Korver Photography LLC: Blog https://www.korverphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Korver Photography LLC korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:15:00 GMT Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:15:00 GMT https://www.korverphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u556546629-o1051006033-50.jpg Korver Photography LLC: Blog https://www.korverphotography.com/blog 120 80 Springside Inn Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/springside-inn-wedding Lizzy and Matt have been guests at several weddings we have photographed over the years, so taking pictures at their wedding was like taking a little time machine.  It was great to see so many familiar faces and many new ones at their wedding. The day progressed from East to West, since we took getting ready shots in Chittenango and Syracuse, the wedding took place in Liverpool and then the night ended at Springside Inn in Auburn. Enjoy the pictures of this awesome couple!

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Beardslee Castle Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/beardslee-castle-wedding April and Jason got married at Beardslee Castle, a venue we had not photographed before.  It was a picturesque venue, full of history and unique spots to take photos of the couple.  Jason and his dad arrived at the ceremony on their motorcycles as April made her way out of the castle. With the vows complete and the ceremony sealed with a kiss, everyone made their way to the cocktail hour and reception. The dance floor highlight of the night was a "Do you love me forever?" by Meatloaf dance/karaoke session. Enjoy the images!    

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HOT WEATHER WEDDING at the Gilbertsville Farmhouse https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/hot-weather-wedding-at-the-gilbertsville-farmhouse Dayna and Jonathan's wedding took place at a favorite location of ours, the Gilbertsville Farmhouse. As we watched the forecast leading to this date, we saw that the temperature was going to sit in the 90's. Despite the intense heat, the wedding ran perfectly. It was a beautiful ceremony overlooking the valley, followed up with everyone heading down to the barn to cool off with cocktails. The evening finished off with dancing as the weather cooled. I have to say, their choice of dessert could not have been more perfect - an ice cream truck! Dayna and Jonathan pulled off one of the warmest weddings we have ever photographed, and did so flawlessly. Enjoy the pictures.

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) Barn Wedding Gilbertsville Farmhouse Ice Cream Truck Korver Photography Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/hot-weather-wedding-at-the-gilbertsville-farmhouse Tue, 03 Jul 2018 03:24:33 GMT
Cazenovia Hampton Inn Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/cazenovia-hampton-inn-wedding I have known Jess for many years and have had the privilege of photographing her nephews on many occasions, so when she asked if we could photograph her wedding, we couldn't wait. Mike and Jess had a nice service in Cazenovia, a quick photo session planned at Lorenzo, and then a reception at the Hampton Inn. We spent the day taking pictures, listening to stories, and laughing nonstop. I hope you enjoy the pictures and maybe in the future you will see Mike and Jess again in a blog post from her nephew's next birthday!


korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) Cazenovia Korver Photography Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/cazenovia-hampton-inn-wedding Tue, 03 Jul 2018 01:37:52 GMT
Ukrainian Wedding at Soyuzivka https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ukrainian-wedding-at-soyuzivka There are many yearly dates of importance in all our lives, from birthdays to anniversaries to certain holidays. For Korver Photography, we have to add a Ukrainian wedding to that list. We are privileged to document this incredible culture, filled with unique foods, drinks, customs, and of course, dancing.  Ksenya and Adrian's wedding took place in a small outdoor church in the woods surrounded by family and friends. The wedding day quickly turned into night and you could sense the anticipation for the kolomenka to start. It seems that each Ukrainian wedding we attend, the guests gain more and more courage and perform even greater dances. It is so difficult to photograph these weddings because we are caught staring at this amazing event. I hope you enjoy the photos, and who knows, maybe in the future we will be invited back to another Ukrainian wedding.

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Maple Shade Farm Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/maple-shade-farm-wedding What you are looking for is often right in front of you and Liz and Karl's story is evidence of this. They had been friends for a long time until everything fell into place and they became a couple. The wedding took place at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi, which was a new spot for us to photograph. We are constantly surprised at all the great places and experiences that are right under our noses here in upstate New York. Enjoy these photos!

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White Eagle Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/7/white-eagle-wedding Samantha and Stephen got married at the White Eagle in Hamilton, NY. Throughout the day, the love and support surrounding this couple was very evident. It was a celebration planned with thoughtful details and care. The location shares a resemblance to Farmer's Museum of Cooperstown, just a little cozier without the crowds of people. We were able to photograph this wedding situated among buildings well over 150 years old and the entire time it felt like this day could have taken place a century ago. Enjoy the images.


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Love Begins at Kitty Hoyne's Irish Pub https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/5/love-begins-at-kitty-hoynes-irish-pub Tom and Casey had their first look at Kitty Hoynes, a small Irish bar in Armory Square that has a special place in their relationship. After a quick intimate drink, everyone climbed aboard the trolly and we took some photos at Franklin Square and then LeMoyne College. With the photos and ceremony complete, we headed to Sky Armory, a cool reception location that looks down Walton Street with views of the setting sun. The party lasted late into the night, and after some great music from the band and maybe a couple drinks, the remaining guests headed back to Kitty Hoynes where the day started. Enjoy the photos from this awesome wedding!

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Cooperstown Wedding Photography https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/3/cooperstown-wedding-photography Cooperstown is not just the site of the MLB Hall of Fame but also a wonderful place to have a wedding. We have been lucky enough to be a part of numerous weddings all over Cooperstown. 


Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Glimmerglass State Park Wedding - Hyde Hall Wedding

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Glimmerglass State Park Wedding - Hyde Hall Wedding

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Otsego Lake Wedding

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding 

The Cooper Inn Wedding

Leatherstocking Golf Course Wedding

The Farmers' Museum Wedding

Glimmerglass State Park Wedding - Hyde Hall Wedding


Cooperstown is also a great place for engagement shoots as well!

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Print your pictures! https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/2/print-your-pictures I have no data to back this up, but I do believe that we take more pictures now then ever in our history. I think most of us are guilty of only having our photos on our phones, cameras, Facebook, and Instagram. There is something special about having a physical print in your hand, or walking through your home and taking a moment to remember a person or event by glancing at a photograph. 

6" x 9" Matted and framed prints for 54.00 each by mpix.com.

There are now tons of great places to get your photos printed on all sorts of media. We mainly use only a couple sites because they have been really reliable and the print quality has been great.

Accordion print by mix.com for 20.00.

24" x 36" Canvas Gallery Wraps for 127.50 each by mpix.com. (Price was during a promotion.)
Calendar was printed by mpix.com for 20.00

Baby announcements printed by tinyprints.com  for around 2.00 each Seventy-two page books were printed by photobookpress.com for 215.00 each.

Many of these purchases are a bit on the steep side, but when I look at it, I want something that will last for at least my lifetime and maybe my kids' lifetime too. In the future, I can see my children sitting down and leafing through one of these books I made or maybe will have one of these pictures hanging in their house.

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/2/print-your-pictures Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:50:19 GMT
What camera should I buy? https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/1/what-camera-should-i-buy What camera should I buy?

This is probably the most frequently asked question to us as photographers, and it has two answers, according to us at Korver Photography.

The simple and best answer is… your phone. Some of my favorite pictures are ones taken with my phone because it is usually with me at all times and is super simple to use. As with any tool, the way you use it will determine the quality of the final product. If your picture taking needs work, a more expensive camera is going to do little to fix that problem. I would recommend perfecting your cellphone photography before you move onto a better system. The shortcomings I have found with cellphone photography are sports, low light situations and overall fit and finish. 

(Picture of my wife and daughter taken with an iPhone6)

My next suggestion for a camera that steps up your game would be a basic DSLR body and a 50mm 1.4 or equivalent lens. This setup will allow you to shoot in low light, without a flash, and blur your background. I wouldn’t get a camera with a kit lens. Kit lenses are generally terrible and not worth owning. 

(Picture taken of my daughter with a 50mm lens)

If you are into photographing sports, the next lens to get would be an 85mm 1.8 or equivalent. This lens will work well for indoor events, and while it won’t be amazing for outdoor sports, it will get the job done.

(Picture taken with 85mm lens. Note the image is not blurry and no flash was used)

As your camera bag fills up with lenses, you can start to look for another camera body that better fits your needs.  You shouldn’t worry about your lenses becoming outdated because I have a lens that is well over 10 years old and still works great!


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Kid Pictures! https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/1/kid-pictures Tips for taking pictures of kids.

When I take pictures of kids, I try to shoot the majority of them at the child’s eye level. Occasionally a top down shot works, but I really like the latter. I also purposely used an iPhone for these images to show that the camera almost all of us share can be used to take some nice images. 

Get in close. Kids have awesome facial expressions, full smiles, and look great filling the camera frame. They are not self conscious so placing the camera within feet of them is easy and no big deal.

Spray and pray shooting is where you take a bunch of pictures in a row hoping that one of them turns out to be good. I don’t normally use the technique when taking general pictures, but with kids playing I do, because they are constantly moving and making all kinds of faces. To get the four images used below, I shot around 30 shots.

I’m lucky when it comes to photographing my son smiling because the guy can’t stop grinning! For kids that don’t want to look at the camera I have tried finger puppets and stuffed animals, but a smily person playing peekaboo directly behind you is best.

Critiquing the images below, I personally do not like the ones on the left because they don’t give a sense of location and they feel like I am distant from my son. The right two images give more context and a feeling that we are on his level. My favorite image is the bottom right because it is up close, level with my child, and he is framed nicely in the door frame. 

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this mini photo lesson!

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2018/1/kid-pictures Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:25:19 GMT
2017 Korver Photography Test Shots https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/12/2017-korver-photography-test-shots I am not sure what it says about Korver Photography when the year end blog post often gets more views than many of the actual weddings we take! For those  new to this type of post, the old reason we used to explain these images is that we were testing different lighting situations but, it is getting harder and harder to use that as a reason. Now we sometimes purposely take an image that we know will end up in this post or because we see one of us in a funny situation that we just have to document.

Which would you rather see during your edit session? Serious shots like the two below, or all the goofy faces. You can see what we prefer!

Canon overalls.

It might look like someone is sleeping on the job, but in reality there is a nice reflection shot off this piano! Resulting photo attached.

Photography is more than just taking pictures, it is about connecting with people, having fun, and working together to capture the best pictures possible.

Sometimes it is a lot easier for us to get into the tick infested field instead of our clients. Only two ticks this year!

We try our best to not look like creepers, but sometimes you just can't help it because the best angle for a particular shot makes you look like a weirdo.

I feel I have to explain myself here... both of these two were former students of mine and are great friends of Kaitlin so we felt the photobomb was warranted.

Taking a night shot has become an integral part of what we provide for our clients.  One of our goals at every wedding is to create a "giant wall hanger photo." We want to take pictures that will look amazing on our clients' walls blown up to a jaw dropping size. To reduce the time the couple has to step outside and away from their reception, we always setup the lighting beforehand.

This year was the first time we added someone new to the Korver Photography team, Matt Wilson. Wilson killed it and it is nice to know we have another person to help us out when we need it!

We love shooting from all different angles!

One of us LOVES to dance during the reception and one of us likes to dance. You guess which is which...

Last year we seem to always use the karate chop cake photo lighting setup so here are two classic chops and two new poses! I call them the "Let's Dig In." and "The Sweet Tooth."

When there is a photo booth, you know we can't resist. Although looking back at it, we probably should have. Yikes! I need to stop putting on all the wigs and Kaitlin needs to stop thinking she is in a karate tournament against the Cobra Kai dojo.

Sometimes ideas look good on paper only to get out of hand in real life. For the final part of this blog post we were asked if we wanted to use smoke flares to make some interesting photos. We are always up for anything! As we looked at the flares it also contained a firework that would shoot sparks. We set them up at the end of a dock and as you will see in the video clip, it got a little bit out of hand and you can see Kaitlin fly past our couple. Thanks to Megan Haggerty for the video clip. I also attached the final image we got despite the early exit from this shot!

Thanks to everyone that let us work with them in the year 2017 and we can't wait to see what 2018 brings!

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) end of year review korver photography test shots https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/12/2017-korver-photography-test-shots Sun, 31 Dec 2017 03:20:51 GMT
Mountain View Manor https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/11/mountain-view-manor Andrea and Roman have a deep connection to their Ukrainian roots and wanted to incorporate that into their wedding. All of the groomsmen wore costumes from the various regions of Ukraine, the ceremony was spoken in Ukrainian, and of course the dancing was amazing! Many couples are pretty tired on their wedding day because of partying the previous night, and Andrea and Roman were no exception to this rule.  Well, they had a slight exception, their little boy was a little sick and they got just a couple hours of sleep, which can feel just like a hangover! Even though their son was feeling under the weather, he was able to sleep off his temperature, show up after the ceremony and then dance the rest of the night away with his newly married parents! Congratulations Andrea and Roman and enjoy the pictures!

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The Barn at Hogs Hollow Farm https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-barn-at-hogs-hollow-farm Christin and Jason got married on a quintessential upstate, fall day. During the couples shots, it was clear how much they cared for one another and the true love between them showed through.  Christin and Jason also shared memories with their family and friends during their beautiful reception, that was carefully executed with thoughtful details.  Hogs Hollow Farm in Burlington Flats is a neat little gem and had numerous places to get some nice intimate images. Enjoy the pictures!


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Celebrations https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/10/celebrations There are only so many things you can control at a wedding. The weather and what people say during speeches are not those things within control. The sunset we witnessed was out of this world and only lasted for about 15 minutes. You cannot plan for such perfect light, only hope for it, and then press the shutter as many times as you can! As for speeches, everyone that spoke stirred up memories of Jacquelyn and Johnny that left very few dry eyes in the crowd. With two of the unknowns being totally amazing, the rest of the day ran without a hitch. We hope you love the pictures as much as we loved taking them!

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) korver photography outdoor wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/10/celebrations Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:37:22 GMT
Upstate Barn Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/9/upstate-barn-wedding If you plan a wedding that starts out with goat yoga, transitions to a beautiful ceremony officiated by a very funny, two time Tony Award winner, Norbert Leo Butz, and ends with Ingrid Michaelson singing with a 10 piece band, I'd say you have the makings for a pretty memorable day! Lori and Evan have been together for over a decade and put together a day that was well worth the wait! Going into this wedding, we knew we were going to get a chance to make a one-of-a-kind picture because the forecast said there would be zero chance for clouds.  A clear sky during the day makes for harsh lighting, but a clear sky at night makes it possible to capture the Milky Way, a LOVE sign, and our amazing couple. Enjoy!

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Fireworks Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/9/fireworks-wedding Every time we shoot at the Otesaga, we are either battling the rain or there isn't a cloud in the sky. This was the first time we had soft clouds to add to the already beautiful backdrop of Otsego Lake. Everything weather wise fell into place and we got some killer portraits!

Leading up to the wedding, Kat and Eric expressed interest in using a smoke bomb! When the moment was right, we snuck outside and stealthily positioned everything for our picture. Kaitlin quietly lit the smoke bomb and we grabbed a couple shots. Once we used all the smoke bombs, there were "glitter" bombs in the bag as well. On further inspection, we realized it was basically an enormous sparkler. So we went down to the lake shore away from the hotel and set up our second shot. With the two sparklers lit, my trusty assistant Kaitlin snuck behind Eric and Kat to add light to them. They got a little too big for my daring assistant and she ran past our couple screaming for her life. I can say I have never laughed that hard taking a night shot. All I could think of was the scene from Seinfeld where George Costanza ran from the fire. Eric and Kat were awesome and we hope you all love the pictures we took!

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Ventosa Vineyards Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/9/ventosa-vineyards-wedding Most people know my first name to be Erik, and then a select number of people know I go by the alias Kevin. Several years back I was shooting a wedding and there was a guest, Bridget, that kept referring to me as Kevin. (I tried correcting her, but she just kept calling me Kevin.) Fast forward three years later and Kevin is back taking pictures at Bridget's wedding!

Bridget and Frank got married at St Patricks Church in the Finger Lakes surrounded by family and friends. Since Frank is first generation, most of his family lives in Italy, but that did not deter them from flying across the Atlantic to celebrate this special day. Ventosa Vineyards was the perfect place to bring families together, eat delicious food, drink, and dance the night away. Enjoy!

korver@me.com (Korver Photography LLC) korver photography lake wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/9/ventosa-vineyards-wedding Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:49:24 GMT
Finger Lakes Wedding https://www.korverphotography.com/blog/2017/8/finger-lakes-wedding Hailey and David's wedding took place overlooking Keuka Lake at the Lakeside Country Club. This is where my sister went to college and became friends with Hailey. The weather leading up to this wedding looked like we might be in for some rain, but all we got was some wind that was strong enough to blow over the arbor before the ceremony. After the scenic exchanging of vows, we grabbed a couple formal pictures and then spent the rest of the night partying. The reception had a killer dance floor, great conversations on the wrap-around deck, and food/drink stations to fill your belly. With the summer wedding season coming to a close, this was the perfect conclusion to a great summer.  Enjoy! 

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