Cassi Claire » Wedding Photographer serving NYC, NJ, PA, CT, NY

Remember last year when I co-hosted the Hello, Artist Workshop? I previously shared the images from my styled shoot, but soon after I found myself in the thick of wedding season and lost the chance to share images from Jess & Kay’s shoots! And they were both SO pretty!!! I’ve also been dying to share some fun behind-the-scenes photos so you can get a taste of what it was all about. In these last few weeks before the 2016 season kicks off, I’ve been editing my little heart out and am so excited to finally share more from the workshop. Let’s start with Jessica OH’s shoot! A heavy dose of edge with a side of pretty and a splash of peonies…YES PLEASE! :)

The animals from the Inn at Fernbrook Farms loved being part of the fun!Pink-Farm-Wedding_CassiClaire_06-2

I spoke their language (I yelled, “BAAAAAA!”) and they all came running!

And a little behind-the-scenes action! Amanda did all she could to get a little more height! :)

Kay’s Anthropologie-inspired wedding was so dreamy! Can you believe she took the time to hot glue each one of those fresh flowers to the bride’s veil? STUNNING!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my styled shoot yet, it was full of tulle, rose gold, and giant floral arrangements – what are you waiting for?! We’re so thankful to all the incredible photographers who took the time to attend our workshop. It was two days of learning, laughing, eating yummy food, and photographing pretties! Although, my favorite memory is from our crazy wagon ride out to the middle of the woods for a campfire. I was simultaneously terrified and ecstatic! We’re so thankful to Dan (the Inn manager) for giving us a night of adventure and storytelling and s’mores! Sadly I don’t have any photos of that night, but I hope you’ll enjoy these other behind-the-scenes moments and AMAZING reviews!!!! <3

“I cannot say enough good things about the hello artist workshop! I went in extremely nervous and cautious of how it was going to go but within the first five minutes my nerves were put to rest by the awesomeness of Cassi, Kay and Jessica. They were able to give me so much insight into the wedding photography world and kept the workshop fresh, fun and new. I wish I could attend this workshop time and time again! I feel so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to meet these amazing women and amazing photographers who I feel have become lifelong friends!” – Amanda Lynn

Kay and Ellen knocked it out of the park with the flower crown bar during headshots!Hello-Artist-Workshop_CassiClaire_06-2“If you are looking for a fun and informative workshop to attend, look no future. Three beautiful and talented mentors in one location, teaching you everything from business to technique and how to invest in your unique voice. I would highly recommend to any photographer at any skill level who is looking to take their wedding photography business to the next level.” – Jamie V. Photography

“This was my second photography workshop and I loved everything about it. I was able to learn new things which I will be applying to my photography business. The styled shoots were totally awesome. I had an awesome experience and I will definitely refer other photographers to your workshop.” – Digna Toledo

“This was the best investment in the world! I am extremely thrilled and beyond thankful for being able to attend this workshop! I loved spending time with three completely different artists getting such amazing feedback and such different tips and tricks in styles. I want this to happen again and again so I can be there each time! LOVED this!” – Ryanne Kenzie

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// CREDITS //

Teachers: Cassi Claire, Kay English, and Jessica OH • Venue: Inn at Fernbrook Farms • Cakes: Hudson Cakery • Styling: Hanalulu Co and Winifred + Rose • Florals: Viburnum Designs and Green Lace Lion • Gowns: Sarah Seven, Alexandra Grecco, and Enaura Bridal • Hair & Makeup: Sissi Chan and Lighten Up Salon (Mary) • Invitations: Bella Carta Boutique and Sincerely, Jackie • And finally our sponsors & friends: Red Tree Albums •  Dream State TotesKelly Moore Bag • Fundy Designer17 HatsVSCO FilmMillers Lab

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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It was so fun to photograph this elegant and timeless NYC wedding at the Waldorf Astoria with my good friend Lindsay Madden. I loooved the sweet First Look outside the Waldorf and the portraits outside the New York Public Library. Everything about this wedding day screams New York! <3

That One Way sign ain’t lying!

We were so thankful to the NYPD for helping with traffic – apparently everyone loves a bride & groom!!!

The New York Public Library is probably my favorite building in all of NYC! It’s just so perfect!

Check out Lindsay’s blog post here to see her perspective of the day and the vendor credits!

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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Congrats to Will & Shirley whose wedding was featured on Wedding Chicks today!!! In the words of WC…“Simple, fun and elegant. Shirley + Will’s adorable pink and white nuptials were all that and more, and having planned their entire day in only 6 months, we say it couldn’t have turned out more charming!” Click the photo to see more!

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View their original blog post here!

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I’m so excited to finally share this gorgeous Hopewell Valley Vineyards wedding that I photographed with my good friend Mikkel Paige! Whenever Mikkel and I work together we have SO MUCH FUN! The sarcasm runs wild and my cheeks literally hurt from laughing all day long. Sam and Cesalie’s wedding day was a stress-free and relaxed as they come. I think the vineyard, eh hem…wine, has that affect on people! Check out this soft and romantic Hopewell Valley Vineyards Wedding in Pennington, NJ! :)

Mikkel and I playing an epic game of “Who Wants to be a Mega-Creep” while setting up for Sam and Cesalie’s First Look! Obviously photo credit to Mikkel for the photo of me on the right! ;)

Funny story…Chris and I actually visited here while we were “venue shopping” for our own wedding venue. We loved the idea of a vineyard wedding! Since it didn’t work out for us to host our wedding at Hopewell Valley, I was SO happy to have the chance to live vicariously through them! :)

Check out Mikkel’s blog post here to see her perspective of the day and the vendor credits!

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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How often do you get to the end of a work day and think “what the heck did I even accomplish today?!” I hear people say it all the time, and I’ll admit that I say it from time to time too. BUT, I probably say it way less than the average person, and I have one of my old bosses to thank for that. It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago…I was sitting in a staff meeting up at CAMP-of-the-WOODS and the CEO gave us each a Steno notebook. He encouraged us to write down our tasks as we accomplished them throughout the day so that we could look back on our day’s work and feel proud. I’ll admit, I was a housekeeper at the time and thought it was a pretty lame idea. What was I going to write? Scrubbed toilet. Scrubbed another toilet. Made bed. Scrubbed another toilet.

Just a year later I was working as the assistant to the CEO and that Steno notebook became my best friend! Being an executive assistant at a busy resort is much like juggling double-edged swords while putting out a fire and walking across coals. The To-Done List (as I affectionately call it) was a life saver! Not only did it help me feel a sense of accomplishment, but it also kept me organized and allowed me to reference my every move.

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Today, I run a successful and demanding wedding photography business (BEST JOB EVER!), and my To-Done List has a permanent spot on my desk just as it has for the last 5 years. After filling almost a dozen notebooks, I can say that a To-Done List is easily just as important as your To-Do list. Here are some of my favorite benefits!

  1. Track your most repeated tasks so you can create systems! I encourage you to try it out for a few months for this reason alone! When we first bought our house I realized that I was manually paying the water bill one day, the electric another day, the internet another day, and the phone bill another day. YUCK! So much wasted time and stress trying to remember all the due dates. After realizing this, I signed up for automatically billing for all our utilities – YES!!!!
  2. Notice the most time-consuming tasks! If I get to the end of the day and see that I only wrote one or two things down, I can evaluate. What took up such a huge chunk of time? Did it need to take that long? If it does, how should I schedule that task in the future? Can I outsource it?
  3. A full list feels GOOD! I want to have a full list at the end of the day so it helps me be productive and get excited about adding the next done item! I looooove adding each item! Sometimes I realize I haven’t added a completed task in a while (facebook ruins lives), and just the idea of adding another one gets my butt in gear!
  4. Fight the voices of failure! As a small business owner, it’s easy to believe the lies that I’m a giant floppy pancake of nothingness. When I’m lying on the couch in my stretched out sweatpants, day old socks, and messy bun (not the cute kind) scrolling through the perfect lives of instagram…it’s easy to think little of myself. But in writing this post, I went back and read through some of my old notebooks. “Bought photoshop. Watched CreativeLIVE class on editing. Practiced shooting in manual. Researched LLC vs S-Corps. Googled for photography contracts.” Wow, I am so impressed with how far I’ve come! It reminds me of that amazing quote – “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday!”   
  5. One line at a time productivity! A to-do list is usually LOOONG and overwhelming and paralyzing. But when I’m adding to my To-Done list, I’m adding one line at a time…one task at a time. Instead of feeling like I need to do everything at once, I force myself to choose ONE thing. Accomplish that one task and write it down. Then pick the next one. Rinse & repeat. My current desktop wallpaper is a quote that says “You can do anything but not everything.” Holy moly is that the truth! Oh and a tip: Add “working” items as well. As a photographer, you likely have some tasks that span across several days. Sometimes I can’t just sit down for 5 hours to edit, but I can spare 30 minutes to edit. So I’ll write “editing A&B wedding.” It doesn’t have to actually be DONE! :)

Phew, that was a long one, but so worth it! I hope you found this helpful! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to write “blogged about to-done list” on my to-done list! Go get yourself a notebook!!! :)

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  • February 26, 2016 - 11:27 AM

    Cinnamon Wolfe - giant floppy pancake of nothingness. <—-best sentence ever! love it girl. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2016 - 5:45 PM

    Debbie DeStefano Ryan - With deadly reminder! Thank youReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2016 - 5:46 PM

    Debbie DeStefano Ryan - Wonderful reminder of how it looks!ReplyCancel

As a full-time wedding photographer, I rarely have time to second shoot for other photographers, but I LOOOOVE it so much that I try really hard to incorporate a few second shooting gigs each year. I think it’s so fun to shoot without all the pressure and it really allows me to push myself creatively! The sad part about being so busy is that sometimes it takes me an extra long time to even have the opportunity to look through my second shooting images! For instance, this is a wedding I second shot for my good friend Jaine of Brklyn View Photography at back in August of 2014!!! That’s like almost a year and a half ago! YIKES! So my goal for this little bit “off-season” is to finally enjoy re-living these gorgeous weddings I was able to help photograph!!! Like this beautiful Brooklyn wedding at the River Cafe! :)

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How much does their ceremony musician look EXACTLY like Dustin Hoffman?!

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The happiest officiant on earth!!! I want this guy at every wedding!

How sweet is this? Dancing in front of the Manhattan skyline on your wedding day! Perfection!

Check out Jaine’s blog post here to see her perspective of the day and the vendor credits!

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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