March Insight 2013

by Jacqueline Tobin

Cliff Mautner

March 04, 2013

Welcome to our Wedding Issue! I get so excited this time of year for two reasons—our WPPI show in Las Vegas (most likely taking place as you read this), and the opportunity to spotlight some of the incredible talent thriving in the industry today. One issue is certainly not enough space to pay homage to both new and veteran shooters—Marcus Bell, Cliff Mautner and Damon Tucci among them—but we hope you will be inspired by this year’s picks as much as we are.  Of course you can’t have a wedding without an engagement, which is why we chose to focus on Nordica Photography and its “Document You” photo sessions that duo Jakob Granqvist and Cole Roberts say emphasize, “Who people really are”. In “Shintoism Meets Shutterspeed”, Australian wedding photographers Tracey Taylor and Dee Green bring their western perspectives to ancient eastern traditions in Japan; while in “Perfect Chaos”, fine-art wedding photographer Marc Anthony and art director Tony Ryan create stunning tableaux of bridal party madness. We travel to the other side of the globe in “Matrimania Culture” to discover why photographer Mahesh Shantaram, himself the subject of an upcoming documentary, is one of India’s most sought-after wedding photographers; and we round it all out with “End of Innocence,” where we take a look at how three different photographers cover teenage coming-of-age celebrations. Don’t forget to also check out the winners of this year’s Seeing the Light contest for even more inspiration. As always, enjoy! And don’t forget to say “Hi” to us at WPPI!

Click here to check out the March issue!

On the Cover

Photographer: Cliff Mautner
Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: Nikkor 70-200 VRII G
Focal Length: 98mm
Exposure: 1/400th @ f/4.0 ISO 160
Location: New York Institute of Technology’s de Seversky Mansion on Long Island, NY
Comments: Immediately after the formal family photos, I’d asked the women in the bridal party to congregate in some great light. I didn’t need to do much but fire off a few frames of them messing around with the bride’s veil. I never needed to set up anything in a formal, staged fashion—it was almost too easy! One of my favorite expressions is, “Sometimes, we’re only as good as our clients.” 

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