Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nervous like a bride

When I got married, everyone asked me if I was nervous. My answer was always 'no' because I knew I was marrying the right woman for me and someone that I loved. There was nothing for me yo be nervous about. But there in fact was. Weddings are, at their basest level, events and things go wrong at events. I may not have been nervous about the WOMAN that I was marrying but what if I sneezed right when the pastor says "you may kiss the bride"? What if I trip and tumble down the aisle instead of the stately walk I planned? We have all seen the disaster weddings prominently displayed on youtube (and if you have not, stop reading right now, go to youtube, type in 'bride falls into water', and see how many videos pop up!). So, yes: I should have been nervous. But I wasn't and if you know me, that's just my nature.

However, I am nervous now. I have a wedding in a few days. I am not the groom. I am not a guest. I am the photographer. I think I might be as nervous as the bride herself! Once again, weddings are events where things go wrong. When I got married and if something went wrong, I knew at the end of the day, we'd get a laugh out of it and I'd still have gotten married. It's soooooo different when you're the photog! If something goes wrong with me, I may ruin someone's entire day AND their future ability to share those memories with friends and family. I am completely prepared for the event but no-one can be prepared for walking backwards to catch a bride approaching you, tripping, falling, and smashing your camera. Shooting a wedding is one of the most nerve racking jobs that you will ever take as a photographer! Remember that sneeze at the first kiss? Well if YOU sneeze at the moment at MISS the kiss, you can pretty much forget about a high satisfaction rating and residual income!

Even with all of that looming over your head, a wedding is the most exciting event you will shoot because you get everything rolled into one: portraiture, party scene, candids, detail & macro shots, and sometimes even musicians. It's a great ride and will leave you exhausted but if you're prepared, you may get some of the best photographs that you will ever take.

And I'm off to sharpen my focus and make more memories. See you in the next frame.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mystery pictures #1

Here is a new feature for the site.
I will post an abstract photo.
You then follow the blog (if you aren't already following it) AND tell me what you think it is as a comment to the post (anonymous posts will not be counted).
I will draw a winner from the submissions and they will win two free movie passes.
Let's get started.
What do you think this is a picture of?

Monday, March 28, 2011


This weekend my wife and I took our daughter to a family dance party. My daughter is a dancer at heart. She embodies the love and joy that my wife and I have and I wanted to share my favorite photo from the weekend with you. 



Monday, March 21, 2011


To celebrate our re-launch we’re giving stuff away!!!


· 1 photo session (60 minutes, up to 4 subjects, within an hour of Brooklyn, NY).


· 1 11x14 print of your choice of from the Greenelight Photography Gallery.

To enter, do both of these things:

1. Go to our Facebook page and like us. Then post this phrase “@Greene Light Photography’s new website is up. You should check it out!” and link us. (From a computer, type the @ symbol and then start typing “greene light photography” and select our profile).

2. Go to our Twitter page and follow us. Then enter this phrase “@greenelightfoto’s new website is up. You should check it out!”

Let us know in the comments below that you have done both of these - it will be verified.

Last day to enter is March 31st, 2011 11:59pm EST

Two lucky winners will be randomly selected to win one of the prizes. The first random selection will win the free photo session. The second random selection will win the GLP original print.

Good luck and have fun!