April 23, 2014

Cape May Engagement Photos

Anita and Ian’s Cape May engagement photo session was just so much fun!  It’s wonderful to work with couples who love photography as much as we do!  Charlie their adorable pug was dapper in his red bow tie and posed for the camera like a pro.  We’re pretty sure he is at least part human!  Lola adores Charlie and regularly says she is going to kidnap him.  Don’t worry Anita & Ian, I think she is joking!  We snapped a few photos at the Cape May Winery and then spent a few minutes at the Washington Street Mall, before we headed over to Sunset Beach to capture some images while the sun was going down.   Anita & Ian, we are looking forward to working with you again to capture your wedding photos this Spring at Crown Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  It’s going to be awesome!

Cape May Winery.

Cape May Winery staff could not have been more helpful.  Their Signature white wine Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. The soft buttery flavors of vanilla ready the palette for a seductive experience which then finishes with a crisp dry fruitiness that is “shore” to please.  Didn’t try any but I’m “shore” it’s wonderful. With access to just about anywhere in the winery, we headed off to the tasting room downstairs which helped create some artistic Cape May engagement photos.   

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Now who doesn’t love a dog in a bow tie during an engagement session.

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The Cape May Winery had some really eclectic art work. This was one of my favorites, just love the light.

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Washington Street Mall Cape May Engagement Photos

Off to Washington Street Mall area with Charlie in tow we hit up the Ugly Mug.  Special thanks to Cynthia for keeping him occupied while we were shooting! The Washington Street Mall is comprised of small, independent shops, many of which are multi generational, family-owned providing the perfect backdrop for unique Cape May Engagement Photos.  Aren’t Anita & Ian absolutely gorgeous?

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Cape May Engagement Photos are not complete without the Washington Street Mall area. Charlie seemed to enjoy it as well

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Sunset Beach Cape May Engagement Photos

With the sun going down we headed over to Sunset Beach.  I hiked up through the sea grass trying to find a interesting foreground when I stumbled upon a abandoned boat.  The perfect element to cap off a wonderful engagement session.  Looking forward to the wedding day.

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June 30, 2013

One Atlantic Wedding, Atlantic City, NJ – Elegant

We had the best time with Liz & JM on their wedding day at One Atlantic in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  It was hot and steamy, but we were still able to capture some unique images without venturing out in the sweltering heat too much. We were really proud about this, and you’re welcome Liz!   Liz looked incredible and so did JM – as always.  After getting ready at the Sheraton Atlantic City Hotel, JM & Liz said “I do” at Saint Michael’s Church just down the street.  While taking refuge from the heat, we used the Pier Shops at Caesars to create some unique images. After politely being asked to leave one store’s window display,  we finished up at One Atlantic  with an unbelievable wedding reception.

We are so fortunate to work with such lovely people and spend one of the greatest days of their lives with them AND this day was no exception.  We adore Liz & JM!

The staff helpful as always makes a One Atlantic wedding an elegant affair!

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I always love this shot at the end of the Pier Shops at Caesars below One Atlantic

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The heat and humidity  moved in and almost obscured the view of Atlantic City from the end of the pier

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JM and Liz come visit this past fall

As a side note, we got a chance to meet JM & Liz’s beautiful pups Matilda & Sydney when they came by our studio to select their album cover. Our golden Sherlock fell in love, and now he has two more canine friends to add to his pack! Sydney (pictured her on the left) is currently recovering from back surgery and we hope she makes a full recovery and is back to her old self again soon! XOXO

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April 14, 2013

Its spring PPA Super Monday time again!  This year our class is entitled Creating Dramatic Wedding Portraits. Honestly , the techniques we will be using, can be used with any portrait type of photography, not just weddings.  Seats are limited and going quickly so head on over to PPA’s site to register.

Each of the images below was created using one of the techniques we will be covering to include speed light and video light.  Additionally, we will be covering post production (see below).

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I truly believe the way I post process my images has played a great role in defining my photographic style. In this class, you will learn the process I use from capture to post which enables me to consistently create dramatic portraits for our clients, regardless of venue, setting, quality of light… or lack there of it.

It all boils down to light.  If it’s time to shoot and you have great light… work the hell out of it.  But as event photographers we have limited control over when we will have access to our clients.  So most of the time wind up shooting in extremely harsh light or the light has long gone. So what to do then?

Speed light: 12×12 quick assemble soft box modifier on flash or unmodified old school bare bulb flash, that’s it. Understand light and the speed light’s limitations and you will create stunning images in extremely harsh conditions.

Video Light: You still need to shoot the bride and groom together and the light has long gone by the time you arrive at the venue for their winter wedding. Doesn’t seem possible… but at times a speed light is too much light and the wrong color temperature.  A simple couch with maybe a table light or  a wall sconce will create dramatic cinematically lit images with the addition of a video light. We shoot these type of video light shots at every single wedding!  We end our albums with them.

Post Production: So we come home and all those dramatic images that we saw on the back of our camera… look kind of ordinary.  Believe it or not… that’s a good thing.  I will show you how to process images to maximize their impact.

Course Date: May 13th, 2013

Course Hours: 9am – 5pm

Items to bring: Camera, lens of choice, flash.

Location: LoRusso Studios, 26 Manchester Rd, Eastampton, NJ.

Instructor Contact: bob@lorussostudios.com

You must register with PPA for this class.  Head over to PPA’s Super Monday Site to Register!

Hope to see ya on Monday May 13th!


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February 28, 2013

Elegant Cescaphe Ballroom Wedding for Stefanie & Mike!

It was a Sweet November and so was Stefanie and Mike’s Cescaphe Ballroom Wedding!  Stefanie and Mike got ready in the always beautiful, Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.  After an intimate first look, we stepped outside for the quintessential City Hall Shot and then boarded to party bus to Rittenhouse for some bridal party fun.  The nice thing about the Bellevue is that you don’t have to illegally park to get the city hall shot, you literally just walk right out the front doors of the Bellevue! Stefanie and Mike were wed in a sweet ceremony in the Ceshaphe Ballroom.  Later that evening, their guests were treated to an out-of-this world cocktail hour and reception for which a Cescaphe Ballroom Wedding is famous!   We had a wonderful time getting to know you, Stefanie & Mike. Congratulations again!

Enjoy this Ceschape Ballroom Wedding for Stefanie & Mike!

We hope you enjoy this sampling of images from Stefanie & Mike’s wedding as much as we enjoyed taking them.

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 Stefanie looking up at Mike as she ascends the stairs of the Bellevue Hotel just seconds before first meeting.

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Considering a Cescaphe Ballroom Wedding

As professional Wedding Photographers we are involved with some of the most elegant weddings in the Philadelphia area as well as New Jersey, and New York. The Cescaphe Ballroom is one of our favorite venues and certainly tops the list for elegance, attention to detail, and is truly grand in scale. The facility was completely renovated in 2003 when transformed from the Imperial Movie Theater to its current form. The Ballroom feature soaring 30 foot tall ceilings with a beautiful floor to ceiling bar. We really like the Bridal Suites located upstairs but with balconies that open to the main ballroom.

Having had over 200,000 guests visits already, the Cescaphe is a great choice for your wedding!


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November 15, 2012

We love the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as a wedding venue!

Beverley and Eric’s The Franklin Institute wedding was amazing! Just saying! One of the great things about being located in the Philadelphia area is the unique and historic places we are afforded the opportunity to capture.  Beverley and Eric’s Franklin Institute wedding was such an elegant event in an incredibly awe-inspiring venue.  The bride & groom both got ready at the Four Seasons. This allowed them to have an intimate first meeting in a private suite overlooking Logan Square.  After Beverley & Eric’s first meeting, we boarded the trolley and went to JFK Plaza to create some wonderful images in front of the iconic Love sculpture.  Although Philly is very much a city,  there are these cool little side streets where you can shoot to get a little different flavor.  Behind the Franklin Institute we found such a gem.  A short tree-lined street with beautiful brownstone homes became the perfect backdrop for our couple to create some great images quickly.

Time for a Spectacular Franklin Institute Wedding

Seeing the Franklin Institute all dressed up for a wedding is really breathtaking.  The 20′ foot statue of Ben Franklin sitting atop a 92 ton pedestal is just massive. This all sits below the 82′ domed ceiling modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. When lit with deep hues of blue and purple is about as elegant as it gets.  Both Beverley and Eric’s families were a pleasure to meet and a joy to work with on the wedding day.

Wishing you both the best in the coming years.  We are thankful to have been able to be there at the start! We greatly enjoyed and would recommend a Franklin Institute Wedding as a top Philadelphia wedding venue as well!

Best wishes to you both!

Bob and Lola

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Beverley getting ready in suite at Four Seasons in Philadelphia

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Beverley and Eric take a quick spin on the dance floor at the Franklin Institute

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