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5 Helpful Tips for Beginner Photographers

There’s a lot of pressure to take a great picture, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As a beginner photographer, you’ll just need the right tools and tips to help you get started. If you’re looking for some guidance on how to capture your life in photos, here are five helpful tips:

1. Understand your camera 

We all started somewhere! If you are embarking on an exciting journey of becoming a professional photographer, congratulations! It is a very thrilling and rewarding career but keep in mind that it may take you some time to get where you want to be.

Before you start taking photos, it’s essential to understand how your camera works. Take some time to read the manual, learn about the different modes and settings, and practice adjusting them. Knowing how to control your camera will give you more creative freedom and help you capture the shots you want.

Here are three things you probably want to do first:

  • Understand your camera.
  • Learn to use the manual and understand all of its functions.
  • Familiarize yourself with all modes, settings, and lenses that come with your camera.
2. Use natural light before you invest in professional lighting

The best kind of light is the one that doesn’t cost a thing.

Natural light is more flattering, it’s free and it’s more forgiving than flash. It also allows you to take pictures at any time of day without worrying about running out of batteries or recharging your flash unit. Natural light gives you more interesting shots too because it casts shadows on your subject in different ways throughout the day–this adds depth and dimension to an image that can’t be replicated with artificial sources (or even by using natural ones later on). Practice to get the result you want with natural light. Try taking photog in different times of day. Do you nitice how the colors change in the morning, afternoon, and right before sunset? Practice to position your subject in the most flattering light. Try getting exposure right on manual settings.

Pro tip: Lighting is one of the most critical factors in photography. As a beginner, it’s best to start with natural light as it’s readily available and easy to work with. Try shooting during the “golden hour,” which is the hour after sunrise or before sunset when the light is soft and warm. Avoid harsh midday sunlight, as it can create unflattering shadows and make your photos look flat.

3. Pay attention to composition

Composition is the art of arranging elements in a photo to create an aesthetically pleasing and balanced image.

As a beginner photographer, you should practice composing your shots carefully. Start by applying the rule of thirds, which involves dividing the image into thirds horizontally and vertically and placing the subject at one of the intersecting points. Experiment with different angles, perspectives, and framing to create visually appealing images.

Compositional elements include:

  • The rule of thirds – Imagine your frame divided into thirds horizontally and vertically, then place your subject on one of those intersections (see below). This helps create an image that isn’t too centered or overwhelming for the viewer’s eye.
  • Leading lines – Lines that lead into or out of the frame can help direct attention toward or away from certain parts of a photo, as well as add depth to an otherwise flat shot. Pay attention when taking photos at night–often times there will be street lights that act as leading lines!
  • Framing – Use objects in front of you like trees or buildings so they frame what’s behind them! For example: take a picture through glass doors at night so only part of yourself shows up but everything else outside looks amazing because it’s lit up by street lights.
4. Practice, practice, practice 

Practice is a great way to improve your photography. It will help you understand the camera better, and it will also help you understand how to use natural light. Practice also gives you an opportunity to learn composition, as well as gather feedback from others who see your photos. Finally, practice is important because it allows us to repeat what we’ve already learned in order to become more proficient at our craft.

Photography is a skill that takes time and practice to master. Take your camera with you wherever you go and challenge yourself to shoot in different environments and lighting conditions. Experiment with different techniques and settings, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is an essential part of the process.

5. Gather feedback and repeat

Finally, seek feedback from others to improve your skills. Share your photos with friends, family, or online communities and ask for constructive criticism. You can also attend photography workshops or join a photography club to meet other photographers and learn from them. Use feedback to identify areas for improvement and set goals for your next shoot.

If you want to become a better photographer, you need to learn how to take criticism. In order for people to give feedback on your work, they have to see it first. So make sure that every time you show off your photography skills or post something online, there’s also an invitation for comments and critiques.

When someone gives you feedback on something in your photos (whether it’s technical advice or just general thoughts), listen carefully instead of getting defensive or arguing back right away–they might have valid points! Take the time necessary so that when someone gives you advice about improving their technique with lighting equipment and other factors involved in creating great shots like composition and angle choices among other things then try implementing these changes into future shots before deciding whether or not they were worth following through with based upon how well they worked out after doing so.”

In conclusion, photography is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby that anyone can learn. By understanding your camera, using natural light, paying attention to composition, practicing, and seeking feedback, you can develop your skills and create stunning images. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process!

We hope these tips have helped you get started on the right foot. Remember, it’s all about the journey, so don’t worry if you feel like you aren’t perfecting your craft right away! The most important thing is to keep practicing and having fun with photography as much as possible–and we’re sure that once you do, your pictures will reflect that enthusiasm in no time at all.


Lavish garden-themed winter wedding at the Art Factory, Paterson, NJ

Romantic garden-themed winter wedding at Art Factory, Paterson NJ

This incredible wedding that my team had the pleasure to be a part of in January 2022 was definitely one for the books. It was themed as a lavish green garden and it is kind of ironic that it took place on the coldest and snowiest day of the year. Katie and Jeff had a lavish wedding ceremony during sunset. The ballroom where the ceremony took place was warm and decorated in lavish greenery and flowers while the loud wind gusts, snow and very cold temperatures outside reminded everyone that it was still winter.

The wedding was themed as a lavish green garden and it is kind of ironic that it took place on the coldest and snowiest day of the year in January 2022.

We’ve captured countless unforgettable moments, but one wedding in particular will always stand out in our memories – the blizzard wedding of 2022.

When we heard that Winter Storm Elliott was headed our way, we knew we had to take precautions. Despite the venue being just 18 miles from our studio, we opted to stay in a nearby hotel to ensure we could get there safely. And boy, were we glad we did! The storm dumped up to four feet of snow and caused widespread chaos throughout New York State and beyond.

But we were determined to make it to the wedding, no matter what. With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4×4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us – it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!

Thanks to our quick thinking and Alex’s heroic driving skills, we arrived at the venue 1.5 hours before our official start time. We were thrilled to see our industry friends Ingrid and Gloria from EverAfter Events already hard at work, ensuring the day would be a success.

With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4×4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us – it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!

Romantic garden-themed winter wedding at Art Factory, Paterson NJ
Romantic garden-themed winter wedding at Art Factory, Paterson NJ
Romantic garden-themed winter wedding at Art Factory, Paterson NJ
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!
With our trusty videographer Alex behind the wheel of his 4x4 SUV, we braved the treacherous roads, averaging just 6 miles per hour. We even witnessed a car slide right in front of us - it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least!

The wedding was themed as a lavish green garden and it is kind of ironic that it took place on the coldest and snowiest day of the year in February 2022. Katie and Jeff had a lavish wedding ceremony during sunset. The ballroom where the ceremony took place was warm and decorated in lavish greenery and flowers while the loud wind gusts, snow and very cold temperatures outside reminded everyone that it was still winter.

The couple’s cake was also very unique and beautiful. Three sweet tiers masterfully designed in rustic style were decorated with elegant fresh flowers.

The couple and the guests were drenched in greenery. The centerpieces of the cocktail hour were suckling pig roasted right at the venue and a custom ice sculpture.

The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces — suckling pig roasted right at the venue! — and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!

The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit!
The bride and groom wanted to create a unique experience for themselves, their families and friends by creating an enchanted forest atmosphere, so they drenched their guests in lush greens and flowers. The cocktail hour centerpieces -- suckling pig roasted right at the venue! and a custom ice sculpture- were a huge hit! The after party with New Jersey Devil

The after party was epic! The special guest was a New Jersey Devil himself! Maybe not what you think, it is Jeff’s favorite ice hockey team.

The party was held at the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ which was an eclectic and unique location for their celebration. We had access to all their different areas from the ribbon room, to the bar area, to the ceremony room and the ballroom.

In the end, the blizzard wedding of 2022 turned out to be a stunning celebration of love, despite the challenges. And we were honored to be there to capture every precious moment. So if you’re looking for a wedding photographer who will stop at nothing to give you the perfect memories of your special day, look no further than our talented team!

Event Professionals:
Venue: The Art Factory Paterson | Planner: Ever After Events | Tableware & menus: Willow and Sage Catering | Photography & Video: Artvesta Studio | Makeup: Makeup by Danielle Arci | Hair: Hair by Casey Veda |  Event Painter: J Howard Studios


5 Tips on Becoming a Better Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography is a tough business, but it’s also full of opportunity. If you’re looking to make a name for yourself as a wedding photographer, you’ll need to learn from the best and practice constantly. That said, here are some tips that will help you make it in this competitive industry:

New York City Wedding Photo Shoot

1. Build your technical skills:

As a wedding photographer, you need to have a solid understanding of camera settings, lighting, composition, and post-processing. Take the time to learn and practice these skills regularly to improve your craft.Practice is the key to improvement. If you want to be a better wedding photographer, then practice shooting in low light and at night. Practice shooting in different environments and at different times of day. Practice shooting at different locations as well!

It’s easy for us all to get stuck in our own comfort zones when it comes to photography (and life), but if we want our work or abilities as photographers or people who love photography and are passionate about it all around us in general–not just weddings–to grow and improve then we need to step out of those comfort zones every once in awhile.

2. Develop your people skills:

Wedding photography involves working with clients, wedding party members, and vendors. You need to be able to communicate effectively, put people at ease, and build rapport quickly. Practicing your interpersonal skills will help you build a good reputation and ensure that your clients are happy with your work.

Attitude is everything. If you’re the type of person who gets down on themselves, or if your attitude is negative, it will show in your photos. Keep an optimistic outlook at all times!

Don’t let a bad experience get you down; learn from it and move on.

Ask for help when need be; don’t be afraid to ask other photographers for advice or critique (and don’t take their advice personally). Also, it’s okay for friends/family members not being photographers themselves to do test shots with their phones–they’ll still give valuable feedback on things like lighting, composition etc., which can be just as useful as having an actual photographer there helping out!

Don’t be afraid of taking risks either: try different things with composition or lighting styles until something clicks!

 

3. Invest in quality gear and learn from other pros:

Having good quality camera gear can make a huge difference in the quality of your photos. While you don’t need to go out and buy the most expensive equipment, investing in good lenses, a sturdy tripod, and a reliable camera body will help you produce high-quality images.

There are a lot of great ways to network with other wedding photographers and get feedback on your work. One of the best ways is to join a community of like-minded people who share their knowledge and experience in order to help each other improve. You can find many such groups on social media, but you’ll also find them at conferences and workshops, or even just by asking around at local events where photographers might be present (you never know who might know someone!).

If you want to learn more about how wedding photography works from someone who has been doing it for years, seek out mentors who are willing to share their knowledge with others–and don’t forget that there are plenty of online resources too!

4. Build a strong portfolio:

Your portfolio is the key to attracting new clients and establishing yourself as a professional photographer. Make sure your portfolio showcases your best work, and includes a variety of shots that demonstrate your range and style.

When you’re first starting out as a photographer, it can be hard to know where to begin. There are so many skills that you need to develop in order to become better at your craft–but where do you start?

The best thing that you can do for yourself is to learn from others and practice as much as possible. Study other photographers’ work, see what they do well and how they do it differently from other photographers. Then try incorporating these techniques into your own style of shooting weddings (or whatever else).

You also need practice shooting weddings yourself! It sounds obvious, but the more time spent behind the camera at real events will help build confidence and improve technique over time–and make sure that when we get into editing later on this list of five tips for improving wedding photography skillset becomes easier for everyone involved!

Same sex wedding at Robert restaurant in New York City

5. Keep learning and evolving:

Photography is an ever-evolving field, and it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques. Attend workshops and conferences, follow other photographers on social media, and continue to learn and grow in your craft.

In conclusion, if you want to become a better wedding photographer, there are a few things you can do. First off, practice! The more you shoot weddings and portraits, the more experience you will have under your belt. Second, study the work of other photographers–both professionals and amateurs alike. You never know what tips or tricks could help make your photos even better than before. Finally, network with other photographers so that they can give advice on how best practices would work in their own lives as well ?”

 

Manhattan wedding flatiron building wedding photo black ebony couple

Starting your wedding photography career? Hey, I’m Tatiana, a wedding photographer based in New York City capturing love since 2004 and I’m here to help you start your journey! Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at artvestastudio (at) gmail.com

Speak soon!


Luxury Wedding at Gedney Farm, The Berkshires, MA

Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires

love stories are always unique and beautiful in their own way. Max and Jessica’s love story is no exception. They met in July 2019 when Max’s boss, Drew, introduced them. Despite Max’s initial reluctance, they hit it off and began dating. Fast forward to a year later, the couple exchanged vows in a picturesque wedding ceremony in the Berkshires. In this blog post, we’ll take you through their love story and their magical wedding day.

Max and Jessica knew they wanted to get married in the Berkshires because it holds significant memories for both of them.

Max went to camp there, and Jessica’s family has a home close to Gedney, the venue they ultimately chose. As soon as they walked into the venue, they knew it was the perfect spot for them. The venue encapsulated everything they loved about the Berkshires- beautiful nature, awesome food, and a warm, welcoming vibe.

Planning: After being engaged for a year, Max and Jessica spent ten months planning their wedding. The couple put in a lot of effort to ensure everything was perfect. The result was a beautiful, well-planned wedding that reflected their personalities and love for each other.

The couple’s wedding ceremony, the chuppah, was a poignant moment that brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

The Ceremony: The most memorable part of their wedding day was the beautiful vows they exchanged under the chuppah. It was a poignant moment that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. They also performed Valerie, a soulful song that added to the already magical atmosphere.

Max and Jessica’s love story is a testament to the fact that love finds a way, no matter the circumstances.

Conclusion: Max and Jessica’s love story is a testament to the fact that love finds a way, no matter the circumstances. Their wedding was a beautiful affair that reflected their love for each other and the Berkshires. We wish the couple a lifetime of happiness and love.

Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires
Gedney farm luxury wedding in the berkshires

Event Professionals:
Venue: Gedney Farm |  Photography & Video: Artvesta Studio |


5 Tips on Planning the Perfect Christmas Marriage Proposal

Christmas is often a popular time for couples to get engaged due to the festive atmosphere and the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends.

Christmas is a time for celebrating love and creating meaningful memories with loved ones. If you’re considering proposing to your significant other on Christmas, it can be a romantic and memorable way to ask them to spend the rest of their life with you. However, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure that the proposal is a surprise for your partner. In this article, we’ll provide tips for proposing a marriage on Christmas, including how to plan ahead, consider your partner’s preferences, make the moment meaningful, and get creative. Whether you’re planning an intimate and private proposal or a grand and elaborate gesture, these tips will help you plan the perfect Christmas proposal.

Here are the top 5 tips to plan a perfect Christmas engagement: 

A couple getting engaged in New York - a Christmas marriage proposal
1. Plan ahead

Proposing on Christmas can be a romantic and memorable way to ask your partner to spend the rest of their life with you. However, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure that the proposal is a surprise for your partner. This might involve coordinating with family and friends, or finding a special and private location to pop the question.

2. Consider your partner’s preferences

Take the time to think about what your partner would enjoy and appreciate. For example, if they’re not a fan of public displays of affection, a more intimate and private proposal might be more suitable. On the other hand, if they love surprises and grand gestures, a more elaborate proposal might be in order.

3. Make it meaningful

Christmas is a time for celebrating traditions and creating meaningful memories. Consider incorporating elements that are meaningful to both of you into the proposal, such as a song or a special piece of jewelry.

Meaningful details for an engagement - a couple getting engaged
4. Consider the timing

While Christmas Eve or Christmas Day might seem like the most obvious time to propose, it’s important to consider what will feel most comfortable and special for your partner. Maybe they would prefer a proposal on a quiet morning walk, or perhaps a cozy evening in front of the fireplace.

5. Get creative

There are endless ways to propose on Christmas, and getting creative can help make the moment even more memorable. Some ideas might include hiding the ring in a Christmas ornament, creating a scavenger hunt with clues leading to the proposal, or incorporating a Christmas carol into the proposal.

Engaged couple - she said YES!

With these five tips in mind, you should be well on your way to planning the perfect marriage proposal. Remember to consider your partner’s tastes and preferences, make it personal and meaningful, and be sure to put some thought into the details. And most importantly, don’t forget to let your love and excitement shine through. With a little bit of planning and a whole lot of love, you can create a proposal that will be remembered for years to come. Good luck!


Top 6 Tips for a Summer Wedding in New York

Summer Wedding in Long Island City
Wedding Season is Here

The summer wedding season is officially here! Summer temperatures in New York City can reach 90°’s (the hottest summer temperature ever recorded in New York City was 108°) It is essential to know that although summer weddings are incredibly romantic, such hot temperatures can cause some real discomfort to you, your wedding professionals, and your guests. Being considerate (read being well-prepared) is key. Proper preparations are especially important for an outdoor wedding.
From abundant shade and hydration stations to appropriate summer bride and groom attire, in this article we are covering the most important things to consider when planning and outdoor summer wedding in New York. We have compiled expert tips of the pros you’ll want to follow to ensure your guests enjoy your special day, too!

Here are the top 6 tips to plan the best outdoor wedding for your guests:

Summer refreshments for a wedding ice cold water with lemon
1. Pre-ceremony refreshments 

While your traditional glass of “welcome” champagne is always tempting, keep in mind that for the next hour, your guests may be under the scorching summer sun. Try opting to serving non-alcoholic drinks as pre-ceremony refreshments instead.

Cold water, iced tea, fruit and mint-infused water, lemonade – keep your guests thirsts quenched and their well-beings in mind and hydrated. There will be plenty of time to pop the bubbly later!

2. Shade

If you can host your wedding ceremony in a shaded area or under a plethora of trees, it will probably be a good idea to do so. Otherwise, don’t forget to provide parasols and personal fans (wedding programs make great fans!) for your guests. You may also want to provide sunscreens, sunglasses and hats depending on the wedding style and length of the ceremony.  

3. Timeline 

To avoid the mid-afternoon scorching heat, begin your ceremony later in the day such as around 6PM. A later time will provide a more comfortable environment and save your guests from sunburn and heat exhaustion.

Remember, sticking to the timeline will help to keep your guests happy and comfortable. You never want to make your guests wait too long. They are excited to share your day with you and the more comfortable they are during your wedding ceremony, the more energy they will have to keep your dance floor lit during your reception!

Punta Cana summer ceremony seat allignment
4. Seats 

Even if you host a short and sweet 15 – 20 minute ceremony and opt for a non-seated arrangement, plan ahead for your elderly guests and pregnant friends. In extremely hot weather, even 5 minutes standing can become challenging. 

Seats matter, and not only the quantity but the type of seats as well. For example, metallic chairs are great and may look pretty in the pictures however, for obvious reasons, chair cushions are a must.

5. Pests

We love summer weddings. And so do bugs! Be sure to ask your venue about their pest control schedule. You may also want to provide travel-sized bug spray for your guests if your ceremony runs long.

Also, talk to your florists as they can suggest some specific flowers that help to keep the bugs away! 

Summer wedding ceremony tips
6. Sunglasses

Help your guests to be more present and comfortable during your ceremony by providing them with sunglasses and protecting their eyes from direct sun light. Those glasses can also double up as souvenirs and keepsakes of warm and lasting memories of your wedding day.

Sunglasses as wedding favors for a summer wedding in new york

Following these simple steps will most definitely enhance your guests’ experience at your wedding. With so many significant details to keep in mind, planning your own big day can get overwhelming. When it feels like a little bit too much, try reaching out to your local event planners for help.

Thank you to Olha Barabash at Sense of Moment for contributing her knowledge and expertise to this article.

Featured venues: Ravel Hotel Events, Queens Botanical Garden

Photography: Tatiana Valerie, ArtVesta Studio


Tatiana Valerie Featured in New York Post

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Tatiana Valerie’s photography was featured in New York Post. The newspaper gave an extensive overview of castles and manors of Westchester and Long Island. The photo highlighted in the article features the couple, Stacey Phillips and Brian De Santo whose wedding Tatiana photographed in 2018 at Castle Hotel & Spa.

Tatiana Valerie's feature in New York Post, 2021

The article can be found online and in print.


Tatiana Valerie featured in New York Post

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Tatiana Valerie’s photography was featured in New York Post. The newspaper gave an extensive overview of castles and manors of Westchester and Long Island. The photo highlighted in the article features the couple, Stacey Phillips and Brian De Santo whose wedding Tatiana photographed in 2018 at Castle Hotel & Spa.

Tatiana Valerie's feature in New York Post, 2021

The article can be found online and in print.


LUXURY FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS WEDDING AT LOTTE PALACE NEW YORK

Luxury Christmas Wedding at Lotte Palace New York Bride in a big dress

Picture an iconic hotel that has been home to some incredible dignitaries and celebrities in the heart of New York City and you’ve got the Lotte New York Palace. 

This hotel is stunning all year round! The landmark Villard Mansion with its gold-drenched ceilings and marble columns as well as the grand Madison Ballroom are dream locations for a luxuriously romantic fairytale.

Lotte New York Palace hotel has one of the most beautiful and recognizable Christmas trees in New York City.

The Palace hotel has one of the most beautiful and recognizable Christmas trees in New York City.  A 35-feet tall tree all decked out and shining brightly in the quintessential courtyard of the hotel centrally located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, minutes away from some of the most revered attractions such as Central Park, Rockefeller Centre and Radio City Music Hall.

The fairytale started with the dress by Galia Lahav, an amazing crown and oversized veils from Bridal Styles Boutique.

And who doesn’t know Radio City Rockettes from NYC’s Christmas Spectacular? They surely added a burst of color and cheer to the festive occasion! An extra special act from Cirque Central, ‘Confetti Bubble Beauty’ brought this magical Christmas scene over the top.  This performance could add a unique  visual element to any wedding!

Our fairytale continued inside the Palace as event designer, Eva Madeleina created a magical, enchanted garden-like atmosphere with flowers and greenery.  Clear Chiavari chairs with hunter green cushions for the ceremony perfectly completed the light and airy look to balance out heavy christmasy greens.

The lounge areas were given a fairytale makeover with a Tuscan Rose sofa and an armchair and a gold glass coffee table so that the guests could feel like royalty.

To add a classy audible dimension to the ceremony, we invited NYC’s most fashionable and chic Jazz duo, Acute Inflections to perform for the couple and their guests.

It is absolutely possible to have a chic dream wedding even in the times of COVID and technology is definitely on our side to virtually connect with the loved ones on such a significant day.

It is absolutely possible to have a chic dream wedding even in the times of COVID and technology is definitely on our side to virtually connect with the loved ones on such a significant day.

The new virtual trend of hybrid weddings became very popular and in high demand among those couples, who don’t want to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic.

Hybrid wedding virtual wedding projector screen

The new virtual trend of hybrid weddings became very popular and in high demand among those couples, who don’t want to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic.

Even though the traditional Christmas colors are red, white and green, our event designers incorporated blush, white and gold to create the romantic, fairytale vibe. The laser-cut menus and blush charges with gold edges matched the romantic, luxury wedding theme perfectly.

Since current health precautions encourage everything contactless, we asked a talented calligrapher Joanne Day to create a grand escort card mirror featuring the New York skyline and some traditional Christmas accents.

The gorgeous centerpiece of the reception was the dessert table featuring delicious cupcakes, sweet cookies and stunning tiered wedding cake from ‘A Simple Cake’. 

The shoot was a spectacular, fun team project where all participating event pros gave every little detail the attention it deserved. 

We featured two very different couples as our wedding models to showcase multiple dimensions of the space and incorporate different personalities and vibes.

The first couple, Anastasia and Thiago, are classic and elegant heroes of this visual winter fairy-tale. I captured some black and white and some available light images to showcase the ambiance and the vibe of the rooms.

Our second couple, Joshua and Faith, helped me create eye-catching, playful images that are full of glam and character. This feather accented fanciful wedding gown was perfect for the chilly winter weather and the chic, dramatic look we were going for.

Bold and charismatic couple Christmas wedding

Event Professionals:

Venue: Lotte New York Palace | Planner: Best Venues Group | Décor: Eva Madelina | Photography: Artvesta Studio | Video: ET Weddings | Rentals: Glam Party Rentals | Dessert Table: A Simple Cake | Makeup: Namani MUA | Hair: Dida Hair And Makeup | Jewelry: Bridal Style Boutique | Bridal Gowns: Bridal Reflections New York | Models: Anastasia , Faith Amber ,  Joshua lhila | Jazz Duo: Acute Inflections | Talent: Cirque Central | Calligrapher: Joanne Day Calligraphy | Menus: Ceci New York | Tux: Robbie & Co