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Ryan Brenizer
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Attended Fordham University
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Just when I think after 500ish weddings I’ve run into all of the challenges out there, life shows me how wrong I am … and I’m thankful for it. Without challenge, growth is slow and meandering.

On Friday morning, Tatiana and I got an e-mail from Kristin asking if we could do a long-exposure shot with shooting sparks. There were just a couple challenges 1) We had never taken this kind of photo before. 2) The wedding was also on Friday, and we were packing to leave.

Generally, photography tricks are modifications and extensions of existing techniques. I never would have thought up the so-called “Brenizer method” if I hadn’t already been experienced in regular panoramas, and while we’d never lit anything on fire and violently swung it around for a wedding photo, I was experienced enough in the other basic skills of night-time long exposures — such as exposing and composing a photo without being able to see anything that you’re doing — that we said we’d give it a try.

When pushing the envelope at a wedding, it is absolutely vital to manage expectations. I often ask couples if they want to take a given amount of time for something that might be awesome, or might be absolutely terrible. In the rare situation that we’re trying a new technique on the wedding day, we made absolutely clear that the result might be no photo at all, especially given that by doing this during the time of the reception we had time for only one frame.

That’s right — this photo is not only the very first time I’ve tried this technique but also, as of this writing, the last. Treading new ground on a tight time frame could only have been achieved with the capable help of Tatiana, who talked them through the posing and lit them with flash.

Important note: while I wasn’t sure whether we’d get a photo, I did make really sure that at least we wouldn’t set anything or anyone on fire. The bridge wasn’t just a pretty bit of symmetry for the photo — it also made sure we were surrounded by steel, concrete, and water. I was also farther away than it may look, though there is no such thing as too paranoid, especially when around highly inflammable things like lace (which we weren’t) or hair-sprayed hair (which distance and angle of velocity made exceedingly unlikely to get hit, but anything is possible, hence eager, informed consent from bride and nearby water).

Thank you Michael and Kristin for encouraging us toward creative and literal sparks.
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On the blog today, the full story of Sabrina and Kumar's awesome vintage-inspired wedding at the  +Alger House in the Village 

http://ryanbrenizer.com/2015/06/alger-house-wedding-sabrina-and-kumar/
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Krystal is an animal lover, so to have some fun with wildlife we went out to rural … midtown Manhattan. 
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Michelle and Michael are serious about vintage style, and it shows in this engagement shoot by Tatiana and I at June Wine Bar http://ryanbrenizer.com/2015/05/vintage-engagement-shoot-at-june-wine-bar-michelle-and-michael/
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Sabrina and Kumar's wedding was a fantastic 1920s-style affair filled with great little details -- for example, her "bouquet" is really a collection of broaches from their loved ones. They also are extraordinarily nice people and know how to rock a sunbeam.

I have a big announcement coming soon -- hopefully later today, but we'll be doing about 20 hours of wedding photography today and tomorrow, so we'll keep it to "soon." Watch this space!
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Nikon D750, 28mm f/1.8 @ f/6.3, 1/160th, ISO 100. — at Alger House.
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Quick shot from last night. We are always happy to do engagement shoots with fantastic couples … and doubly happy when we get to show off Brooklyn. 1/4th of a second, hand-held.
Fun fact: The people who designed Central Park considered it a practice run before their personal favorite, Prospect Park. We like it because there are far fewer people in the good spots.
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Ilana and Grant had a fantastic wedding at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel on Saturday, made even more special by a lot of faces familiar to me. More to come…
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A wonderfully sweet moment from Elysa and Anthony's wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday. It's a crazy weekend for us … I'm getting ready to leave for an elegant Manhattan wedding today, while Tatiana is flying to San Diego to shoot an over-the-top Indian wedding. Tomorrow, I join her there. And after we shake off the jet lag it's my first workshop at our Brooklyn studio!
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A busy next few days for us … OK, next six months. But we started it off today with beautiful morning weather and a great couple able to wake up early enough that even midtown wasn't filled with people.

Stephanie woke up at 2:30 a.m. for this. That is some serious dedication, and greatly appreciated. I do like sunrise shoots, but also completely understand people not being thrilled with the resulting make-up call-time.

Eliminating clutter and showing the "midtown courtyard" feel of Bryant Park with the angle; keeping from getting too dirty with the D750's tilt-screen.
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After more than two years, we're back in the U.S.: http://ryanbrenizer.com/workshops
 Wedding photography is hard for countless reasons. It's hard because you work in circumstances completely out of your control. It's hard because it's the only sort of photography where even the 500th-best shot you took that day matters. It's hard because you just wanted to take pictures…
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I have been proud and excited to be a beta tester for the latest version of Lightroom, and have written a review of my experiences with the new features. I was completely surprised by my favorite features and how they changed my usage:
http://ryanbrenizer.com/2015/04/review-adobe-lightroom-cc/
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It was a nice day at Kristin and Bob's wedding, but a nice April day, and the wind pushed the temperature well under the comfort zone, but we had our fun.
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Nikon D750, 15-30mm f/2.8 @ f/11, 1/500th, ISO 100
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  • Ryan Brenizer Photography
    Photographer, present
  • Columbia University Teachers College
    Photographer, 2004 - 2008
  • various newspapers
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New York, NY
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Saranac Lake, NY - White Plains, NY - New Orleans, LA - Yonkers, NY - Lake Placid, NY
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917-740-5659
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401 2nd Ave. #21B New York NY 10010
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NYC wedding photographer, expert for B&H, Adorama, and Amazon.com, popularized the Me Method
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This is the correct Ryan.
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Photographer of presidents, celebrities, and fantastic weddings, and not a shabby dancer.
Education
  • Fordham University
    American Studies, 1996 - 2000
  • Columbia University
    2004 - 2008
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November 27