Category: Photography

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.


Kelsie & Noah’s Summer Wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC

Sweet young couple Kelsie and Noah joined their hearts in a lush wedding ceremony on July 13th, 2019 at Ravel Hotel located in the trendy Long Island City, NYC. It was such a delightful, happy, and fun day! Everything was just perfect and I am so excited to share these photos! The couple’s precious fur baby Ellie deserves special credit for being the exclusive ring bearer!
Beautiful views of Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding day
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - groom's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - the first look bride and groom
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple on the rooftop
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple by the ivy wall
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - happy bride
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photo together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony ring exchange
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - end of wedding ceremony
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Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - challah breaking
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding reception
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - speeches
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - fathers dance
Here is the couple’s story:
 
Kelsie & Noah are both acappella nerds and met in their post-collegiate group, Blackout. One day Noah took Kelsie back to the place where they met, the place he auditioned for the acappella group and popped the question!
 
From the bride & groom:
We wanted our wedding to be formal but we asked our guests to lean towards colorful attire! Kelsie bought her dress at Sarah Seven and Noah got his tux from Indochino. Both of our shopping experiences were incredible and we highly recommend both places!
 
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
For the most part, our ceremony and reception were secular. We did, however, incorporate a chuppah into our ceremony. During our reception, we had Noah’s grandfather cut the challah and our whole party danced to the horah!
 
What is your best memory from your wedding?
Kelsie surprised Noah by getting up with the band and singing Noah’s favorite song. We also were blown away by all the love and excitement when we entered our reception for the first time!
 
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Use a day-of planner, whether it be a friend or a professional. Having someone else to take care of about all the crazy day-of mishaps will give you a chance to relax and enjoy the day before it all flies by. 
 

What gifts did you give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Kelsie gave each bridesmaid a matching set of pajamas, a travel carry-on bag, and a few other fun little things like monogrammed tumblers and tote bags with the wedding hashtag that Kelsie handpainted.
Noah gave each groomsmen monogrammed cufflinks and a bottle of their favorite liquor.
 
What were your gifts for one another?
We gave each other the trip of a lifetime, a safari and beach trip in East Africa!
 
What was your ceremony entrance song?
Crazy in Love – Jay Z and Beyonce
 
What was your first dance song?
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
 
Vendors:
Photography and Videography: ArtVesta Studio
Florals: FLO NY Events
Wedding dress: Sarah Seven
Groom’s attire: Indochino
 

Liz & Keisha’s romantic wedding at Whitby Castle, Rye, NY

This fascinating love story is a testament to the true love that makes this world go round. Pictures indeed speak louder than words. Two people, who compliment each other, have found the purest love, happiness, and devotion in each other. What a privilege it was to document your wedding, dear Keisha and Liz.

Liz and Keisha wrote their own vows and those heart-warming words surely made everyone tear up.

 

Liz

Before there was Lizzy and dimples.. There was someone who wasn’t comfortable with being herself… Someone who didn’t want to risk getting hurt and didn’t know how to open her heart… How we got here had its ups and downs, but it led me to here, standing in front of you without a doubt in my mind that i want to marry you.

You have taught me to be myself, stand tall and proud of who i am. You have been there for me every step of the way, you have dried every tear, massaged every sore muscle, and have been there for every 14-hr race from start to finish.

As much as I have been known for my athletic strength, you have been my strength.  I admire you for being true to urself, for living your own best life, and loving with an open heart. I admire you for being strong, intelligent, and direct to the point woman. When I look at you, I see someone i am in awe of.  

From the outside we look like total opposites.  But when you look deeper, you will see two people who love to travel, we cherish our family and friends and enjoy our quiet time at home on a sofa and, of course, with a nice glass of wine.

 

I promise to be a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold and be your shelter as we are stronger together. I promise to travel thru the ups and downs of marriage with you, always by your side. I promise to love with you, laugh with you, to race life’s challenges with you.  I stand in front of family and friends to give you my hand and give you my heart.

 

Keisha

I knew you would be different by our first Christmas together. You had the sweetest Christmas stockings for me filled with knick nacks. There was particularly long odd strangely wrapped gift that you urged me to open first…so i did and it was a box of dirty windshield wiper blades.  I was so confused.

But you wrapped my old windshield wiper blades because you knew i didn’t take good care of my car and you bought me new ones and put them on my car.

Acts of services is how you show love.  You knew i didn’t take the best care of my car and it was winter and the wiper blades needed to be changed months ago.  So you changed them and wrapped the old ones.  You gave me what i needed and have done that over and over for the past eight years. You always know just what i need and it comes at the right time.

If i were to sum up our relationship, I lured you out of ur shell and got you to tell your story and you slowed me down and taught me to be patient. You taught me to wait on the really good days because they were worth it.

And the really good things are not the things you buy. They may not always come in the package that you’d expect. You taught me to be quiet sometimes… You taught me to take care of myself…  that I’m more than just a brain. You’ve made me not be serious.  You taught me to just laugh and make fun of myself.  You taught me life is about those small acts of service day in and day out.

 

It’s about love and devotion. It’s about those moments, when you can just talk to each other and fall asleep in each other’s arms. You taught me that’s what counts and that’s what matters. You are my person. You are the face I want to see every day when I open my eyes and every night when I close them.  You have my heart.  You have my love.  You are my everything. I love you.

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The couple’s wedding was selected for an editorial feature in the most prestigious wedding publication in New York City, New York Weddings magazine in its fall 2018 issue!

The couple’s poignant wedding video has gotten over 3,000 views on YouTube. Congratulations, Liz & Keisha and cheers to the true love!

Photography/videography: ArtVesta Studio
Event planning and design: Björn & Co
Cake: City Sweets and Confections
Florals: Evelisa Floral Design
Venue: Whitby Castle
Linens: BBJ Linens
Rentals: WestSide Party Rentals
Stationary: Say Cheese and Thank You

 


Dani & Yaw’s celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace, NYC

At the end of July, I had the pleasure of photographing not just an elegant and magnificent but celestial wedding of two beautiful people, Danielle and Yaw. It was a quintessential city wedding with the bride and groom getting ready at The Marmara hotel located steps away from their wedding venue, the Midtown Loft and Terrace.

The Marmara Park Avenue’s spacious terraces feature the breathtaking views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and downtown Manhattan.

Dani was walking on the stars in her dreamy and floating Pnina Tornai dress and her classy see through Christian Louboutin stilettos adorned with crystals. Dani’s outfit made her look like an angel enveloped gracefully in the clouds. To finish off the look, Dani’s glittering headpiece really made her Queen of the Stars.

It was such a beautiful and dreamy wedding, quite literally because this WAS, indeed, Dani’s dream perfectly executed in one memorable night.

I asked Dani to share their love story with me and it is as beautiful as this charming couple!

Yaw and I met officially the last week before our college graduation. I was a transfer student, so we almost graduated college without meeting one another. The last week of graduation, Yaw threw a party for the graduates and I accompanied a mutual friend to his party. We met that night, we became friends and soon after a couple. We dated throughout our 20’s, separating once for about a year and a half and then we found our way back to one another. Shortly after our reconciliation, surprise we were pregnant! Yaw took me to Paris for my 30th birthday and proposed to me by the Eiffel Tower and I said yes, of course. Then we saved for our wedding and on July 28th, 2018, I married my best friend!

Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - the ring shot
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - bride and her dress
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - shoes and invitation
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - bride's preparations shot
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - bride's getting ready
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - groom's preparations
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - groom's preparations
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - bride is getting dressed
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace- bride is putting on her shoes
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - first look
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - walking down the aisle
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - bride waling down the aisle
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - first kiss
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - pretty pink decor
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - pretty gold cake
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - embracing kiss
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - grand entrance
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - first dance
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace - speeches
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace
Celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace