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wedding photography – make those moments happen!

Anticipation and timing on the photographer’s part is essential to getting those key moments on the wedding day. Certain moments will happen, so we have to be ready for them.

This relies on your keen observation and you ability to recognize important moments. You have to know your cameras and equipment, and you have to know the fundamentals of photography. You have to be ready. And you can only be ready if you know your equipment well, and know the techniques. No excuses.

But there is no need to passively wait for moments - it is also possible to make them happen. And even though the photographer is guiding the process here, what is captured is still very true to the day’s events.

Here is an example of how I nudge things along to make sure I get a wonderful moment.

Learn more inside…

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photojournalistic wedding photographer – New Jersey / New York

Drawing from a story-telling photojournalistic sensibility; and also from the classic style of wedding photography; with a dash of Fashion flair; and Romance … the intention is to give you images that will forever recall this fantastic day. Click on the thumbnail images to see more.

The images on the wedding photography blog will show you the style and consistency of work that you can expect for your own wedding. As an author of several books on photography, I’m definitely serious about this stuff!

My style as a wedding photographer is flexible. You and I will collaborate with ideas you may have – look at clippings from magazines that you like – drawing from any elements that you’d like to see in the photography of your wedding day. Everything aimed to give you the best possible images of your wedding day.

I want you to remember the photography as a fun part of your wedding, and not a dreaded intrusion. Even the family formals session will be handled efficiently and in a friendly way – you’ll have beautifully crisp portraits of all the important people without the hassle of endless hours posing that one might expect.

I’ve photographed weddings throughout New Jersey, including: Crystal Plaza, NJ,  Il Tulipano, NJ,  Laurita Winery,  Liberty House, NJ,  Madison Hotel, NJ,  Maritime Parc, NJMerrimaker’s at Water’s Edge,  Newark Club, NJ,  Park Savoy, NJ,  Rockleigh CC, NJ,  Shadowbrook, NJ,  Stanton Ridge CC, NJ,  The Grove, NJ,  The Manor, NJ,  The Palace, Somerset, NJ,  The Seasons, NJ,  Valley Regency, NJ,  The Venetian, NJ,  Westmount CC,  Skylands Manor, NJ

I also photograph weddings in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. So whether you’re from Manhattan or Philadelphia or New Haven, I would love to hear from you if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in NJ or NYC. Have a look at my wedding photography galleries, and contact me if you’d like more info on the pricing and what I would offer you as your wedding photographer.

Neil van Niekerk

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favorite image from the weekend – the moment after the kiss

I’m normally in the center aisle when I work as a solo photographer at a wedding.  But with the wedding on Saturday, I knew I could trust my 2nd shooter to nail the photographs I needed.  This allowed me the opportunity to move around, looking for other angles. I was hoping that Lori-Ann would hug her husband, George, in the first seconds after The First Kiss. I was hoping to get her expression in that hug. She did hug him, but with her face over his other shoulder.  I had a 50% chance of guessing that right! So I didn’t quite get the image I anticipated …

… but in those moments right after the first kiss (and hug), she leaned back and just threw her head back, looking up .. over-come with emotion.  And I knew I had a compelling image, showing all the emotion and joy.

Timing is essential.  And just as essential, is the ability to resist the urge to compulsively check the camera’s preview.  There could be something happening while you, as the photographer, is scrutinizing that LCD screen.

Image details:
1/125 @ f2.8 @ 2000 ISO … (no flash)
Nikon D3;  Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S II (B&H)

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