Central Park – 5 Great Spots for Wedding Photography

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Central Park, one of the most visited parks in the United States,  has always been an iconic location for wedding photography. Filled with acres of beautiful greenery and stunning architecture, it’s no wonder that Central Park is the most filmed public park in the world. The only issue, however, is that with so much to offer, it can be overwhelming for most couples and photographers to try to find the best spots to set up and shoot. Having personally been in that position, I thought that I would take the time to make a short list of some of my favorite locations within the Park to shoot, as well as provide tips for shooting in Central Park in general. With all that said, let’s jump into this list!

Location #1: Bethesda Terrace

Kicking off the list is the Bethesda Terrace. Located towards the lower portion of Central Park, on Terrace Drive, this stunning piece of architecture is one of the original structures constructed within the park. The large staircases present at this location can be utilized as a beautiful backdrop with the couple or just the bride in the foreground. The intricate details of the staircase railings can also provide interesting elements to your photos. The main attraction of this location, however, is the Bethesda Terrace Arcade and its Minton Tile Ceiling. With large archways to frame your subject and rustic tile work all around you, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! One of the easiest ways to get to this spot would be to enter the park on East 72nd street and 5th Avenue and then follow Terrace Drive until the terrace becomes visible.

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Location #2: Bethesda Fountain

A short walk down from the Bethesda Terrace is the second location on this list, the Bethesda Fountain. Easily one of the largest fountains in New York, its grandeur makes it perfect for taking very wide group shots of the wedding party. It can also very easily been used for intimate portraits of a couple. The reflections and shimmer of fountain’s water, in the sunlight, create beautiful visuals for both photo and video work. They key with this location is trying a variety of perspectives and angles.

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Location #3: Central Park Mall

A short walk down from Terrace Drive, you will find yourself on the Central Park Mall. Surrounded by the beauty of numerous Elm trees, the Mall has become a go to for portrait photographers. Forming a canopy-like covering over the pathway, the trees do an amazing job of reducing the harsh light of the sun, and creating a soft natural glow, the type of light that makes a bride look that extra bit more beautiful. The Elm trees are great for out of focus background elements that can really make the subject of the photo pop. Best part is that as the seasons change, so does the look and feel of the pictures! Once again the easiest way that I have found to get here, is by entering the park at East 72nd street and 5th Avenue, then following Terrace Drive. As you approach the Terrace itself make a left and the Mall will be straight ahead.

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Location #4: The Pond

With a name as original as they come, The Pond is well… a pond, located at the lowest end of the park, just a few feet away from 5th Avenue. With New York being famous for its fast paced lifestyles and the constant hustle n’ bustle, The Pond has become a great little escape for people who need a break from it all. With that in mind, the calm, secluded nature of this location makes it ideal for engagement or wedding pictures of just the bride and groom. The best point of access for The Pond would be through Grand Army Plaza and West 59th Street. Follow Grand Army Plaza and then make a slight left at Doris C Freeman Place. From there just follow the path until the water is visible.  

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Location #5: Gapstow Bridge

Last up on this list is the Gapstow Bridge. Located on The Pond, this bridge is an incredible spot to sit and admire the iconic New York skyline. Now what sets this bridge apart from so many of the other bridges scattered throughout Central Park, is the way the plants continue to grow up and across the stonework of the bridge. As a result the bridge can be used as an additional backdrop to the pond, or you can place the focus of the picture on the bridge itself. Once again this is an area where you can let your creative mind run wild as you try different ways to compose and frame your shots. Once you are at the pond, getting to the bridge is just a matter of following the path along the right side of the pond until it becomes visible.

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Tips:

With all that said, I hope you’re excited and already starting to plan your wedding or engagement photoshoot. Before I wrap this post up, I did promise to give out a few helpful bits of advice that might help to make things go smoothly on the big day, so here they are:

Permits.
Contrary to what most people may think, you do not actually need a permit for a personal photoshoot in Central Park. If your shoot does not require anything more than handheld equipment and a tripod, you can simply show up, shoot and be on your merry way without a fuss. If you plan on having a much bigger production, click here, to request an approval for your project.

Map out your shoot.
If you want everything to go as smoothly as it possibly can, take the time to plan and select the locations you want for your shoot. Map out these locations and come up with most efficient way of getting from one place to the next so you don’t end up wasting the majority of your time walking back and forth between locations. Also, while you’re doing that, here’s a list of all the bathrooms in the park. Trust me you’ll thank me later.

Time of day.
With Central Parking being one of the busiest places in the state, it means there is a strong chance of other people wandering around in the background of your photos. To help cut down on this, the best solution would be to start your shoot at the crack of dawn. If you get to your first location before the sunrise can I can almost guarantee that you will have the park just about to yourself (aside from a few joggers). On top of that, the soft natural light of sunrise should be perfect for the shoot!

Accommodation & Transport.
If you plan on taking my advice and starting your shoot at sunrise, you’re going to want to take the time to think about how you’ll be getting there and where you’ll be staying the night before (especially if you live outside of the city). For me you can’t really go wrong with staying in the Plaza Hotel. You’ll be walking distance from the park and won’t have to think about waking up any earlier to make it in time for sunrise.

Suggestions for the bride.
Chances are there will be quite a bit of walking involved in a shoot like this as you go from one location to the next. With that in mind, I would highly advise packing a pair of comfortable shoes to walk around in!

Food & Drinks.
Now, like any other place in New York, chances are there will be vendors outside selling food and drinks, but it is never a bad idea to pack a small back with a few snacks and water to hold you over until you find a spot to buy food.

Get creative!
Don’t be afraid to embrace your surroundings and use them to create something that you will never forget!

 

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Here are a few more shots of the park, just in case you need a little extra inspiration!

Conclusion:

As we all know Central Park has always been, and will always be, an incredible place to get breathtaking photos and videos. I hope that this article gives you a platform to start thinking about all the different places that you might want to shoot in the park and not to feel intimidated by all the possibilities. Go out there and just have fun and enjoy the moment! When you get shots feel free to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tag us in them!

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Brittany & Ryan – Gatsby Themed Wedding – The Breakers Palm Beach – Part II

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Welcome back for part II, which covers ceremony and portraits.  Take note of these vitals, which are the people involved in making this event happen.

Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach, Gown: Berta Bridal, Planner: Posh Parties, Cinematography: Cabana Pictures, Event and Floral Design: The Breakers Design Studio Beauty: Lotus Hair Studio, Entertainment: Powerhouse, and capturing these images forever: Alain Martinez Photography

This is only part II of III.  There are a large number of images from this wedding and thus we decided to split the post in 3 parts.

Enjoy!

 

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come back at 4 pm for part III.  We want you to experience the whole wedding!

Brittany & Ryan – Gatsby themed wedding at the Breakers Palm Beach – Part I

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Today I want to share with you all a beautiful and elegant wedding we recently photographed at the Breakers Palm Beach for Brittany and Ryan.  Such amazing families came together, both sides were an absolute pleasure to work with.  Take note of these vitals, which are the people involved in making this event happen.

Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach, Gown: Berta Bridal, Planner: Posh Parties, Cinematography: Cabana Pictures, Event and Floral Design: The Breakers Design Studio Beauty: Lotus Hair Studio, Entertainment: Powerhouse, and capturing these images forever: Alain Martinez Photography

This is only part I of III.  There are a large number of images from this wedding and thus we decided to split the post in 3 parts.

Enjoy!

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Don’t forget to check out part II and III later today.

 

Cara And Alex, Wedding at the St. Regis Atlanta

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Today I want to share with you some images from Cara and Alex’s beautiful wedding at the St. Regis Atlanta.  Cara was my kind of bride, a bride that exuded confidence and sexiness in her amazing dress.  Cara and Alex were a pleasure to deal with and although it rained relentlessly we made the best of it and got some amazing portraits.  We even went to another location on a separate occasion for a different taste of Atlanta.  Here are some vitals before I share the goods.

Ceremony + Reception Venue: St. Regis Atlanta, Rock the Dress Venue: Atlanta History Center – Swan House, Gown: Berta Bridal, Shoes: Christian Louboutin , Planner: Toast Events, Headpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces, video: Cinema Weddings, Beauty: Scoobie West & Company, Florist: Andy Beach & Co, and photography by yours truly: Alain Martinez Photography

Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed these images as much as we enjoyed shooting them.  Keep it locked here for more soon…

Ali and Mike get hitched at The Breakers Palm Beach

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There are some clients with whom you click right from day one, you leave the consultation knowing you are it for them and they are it for you.  Ali and Mike are definitely one of such cases.  From the beginning I connected big time with Ali, her golden curly hair and her mom, then during the engagement session I met razor-sharp Mike and the connection grew even stronger.  Fast forward a year later and 12 hours felt like no work at all because I was shooting the most down to earth couple have fun, taking Patron shots and most importantly she listened to everything I said which is key to getting the most out of your day.  Ali and Mike I wish you a lifetime of happiness and may you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed hanging with you.

Here are some vitals before you enjoy the goods.

Getting Ready/Reception: The Breakers Palm Beach, Ceremony: St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Gown: Pnina Tornai  Hair and Makeup: Ivette Gil from Pretty Studio, Headpiece by Christie Lauren Headpieces, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Decor: The Breakers Design Team, entertainment: Power House, Cinematographer: Merge Studios, Photographer: Alain Martinez, and bringing us all together, the amazing team of: Posh Parties,

Enjoy!

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If these photos look fun it’s because they are.  They had an amazing time and so did we being there for them.  We cannot wait to work on their albums.  Keep it locked on our blog for more hotness soon…