Katie and Andrew met up with me on a gorgeous August day in Newport Harbor for an engagement session on the water. This session was the perfect photography storm—people in love doing something they love. All we had to do was add stand up paddles (also known as SUP), and they were right at home!
Katie’s family lives in Newport, and Andrew grew up in Australia, so it only made sense when they approached me about the engagement session that we had to incorporate the element of water. They wanted to shoot out on paddleboards, since that is one of their favorite things to do together, and I was totally up for the challenge!
We met up at Newport Harbor by King Park to launch the boards and shoot, since the water is much calmer there, and there are plenty of piers and docks for me to get some cool vantage points. The weather was perfect—not too windy—and the harbor gave us a gorgeous backdrop, complete with spectacular views of the Newport Pell bridge, downtown waterfront, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, NYYAC, and Fort Adams! Not to mention the glassy water speckled with all kinds of yachts and other vessels—what more could three water babies ask for?
We had a blast trying to maneuver the boards into different positions, and I loved that they were so patient with all my requests for “drive bys” while I tried to find my angles. I even asked them to hold hands and make out, which is not an easy task while balancing on their SUPs! But they made it look easy and effortless, and we ended up with some amazing “Sunday fun-day” photos.
Katie & Andrew, thank you for being so willing to have so much fun with me! Since I’m raising two water babies of my own, you have inspired me to get my own paddleboard, and I’ll be taking my daughter and Frenchie out cruising around on our SUP!
Alex and Domenic’s wedding, #GoingGreenOn717, was held at Oceancliff Resort in Newport, RI over the summer. When I first met this dynamic duo over a year ago, I knew their celebration would be a real tour de force.
For me, I could feel the anticipation as soon as I met them as they were getting dressed. These grooms were rocking the Christian Louboutin red soles better than any brides I have come across. Our photo tour around Newport with the fabulous bridal party culminated at the Hyatt lighthouse on Goat Island. The sheer excitement of the day was just as electric as some of their guest’s vibrant wedding attire.
The love Alex and Domenic radiated, was matched only by the joy their family and friends exuded as they witnessed the grooms exchanging vows. One of my favorite images from the day captures the elation on both their faces running down the aisle hand in hand. The roar of the crowd was deafening as they were announced for the first time as Mr. Alexander Thomas Green & Mr. Domenic Marzilli-Green. It was an epic moment watching them “Go Green” as husband and husband.
The fact that it was just 3 short years ago when the state of Rhode Island legalized same-sex marriages was not lost on me at any point. So the spirit of the day called to mind a quote:
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it’s destination full of hope.”- Maya Angelou
I think that quote reflects the essence of what I was trying to capture for my friends. Besides I literally caught many guests leaping, jumping, spinning and high-kicking on the dance floor – for a solid 4 hours! The music was so infectious, even I found myself taking a few twirls.
Thank you, Alex & Domenic, it was such an honor to share in your incredible love story.
Flowers: Laurie Marshall
Cake: Diane’s Delectables
Cookies: Newport Sweet Shoppe
Dels lemonade: http://www.dels.com
Dj, photo booth, and lighting: Mike Amado
Prior to their Newport RI wedding, Nikki and Greg wanted an epic engagement photo shoot in New York City starting at the Top of the Rock. So that is exactly what I gave them! We met at the NYAC where we confirmed wardrobe selections and a pop of color for Nikki with a deep red lipstick. Then we headed out the door on our adventure. I have lived in NYC for almost 15 years, so I thrive on the energy you immediately feel upon hitting the streets. I think that is a common thread I share with Nikki and Greg, which is why we “crushed” their engagement shoot. I knew the vibe they were craving, so we went big straight away.
The Top of The Rock did not disappoint and wowed us with incredible sweeping vistas of New York City. It gave me goosies to see Nikki and Greg dancing above the city they love from above Rock Center. Grand views of Central Park landscape sprawled ahead of us to the north, while stunning views of landmarks such as the Empire State Building and all of downtown NYC, lay to the south. What more could you ask for as an incredible backdrop? Next, walking uptown, we made sure to hit the infamous “LOVE” sculpture on 55th St. Then, dodging a few tourists along the way, we successfully made it through Central Park.
Nikki and Greg, thank you for trusting me to capture this moment for you in my favorite city. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding at Belle Mer next year!
Nikki and Greg hail a taxi outside of NYAC.
Nikki and Greg dancing on Top Of The Rock with Central Park in all her glory below.
Stealing a kiss with incredible views of Empire State Building and NYC landscape.
Under the stairs by Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
Carrie Rodman Photography is thrilled to announce Ramya and Ashwin’s Engagement Party is now being featured by Inside Weddings!
Ramya and Ashwin’s engagement party was a joy to photograph. It was a 2 day event shot on location in Palm Beach, FL. The dynamic and multi-talented Trina Chaney-Hoo of The Planning Company, pulled everything together. She and her team planned and designed the whole event including the fabulous decor. The first day was a traditional Indian Puja ceremony followed by dinner.
It was an honor to witness a ceremony steeped in tradition with every gesture rich in symbolism. The colors were so vibrant and alive it echoed the joy of the day. The second day was more of a fun party to celebrate with family and friends. It was very endearing to see Ashwin fawn over his gorgeous bride- to- be Ramya. They were so at ease with each other, which made for some spectacular images. Then add the breathtaking location which was Ramya’s family’s waterfront estate, AND yours truly was in photo bliss!
To read all about Ramya and Ashwin’s story and to see more images celebrating their day go to Inside Weddings!
We’re SO excited to be participating in the Wedding Salon bridal show at the EPIC Hotel in Miami Beach June 15th, 2015 from 4-8pm!
Carrie Rodman has established herself as a premiere destination wedding photographer. Her images have graced the pages of national magazines. While Carrie’s fashion and lifestyle aesthetic attract couples to her work, her enthusiasm seals the deal.
Come meet Carrie and preview her intimate imagery at the show. Wedding Salon is the ultimate wedding planning resource.
You will meet top luxury wedding vendors like Carrie, meet celebrity wedding planners, beauty experts, view stunning table décor, taste wedding cakes, view bridal gowns, wedding invitations and wedding favors. Find the best wedding venues, travel destinations and exotic honeymoons all in one place!
Carrie is also offering special exclusive booking incentives for couples who attend the show. She looks forward to seeing you there!!!
I was incredibly fortunate to meet the talented couture fashion designer Suzie Turner at her Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach trunk show! What happened next was the start of my vision coming to life!
As the new girl in this Palm Beach town, I wanted to create a signature shot showcasing my fashion edge style with an epic Palm Beach feel. After speaking with Suzie about my business expansion to Palm Beach she was gracious enough to allow me to photograph her one-of-a-kind bridal gown masterpiece – comprised of goose down feathers.
P.S. Did we mention we had to literally dodge traffic between takes to get the shot?! We’ll do almost anything to get the shot!
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I’m excited to share this shoot with my 2015 couple, Laura and Brian! By the looks of these two shots, you wouldn’t believe the almost gale-force winds we were dealing with on the day of their fall engagement shoot. These two images were from the final round of photos that evening. Laura’s dress was phenomenal; it really popped against the backdrop and looked stunning in this pretty, soft, glowy-dusk light. We may have waited for the wind to die out but by the looks of these images it was totally worth it!
I also wanted to share a few of my pro tips when it comes to booking an engagement shoot with your photographer. Firstly, it’s an amazing opportunity for you to work through any kinks – if you’re holding your head in a funny way, or you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, it’s a time for us to work through this. It’s an opportunity for me as your photographer to take my time and get to know you both before the big day. These shoots are really a great time for me to engage with you both as a couple – plus you get some great shots for save the dates and future photo albums! These shoots are also helpful if you’re on the fence with a photographer, use it as a “test run”, if you will, to work out any issues before the big day. As your photographer, I want you to have fun, enjoy your day, and ultimately LOVE your photographs.
Another suggestion I have would be to have wardrobe options. Sometimes things happen! Clothes can rip, stains can happen, and weather can pose a threat to certain wardrobe options – and hairstyles! Also, be sure that you and your partners outfits complement each other, and that they don’t contrast one another! Take a look at these two – stunning!
Also, although many people think bright sunshine is best for photos – in actuality, MAGIC HOUR, as I like to call it – overcast first light (after sunrise) and last light (dusk) are the most desirable lighting scenarios for photographers. These times of day produce the prettiest ambiance in photographs and are so flattering on the subjects.
Also, I am a huge fan of quality over quantity. You can take thousands of shots, but sometimes those last few images turn out to be the best; you only need a few amazing shots!
Laura and Brian absolutely nailed this shoot and I am so excited to work with you both in the summer of 2015!
I highly suggest that my clients book engagement shoots for this reason, and also so that you can really
** Carrie is now setting up sessions for Christmas, New Years & Valentines Day**
I am thrilled to announce my latest project that has been in the works for some time now; First Blush Boudoir!
With my background in high-end fashion, wedding and event photography, I have created a way for my clients to celebrate themselves in a beautiful, fun, and flirty way. Whether you are a bride looking for a unique grooms gift, looking for a way to surprise your fiance or significant other, or maybe you’re simply looking for a way to immortalize yourself in some fantastic photos, First Blush Boudoir is perfect for you. With the upcoming Holidays, there is no better gift to give yourself or a loved one than incredible images that celebrate your individual lines and curves.
First Blush Boudoir offers a complete pampering experience on location that will have you feeling comfortable and confident in no time. Who doesn’t want to feel like a diva for a few hours, with a hair and makeup artist to create your perfect look. Each experience will begin with a consultation to ensure your session is tailored to your taste.
The website is still currently being built out, but please visit, I would love to offer you a sneak peek of just some of the many looks we can create for you. Request a private booking in the comfort of your home, or a hotel of your choice. You could schedule a boudoir session as part of your wedding weekend. We offer many packages but are always happy to customize one to suit you perfectly.
Carrie is already booking sessions in time for Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day (due to the post production schedule, sessions must be completed 10 days before the desired date ; certain instances, a rush fee may apply*) , and can provide all the information you need via phone 917-449-7639 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey everyone! Amidst this gloomy New England weather, I’ve decided to revisit some of this seasons beautiful weddings. You may recall our sneak peek at Raechel + Johns NYC wedding this past August. It was so nice to be back in the city, the day was warm – the energy in the city was high, especially in comparison to many of my beach weddings – a refreshing change of pace! We walked the streets in search of some amazing locations for these photos.
I loved the Urban Chic and Industrial vibe of the day, it was seen in both the landscape and throughout the wedding day details. Here are some of my favorite shots from their wedding at the Tribecca Hotel in New York. The shot featured above is one of my best of the season – I also featured this on the sneak peek back in August, this photo shows a slightly different view of what I like to call the money shot! It was taken atop a water tower on the Tribecca Hotel Rooftop – the hotel staff weren’t pleased with the acrobatics it took to get this image, however, it was totally worth it!
We shot the couples First Look in at a park in Tribecca; check out the impressive Freedom Towers and architecture which are visible in the background of these shots!