Manisha and Ali were up here in New York City for a family event, so what better excuse to spend a couple hours for a quick anniversary engagement-style session with me! We didn’t have a ton of time since this session wasn’t their only reason for the trip to NYC so we did a few quick shots at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park before heading over to Brooklyn to catch the skyline view from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Fighting the rain was also a reason we were pretty tight on time and it was clearly pouring rain by the time we got over to Brooklyn for the night time photos. The rain definitely gives these a more Bollywood fashion look to them, so it was definitely worth getting soaked for the great shots! Manisha is also a wedding photographer herself (and has second shot with me at my weddings), so be sure to check her site out at Manisha Moments!
Manisha & Ali | Central Park & Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photographer June 17th, 2015zacharylong
Taking a quick break from editing and shooting weddings to write up another quick geeky gear review blog post! I’ve previously reviewed the Sony A7R – the R version of Sony’s new full frame mirrorless camera system – a few times here on the blog, click these links to read about my experiences using the Sony A7R for wedding photography here and then the follow up blog post a few months later here and the final mid-year update using the A7R at more weddings. You will notice that my conclusion is basically it’s possible, but it’s not very fun to use the A7R for something as fast paced as wedding photography. The autofocus of the R is pretty slow, the shutter is noisy and slow, but the size benefits and just anticipating that the camera was going to be slow meant that it was somewhat workable. The thing was, I just didn’t end up doing enough pure landscape photography to really justify having this beautiful 36-megapixel camera that only halfway works at my main interest: wedding photography. The A7R headed to the big camera land in the sky: eBay, where another lucky person got a great deal on a lightly used A7R. The newly announced A7 version 2 (ILCE-A7M2) was getting good reviews and having been out for a while I felt more confident jumping into the second iteration of the A7, which is probably the camera I should have bought the first time with it’s faster autofocus and lower megapixel count. I took a quick trip into New York City and headed over to B&H Photo to check out the cameras in person. I ended up getting the Sony A7ii along with the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens after trying the 24-70mm as well, but from a wedding photography perspective I will be using this as my second camera and I will probably have something like the 85mm on my Canon 5D Mark III, so the wider lens will compliment it nicely. You can click this quick blog post I put up with some first images taken with the camera wandering around the streets of New York City, but now we’ll start digging into my impressions using the Sony A7ii at an actual Indian wedding!
The above photos are from the first two days of this gorgeous Atlanta Indian Wedding, the mehndi night and the Grah Shanti and Sangeet ceremonies on the following day. I shot this wedding using the Sony A7ii as my secondary camera, so a lot of the “key” moments were better covered with whatever lens I had on it at the time, but I still used the A7ii a lot with the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens to cover the wide end of the spectrum.
Check out this super awesome wedding highlight video from Anila & Hafeez’s Atlanta wedding! The mehndi night took place at home before heading to Bethak Banquet Hall in Atlanta for the Pithi! Nikkah took place at the Atlanta Northeast Jamatkhana before we headed over to the beautiful Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club for post-Nikkah games like Khoba Khobi and the evening’s reception! Foxhall is a really unique country club near the Atlanta International Airport and a great place for a wedding – even an Indian wedding! Hope to be back to Foxhall soon for more Indian weddings!
Special shout-out to the other vendors that made this possible!
DJ/Entertainment/Lighting: DJ Jaz – GTB Productions http://www.djjaz.net/
Decor: Finishing Touch Decor http://www.finishingtouchdecor.com/
Makeup: Beauty by Anh http://www.beautybyanh.com/
[Video] Anila & Hafeez’s Wedding Highlights | January 17th-19th | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding Foxhall May 18th, 2015zacharylong
A beautiful Pakistani wedding that took place a few weeks ago at the Atlanta Doubletree for the Mehndi night and at Atlanta Hilton Northeast for the Nikkah and reception. This was a beautiful reception each night and a great time down in Atlanta. Thanks to DJ Jaz and crew for providing the dhol and entertainment each night!
A couple of weeks ago my friend Trang, who you may remember as the florist at Rosa and Bobby’s Atlanta Vietnamese wedding, was visiting New York City for a mini vacation so we met up one day to hang out and suffer in front of my camera on a casual model/fashion shoot! It was actually a perfect day weather-wise to be out in the city as Spring weather was here (unlike this week’s rather cold chill for mid-April), so we met up at Union Square before wandering around the area by NYU before grabbing some lunch at Momofuku. After a nice lunch, and enying Trang’s choice of the cold noodles which looked amazing, we headed a bit uptown so I could run a quick errand near Times Square. Since we were in Midtown anyways we walked over to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library to see a bit more of the cultural side of New York City rather than just the touristy areas of Times Square.
This is our fun behind the scenes photo at Bryant Park, since this is New York City, there are people everywhere haha. Trang really got some great air in her jump there though :). After this we walked over to the other side of the park and explored the NYPL to take in some of the amazing architecture inside, and for Trang to do a quick change of clothes to show off those tattoos ;). I’m not totally sure you’re allowed to take photos inside the library, but all of the tourists are taking snaps with their iPhones and selfie sticks so we just went for it and grabbed a few photos here and there in between checking out the rooms and the exhibits.
The awkwardness continued on the front steps of the NYPL with just some fun shots of Trang in the city that never sleeps :).
Thank you so much Trang for hanging out for an afternoon in the city with me, grabbing some lunch and coffee, and being a quick model in Midtown Manhattan :)
Trang | New York City Casual Fashion Shoot | Bryant Park NYPL April 25th, 2015zacharylong
I really tried to like the Sony A7r for wedding photography, I did! You can read the initial Sony A7r for Weddings review blog post here and then the follow up here, where I talk about using the Sony A7r at a few Indian weddings and Vietnamese weddings as a second camera body. While it’s a great landscape camera, not so much in a dimly let reception venue as a wedding camera. Well, of course Sony does offer the A7 which DOES fit that niche, but I was blinded by the high megapixel count of the -R rather than looking for what I actually need =). When Sony announced the new updated A7 Version 2 (A7ii) I knew that I needed to finally make the switch if I really wanted to use this camera for weddings. A few weeks ago we posted the A7r on eBay, and after it sold I swung by the B&H Superstore in New York City and picked up the Sony A7ii with the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens. Just playing with the camera in the store, I knew that as a wedding photographer, this was the camera I should have purchased all along.
I haven’t had a wedding yet to take this to as we’re just thawing out here in New York, but Spring are warmer weather is definitely around the corner! One day we will be in the 60s, the next day in the 50s, so it’s allllmost there. Spring weather means that soccer season has started again for my son, and taking photos of kids running around a soccer field is almost like a wedding, right? Soccer practice was a good chance to test the focusing capabilities of the A7ii, and I just used the 16-35mm Zeiss lens again here, processed with Lightroom and a tweaked VSCO preset for Sony cameras:
The A7ii handles much better than the A7r, which is definitely a landscape photographer’s camera rather than a wedding photographer’s =). The added grip girth on the new A7ii means it sits a bit better in my hand with the shutter button in a more familiar location with the Canon 5D Mark III that I usually shoot at weddings. AF was quick and responsive as I chased around my son on the soccer field during his practice here in New York. I was shooting the 16-35mm lens so most of these are wide angle shots, but even so the background out of focus area (bokeh) is subtle and nice at f/4 with the Sony A7ii’s full frame sensor.
Earlier this week I headed out on the streets of New York City to shoot some time-lapse tests with the Sony A7ii and some other time lapse toys I have around. Check out the video above which is a quick compilation of everything I shot on Tuesday. With these Spring showers we have been getting rain and wind the rest of the week so it might be a few more days before I bring out all of the equipment again for any more NYC time lapses. For the first sequence I was in Midtown Manhattan around Herald Square, which is where Macy’s flagship “World’s Largest Store” is located as you see in the videos. I was shooting with the Sony A7ii, Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS and a LEE Big Stopper ND filter for these time lapses. Here are a few still frames to also show the Sony A7ii’s landscape photo qualities:
After shooting here a bit I walked over to the Koreatown part of Midtown Manhattan to shoot a cool steam vent that was letting out some underground subway steam on 32nd. It gave an interesting look with the streaking steam, pedestrians, and traffic of New York City that I was really happy with.
As night fell and I grabbed a bite to eat, I ended up down in Greenwich Village near NYU and decided to shoot a couple of motion time-lapse sequences with the Cinetics Axis360 for a 3-axis move. Adding that dynamic movement is really cool in time lapse videos as you can see above. Here are a few selected still frames from the above video shot down in Greenwich Village, NYC:
My trip back to Midtown took me to Washington Square Park where everyone was enjoying the warmer weather we were having on Tuesday. That’s what I love about New York City, even at 10 or 11 o’clock at night the park was very busy with people out for a night, NYU students roaming around, guys skateboarding in the light of the arch, everything – on a Tuesday! You could really feel the energy and life of New York City that night.
Be sure to check out Mike Scotto of Scotto Films whom I met while he was skateboarding that night if you need a wedding videographer in the Albany Capital area of New York!
Thanks for checking out this initial Sony A7ii review blog post! I have another Indian Wedding down in Atlanta in a few weeks where I can finally put this camera to the test as a wedding camera, and in the mean time I will be roaming the streets of New York City a few more times for time lapse I hope =)
Sony A7ii First Test Review + New York City Time-Lapse April 24th, 2015zacharylong
As has been the theme here on the blog, I’m finally getting around to posting a bunch of shoots from the end of 2014 that never went up earlier for one reason or another with all the traveling from New York back down to Atlanta. Even though today finally feels like Spring in New York up here, this engagement session was a hot one – and not just because of the two people involved! Ok corny jokes aside about a hot couple and cooking, we had a blast at this Atlanta engagement session starting off the day at the Irwin Street Cooking School inside the Irwin Street Market before heading over to Piedmont Park for some formal evening and night time photos and finally hitting the Jackson Street Bridge. The cooking session was super fun where we baked a cake in the cooking school’s kitchen before changing and heading over to Piedmont Park for some classic engagement photos. We started with some greenery and then were lucky enough to catch a super colorful sunset that perfectly complimented Dilshad’s amazing traditional dress for the evening photos. The final stop of the night was some formal wear photos at the Jackson Street Bridge for the classic Atlanta downtown skyline photo. Enjoy these amazing Atlanta engagement photos!
More pre-move to New York weddings to finally get around to putting up on the blog! This post is part 2 of Hang & Bory’s Vietnamese/Cambodian wedding celebration, which was the actual wedding itself and the reception at Vien Huong in Atlanta. To see the pre-wedding photoshoot with the bridal party and portraits of the bride and groom click this link! The wedding day itself was nonstop events with a morning ceremony and evening reception. In the morning we started off with a traditional tea ceremony at home before we headed to Vien Huong in Atlanta for the reception. Tons of fun and laughs were had all throughout the day with the bride, groom, bridal party, family, and friends in attendance. Enjoy these amazing wedding photos!
Throwback Thursday! #TBT ! Haha, just kidding! But I am definitely reminiscing about the much warmer weathers from this amazing pre-wedding bridal shoot from before we moved to New York! And yes, I do other weddings besides just photographing Indian Weddings ;). Back in June of last year down in Atlanta I had the honor of being the photographer for Hang and Bory’s Vietnamese/Cambodian wedding, and before the big day (which is a whole separate blog post of amazing photos), we did a pre-wedding shoot with the entire bridal party and some portraits of the bride and groom. I’m not quite sure how these photos are free of sweat, because even though the bridesmaids are looking beautiful and the groomsmen handsome in every photo… we were drenched in sweat and running for shade in between each shot! June is definitely the middle of Summer, and an Atlanta Summer is no joke! Thank you thank you thank to the entire wedding party of doing all of these photos for the bride and groom, keeping the energy high, looking amazing, and contributing so much to make sure Hang and Bory had an awesome experience for their wedding. Let’s do it again!!! =D
Another awesome Indian wedding from last Summer at the Atlanta Westin Perimeter! This was from after we had moved to New York over the Summer, so it was a quick flight back down to Atlanta from JFK for this fun-filled Atlanta Indian Wedding. The Westin Perimeter is a great venue and a ton of fun was had with some pretty epic photos!
Please click the Read More link below (if you are reading this from the main website) to see the rest of the photos from this Atlanta Indian Wedding at the Westin Perimeter!