Pine Hollow Country Club Wedding Photographer
Susan Stripling Photography

Pine Hollow Country Club Wedding Photographer

Shooting weddings as a Pine Hollow Country Club wedding photographer is an absolute delight.  

Pine Hollow Country Club is located in beautiful East Norwich, New York.  Pine Hollow has beautiful indoor locations for wedding day portraits, wedding ceremonies, and wedding receptions.  Pine Hollow also has spectacular outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies and wedding pictures.  

I particularly love creating wedding day portraits on the rolling lawns of this country club.  The light is beautiful, especially late in the day.  It's an idyllic, picturesque venue sure to delight even the most discerning brides and grooms.

Pine Hollow Country Club reviews

On Wedding Wire, Pine Hollow Country Club has a spectacular five star rating.

Clients of Pine Hollow weddings have left spectacular reviews on Wedding Wire, with glowing statements such as "don't bother shopping country clubs for a venue- go straight to Pine Hollow and start planning your dream affair."  

Clients praise Pine Hollow for their service and unparalleled customer service.  They use words like "amazing" to describe everything from the food to the venue itself.  I highly suggest checking out the reviews for yourself to see how many happy wedding clients Pine Hollow has!

Pine Hollow Wedding Pictures

Every year I made pictures that I love. I have images that I deliver to my clients and I am proud of each and every one. 

I have images that I add to my website or Facebook business page and I am thrilled with each of those images. 

Then we have the competition images - and those are a different type of image. I compete regularly in competitions such as Fearless Photographers and the WPPI 16x20 International Print Competition and choosing images for them requires careful scrutiny. Everything is analyzed during a print competition, from the expressions on the subjects faces to the horizon lines in the background. 

When preparing my entries for the WPPI 16x20 Print Competition in the Wedding Photojournalism division this was one of my favorite images of the year. 

This image was taken during the First Look at a 2013 wedding at the Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, New York. 

The bride had requested to see her groom for the first time at the bottom of this staircase. While waiting for his fiancee to walk towards him the groom went to the window and began staring out. The bride, having positioned herself at the top of the stairs, began walking down. 

I waited on the stairwell and captured this frame the second the bride crossed in front of the upstairs window, perfectly mirroring her groom one floor below. 

This image fits the Photojournalism category because I had no hand in how it was made. The bride walked on her own from a position of her own choosing and the groom stood at the window without being prompted. 

I love the tones in the post-processing of the image. I love the motion of the bride juxtaposed against the static pose of the groom. I love the grandeur of the staircase and the beautiful pendant lamp. I was honored to document this moment and it remains one of my favorite images from 2013.

I used to run a wedding photography education blog called The Dynamic Range.  I wrote a series of reviews of my experience with prints in the WPPI 16x20 Print Competition, and I wrote a write-up of this particular image!  The description of the judging process, my score, and how I felt read as follows:
This image is near and dear to my heart, since it was shot three days after my own wedding.  Entered into the 2014 Wedding Photojournalism category at the WPPI 16x20 print competition, it only scored an 80, and I'm still smarting over it.  
At this wedding, the bride wanted to walk down the staircase towards her groom for their "first look."  She positioned herself on the landing, and asked for the groom to stand at the base of the stairs and wait.  The videographer and I watched as the scene unfolded perfectly in front of us, without us having to do a thing to set it up.  I knew that I'd only have a quick second to capture this particular image, before I had to get off of the staircase and run around to capture the reaction of the groom.  I crouched on the landing halfway up the staircase, and waited until the bride crossed in front of the window.  I love how she perfectly mirrors the groom in the window below.
When I found out that this image scored an 80, I was shocked.  The print is beautiful!  The movement of the bride is gorgeous!  The body language of the groom is great!  What's wrong?
To be clear, nothing is WRONG.  It's a gorgeous image.  It's one of my absolute favorite images of 2013, and I adore it.  It's in my website portfolio.  If I were the subjects in the photograph, I'd have a massive enlargement in my house!
The things that would "improve" this photograph are largely out of my control.  I can't change the fact that there is a light fixture competing for focus with the bride.  It overlaps her body a bit, confusing the eye of the viewer.  The only way I could have balanced out the bright light coming through the window and not had blown highlights in the windowpanes would have been to light my subjects, and that would have changed the whole mood of the image.
Now the question - does not being able to see the faces of the bride and groom impact the effectiveness of the image?  Would it be stronger if you could see their faces?  Or does the body language tell you all that you need to know?  I felt that the body language was enough, but perhaps it didn't resonate the same way with the panel of judges.
The judging process is very, very precise.  There are six judges and a moderator to keep everyone in line!  Each judge enters a totally anonymous score, and those scores are averaged to be the final score of the print.  There are more rules (challenges, automatic challenges, and so forth), but the basic scoring is very easy.  Like the name of the print's maker, the judges scores are anonymous unless they are made known by the judge themselves during a debate about the print score.

Location: 6601 Northern Blvd, East Norwich, NY 11732.

Keywords: East Norwich (24), long island (24), Pine Hollow Country Club (69), wppi (54). 1/160; f/2.8; ISO 1600; 24.0 mm.

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