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In early May, we packed up all of our gear and drove back down to NYC to shoot Aziza and Nauman’s epic wedding in Long Island. (To say that it was “epic” is truly an understatement, but more to come on that topic later.) These two are the epitome of the phrase “power couple.” All of these years I thought I was a highly motivated, and driven individual…until I met them, and they put me to shame. Both in their early 20’s, they own and run a highly successful wedding design firm, Shadi Paradise, and they specialize in building these amazing structures for weddings that would blow your mind. They are constantly booked solid with clients, and they literally work around the clock, but somehow, they managed to find the time to plan, design, build, assemble all of the necessary details for their own wedding reception, which is mind-boggling. What’s even more mind-boggling, however, is the fact that they wanted to do a late-night e-shoot with us on the night before their wedding, for which they were doing all of the set-up and assembly!! Are you impressed yet?? Well, needless to say, we were ridiculously impressed with them, and after you see their wedding photos, (which will be our next post), you will be, too. They are seriously, an amazingly talented, awesome couple, and we adore them. :)

They met up with us in Central Park, just as the sun was beginning to set, and we were able to grab a few shots using the last remnants of natural light. I’m loving the jogger on top of the bridge who either has no idea that we’re trying to take photos, or simply doesn’t care…classic.

engagement photos in central park under a bridge
Not too much natural light under the bridge, but cool shots nonetheless…
engaged couple poses under a bridge in central park in a hidden doorway

black and white engagement photo taken in NYC using creative lighting

close up engagement photo of Pakistani couple next to ornate carving in central park
A shoot in Central Park wouldn’t be complete without some shots that include a cityscape backdrop…gorgeous sky that day!!
the new york city skyline makes an amazing backdrop for photos

using flash at sunset to light up the sky creates unique engagement photos

an engaged couple poses against a wrought iron fence in central park
Then, we wandered off the main path for a while, and came upon this awesome building…I think it was some kind of Public Works building or something like that.  I saw this round mirror, and became obsessed with trying to get a shot that reflected the yellow cabs zooming past us, so I was pretty psyched about this capture!  Yellow cabs are such a novelty to us non-NYC folk.  :)
amazing new york city engagement photo of a couple posing in central park with a yellow cab reflecting in the mirror
We used some creative lighting here to “bring the drama;” I heart these a lot, a lot…
soon to be married Pakistani couple poses against a barn door background in central park

using creative off camera flash to create dramatic engagement portraits
The next building down from the Public Works type building was a Central Park NYPD station.  We saw these bikes, and we were like, “should we risk it?  HELL, yeah!!”  I love the way this shot turned out, but the funniest part about it was that just as we stepped away from the bikes, a police man came walking over to inquire as to what we were doing there, and we were so freaked out about being “trespassers,” that we high-tailed it out of there, completely forgetting that one of our Quantum Trio’s was on the ground between the bikes.  We walked about a mile away from there before we realized it, and Ben sprinted off to retrieve it, with Nauman following close behind him, running while talking on his phone.  It was a pretty hilarious site!!  Thankfully, it was right where we left it, so, no harm done; but, definitely a day to remember!
an engaged couple poses on NYPD motorcycles for a photo shoot
We did a few more lit shots in the park after the sun was completely gone…I LOVE this one.
creatively lit portrait of high fashion Arabic couple in a tree at night
Then, Aziza and Nauman, being the awesome tour guides that they are, drove us down to Times Square, where we did some long exposures; and, honestly, I don’t think there IS a better place for long exposures than Times Square at night.
a gorgeous couple looks around Times Square during their photo shoot

an engaged couple holds each other in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Times Square

fun black and white candid photo of a groom holding his bride in Times Square at night

we tried out some long exposures without flash at night in new york city

couples poses for an engagement photo on the famous red stairs in Times Square

it is hard to stop yourself from looking around when standing in the middle of Times Square at night

stunning engagement portrait taken at night in Times Square
The last stop of our journey was the Brooklyn Bridge, and all I have to say is this:  Every time we go to NYC for a shoot, I say, “I could never, would never want to live here.”  Everything takes longer, seems more inconvenient, is further away, blah, blah, blah, just generally aggravating; but, after this particular shoot, with this particularly amazing couple, the photographer in me would put up with all of the nonsense of living in the city to be able to regularly take shots like these.  I can’t get over how gorgeous this bridge is at night, how gorgeous that whole city is at night.  I fell in love with New York that night, and will never complain about it again.  (Well, I might have to complain a little the next time I have to lug 80 lbs. of gear through the subway and in and out of taxi’s, but it will only be a tiny bit, I promise).  ;)
gorgeous engagement photography by the Brooklyn Bridge at midnight

absolutely stunning black and white engagement photo of a gorgeous couple with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background at night

Aziza and Nauman, we can’t thank you guys enough for being such an awesome couple, and for showing us around the city at night. It was truly a night to remember!! Wedding photos will be posted soon! Can’t wait for you to see them!!

  • Aziza SAYS...

    Hello Jen & Ben,

    First I would like to start of saying you guys are amazinggg… We had such a great time and the pictures look beautiful.. I love the different shots. My family loves it and his family loves it. Thank you guys so much for coming out to NYC we had an amazing time hanging out with you guys and taking pictures at the same time. I loved every second of it.

    Also just to tell you how much I love your video. I watch it almost everyday. Its perfect!. I’m so happy how you guys put together exactly what I wanted. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. You guys are so passionate at what you do and it shows in every single picture.

    Thank you so much Jen & Ben.

    Nauman & Aziza