Wedding Reception at the Bowery Hotel
Susan Stripling Photography

Wedding Reception at the Bowery Hotel

There is always something so lovely about the first dance between the bride and groom at a wedding reception. Whether it’s a finely choreographed ballroom spectacular, a tradition-defying fast number, or just a few minutes of the bride and groom holding each other and swaying to their favorite song, it’s a great opportunity to create beautiful photographs. At this Bowery Hotel wedding the bride and groom had a gorgeous first dance with beautiful light. I was able to use the light the videographers had set up as an additional light source, supplementing the off-camera light that my assistant is holding for me. I love that both light sources combined with a long lens create an intimate first dance portrait that also features dramatic lighting suited to the venue and the event itself. This was a perfectly classic New York wedding and this dramatic black and white image embodies that old world Manhattan feel.

Location: 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003.

Keywords: New York City (207), The Bowery Hotel (33). 1/160; f/4.0; ISO 1250; 100.0 mm.