Elana Goodridge of Elana Goodridge Photography has recently been awarded 4 WedAwards – the esteemed international contest for wedding photography. While she was awarded for her work with weddings, her portfolio also includes amazing bar & bat mitzvah images, and she loves to photograph couples and families on their special day. We caught up with Elana to learn more about her and her work, and share some of her favorite photos including the winning ones!
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1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer and that you had the talent to be successful?
I fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. My father gave me an old Pentax camera and I had so much joy looking at the world through its lens. Even so, the thought of pursuing a career as a photographer hadn’t entered my mind. READ MORE ......
This ultra glamorous styled bridal shoot was photographed on the beautiful streets of Paris, with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in the background. Models Melissa and Adele wore stunning Monique Lhuiller gowns, courtesy of Metal Flaque Bridal in Paris. Photography by Pictours Paris by Lindsey Kent Photography. READ MORE ......
Nancy Yachnes, Executive Producer of Sparkling Photography & Video in Brooklyn, NY, shares some of the frequent questions she receives about the value of a newborn portrait session:
“What do we need a newborn portrait session for?”
“The baby changes so fast… why do we want to remember what he looked like when he was creased and yellow?”
“Why is the session so expensive?”
“Isn’t there a photographer at the hospital?”
Come take a peek behind the scenes to see what a newborn session is all about.
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Get Amazing Video Memories from your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Party
If you’ve ever planned, or are currently planning an event, you’ll know there are so many moving pieces that all fit together to make your event as amazing as possible. One of those very important pieces is videography. A videographer will capture the event in real time so that you can re-live your special day over and over again! We sat down with Seth Elgart from Professional Video LLC to get some tips from a pro on how to hire the best videographer for your next event! Seth has been doing his job for over a decade and has some excellent insight for us!
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Tip #1 – This may seem obvious, but make sure the company you hire has an expertise in video! Experience and focus on filming and production will let you know that quality will be at the forefront.
Tip #2 – Do your homework! Just like when choosing any of your other vendors, do some research and find out the history of the companies you’re interested in. Knowing how long they’ve been around, what kind of events they primarily work on, and being able to see examples of their work will be super helpful in picking the right one for you. READ MORE ......
Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and The Inheritance Cycle all came to life in Joshua’s medieval / fantasy themed Bar Mitzvah. From the coat of arms to period costumes, this event made the fictional a reality! Joshua’s mom Lina, a sought after photographer with Lasting Memories Photography, has been on the opposite end of the camera for countless dazzling affairs. The creative DIY crafter worked with the vendors listed below to bring her son’s vision to life.
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There’s no denying that we’re in the midst of an exciting time in marriage equality. Almost half of the states in the U.S. as well as 16 countries now recognize same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian couples who have waited years to tie the knot are now doing so, making same-sex weddings a burgeoning market. The only problem is, many of the traditions that surround a typical wedding are outdated and don’t work for many couples, both same-sex and heterosexual. One of the most visible aspects of this is undoubtedly the wedding photography.
That’s why Kathryn Hamm, president of GayWeddings.com and a same-sex wedding pioneer, and Thea Dodds, an award-winning wedding photographer and founder of Authentic Eye Photography, have teamed up to create The New Art of Capturing Love, a first-of-its-kind guide to photographing same-sex engagements and weddings.
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After meeting through a Jewish matchmaking site, JRetromatch.com, Dana and Avi went on a series of dates before Avi proposed on their year and a half anniversary! Both lovers of art, Avi set up a proposal to remember at the Bronx Botanical Gardens during a Monet exhibit, one of Dana’s favorites! The proposal was just the beginning of the memorable moments to come, as they wed at Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island, NY, photographed by the talented H&H Photographers.
Chicago-based couple Diana and Nick celebrated a traditional Jewish wedding last summer in their hometown. A friend of Diana’s brother, Michael of Michael Novo Photography, flew with the couple to Mexico for a destination engagement shoot, and also photographed their big day.