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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.

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FLYING LESSONS + THE SLOW SEASON

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January, February, and March are considered the “slow season” in the Northeast for wedding photographers.  A time to get caught up from a busy fall, submit all the beautiful weddings you have captured, and spend time with your family.  One of my favorite weekends had to be Valentines Day.  On Friday, Matt surprised me with tickets to Matilda on Broadway, and on Sunday, I surprised him with flying lessons!

Matilda was amazing…definitely a must see!  And the flying!  It doesn’t get much better than learning how to take off and land a plane yourself.  Matt and I took turns cruising down the shore, past Fire Island and well out over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  There was something wonderfully relaxing about spending the entire weekend together.  It was truly good for the soul.

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Matt and I took lessons from Danny Waizman’s Flight School in Farmingdale, NY.

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We had a 30 minute lesson on the ground before an hour and a half flying lesson in the air.

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It was really cool watching Matt take off and land a plane.  If you like, you can see a video here!

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The views were absolutely breathtaking!

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I even got a chance to fly the plane!

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As amazing as the “slow season” was, I am super excited to jump back into wedding season this weekend!  Stay tuned for a whole lot of pretty over the spring and summer months.  It is going to be one incredible year and I can’t wait!

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Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:43 am

Glad you both got this out of your system…..never repeating this would be fine with me!

DOLCE BASKING RIDGE WEDDING : JEN + BRIAN

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The sun couldn’t have been shining brighter on Jen and Brian’s wedding day. It was one of those days that every couple dreams about. The day had finally arrived where Jen and Brian would become husband and wife, and both of them were so excited. As the wooden doors swung open, light flooded in the beautiful white chapel, giving Jen a glorious halo as she walked down the aisle. A huge smile spread across Brian’s face as he realized he was officially about to marry the women he loved.

After the ceremony, we headed over to a field full of wild flowers for their portraits. Then, Jen and Brian danced the night away at Dolce with all of their family and friends. Jen and Brian, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your gorgeous wedding day!  Enjoy reliving a few of my favorite moments below.:)

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Jen got ready in the bridal suite at Dolce with the help of her mom and her beautiful bridesmaids!

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A big thanks to Mekina for doing a fabulous job of capturing Brian getting ready!

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I love this couple’s personal vows!

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HAPPILY MARRIED!

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After the ceremony, we headed to an antique shop just down the road from the church to capture these intimate portraits of Jen and Brian.

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While I was capturing the sweet photo on the left, Mekina was capturing this beautiful detail on the right!

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Jen, you make an absolutely STUNNING bride!

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How incredible is this old Dr. Pepper barn?!

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After portraits, we headed back to Dolce for a relaxed outdoor cocktail hour in the sun.  It was so good seeing another one of my couples, Erin and Matt at the wedding!

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Then came Jen and Brian’s sweet first dance and a few heartfelt toasts.

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Jen and Brian’s dance floor was PACKED all night!

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Thank you again Jen and Brian for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your romantic wedding at Dolce Basking Ridge.  I wish you both endless amounts of love and happiness in the years to come!

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Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:50 am

Beautiful job of capturing Jen and Brian’s wedding Amy. Yes, you got to love the Red Barn….very authentic. They are a beautiful couple and you captured many beautiful moments forever! I like the photo of the flower girl….makes you wonder what she is looking for! The photo of Jen in the field looking down is beautiful…great light!

SERENDIPITY THEMED ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : CASSI + CHRIS

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Cassi was wearing a yellow jacket, and Chris couldn’t take his eyes off of her.  He couldn’t believe it had only been a few short years since they met while working at the same camp.  Time seemed to fly by with Cassi.  Full of youthful energy, jubilance, and always up for adventure, Chris knew he had found his perfect match in her.

As they skated under the twinkling lights of the Rockefeller tree, Cassi’s ear to ear smile lit up the rink.  She had enjoyed a wonderful day with Chris, and much to her surprise, the night was turning out to be even better.  Circling around under the tree, Cassi’s hand flew to her mouth as she watched Chris get down on one knee!  As the crowd began to cheer around them, Cassi exclaimed “YES!”, overjoyed to be marrying the man she loved.

This winter, Cassi and Chris helped make a dream shoot of mine a reality!  I am obsessed with the movie Serendipity and wanted to recreate an engagement session around that theme.  Since Cassi and Chris got engaged while iceskating, it seemed like it was meant to be!  Thank you so much Cassi and Chris for spending the afternoon with me.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from our time together below!

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We started our snowy session right outside the Plaza Hotel!

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Cassi and Chris looked ADORABLE all bundled up together.

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This sweet couple has actually been married for almost four years now!  Cassi and I met shortly after we both started our photography businesses and I truly value our friendship.  Check out her gorgeous work here.

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After the Plaza, we headed over to Wollman’s Rink for a little ice skating!

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While Cassi and Chris were on the ice, it began to snow!  SO MAGICAL!

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FAVORITE!

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While they were cleaning the ice, Cassi and Chris warmed up with a little hot chocolate.:)

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LOVE.

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As the sun began to set, Cassi and Chris headed to Serendipity to share a famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.

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Thanks again Cassi and Chris for helping make my Serendipity themed engagement session come to life!  I had so much fun with you  both, and as magical as the snow was, I am ready for SPRING!

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Jainé KershnerMarch 24, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Awww. these are so sweet Amy! Love Chris & Cassi!! xoxo

Mekina SaylorMarch 24, 2014 - 7:57 pm

These are beautiful! After seeing these gorgeous images… the winter doesn’t seem so brutal. Great work Amy! Cassi and Chris look amazing and they’re just so darn cute I love this! :)

Cassi ClaireMarch 24, 2014 - 8:06 pm

LOOOOOOVE all of this!!! These photos are FABULOUS and are starting to trick me into thinking I like the winter!! Your story telling ability amazes me! Thank you so much for your super sweet words and for making us look so good! Can’t wait to frame some of these!! xoxoxoxox!! :)

Judie CastroMarch 24, 2014 - 8:23 pm

I absolutely adore these!!!

Ann BeaversMarch 25, 2014 - 1:37 am

These are gorgeous! Love the black and whites and the yummy frozen hot chocolate!

Abby NorrisMarch 25, 2014 - 6:35 pm

these are amazing!
you two look so happy and Cassie, just as beautiful as Ever!

Abby NorrisMarch 25, 2014 - 6:35 pm

these are amazing!
you two look so happy and Cassie, just as beautiful as Ever!

Leandra BrownMarch 28, 2014 - 8:28 am

I love this! The pictures are gorgeous! :)

Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:54 am

The photos of Chris and Cassi’s engagement session are cold looking….but they warm you when you look at them. I love the photos of them ice skating. Can’t believe it has taken you this long to get a couple with a frozen hot chocolate. Brings back fond memories! I also like your Favorite photo and the photo immediately after. Great job Amy.

Deanna SteinleMarch 29, 2014 - 1:57 am

These are fabulous !! Love them all!

Patrice Vermillion DockeryMarch 29, 2014 - 11:50 am

You have such a talent. You make the subjects stand out without loosing the beautiful backgrounds. If you don’t know who this crazy person is I went to school with your mom and dad. I saw you at a few ballgames when my daughter was in school with Kaylee. Tell your dad thank you for sharing your photography for us to enjoy.

PHOTO FIELD TRIP

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Photo Field Trip.  WOW!!!  How do I even begin to explain how incredible this weekend was?  In the heart of the El Capitan Canyon in California, I bunked up in a cabin with four amazing girls, had the opportunity to learn from some of the best photographers in the business, and made so many sweet new friends.  Along with sharing some of my favorite photos from the trip, I thought I would list a few favorite tips I learned from the wonderful people willing to share so much of their hearts and their businesses.:)

Dallas Clayton- This man is incredible!  He gave such an inspiring talk about dreams.  He asked, “How do we maintain a child like sense of wonder”.   Then he rapped the Awesome Book before leaving us with “dreams are meant to come true”.

Panel: Mistakes, Failures, and Lessons Learned-  One of the biggest keys to success is keeping your head down..because there is too much noise. You will start to blend in instead of standing out. Don’t be afraid to break the rules.  It is the unexpected that makes a portrait more interesting.

Guillaume Wolf- As a photographer, you are a communicator. You need to create emotion and action.  A good communicator plays with culture.  Look at what was made in the past.  Stretch yourself.

Dan O’Day- All killer, no filler.  Make sure you are only showing your best work.

Ben Sasso-  I edit in Lightroom in a specific order.  Contrast, Temperature, Exposure, then Split Toning.

Samm Blake-  Only keep images that make you feel something. Only put up photos that you want to shoot.  The best photos are the ones that take risks.  That being said, shoot like a bride. Consider, if I were the one getting married today, what would I want captured?

Jill Thomas- I FEEL my couples. What you put into a session, you get back.  How do we really capture who people are?  We build people up.

Thank you so much to all of you for sharing so much of your hearts!  YOU ARE AWESOME!  And now…all the pretty photos!

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Our cabin was nestled in the center of an open meadow.  Not only was this weekend filled with learning, it was overflowing with peace and relaxation in the great outdoors.

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Cassi picked me up from LA and we drove together along the coast to Santa Barbara.  Thanks Cassi for the photo on the right!

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Our cabin!

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In Jessica Peterson‘s class on how to enhance natural light, we had the opportunity to photograph each other using reflectors.

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Thank you Ashley Caroline for this fun photo of our hike in the hills!

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I LOVED Jill Thomas’ class on artistic vision.  It was fun getting to learn from others as they interacted with a real couple.

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At night we would all gather together under a large tent and share a meal.  It was so interesting to hear what everyone had learned throughout the day!

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One night after dinner Bethany and I got to learn some Acro Yoga!  It was AWESOME!

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The famous Lazers and Blazers party was on the last night of the trip!  Thank you Colin Lyons for the group photo!

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Before leaving California, Cassi, Cameron, and I headed to the beach to photograph each other!  Thank you Cassi for the beautiful photos!

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Some of the best discussions took place with friends by the fire pits…especially at night when there were s’mores!

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To all of the incredible people who made Field Trip possible…THANK YOU!  I hope to be back next year!

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Cassi ClaireMarch 21, 2014 - 2:08 am

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!! Oh man, I want to go back!! Such a fun weekend! :)

Susan Anderson RizzutoMarch 21, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Love these pictures Amy, such a pretty part of California! What I like more though, is while some people reach a plateau in their careers and their life, you are always striving to be better, as a photographer and a person. Always wanting to learn more and be better at what you do. One of the many reasons i admire you and one of the reasons you are one of the best in the business!

Ann BeaversMarch 25, 2014 - 1:44 am

What an awesome experience! Looks like fun and productive!

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