Ò Had-to-HaveÓ Shot
Our brides had specific ideas when it came to the one shot they had to
have: Along with family photos, “all I wanted was a picture of me holding my
dress up, [revealing] my boots,” Wolf says.
Brian [Denker-Youngs] says, “We purposely chose a venue on the water
Surprise and Delight
and we wanted sunset photos.”
For Tabatchnick, “After it started snowing on our wedding in October, we
knew we had to get that unforgettable and magical shot of the two of us in
And for Marinelli, it’s easier to identify the shot she didn’t want. “If I looked
at a photographer’s website or met one in person, and [he or she] showcased
a picture of a bride holding her bouquet looking over her shoulder, it was
almost a definite ‘no,’ ” she says. “I understand that some brides ask for those,
but the fact that a photographer would highlight that shot gave me a sense
that our styles wouldn’t mesh. I guess if I had to say one image I had to have
was a candid shot of me and Rick just enjoying the moment. One of my
favorite pictures is just the two of us holding hands and laughing during one
of the speeches. It’s not posed or staged at all; you can’t plan for those shots,
they just happen.”
Because so much about wedding photography is customer service, we asked each client
to name the best thing about his or her specific photographer, and highlight what came
as a pleasant surprise.
Aside from Friedman being extremely easy to work with and taking feedback and
directions, Marinelli says her photographer surprised her with a slideshow of his own
favorite photos from their wedding, set to a song of the couple’s choice. “Alan also gave
us all of our photos in a custom DVD case with our names and picture on it,” she says.
The Brooklyn bride says that Rigby went the extra mile in customer service by giv-
ing the couple an extra hour of shooting for free, and not charging travel costs. Brian
[Denker-Youngs] says ADA Studio “got us [a CD of] our pictures immediately.”
Tabatchnick says Joy got creative, surprising the couple with a small wedding album
the actual night of their wedding, with printed photos from the afternoon and evening.
“We were leaving for our honeymoon the next day—traveling to Italy where we weren’t
going to necessarily have Internet access—and therefore wouldn’t have seen the photos
until after our two-week honeymoon,” Tabatchnick explains. “With the album, it was
small enough so that I could slip it into my carry-on bag and bring it with me through-
out the honeymoon. It was such a wonderful gift.”
For Wolf, it was just as much about Alberts’ demeanor on the special day as it was his
superb work, “My mom said to me, ‘you know what I liked about him? The entire time,
he was smiling,’ ” Wolf says. “He doesn’t say much, but you know he’s enjoying his job.
He would get excited about it, and that makes you feel comfortable.”