August 19

Thank you for visiting our blog! After many years it was time to update the website and blog. Please visit Modern Wedding Photography Blog

for all that is new at Modern Wedding Photography.

I met Meaghan and Nils in September of 2014 and before we knew it, their 2014 New Year’s Eve wedding was here. Meaghan and Nils represent all that I love about my clients. They are super cute together, fun, genuine and laid back. They trusted me to go out there and do my thing . As a result of that trust, I was able to honestly tell the story of their wedding day.  I was so excited about their images that I had to create a new studio album. I’m really getting into the horizontal format these days. I’m still waiting for the book to come in, but below are the layouts. I will post photos of the actual album when it arrives. It will open as dramatic 36×18 inch spreads!

Thank you Meaghan and Nils for being so fabulous and of course fun!!!! OXOX, D













Photography: Modern Wedding Photography

Church: Saint Agnes Cathedral

Venue: The Garden City Hotel

Wedding Planner: Lisa Marie Blinn, L. Marie Events

Cinematography: Godfather Films

Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Florist: Mela Rosa

Hire the photographer whose work and personality you love. My best clients are the ones who trust me as a person and an artist.”

It is a big question, but I will try to answer.

Wedding photography is an investment. At least that is how the couples who hire me, Denise Chastain of Modern Wedding Photography to photograph their wedding day see it. I use the word investment, with conviction. An investment is something that grows in value over time. Once the wedding is over, your images become priceless, something to be cherished for generations to come. Even though I am running a business, I do not view working with you as just a business transaction. Working with each other is hopefully a fun experience that can last two years or a lifetime, (with some of my clients). Think about it. You hire your photographer a year before the wedding. Then there are the pre-wedding calls and E-mails. You spend the whole wedding day together. Before you know it, your wedding photographs are ready and it’s time for your In-Studio Preview. After that, there is the time we spend together working on your wedding album. I take on a limited amount of weddings each year and spend about a total of 50 hours working on each wedding from start to finish. I want to give my clients all the attention and hand holding they may need during this overwhelming experience of planning a wedding. So I know how important it is for our personalities, sensibilities, and values to be a perfect match. This is why I always like to talk to you over the phone before our first meeting. It’s like dating. You might want to talk to someone over the phone once before your first date.

I’ve been shooting professionally for over 20 years. With those 20 years comes a deep skill set. I have photographed major advertising campaigns, notable figures and the weddings of many who are influencers in the media world, (photo editors and creative directors). You can visit my About page for the full story. When you compare photographers it can be maddening. Do all the various studios photographs look the same? Does anyone’s work stand out or speak to you? Is their work derivative? Look into what their achievements are. Find out why they shoot weddings?

Capturing all the fun and joy this once in a lifetime event brings is an honor for me as your photographer. I believe weddings are a great celebration. As much as I want you to have the time of your life on your wedding day, I do view my task of photographing your wedding as a great responsibility. I want you to have an amazing day and forget about the camera. Hire the photographer whose work and personality you love. My best clients are the ones who trust me as a person and an artist. Try to let go of any preconceived notions of what wedding photographs should look like. I hope you want to be surprised and delighted when you see the images from your wedding day. Your photographs should be an honest interpretation of this significant event. Coverage starts at $4495 and up. Please call 212-332-9695 or E-mail for full collection information. I want to hear all about your wedding day plans!

December 29

I had the opportunity to participate in The NotWedding event a few months ago, (NotWedding is now The Big Fake Wedding). It’s an alternative to the traditional bridal show. Their NYC shows are held in Brooklyn two times a year. The one I participated in was at The Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The vendors work together to create a bridal show like no other. Many bridal shows feel like a cattle call. Couples feel so overwhelmed by all of the vendors trying to get their attention. With this show it was more about appreciating the event that the vendors created. Your felt like you were at a friend’s wedding. There were three of each vendor instead of 7 or 8 bands and 8 or 9 florist. It allowed for a more meaningful experience for all who attended. Check out the images below and credits at the bottom to see the vendors who participated.
















































Event Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photography Modern Wedding Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Color Pop Events / Floral and Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 4 and 7): Stacie Shea Events / Floral and Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1 and 5): Starling on Bond / Floral and Event Design (Bar, Entry, Seating Area + Tables 3 and 8): Dee Kay Events / Floral and Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 2 and 6): The Arrangement Floral Design and Events / Venue and Rentals: The Green Building / Wedding Dress: made by anatomy / Bridal Accessories: Jaclyn Jordan New York / Jewelry: Vena Amoris Jewelry / Hair: Styles On B / Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bridal Reflections / Caterer: Ryan Brown Catering / Ice Cream Truck: Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop / Rehearsal Dinner: Sky Gallery / Band: Superlative Staff Events: M Entertainment / DJ: Superlative Staff Events: DJ Fataah / Lighting Production: BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Vintage Rentals: Octavia & Brown / Wedding Invitations and Programs: Sandra Picco Design / Invitations and Menus: Paisley Dog Press, Artisanal Letterpress Wedding Stationery / Invitations and Paper Accents: Corinna Beau Letterpress Co. / Paper Accents, Guest Book and Wooden Signage: Grace Graffiti, Inc. / Videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Films / Media Partners: flower Magazine, The Knot, Well Wed Magazine – Hamptons, Well Wed Magazine – New York, Love, Inc., and Penny and Mary

December 02

I enjoy a good day trip. Hop into your two wheel or four wheel how-da-ya-call-it and escape for a day. I love full on vacations, but sometimes they are too much work. The planning before you go, catching up on life and work once you are back.  Sometimes one day away is all you need. I usually visit the Columbia County area in the spring and summer, but we were itching for a little upstate charm. If you are a fan of Brooklyn Flea or the Renegade Craft Fair, Basilica Hudson’s  annual Farm + Flea would be their country cousin. We drove up the Taconic and entered into a delightfully surprising snow-scape. The motivation behind the event is to support local artists during the holiday shopping season. They want to inspire you to avoid all of the mass market options, but if you want a brand new camera or iPad this season I won’t judge you 🙂  I decided to blog about Basilica Hudson because I know it’s a wicked spot for your wedding day and it may not have been something you have considered. You have an industrial venue filled with personality, complimented by the bucolic atmosphere of Hudson, NY. This is what separates Basilica Hudson from many of the other NYC industrial options. The area has being going through quite the renaissance over the last 20 years or so. Below are some snap shots I took between shopping and snacking.

Click here to learn more about Basilica Hudson


Basilica Hudson


2nd Annual Farm + Flea Produced by The Hudson River Exchange

2nd Annual Farm + Flea Produced by The Hudson River Exchange


Airstream in the snow

Airstream in the snow


Basilica-Hudson-Farm-and-Flea-Cedar Farm Wholesale

Cedar Farm Wholesale-I loved their display. It made me want to buy everything. What a great idea, using small gourds as Christmas ornaments. I first thought they were exotic heritage pears.


Bar area. You could do so much or as little with this interior for a dramatic wedding day setting.

Bar area. You could do so much or as little with this interior for a dramatic wedding day setting.


A snap shot of some of the surrounding Basilica Hudson area.

A snap shot of some of the surrounding Basilica Hudson area, railroad tracks and a neighboring old factory.

Some interior shots of Basilica Hudson

Here are some interior shots of Basilica Hudson. This Buddha phone booth is begging for a newly wed shot!