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

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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It’s such an honor to be a part of the launch of Red Oak Weddings, and even more exciting to be the photographer of the very first featured wedding! This is going to be a great new local resource! From their site, “Red Oak Weddings is a wedding and lifestyle blog devoted to assisting and inspiring couples planning their wedding in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.” Congrats to Dave & Julia on planning such an incredible Celtic-inspired wedding day! Click to see the post!

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HOT DANG, is it really mid-February!?! I swear 2015 just started…how is it now 2016?? I’m not ready for that jelly, so I think I’ll look back on 2015 a bit more! It was an absolutely incredible year with the sweetest couples on earth! I was giving a tour of my house the other day, and almost every time the person exclaimed “I love that!” my response was “that was a gift from one of my couples!” From frames to hand towels to welcome mats, even a photography board game!!! I wish I could say I counted my blessings each and everyday, but I’m human, and sometimes it takes a house tour to realize how incredibly blessed I am by my couples! There’s a whole collection of reviews that publicly expresses how my couples feel about me, but I don’t think I share enough about how much they bless me in return! Gifts aside, these couples are absolutely the most generous and kind people I know. Some of them have seated us with their friends & family during the reception, some of them made sure to bring us a piece of cake after it was served, some of them pulled us onto the dance floor for an impromptu dance session, and one bride even surprised me with the same J. Crew bracelet she gifted to her bridesmaids! When I look back over these photos, I’m reminded that I truly have the best job in the world! <3

Happy bride = happy photographer! :)

Apparently size really doesn’t matter…this mini Momofuku Milk bar cake was my favorite cake of the year!

It’s always flattering when a bride tells me that I’m her “best kept secret” – but all I’m like, “Noooo don’t keep me a secret! Tell the world!!!” Thankfully Donna was totally fine sharing me with her bestie Stephanie, and I was able to be a part of both gals weddings! Double the memories and double the fun! :)

Swoon! Everything about Pamela & Ryan’s reception at the Foundry was a dream!

The Ashford Estate earned itself a spot in my Top 5 Favorite venues list this year!

How precious is this daddy-daughter First Look? He loves her so much!

And you already know that I think First Looks with the bride and groom are the best thing since sliced bread!

Alexandra Grecco tulle skirts look incredible on every body type and they WILL wear it again!

Sunset, you so dreamy!

Parents dances almost always make me tear up. One of my favorite wedding photos is of me and my dad dancing!

But I of course love all the crazy-ridiculous-nutso-dance-floor-moments too! :)

PHEW! You made it through our longest post of the year!!! You should probably reward yourself with cake or something. But seriously, we are SO grateful for another year full of weddings. We get to spend our weekends at epic parties with wonderful people, great food, and endless smiles. Christopher also always pulls me onto the dance floor for a slow song later in the night. Isn’t he just sweet as can be? 

To my incredible couples: Thank you for literally being the BEST EVER! We love you!!! <3

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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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  • February 17, 2016 - 2:09 AM

    Gretchen Zeigler Gardner - Love it ALL! Esp the last picture!! You two are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2016 - 2:51 AM

    Mayho Duen - You truly captured the moments and made Margaret’s and eddies wedding exceptional memorable! You are a true treasure! Keep doing what you guys do so well!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2016 - 1:57 AM

    Celeste Borelli - Love your work cassie!!ReplyCancel

  • February 25, 2016 - 3:54 PM

    Jenny Kafka - Your work is gorgeous! You are such a talented photographer!! =DReplyCancel

Yay! Steph and Steve’s fall wedding is featured on WellWed New York today! I know that Steph put so much hard work into planning her GORGEOUS fall-inspired wedding day, so it’s great to see her inspiring other brides today! I especially love the varying hues of Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses and the way she incorporated artichokes and wheat into the decor! :)

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