Hi! I'm Jen. I am a wedding photographer, wife and mama of two, avid user of exclamation points and a lover chocolate chip cookies.
Based on Long Island NY, I specialize in creating bright and romantic images that look natural, relaxed & full of happiness. I love photographing the sweet glances, the joy, and the quiet moments where we freeze time and simply cherish each other.
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First of all, Welcome to the team! I am so excited to work together!! When I first started second shooting, the photographer I was working with sent me a “second shooter guide” It was packed with information, and a bit overwhelming, but I was so thankful to have it. It went over settings, and what to expect for the day, and I found it really helpful. Over the years, I’ve received a bunch more from other photographers and I am finally creating my own based on how I second shoot and the images that I would want for my couples.
The “main” and “second” shooter have different roles- both equally important. The goal and reason for two photographers is to tell a complete story of the day. I will go into what I typically do and what I would like you to capture. Please understand that this is meant to be a helpful resource, but I understand that wedding days can be crazy! Don’t let this stress you. I trust your ability to create magic and I trust in your artistic vision. I also know that while this is how I do things- you may have a better way! I obviously already like your work and your style, so feel free to run with it! I can’t wait to see what we can create together.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can email me at Jennifer@jenniferlamphoto.com or text me at 718-864-1180.
This is going to be fun!
To be a photographer, you must have a camera, right? At least 1 (but preferably 2) full frame camera bodies are required.
Prime lenses 50mm, 35mm, and something longer 85, 70-200, or 100mm.
At least 1 speed light external flash for your camera.
Aperture: Most of the time I am between 2.0 and 2.8 for individual, detail, and couple shots. For larger groups, I will go between f3.5-7.1 depending on the size of the group.
Shutter Speed: I do not often go below 1/200th sec.
ISO: I am not afraid of ISO or a little grain in my photos. I will bump my ISO as high as 4000 in some situations as long as I like the direction of the light. We will match our settings during the reception =)
If we are not starting the day in the same location, please shoot on your own SD cards. I will collect them from you at the end of the night and can either meet up with you to return them, or mail them back to you. If you do not have spare cards available, please tell me asap and I will have new cards sent to your house to use for the wedding.
If your camera has dual slots, please shoot to both cards at the same time as backup. If one card becomes corrupted, all the files will still be on the second card!
Sync to time.gov the morning of the shoot. This means setting the time and date in your camera to match the one on the website
”time.gov” I will do the same, and when I load all the images, they will be in order. If you are not sure how to do this, please let me know and I will walk you through it. =)
Shoot only in RAW for Nikon or RAW medium for Canon.
When you arrive, the groom should be mostly dressed- shirt, pants, belt, socks. This is discussed with the couple before the wedding and in their final timeline. For the camera, he will put on his tie/bow-tie, jacket, shoes, and any accessories like his cufflinks, watch, & boutonnière. If he is already dressed when you arrive, just have his put on his jacket again for the camera, and adjust his tie, watch, etc. for the camera. Ask the groom who will be helping him get dressed- it’s usually the father of the groom and his best man.
The setup: I LOVE a blank neutral wall close to a window with the light coming in from the side! If you can’t get that- do your best to minimize distractions in the background. Ask the groomsmen to move their bags over, take a picture off the wall, etc. If the space your in needs flash- don’t be afraid to use it! In the first picture below- we moved outside & photographed the groom with the stone outside the hotel because the room was super dark and cluttered. In the photo on the right, the picture was nailed to the wall and that red couch was too heavy to lift, plus it was pouring out, so we just made do. We moved the groomsmen and their bags off the couch =)
In terms of the vibe of the photos- I always want my grooms to look relaxed & happy. Smiles are welcome=) No need for serious/model-like shots. #nogrumpygrooms
Always try to get some portraits of the groom fully dressed! Ideally a full body and waist up are great and I am usually at about a 2.5 with a 50 or 85mm. If you can’t fit a full body due to space limitations- that’s totally cool too! I’ve been there!
It is RARE that I have time to take posed groomsmen shots- but when I do, I always capitalize on it. Maybe the limo is late, maybe you’re at the ceremony site early, or waiting for the bride at the first look location. These are super relaxed and fun.
When we arrive at the first look spot, we’ll choose a location and position the groom first. Then we’ll get the bride, and you and me into position. I will likely ask you to shoot tight- focusing on the groom’s expression, and up your aperture to something safe- maybe 2.8! After that we will move into portraits. For these, please shoot tight and focus on details ( her bouquet, their hands, etc.) and side angles of the bride and groom when they’re looking at each other or kissing.
For the ceremony, you will start in the back of the aisles. After the bride and her dad walk down the aisle, please squat down and capture a shot of the bride walking from behind. ( Usually with a 35mm) Squatting down ensures that you’re not in my shot of the bride and her dad from the front 😉
During the ceremony, focus on parent & guest reactions and photos of the couple from the side aisles. I will be in the middle for most of the ceremony.
First kiss- Please stand next to me and shoot the kiss tight using a long lens. ( 70-200 or 85)
99% of the time- I will be taking the lead on this. Your job in that case will be to gather everyone and help to check that everything looks good. (Hands, buttons, ties, flowers, necklace clasps, etc. )
You can shoot side angles of details and groups while I’m photographing the group as a whole.
Groomsmen photos: If for any reason, we are running behind, or if the space permits, I may ask you to photograph the groomsmen while I photograph the bridesmaids. These are my go to shots for the guys! 1. Hands in pockets 2. hands all crossed,( or in this case- just grooms crossed )with jackets buttoned- oops!, 3. arms around each other 4. walking with groom 2 steps in front See example shots below!!
Groom with each groomsmen: I may also ask you to photograph the groom with each groomsmen. For this, please have them place their inside hands around each other’s waist and put their outside hand in their pocket. ( as shown above) Try to grab a full body and a waist up.
COCKTAIL HOUR: During cocktail hour, I will ask you take photos of the cocktail hour space, and small groups of guests. Have them get together and smile for the couple. I typically shoot these around 3.5 and use a bounced flash. They’re nice for the couple to have and this is pretty much the only time we get photos like this, but don’t drive yourself crazy with these =) Look for people that are standing around and mingling and aren’t eating, or follow the couple and photograph them hugging and saying hello. We don’t need a photo of everyone! but it’s nice for the couple to have pictures of their guests that aren’t on the dance floor too!
We will both photograph the “Introductions” of the bridal party and the new husband and wife together.
For the first dance and parent dances, I will have you shooting tight ( 85, 70-200) and focusing more on close ups and emotions.
During toasts, please focus on the reactions of parents, bridal party, and guests! For the rest of the night, I am usually on a 35mm for fun dancing shots!