Philly Blog Love!

Jan 9, 2018
I am STOKED to have the premiere Philadelphia wedding blog Philly In Love feature my recent styled photo shoot Spellbound!!! 
Check it: Philly In Love!!!!!! 
Thanks again to wedding and event planner extraordinaire Marian Braccia of Porch & Pearls and Dayna Venneri DeFazio who brought her mad skills to hair and makeup.  
And of course thanks to Philly In Love for the love! You should check out their wonderful blog! 

Right Now

Jan 4, 2018
I'm crazy for this photo of Lauren and Phil at Brookside Country Club. I love the deep browns of early winter with the final hint of fall in the tress. 
Lauren and Phil were wonderful and I appreciate the time they gave me to explore and look deeply - they gave me the chance to find images that would have otherwise gone unseen. 

Spellbound: The Fine Art of a Styled Shoot

Dec 18, 2017
I like to compare a wedding day to a free fall. As a photographer, who's done more than three-hundred weddings, I know I will step off the preverbal cliff the second I enter bride prep. There is nothing for me to hold on to; no one who can stop me; no safety net to catch me. It's intense and that's why I love it! 
A styled shoot however, gives me the opportunity to keep my feet on the ground. I can relax, wait for the light and explore different moods and angles. All of this is done collaboratively with knowing and trusted colleagues. I rely on them to contribute in a way that makes us all better; And they do.  
They know the kind of dress that will express the mood; They discuss locations and make educated and refined choices; Each move made-each pose, the way the dress lays, the color palette, and on and on-is a conscious team effort.  
During this styled shoot I had the help of Wedding Coordinator Marian Braccia. She is the owner of Philadelphia based Porch & Pearls. Marian combed through wedding gown shops, vintage markets, and even a closet of a great aunt, to curate dresses and accessories. 
She brought in Hair and Make-Up artist Dayna Venneri DeFazio. Using more than ten years of expertise, Dayna created skin that was dewey and reflective. The hairstyle was swept high to keep the focus on the neckline of the gown and the bold flower crown.  
The model was the stunning Samantha Sjostedt. The goal was to have a woman who could show strength and independence-Samantha did just that. She donned sheer dresses in temperatures dipping into the 20s, wore three inch heals on top of boulders and looked right through the camera-landing the perfect look over and over again. 
The month of November matched the dark, velvet-like mood we were trying to create. November is that in-between time of year when the fall color is gone and we are left with luxurious browns-beautiful, gorgeous, intoxicating browns. No other place presents itself more beautifully than the Binky Lee Preserve. 
Great thanks to Marian, Dayna and Samantha for their substantial contributions. Styled shoots are a group effort-each of us would be lost in free fall without the other. 
Photography: Douglas Benedict Photography | Planning: Porch & Pearls | Hair and Make-Up: Dayna Venneri DeFazio | Model: Samantha Sjostedt | Dress: L'amour by Calla Blance | Dress Shop: Sposabella Bridal | Location: Binky Lee Preserve

Right Now

Nov 17, 2017
I wrote yesterday about how much I love the colors of Fall.  
Today, working on Jennifer & Douglas' wedding, I am struck by how stunning it is even in black & white. 

Right Now

Nov 16, 2017
I love the Fall, its colors so soft and rich. 
It was a perfect day for Sarah & Michael's elegant country wedding at The Glasbern Inn.