As a photojournalist for the past 15 years, this photographer has had the opportunity to travel around the world covering events full of excitement and joy like the Superbowl, World Series and presidential campaigns as well as documenting heartbreaking and tragic events like armed conflicts, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. But that’s not it. His second photography job as a wedding photographer has landed him the Top Wedding Photographer of 2012. Meet New Jersey corporate, commercial, editorial AND wedding photographer, Ron Antonelli.
Ron Antonelli has refined his storytelling and capturing skills in many genres of documentary photography. He can capture emotion on a President’s face or an outfielder jumping in a timely capture. But add a perfect moment of a bride and her father to that list. I absolutely applaud Ron’s ability to tell a story, no matter what the event brings.
As a newspaper photographer at New York Daily News, he was asked to tell a story through compelling photographs anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances. Antonelli explains that that’s the challenge he has always loved about being a photojournalist. Those years of experience along with a love of storytelling is what he tries to bring to his corporate, commercial, portrait and wedding work.
After years as a photojournalist, wedding photographer and studio founder Brian Dorsey asked Antonelli to pitch in on his staff in 2009. He’s been leading a double life of weddings and photojournalism ever since. By being a wedding photographer for Brian Dorsey Studios and honing his craft, he has added numerous celebrity and high-end weddings to his resume and was recently named “One of Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo magazine.
Coming to wedding photography with the technical skills of an experienced photojournalist was a powerful component to his success, but interesting enough, Antonelli hit his stride when he got comfortable giving his clients direction. “As a photojournalist, I have a strict set of ethics that I follow,” he explains to American Photo Magazine. “I can’t ever set up a picture. It’s a fireable offense. At a wedding, I can tell a joke to make somebody laugh because I know the picture will be so much better if they’re laughing. I can’t tell a joke to the mayor.”
“As for advice for emerging photographers. I am often asked this and I think it really depends on the person. I am a photojournalist at heart but I shoot so many other kinds of things as well. Weddings, corporate work, portraits, sports as well as video and time lapse projects. For me being diversified and being able to solve a lot of problems for a lot of people is my strength. For others it may be more useful to really specialize in one particular thing and become indispensable to people for that thing. Either way, you are becoming a photographer because you love it so try to stay on a path that will allow you continue to love what you do.”
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