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G.E. Masana
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Probably the only wedding photographer in NYC who came from the art world as an artist/illustrator, G.E. Masana's roster of wedding clients have included, among many others, Vanessa Penna (Beauty Editor, ELLE), Kelly Keskes (Model, BRIDAL GUIDE), Jen Chapin (daughter of legendary singer-songwriter Harry Chapin), Barrie Gillies (BRIDES magazine), Gaines Peyton (SEARS-PEYTON GALLERY, NYC), Evan Galbraith (son of E. Galbraith, Ambassador to France), Craig Kanarick (Founder, RAZORFISH), as well as assorted art directors, actors, opera singers, cinematographers, fashion designers, graphic artists and photographers.

He's been seen in BRIDES, BRIDAL GUIDE, TOWN & COUNTRY, NEW YORK MAGAZINE and STYLE ME PRETTY as well as other magazines and blogs too numerous to mention here, and served on "The List" of Contributing Photographers for MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS.

He's been interviewed by the two leading international professional wedding photography journals, RANGEFINDER and STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY. Recently he was awarded by the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS for his wedding documentary photography. You can see more of his work at GEMASANA.COM

Entries by G.E. Masana

What Engagement Photos Should Really Look Like

(19) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Imagine a young couple about to be married, filled with love, passion and romance.

They join hand in hand, embarking on the adventure of their lifetime, choosing to journey through life together, facing a future of bright promise, hopes and dreams.

Now here's the question. If you were a portrait...

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What Every Bride Over 30 Ought to Know About Her Wedding Photos

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Having photographed hundreds of 30-something couples and their weddings, here are 10 of the things I've learned.

1. Their wedding is an intimate celebration of love. It's not about making a big show. There's no guest invited because of office politics or because they're trying to impress someone. Every person...

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Wedding Photographers Look All The Same? Do This

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 5:27 PM

I hear this complaint from engaged couples all the time.

They're scouting out wedding photographers and bombarded with seeing so many "me too" similar images that the photographers they've seen all become one big blur.

Do you find wedding photographers look all the same?

Here's something a bride calling me...

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The Thirty-Something Bride

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:19 PM

"My fiancé is dying."

I sat there shocked when she said this. It was unexpected.

She was a thirty-something bride to be, sitting across from me at her wedding photography consultation.

Before her fiance's illness they had been to sixteen weddings. She told me how, in each of those weddings,...

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Here's Why Your Engagement Photos Suck

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 4:46 PM

In his suicide note he wrote these three words: "I am bored."

He was a film star. Appeared in Hitchcock movies. Had won an Academy Award. Lived a golden life.

But then things turned painfully ordinary.

And that's the state of affairs right now with engagement and wedding photography: The...

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The Naked Maja in My Camera

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:34 AM

"Goya," he said, "that's who your work reminds me of."

I didn't expect that coming from a client. "It looks like a painting" is what I usually hear from people when they see my portrait and wedding photography. But they never mention a specific painter. Never until now.

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Thinking Outside the Camera

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:09 PM

The bride-to-be called. She was looking for a wedding photographer. When I answered the phone she proceeded to tell me all the logistics involved with her wedding:

"It starts at 1 at the synagogue. But we want photos in the home, before then, of me getting ready. I want photos...

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The Knot Has It So Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Every year the big box wedding mega sites love to come out with their lists of "must-have" wedding photos, and so as not to disappoint, The Knot published their latest list of 50.

Fifty wedding photos they believe stand out from all the rest.

In turn, leading legions of...

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What's a Wedding's Most Important Photo?

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 1:57 PM

What's the most important photo out of all the photos which can be taken at a wedding?

Some say it would be the couple's first kiss. Others contend it's got to be the moment the couple first see each other that day. And there are those who say it's probably...

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You'd Better Think of This When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 7:52 PM

You've seen the video that went viral about the priest who got angry at the wedding photographers when they encroached upon the ceremony space making loud camera noises?

Leaving aside the debate whether or not the priest was righteous in telling them to back off, I think we...

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The Man Who Loves Weddings

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:30 PM

The clock reads 2:03 a.m. and I'm in a small, dark quiet room. The only light is coming from a computer screen casting a blue green wash on my face as I stare at a wedding image depicting a moment when the bride's mother, out of a heart moved by...

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Why Pinterest Could Be Bad for Your Wedding Memories

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:47 PM

A bride-to-be came to me about photographing her wedding. She was armed with a pile of several favorite wedding photos she had clipped out of wedding magazines to show me, asking if I could do something like those for her wedding.

When I looked at them it took...

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10 Things We Should All Know About Wedding Photographs

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 8:11 PM

1. They're not for today.

They're not for the week or the month after the wedding either.

You know how some detractors minimize wedding photos by saying they're only going to be squirreled away in a closet somewhere? Well, they're half right. It's when an occasion arises that...

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Smile for the Camera -- But Only if You Mean it!

(9) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:50 PM

A bride was referred to me when she was utterly unhappy with her photographer after seeing how her engagement photos came out.

The reason she was unhappy? "I'm not smiling in any of the photos," she said.

Now, I know many photographers opt for the overly serious, glum-faced look of...

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Top 10 Traits You Want in Your Wedding Photographer

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 4:09 PM

I tell you, the longer I'm at this as a wedding photographer myself, the more I'm keenly aware this isn't simply about having a talent for taking a photo. Talent alone is not enough.

1. First and foremost, yes, you want to see a great portfolio of work....

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The Moments Dads Have at Their Daughters' Weddings

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:56 PM

They dance together to songs from Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" to Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life." And in those moments, the father of the bride feels the full impact of which he's known for some time now -- his "little girl" has grown and...

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3 Step System for Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:05 AM

You're about to look for your photographer. To prepare yourself, people gave you questions to ask, on top of which you've made a list from wedding blogs. You're ready to take copious notes, do due diligence, compare, and all the while you're thinking:


Can't This Be Done Simpler?

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The Overlooked Wedding Moments (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 2:08 PM

We all know there are the big moments wedding guests whip out their cameras en masse to snap a picture: the bride walking down the aisle, the couple's first dance, the toasts...

These moments are anticipated. They occur at every wedding. We know they're going to happen. And they're great....

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The Power of One Singular Photo

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Having photographed hundreds of weddings in the New York City area and around the country, I've invested numerous hours with couples on their wedding days. And even afterwards when I've met up with them again at weddings they referred to me. So I've experienced what it is people desire in...

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The Real Reason to Have an Engagement Photo Made

(63) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 11:19 AM

If you're engaged to be married, then quick, tell me why it's worth it to have an engagement photo session?

I was reading a thread on a wedding forum where brides weighed in about that. And all the comments were offering the same two or three opinions:

"It's a chance...

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