The Making of a Wedding Photographer

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Wedding photographers enter the industry for a variety of reasons, some quite unusual.

Wedding photographers enter the industry for many reasons. Some follow a parent into the business. Others are amateur photographers who are asked to shoot a friend or relatives wedding and find that the profession can be quite lucrative.

The exceptions, and they are in the minority of their fellow practitioners, are those who have achieved success in other fields of photography (photojournalism, advertising, fine art or fashion are examples) before turning to wedding photography.

Among those is sought-after Ridgefield, CT photographer Shel Secunda. His incentive for becoming a wedding photographer was a command. One of his corporate clients asked Shel to photograph his daughter’s wedding. When Shel replied that he was not a wedding photographer, the client responded, "You are now!". Shel quickly saw the reasonableness of the man’s request, shot the wedding, enjoyed it immensely and now, four years later, has over 200 weddings under his belt.

Shel comes to wedding photography with impressive credentials. His work is in The Permanent Collection of The International Center of Photography in New York City. Five books of his photographs have been published, most recently The Bond: People and their Animals (Simon & Schuster), featuring such notables as Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, James Earl Jones and Morley Safer, posed with their animal companions. His portraits of others, such as Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep, Bob Hope and Liza Minelli have appeared on the covers of national magazines including TV Guide, New York and The Ladies Home Journal. He has photographed fashion supplements for The New York Times Sunday Magazine and his photographs have appeared on the "Vows" page of the Sunday New York Times.

"Although I went into the profession reluctantly, I’ve found that I love shooting weddings", says Secunda. "Nothing could be more gratifying than being told by brides that my presence eased their tensions considerably on that stressful day". Shel operates in a somewhat unorthodox manner. Although many of his competitors make much of their profit selling albums, Shel gives the couples a proof album as well as all the prints and negatives within five weeks of the wedding, with no obligation to purchase anything more.

Shel gladly provides a list of references (including their email addresses) that is, literally, pages long. It is no surprise that he is in such demand by upscale brides and grooms who are looking for a photographer who is more than "just a wedding photographer."

ABOUT US

Shel Secunda is a published photographer and his wedding photography has been featured on the "Vows" page of The New York Times Sunday Style section. He is an experienced photojournalist, fashion and fine art photographer. His work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Center of Photography in New York City and has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. He has photographed fashion supplements for The New York Times and his portraits of celebrities have appeared on the covers and in the pages of national magazines, among them New York, TV Guide, Life, and The Ladies Home Journal. Five books of his photographs have been published, most recently, The Bond: People and Their Animals (Simon & Schuster). Its subjects include Morley Safer, Mary Tyler Moore, and James Earl Jones.

Shel Secunda

info@shelsecundaphotography.com

http://www.shelsecundaphotography.com/
203-431-1931

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