May 15 2011 Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp Information

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Apr 14 2014 Lyssa and Nir-Kimmel Center Wedding-Philadelphia PA

Lyssa and Nir had a beautiful wedding at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. I always love seeing what Brian Kappra and his team at Evantine Design create for our clients. The staff at Garces Catering were stellar, and CTO Tribeca provided the entertainment for a great night. Here's a few from their day.
Their dog is part of the bridal party

Brides make up getting ready at the Bellevue Hotel for her Philadelphia Wedding

Bride and her wedding gown at The Bellevue in Philadelphia

Bride and her wedding gown at The Bellevue in Philadelphia

bride and her mom putting on her bracelet at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

bride seeing her father for the first time on her wedding day at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

bride seeing her father for the first time on her wedding day at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

bridal portrait at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

Bride's first look with her groom in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia's Independence park

Bride's first look with her groom in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia's Independence park

Bride's first look with her groom in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia's Independence park

portrait of bride and groom in Washington Square Park Wedding Photography

wedding photography at Second Bank of the United States in Philadelphia

Wedding photography City Hall Philadelphia



Wedding Photography at the Kimmel Center Philadelphia

Wedding Photography at the Kimmel Center Philadelphia

Wedding Photography at the Kimmel Center Philadelphia

Ceremony Room For the Wedding at the Kimmel Center

Jewish Wedding 7 Blessings written out for readings



Ketubah Signing for the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia

Ketubah Signing for the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia

Ketubah Signing for the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia

Jewish Wedding Ceremony at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Jewish Wedding Ceremony at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Jewish Wedding processional at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Jewish Wedding processional at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Jewish Wedding Couple Circling at the Kimmel Center Wedding

Wedding Ceremony at the Kimmel Center Wedding

Wedding Ceremony at the Kimmel Center Wedding

Wedding Ceremony at the Kimmel Center Wedding

wedding recessional at the Kimmel Center Wedding



Broad Street Photo taken From The Kimmel Center

cake top from Garces Catering at the Kimmel Center Wedding

Room decor from Evantine Design at the Kimmel Center Wedding

First dance at the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia

First dance at the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia

First dance at the Kimmel Center Wedding in Philadelphia



Toasts at the wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Toasts at the wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Toasts at the wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Toasts at the wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

 Toasts at the wedding at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia









Bride and Groom with Philadelphia City Hall at night


Apr 6 2014 Marissa and Andrew Tribecca Rooftop-New York City Wedding

Marissa and Andrew had a terrific New York City Wedding at Tribecca Rooftop in New York City . We had a gorgeous day, and it was a pleasure working with metro floral decorators .Metropolis of Faze 4 for the entertainment , Lisette Bugeja did Marissa's make up, StylesonB did her hair. It was also great to work with Robert Bachert at Tribeca Rooftop. Here's a few from their day!






























































































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Mar 12 2014 2014 WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award



32 years. Hard to believe. I’ve been shooting and making a living with a camera for 32 years. Last week in Las Vegas at the Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s international convention, I received the Lifetime Achievement award. The word “lifetime” didn’t sit well with me at first. I sarcastically asked if the award came with a geriatric walker and some Depends. However, after some self reflection and some reinforcement from my wife and my friends, I’m quite proud that this incredible honor was bestowed upon me. After all, when you start at age 19, perhaps I can receive another lifetime achievement award in another 30 years. Who knows. 
 
For those interested and might even care where I began, my beginnings were quite humble, to say the least. While in college in my sophomore year- like most college kids, I was broke- and I was looking for a part time job to make some pizza and party money. I replied to an ad in the newspaper ad that said “award winning newspaper seeks photographer”. So, with very little experience, a good attitude, and a pulse, I interviewed and was hired. Obviously, they were desperate. For $75.00 per week, I got to shoot community assignments on weekends, process and print those assignments, process and print the film the reporters shot during the week(some really crappy negatives), and place everything on the editors desk by Monday morning. I also had a part time job working 3 evenings per week at a large supermarket chain’s photo processing plant. Oh, yeah, I also coached gymnastics and attended college full time. Fun stuff….However, I was an absolutely brutal photographer. I mean, really bad. I had no clue what the hell I was doing. I didn’t have anyone to mentor me. I learned on the job… School of hard knocks, as they say.  
 
Two years of working for that weekly gave me a taste for photojournalism, and after printing shitty negatives from the assignments the reporters shot, I learned my way around a darkroom. I heard that the Philadelphia Inquirer was hiring correspondents/stringers to infiltrate the suburbs in order to expand their coverage. I was given an opportunity, and ran with it. I was promptly fired from the weekly for a conflict of interest. Even though it was only $75.00 per week, it still hurt because I took pride in what I had done there.  
 
I spent 15 years working as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. My first assignment, given to me by my photo editor Bryan Grigsby, was to cover a “German American Police Association meeting” in Burlington County NJ. Bryan, with his tireless sense of humor, figured “who better to send to the German American Police Association meeting that the new green Jewish kid”. Next up from Bryan was the monthly meeting of the “La Leche` league. Yes, that’s not a typo. It was a meeting where women breast feed their babies. Trust me, I was more uncomfortable than those mothers were. Bryan taught me how to be a story teller. He helped me learn how to see, and he gave me shit when I needed it most. He wasn’t just a photo editor. If there is such a thing as a photographic parent, Bryan Grigsby was just that for me and many who worked under him.  
 
I’ll spare you any detailed accounts of the next 6000 or so assignments I shot, but I can tell you that so many of them made me see the world in a very unique fashion. While those15 years weren’t exactly financially rewarding(understatement) it was, instead, free tuition to the “University of All Walks of Life”. I got to see people, places, and things that had a profound impact on who I am as a person. I wasn’t rich, but I was enriched by those years, and I became the cynical, realistic, hard working, perceptive, loving, open minded man I am because of those I’ve met along that path. Oh, yeah, I also learned how to shoot a little. After all, with the number of Pulitzer prize winning photographers at the Philadelphia Inquirer, I just wanted to breath the same air and hope osmosis would help me out. 
 
Jump to 1998. Newspapers were on the decline- even back then. I, along with many of my colleagues were laid off. I’ll spare the ugly details, but fortunately, I was shooting a slew of commercial, advertising, and public relations work. I was doing pretty well, and working for an eclectic array of clientele. A year earlier, I met a photographer at my best friend’s wedding. She invited me to her studio, and for shits and giggles, I shot 2 or 3 weddings with her. That was the first time in my life that I believed I could shoot weddings- even though I’d always thought weddings were a joke. I believed they were a recipe motivated, formula driven genre that I had no interest in. However, thanks to a few pioneers like Denis Reggie and a few others, the photojournalistic approach to weddings was in vogue. It was a natural fit for me. I found my legs, and I began shooting weddings full time shortly after my lay off. When I think about it, I’ve actually had two careers. One as a photojournalist, and another as a wedding photographer/educator. I’ve truly been blessed to have found the crazy world of weddings, and WPPI has been a vital part of my second career. 
 
Now, one may think it’s a natural transition- from photojournalist to wedding photographer. Not so much. To ME, I was really interested in the story of the day, and I was adept at anticipating and capturing moments. No problem. However, I needed to learn SO MUCH MORE in order to excel as a wedding shooter. First off, I needed to develop a much broader, more well rounded skillset. I needed to learn how to make a woman look beautiful. I needed to be a portraitist, as well as a documentarian. And, with the commotion and strain of a wedding day, I needed to earn a bride’s trust so I could put her at ease when everything around her was pure chaos. I’ll also spare you the dichotomy of being a photographer in business rather than being a business person in photography. That’s a book, not just a blog post…., 
 
Close to 900 weddings later, and another 50 or so for 2014, I’m not slowing down. I need everyone to understand that my best images are in front of me. That said, I’m still learning. I’m still driven at each and every event to break new ground. It doesn’t happen often. Ansel Adams once said, “12 significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”. Well, Since we’re all our own worst critics, my standards are pretty high. However, it’s that drive to produce something special each time I shoot that provides my clients with a level of consistency that I’m extremely proud of.  
 
 
In accepting this award on March 5th, 2014, I thanked a few people that were instrumental along the way. I’d be remiss not to do so in my own blog post. Obviously, WPPI- specifically my dear friend, Bill Hurter, for my first opportunity to speak and share my information so many years ago for WPPI. The organization is in great hands today with Jason Groupp at the helm. WPPI has allowed me the platform to share my knowledge and experience with so many around the world. Thanks to the Nikon corporation- for what they do for so many photographers, specifically my brother, Mike Corrado, the professional relations maestro. I’ve shot every SLR and DSLR image on Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses, and being a Nikon Ambassador to the United States is an honor I don’t take lightly. I also need to say thank you to my friends RC Concepcion, Matt Kloskowski, and Scott Kelby for my involvement in the KelbyOne world, and helping me reach a global audience for my work and my teaching. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to my amazing studio manager, Noelle Andrews, who is on her way to building her own successful career. Without her, I couldn’t take care of my clients the way I do, and I couldn’t possibly provide the clients with the experience they deserve. Also, I need to thank the woman in my life, my wife and best friend Susan Stripling Mautner who’s helped push me with her own talents, and helped me stay motivated to improve as I’ve watched her own growth as an artist.  
 
I’m proud that I’ve developed a distinctive style that uses dramatic light that accompanies compelling moments. I’m proud that I’ve been able to teach so many around the world how to improve their skills. I’m proud of the photographer and the teacher I’ve become. I’m proud to have been recognized by my peers at Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International for this incredible honor. However, I’m most proud of the fact that I’m still going strong, that I’ve taken care of my clients, and that I’m a good husband to my beautiful wife Susan, and also the best father and stepfather I can be to my daughters Samantha, Alison, Emma, and Olivia.  
 
The awards I’ve won are clearly an embarrassment of riches. Being named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World, winning the WPPI Grand Award for Photojournalism, receiving the 2012 Nikon WPPI photographer of the year, being the recipient of the 2013 IPC United Nations Leadership award, being named a Nikon Ambassador to the United States, and now the WPPI lifetime achievement award- In the end, as photographers, we’re only as good as our clients. Thank you to all of my brides, grooms, and their families who’ve entrusted me with such an important day in your lives, and my hope is that my images last for generations long after I’m gone. I can’t wait for this Saturday’s wedding. 
 
Below are a few of my images that I believe still stand the test of time. That, to me, is what’s most important with my work. In the words of Eddie Adams, "if it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips your heart out, that's a good picture". I hope I have many more of these to make in my career.


































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