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Bridesmaid’s gift idea

Hey guys, i wanted to share this elegant glass shadow box with you. It would be so pretty on a dressing table, nightstand or shelf to hold keepsakes or jewelry. I think it’s a great idea if you’re looking to thank your special ladies, aka your BM’s. Gift them something to remember the day by personalizing it with their initials from Bridebop

Or grab one for yourself.

Check out more inspiration from their Pinterest account by clicking here

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Top 5 Photos With Your Bridesmaids That You Absolutely Need

There are plenty of photos you have probably imagined being photographed on your wedding day. From getting ready, the ceremony to pictures with your family and of course with the groom but what about the ladies that are helping you and have helped throughout the entire wedding planning process? While you know you’ll have some time to take group shots of the entire bridal party you’ll want to make sure you have these photos with your bridesmaids as you get ready on your big day.

1. Showcase The Back of the Dress

The back of a wedding dress is hidden with beautiful details we’ll want to capture. We’ll “non pose” pose you  with all of the bridesmaids to show off their dresses as well or have some great close ups of the bridesmaids dresses, especially when they’re as stunning as you’re about to see


2. First Look With The Bridesmaids

You have heard about the first look for the bride and groom but what about when the bridal party sees the bride for the first time? The bride’s first reveal to her bridal party can result in some emotional and memorable photo opportunities.

3. Having Fun

As you are getting ready everyone’s nerves are a little on edge because everyone wants to look their best. There will be moments when you just need to let loose to relax a little and having a little dance party, jumping on the bed or just being silly are moments that can make for great photo opportunities.

4. Matching Robes or Shirts

Most brides will have getting ready attire for their bridesmaids and we”ll want to capture everyone in their cute and thoughtful pre-wedding wear.


5. Bouquets and Bridesmaids Dresses

Bouquets won’t last a lifetime but the pictures you have of them will. The bridesmaids and bride bouquet photograph is one that you will want to have. There are many ways you can showcase the bouquets as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses. From lining everyone up and holding their bouquets out to the camera or hiding their faces to forming a circle around the bride; this is another one of those things that we can get creative with.


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Long Island Wedding Photography


i have a confession to make. you know when i’ve arrived at your wedding location and we’ve started the day? The forecast isn’t showing much favorable weather being on our side ? Yes, when you approach your photographer and say, hey what’s your plan? where are we shooting? In this case, Me…i smile, i am filled with empathy and compassion, I have a plan in my mind, you see on the way to you my brain was figuring out all the favorable light with the nearest windows, balconies, tented porches, assistant holding umbrellas, play God for a second, you name it…there you have it we have a plan. All will work out, all is well…But deep down i am just as scared of not finding the perfect light to pour into our photographs, or perhaps our subjects won’t want to risk getting wet or dirty shoes and all the wrongs that can happen…then i take a step back…I smile, i am filled with the desire to give the experience of once in a lifetime. Seeing all of these past photographs during the worst of weather has given me a new found appreciation for my craft. As much as the rain used to scare me during a wedding shoot, it has given me a new perspective and a renewed confidence that no matter what we may perceive as negative factors are much like what magic is made of. You see, during this time we loose the sense of being self conscious in front of the camera we cave into our primal instinct of self protection and preservation…a raw emotion…and that is exactly what i look for in the most perfect image tailored just for you. 

With that said, i hope you will enjoy these few favorite images from our instagram weekly posts, dedicated to #rainyweddingdayweek Much Love, Xoxo Ina 



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Natural Light Wedding Photographer in Long Island New York

Fine Art Photography – Natural Light Photography


Hi guys, I am Ina (pronounced like Eena) I am a fine art Long Island wedding photographer and i love everything about weddings. I literally obsses over the perfect pose and the perfect light for the most flattering photographs. Wedding photos to me are much like visual poetry…They should make you feel things and emotions words often cannot describe. Being a romantic at heart makes me feel right at home in this amazing place that allows me to translate your ideas into print. My imagery style is the one that shows love and connection, beautiful light and effortlessness, beautifully styled accessories keeping in mind your color palette to create cohesive stories. This is what we call Fine Art Photography.  Natural light plays a big role in creating the most authentic and flattering fine art images. My clients are always asked if they would  like us to tailor a timeline for them. It is the best way i feel i can serve my couples and help them create the images they love. You see we are in this together guys, and i know how important it is to have the right connection and communication with my clients. I have more then 7 years of experience with wedding photography i still get butterflies in my stomach before each and every wedding. I feel that’s the beauty and the newness and the challenges and the excitement it brings to me… and isn’t it much like falling in love?  I hope you will enjoy these beautiful images from Jena and Steven’s wedding, we had the most beautiful light and the most magical sunset…Xoxo. Ina


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5 Things You Should Trust Your Wedding Photographer With


Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There’s a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life. While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

1. Choosing the Location of the Shoot

You wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where the best light and the best scenery is. 

Sophie and Nathan’s wedding was an absolute dream. after scouting their wedding location i wanted to make sure i was able to capture their guests along with them while reciting their vows (you guys, we were all in tears) FYI, i was behind the tree that was hugging a good amount of 200 square feet around them. I absolutely loved this angle especially since i was able to capture Sophie on a 45degree angle while keeping everyone on the frame.

2. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won’t leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.

Sunsets, as we photographers call it “the golden hour” is my favorite time of the day to shoot. Which reminds me, Click here to view our posts of our favorite “golden hour moments” on this very special week we’ve dedicated to images like this one from Carl and Kayla’s wedding

3. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day.

Often times, my favorite pose is a “non posed” pose. We will direct you to the most flattering light and the simplest backdrop, and we’ll shoot you in the best possible way you’ll always remember yourself having the best time ever. Great images are hardly about looking your best. I believe the best images and the ones our couples always prefer are the ones  that convey the story and the emotion of a moment in time. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? So please, no worries, you will love the way you look when in front of our lense

4. Editing Your Photos

Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.

The best way we edit photos is by shooting correctly and not doing much towards post processing. Our couples now receive their wedding photos within 5 weeks from their wedding day

5. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hire a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want.

We love to create family heirlooms cherished for generations to come, that is how powerful we believe your wedding photos are. They will live on for generations to come after all of us are gone.

View our albums for more information on prints by clicking our “products” page


Thank you so much for stoping by, i hope that this will help you in your beautiful and most memorable journey of creating the most precious day of your life

Much Love, Xoxo Ina

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