Winter Storm Jonas Hits New York! Blizzard of 2016 with Sony A7ii

This past weekend New York saw Winter Storm Jonas, or the Blizzard of 2016, roll through as our first Nor’easter of the Winter season, bringing us about 2-3 feet of snow. With the high winds during the blizzard we saw snow drifts in the 3 foot range, almost to the top of our fence! During the blizzard on Saturday afternoon we headed out into the backyard for some fun in the snow, as Miles was super excited to finally see snow since this Christmas was so unseasonably warm in New York! I took the Sony A7ii (which I often use as a second camera for wedding photography) for these snow shots, and to put it’s weather sealing to the test in the New York snow!

Winter Storm Jonas 2016 Blizzard

Winter Storm Jonas 2016 Blizzard

Winter Storm Jonas 2016 Blizzard

Winter Storm Jonas 2016 Blizzard

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Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Wedding | New York Destination Indian Wedding Photographer

Here is another awesome wedding from this past Summer down in Atlanta! You may recognize a few photos from the epic 2015 Wedding Photography Year in Review blog post, or remember these two from their engagement session where they came up to New York to see me and we shot all around NYC from Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square! Their Atlanta Ismaili wedding took place over 4 days with the traditional schedule of Mehndi, Pithi/Garba, Nikkah, and Satada. The wedding photos start off here with the mehndi night at home:

Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding

Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding

Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding

Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding

Zohra & Faisal | Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding

Click this read more link below if you are seeing the abbreviated version to see the rest of the photos from this Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding.

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2015 Wedding Photography Year in Review

Oh man
Oh man, oh man
Not again…
Yeah, I learned the game from William Wesley, you can never check me
Back to back for the photographers that didn’t get the message
Back to back like I’m on the cover of Lethal Weapon
Back to back like I’m Jordan ’96, ’97, whoa

Another great year for wedding photography, another year end review blog post! As 2015 comes to an unseasonably warm close for us up here in New York, it is still comforting looking back at those Summer days in Atlanta sweating it out running around during multi day Indian weddings! I was debating whether to open this blog post with something contemporary like Drake, or another classic lyrical line…

Don’t call it a comeback
I’ve been here for years
I’m rocking my peers

Even though Betty, Miles, and I moved to New York about a year and a half ago, I was down in Atlanta some months more than I was home in New York! Many a Summer months were spent 3-4 days in Atlanta for an Indian Wedding, then home for 2 days before jumping back on a Delta flight from JFK or LGA and heading down to the ATL for the next week!

Speaking of travel, 2015 started out with destination weddings in Cocoa Beach, Florida and Savannah/Hilton Head Island; while in the Spring and Summer I was back in my old stomping grounds in Atlanta photographing beautiful couples at great venues in the city such as the Westin Perimeter, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, and Hilton Atlanta Northeast.

A special thank you to all of my wondering wedding couples that decided to take me up on the offer of doing your engagement session up here in New York City instead of me coming down to Atlanta! I had some great engagement sessions in Atlanta as well of course, and those will be mixed in with this blog post even though the title says “wedding photography year in review” and not engagement photography :).

I never know how to organize these massive blog posts! Last year I organized by theme, which seemed to make the most sense to bring all of the various parts of Indian weddings together: Mehndi, Pithi/Sangeet/Garba, Ceremony, Reception… but also aspects of the day like Getting Ready, Portraits, Engagement Session, etc! We are going to start things off with portraits to grab reader’s attention and to make sure you KEEP CLICKING AND SCROLLING to see allllllll of the photos this year! Out of the hundred thousand plus photos this year I narrowed my Favorites of the Year down to this super small selection (but still massively photo heavy) for a blog post.

Portraits

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

Click this quick “Read More” link if you are seeing this in the main /blog page to see the hundreds of more wedding photos!

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2015 Wedding Videography Year in Review

As I finish this MONSTER photography post that is sitting in draft format, here is the much MUCH shorter wedding video wrap up blog post for 2015! This year we had some awesome times doing both photography and videography at Indian weddings in Atlanta and even a few out of state! Betty started off the year (as usual) doing video with me but as demands of her new full time job in New York after graduating from Georgia State, she just isn’t able to travel down to Atlanta as freely for multiple days week after week. We were extremely fortunate to add on a new videographer as our primary shooter, Ali, who has done an amazing job shooting wedding videos with us as part of Team FengLong! Special shout out to “The Hira” as our honorary 3rd team member of the Original Squad even though she’s too big time now to have time for us :p

I put together this fun little video of us to show all of the crazy Behind the Scenes and Outtakes that happen during a wedding weekend! A lot of these are the clips that usually don’t make it into the highlight trailers for the bride and groom, but I still get a kick out of seeing them as I skim through the footage in the editing process. Sorry for always walking in front of your camera, Ali! ;)

2015 FengLong Best of Wedding Photography Blog Post

Here’s to a great 2016! Click here to see the gigantic 2015 wedding photography year in review blog post to see more Indian Wedding photos!

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii Travel Photography

Even with this unseasonably warm Winter, it still looks like Christmas all around New York City! With the holiday displays in the windows and the lights installations around Manhattan, you can’t help but feel the holiday magic (even if it’s 60 degrees outside)! Being a Floridian at heart I think I’ll take this warm weather, but I did wish we had a White Christmas this year for Miles to see =). All photos taken here with the Sony A7ii and Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens of course!

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Bryant Park’s fountain has not frozen yet, and the Winter Village with ice skating is full of people for the holidays!

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

5th Avenue, New York City

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Rockefeller Center with the Christmas tree and ice rink

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were filming Saturday Night Live promos at Rockefeller Center, and of course it was swarming with people! You can sort of catch Tina Fey in the center of this photo… somewhere…

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Lower Manhattan, SoHo!

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Trees for sale in SoHo.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

The Christmas tree inside the Washington Square Park Arch

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Holiday decorations in the Financial District by One World Trade Center.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

This was the temporary Museum of Feelings installation, with One World Trade Center in the background.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

The “Luminaries” art installation by David Rockwell at Brookfield Place

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Christmas lights and trees in Zuccotti Park, FiDi.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

The Christmas tree and holiday lights at the New York Stock Exchange at Wall Street.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Back in Midtown, the holiday art installations are amazing and really make New York City feel festive!

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Radio City Music Hall alight with it’s Christmas Tree.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Lord & Taylor’s holiday windows were a hit, turning their scaffolding into a holiday scene on the sidewalk.

New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii

Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square, always one of my favorite parts of the holidays! We didn’t do Santaland this year, I think once is enough :)

Thanks for seeing New York City at Christmas time through my quick one day excursion with my handy Sony A7ii!

Radhika & Kishan | The Goat Farm & Piedmont Park | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Today we have a super fun engagement session from down in Atlanta from a couple weeks ago hitting the blog! If any of the Atlanta-based readers are seeing this you might remember that crazy 3 week period where you guys were getting 100% rain every. single. day. for about 3 weeks! Craziness! With some rescheduling due to the rain, I didn’t want to fly down from New York and it end up being a 100% rain day, we finally found a weekend that it was only drizzling for most of the day! I’ll take that over pouring rain any day! I just want to add that while I was watching the Weather Channel forecasts for Atlanta, it was gorgeous 70 degree Fall weather up here in New York =). Meeting up with these two in Atlanta, Kishan had arranged for us to shoot at The Goat Farm Arts Center over in the Westside of Atlanta! This is a super cool location that I had been to once before for a Jeff Newsom ATLmgddn workshop in 2014, and now I finally had a great opportunity to come back again with a bride and groom for their engagement session!

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Well it is the Goat FARM, chicken photo bomb!

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Radhika & Kishan Engagement | Goat Farm Atlanta | Atlanta Indian Engagement Session

Click this Read More link below to see the rest of the photographs from this Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at the Goat Farm and Piedmont Park if you are reading this post in the condensed view!

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Rachana & Matt’s Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Fusion Indian Wedding Photographer

After posting way too many Summer vacation photos here on the blog, it’s finally time for a full wedding blog post! This past weekend I was down in Atlanta celebrating with Sidra & Naveed at the newly renovated Hilton Atlanta Northeast, and during the down time during this Indian Wedding weekend I finally wrapped up our entire China trip here on the blog with a bunch of touristy photos of Shanghai mostly, so check those out if you were curious about China! If not and you’re just here to see the best Indian wedding photographer in New York and Atlanta (if I do say so myself, lol!) then keep on scrolling for finally a fresh blog post!

Rachana & Matt’s fusion Indian wedding took place at the Alpharetta Marriott on Windward Parkway and the Metropolitan Club Alpharetta across the street, with the Catholic ceremony taking place at St. Benedict Catholic Church. With a ton of events taking place all over Atlanta for this fusion Indian wedding, special shout out to the amazing Payal with Anokhi Events to keep us all sane and on schedule! DJ Jaz rocked us all night as usual for the reception at the Metropolitan Club!

The day started off here at the Alpharetta Marriott getting our beautiful bride Rachana and dashing groom Matt ready for their morning church ceremony at St. Benedict’s.

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Hair by the amazingly talented Gunn Glamour!

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Video by us at FengLong Photography, of course! :)

Rachana & Matt's Fusion Wedding | Metropolitan Club Alpharetta | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Click this “Read More” link if your blog post ends here to see the rest of the photos from the best Atlanta Fusion Indian Wedding! (If you see more photos disregard, have to put the link somewhere) :)

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Summer Vacation | China Trip Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

The final day of these China Vacation blog posts! I can finally get back to weddings so that you don’t have to scroll so far in the blog to see actual New York and Atlanta Indian weddings :). Day 13 was our final day before heading home to New York from Shanghai, and we wanted to take Miles to the Bund since I had pretty much gone by myself each time and it was always at night when Miles should be sleeping. Crowds were still there during the day, and the couples taking wedding photos were still there of course!

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

Family photo with a self timer on the Sony A7ii using one of the light poles as a tripod stand :)

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The

Daytime long exposure of The Bund using a Lee 10 stop Neutral Density filter and the Sony A7ii with the 16-35mm f/4 OSS Zeiss lens.

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

Wedding photos!

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

Chinese brides in Shanghai doing their pre-wedding photo shoot with the city skyline

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 13 | The Bund Shanghai

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Summer Vacation | China Trip 2015 Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Day 12 was our second day in Shanghai for our China Vacation 2015, and we explored some of the more touristy things that the city has to offer, but of course I did go back to The Bund in the evening to check out more of the famous skyline views! Another day putting the Sony A7ii to the test as a travel camera!

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Jingan Temple in the middle of Shanghai, with high rise buildings all around the courtyard.

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Jingan and the surrounding high rises of Shanghai.

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Of course writing this I totally forget the name, but this was another temple in Shanghai that I was able to get taking a tourist sightseeing bus :)

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

The famous singles market in Shanghai! Parents come here to meet other parents and try to play matchhmaker. On the front of the umbrellas are their kid’s qualifications :)

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Jumping on the Big Bus Shanghai I took the option to go to the top of the Jing Mao building where I attempted to catch a sunset. With the fog and smog today I didn’t really see the sun and the view was rather cloudy, but it still was an amazing view!

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Beautiful Shanghai at night!

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

I thought this view was pretty amazing with the low clouds reflecting all of the neon lights of the city.

Summer Vacation Blog | China Day 12 | Jingan Temple & The Bund Shanghai

Click this “Read More” link to see the rest of the photos from Day 12 in Shanghai if you are only seeing the condensed blog view!

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Summer Vacation | China Trip 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Days 10 and 11 of our Summer vacation to China sort of blended together with one day being a travel day, so they’re blended together with this vacation photos blog post! As we were exploring parts of Fujian and Wuyi we went to visit Wuyi University which has a gorgeous and large campus out in the countryside of Wuyishan. After spending the morning/afternoon around the university and visiting Betty’s family they dropped us off at the Wuyi rail station where we took the evening train over to Shanghai. Here are some of the sights from Wuyi University and Shanghai!

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Had Betty stand in for scale to just how big some of these buildings at Wuyi University are.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Since it was Summer break for the University the campus was mostly empty other than a few international students.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Days 10 & 11 | Wuyi University & Train & Shanghai

Click this next “Read More” link to see the rest of his post from our Summer 2015 China trip to Wuyi and Shanghai if you are reading this as a condensed post to see more photos!

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