedding.)

Due to the nature of the bulky equipment and lighting issues, wedding photography was largely a studio practice for most of the late 19th century. Over time, technology improved, but many couples still might only pose for a single wedding portrait. Wedding albums started becoming more commonplace towards the 1880s, and the photographer would sometimes include the wedding party in the photographs. Often the wedding gifts would be laid out and recorded in the photographs as well.[2] At the beginning of the 20th century, color photography became available, but was still unreliable and expensive, so most wedding photography was still practiced in black and white. The concept of capturing the wedding "event" came about after the Second World War. Using film roll technology and improved lighting techniques available with the invention of the compact flash bulb, photographers would often show up at a wedding and try to sell the photos later. Despite the initial low quality photographs that often resulted, the competition forced the studio photographers to start working on location.

Initially, professional studio photographers might bring a lot of bulky equipment, thus limiting their ability to record the entire event. Even "candid" photos were more often staged after the ceremony. In the 1970s, the more modern approach to recording the entire wedding event started evolving into the practice as we know it today, including a more "documentary" style of photography.[3] Contents

1 Technology 2 Approaches 3 Albums, prints, and other products 4 Profession 5 Professional organizations 6 See also 7 References

Technology Photographer rehearses taking a critical wedding photo, using her assistant here as a model, in later light on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA.

During the film era, photographers favored color negative film and medium-format cameras, especially by Hasselblad. Today, many more weddings are photographed with digital SLR cameras as the digital convenience provides quick detection of lighting mistakes and allows creative approaches to be reviewed immediately.

In spite of diminishing film use, some photographers continue to shoot with film as they prefer the film aesthetic, and others are of the opinion that negative film captures more information than digital technology, and has less margin for exposure error. Certainly true in some cases, it should be noted that exposure latitude inherent in a camera's native Raw image format (which allows for more under- and over- exposure than JPEG[4]) varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. All forms of RAW have a degree of exposure latitude which exceeds slide film - to which digital capture is commonly compared.[citation needed]

Currently, it is fair to say that many professional labs have a greater capacity to provide services in post-production for film compared with digital[citation needed], such as quickly generating adequate prints in the event of some over- or under- exposure. This should change over time, with manufacturers like Kodak announcing a commitment to further develop streamlined services in the area of professional digital lab output.

Technology has evolved with the use of remote triggers and flashes. Wedding photographers are now able to take advantage of traveling light and having the ability to use creative lighting. Approaches Bride and groom photo session at sunset A photojournalistic wedding image capturing the drama of a bride tossing her bouquet of flowers.

There are two primary approaches to wedding photography that are recognized today: Traditional and Photojournalistic. Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control interaction on the day of the wedding. A Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid images with little photographer interaction. These are two extremes and many of today's photographers will fall somewhere in the middle of these two styles.

A third style that is becoming more popular is a fashion-based approach. In contemporary/fashion-based wedding photography, photojournalist will combine candid images of the events of the day with posed images that are inspired by editorial fashion photography as would be found in magazines like Vogue or Vanity Fair. This style often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

A fourth style that is popular in Asian countries, especially in China, is wedding studio photography (Chinese: 婚纱摄影; pinyin: hūn shā shè yǐng). Typically, couples will select a studio in a similar manner as western couples select a wedding photographer. They will then make an appointment with the studio for either in-studio or location shoot, which is becoming popular in recent years, to do "glamour wedding shots". In attendance will be a hair stylist and make-up artist in addition to the photographer and the couple. The couple will go through many changes of clothing and backgrounds in a similar manner to the fashion based approach. Wedding photography with a photojournalistic approach. There is an emphasis on conveying an emotion within one's wedding day. Bride has thrown her bouquet and the catch was captured with bridesmaid in mid air. Verdi Club Fresno, CA.

The term contemporary wedding photography is used to describe wedding photography that is not of a traditional nature. The emphasis in contemporary photography is to capture the story and atmosphere from the day, so the viewer has an appreciation of what the wedding was like, rather than a series of pre-determined poses. This term can be mistaken for meaning any photograph that is not posed or formal. The advent and advancement of digital cameras (and increased use of the internet) means that many people can offer their services as a wedding photographer, but contemporary wedding photography is more than taking informal photographs and involves the use of composition, lighting, and timing to capture photographs that have a strong visual appeal.

There is some uncertainty over what constitutes contemporary and how this differs from other forms of wedding photography. The PSA Journal, March 1994, records a debate on this subject.[5]. This highlights the difficulty with the word contemporary when defining photographic expression, as some feel this term is not sufficiently defined. For example, is photojournalism contemporary or is it different? Photojournalism is easier to define, as the term infers the photography is by its nature similar to journalism, where the emphasis is upon reporting and recording events in a newsworthy manner, whereas contemporary may include an element of photojournalism but is not exclusively that style of photography.

However, the landscape of Wedding Photography has constantly evolved, it is a creative discipline and those proponents at the leading edge of the industry are constantly feeding new ideas into the photographic community. As a result trends[6] will develop, mostly based around the core elements discussed. Some will be transitory while others will remain a traditional part. Albums, prints, and other products A bride arriving at the venue, with her father also in the car. The black and white texture, together with her expression, and the composition of the photograph make for a picture that evokes some of the emotion from the day.

A contemporary wedding photographer will usually provide some or all of the following:

Indoor photography at a church, temple, or other private venue during the ceremony and reception. Outdoor photography (often at a park, beach, or scenic location on the day of the wedding and/or for engagement photos). Both posed and candid (photojournalistic) shots of the wedding couple and their guests at the religious or civil ceremony, and the reception that follows. Formal portraiture in the studio (for either the wedding and/or the engagement photos). Digital services, such as digital prints or slides shows. Albums (either traditional matted albums or the more contemporary flush mount type of album).

The range of deliverables that a wedding photographer presents is varied. There is no standard as to what is included in a wedding coverage or package, so products vary regionally and from across photographers, as do the number of images provided.

Most photographers provide a set of proofs (usually unretouched, edited images) for the clients to view. Photographers may provide hard copy proofs in the form of 4x5 or 4x6 prints, a "magazine" of images with thumbnail sized pictures on multiple pages, an online proof gallery, images on CD or DVD in the form of a gallery or a slideshow, or a combination of the above. Some photographers provide these proofs for the client to keep, and some photographers require the client to make final print choices from the proofs and then return them or purchase them at an additional cost. A sample two-page spread from a contemporary flush mount wedding album.

There are a wide variety of albums and manufacturers available, and photographers may provide traditional matted albums, digitally designed "coffee table" albums, contemporary flush mount albums, hardbound books, scrapbook style albums, or a combination of any of the above. Albums may be included as part of a pre-purchased package, or they may be added as an after-wedding purchase. Not all photographers provide albums; some may prefer to provide prints and/or files and let clients make their own albums.

Most photographers allow clients to purchase additional prints for themselves or their families. Many photographers now provide online sales either through galleries located on their own websites or through partnerships with other vendors. Those vendors typically host the images and provide the back end sales mechanism for the photographer; the photographer sets his or her own prices and the vendor takes a commission or charges a flat fee.

Some photographers are also including high resolution files in their packages. These photographers allow their clients limited rights to reproduce the images for their personal use, while retaining the copyright. Not all photographers release files and those who do will most likely charge a premium for them, since releasing files means giving up any after wedding print or album sales for the most part.

The owner of the pictures' copyright is often explicitly stated in the contract for photographic services.[7] Without such explicit statement, the owner of the pictures' copyright will depend on the country involved as copyright laws vary from country to country. Photographers who do not retain copyright of the images often charge more for their services. In these cases, the photographer provides the client with the digital images as part of the wedding package. The client then has unrestricted use of the images and can print any that they may desire. Profession This section may contain original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding references. Statements consisting only of original research may be removed. More details may be available on the talk page. (November 2007) A bride and groom are posed for this location shot using available lighting during the pre-twilight moments of the day due to the desirable soft lighting effects.

The wedding photography industry is home to some respected names within the photography industry, some of whom were listed in PopPhoto's Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World.[8] These figures represent the historical rise of wedding photojournalism, fashion, couture-style portraits, and all digital work-flow.

As a wedding is a one-time event, the photographer must be prepared for the unexpected. Shooting a wedding is both exhausting and invigorating as the photographer is constantly looking for good angles and opportunities for candid shots. Communication and planning time-lines before the event will alleviate many of the stresses associated with photographing a wedding. The ability to tactfully take charge also helps - particularly when photographing large groups or families - a common expectation after the ceremony. Having a run list with all of the expected shots is also a useful tool. A photographer may work with an assistant who can carry equipment, arrange guests, and assist with clothing adjustments or holding of reflectors.

Some wedding photographers have an office or studio which can double as a retail photography studio. In bigger cities, one might find dedicated wedding studios that only shoot weddings and may have large studios equipped with make-up, hair, and gowns ready for the bride to wear. Other wedding photographers work out of a home studio, preferring to photograph on location. Professional organizations

Organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) support the art and business of wedding photography. WPJA awards an annual Photographer of the Year Award to recognize the best in wedding photojournalism. The most recent winners include: Carlo Carletti (2009), Franck Boutonnet (2008) and Ben Chrisman (2007). Standards and requirements for professional organizations vary, but membership often indicates a photographer is insured (if they should lose or ruin a large number of images, they can compensate such errors for their clients). Professional organizations offer training, professional competition, and support to members, as well as directory services to help with marketing. In the UK the main governing bodies of wedding photography are The National Photographic Society, British Institute of Professional Photographers, the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and the Master Photographers Association.

Why Should We Take Engagement Photos?

There are many reasons it is important to take engagement photos once you have become engaged.  An engagement session with your photographer is without a doubt one of the greatest services you and your fiancé can take advantage of prior to your wedding. As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is a valuable tool every couple should utilize or insist upon.  Some couples may feel it’s a waste of time or is not necessary, however there are many valuable reasons why you will benefit from utilizing this opportunity. First make sure you choose your wedding photographer, once you have done so, go get your engagement pictures taken right away. The closer you get to your wedding the less time you find you have to accomplish all that needs to get done. Make sure if possible to use the photographer who will be photographing your wedding. This is the first and probably the most important reason to get your engagement pictures taken.

Establishing a relationship with your photographer long before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding images. I spend about an hour or two with my couples watching them, listening to them, having fun with them, getting to know them, and photographing them all at the same time. I take note of how they interact with each other, their individual personalities, and even their quirks. These mental notes, along with many other conches and subliminal thoughts help me to capture and photograph images on the wedding day that are unique to that couple.

Have your engagement photos taken at a location that is important or that has some meaning to the two of you. This could be a place you got engaged or a first date, it could be at a place you both like to spend time, or something you like to do together such as a shared interest. Here are some locations where my clients have taken me. To their hometowns, the college where they met, a favorite restaurant or bar, a museum, the zoo, a movie theater, or as simple as the home where they live.

The benefit for you is, your images will mean more to you than if your photographer took you to the park and snapped a few pictures. You might also feel more at ease in an environment you are familiar with. The other benefit is you get to know your photographer and see how he or she works and you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding.

The advantage of this is that you can let your photographer know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you do not care for, also you can let your photographer know the things that you do like, communication is key.

Another thing you might want to think of doing is having your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement session. This way you get to see how your hair and make look in photos and you can let your hail and makeup people know if there is anything you would like to change.

I can promise you once you see your engagement images and you are excited about them, you will have more confidence in yourselves and in your photographer. On the wedding day you will look forward to having your picture taken, instead of dreading the thought of having a camera pointed at you all day.

Once you have your engagement images there are many things you can do with them. They can be given, as gifts to the family, parents especially always appreciate photographs of their children. You can make a small album or a coffee table box for yourselves. Most of my clients order some sort of wall collage or portrait to hang on the wall in their new home. I find my couples would rather have an engagement image on their wall instead of one in their wedding attire, however some do both. We all have individual tastes so there is no right or wrong.

You can send an engagement picture to your hometown newspaper to announce your marriage. This is usually important to your parents. They may be used in your wedding program, invitation, or in a save-the-date card. My wife and I used our engagement picture to make save-the-date magnets. I still walk in to friends' homes and see our faces on people’s refrigerator, it was a big hit.

If you do choose to self publish your engagement images, make sure to get permission from your photographer. The images rights belong to the photographer, you might even have to compensate him or her for the usage.  Depending on how you intend to use them, most photographers will let you publish as long as you just ask and give them a credit.

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to get creative, go out with your photographer, have some fun and create some art. In the end you are the ones who win.  On the wedding day there is lots to think about.  Knowing and liking your vendors, especially the photographer, is significant in the success of your wedding and will help keep you focused on the real reason you are having a wedding in the first place, each other.

Albany and Poughkeepsie wedding engagement photos by Aperture Photography’s have a relaxed fashion style.  We know the Hudson Valley and can shoot in the studio or at a great location.  You will treasure this session and it will make the wedding photography so much more comfortable.

Aperture Photography High School Senior Portraits for the Guys

Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your absolute best. If you have any additional questions. Mindset

Photographing males is much different than photographing females and we understand that. We’ll make you look like a guy, so relax. You won’t feel uncomfortable or have to do any awkward, girly posing.

Style

As a general rule, guys are more complacent when it comes to photos. Even if it’s just for your mom, please come prepared.  We (and mom) want you to look your best.

Dress in a style that expresses who you are, but dress nicely.  If your style is a bit sloppy or you’re rather apathetic, have your mom, girlfriend, or other girls that are just friends help you. Trust us on this one.

Clothing

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bring A LOT of options. The more clothes we have to choose from, the better. This will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and the surroundings.

Group your clothing together on hangers. Make sure items are free of wrinkles and ready to go. (Please don’t come everything stuffed into a gym bag like many guys have done.)

Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos.

Avoid stripes and plaid. Solid colors work much better than patterns.

Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual.

Bring black and/or dark gray t-shirts to wear under other shirts. White undershirts stick out and photograph poorly.

Avoid t-shirts with large graphics or logos. They distract from the main subject, which is you.

Shoes

We don’t expect you to get as excited as the girls about shoes, but bring a variety of casual and dressier shoes. Avoid gym shoes or flip-flops since these will appear too casual when viewing your photos.

Shaving

Please come to your session cleanly shaven. Retouching stubble costs extra and won’t look as good as a clean shave. If you have facial hair that your mom despises, do her a favor and shave it off. We promise it will grow back.

Hair

If you have longer hair, make sure it will stay out of your eyes during your session. Have it trimmed if necessary.

Don’t make any drastic changes like shaving your head or dying your hair around your session date. Otherwise you’ll look back at your photos and wonder “What was I thinking?”

Props

They’re great! Bring props that help show who you are. Some popular choices are:

  • Sports equipment (football, basketball, baseball bat, etc.)
  • Sports uniforms
  • Musical instruments
  • Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)

Glasses

Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses.

Complexion

We retouch you photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. We have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and understand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouching.

Friends & Parents

Friends or parents are welcome and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a girlfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.

Braces

If desired, we can remove braces in Photoshop for an extra charge. Otherwise, try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.

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Aperture Photography High School Senior Portraits for the Females

What Should I Wear ? I do a lot of fashion photography so I like to shoot that way.  So here is my advise.

This is the biggest and most important question that I get from seniors!

I recommend being creative & fun with your clothing and accessories. Choose bold, solid colors for the center of the ensemble [ex: dark jeans + cute solid top] and mix with fun or funky accessories [scarves, flower headbands, pink pumps, cowgirl hat, rainboots, pearls].

You can always bring a bag full of different accessories and I can help you choose which ones to wear at the location. I highly recommend going shopping the week before your shoot. There is nothing like new clothes to spark your mood & flatter your figure.

What Should I Bring ?

Outfits & Accessories: Bring an extra outfit (or two) and any accessories that compliment your look!

Fun props always make the shoot fun! Think: vintage suitcases, big sunglasses, baloons, beach hats, or your own camera.

Have fun with it and it will show !

Although I am based in Saugerties, I photograph senior portraits from Saratoga to NYC.

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Aperture Photography Senior Portrait Promotion | All Schools. Saugerties, Kingston, Catskill, Hunter, Windham

If you book a Senior Portrait Session before June 1, 2012, you will receive all your digital images from the the shoot for only $50! Book your session today!

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Aperture Photography Senior Portraits March 27th, 2012

We had such a good response from our last sale we are extending it one month. Currently Aperture Photography’s is offering 50% OFF Senior Portrait Sessions if booked by July 31st.

You don’t need to be photographed by July 31st you just need to book your appointment. E-mail us at aperturephoto.com or call today to schedule your appointment 518-678-0176.

Our Senior Portraits are captured in what we call our “Magazine Style.” Our images don’t look like everyone else’s. We shoot at in studio and around on location, in neighborhoods, or the location of your choice, downtown, your favorite park, the sports location, you choose. They are candid, fun, edgy, and full of action to show off your personality. You will receive a variety of images in several different styles.

  • Fashion: Artistic images with and edge. Not your every day portraits. These images will stand out and make you look incredible. If you like we can even schedule a makeup artist for your session at an additional cost.
  • Editorial: These images are fun and candid and show off your true personality. Feel free to bring your favorite props, your car, guitar, skateboard, it’s your choice and we’ll capture some great action shots. You can even bring one of your friends and take some photos with them.
  • Classic: At Aperture Photography our photographer has literally photographed 1000′s of seniors. With that type of experience you learn to capture images that will make your parents and grandparents thrilled with your photographs. We’ll give you a nice verity of classic poses and expression to make sure your family loves the images as well.
  • With our variety of backgrounds, poses, and styles we guarantee you’ll love your images.

The Sessions: The Essential Session: one hour photography session in our studio and on-location, 20-35 different poses to choose from. Was $200

NOW ONLY $100.00 (plus tax) Includes Print credit of $100.00

The Magazine Session: two hour photography session in our studio and on-location in Fremont. 50-75 different poses to choose from. Was $400

NOW ONLY $200.00 (plus tax) includes Print credit of $200.00

Your location:  just add $75 (plus tax) and we are happy to travel to you!  (Additional travel fee applies if more than 20 miles from the Saugerties.)

  • What’s Included: All of our sessions include web-sized images of our favorites, perfect for unloading to your facebook page, an online slideshow set to music, and convenient online viewing of your images. You can bring your favorite props to any of our sessions.  We offer a full selection of print packages or you can order photographs al la carte. We also offer DVD slideshows, canvas prints, and senior portrait albums and books.

If you want to stand out from the crowd and have spectacular senior portraits then book your appointment before July 31st and SAVE 50% on your session.

Contact us at aperturephoto@msn.com or call us today to schedule your appointment  518.678.0176