We all know that the IRS just loves throwing a wrench in our tax filing systems. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news… but it’s not actually that bad (just a change in paperwork): If you hired any independent contractors throughout the year (second shooters, assistants, etc) that earned $600+, you used to have to […]

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January 20, 2021

The New 1099-NEC IRS Form for Second Shooters & Independent Contractors (formerly 1099-MISC)

  Audio is such an important component of a wedding film – it’s literally half of the final product! I dedicate a large amount of time during post production to selecting music that sets the right mood and matches with the visuals. I put a lot of thought into piecing together audio from the reception […]

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January 13, 2021

How Handwritten Vows & Letters Can Take Your Wedding Video to the Next Level

   If ever there’s been a time to reflect upon the past year, hit refresh, and set new intentions for the new year, this is it.    Download the free 2021 Goal Setting Workbook with prompts to reflect upon the effects of the pandemic, analyze your achievements, sacrifices, and shortcomings over the past year, decide on a vision & […]

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December 30, 2020

Free 2021 Goal Setting Workbook!

After being engaged for over two years and having so many wrenches thrown in their wedding planning, I’m so happy for Alycia & Garret that they’re finally officially married! Although it wasn’t what they originally intended, their wedding turned out to be the most beautiful, cozy, winter wedding at Stone House at Stirling Ridge.   […]

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December 26, 2020

Stone House at Stirling Ridge Cozy Winter Wedding // Alycia + Garret

Justin spent months planning the perfect surprise proposal to his girlfriend Nitasha at Rockland Lake State Park. Nitasha thought she was going to a birthday dinner to celebrate her 25th birthday. Instead, Justin lead her to a romantic spot overlooking the sunset over Rockland Lake, got down on one knee, and proposed! After the proposal, […]

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November 6, 2020

Rockland Lake Sunset Proposal // Nitasha + Justin

In only three & a half weeks, Samantha & Bryce planned the most cozy & magical backyard wedding in Bryce’s parents’ backyard. They got married under a chuppah made out of pieces of Bryce’s old swingset in the backyard of his childhood home – does it get any more sentimental than that?? Photo & Video: […]

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October 25, 2020

Fall Backyard Wedding in North Jersey // Samantha & Bryce

The circumstances on Alyssa & Richie’s wedding day were “very 2020.” On top of being in the middle of a global pandemic, it rained the entire day, the bridge nearby was closed so the bride had to take a detour and arrived late, and they forgot to bring their marriage license. But everything worked out in the […]

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October 16, 2020

Rainy Putnam Valley Town Hall Wedding // Alyssa + Richie

I got to spend 10.10.2020 (the best anniversary date ever, right??) capturing Audrey & Andrew’s beautiful microwedding up in the Catskills at the Ashton Hills Estate! The weather was perfect, the foliage was at its peak, and they couldn’t have picked a more cozy spot to celebrate their marriage with their closest friends and family. After their friend […]

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October 10, 2020

Ashton Hills Estate Fall Wedding in the Catskills // Audrey + Andrew

I know how much time and thought went into choosing the perfect accessories to showcase the style you envisioned for your wedding day. We want to be sure to capture every little detail! Here’s a list of some of the items you may want to gather together on your wedding morning for us to photograph. […]

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October 8, 2020

Wedding Details & Accessories Checklist // Bride Prep & Groom Prep Detail Shots

Though Kristin & Kevin’s wedding plans had to change due to Covid, they decided to still move forward with an intimate microwedding with family at Lakewood Estate in Croton-on-Hudson. It was such a nice, intimate day, with perfect early fall weather. Their adorable puppy Zoey even got to join their wedding day! Kristin & Kevin’s eagerness & […]

October 7, 2020

Lakewood Estate Early Fall Microwedding // Kristin + Kevin

When Jackie & Piero had to change their wedding plans due to Covid, Piero’s parents were kind enough to offer up their backyard for Jackie & Piero’s ceremony and reception in Old Tappan, NJ. It worked out perfectly and everyone had such a great time! After getting ready, Jackie & Piero met up at Oakes Park in […]

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September 26, 2020

Old Tappan Backyard Wedding // Jackie + Piero

Since Shaylyn & Dylan had to postpone their wedding until 2021, they decided to have another engagement session so they could have some fresh photos for their new Save the Dates. We got lucky with perfect golden hour sunshine, cotton candy skies, and nice weather – this was the perfect shoot to end summer with! Can’t […]

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September 20, 2020

Sunset Engagement Session at Asbury Park Beach // Shaylyn + Dylan

Surrounded by a handful of their closest family and friends, Lysa & David got married in an intimate microwedding at The Abbey in Peekskill, overlooking the Hudson River on a perfect summer day. This spiral staircase is so beautiful from every angle! During their ceremony, David’s father made the most touching & heartwarming remarks about […]

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September 5, 2020

Summer Wedding at The Abbey Inn in Peekskill // Lysa + David

I had such a great time exploring the Appalachian Trial Boardwalk with Jessica & Kevin this week – I’m so glad Jessica suggested this location! It just kept getting prettier and prettier as we kept walking and it was the perfect setting for their engagement photos. Jessica looked so stunning in her flowy lace dress […]

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September 1, 2020

Appalachian Trail Boardwalk Engagement Session // Jessica + Kevin

After lots of careful planning, Michael surprised Lizzie with the sweetest proposal at Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday! Congratulations, Lizzie & Mike!! 💍 See more proposal stories here or learn about photography packages here.

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August 14, 2020

Brooklyn Bridge Park Surprise Proposal // Lizzie + Michael

With no one but the angels on the walls as witnesses, Stephanie & Michael said their vows & were officially married! They chose to get married in The Cornerstone room at The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill – one of my absolute favorites! I could stare at these 100 year old murals all day long. […]

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July 12, 2020

Intimate Elopement at The Abbey Inn in Peekskill // Stephanie + Michael

When Jen & Mark’s big day had to be rescheduled because of COVID-19, they decided to move forward with an intimate backyard wedding with just their family members on their original date. With the help of their loving, supportive family, they still had a super memorable day with a live musical performance, a surprise convertible […]

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July 11, 2020

Backyard Microwedding + Convertible Drive-Around & Tented Reception // Jen + Mark

I can’t believe we’re officially halfway through 2020! WOW has it been one hell of a year. I think it’s safe to say that back in January, when we took time to set goals & visualize our year, we did NOT expect any of this. Just because this year hasn’t been turning out the way we […]

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June 30, 2020

Free 2020 Mid-Year Goals Followup Worksheets

After multiple postponements due to COVID-19, Lindsey and Ryan decided to have an intimate microwedding at their church, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic in Oradell, NJ. Lindsey decided to rock a cute Lulu’s dress with hair & makeup by Pin It Up and Pout, a Carolina Rosa Designs bouquet, and blue Charles David heels. What a […]

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June 27, 2020

St Joseph’s Church Microwedding in Oradell, NJ // Lindsey + Ryan

  The invention of Pinterest has been both a blessing and a curse for wedding planning: it has provided an endless supply of inspiration and resources, yet it has created a tendency to copy rather than create, which can stifle true innovation. As a self-admitted perfectionist and overly obsessive planner, I completely understand the temptation to create a […]

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March 23, 2020

A Photographer’s Perspective on Pinterest & Shot Lists

While we don’t need an overall shot list of every single photo you’d like on your wedding day, it is very helpful for us to have a bulleted list of each grouping of family members you’d like us to capture during Family Portraits.     The Benefits of a Family Shot List: If you both have large […]

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March 21, 2020

Why Family Shot Lists Are So Useful on Wedding Days

Market shifts are inevitable. Whether it’s a recession or natural disaster or health crisis, our small businesses will always be tested, it just so happens that this COVID-19 crisis directly impacts the event industry and wedding professionals are being hit extra hard. On March 15th, the CDC recommended cancelling (or hopefully postponing) any gatherings with 50+ attendees for 8 […]

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March 16, 2020

Staying Productive & Successful Throughout COVID-19 Wedding & Event Cancellations

A hugely popular wedding trend is to share a First Look (an intimate reveal where you get to see each other and take photos together before the ceremony) with your partner on your wedding day. In 2017, 44% of couples shared a First Look and the numbers have been steadily rising each year.   Not sure if […]

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February 4, 2020

“Should We Have a First Look at Our Wedding?”

It’s Tax Season! Here’s a cheat sheet of some typical expenses you can write off as a photographer and how I recommend you categorize the transactions in your bookkeeping program to align with the IRS Schedule C. This will make it so easy to just plug in those numbers into your tax prep software (or […]

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January 31, 2020

Categorizing Your Photography Business Tax Deductions // Cheat Sheet!

In the wedding industry, winter is often referred to as “slow season” but if you’re a business owner, you know it’s anything but slow. Winter is the time of the year when we have to take care of all the back-end administrative tasks we don’t have a chance to do during busy wedding season. January is an especially busy […]

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January 15, 2020

The Small Business Owner Slow Season To Do List

  After shooting almost 200 weddings, I can confidently say that my favorite parts of any wedding day are the speeches and vows. They tell the couple’s love story and create the framework for a great wedding film. If you’ve been given the honor of giving at toast at a wedding – no pressure! It may […]

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December 27, 2019

How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Wedding Speech

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