Denise & Fredo’s Wedding

Denise & Fredo’s Wedding

photocrati galleryThis was the best wedding of the year! Denise, during her toast, said ” This is the best day of my life.” She and Fredo never stopped smiling and thoroughly enjoyed all of their guests. Bette, Nesh and I were seated with the guests which allowed us to feel part of the entire celebration. We forgot all about a time clock because we were caught up in the moment and as a result exposed nearly 3000 images. I finally edited everything down to 800 images and Bette will do the final edit.

Photography by Bette Cox, Nebojsa (Nesh) Brankovic, and Carl Cox 2015.

An Insider’s View on Planning Wedding Photography

An Insider’s View on Planning Wedding Photography

An Insider’s View on Planning Wedding Photography
by Carl Cox, Carl Cox Photography

 

Planning a wedding usually requires making many decisions such as: selecting a church, choosing a reception site, deciding on colors, picking a florist, choosing a photographer, deciding on a cake, etc. Of all the choices a bride & groom will make, planning for the photographs and the resulting album is the one choice that will produce something that you will be able to keep and cherish through the years. Choose and plan wisely.

 

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A skilled professional will take close-ups

As a professional photographer I would be remiss not to explain the important elements behind beautiful photographs. The first and most important element is making time and being on time. The events of the day can usually be captured very unobtrusively and spontaneously once the formal photographs are completed. I’ve found a photographic session early on calms the bride, groom and families before the ceremony and gets the posed photographs out of the way early. However, if the bride and groom are reluctant to see each other before the ceremony then time must be set-aside after the ceremony for those important images. It is important to choose a location and make sure everyone is on time. A skilled professional with the help of assistants can move very quickly through a formal session.

The wedding Party at Westwood Country Club, Vienna, VA

Formal images of the wedding party

The first step is to decide which photographs are your priorities. It’s a good idea to start with the bride and groom. This is the image everyone wants and will likely be passed down through the family for generations. Again a skilled professional will take close-ups, three quarters, and full lengths of the bride and groom together and alone. The immediate families are first to be photographed with the bride and groom. Most professionals will photograph extended families at the reception in order to cut down on the formal pictures immediately after the ceremony. Next, I usually take formal and candid images of the wedding party and while doing so my assistant will send the parents on to the cocktail hour just to let the guests know the bride and groom are on the way. It is important to note that I will usually take close-ups of the bride alone before the ceremony and with her parents and bridesmaids if the bride and groom don’t get together before the ceremony and given time I will do the same with the groom before hand. This also shortens time for the posed shoots after the ceremony.

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The events of the day can usually be captured very unobtrusively

Candid photographs are taken throughout the wedding as a matter of fact; my wife and assistant are accomplished photographers and are also shooting candid moments throughout the day. There are certain events such as, the toast, the first dance, the cake, etc. where it’s important for the professional photographer to have an approximate time line; however, it’s my belief that these are still candid moments and not staged events.

Remember that there must be a time and a place to bring families and friends together for the photographs that are important. And remember one of the biggest set backs to the professional photographer comes when the bride is slow to get ready and the opportunity beautiful images becomes a rush to get to the church on time. Plan your photo schedule with the photographer well in advance of the wedding day. If you plan outdoor sessions have an alternate indoor location in case of bad weather. There will be lots of time during the wedding day to get great photos and there are lots of opportunities to photograph the bride and groom together during candid moments and sometimes these images become your favorites. But don’t rely on the chance that a candid photograph will replace the well-planned composition of the formal photograph.

 

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Carl Cox is an award-winning assignment photographer serving Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.   His studio is located in Rockville, Maryland, a Montgomery County suburb just twenty minutes north of  Washington, DC.   He specializes in location work of all sorts, including executive and family portraiture, architecture, and wedding photography.  In addition, much of Carl’s commercial and corporate work is directed towards publication.  Carl and his wife Bette are available for travel anywhere, and have photographed weddings as far as Ireland and Sweden.

Chad & Jessica

Chad & Jessica

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Chad and Jessica’s wedding was in Bethesda, Maryland last night and the evening was filled with romance and Latin music.

Kesha & Bojan’s Wedding

Kesha & Bojan’s Wedding

photocrati galleryKesha and Bojan couldn’t have had a better and more beautiful day for a wedding the setting was absolutely stunning and I have never seen the Gaithersburg Washingtonian Marriott look so good. My photographers were, of course, my wife, Bette and Nesh Brankovic. The mother of the bride, Pamela Johnson is a wedding planner.

 

Carl Cox Photography offers three basic wedding packages or your own custom designed package.

  • A. Special digital package. All the pictures posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 1/2 a day coverage.
  • B. Thirty 10×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.
  • C. Thirty 8×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.

All wedding packages include:

  • Pre-event consultation.
  • On-site photographic services including formal and photojournalistic styles in color and/or black/white.
  • Local travel within Maryland, Virginia, and the Baltimore Washington D.C. metro regions.
  • Post-event production services
  • Personalized consultation with album selection and placement.
  • A finished custom bound leather album with packages B & C.
  • All  the images will be posted on-line to share with friends and purchase prints or digital files.
  • Additional pages may be added to packages B & C for an extra charge.

 

contact us for pricing, appointments, or to get more information about our terrific packages!

Lauren and Mark

Lauren and Mark

photocrati gallery Lauren and Mark were married at the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Although the rain occasionally fell it didn’t dampen the spirit of the wedding. My wife and I stayed in Easton, Maryland with friends and our other photographer Nebojsa (Nesh) Brankovic  joined us on Saturday.

 

Carl Cox Photography offers three basic wedding packages or your own custom designed package.

  • A. Special digital package. All the pictures posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 1/2 a day coverage.
  • B. Thirty 10×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.
  • C. Thirty 8×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.

All wedding packages include:

  • Pre-event consultation.
  • On-site photographic services including formal and photojournalistic styles in color and/or black/white.
  • Local travel within Maryland, Virginia, and the Baltimore Washington D.C. metro regions.
  • Post-event production services
  • Personalized consultation with album selection and placement.
  • A finished custom bound leather album with packages B & C.
  • All  the images will be posted on-line to share with friends and purchase prints or digital files.
  • Additional pages may be added to packages B & C for an extra charge.

 

contact us for pricing, appointments, or to get more information about our terrific packages!

Rachel & Mickey – August 3, 2014

Rachel & Mickey – August 3, 2014

photocrati galleryRachel and Mickey were married on August 3, 2014 at the Carousel Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut and the wedding was photographed by Carl Cox, Bette Cox and Rick McKee. We have posted only a small sampling of the images. What started out to be a damp and rainy weekend changed on Sunday afternoon into a beautiful day at the beach. The weather wasn’t to hot, the clouds were beautiful and most of all the photographers and the families were happy. Bette and I don’t get the opportunity work with Rick to often because he’s located in Charleston, South Carolina. Rick spent his early years working with Bette and me, therefore, we work together very smoothly whether we’re working on a commercial job or a wedding. This entire event was charged with excitement because it involved my family, to be exact, my cousin Don is Rachel’s step dad. Consequently we photographed far too many images and my editing job will involve several days. Strangely enough I enjoy editing very much. I wanted to get some images on line right away for Rachel and Mickey to check out.

 

 

Carl Cox Photography offers three basic wedding packages or your own custom designed package.

  • A. Special digital package. All the pictures posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 1/2 a day coverage.
  • B. Thirty 10×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.
  • C. Thirty 8×10 custom designed photo-journalistic sides in a flush album with up to 65 photographs, all of the previews posted on-line with the option to download individual images for a special low price and 7 hours coverage.

All wedding packages include:

  • Pre-event consultation.
  • On-site photographic services including formal and photojournalistic styles in color and/or black/white.
  • Local travel within Maryland, Virginia, and the Baltimore Washington D.C. metro regions. Out of region travel upon request.
  • Post-event production services
  • Personalized consultation with album selection and placement.
  • A finished custom bound leather album with packages B & C.
  • All  the images will be posted on-line to share with friends and purchase prints or digital files.
  • Additional pages may be added to packages B & C for an extra charge.

 

contact us for pricing, appointments, or to get more information about our terrific packages!