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  • AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Welcome to my blog, a place for my daily ramblings and the photographs I love! My name is Amy and I am a wedding photographer located in the greater NYC area. If you are getting married, take some time to check out my most recent wedding and engagement sessions under categories. The best way to get to know me is through my personal posts. I blog about everything...from my cat's first birthday, to my favorite places to dine in the city. My hope is that by the time you leave, you will feel like we are best friends. If you want to see more, head over to my official website at www.amyrizzutophotography.com.

    If you are just here to leave a little love, THANK YOU! Your support and kind comments are greatly appreciated.

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CHELSEA MATSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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It is hard to put into words what working with Chelsea has meant to me.  I remember the moment her email popped into my inbox requesting to intern with me this past summer.  I hesitated for a second…she was one of my brides after all!  What would she think of all the sappy love movies I played over and over again while editing and all the silliness that went on behind the scenes on a wedding day.  As normal as we (hopefully) seem on the outside, Mekina and I joke often and are a little quirky to put it in the best way.  What would Chelsea think?  Would she like our quirkiness or think we were total weirdos?

Then I considered how much I would learn about Chelsea over the months we would get to work together.  I would really get to know who she was and I believed it would lead me to better capture her and Steve’s individual and unique personalities on their wedding day.  And to be honest, I knew I would really enjoy her company.  I quickly wrote her back expressing I would LOVE to have her on board!

In the months we spent together, I discovered so many amazing things about Chelsea.  Super organized, kind, filled with contagious laughter, and passionate about the people she photographs, Chelsea’s skill set is PERFECT for wedding photography.  On top of that, she has a gift for capturing real moments, filled with emotion and heart.  Always present and super observant, Chelsea pours herself into telling a unique story that I believe truly added to the complete collection of photographs I was able to deliver to my brides at the end of their wedding day.  I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together and will treasure the memories we made for years to come.

About a month ago, Chelsea launched her own website!  I am SOOOOOOO proud of her and I can’t wait to watch her business grow and flourish.  Get lost in all the beautiful moments on her website, “Like” her Facebook page, and leave her a little love.  Thanks again for everything Chelsea and best of luck as you embark on this new adventure.

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Chelsea was kind enough to write about her experience of working together this summer.  If you like, you can read her story below.:)
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Early Days:
I met Amy in 2012 when she was doing engagement photos for my [now] sister in law. Really, my first opportunity to spend time with her was during the engagement shoot – and what I remember are the following: Amy was extremely professional, she was incredibly kind – while still able to give direction, and we had such a wonderful time with her! Of course, I immediately began following her on social media, and checking out her website! My boyfriend knew how much I love her work, and bought us a couples session – which then turned into a surprise engagement session (May 2013)! Amy was amazing, we felt sooooo comfortable being our silly selves during the shoots, and she completely embraced that, making it show in our photos. It wasn’t until later in the winter of 2013, after months of being inspired by her work, I felt empowered to begin thinking about starting my own business.  I was terribly nervous to email Amy and ask if she would take me on as her intern for the 2014 wedding season, but those were completely unwarranted feelings. Our photography relationship started one night last winter when she let me know she would be happy to have me, and we talked about all of my hopes and aspirations:)
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Due to my occupation as a Special Education teacher during the week, I could only work with Amy during the weekends, until the school year was over. Amy and I worked out that I would join her for as many or few (of course as many!) weekend weddings as I wanted. My first wedding I was so nervous! I showed up for the reception with my borrowed Cannon Rebel, ready to rock n’ roll, but not completely sure what that even looked like. Amy made me feel at ease, introducing me to necessary parties as soon as she could – filling me in on any important details, while making sure she was still capturing what she needed. After that first wedding I went with her and the other photographers to get some food. Amy was so ready to teach! She pulled out her Cannon 5D Mark II, and put me on the spot! Asking me given the light what would my manual settings be. I was SWEATING to say the least, but it was a perfect learning experience – as a wedding photographer, this is what needs to happen, in the moment decisions about what will capture a moment in the best way. Of course I totally messed up, but instead of making me feel ridiculous, Amy taught me what and why my setting should be a certain way (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)  This was not a one time experience. At every wedding Amy made sure to take any possible moment to teach me. “Chelsea, do you want to learn how to use flash?” “Do you want to pose this couple?” “This is why I put them in this lighting – because it gives me this desired effect.” I could hardly believe how lucky I was to have someone who would not only let me come and photograph weddings with her, but took any possible teachable moment and used it to help me develop my craft.  Amy would ask me to take on different responsibilities during the day, always making sure I was prepared with the knowledge and confidence to do so. Some days I would be in charge of the photo booth – what a HOOT! That was incredibly fun, but I was also able to get all the photos for getting ready, and the ceremony to develop my portfolio. Other days I would serve as 3rd shooter to her and Mekina (also soooo wonderful to work with). This ranged from trying to think outside the box to get angles she and Mekina weren’t getting, to dress fluffing, and veil flinging. No matter what stress she was feeling inside Amy was always beyond pleasant, and completely calm, cool and collected. If my words aren’t enough, they were all confirmed at EVERY wedding we worked together. Family members and friends of the couples would gush over her day of slideshow – tears, laughter, astonishment – and thank her an uncountable number of times for her work and overall fabulousness.
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Part of my work with Amy also included going to her office in New Jersey once a week, although her cat was not thrilled about this prospect I was! Amy offered this as part of my internship which I gladly accepted so that I could both help her in the office, but learn more about the behind the scenes/business aspect of Amy Rizzuto Photography. Besides being wonderful to spend time with Amy as a person, in a calm environment, it was an amazing learning opportunity. I helped Amy with duties ranging from organizing files and clients, to culling photos, and more. While this was super helpful to do my favorite part was again those teachable moments. If Amy was working on editing photos, or the back end of her website, she would always offer to let me watch over her shoulder, as she explained what she was doing and why. We would also explore things on the camera together, such as shooting in Kelvin, and the function on the lock click on the power switch (haha), or the best way to shoot sparklers.Our days also included but were not limited to: watching romantic movies, drinking tea/coffee, laughing at her cat, eating delicious baked goods, watching Jasmine Star tutorials, me asking unlimited questions, and just chatting about life and my upcoming wedding (which she was obviously photographing), so much laughing. I am especially grateful to Amy for the time we would spend together at the end of the day. She would ask me what I wanted to learn about/work on, and off we would go! We spent time using different lenses, to best understand what desired look we could get from them, best lighting, flash, editing, creating my own website/blog. I was always blown away by the HUGE differences such seemingly small nuggets of knowledge provided.
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I have a dual relationship with Amy. Yes she is my mentor and photographer, but I also consider her to be a great friend! It is rare that you can find people, especially as you “become a grown up” who are so true to their faith, conviction, and passion. These reasons and so many more are why I was able to be such a calm bride. Amy always produces the most incredible work, but she also is just the best person to work with, both professionally and as a client. I was able to be a little less of a controlling maniac at my wedding because I was so confident in Amy (and Mekina’s) ability to capture the moments I knew I wanted – and those I didn’t but LOVE that I have. I have experienced Amy, so many times, going above and beyond what I have seen most photographers do, to make sure that she is producing her best work. She recognizes the importance and uniqueness of every wedding day, always thinking of how she can hone and better her craft to produce amazing photos that her couples and people everywhere will love and cherish.
2014-11-24_0004I truly feel lucky to have worked with and learned from Amy. She is always eager to learn more, and teach those around her who are equally as eager. To work with Amy in any capacity will always guarantee results beyond expectations. I am always learning from her, even now that I have started my own business and moved half way across the country. Her talent and friendship are to be cherished, as they are not a common commodity.
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Donna MatsonNovember 25, 2014 - 2:56 am

What a great write up

Jo-Ann Gorski FuryNovember 25, 2014 - 11:39 am

Fantastic journey, Chelsea!

Gloria ShermanNovember 25, 2014 - 1:24 pm

I don’t know Amy, but it says a lot for her that she sees in Chelsea all that the Matson family has loved for years!

Mekina SaylorNovember 25, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Beautiful post! Love reading about and seeing the wonderful Chelsea!

IGNITE : A LITTE SPARK FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

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SPARK days have been a favorite of mine for a long time.  Back in 2012 over lunch with Caroline Frost and Cassi Claire, Caroline expressed her desire to create a group for women photographers in the NYC area that meets weekly to discuss faith and photography.  Being women who love Jesus and photography (respectively of course), Cassi and I couldn’t wait to jump on board!  SPARK was born, and the experience of being involved with this incredible group has been life changing.

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This fall, we were looking for a way to serve and give back to our community.  We came up with the idea of hosting a FREE workshop for new photographers,  hoping to share what has been successful for us over the past four years to IGNITE a little “spark” in new photography businesses in the area.   IGNITE is a free workshop for new photographers taking place in Central Park on November 16th from 1:30pm-4:30pm and includes topics like posing, composition, marketing, and tips for exposure and lighting.  We will also have a model for some hands on practice!  The workshop will be led by Caroline Frost, Amy Rizzuto and Cassi Claire with Leandra Brown, Mekina Saylor, Kristy Timms, Bethany Michaela, and Cassady Adams, a few of the many fabulous women who are a part of NYC SPARK.  Space is limited, so if you are interested, make sure to apply here by November 5th: http://www.jotform.us/CassiClaire/ignite2014.

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To learn more about IGNITE, visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329637847209932/.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at amy@amyrizzutophotography.com or to Cassi at cassi@cassiclaire.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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INDIAN TRAIL CLUB WEDDING PHOTOS : DANIELLE + MATT

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The gentle rustle of the leaves filled the air with the sweet music only fall brings.  Golden light glistened across the lake and the brilliant colors of the trees painted the blue sky.  It was the perfect day for Danielle and Matt’s wedding.  Filled to the brim with excitement, Danielle snuck up behind Matt for an intimate “first look” by the water. Love shone through Matt’s eyes as he brought his beautiful bride in for an embrace.  The day had finally arrived where they would become husband and wife!

As Danielle and Matt exchanged their vows under a canopy of orange and yellow leaves, family and friends wiped happy tears from their eyes.  Their bridal party cheered at their first kiss, and bubbles filled the air as the couple ascended up the aisle.  A canoe ride for two at sunset allowed for some truly magical moments before Danielle and Matt headed inside to spend the night celebrating with family and friends.

Danielle and Matt, your Indian Trail Club wedding was straight out of a fairytale.  As your one year anniversary approaches, it seems only fitting to relive your gorgeous day.  Enjoy a few of my favorite memories below.:)

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Danielle and Matt did an incredible job incorporating the fall theme throughout their wedding.  From the flowers to the invitation suite, every detail came together perfectly!

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Danielle spent the morning getting ready with her girls.  My favorite moment had to be when they all slipped on their cowboy boots!

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Danielle, you seriously are STUNNING!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for helping me photograph Danielle and Matt’s incredible day!  I just love these fun moments you captured of the guys.

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A sweet first look…

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…followed by some fun bridal party photos!

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Quite possibly the cutest flower girl and ring bearer ever!

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LOVE.

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Apple cider and warm apple cider donuts were available for guests to enjoy at the ceremony.

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Danielle and Matt exchanged vows under a canopy of golden leaves as the sunset set slowly behind them.

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HAPPILY MARRIED!!!

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This awesome old pickup truck made the perfect getaway vehicle for Danielle and Matt!  Hay filled the bed of the truck and personalized cans were tied to the bumper.

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Thank you guys for cheering on Danielle and Matt all day!

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After the ceremony, we headed out to the lake for a glorious sunset.

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True love inspires.  It awakens the heart to the beauty hidden deep inside a person’s soul.

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Danielle and Matt, your day really was a fairytale.

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Danielle’s mom and dad did the most amazing job crafting many of the details for the wedding day!  They handmade the table cloths, indian corn vases, and felt acorn place cards.

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Danielle’s grandma even handmade 100 apple pies for the wedding favors!  The entire day was filled with love from Danielle and Matt’s family, just as it should be.

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After sharing their first dance to “When the Stars Go Blue”, Danielle and Matt danced the night away with family and friends.

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Thank you again Danielle and Matt for giving me the opportunity to capture your gorgeous Indian Trail Club wedding!  I enjoyed being a part of such a special time in your lives and I wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come.

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Susan Anderson RizzutoOctober 2, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Oh my gosh… these pictures kept getting better and better! They would make anybody want to get married in the fall.. soooo pretty. Those pictures in the canoe are amazing and I LOVE the flowers and all the fall themed parts to this wedding. (And you’re right about the flower girl and ring bearer too.. adorable!)

AD.AM GRIT PhotographyOctober 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

#mindblown. Incredible pictures, placement and vision.

Janet Bella Pulpe FarfallaOctober 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Love every photo! Awesome wedding planning!

LAURITA WINERY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : AMY + STEPHEN

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They were outside the business building when Stephen looked up and saw Amy.  Gorgeous blonde hair and a sparkling smile, he couldn’t help but feel drawn to her.  A conversation turned into a first date, and a first date into a beautiful relationship.  Five years later, these college sweethearts got engaged on the steps of the Art Museum in Philadelphia when Stephen got down on one knee and asked Amy to marry him!  They will be tying the knot tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited for them.

To celebrate their upcoming nuptials, I wanted to share Amy and Steve’s super sweet Laurita Winery engagement photos!  Check out a few of my favorite moments below.:)

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We started Amy and Stephen’s engagement session right outside the business building where they first met!

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I absolutely love it when couples personalize their engagement session with places/things important to them.

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After a few photos at The College of New Jersey, we headed to Laurita Winery for a pretty sunset!

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How adorable is this sign sharing important moments from Amy and Stephen’s love story?!

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TOMORROW is the big day!!!

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Favorite.

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Amy and Stephen are most looking forward to sharing a wonderful evening with their family and friends.

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Congratulations again Amy and Stephen!  I loved every minute of your Laurita Winery engagement session and I can’t wait to see you for your gorgeous wedding tomorrow!  HAPPY FRIDAY!

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MCLOONE’S PIER HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOS : ALY + JOE

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Thinking back to Aly and Joe’s wedding always makes me smile.  It truly was a perfect day.  The sun was shining brilliantly on that warm October morning as Aly and her girlfriends laughed and reminisced together as they got their hair and make-up done.  Aly’s mom zipped her into her gorgeous gown as her sister Alysha wiped tears from her eyes.  Joe spent the morning relaxing with his guys, anticipation building at seeing Aly walk down the aisle to marry him.  They had been together for four years, and Joe couldn’t imagine spending his life with anyone else.  As the red doors of that gorgeous white church opened, Aly couldn’t keep the tears from welling up in her eyes. The day they had been planning for and dreaming of was finally here, and it was even more incredible than they could have ever imagined.

Aly and Joe, your wedding was a true fairytale.  As your one year anniversary approaches, I thought it only fitting to relive such a beautiful day.  Enjoy a few of my favorite moments from your Mcloone’s Pier House wedding below.:)

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Aly got ready at her parents house.  Her mom zipped her into her dress as her sister and dad looked on with huge smiles and tears brimming in their eyes.

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Aly, you seriously are an incredibly STUNNING bride!

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Joe got ready with his friends at the Bungalow Hotel.  A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for capturing these photos!

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Aly and Joe were married in Precious Blood Church in Monmouth Beach, NJ.

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Joe was smiling ear to ear as Aly walked down the aisle!

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HAPPILY MARRIED!

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After the ceremony, we headed to a nearby park for some gorgeous sunset portraits!

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A big thanks to the bridal party for being so much FUN!

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LOVE.

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Aly and Joe’s sweet glances to one another, the soft golden light, and the romantic willow tree make this one of my favorite portraits ever.

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Before heading into the reception, Aly and Joe kicked their shoes off for a few more pretty portraits on the sand.

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Aly and Joe shared their first dance to “Something” by the Beatles, before dancing the night away with family and friends.

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Thank you again Aly and Joe for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your Mcloone’s Pier House wedding!  I wish you all the love and happiness in the many years to come.

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Susan Anderson RizzutoSeptember 19, 2014 - 1:26 am

I remember this couple.. she is stunning and so adorable! Love her dress , it’s perfect for her! Great pictures… as always!

Ann BeaversSeptember 25, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Such a cute couple. Love the willow tree portraits and the pics of the father daughter dance. You did a great job capturing the emotions!

Lemuel AyudtudOctober 15, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Man! Another masterpiece.

AD.AM GRIT PhotographyOctober 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Man! Another masterpiece.

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