A small flame of inspiration- A long time admirer of the visual arts, I began with my longtime hobby of oil painting, learning how to replicate lighting on canvas and various techniques used in still life. I fell deeply in love with renaissance art and impressionism. Works of Van Gogh quickly astounded me with their pure simplistic genius and raw emotion that you would get just by glancing at a painting.
Photography on the other hand came more by chance and eventually became a natural progression over time. I first started out photographing nature and landscapes, and continued my love for photography, inside the studio with portraiture. I found that I began to generate social media followers and eventually requests for photo sessions and weddings. My training in photography is backed with many master classes and many hours of relentless dedicated study of the art to back the creative expression behind the photos I create. The way I see it is: if you love something so deeply that you are willing to spend countless hours learning it just for the enjoyment and happiness that it brings you, then it could possibly become your dream job with a little hard work to switch gears into business mode.
"There is nothing that brings me more joy than to know that an artistically crafted photo of a couple is hanging on the wall of their home and that I had captured that memory for them"
Equipped with a passion for this art and the motivational spirit to seek greater challenges, wedding photography soon became the niche that I fell into in the photography world. There is something truly gratifying about shooting weddings unlike anything else. Every couple’s day is a new story to tell because no two weddings are ever the same. There is almost always a wonderful vibe and genuine moments of happiness when two people commit selflessly to each other in a sacred lifelong partnership. I like to focus on that feeling that fuels my spirit and guides this work that I do, in sharing moments with people on their happiest days and delivering those captured memories through my camera.
" Photography pushed to the limit can become a fine art that provides a relentless challenge, in pursuit of your own, personal, professional development and growth. The overall, creative experience and artistic expressions are what make the photos and final presentations in this field, such a powerful medium"
The challenge- On the other hand wedding photography is probably the most demanding and critical kind of photography work out there. There is no reshoot, you have to get it right the first time and if you miss an important moment it is totally gone forever. I consider the work an ongoing challenge which I love, that “keeps me on my toes,” where everything needs to be captured perfectly, in one day, and every second is critical. I am the kind of person that enjoys and welcomes a good challenge.
" I aim to recreate the entire experience, including genuine, heartfelt emotions and reactions, through my photos, and deliver a stunning, final product"
In retrospective- When I look back and reflect on all of my work, I have always enjoyed working with couples because getting to know the client and have strong personal interactions is exceptionally important to me and helps me to tell their stories better through pictures. My clients are grateful, at the end of the day, that I've captured their happiest moments.
I am eternally seeking new opportunities for artistic growth, and I continuously challenge myself, never satisfied, always pursuing that unachievable goal of perfection. I am very honored by the responsibility that I am given by my clients, to participate in such an important life event, and share my work with them so that the moments can last an entire lifetime.
Anthony Mickeal is a NJ & NYC Wedding photographer with a passion for creating beautiful story telling imagery in a clean and modern editorial style.
Five Bright Ideas for Wedding Photos
When creating a wedding photo album, you want to make sure you make the photos as special as the day itself. Choosing the right photographer that you can work with to illustrate your love for one another is important to any couple, and there is also something to be said about a couple who likes to have fun, and break away from traditional photos in celebration of their love! Plenty of joyful options for those tying the knot are available, for those willing to have a little fun, and break a few of the rules. Here is a list of five, unique ideas for wedding photos, that will ensure you have a most, joyful, day.
1. Flower Girls and Ring Bearers
Think about everyone who is a part of your wedding, and make sure the photos reflect all of the extra, special details of your day. Ask the photographer to focus in on the Flower Girl and the Ring Bearer to capture their genuine emotions during the wedding ceremony. Little kids can provide little moments that you might miss, if you turn your head for a few seconds. We like their bashful expressions, and absolute cute, both genuine and coached. If you aren’t getting enough sweetness, think about having them cover their eyes when the Bride kisses the Groom.
2. Sparklers and Fancy Confetti
Another great idea is to get a beautifully posed photo of the newlyweds, for example a kiss or an embrace, and then envelope them in love with fancy confetti floating, down, around them (think gold, silver or colorful hearts) to create a magical look and feel for a photo. This can be done with sparklers too in circle formation around the couple or down an ourdoor walkway to create a gorgeous and exciting night shot.
Have the bridesmaids or the bride and groom, specifically, carry parasols to create a whimsical, old fashioned, look and feel for the day. This is also a great way to get some photos while sparing yourself from the intense sun if you're having a summer wedding.
4. Light Festivals
Festivals of lights can recreate a very special, awe inspiring, look for a wedding that adds to the overall ambiance of the reception, for great photos, outside, at night. Another gorgeous way to do this, is by using candles nestled inside lanterns. This is especially beautiful for a beach or destination wedding, using the lanterns to line the waterfront. Stand in the light of love.
5. Day after shoot, aka Trash the Dress
Trash the dress is one of the most unique ways to preserve your memories, while forgetting about the dress. For those low-maintenance brides and grooms, you can have a lot of fun on a creative photoshoot like this. The most elegant choice is to celebrate your union with waves, crashing against the shore, and let the water run over you. It creates photos with a spirit of freedom and happiness. These photos can be totally gorgeous, if you are able to completely relax, and let go of all of your worries!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back in time, and capture the moment that the couple first meets on a very first date? It’s something to consider on your wedding day as a "first look".
Wedding traditions and ceremonies can become quite routine in nature, without much variation from the standard procedures we are used to seeing. Granted, the couple in love makes the entire day special, and the dress selections and people present all add to the overall experience. There are some extra special photo opportunities that you can add into your big day, to make it all the more sentimental and endearing. Traditionally, in most religions, or in non-denominational, wedding ceremonies, the Groom does not get to see the bride before the wedding.
The old root for this traditions is possibly Yichud, the meaning of which is Privacy, a Jewish tradition that helps the couple to spend some time together, relaxing, away from all of the excitement, well-wishes and overjoyed guests. Usually, this time alone will take place just before the reception (but after the wedding ceremony ), and it’s a really good way to relieve some of the stress and tension from the day’s events, as weddings are often a non-stop, whirlwind of emotions.
Many couples these days though are breaking the rules and opting for "First Look Photos", the moment even before the ceremony, when the bride and groom get to see each other for the very first time on their wedding day. The couple is still energized early on in the day and each straight out of the dressing room, looking and feeling their best. Photographers stage this event, for couples to meet in a specific place for photos, somewhere like a private garden away from the swarm of guests. Typically, the Groom will stand waiting, with the photographer present. The moment of the First Look is captured, when the Bride to be approaches the Groom, and he turns around to see her in that gorgeous, hand-picked, gown; it’s the initial moment when their eyes meet, and emotions do run high! A good photographer can capture all of this for you, and preserve that special private and intimate moment.
When thinking about your wedding photos, and how you would like everything to look, consider this an option for some additional photos that will create a moment you will never forget. These photos will require some extra time, and some extra planning, but they are a good opportunity to preserve everything that happens on your wedding day, and it’s also the moment that the bride looks her best, right out of the dressing area! What does the Groom think of all of this, and what is that unexplainable heartwarming feeling, when you both realize, this is the moment you've been waiting so long for, and that this is finally it? A good photographer will let you look back on it all, so you can remember this feeling forever.
Anthony is a NJ & NYC wedding photographer with a passion for artistic crafted story telling imagery. Contact us for more information on how we can make your wedding day special.