Let’s congratulate Palak and Ashish on their upcoming Gujarati wedding on February 13th, 2012. NYNJ Photography has done many pre-wedding photo shoots but this one was special.
The beautiful couple had limited days in New York to do the pre-wedding photo shoot and the best day which suited their schedule was December 26, 2012. Plan A was to do the pre-wedding shoot at various locations such as Brooklyn bridge, Times Square and Jersey City IF weather permits. Unfortunately, weather did not permit so we decided to go with plan B; The pre-wedding photo shoot of Palak and Ashish was done at The Grand Central Terminal in New York. The Grand Central was crowded due to people returning home after the Charismas but Palak and Ashish were very comfortable and happy during the shoot which made pictures look beautiful. Moreover, Palak prepared some poses on her own and worked on expressions which added emotions to all the pictures. Due to limited time, this photo shoot last for one hour :(. I wish I was given more time to walk around and have some more pictures taken of the gorgeous couple.
IF you are planning a photo shoot inside of the Grand Central Terminal, read further:
This was my first time photographing inside of the Grand Central Terminal and I would like to share my experience. According to MTA’s (Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York)website http://www.mta.info/nyct/rules/rules.htm
“Photography, filming or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors or tripods may not be used. Members of the press holding valid identification issued by the New York City Police Department are hereby authorized to use necessary ancillary equipment. All photographic activity must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Part”.
I was aware of these restrictions before I went for the photo shoot assuming I should be allowed to use my on camera external flash. Right after I clicked my first photo using external flash, the security guard asked me not to use it. He said “it is OK to use built-in flash but not professional external flash even though it is mounted on the camera”. All the photos in this post were taken without built-in or external flash. Thanks to my NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D and NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. No matter what time of the day you go, Grand Central Terminal is full of people. Ask the couple if they are OK with having 100s of people walking around them and looking at them curiously? If answer is yes, you will not have any other problem doing the photo shoot. Grand Central is a beautiful place with high artistic walls, really tall windows, colorful ceiling and various light sources. I recommend you to plan at least two hours of photo shoot in the terminal because it is full of surprises.