Jin & Andy | Battery Park + Brooklyn Engagement Pre-Wedding | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

This Brooklyn couple was so much fun to hang out with for an afternoon! We started the day on the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge (near Chinatown) to see the “other” view, the Brooklyn skyline! From there we made our way to the Battery Park area overlooking the Hudson River before making our way back to their Brooklyn apartment for an outfit change and a late night trip to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park for some late night Manhattan skyline photos. Such a fun session that was a little off the beaten path instead of the more iconic and typical New York City locations like Central Park and on the Brooklyn Bridge itself. Thanks for the great time guys for this New York City Chinese engagement session!

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Jin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding PhotographerJin & Andy Engagement | Battery Park & Brooklyn Bride | New York City Chinese Wedding Photographer

Shaila & Hanif Wedding Highlights | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding Video

#HaSh2015 !

Photography: FengLong Photography
Videography: FengLong Photography
Pithi: Signature Ballroom Atlanta
Nikkah: Northeast Jamatkhana
Reception: Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta
DJ: DJ Jaz – GTB Productions

Here’s a quick look at Shaila & Hanif’s wedding via a fun little highlight video! The mehndi night took place at home, followed by the Pithi at the new Signature Ballroom in Atlanta, with the Nikkah at the Northeast Jamatkhana and reception at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. An amazing 3 day Atlanta Indian Wedding weekend that we were honored to be a part of!

Dipal & Vinay | Hindu Ceremony & Reception at Sonesta Hilton Head | Destination Indian Wedding Photographer

The end to Dipal and Vinay’s amazing 3-day Indian wedding in Port Wentworth and Hilton Head Island is here! Check this post for the Day 1 Mehndi events and this blog post for the amazing Grah Shanti and Garba/Sangeet events! For the final day it was the big one, the main wedding ceremony and reception day. I think all of us were running a little bit on empty from the previous 2 days which were filled to the brim with events. Day 3 did not disappoint and was truly an “Epic Indian Wedding!” Huge thank you to all of the other vendors that I worked with for the weekend that made every day go flawlessly! DJ/Lighting from the amazing XtraHot DJs team, videography by One Entertainment, and mandap/decor to make everything look amazing in the photos by Mandap World! Now let’s get this party started with a chilly (February on the beach) wedding ceremony followed by the reception indoors at the Sonesta Hilton Head Island!

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Wedding & Reception | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Please click this link to see the rest of the photos from this Sonesta Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding post if you are reading this from the main /blog page!

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Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti Garba | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

This is Day 2 of Dipal & Vinay’s Indian Wedding celebration! Check out Day 1 with the Indian wedding mehndi event by following this link! Day 2 was the Grah Shanti and Garba night, and we moved locations form Savannah, Georgia to across the bridge to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! After the morning ceremonies the evening Garba and Sangeet event kicked things into high gear with a ton of performances, dancing, and fun! Check out these amazing Indian weddings photos from the Sonesta Hilton Head Island!

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Grah Shanti | Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding Photographer

If you’re reading this post from the main blog page, click this link to see the rest of the photos from this Sonesta Hilton Head Island Indian Wedding.
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Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi Night | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Day 1 of Dipal & Vinay’s amazing 3-day Indian wedding kicked off in Port Wentworth just outside of Savannah, Georgia! Mehndi was a fun filled day with a morning and evening event filled with friends and family. You can check out their engagement session in Savannah and Tybee Island by following this link on the blog. Check back here on the blog for day 2 and day 3 of this Indian wedding with the Grah Shanti and ceremony!

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

Dipal & Vinay | Mehndi | Savannah Indian Wedding Photographer

If you’re reading this post from the main blog page, click this link to see the rest of the photos from Dipal & Vinay’s Mehndi Night in Savannah, Georgia!
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Manisha & Ali | Central Park & Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photographer

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 Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

Manisha & Ali | Central Park Brooklyn Bridge | New York City Indian Wedding Photography

The Sony A7ii Wedding Photography Review!

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!

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

[Blog] Sony A7ii Indian Wedding Photography

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.

Please click this “read more” link below if you are seeing this post on the main /blog page, if you’re reading this post directly ignore this line :)

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[Video] Anila & Hafeez’s Wedding Highlights | January 17th-19th | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding Foxhall

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/
Foxhall: http://www.foxhallsportingclub.com/

Atlanta Pakistani Muslim Wedding at Doubletree & Hilton Northeast | Destination Indian Wedding Photography

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!

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Atlanta Pakistani Wedding | Mehndi | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

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Trang | New York City Casual Fashion Shoot | Bryant Park NYPL

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.

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

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.

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

The awkwardness continued on the front steps of the NYPL with just some fun shots of Trang in the city that never sleeps :).

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

Trang | New York City Fashion Shoot

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 :)

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