- GARY FLOM - STUDIO OWNER / PHOTOGRAPHER
I LOVE WHAT I DO!
Capturing the emotion, soul, mood and details of a wedding is the essence of Gary Flom’s photographic approach.
“I consider it an honor to be invited to photograph a wedding. Nothing compares to the emotional purity and the happiness of that day. A wedding is a beautiful work of art unfolding right in front of me and I love capturing it on camera.” Gary’s signature style goes beyond just photographing extraordinary portraits. Gary is a master at capturing unique details and candid moments.
Gary’s additional projects have included photography for NBC's Today Show, NHL, National Wildlife Federation, Manhattan Bride Magazine, Carnegie Hall, North Jersey Media Group as well as product and food photography. Gary’s photos have appeared in many New York / New Jersey publications as well as on the pages of several international newspapers and magazines.
Gary Flom Photography has received the prestigious Bride's Choice Awards™ in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Weddings photographed by Gary have been featured in numerous issues of NJ Bride and Manhattan bride magazines and wedding blogs.
- MIKE COPPOLA - PHOTOGRAPHER
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If you’ve ever flipped through the pages of People Magazine, New York Times, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Esquire Magazine, US Weekly, checked out the photos from the NY Fashion Week or read about movie premiers, you have probably seen Mike’s photos. As senior celebrity photographer for Getty Images, Mike takes more celebrity portraits in one week then most people meet in their lifetime. You may even catch a glimpse of Mike himself taking celebrity portraits at such star-studded red-carpet events as Met Gala, MTV Music Awards, Victoria Secret Fashion Show and many others.
Gary and Mike met on the set of a Miss USA photo shoot in New York many years ago. Mike has always been interested in wedding photography just at the time when Gary was looking to partner up with an experienced and exceptional photographer to keep up with the growing business. Gary extended Mike an offer to venture into wedding photography and the rest became history.
How would you describe your photography style?
"It’s always changing and I think if it’s not, then that’s not the person you want to hire as a photographer. My style is absolutely photo journalistic and my personality is very observational. Through my work at Getty Images I developed a keen sense of anticipation, often working in settings where that perfect moments you are looking to capture lasts only a fraction of a second. Weddings are very similar in that way. There are so many beautiful, lovely authentic moments and I love capturing them in a candid, photo journalistic style."
How do you see your role as a wedding photographer?
"Every wedding is unique and every time I go into a wedding my goal is to combine my creativity, experience and my vision to capture your wedding in a beautiful, candid and fun way. Most couples have never worked with the professional photographer and some may be anxious about being in front of the camera. My job is not just to take beautiful portraits but also guide the couples through the process of photography and make them feel at ease in front of the lens."
- DIANA ROBERTS - PHOTOGRAPHER
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Her gregarious personality is infectious, bringing smiles to the faces of everyone she works with. As a lighting expert, Diana has worked on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and “What Not to Wear.” She has also worked on the sets of Food Network, VH1, Spike TV and The Travel Channel. Diana applies the same dynamic and dramatic lighting techniques in her photography to create remarkable images.
What are the most important qualities to look for in a wedding photographer?
"I’d say besides finding someone that reflects your style, you should feel comfortable with the photographer. Most people, especially men, don’t like getting their pictures taken. They tend to freeze and become self-conscious. So if the photographer can make that experience fun for them, they’ll not only enjoy the process but you’ll get a real, authentic expression that reflects who they are as a person."
What is your favorite moment to capture during a wedding?
"I actually enjoy the moment when we pull out the bride and groom for night pictures because that’s one of the rare moments they get to be alone and away from everyone for the first time as husband and wife. To see them looking into each other’s eyes as we click away is truly, very romantic."
- FEDERICO - PHOTOGRAPHER
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Federico’s passion for wedding photography developed earlier than most as he spent many days of his teenage years working in his father’s wedding photography studio in Argentina.
Federico’s photographic style is a fusion of whimsical, playful portraits and beautifully captured candid moments. Federico’s work has been featured in NJ Bride and Manhattan Bride Magazines and Federico has received several recognitions and awards from the Wedding Wire and The Knot.
What inspired you to pursue wedding photography?
"I see a wedding as a truly one of a kind art unfolding right in front of me. There’s something absolutely pure and unique about the wedding day. Wedding day is an endless stream of beautiful moments and interactions and I love capturing them on camera."
Describe the relationship between a couple and a wedding photographer.
"The connection between a couple and a wedding photographer is very unique. There is no other vendor in a wedding that has to have such a special relationship with the couple. You don’t necessarily have to connect with the florist, the band or the limo driver. The photographer is the only vendor who puts in a 12-hour day from the moment you get your makeup done till the last song of the day."
- KYLY - EDITOR / PHOTOGRAPHER
Kyly connects naturally with clients, given her previous experience in front of the camera as a model. Working with Gary since 2009, Kyly has acted as an associate photographer and is now also an accomplished photo editor. Her artistic creativity and attention to detail shines during the editing process, where she refines thousands of images that become part of everlasting memories.
What is so special about editing wedding photography?
"When you photograph and later edit a wedding, you are choosing the moments and details that will be remembered. It’s these memories that will be shared during times of happiness and sadness, eventually passed down and treasured from generation to generation. These photos can never be recreated or re-staged and I see my role as an editor to make each photo look its absolute best that will wow everyone who sees them."
What wedding scene do you always pause on during an edit session?
"Every wedding is different. The obvious answer would be portraits of the couple together, because that is where you see the connection. It could also be in more unexpected moments, like a close-up of a meaningful object, like a late grandmother's brooch worn by the bride, or a happy reaction of a proud family member or best friend. Some weddings are full of beautiful candid moments – first dance for example, which is full of emotional and candid images not only of the couple but also of their families and friends. Other weddings may be full of lovely unique portraits, perhaps because of the location or the setting or some other unique element. As I edit, I always ask myself a question, if this was my wedding, what moments and what images I would want to be photographed and how."