Untraditional Bridal Shoes = Sexy Bride

It looks like the days of the traditional bridal shoes are over… In all this years shooting weddings more often we have seen brides being more adventurous in their detail choices, especially shoes…

We have separated in a file some shoes options we’ve photographed over the years: from a nurse bride using her ivory clogs, to bright colored pumps, a wide variety of styles as open toe, peep toe, pointy toe or decorated with beaded flowers of pearls and stones to large crystals to organza flowers… 

Happy bride with her bright blue sandals

"I Do"...

Decorated with pearls and crystals...

Mini hearts engraved on the sole...

 Also red and white polka dots… “I Do” wedding shoes rhinestone appliqué for great photo opportunities… Another option: bridal shoes with mini hearts engraved on the sole… Loved  them all !!!

Red and white polka dots

Indie style...

Green patent leather pumps...

Al Ojeda Photography – New Jersey Wedding Photographers – Covering the Tri-State Area – Destination Weddings 

Contact: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Free Engagement Session on 2011 and 2012 Weddings

Engagement pic by Al Ojeda Photography


Our free engagement session promotion is extended for all 2011  and  2012 weddings when booking us with any Wedding Photography Package that includes an album… Don’t miss this great opportunity !!! Call/email us for details !!!

Al Ojeda Photography

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Al Ojeda Photography got the 2011 Bride’s Choice Awards

From the WeddingWire words: “We are excited to announce Al Ojeda Photography has been chosen to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards 2011. This award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate quality and service excellence in the wedding industry”.


We are very excited about this Award and can’t thank enough the couples that we worked with last year !!!

Al Ojeda Photography

info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Bridgewater Marriott Wedding Photos

Today we are featuring Wedding pictures taken at The Bridgewater Marriott. We did some tonings to enhance them or make them a little more dramatic… Hope you enjoy them… Amy and Terrence were a wonderful couple to work with, a close to Christmas wedding, after the ceremony held at St. Joseph’s Church in Bound Brook, we did a stop at The Bridgewater Mall to take a pic with Santa !!!

Bridgewater Marriot Wedding Photos

Bridgewater Marriot Wedding Photo

Bridgewater Marriot Wedding Photos

The Bridgewater Marriott Wedding Photos

Brigewater Marriot Wedding Photos

Al Ojeda Photography – New Jersey Wedding Photographers – Covering the Tri–State Area – Destination Weddings

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Using Photo Enhancements…

Photographers usually create their own “actions”, but how much easier it is when it can be done by just a click of your mouse. We’ve got Life. Camera. Actions on our last visit to the PDN Expo. Here are some samples, the first picture is “au naturel”.

All other pictures have different types of textures and tonings for awesome results.

Not all actions work in all pictures, there is a matter of good taste involved in using them. What works in some images, won’t be a good choice for others.

Capture the “mood” of a Wedding enhancing the Bride and Groom’s pictures.

Their CD could have separate files with the basic edited pictures and an extra file with some astonishing enhanced ones. They sure will enjoy you did something special for them…

These wedding photos were taken at The David’s Country Inn in Hackesttown.

Al Ojeda Photography – New Jersey Wedding Photographers – Destination Weddings.

Info: ida@alojeda.com –  908 240 3240


The Olde Mill Inn Wedding Photos

Wedding Pictures at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

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"Al Ojeda Photography - New Jersey Wedding Photographers - Olde Mill Inn Wedding Photos"

"Al Ojeda Photography - New Jersey Wedding Photographers - Olde Mill Inn Wedding Photos"

Al Ojeda Photography – New Jersey Wedding Photographers – Covering the Tri-State Area – Destination Weddings

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Ninety Acres at Natirar Wedding Photos, Peapack-Gladstone

Continuing our blog posts of different venues in New Jersey, here are some thoughts and wedding photos of Ninety Acres at Natirar, in Peapack Gladstone.

Located in the scenic hills of Somerset County, there are plenty inside the building or outside spots where a Couple can have their dreamed pictures taken, especially if there is enough time to make use of all the stunning surrounding areas…

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Our Bride and Groom had an intimate fall wedding. The ceremony was held outside, which can give you an outstanding view to another part of the restaurant. Dinner was held at “The Club”, a nice room with brick and wood walls, there is also a small bar and the wine pantry which is visible behind  thick glass.

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Ninety Acres is not a traditional venue, we loved the fact it has a modern stylish approach reminiscent of NYC trendy restaurants…

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"Al Ojeda Photography - New Jersey Wedding Photographers - Natirar Wedding Photos - Ninety Acres Wedding Photos"

We do have to mention the food. As appetizers, we ordered the laughing bird shrimp cocktail with avocado and for our main course, though we are not big fish people, the sautéed king salmon served with spinach, roasted potatoes and a delicious tarragon sauce… The salmon was perfectly cooked… It was so yummy, we didn’t regret a bit going for it.

Ninety Acres Wedding Photos – Natirar Wedding Photos

Pictures by Al Ojeda Photography – New Jersey Wedding Photographer – Covering the Tri-State Area – Destination Weddings

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Wedding Photography and how not sticking to the planned timings could affect the outcome of the Wedding Pictures…

This is something we came across in several Weddings. We had two Brides having make up and hair done at another location and were getting dressed at the venue, we were supposed to wait at the venue for them to arrive at a certain time, they came 2 hours late… so we ended up shooting 6 hours instead of the 8 we were booked for… We can’t enumerate all situations but, we’ve seen numerous other types of lateness… 

You hire a Photographer for a certain amount of hours, you plan your Big Day minute to minute… But, what happens when for different reasons everything turns late and the timings are not followed?


Usually the Photographer is the one who is going to have her/his/their matters complicated… With less time left, the Photographer will take a lesser amount of pics of the Bride alone or with her Mom/Dad/Bridesmaids or will rush to get all others pictures taken… and most likely, the Bride & Groom will end up enjoying very little of their cocktail hour…  


Suggestion: Brides and Grooms, confirm timings with all your vendors, make sure they will stick to the timings, because otherwise you may have fewer opportunities to have taken all pics you wanted before or after the Ceremony… Make the Dollars spent on your Photographer worth it… Your Photographer shouldn’t be responsible for situations that are out of her/his/their control… 

 Al Ojeda Photography

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Wedding Photography and the importance of doing an Engagement Session

Advantages of doing E-Pics:

1 – Get acquaintance with your Wedding Photographer, a must after only a meeting for about 30 to 45 minutes when the booking, it provides you a fantastic chance to get so much more familiar with each other.

2 – It will let the Photographer understand which are your dreamed photographs for the upcoming Big Day… The Photographer will be able to evaluate in deep in which direction your style goes and then, emphasize on those pics in your actual wedding.

3 – Unless you are one of those lucky people who is naturally at ease in front of the camera, chances are that the first time your Photographer points a lens in your way, you will be a little bit shy… But relax, the E-Session will help you loosen up and feel comfortable in front of the camera.

What to do in order to get the most from an Engagement Session:

1-     Define your style… romantic, fun, candid, serious…

2-     Find a location that represents who you are or that means something to you, maybe where he proposed? Or your first date place? Or that site that you just happen to love !!!

3-     Have a plan or theme, work it with your Photographer…

4-     Props ??? They are so much fun !!! Bicycles, umbrellas, hats, incorporating your pet, etc.

5-     Think on Clothing (maybe 2 choices?) and HairStylist – Make-Up for the girls.

6-     Think on poses that reflect your personalities – Though we strongly suggest a variety of shoots… Do lots of nose rubbing, kissing, smiling, etc. But emphasizing in your personal style…

How can you use your E-Photos:

1 – You can use the pictures for your save the dates mailings.

2 – Have a signature frame to be displayed in your wedding for your guests to sign.

3 – Include a pic on the wedding program.

4 – Make a memorable guest book.

5 – Why not, a different pic framed as table numbers.

Al Ojeda Photography covers the TriState Area… Happy to do Destination Weddings

Info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 240 3240


Wedding Photography – Film vs. Digital

Having started our Photography journey in the Film era, makes us think in the differences between the old fashioned Film and the Digital SLR era…

Film would come as color, B&W, slides or even Polaroid… They would come as 35mm, 120mm, large formats… You used less batteries… You had the beauty of wider spectrum of grays, middle tones… But, you were not able to check if a pic was well exposed or out of focus (no liquid crystal display), it was a matter of developing your film to find out what you got… The dark room was a pleasure to work at, you could put hours and days to get perfect copies…

Digital is a complete different concept. SLR cameras can capture raw, jpg large/fine, large/med, large/low, etc, different files/size images… You can take more pictures, since you don’t have that “film cost” issue… So, you went from taking 200/400 pics in a Wedding, to as many as you need… You take all pics in color and later on, in your new dark room: the computer, turn them into B&W, sepia and you can play with a variety of enhancements… With Digital, you tend to store your images in a DVD, CD, external disk, or keep them on files in your PC/laptop/Mac, you actually make less copies and just go through them on a screen…

For Wedding Photography purposes, Digital has become a friendlier way of taking care of business, but for those who started in the Film era, it’s a bitter-sweet feeling of leaving behind your first love…

At Al Ojeda Photography, we are committed to quality Photography Services…

Info: 908 240 3240 – ida@alojeda.com