Jenny & Mike’s Battery Park NYC Wedding

Inspiration, wedding photography

This weekend, I flew to NYC to shoot a wedding that has been a long time in the making. I was initially supposed to photograph Mike and Jenny’s wedding back in May, and it got postponed due to Covid. They decided to hold a smaller wedding with 50 people to comply with NYC regulations, so I hopped on a plane and came back to the Big Apple to be there for their special day!

The day started off with some fun in Jenny’s hotel room, with the girls popping champagne and Jenny finishing writing her vows in her vow book. And let’s not forget the insane view they had from downtown NYC!

Then I started shooting her details, from her high heels to the flowers to the stunning dress. The lace work on her gown was so intricate that I wanted to make sure to get some details of it with my macro lens.

Next it was time for Jenny and her girls to get ready for the wedding, which included hair, makeup and getting their dresses on!

Here’s a detail of her flowers, which included something borrowed and something blue from her family:

We walked outside to take some family photos, and the lighting was so great! I love this candid shot I got of Jenny crossing the street.

Then I headed down the street to Mike’s apartment by Battery Park so I could shoot some images of the guys getting ready. They were having a good time hanging out.

We went to the roof to take a few pictures, and the view was insane. You could see the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey and uptown. It was stunning.

Soon it was time to head over to the venue and photograph all the details of the wedding and reception before the guests got there.

And just like that, it was time for them to get married! They read their own vows that they had written, and Mike mentioned how he’d protect Jenny from dinosaurs. It was adorable.

I also managed to run up to the roof to get a wide shot of the wedding. You can see the Staten Island Ferry on the river in the background, as well as the Statue of Liberty.

Around sunset, I took Mike and Jenny into the park for a few shots before the reception. The lighting was great all day, and the park was empty, so we got some stunning photos.

Then it was time for the reception, where there were some great toasts given and things got wild on the dance floor!

All in all, it was a stunning wedding and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. For more of my wedding photos, head over to my weddings page and my weddings Instagram.

I’m Moving to Austin!

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Justin and I are excited to announce that we’ll be cruising down to Austin, TX next week to move there for a year! Justin has accepted a job at Fetch and I’ll still be doing freelance photography!

If you know connections in Austin or have recommendations about places we should go or things we should do, I’d love it if you’d drop me a message and let me know! My email is gdeimz@gmail.com or you can send me a message on social media, @gdeimz.

6 TikTok Ideas for Photographers

Inspiration, photography tips

If you’re a photographer that’s new to TikTok and you have no idea what to post, then this is the article for you! I’ve been using and learning TikTok for a few months now, and I wanted to share with you some of the ideas I’ve tried on TikTok as a photographer! I compiled six ideas that you can use to get started on TikTok today!

#1: A Day In The Life

People want to see what your life as a photographer is like, whether that’s heading to a photoshoot, working on some edits, or even something wild like photographing a music festival. Here’s the TikTok I made about one of my favorite days ever, when I got to photograph Post Malone at VooDoo Fest in New Orleans.

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This is the story of the best day of my life πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŽΆπŸ“·πŸ’₯ #postmalone #concert #photography

♬ original sound – gdeimz

#2: Before-After Photos

These can be so much fun because you get to see the process from the original unedited photo to the final beautiful image! You can also show off your Photoshop skills with a Before/After photo. Here’s one I made, and I combined it with the Wipe It Down challenge to try to widen my audience.

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#wipeitdownchallenge featuring my #beforeandafter photos πŸ“·πŸŽ‰πŸŒΈ

♬ Wipe It Down – BMW KENNY

#3: Your Photography Glow Up

You know those terrible photos you took five years ago? Pull those out, because a new trend on TikTok is to show your photography glow up. Put the photos in order of oldest to newest, so people can see how much you’ve improved. It actually took me a few hours to go into the archives and pull out these old photos, but I love how it turned out.

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Here’s my photography #glowup from 2010-2020 πŸ“·βœ¨πŸ˜ #HiddenGems

♬ original sound – gdeimz

#4: Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot

This can be an on-location shoot, or even a product shoot at home. People love to see how photoshoots happen in real time. Here’s one I did of a donut photoshoot in my house. Make sure you end the video with the final images so people can see the end result.

#5: An Editing Video

As cool as photoshoots are, editing videos are just as cool! Show people the process you go through on Lightroom or Photoshop. You’d be surprised how impressed people can be by some simple spot removing and color corrections. Here’s a pretty extravagant Photoshop session I did for a TikTok. It took a few hours, but simpler edits work fine too!

#6: Photography Tips

This one is gold on TikTok. Any advice or tips you have to share as a photographer is really valuable. People want to know how to pose better, how to get great shots with their iPhone, outfits that work great for photoshoots, and much more related to photography. Here’s one I made called 5 Prompts to Pose Couples.

Bonus: Whatever is Trending Right Now, But with a Photography Take

This one works great to get new audiences to see you. Go on the trending page and see what people are making videos about (or what songs they’re using) and try to make one, but with a photography spin. Here’s an example of one I did when it was trending.

And most importantly, have fun! This is a totally new way to share your art, so go try making some TikToks! Make sure to tag me if you do use any of these ideas. I’m @gdeimz on social media, and I can’t wait to see your TikToks!!