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Meet Bryan

It's true I spell my name with a “y” instead of with an “i” like most other people.  Yes, that makes me a little different.  Then again, standing apart from the crowd is sometimes a very good thing and that has always been my approach to photography.  When people peruse the galleries of my work, they will definitely see my professionalism, but more importantly it has always been my goal to have my imagination and creativity pop off the screen when others view my work.  ‘Cookie cutter’ photography only requires that a shooter ‘point and click’ and take the same old shots, time after time. 

Exceptional photographers have an inner creativity and vision and an innate ability to internalize the image they wish to capture before it appears in front of their lens.  Along with that they have a natural knack for knowing the exact moment to freeze an image in time.  My clients know that I am indeed a little different and for them that has always been a good thing.

Why did I choose photography as a career?  The simple answer is that I fell in love with the concept of creating images that will last forever. 

How would my friends and clients describe me?  I am focused and thorough in everything I do.  I am not a procrastinator.  My turnaround time in getting images to you after the wedding is measured in weeks, not months. 

I am by nature a people person and many times have become a good friend of my clients and not just one of their vendors.  I love what I do.  I put everything I have into every assignment I receive and strive to put my heart into every shot I take.  I am very proud of the fact that never in my career has a bride been unhappy with my work. 

I realize and respect the fact that every bride is unique and has different dreams and desires for her own wedding day.  That is why Bryan Madrid Photography does not have a "one size fits all" mentality when it comes to your wedding. 

Together we can paint your day with creativity and vision.  Please allow me to help you capture forever all your precious memories.

My Style

Mark Twain once said: “You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.”  My style as a photographer is a combination of imagination, creativity, romance and simplicity.   I am a firm believer in the old adage that if ‘something is worth doing, it is worth doing right.’ My advance preparation before a shoot is meticulous.  Perfect moments do not slip away from me because when I am working, my focus and concentration are locked on every facet of the occasion at hand.

I am flexible to any instructions or wishes you may have before the wedding and adaptable to any situation that arises during your special day.  I am sensitive to the importance of getting “the shot” but not intrusive so as to be annoying.  My style is continually evolving and I will never allow it to become stagnant.  I always strive to keep the energy level high and that makes my job easier and very enjoyable.

When people are truly having fun and are relaxed, that is when the best images appear almost effortlessly in front of my lens. I will capture all the traditional shots of the day, but I will also strive to tell a story to insure that the memories of your wedding stay vivid for a lifetime. 

When ever I am photographing the bride and groom I always live by these 4 rules:

01. Look for the direction of the light. Properly placed lighting, natural or hand held will always add dimension and character to a photograph.

02. Look for a complimentary spot, making sure the background does not detract from the photograph. 

03. Pick a pose that suits the person. Not every pose works for every individual. 

04. Evoke emotion.  This is the most important rule.  If the image does not evoke a response or reaction, then try another spot, position or angle.


Where are you located? Will you Travel?

I am located in the town of Leonia in Northern New Jersey.  Most of my work involves travel across the entire state of NJ and also NYC, PA, MD and Upstate NY.  We would love to travel and photograph your wedding wherever it is you decide to tie the knot.

How much do you charge for wedding day coverage?

My base package starts at $2,900.00 and includes all day coverage.  If you are having a morning wedding or require less time, a customized collection at a reduced price can be made for you.

How long after the wedding does it take to get all our wedding images?

I typically have all your images ready within two weeks. Several brides have viewed their wedding photos while on their honeymoon.  I can provide several references who can attest to this fact.

How long does it take to get my album?

I need about a week or two to design your album. Then client review and revisions usually takes another week.  Once I place the album order with the vendor, turn around time is about 3-4 weeks.  So on average about two months.

How are my images delivered to me?

All your images are delivered on a credit card size USB card enclosed in a safe and secure case. All the images are rendered high-resolution in separate folders like Getting Ready, Ceremony, Reception, Formals. Also included, is a proof folder containing every image captured, enabling you to easily view them on your computer. These proofs are rendered at a smaller size and are perfect for emailing to friends or posting on social media sites, such as Facebook.

Can my family and friends see my wedding pictures?

Absolutely! I will create an online gallery of all your favorite images so everyone can see how beautiful you and your betrothed look.  This will also provide your guests an opportunity to order prints if they so desire.

How can I reserve my wedding date?  Can you hold my date?

We require a deposit of $500.00 to reserve your wedding date. We do not hold any date without a deposit and signed contract. We reserve dates on a first come/first serve basis.

Should you give me a shot list?

My job is to photograph your wedding and make sure I capture all of the once in a life time shots.  Looking down at a list will invariably hinder me from freezing a priceless moment in front of me. 

Several weeks before your wedding, we will have several in-depth conversations to plan what shots are most important to you. I will then create a game plan to make sure I capture them on your wedding day.

What if I request a second photographer?

If you would like two photographers to cover your wedding then a second photographer will cost about $300.00. As the main photographer, I always shadow the bride while the second shooter  covers your fiancé.  Once the ceremony starts we both are together for the remainder of the day.

What is your payment policy? Do you accept Credit Cards?

A retainer of $500.00 of your contract amount is required to hold your date. The remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the wedding.  I accept Visa, MasterCard, cash or check and use Paypal to process all credit card orders.

Are my images safe?

Absolutely!  I back up everything to multiple media devices insuring that your pictures are safe and secure.  I randomly swap out the camera's compact flash card throughout the day.  I backup on site to a portable hard drive each and every image I capture. Therefore, at the end of the day I definitely have two copies of every image. The import to my desktop at the studio is copy number three.

Do I get the rights to all the images?

You may use all images for personal and non-commercial purposes -- including displaying them on websites and/or the reproduction of copies for family, wedding guests and friends. In addition, please consider that the publication of wedding related announcements or articles taken from engagements photos customarily include a copyright reference or a credit line for the photographer. You cannot permit or assist in any commercial use or sale of my images without specific consent of Bryan Madrid Photography.

How many images do you take on our wedding day?

I take on average between 1,500 and 2,500 images. During my editing process, I dwindle this down to about 1500 to 2000 images. A good portion of those that are deleted are test shots.  I take test shots to gauge the lighting and the exposure, thereby enabling me to take the perfect picture.

Do you make any of the images black and white?

Yes. After reviewing and editing all the images, I select about 50 of my favorite images from your wedding.  Those are duplicated and then converted to Black & White.

Do you offer a discount for weekday or off season weddings?

Unfortunately, no matter what day your wedding is, it is still the same amount of work as it would be in prime season. Therefore, we do not offer discounts.

Do you have insurance?

Absolutely. I can provide this to your venue if requested.

Do you touch up every photo?

We do look at each image and edit for proper color, saturation, lighting and exposure. We do not do extensive editing, nor do we alter images from their original state. If you desire certain images to be enhanced to your liking, we can provide further edits per your instructions for a nominal fee.

Do you need a meal at our reception?

That would be much appreciated!  My day usually start many hours before your reception. Our only request is that the venue knows we need to eat at the same time you are eating so we are then able to continue proper coverage as your night proceeds.