Archive for December, 2009

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Photographs Punk Rock Models at Photog Shootout

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia’s City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia’s City Hall;
Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

If you happened to be near Philadelphia’s downtown, essentially right at City Hall, you may have noticed many more paparazzi than normal at the center of the City of Brotherly Love. Despite the frigid weather, Rob N of his Delaware-based Humbled Eyes Photography organized a Philly Photog Shootout. He had help in finding some great punk rock models, with killer tattoos, from Allebach Photography, and some team leaders including friends of mine, Cindy Guessford, Mark Gardner and Jeff Dietz. Rob N calls the shootouts a way to connect photographers with different strengths, abilities and talents to learn from each other, to network and make new friends.

Rob N has taken this thing across the United States, even though he started it all right out in Philly. “We are a part of the global Photog Shootout network. We are planning on spreading all over the world, so no matter where you travel to, you will know what your fellow photographers are doing! This will be your one stop to find workshops, photographer GTGs and other photography related events,” he writes.

Wanting to give my Philadelphia-area JPG Photography team (more on them in 2010) more experience, I brought most of them to the shootout. It was fantastic, and all of us came away with some killer images, both posed and photojournalistic. Then we had some laughs at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

Philly Photog Shootout at Philadelphia's City Hall;

And a special thanks to one model in particular, Leslie Gilbert, who is one of the best photographers in Pennsylvania! She came out to model for her competition. That’s selfless!

Nga & Lim Buddhist Ceremony in Washington, D.C. and Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.

Fox Chase Manor, Masassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Masassas, Va.

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Fox Chase Manor, Masassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Masassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.; Karaoke

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.; Karaoke

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

It was nearly two years ago when this Philadelphia wedding photographer first heard from Lim and Nga about their wedding day.  As Philadelphia wedding photojournalists, we planned to shoot Lim and Nga’s Washington, DC wedding later that year, but Lim was deployed by the U.S. Military to the Middle East for the U.S. Air Force, delaying their intended date.

As is always the policy with JPG Photography, we were glad to work with Lim and Nga on a new date for their wedding, since we are incredibly grateful to those who serve our country.  The new date was set, and this incredible couple endured distance and delay, which in hindsight only strengthened their relationship.

When their wedding day finally arrived on October 2, 2009, this Philadelphia wedding photographer felt like he’d known these guys for years, which, in a way, I had.

Their wedding was a special day for another reason too — it was JPG Photography’s senior photographer Dan Shuman’s last shoot with us, as he pursues plans to start a family and focus on his job as PR director at Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk, VA.  It was, ironically, the only time that Dan, Rebecca, and I had shot a wedding together.  The vibrant colors, variety of angles/composition, and unfurling story of the day were the results of this once-in-a-lifetime artistic collaboration.

(Now before you get too sad about Dan’s departure, we’re happy to report that after many months of searching, interviewing, and training, we’ve hired several new photographers who will also knock your socks off.  More updates on that in the new year…)

We arrived at Nga’s house just after dawn as she put on the finishing touches from TruBeauty Make Up and Florist and prepared for the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, similar in some ways to the Chinese tea ceremony we shot earlier that fall.  Nga’s Vietnamese dress and her bridesmaids’ (called Ao Dai) were purchased in Vietnam, and her Western-style dress was purchased at an independent dealer and tailored by her very talented mother.  The groom and groomsmen were handsomely clad in tuxes from Jeanette’s Bridal.

After a meaningful ceremony at the vibrant Buddhist Congregational Church of America, a short outdoor reception followed.  Nga changed into her Western-style dress, and we had some fun with the orange wall in her changing area.  Then, we headed to Washington D.C.’s best landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and other key National Park Service sites along the National Mall. Then the wedding party and guests headed in buses via Chariots for Hire to the elegant reception at Foxchase Manor.

Talk about a celebration!  Between karaoke and an interactive photo booth, Nga and Lim’s guests had an incredible time, and we had a blast shooting.  Catering by Nam Viet and DJ-ing by K2 Productions really rounded out the evening.

From 7 a.m. until well into the evening, Lim and Nga celebrated every moment of their love with laughter and grace.  The patience in regard to their wedding day paid off, and they now have a lifetime of memories to create together.

We couldn’t imagine a more wonderful day for you two!

The full event is available on Pictage: www.pictage.com/786296

Best Wishes!

Joe & Bec and Dan

JPG Photography

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va.

Falls Church, Va. pre-ceremony

Falls Church, Va. pre-ceremony

Falls Church, Va.; before Lim could enter

Falls Church, Va.; before Lim could enter

Falls Church, Va.; on the way to the second ceremony

Falls Church, Va.; on the way to the second ceremony

Falls Church, Va.; the family landscaped Nga and Lim's initials

Falls Church, Va.; the family landscaped Nga and Lim's initials

Annandale, Va. Family having a good time

Annandale, Va. Family having a good time

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.; the legal ceremony

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.; the legal ceremony

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington, D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.; changing into Western Dress

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.; changing into Western Dress

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.

Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple, Washington D.C.

Neither Bec or Dan will admit to shooting this fearing my rath. :) Yes, I get that into demonstrating the poses.

Neither Bec or Dan will admit to shooting this fearing my rath. :) Yes, I get that into demonstrating the poses.

U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.; I like mixing things up and not doing the same old jumping shot!

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.; I like mixing things up and not doing the same old jumping shot!

National Mall, Washington D.C.

National Mall, Washington D.C.

National Mall and Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

National Mall and Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.; Karaoke

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.; Karaoke

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Virginia

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Fox Chase Manor, Manassas, Va.

Corey & Nimesh celebrate at Ridley Creek State Park and Lai Lai Garden

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
Ridley, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

If you’ve ever received an email from this Philadelphia wedding photographer at 3 a.m., then you know that I’m a night person. The adage by Philadelphia’s Ben Franklinearly to bed, early to rise” (or is it a proverb) never resonated with me.

So when Corey and Nimesh told me that their traditional ceremony would start at 8 a.m. morning in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, I knew I needed a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee to wake me up. (I’m not a big hot coffee guy.)

The day dawned with blue skies and sunshine, and a long line of family members gathered outside of Corey’s home in their brightly colored gowns and gifts to offer to the bride’s family.

Suddenly, morning didn’t seem so bad after all.

After the home ceremony, Corey and Nimesh headed to Ridley Creek State Park (our second wedding at that beautiful venue this year) for a lovely outdoor ceremony.  While some photographers are unsure of how to handle direct sunlight without producing odd shadows and highlights, this Philadelphia wedding photojournalist was ready to go with proper white balance and flattering angles. I love the elegance of Corey ascending the stone stairs with her flowers from AAA Sunflower Florist and the couple’s faces as they walk down the aisle at the end.

The incredible weather continued for an outdoor picnic lunch, accompanied by a tea ceremony and about a ga-zillion formal shots.  It’s awesome when a bride and groom have so many great family members and friends!

And as if there hadn’t been enough celebration already, we headed to Lai Lai Garden in Blue Bell, PA for a 13-course Chinese dinner, with some Japanese and sushi, too.  Yes, I said 13!  Needless to say, the food was amazing.

Corey and Nimesh then set the tone for the evening with their choreographed dance to Slumdog Millionaire’s Jai Ho.  They had many moves just right!  This was such a fun way to get their guests excited about dancing to the sounds from Cutting Edge Entertainment, and as a result, the dance floor was filled all night long.

Corey and Nimesh, not only do you really know how to party, but you also know how to love each other.  We wish you many years of happiness, including more 13-course meals and awesome dancing!

The full wedding is available on Pictage: www.pictage.com/704109

AND NEW: See some of our videos of the couple on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/groups/26759

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.

Lai Lai Garden, Blue Bell, Pa.