Studio 450 Wedding Photographer
Susan Stripling Photography

Studio 450 Wedding Photographer

Studio 450 is one of Manhattan's most popular wedding venues for a reason.  It's a unique loft-style space that is ideal for modern wedding receptions.  It is perfectly located at 450 West 31st Street,12th fl & PH, New York, NY 10001.  This is a great location and is close to many hotels for your out of town guests! I have photographed many weddings at Studio 450, and I have enjoyed each one!  

Brides and grooms love how Studio 450 is truly a blank canvas.  You can decorate the space however you'd like to create an event that reflects who you two are as a couple.  You can make your decor modern, traditional, whimsical, and even edgy.  All of those choices fit perfectly in the blank space of the event rooms.  

If you would like to talk more about your wedding at Studio 450, I'd love to hear from you!

Unique wedding images at Studio 450

At every single wedding I am always striving to make images that I have never made before. At this 2011 wedding at Manhattan’s Studio 450, I believe this image perfectly illustrates that desire. 

This wedding image was taken towards the end of the party and reception. I was standing at the floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Manhattan, trying to make a photograph of the skyline. This was difficult to accomplish because I kept seeing the reflection of the reception behind me in the glass. 

Instead of working to eliminate the reflection I decided to see if there was a way to incorporate it into the final photograph and use it to help me tell a stronger story. It was at this time that the exit door in the back of the reception room was opened. This exit door led from the darkened reception space into the hallway near the Studio 450 building elevators. 

The wedding reception room was dark and the hallway was flooded with light, so when the door opened a bright white rectangle appeared in my reflection. The bride and groom were standing near this doorway, hugging and kissing guests goodbye who were departing for the evening. 

I had my assistant ask the bride and groom if they could take a moment alone and simply snuggle up in that doorway. 

I chose to use my 24-70mm at 40mm so that the viewer would get a great sense of time and place in the final photograph - something that a wider angle than I usually use would help me accomplish. 

Since there was a great exposure difference between the bride and groom and the white background, I had to be very careful when choosing my settings to take the shot. By selecting settings that darkened the bride and groom down into a crisp silhouette, the skyline of Manhattan darkened down as well. 

Environmental wedding portraits at Studio 450

I love this image because it is a wonderful environmental portrait of the bride and groom in their reception space, and it also shows the skyline of the city that they live in and love. 

I also especially love the New Yorker sign on the skyline. I entered this image into the WPPI International 16x20 Print competition in 2012. 

It was one of my favorite images that I took that year, and remains one of my favorite photographs of my entire career.

Competition Results for This Image

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 should really be titled "My Biggest Heartbreak."It could also be titled "The One That Made Me Cry In The Hallway."

This image, shot in 2011 and entered in 2012, was my favorite image of the year.Every time I send in a print competition case, I have my favorites.I have the ones that I really think could maybe, just maybe, win their category.I had actually never felt stronger about a single image I'd entered.

And it bombed.Just straight up bombed, you guys.It got a 79.It was labeled as barely average.It didn't hang.The judges didn't even discuss it, it just got a 79 and they moved on.And I felt tears behind my eyes, and then, to quote a musical that makes me laugh, "I had tears coming out of my nose."


I went to take a bathroom break, and ended up breaking in tears in the hallway.Oh yes, I was crying all over Arlene Evans' shoulder while people stared at me in both bemusement and confusion.Then I pulled it together, went back into the competition, and carried on with my life.

Why did it score so low?I've been a print competition judge for years now, and I still can't puzzle it out.Yeah, the print wasn't great - I knew it wasn't going to get above an 85.This was before I found the current person printing my work, and the print quality was admittedly mediocre.I entered it anyhow, thinking the sheer content would elevate the score.And it didn't.

What did that do for me?It made me roll up my sleeves and GO HARDER.I had my cry, got it all out, and went right back to the drawing board.I found a new printer.I learned better skills when it comes to finishing my print.The printer I chose (yay Rocco!) also helps me with those skills, finishing the pieces that I cannot.I got better at choosing my competition images.And more than anything, I went back out to my very next wedding and redoubled my efforts.Not to win a contest, but to just GO HARDER.

Three years later, and I'm still going harder than ever.I will continue to, at every wedding, for every client.Onwards!

Location: 450 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001..

Keywords: New York City (207), Studio 450 (9). 1/40; f/4.0; ISO 3200; 40.0 mm.

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