Dayna & Brendan in Forest Park, NY
COVID has been a relentless challenge for many couples this year; many have had to cancel, postpone or dramatically adjust their wedding plans. Like Dayna and Brendan, many have chosen to exchange their vows this year with a smaller group of loved ones, to then have the fully-attended celebration in 2021. One small positive, from the photographer's perspective, is that it gave me the opportunity to shoot with this lovely couple before their "big day". It granted us a chance to get to know each other and allowed the couple to get familiar with my shooting style.
I chose a lovely path in Forest Park not too far from the church. We were blessed with the perfect amount of overcast and vibrant fall colors. There were not many bikers or joggers on the path, so it was very easy to shoot here, even in the afternoon. Dayna wore an elegant lace dress with a lovely headpiece, and Brendan's blue suit was the perfect touch in this setting.
We all had a blast shooting in the park, and Vanessa (our assistant) was able to capture video footage with the GoPro Hero 7 that I recently purchased during quarantine to add an extra touch to the experience. I also used one of my Fractal hand-held prisms to create some of the reflective and romantic effect in some of the portraits below.
It is not always easy to find an ideal location to shoot portraits near the church or ceremony site. We were so fortunate to find this quite patch of heaven, right before Dayna & Brendan tied the knot. I look forward to seeing them again in 2021!
Here are a few of my favorite shots. Special thanks to assistant Vanessa for joining us.
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