Focus Pulling: Fireworks & Christmas Tree

With focus pulling you employ manual focus and long exposures. A good tripod is a necessity! The fireworks were 5s exposures, the Christmas tree 8 seconds. 

With fireworks I think the images are best if you start out of focus and slowly rack back to in focus. With my  Christmas tree I was also zooming the lens while I was racking focus to make the light trails change in size. 

Get out there and give it a try!

Best,

Thomas

New Jersey’s Best Wedding Photographers


Brandi + John at Andover’s Perona Farms

Brandi and John had an amazing day for a December 13th wedding. It was 71 degrees –the wedding ceremony was held outside. Mother Nature clearly applauded their union as did their adoring families and friends. 

Wonderful people uniting to celebrate the marriage of people they love. I wish them all the best and hope to see them again for newborn photos…in a couple of years!

Best,

Thomas

New Jersey’s Best Wedding Photographers


A Very Country Engagement Session

Steven asked Jessica to marry him at the Warwick Valley Winery so they thought it the ideal place to shoot their engagement pix. Clearly they were right! 

Jason of the winery was incredibly gracious giving us access to their grounds and even riding up into the hills to say hi. 

The scenery, season, Jessica and Steve inspired me and I am really happy with these photos. When I shoot Jessica + Steven’s wedding next year we will already know and trust each other so expect more great photos.
These two are the best! 




Thanks for the pizza and hard cider guys!

Best,

Thomas
NJ’s Best Wedding Photographers


Lauren + Curtiss – a West Orange, NJ Wedding

Lauren and Curtiss at the Highlawn Pavilion in 2013! Gorgeous couple, close family, fun friends, a great time even for a working man! To this day (Dec 2015), no bride has been a better dancer than Lauren! 


Lauren + Curtiss have since had a beautiful girl –Chloe!

Thomas

Best Wedding Photographers


Lise & Nick at Ringwood Manor

Lise & Nick at Skylands Manor in Ringwood, NJ. Had a great time with these guys at the tail end of autumnal color in Ringwood. Weeding in just under a year in Bridgewater, NJ. Happy they made the trip out from Staten Island!

All the best, 

Tom

New Jersey’s Best Wedding Photographers

www.JerseyWeddingPhotography.com


Donna + Mike on the yacht Royal Princess

A wedding on a gorgeous fall day on a yacht in the Hudson?! 
Hello, YES!

Donna + Mike have been amazing to work with since our first meeting over a year ago. Great people with great friends and family. An amazing night!

Here are all the vendors who had a hand in making this such a great wedding! Special thanks to 

www.JedSmithPhotography.com
https://www.facebook.com/jed.smithphotography
Without so talented a partner many of these photos would have never happened!!

Venue: Royal Princess Yacht 
www.facebook.com/RoyalPrincessYacht

Dress: Kleinfeld’s
www.facebook.com/KleinfeldBridal

MUA, Tim McKay 
www.TimothyGlam.com

Rings: Eli Adams Jewelers
www.facebook.com/Eli-Adams-Jewelers-184526378257216

Rented Jewelry
www.facebook.com/AdornBrides

DJ/Photobooth Gemini DJs 
www.facebook.com/GeminiDJs

Baker: Sami Cakes Boutique
www.facebook.com/SamiCakes.Boutique

Florist: The Portable Garden
www.theportablegarden.com

Colette Morales
www.coletteleeproductions.com

Make-up: Tim MacKay, https://www.facebook.com/timothyjamesmackay?fref=ts

Officiant (friend)
James Lynch

All the best,

NJ’s Best Wedding photographers
www.JerseyWeddingPhotography.com
www.JedSmithPhotography.com

All the best,

NJ’s Best Wedding photographers
www.JerseyWeddingPhotography.com
www.JedSmithPhotography.com


Jenna is going to be a Mom!

Jenna trusted me with a novel and unusual maternity photo concept. Unfortunately the weather was a little rainy and cool. Still she got in Ringwood Brook with me barefoot for a couple of photos I was calling”goddess shots”! 

Sun coming through the trees would have been nice…perhaps with my next maternity shoot! So thanks to Jenna for trusting me and getting cold. Thanks to her sister Jenna for helping style our “dress”. Thanks too, to Jay who watched all this craziness and not saying it was crazy!

Can’t wait to take photos of her beautiful baby in a few weeks!!

–Thomas

www.JerseyWeddingPhotography.com

NJ’s Best Wedding Photographers


Tyler + Emily in Morris County

Emily + Tyler had their big day in beautiful Morris County, NJ. Tyler’s face when seeing Emily enters the church is amazing so click-through for a look that just might give you the feels! 

Photographic highlight was the photo session at FDU campus in Madison. Brilliant couple on a brilliant day! Many thanks to www.JedSmithPhotography.com for being my partner that day!!

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Jackie + Frank at Mayfair Farms

Venue: Mayfair Farms - https://www.facebook.com/mayfairfarms

DJ’s: https://www.facebook.com/EliteSoundEntertainment (Corey, Mike & Eric)

MUA: https://www.facebook.com/IMpeccable-iMage-Inc-244566923033 (Irina)

Hairstylist: https://www.facebook.com/sheryl.courtney1 (Sheryl Courtney)

Florist: https://www.facebook.com/Metropolitan-Plant-and-Flower-Exchange-136754037003

Belly Dancer: www.facebook.com/YasmineBellydancer

Hurricane Joaquin threatened but had more bluster than bite. We were able to get outside briefly for a couple of photo sets. It was windy, a little chilly, but not too wet. 

Jackie was one of my most expressive brides ever –see the photos below. She has the range of Meryl Streep! Frank was quieter and sweet. Even making sure I was fed!

Loved working with these families and friends and hope to see them again!

Small wedding but big love!

 

–Thomas

www.JerseyWeddingPhotography.com

New Jersey’s Best Wedding photographers!


Katy + Jordan in Cooperstown, NY

I have known Katy & Jordan for a few years now. Katy is smart, sweet and humble, Jordan has got a big heart, big appetite and a big sense of humor! Back on Halloween last year I shot their engagement session in a beautiful park in just under an hour. Fall colors were right at the peak so the photos were amazing!

It was a foregone conclusion that I would shoot their wedding so almost a year later I brought my partner Jed Smith photography along on the the long and scenic drive to Cooperstown, NY. 

Katy and Jordan trusted our vision and gave us a few minutes here ans there to spirit them away from the reception when the light and time was right. Their trust yielded dividends as this is amongst the most beautiful and poignant weddings we have ever shot!

Thanks and love to you both!

Katy & Jordan’s amazing vendors: 

The Barn at Hogs Hollow Farm 

http://www.lmtownsendcatering.com/hogs.php 

Hair and MU: http://www.timelessspaandsalon.com/

Florist
https://www.facebook.com/A-Rose-is-a-Rose-Florist-194981044967/ 

 DJ Mark Lavalley
http://www.lavalleygroup.com/ 

LM Townsend Caterers
https://www.facebook.com/L-M-Townsend-Catering-102292663147722

–Thomas

NJ’s Best Wedding Photographers