Matthew Stallone Photography
The more weddings I photograph the more I fall in love with them. Each wedding I work, I plan and plan then plan some more until I drive myself crazy. I just feel for such a big day, it’s my duty to not half ass anything and always give my clients the best. Any photographer worth it will meet with their clients to see their expectations and answer any questions or concerns they may have about the day. If it’s a venue I have never worked before you can be sure I will be making a trip to the locations so I know every angle as well as what lighting will be best for the wedding. I like to draw out floor plans so I can show my second shooter/assistant where I would like them to be fore certain times throughout the event. For example, if there is a balcony in the church I will have my second be up there and ready to take a wide angle shot from above as the bride and father walk down the aisle while I am at a different location giving a different perspective. This particular wedding was very close to my hometown, so I was familiar with the locations. I still made a trip over to my clients home so I can see what room would be best for getting ready photos, then to the church with my second shooter, then over to the venue to speak with the manager about the day as well as plan some locations for formals. I met Heather (the bride) and her bridal party at the salon at 11 am to take some photos of them while getting their hair done, I like photographing the whole day as it really paints a picture that you can keep looking back on year after year without leaving any thing out. After that I met up with the guys as they were getting ready, I only had about 30-40 minutes there then back to the bride and the girls for some getting ready photos. After that it was off to the races as they say. The ceremony took place at St. Dominic’s in Oyster Bay. Most churches do not allow flash photography, as it takes away from the ceremony, I prefer this as well as I like to be as stealthy as possible throughout the day aside for the posed formals. I feel my photography is a good mix of candid photography and posed photography for formals. After the ceremony I was able to get the formals with Tom, Heather, the families, and bridal party. Being it was so cold, we all agreed it would be best to finish the formals with extended family and friends at the venue. The venue was at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY. This was a very intimate location with about 50 guests and was perfect. I would like to thank Tom and Heather for letting me capture one of their most important days. Below is the preview I sent out to them. I typically give a small preview of 3-5 photos the day after the wedding, then a preview of about 25-30 photos within the week.
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Over the years I have done all types of photography from newborns to sweet 16′s and baptisms, but weddings are by far the most exhausting and the most rewarding. This particular wedding was over in Philadelphia on a day that was in the mid 90′s. I drove from Long Island in the early morning to meet up with the other photographer for this event, we had lunch and spoke about plans for the wedding then we started. The getting ready photos were of course inside but after that everything was out there in the heat. That didn’t stop anyone from having an amazing time though. The beautiful ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour up in the trees which was really something else, then everyone headed over to the reception area over by the main house. The heat did not slow down or stop any of the dancing, or good times. After the long day of shooting I drove back to long island that night and proceeded to pass out:) Congrats to Laura and Justin again!
Below are a couple photos from the event.
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Here are all of the photos from this years PYA outing. Feel free to download, share, or purchase prints (Click Here).
Matt Stallone Photography and Team Photo Booth would like to thank the Schreiber Class of 1973 for letting us be a part of their night and hope you all had a great time. In case you didn’t have a chance to purchase the group photo at the venue, click the photo below and choose from an 8×10 or 16×20.
Sweet 16′s are starting to look more and more like weddings these days. I recently shot a sweet 16 over in Islip, New York at the Irish Coffee pub (very nice venue). The sweet 16 girl, Cara had a beautiful white dress on which could easily be mistaken for a wedding gown. Before the event we got some great group shots with Cara and her friends outside on the patio as well as inside in the bridal suite room (Just the name of it). I got some great solo photos as well as some portraits with her friends. Then once all the guest arrived the first entrances began. Then on to the dance floor, there was some great entertainment for all the kids as well as adults. Great music and a photo booth which I just happen to be a co-owner of (TeamPhotoBooth.com Cheap plug;) )As you can see from the photos everyone looked great and had an amazing time. If you are looking to have some great photos taken at your next sweet 16, wedding or any other event shoot me over an email or give a call.
Here’s a little preview from the day. Hope you enjoy the pics!Details
Just wanted to put up a photo for Earth Day.
I took this over in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Some of the most beautiful landscapes and people. I hope to return one day.Details
I’ve been meaning to write a review for the Sigma DP2M for weeks now but have been too overwhelmed with school, work, and life to write one up. I have only been able to use the dp2m a couple times, but really think this is one of the best cameras you can get for the price or anywhere near it. I agree with whoever wrote this is not a camera for p***ies, its far from a point and shoot and the battery life is terrible. If you are hoping for a mini dslr you will be disappointed, its not for chasing kids or doing indoor events. Its decent in lowlight but just decent and you will most likely need to know what you are doing in post processing to get these results. Well I’m going to stop right there with my “review” and let the pictures do the talking for me. I am planning a little 3 week trip soon, I will be traveling to California and then straight to Guatemala. I’m leaving my 5dmk2 home and embarking on this journey with the dp2m and lots of batteries. I’m excited to really bond with this unique camera and I feel like this trip should suffice in doing so.
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Intro – The Sony RX100 is a revolutionary pocket camera, yes it fits in a pocket and it packs a punch. It has a
new 1” Exmor R sensor that is roughly 4 times the size of the competition. This larger sensor size equates to better depth of field or “bokeh” which is common ground for dslrs but not something you typically get from smaller cameras. The larger sensor also performs better in lower light situations without all the grainy photos. The Zeiss lens gets pretty open at f1.8 on the wide end and goes to 4.9 when fully zoomed.
My findings – My past pocket camera was a Canon s90 which I loved and brought with me everywhere my larger dslr was not appropriate. It recently died, and I had to find a replacement asap. Lucky for me the new Sony RX100 was available and I was excited to give it a go. The camera itself looks like a big brother to the s90, and it still fits in my pocket. It feels solid, but it is a little slippery and awkward to hold. It will definitely benefit from some sort of a grip. Upon opening the box I also noticed that instead of dropping the battery into a charger you have to plug in the camera to the wall. Not a big fan of this, but not a deal breaker at the same time. After charging the camera I was off for the weekend, hoping the battery would last.
Throughout the weekend I put it through the paces. Just messing around the house and back yard, a wedding, and an outing to the Brooklyn flea market. The RX100 performed like a champ in all situations. Good lighting it was great, bad lighting it was great (for a pocket camera). I was comfortable using iso3200 and even 6400 was useable. I took some great photos at the weddings using iso6400 and the flash. The black and white photo from the wedding was taken at iso6400 with flash and 100% crop.
Some think 20 megapixels is too much for this little guy, but those extra megapixels are great for cropping in closer or down sampling. Even though it has built in image stabilizer I still had a tough time getting sharper images at lower shutter speeds, this is most likely due to the 20 megapixels and can be overcome by using a higher iso setting.
Overall I was pretty happy with the RX100, I feel it’s the next big step for pocket-sized cameras and feel it’s a good upgrade to my Canon s90. I think adding a grip to it may add to the overall experience and I’m sure over time I will be more accustomed to the controls of the Sony. I look forward to using and mastering this camera over the upcoming months.
Below are positives and negatives about the camera.
-Side note- I rarely use video so I am not going to try and review it. It is Full HD 1080/60p so that should suffice for most.
+ Great at high iso’s
+ Pretty snappy autofocus
+ Fast lens at wide end
+ LCD is clear and bright
+ Build quality
+ Large sensor
+ Customizable control ring
- In camera battery charging
- Expensive at $649
- Controls/awkward to hold and use
- Slow f4.9 at end of zoom
First of all I want to apologize, I have been neglecting my poor little website and blog lately. I have been booked with photo shoots left and right and have had no time to tend to this site. I am going to try and blog more often this fall. Now on to the good stuff, I have had a lot of baptisms lately and want to share some photos with my viewers. This shoot was a referral from a friend and on top of helping a friend out it was actually close to my home (for once). We started out at the home; I was able to meet the family and little Vincenzo. We got some great shots and then we were off to St. Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove for the baptism. There were 7 babies being baptized that day which is pretty much the average. We had conflicting information on whether or not I could move around the church or if I could use flash. As always I was prepared for any situation, but luckily I was able to move about the church to capture some great memories. After the baptism we got some group shots outside and then we had a quick break before heading to La Parma in Port Washington (one of my favorite Italian Restaurants here in Long Island). The family had a section of the restaurant set up and guest began to arrive. I make sure to not only capture the guests and emotions during the day I also try and capture the details all around like the table setups or Vincenzo’s clothes laid out on the dresser for his big day. At the end of the day I had about 1200 photos taken, it’s a long day but fun at the same time. I love meeting new people and nothing makes me feel better then giving them memories from these eventful days.Details
The majority of my photo sessions are on Long Island, but I am always willing to travel for a job. Today I was meeting up with a great young couple who wanted to have engagement style photos instead of just traditional maternity photos emphasizing the belly. It was a typical hot summer day and we decided to do the shoot while casually walking through central park. Central Park has endless photo opportunities from small ponds, statues, to the people just going about their business. You don’t have to have an amazing backdrop like central park or New York City to have memorable photo’s you just need patience and a good eye. My clients give me endless opportunities throughout our sessions to stop time for that brief moment and capture a real moment. I find those magical moments are mostly found between poses, when the people relax and forget that the camera is actually there.Details