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New York Wedding Photographer

If couples ask as me to describe my style, all I can say is that my wedding photography is vibrant and happy. I’m Gabriela Fuentes, and I’m a New York Wedding Photographer telling love stories through for sweet and happy couples. For those of you who want to know about me, what can I say? …. I’m easy going and I like to have fun with my brides. I’m a storyteller, and I read a bedtime story to my three year old every night. I love chocolate and I’m a spend more time in FB that I like to admit.

What makes you different than other wedding photographers? That’s easy, let me have my New York brides tell you:

“When I first met with Gaby I’ve already met with a few NYC photographers. Her presence, professionalism and warm aura was evident the moment I walked into her office. Something I didn’t get with other photographers I’ve met…. ” – Martine, New York City, New York

Please feel free to browse through my New York Wedding Photographer site. Here you will find my wedding photography gallery and my Blog. In my blog, you can see photos from my most recent New York weddings, and my personal ramblings. Thank you for stopping by!

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New York Wedding Photographer. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings in 2012 and 2011, among New Jersey’s Best Wedding Photographers, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards for two consecutive years. The Wedding Central is located in New Jersey, and we cover weddings in New York City, Rockland County, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, Hudson Valley and all NYC Metropolitan area.

To obtain information about our packages, you may request it here or call our studio to discuss your wedding (201) 867-3634

or info@theweddingcentral.com

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New Year’s Resolution : Capturing life: “our life”

In all honesty, I have never been the girl that makes New Year’s Resolution. I mean, I swear never to eat a dessert again after the holidays, but I think I would say that even if the holidays were in June. But this year is different. A few months ago, Isabella’s teacher asked for a family photo, and out of the thousands of pictures that I’d taken in a whole year, I was lucky to find 1, let me repeat, ONE photo of the three of us. The reason that I’m not posting that picture tells you how much I like it.

So I made a promise to myself that I would do my best to take my camera out more often, and capture our lives. Some may call it a New Year’s Resolution. I call it a “Life’s Resolution,” and I plan to have until the eyes are too old to take pictures.

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What to look for in a wedding videographer?

Recently, my cousin became engaged, and I will be his best man. Naturally, the subject of who will be his wedding videographer came up. His answer was simple: what should I look for in a wedding videographer? I had to think a little bit before answering. I mean, I never really thought about it from a client’s perspective, and I realized that this must be what many couples go through when choosing a wedding videographer. So I would like to shed some light on the subject.

What to look for in a wedding videographer?

…from a videographer’s perspective!

Experience

When I was looking for a doctor, a good friend of mine, who is an excellent surgeon, told me: “If you have to select a doctor, would you go with the one that does one or two operations a month, or the one that does three surgeries a week?” I did not have to think twice. The answer was obvious, the one who does three operations a week. Why is that? That doctor who does more surgeries is obviously more experienced.

When you look for a wedding videographer, that same remains true. On average, a busy wedding videographer will record about 20-35 weddings per year. Above 35 weddings could be overkill.

First of all, make sure that your wedding videographer has done more than thirty weddings. A wedding videographer that has done more than fifty wedding could be easily considered an experienced videographer.

I wouldn’t really put much weight if the wedding videographer says that he or she has two, three or five years of experience. It does not really matter.  What matters is how many wedding he or she has done. The more the merrier.

Why is experience so important to me ? Because in DSLR video, focusing is extremely important and difficult, and practice makes master. Unless your taste is for video that goes in and out of focus, you should look for a videographer what will keep your video in focus.

One vs Multiple videographers

Ask if the videographer can show you videos that he or she has done alone in a wedding. And then work that they have done with 2 or 3 videographers. This is really important.

Depending on your budget you may want to go with only one wedding videographer instead of multiple wedding videographers. Watch samples of his or her work while shooting a wedding video alone. Ask what is the best position he or she adopts during the ceremony and the reception.

Ask to see work while working with several videographers as well. How they position each camera during the ceremony and reception.

Ask to watch excerpts of a wedding video more than a highlight. Many wedding videographers emphasize in the highlight more than the wedding video itself. I have seen wedding videographers missing important parts of the ceremony because they are working to get an exotic angle down from the aisle floor or with the slider. They do this just to create more production value to their highlight to show future clients.

DSLR

Another important matter to discuss is their equipment. If you are paying a wedding videographer, let say more than 2000 dollars, check that they are using DSLR cameras, preferably canon cameras.

There are many, but many wedding videographers still using regular HD cameras, which give you acceptable image, but not cinematic look like DSLR cameras would give you.

Lights

Ask about lighting. Discuss about the lighting at the ceremony. Churches usually have good lighting, but if the church it not well illuminated, ask the wedding videographer how they deal with low light situations.

It’s really important to ask about lighting for the reception. How do they plan to use them and what type of lighting equipment they use?

Reception halls are usually very dark, which makes wedding videography very challenging because you have to manage good lighting while not killing the mood. Confirm that your wedding videographer will have enough lighting for introductions, first dance, dance with parents, speeches, cutting the cake – the all the important moments of the reception.

Ask about lighting while dancing. Check that they do not use too much lighting that could kill the mood of the reception, or the lighting the dj or lighting specialist are using for your wedding. But, make sure they use a good source of lighting to illuminate your guests dancing.

Sound

Image quality is just half of your wedding video, sound is the other half.

A wedding video with bad sound could damage the quality of the video.

Ask the wedding videographer how they capture sound during the ceremony and reception, specially if you are getting married at a church, which has a lot a reverberation. Just make sure your wedding videographer mics the officiant or officiants, the groom and podium. They should be able to capture good sound from anywhere people will be talking or singing.

Make certain that they put a microphone on the singer, or at least put a recording equipment close to them if they do not have more lavaliere microphones or there are more than one singer.

Sound at the reception hall:

The reception is very noisy. People cheering, talking, etc. Talk to your wedding videographer and make sure they get the sound from different sources like plugging their recording device right from the dj or band. Wedding videographers must also capture ambiance sound (ambience sound is important to get reactions from your guests)

Being unobtrusive

One important matter to discuss is how they work. I have seen videographers who are very obtrusive, so much, that they have 2 or 3 videographers very close to the bride and groom while doing the first dance or when they are dancing with their parents. They are very obtrusive in a way that it is impossible for the wedding photographers to capture a decent picture of the couple. Many videographers, trying to capture exotic angles or images for their highlights, become noisy and noticeable during the wedding ceremony and during the reception. Make sure they are respectful, unobtrusive and share a good working relationship with the photographers or any other vendor.

Video Length

Ask how long your wedding video will be. I have heard of wedding videographers that charge a great amount of money for their service, but only provide a 5 minute highlight and unedited raw footage. If you pay a couple thousands more, they give you 20 to 30 minutes wedding video. They reason that a video of more than 30 minutes could be boring and people would not enjoy it. I am one of those wedding videographers, who does not believe that. I think that the client could get a nicely edited wedding video of the entire wedding without being boring. If you would like to jump to certain part of the video, there are always the chapters. Just go to the scene selection on your dvd or blu ray and select whatever you would like to watch. Don’t take me wrong, a shorter version of your wedding video is awesome, and we do offer it. In fact, we were one of the first studios to introduce this concept, but I just don’t think that it should replace a long version of your complete wedding video.

Turnaround

Ask about the turnaround of the work. There are many wedding videographers that promise a first draft of your wedding video in five or six months. In my opinion that is too long. I provide a first draft of a wedding video within 2 months from the wedding day, so I can’t really comprehend six months.

Check how the final product is delivered. There are many wedding videographers that are still providing their clients with dvd only, and what good is it to record something in hd if it will be delivered in standard definition. Other wedding videographers will charge extra for blu rays. So make sure you know the final format. Even if you don’t have Blu-ray, make sure you get Blu-rays.

Ask if they provide unlimited access to the video online or the digital copies for your mobile device.

Check if they allow changes to your wedding video and how the terms are for these changes.

A wedding video is one of the best memories you will have from your wedding day. You need to make sure that you will get the best possible wedding video.

Have a happy wedding!

Danny Morales

Wedding Videographer, Best of Weddings in Wedding Videography

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Thank you for a wonderful 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, we like to look back to the things we have done, the triumphs, the failures, and the joy as we build our business. We have been fortunate to have amazing couples who trusted us and opened their homes to document one of the most important days in their lives, and we are extremely thankful to every single one of them.

There are so many other people that we have to thank, friends and family for putting up with us and our crazy schedules. We also have to thank the people who have worked along side us, those wonderful photographers and cinematographers who have joined us for the ride. All of you have contributed to making 2011 our a wonderful year.

Here are some images taken throughout the year to remind us what where we have been!!

Gaby (that’s me) – wedding photographer

Don’t try to take a photo because I will immediately start laughing… so for every single one of these… there were 20 of these.

Gaby Fuentes Contemporary wedding photographer in new jersey

behind the scenes… literally!!

Gaby Fuentes Contemporary wedding photographer in new jersey

Gaby Fuentes Contemporary wedding photographer in new jersey

Danny – wedding cinematographer

Don’t let this face scare you…

Danilo Morales Documentary Wedding Videographer in New Jersey

 

…this is the real Danny

Danilo Morales Documentary Wedding Videographer in New Jersey

Although sometimes he plays America’s Next Top model with couples

Danilo Morales Documentary Wedding Videographer in New Jersey

… and other times, he will snatch your new watch right before you can say… nice.

Danilo Morales Documentary Wedding Videographer in New Jersey

This is Erica – wedding photojournalist extraordinaire

She will take a photo and you won’t even notice.

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… or she will try to teach me to move like jagger

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This is J – assistant photographer… he will always make sure I eat and have plenty of water on hot summer days like the day I became a lobster… mental note never leave without sunscreen

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My buddy Quenell Jones – professional cinematographer …. ready to rock MTV style shooting for a Super Sweet 16… we go way back to SVA. I was so happy that he could join us.

cinematographer quenell jones

One member of our team is missing, my dear friend from college, Sako. She is my partner in crime, I mean production. She recently joined our team, and I couldn’t be happier. She will be shooting side by side with Danny. She is super talented, and so used to professional TV productions, that on her first day, she was asking for charging station… awwww!! Photo courtesy: Sako Brockmann.

wedding cinematographer sako brockmann

Being a wedding photographer and videographer is a great honor. 2011 blessed us with wonderful couples and amazing team – as we close the year we thank you

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Macaluso’s wedding video – Elias + Dareen’s Arab wedding video

Arab wedding video

Elias and Dareen got married on November 20th, 2011 at St. George Greek Orthodox in Little Falls NJ.

Several days before we got together with Dareen and Elias to go over everything for the wedding video and the wedding photography. Then at that moment I realized that Dareen is very organized as her sister in law mentions it in the video. Elias is really a funny guy and kept us laughing all night.

The day of the wedding, we divided the team in two. Erica Camille and me went to Elias house and Gaby and Sako (second videographer) went to Dareen’s house.

Honestly, I could not stop eating the amazingly good sweets from Jordan they had. I was filming with one hand and eating with the other.

The Reception was held at Macaluso’s. This banquet hall is not only beautiful but the food, oh my god!!! One of the best I have had.

The whole wedding went smoothly. Guests had a lot of fun with a mix of arabic and american music. It was truly a beautiful wedding!!

Affordable chic and delicious cakes in Bergen County New Jersey

MOD Cakery – Stylish, delicious and affordable cakes in New Jersey

We met in cyber world… I was looking for a cake designer, she needed some photography advice, but what we got in return was a very nice friendship. For the past year, Lisa has been my pen pal, cheerleader of my work, business coach, and, often times, she has given me that kick in the b*** that I needed to push my business forward.

Lisa is owner of Sweet Grace Cake Designs, a custom cake design studio in New Jersey, who specializes in custom birthday cakes and specialty custom cakes. After being in business for a little less than two years, her career has catapulted in a way that can only describe her as the rising star of Cake Design. Her work has been featured in Grace Ormonde, Bride’s Magazine, Get Married, Contemporary Bride, 201 Brides, and several blogs, Wedding Channel included her cakes in “50 Wedding Cakes that you will love” and even Martha Stuart “Dreamers into doers” interviewed her for a very nice feature about her company.

Every Monday, after I have my cup of Joe, I’m always looking forward to seeing the custom cakes she has done over the weekend: from polar bears, car cakes, super girly birthday cakes, to extremely elaborate sugar flowers wedding cakes, her designs really inspire me.

Today, it’s a special Monday because Lisa is launching a new company, Mod Cakery. Mod Cakery, sister company of Sweet Grace, specializes in stylish, delicious and yet affordable cakes. Mod Cakery designs are chic and stylish, with color patterns that seem taken out of a Martha Stewart Magazine or a pottery barn kids catalog, with a base price of $100 for 20 – 24 people. It’s really nice to know a nice and chic cake studio for that special gathering, birthday party, or even an elopement, where you really want a nice cake, that tastes good, but that’s not going to break your budget. I have been looking a such a place for many years, and I’m sure many people have faced the same dilemma.

Last week, Danny and I were surrounded by these delicious cakes, when we photographed TWENTY cakes in just a few hours, and boy it was so hard to resist eating these goodies. After seeing this company come to live, from the very first cake design, to styling ideas for the photo shoot, I’ve been waiting for the day when Mod Cakery’s webiste would be live, and I’m SOOOO happy that day is finally here. I want to wish my friend Lisa all the luck in the world on this new phase of her career.

Elegant ruffles cake – Elopement Wedding Cake

Affordable chic and delicious cakes in Bergen County New Jersey

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New Jersey Arabic Wedding – Dareen and Elias Wedding Photos

Over this past year, we have photographed and filmed a few arab weddings, but since our clients requested privacy, we weren’t able to post them. So when the time came up to meet Dareen and Elias for their arab wedding, I asked if it was OK to post their wedding. Their answer: please blog about us. And I couldn’t be happier… Why? First of all, because I have an amazing and handsome couple. Secondly, because Arab weddings are so much fun, with LOTS, and I mean LOTS of dancing, amazing food, and gorgeous women.

Everything was alined to make this a perfect wedding. Great weather and a beautiful sunny day. A super relaxed and happy couple, and a family who welcomed us with open arms. The best way to close our 2011 wedding season.

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When we arrived to Dareen’s house, these two cute dogs welcomed us, and I could have taken them with me.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

A girl after my own heart, Dareen picked a GORGEOUS wedding dress by Lazzaro, one of my favorite wedding designers.

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…and it fit her like a glove.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Dareen looked absolutely stunning…

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

As per Arab tradition, the groom’s family escorts the bride to the ceremony, and they showered her with gifts…

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

While Sako and I were with my bride. Danny and Erica were already at the church. Look at this handsome boy helping out.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Father and daughter walking down the aisle…

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Look how Elias looks at Dareen… love… love.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Love this little girl’s reaction as the bride and groom drink the wine.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Careful father that hair took a long time to get done.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

I had fierce competition that day, even from the little ones.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Yayyyy, they’re married.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

After the wedding we had a few minutes for portraits before the sun set.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

I loved these burgundy calla lilies… the colors are just so vibrant and delicious.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

After their portraits, we headed to Macaluso’s  for their reception where they had the most amazing cocktail hour ever.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

The bride and groom received a special surprise for their grand entrance.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Let the party start.

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

NJ Jersey Wedding Photographer - Arabic Wedding Photography

Press Play to view Dareen and Elias Wedding Photos.

New Jersey Wedding Photographer. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings 2011, among New Jersey’s Top Ten Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards 2011. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding cinematography studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and covers weddings in New Jersey and New York City. For more information, you may contact the studio.

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Meet Tomyka and UMYK Designz

Over this past year, we have worked on several weddings with Pure Ambiance, a fabulous event planning company, and naturally, after working for some many hours together, we have developed a bond with the girls. Each member of the team has special qualities that make them unique, and memorable.

Early this year, we were photographing a celebrity 18th Birthday party. This party was like no other. Guests were dancing, aerialists hanged from the ceiling, everyone was having a good time, and then from a distance I saw a platter full of cupcakes making its way through the crowd. Enter Tomyka. In a situation, where I would have been, “uhm excuse me” “watch out,” Tomyka was distributing cupcakes with a smile on her face, and dancing to the beat of music, a cupcake never tasted better. Since then, I have enjoyed Tomyka’s contagious laughter, and her great talent for hand crafted details, which we have photographed along the way.

A few months ago, she took a huge step and created her own company UMYK Designz, U stands for unique, and Myk is the nickname her mother, who is no longer with us, gave her.

UMYK Designz focuses on providing high-quality hand crafted services like hand painted aisle runners, gorgeous “Mr. and Mrs” hand painted signs, swarovski crystal cake toppers, and non-wedding related items like, swarovski crystal cell phone and iPad cases, and swarovski crystal shoes.

I mean, if I want to trust someone to design details for my wedding, I want to know they are talented, professional and I can get along with them. Tomyka embodies all three qualities. Good luck my friend on your new business.

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Tomyka Family Portraits

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was working seven days a week, fourteen hours a day, for several months straight. After shooting a much anticipated and great event, she stayed up until 3AM. The next day, while she prepared for a family portrait for a friend, this girl got a migraine…. and I mean a category 5 migraine. So this girl told her husband she would lay down for 5 minutes…. only 5 minutes, and then wake me up… to thought, maybe the combination of Tylenol and a miracle would take the pain away….. and then she had a blackout…..

If you guessed I was the girl, you are 110% correct. If you are wondering what happened to that poor girl, thank you very much for thinking of me. If not, what’s wrong with you?

Going on with my story. The 5 minutes turned into many more minutes, and my wonderful husband didn’t wake me up. Instead he took our friend and her family to the place I had planned, and he took the pictures himself.

After my internal alarm woke me up, I felt like in a parallel universe. If you tell me that I died, I believe you. The pain had gone away, and I felt aware of everything. OK, not in the same way as Limitless…. (if you haven’t seen the movie, you should), but OMG, what did just happen to me. What time is it? What year is this? Ok, the last part was an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

I called out friend, no answer. I called Danny, no answer. Why do we have to have a rule to turn our cell phones off when we are shooting? Ok, so he probably went on without me. OMG, would my friend think that I didn’t want to shoot her pictures, I surely hope not.

But then I talked to her… and being the great person she is, she understood. The best part of all, I knew she was in good hands. Danny is such a great photographer, you know that rare breed of photographer/ cinematographer, best of both worlds. In the end, everything worked, Danny photographed Tomyka and her beautiful family, and the photos came out great.

Tomyka is the owner of UMYK Designs, and she makes a wide range of hand crafted products. If you need custom aisle runners, cake toppers, or hand painted signs definitely check her out. And for the girls who like a little bling, Tomyka does hand crafted Swarovski Crystal iphone cases.

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