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janice+coy .water’s edge nyc + attack of the duck


Janice and Coy are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Really!  I enjoyed every minute of the day spent with these two.  There were so many favorite moments that I could not fit them into my blog. I may have to go back and add later. The day was a blast, there were so many fantastic places to shoot and as you can see Janice is drop dead gorgeous. We started at a cool hotel in long island city and then went to shoot on the stairs of the metropolitan museum of art which where we were chased off the steps (I’ve never seen security so tight for any location), then to central park and then back to water’s edge in long island city.  It was a long day but very very fun.


This day had everything, from breathtaking views to being chased by security, to outfit changes, to singing and as the title hints at, attack of the duck.  Interested to go see it all aren’t you.


What a nce view.  The bridge looks cool also.  *sigh* corny I know.

very 007

This is the first time they got to see each other. so cool!

Coy has great expressions.  This one is pricelesss as is when the duck attacks.  Read on my friends!


The duck is coming…

Look closely and you can see the duck flying in on the right of Coy….

… and then BAM!!! it attacks Coy.

cindy+mike .snug harbor

 I could not wait for this wedding. Mike is friend of mime from 20 years ago.  I grew up with him and was a staple inside his house.  We did everything from playing basketball at the local park to trading comics.  See how it went there…You went from thinking cool they played basketball to going comics what a geek Jason is.;)

 I was so excited to be part of his big day.  I only work with clients that I have a connection to.  Me shooting Mike and Cindy’s wedding was a no brainer.  I enjoyed every minute of it and was glad I could be part of such an important event in their lives.   A nice bonus is I got to see his family who I hadn’t seen in such a long time.  Nostalgia is a wonderful thing.

 Andrew and I again had an importunity to shoot at a cool new location, Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY.  I had been here before with my kids but never for an event. It is a truly beautiful place that has gardens, amazing buildings and as you can see a beautiful ceremony location.




Cindy - June 29, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Jason great job with the pics. I love them! I can’t thank you enough for saying yes. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pics!

liana+eddie .long island city ny

Liana and Eddie are two of the nicest people I have worked with.  Fun fact, I didn’t meet Eddie until the day of his wedding.  Talk about putting your faith in your fiancé (now wife’s) opinion.  Smart guy!   Kiet and I were having so much fun at the wedding it was tough for us to leave.  We started of on the Manhattan east side near the UN building where we found some breathtaking locations. Thanks Liana for showing me some new favorite spots to shoot.  We then went to the ceremony at the NY Presbyterian church were 400+ of their friends and family showed up to celebrate.  Wow!

Liana allowed me to share in their beautiful Korean tea ceremony.  A first for me and something I was touched to partake in.


We then hitched on over to the City View Racquet Club.  The venue was amazing and it was there that I took one of my favorite photos….EVER.  right below…go ahead look.  pretty cool!




 Hi! pretty eyes!


 I love capturing peoples personalities, and to make sure I allow people to be who they are. So when I asked Eddie to smile he didn’t look much different.  But thats cool bc that is who he is. I challenge you to see the difference in Eddie smiling and not smiling. It’s there I promise you but very hard to find.;)


 Eddie is smiling here. look. loooooooooook. I promise. I mean how could you not smile standing next to such a beautiful woman!









 We end with the tea ceremony.  so cool. such amazing clothing. I’m a sucker for traditions.

In Korean tradition, the marriage between a man and a woman represents the joining of two families, rather than the joining of two individuals. This ceremony was originally intended as a way for the bride to pay her respects to the groom’s family, with whom she traditionally lived with after the wedding.

The engaged couple will enter together dressed in ceremonial Korean wedding attire called hanbok. Their parents, the honorees, will be seated in front of a table laden with various edibles and tea (or soju – rice wine). The couple will bow deeply to the honorees, then kneel as one pours tea/soju. Once each honoree drinks the tea/soju, they impart wisdom, advice or a wish for the couple’s future.

Finally, the honorees will throw dates (symbolizing girls) and chestnuts (symbolizing boys) which the bride will try to catch in her skirt. According to legend, the number of dates and chestnuts caught signifies how many children she will bear. Later in the evening, the couple is supposed to eat the dates and chestnuts that were caught.

 Oh boy Liana that is a lot of kids coming your way.  good luck.

liana kim - June 4, 2012 - 1:12 am

Amazing pictures, can’t wait to see them all!

jaclyn+brian .nicotras ballroom

What an amazing wedding and what an amazing day!  The sun was beaming and so was Jaclyn.  Her excitement for this day was contagious from the moment I met her and Brian.  During her wedding day she was smiling all day long not a little smile either but one from ear to ear.  When walking down the aisle she was almost to the point of laughing.  It was quite the contrast form Brian who funny enough had  similar personality to me and was cool as a cucumber. He was a solid ground to balance out Jaclyns energy.  Ty and I enjoyed every moment thanks to their fantastic friends and family who were so welcoming to us.

We spent the day in Staten Island and celebrated at the beautiful Nicotras Ballroom.  I had so much fun especially because I got to photograph Jaclyn who is drop dead gorgeous!




 I love the drama.

 Jaclyn seeing her dad for the first time in her wedding dress. I love this photo. The emotion is so captivating.





















 This is one of my favorites. Its amazing the light from a little candle can create such beautiful soft lighting.


Jaclyn - June 6, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Jason, You are amazing at what you do! Thank you for making our day so special! I cant wait to see more pictures!!

Diane - May 21, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Abosolutely gorgeous photos. Jaclyn looks stunning! What a happy couple. Great work Jason!

Mark - May 20, 2012 - 12:57 am

Very nice work as usual…