Cornell Wedding by Brett Carlsen

Cornell University is not only one of the most highly respected universities in the United States, but also one of its most beautiful. At the heart of campus is Sage Chapel, a beautiful small chapel that fits in well with the historic architecture across campus. Though it offers a steep challenge to photographers being one of the most dimly lit buildings one could imagine, it is a favorite among Cornell alumni.

I had the joy of photographing Cassie and Jacob during their beautiful wedding ceremony on Cornell's campus. They made the very wise decision to have their reception at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, another beautiful venue that overlooks Cayuga Lake and even offers a dock that guests can enjoy the sunset from. It too offers a similar challenge to Sage Chapel however and that it is extremely dark once the sun sets. I was able to setup my Profoto B1 lights around the dance floor and create a sweeping soft light that maintained vibrancy and contrast while making everyone on the dance floor look amazing.

If you're looking at having your wedding in New York's Finger Lakes region please do not hesitate to email me or follow me on Instagram.

Classic Rochester, NY Wedding by Brett Carlsen

Had the pleasure of helping with another amazing couple's special day, this time in Rochester, New York. This time we had some classic wedding moments, like the big Catholic church ceremony, an incredible Father of the Bride speech and even a quick bride and groom portrait session under the marquee lights of the Eastman Theatre. 

A beautiful couple in a timeless wedding so I attempted to keep things simple and clean and use available light as much as possible throughout the day, even at times when it could be seen as a little harsh. Would love to hear your thoughts and always couples looking for a wedding photographer in New York, do not hesitate to email me with inquiries.

August Wedding in Syracuse, New York by Brett Carlsen

Was able to spend my Saturday helping out Tim West on a beautiful wedding in Syracuse, New York. I love photographing weddings and working with Tim, we get along extremely well and have a similar approach that makes the day go by fast. 

This wedding took place at the recently remodeled Hotel Syracuse, a historic hotel in downtown Syracuse, New York and has a beautiful 10th story grand ballroom for weddings.

Would love to hear what you think and if you are getting married in the Finger Lakes and need a wedding photographer or videographer please drop me an email on my connect page.

Management at Benco Dental for WSJ by Brett Carlsen

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I was asked to do a quick piece for The Wall Street Journal on Monday. The piece focuses on Benco Dental and the possible trials and tribulations of taking on a management role in a traditionally family run business. 

I shot this on location at Benco's distribution facility and headquarters in Pittston, Pennsylvania just outside of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I photographed them using my Canon 1DX mark II's and for the posed photos used my Profoto B1 lighting kit. I'd really love to get you all more behind the scenes photos but sadly this shoot did not have an assistant being that it is for a daily article.

Please let me know what you think and check out the article here

Watkins Glen for Runner's World by Brett Carlsen

I had the great opportunity to shoot part of a feature article for Runner's World and some of the great running destinations in the United States. I was hired to photograph a few popular running areas in Watkins Glen, New York. Watkins Glen is the hub of New York's Finger Lakes region and a very popular tourist destination for the wineries and race track but also it's outdoor activities including running.

I worked with my friend and fellow RIT alumnus Mike Bradley, he modeled for the shoot, and we hit a few of the spots the editors prescribed but also I worked to find another angle that may illustrate what they were talking about more clearly.  As it would turn out, the extra view I found ended up being the full page photo they ran. Let me know what you think, I attached some outtakes as well.

Delaware River for The New York Times by Brett Carlsen

I was privileged enough to recently pick up an assignment for The New York Times covering a dispute between neighboring states regarding the flow of the Delaware River. I spent two days photographing the areas surrounding Hancock, New York which is located in the Catskills region of New York state just a few hours northwest of New York City. The Delaware River merges in the town of Hancock and is one of the best fly fishing locations according to locals.

In addition to using my Canon 1DX Mark II cameras I was also able to make the primary photo using my DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone which held up beautifully on the 6 column layout they decided to go with.

read the full article here


STPR 2017 for Getty Images by Brett Carlsen

One of my favorite events of the year is the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Wellsboro, PA. Rally racing is the sport where you race against the clock, following pace notes to navigate closed public roads often on a dirt or gravel surface. I've been attending this rally race since I was a teenager and is actually where I made my first published photograph many years ago. You can license my photographs from the event via Getty Images.