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Capturing Life: Strategies for Taking Better Photos from Henri Cartier-Bresson

Line Drawing by Jen Gallardo

Line Drawing by Jen Gallardo

Recently, I read an article published in the New York Times Lens photo blog containing excerpts of a 1971 interview conducted by Sheila Turner-Seed with legendary Magnum photography Henri Cartier-Bresson. The article struck me at how easily almost everything Cartier-Bresson said could be applied to photography today. Given his status as the father of modern photography, we can distill from his comments some clear strategies for taking better photos.

Lesson One: “you shouldn’t overshoot”

In the interview, Cartier-Bresson mentions that you shouldn’t overshoot. He acknowledges that when you shoot, there are plenty of “yes” moments and then some “maybes” but really, what he is saying is to be judicious. Take too many photos and you may miss the moment (your camera runs out of space and/or film). In our current digital age, take too many photos and you give yourself the headache of having to process over 400 photos! Continue reading

Three Ways to Improve your Nighttime Photography

It’s starting to get much darker way earlier here in New York. By the time 5pm rolls around, the sun has nearly completely set. Until the winter solstice, the days are going to keep getting shorter. If you like to make pictures, this means trouble. Unfortunately for us, our cameras don’t automatically adjust the way our eyes do. Thankfully, there are ways to get the camera to behave when the lights are low. Here are three pretty simple ways to improve your low light photography today.

Friday Night Details by Jen Gallardo

Friday Night Details by Jen Gallardo

1. Ditch flash

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you want to take better pictures in dark atmospheres you should avoid using the flash attached to your camera.

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Food Photography: Mulino’s Signature Dishes

You may remember seeing our photos of the Christmas decor at the restaurant Mulino’s of Westchester. This festive restaurant in White Plains, NY not only decks the halls for Christmas but also makes some amazing signature dishes night after night. We were happy to return to Mulino’s over the summer to capture just a taste of some of the delicacies they serve. Feast your eyes below!




















A Wedding: Mario & Jason Getting Married

As you may already be aware if you follow us on Twitter, we believe in the freedom to marry for all and were therefore honored when our dear friends Mario and Jason asked us to photograph their wedding.

The nuptials occurred over Labor Day weekend and it could not have been a more beautiful September day! Under a clear blue sky, the couple committed to each other as an intimate crowd of close friends and family looked on. We are very excited to share these photos — and more after the jump.

Mario and Jason’s story was featured on the Freedom to Marry website and one of our photos was prominently featured on the Freedom to Marry Facebook page.

Mario and Jason Wedding


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A Wedding: Carolina and Eddie’s Cocktail Hour

Before they made their grand entrance as a married couple, Carolina and Eddie celebrated first with their friends and family in the bridal party. During the cocktail hour, they joked and enjoyed appetizers in an intimate setting away from their guests.



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Project 366: The End

It took us a while to finally post these, but here are the last two photos Anthony and I took in the year 2012. As always, this daily project was an adventure wrought with lots of challenges — but we managed to thrive. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves in new ways in 2013. Keep an eye out for our first group of photos from 2013 next week!

December 30, 2012

Santa's in a Tree by Jen Gallardo

Santa’s in a Tree by Jen Gallardo

Places I've Visited by Anthony J. Merced

Places I’ve Visited by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 52

Christmas finally arrived this week and we spent much of the time eating, as you’ll see below! We also spent a lot of time playing with gifts we received and, of course, having a good time with family and friends as well. We hope your holiday was joyous and well-catered! As always, let us know which photos are your favorites in the comments area below this post.

December 23, 2012

Handmade Card by Jen Gallardo

Handmade Card by Jen Gallardo

Kid Toys by Anthony J. Merced

Kid Toys by Anthony J. Merced

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Project 366: Week 51

At this point, we reached the holiday home stretch! Christmas cards were mailed out, some gifts were exchanged and preparations were made for vacation time. Let us know which photos were your favorites in the comments below.

December 16, 2012

Waiting on a Train by Jen Gallardo

Waiting on a Train by Jen Gallardo

Across the Street by Anthony J. Merced

Across the Street by Anthony J. Merced

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