Preferred Vendor Spotlight: Photographers

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Photos by (left to right): Clean Plate Pictures, Brindamour Photography, Cody Raisig

 

‘Tis the season for wedding planning! With the holidays around the corner and love in the air, countless lovers are mustering up the courage to propose every day. If you are newly affianced, this post is for you. This month, we are featuring the wedding photographers on our preferred vendors list; our very favorite local experts who regularly shoot gorgeous weddings here at Brooklyn Winery. We love working with these photographers, and our couples do too! If you’re in need of recommendations, look no further. We asked them to tell you a bit about themselves, and to answer the question “what is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?”

 

CLEAN PLATE PICTURES (Erica Beckman)

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Photos by Clean Plate Pictures

 

I founded Clean Plate Pictures almost a decade ago, and after a few years I left my job as a Photo Editor at The Wall Street Journal to photograph happy couples full-time because, well, weddings are way more fun—duh!

Clean Plate Pictures is all about capturing the heart and soul of a celebration, the big events as well as unexpected candid moments because we love weddings. We love the uniqueness of each couple’s story. We love the nerves and excitement, and everyone dressing fancy for a day. We love embarrassing bursts of emotion and the palpable joy after the vows. We love raging dance floors. And we love witnessing all of this through our lens and presenting it back to the couple.

 

What is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?

It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the wedding, but if I had to, it would be the first look. There’s nothing like the joy and surprise on the couple’s faces when they see each other for the first time in all their wedding finery. Whether it’s quiet smiles or tearful joy, it’s always a highlight of the day.

 

BRINDAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY (Rima Brindamour)

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Photos by Brindamour Photography

 

I started photographing weddings in 2009 and since then I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many different kinds of couples and wedding styles. I’ve done everything from a City Hall elopement with me as the only witness, to an intimate dinner party with the couple’s closest family and friends, to a dance party at the couple’s favorite bar, to a three day Indian wedding with 400 guests, to a week-long destination wedding in Punta Cana, DR. Each of those weddings is special to me and the differences between them help to keep my job interesting.

 

What is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?

My favorite part of a wedding to photograph has always been the couple getting ready. The nervousness of a groom fidgeting with his tie, the calmness of a bride as she confidently looks at herself in the mirror, friends and parents rushing around the hotel room with excitement, the tears when a parent sees their child all dressed up and ready to walk down the aisle. Capturing these moments makes me feel honored to be a part of such an intimate and otherwise private moment that few get to witness, let alone get to witness while at work!

 

CODY RAISIG PHOTOGRAPHY (Cody Raisig)

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Photos by Cody Raisig

 

I just finished my ninth year photographing weddings full-time here in NYC. With over 250 weddings under my belt, and having documented these special occasions from the shores of Costa Rica to the mountaintops of Aspen, Colorado, I appreciate genuine happiness and understated beauty. I spend the overwhelming majority of my time working unobtrusively so that you remain engaged in the day’s experience without interruption.

 

What is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?

My favorite wedding photos often come as the couple react to their partner’s wedding vows, especially when the couple has written the vows themselves. Faces light up, emotions pour through, and the expressions are priceless—it’s intense and wonderful!

 

Preferred Vendor Photographers
Photos by (left to right): Clean Plate Pictures, Brindamour Photography, Cody Raisig

 

We hope you can see why these are our absolute favorite photographers! Brooklyn is brimming with creatives and artists, so choosing the perfect photographer can be an overwhelming project in the midst of wedding planning. At the end of the day, we love collaborating with these photographers both because of the quality of their work, and the professionalism and warmth of their personalities; they are truly part of the Brooklyn Winery family. We hope that you will consider them in your hunt for your wedding photographer!

 

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