Nicole & Jim hosted the most fun reception party ever! The dancing never stopped! Here’s a little sneak peek. More coming soon.

A dance, a dip, and a smooch!

A dance, a dip, and a smooch!

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{minna tip} #11

March 30, 2009

See your groom before the wedding – It’s okay to break a few traditions, especially if you want to capture beautiful photographs before your wedding day officially begins. This can be advantageous for several reasons. You and your groom are freshly made-up to look your best. You have no distractions as your family and friends haven’t arrived yet. And you have a few intimate moments together before your day kicks off. Those pre-wedding sensations before walking down the aisle can be immense. Let’s capture all those wonderful emotions in your photographs! Plus, you’ll have an extra hour or two to spend with your guests. You may even get to attend your own cocktail hour! The day goes by swiftly, so I’m up for anything that will create more time for you to enjoy your wedding.

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214Hey folks,

This is just a reminder now is a great time to schedule your Spring Engagement Sessions…especially if you’re trying to catch the Cherry Blossoms at the Botanical Gardens (which hang around for roughly 2-3 three weeks in mid-April to May.) Ditto for those who would like Portrait Sessions, too.

I’m drawing up my schedule now. Those who have booked, of course, have first priority. If you’re interested in weekend dates, let me know, as they get taken quickly. Please keep in mind it’s best to head out early to beat the crowds. I do suggest mid-week sessions if you and your fiance are both available, since there are usually less visitors filling the gardens and more time to take terrific shots!

(Yeah, I know, it’s still very chilly out, but that will change soon.)

Cheers, Michelle

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LOVE

March 23, 2009

And of course, there’s love…

I think there are more inspirational quotes and song lyrics on the nature of love, than anything else on this earth. I have about a billion of them in my head at once! I’ve sacrificed a few here for your enjoyment. Cheers.

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Capsule (w/seven pieces of inspiration) -$10 each

Today’s theme is: LOVE

Love

"Love's in need of love today. Don't delay. Send yours in right away."

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{minna tip} #10

March 21, 2009

Choose a transparent veil – Make sure your veil is thin enough so we can photograph your gorgeous face as you walk down the aisle. When shopping for your wedding veil, take a few pictures with your camera-phone to view the transparency. Remember, all veils to some degree look diaphanous, so it’s a good idea to perform a test before purchasing. No matter your fabrication – tulle, organza or chiffon – run it through your fingers, drape it over your head, and check the transparency against your face. If the wedding veil you’ve inherited is a little opaque, no prob. Just make sure your dad or the individual giving you away, flips it back, right before you meet your groom. We want a clear view into all those lovely emotions you are feeling as you take your vows!

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Indian Weddings are full of color and excitement! Over the course of two-to-three days…from the mehndi parties to the Hindu ceremony to the reception…we usually have a lot of fun. Here’s one of my favorites. It’s a little snippet of Vadica & Ravi’s wedding weekend – the groom’s preparation and the ceremony. Enjoy!

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{minna tip} #9

March 17, 2009

Take your time – Sometimes sheer nervousness will propel you toward your groom faster than a blink of an eye. Why diminish your big moment? Slow it down a little. Enjoy your saunter down the aisle. Give us time to photograph you in all your glory. We especially enjoy the outburst of emotion when everyone sees you in your wedding gown for the first time. Your friends & family gathered specifically to enjoy that moment. And we all want to take plenty of pictures as you make your way to the altar!

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Here’s an early 1940s photograph of my grandfather. When my grandmother was alive she was fond of telling me I was her favorite grandchild because we looked exactly alike. He died young, at 36, of heart failure, when my mother was only 8 years old –

my grandfather, early 1940s

my grandfather, early 1940s

I do treasure this photograph! The simplicity of just the chair, the subject and the background is stunning. My grandfather was a beautiful man. For some reason when I look at this picture, I imagine the scope of his life so vividly…his hardships, his triumphs, and his grief, knowing he would leave four small children behind with my grandmother.

As you know by now, I adore vintage photography and I’m a believer in sharing those restored and transferred images. With both the restored and original files on CD, I offer a DVD slideshow of the photographs in motion, which makes a terrific gift! Check out a slideshow of my parents 1966 Wedding.

With Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, & Father’s Day holidays approaching, now is a great time to sort out your old photographs and finally commit them to a digital format. Your vintage photographs are most likely the only copies you own. They’re hidden away in an album or keepsake box somewhere and rarely make an appearance….kinda like the ‘good china’ in the china cabinet! Well, I say transfer them now! Share them with your loved ones.

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{minna tip} #8

March 11, 2009

Utilize those moments of bridal preparation before walking down the aisle – Those few precious hours getting ready for the big show with your girlfriends & close family members is often filled with plenty of emotions….emotions you might otherwise miss, photojournalistically, if you’ve chosen to schedule your event from the ceremony, on. Nothing beats a room full of yakking, laughing, and crying between loved ones! Plus all of your bridesmaids are in the same room. Your faces are freshly made-up & your hair is in place. You know where your bridal bouquets are. And your dresses are still perfectly clean. Once the day gets going, it’s harder round-up the major players in your wedding, especially between courses at the reception. So take advantage of those warm, intimate moments with family and your bridal party prior to the ceremony.

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It doesn’t take very much to get folks outside after a long winter. The promise of sixty degrees is enough for friends to gather for fun and hijinks.

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chillin'

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3 then 2

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2 then 3

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ACTION

March 6, 2009

This week I met with an assortment of engaged couples…and I’ll tell you, I heard their many varied stories of how they decided to begin a new life together. Marriage certainly is about taking courageous actions so two individuals can coexist. Yes, it often takes COURAGE to move forth with ACTION.

Today’s theme is: ACTION
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It's now or never...

It's now or never...

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{minna tip} #7

March 4, 2009

oil-blotting-papersBlot out instead of applying more – One great but small investment you can make on your wedding day is good money spent on Oil Blotting Papers. Powder applied to your professional make-up can become caked-on and harder to fix as your wedding day progresses. With oil blotting papers, you can easily dab out oily areas…usually the forehead, nose, chin, and for the guys, your freshly shaved heads, too! The oilier the skin, the more shiny blowouts appear in your wedding photos. So do yourself a favor and place a few oil blotting papers in your bridal clutch and vest pockets to combat oil.

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We had a blast at Grand Prospect Hall, then at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Thought I’d share a wedding slideshow. Enjoy!

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