Ah, Weddings in Central Park in New York City. I wish I had a dollar for every time a bride wanted their photos taken in Central Park. I could retire tomorrow, for sure. To some photographers, it’s a trite, formulaic location. However, with this wedding, there was honestly nothing trite about it. They were incredibly in love, and the intimacy of their wedding was lovely.
Only the couple and a few friends and family attended this micro wedding overlooking a spectacular view of Manhattan's East Side. This image was taken after their ceremony in Central Park, and Emily, our bride, was bathed in sensational afternoon light. I used the trees to frame her, and I decided to use a fairly wide lens to capture this entire scene rather than shoot tight. I think it captures an overall view of this fantastic scenario, complete with Belvedere Castle in the background.
We walked around Central Park for quite a while, and we were able to produce some stunning images in just a short period of time. After the ceremony, we went on to the Nomad Hotel for a wonderfully elegant reception in Chelsea, NY. I really, really enjoyed working with these people, and I was thrilled with their images.
I used my Nikon D5 with my Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8G lens to capture this image at ISO 250 1/1250th @ F4. I used the darker area in the background to juxtapose the highlights on Emily’s face with the shadows to add contrast and drama to the photograph. The sun was peeking through the trees, so I tried to make sure lens flare was at a minimum, and the Nano coating on the 24-70 certainly helped.
Location: New York City, NY.1/1250; f/4.0; ISO 250; 32.0 mm.