The first thing that you have to remember about taking wedding pictures at the Plaza is that you'll only be allowed to photograph inside this hotel if you're actually getting married there on that day. Alongside that, the location that you can photograph are strictly limited as to preserve and protect the privacy of the guests. While I'd love to take pictures in the Palm Court, Champagne Bar, and Rose Club, you're not allowed to take wedding day photographs in those locations.
(And no, I won't just try it. My relationship with wedding venues are very important to me, and I won't risk my future work in these locations by knowingly breaking their rules about photography!)
I chose to take this picture from the top of the stairs because I saw the bride and groom reflected in the right side of the frame. I used a wide angle lens so that I could capture the grandeur of the staircase while also including the reflection in the final photograph.
My goal when photographing a couple together on their wedding day is to document their relationship without overly posing them in a way that will not feel natural to them. I simply asked the bride and groom to hold hands and take a slow walk down the staircase while continuing to maintain eye contact as much as possible and talking to each other the entire time. This resulted in a final photograph that illustrated the way they naturally interact together.
Location: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019.Keywords: New York City (207), The Plaza Hotel (27). 1/160; f/4.5; ISO 4500; 24.0 mm.