Sal Cincotta photographs the May 2017 cover of St Louis Bride and Groom

Sal Cincotta photographs the May 2017 cover of St Louis Bride and Groom

Press Release | May 21, 2017

Once again, Salvatore Cincotta Photography was selected to photograph the cover of St Louis Bride and Groom Magazine - http://www.stlbrideandgroom.com/

Photographing the cover is no easy task. There is always a lot of pressure to deliver for the cover. I would rank it up there with the pressure of a wedding day.

 

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The cover was photographed at our studio in O'fallon, IL.

One of the things I love most about photographing the cover is the collaborative effort by everyone involved. When artists are involved, there can be a lot of "vision" on a project like this leading to creative differences, but we have been working with St Louis Bridge and Groom Magazine for almost 8 or 9 years now and we have developed a trust when it comes to the vision for the cover.

Trust, when photographing a cover for a magazine is an extremely important thing to have. Think about something for a second. The publisher of the magazine is betting everything on the results. If the cover sucks, their magazine will be directly impacted. There is a lot of pressure for everyone involved.

As a photographer, we tend to see the world through our eyes alone. However, there are more people involved than just yourself as a photographer. You have the models, the stylist, the makeup, hair, florists, bridal salons, and more. All these people are invested in the outcome of the shoot. That is a lot of pressure on the photography and a lot of pressure on the entire team to perform up to a professional standard. At the end of the day, as long as the publisher is happy, you have hit a home run in my opinion.

Here are some things to consider when working on a shoot like this.

  1. Talk to the team before hand. Make sure you are in sync with the vision and direction the publisher has for the cover.
  2. If needed, coordinate with the stylist and the team before the shoot to make sure everyone is in lock step for the shoot.
  3. Pivot. Be ready to adjust your plan. Something always manages to go wrong on one of these shoots. I have been doing this for 10 years now, and every shoot, no matter how well planned, something seems to go a little awry. Vision changes, dresses don’t look right, the lighting doesn’t feel the way you had originally envisioned. Be ready to adjust your plan accordingly. Be flexible.
  4. Know who your client is. You are not shooting for yourself. You are not shooting for the model. You are shooting for the magazine. When it's all said and done, if the publisher is happy, that is all that matters.
  5. Icing on the cake. If you have the relationship and the trust of your client, don't be afraid to shoot a few frames for yourself. Once I nail the shot for the client, I set up a few for myself. And every once in a while, the client likes my shot, better than the original vision for the cover. Extra points for sure.

This should would not have been possible without the team involved below. Thanks to everyone.

Photography: Salvatore Cincotta Photography

Stylist: Alissa Zimmerman

Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal | simplyelegantbridalstl.com

Model: Emily Helling | centromodels.com

Hair & Makeup: Makeup Artistry by A&C | makeupartistry2.com

Florist: Stems Florist | stems4weddings.com

Guevara Wedding | St Louis Wedding Photography

Name | Mario + Stephanie
Date | 3.25.17
Ceremony | The Coronado
Reception | The Coronado
Planner | Elizabeth Sahrmann, The Coronado Sales & Catering Manager
Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta & Alissa Zimmerman
Wedding Cinematography | Millennium Productions
Wedding DJ | Millennium Productions
Florist | Krupp Florist, Belleville, IL
Hair/Makeup |  Chase Park Plaza Salon
Photo Booth | MemoryBox Photo Booth

When did you know he/she was the one? 
I knew steph was the one before our second anniversary of dating. I remember seeing her interact with my family and nephews at a family gathering one time and telling myself i love her. thats when i knew she was the one.- mario


Tell us about the proposal.
I don't know if Steph saw it coming... I'm sure i was acting weird cuz i was nervous. I wanted everything to be perfect. Proposal probably took about 2 almost 3 months to plan. first step was getting her families blessing. I made Steph believe i was going to San Diego to a work convention for the weekend. What really did is take take the red eye that Friday Night. I flew to Chicago, then St. Louis then got in a car a drove out to her Brother Andrew then her mom and brother who were out camping that weekend. Surprised her with the ring asked for her blessing then i was off to surprise her grandparents. Got back on a plane to Phoenix and back to LA. all in 36 hours and made it seem i was in San Diego. The actual proposal came about a month later. i contacted the hollywood bowl in LA and planned to do it there. on Nov. 21st steph thought she was on her way to do make up for a shoot for a NatGeo Wild episode of Ceaser 911. Little did she know there was no shoot and it was a proposal that was about to happen. When she arrived she recieved instruction to pull on her car visor which led to a note with a hollywood bowl event ticket. "The rest of our lives" she arrived to an empty bowl with just a chair and a balloon. there she found an iPad with headphones with instructionsto press play. The video that played was of my journey to St. Louis to get her families blessing. while she watch the video with her back to the bowl i got up and stood right on center stage and waited. it was the longest 6 minutes of my life. Felt like 30 minutes. Video ended with a simple text "Turn around" and there i was waiting with rose pedals all over. she made her way to the stage and once she was up there with me i gave her a hug. She was emotional and crying. i got down on one knee and proposed. she said yes. I (mario) was a nervous reck... haha. I wanted it be perfect. I had my brother streaming it live for all to see and my friend JC was on the lease shooting... capturing every moment. it was awesome.

Tell is the one thing you love most about each other.
I love that mario loves me...for who i am. unconditionally. he is patient, kind, funny, and loves my family just as much as i do.  i know thats more than one thing, but i can't just say one.- stephanie

I love everything about steph. Her smile, her beautiful eyes. But most importantly i love who she is. A strong independent woman who loves unconditionally. She is everything you can dream about in a woman and she laughs at my nonsense plus is hilarious herself. I am truly lucky.- Mario


If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirkythe other person does.
mario screams "MY BABBBYYYYY" all the time haha he also has the best dance moves. but will not show anyone.- stephanie
Stephanie likes to embarrass me...all the time- mario


Besides getting married - whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
just being together....nothing else matters but us. and i can't wait. -stephanie
To see Steph happy. She is my world and seeing her happy is everything to me. - mario

Trotter St Louis Wedding Photography

Name | Tony + Jessica
Date | 12.17.16
Ceremony | Graham Chapel, Washington University
Reception | St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall
Planner | Kristin Weis, Kristin Ashley Events
Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta & Laurin Thienes
Wedding Cinematography | Sal Cincotta & Alissa Zimmerman
Florist | Crimson Petal
Hair/Makeup |  Joey Manley, Kink Salon

Cold in St Louis on this day, is the understatement of the year. Even with the temperature at 7 degress, ice storms, and an inch of snow to top the night off, this St Louis Wedding was unstoppable. As wedding photographers, we have one main job, document the wedding day as best we can. Well, this day pushed our creative limits. We made use of the incredibly gorgeous St Louis Union Station, as well as, some other unique photo opportunities aroundSt Louis.

I don't think that there is anything that can prepare you for this level of cold. The bride and groom and their entire wedding party were incredible troopers as we battled the cold. In the end, it was a beautiful event for the couple and their family. the evening ended with some incredible food and a packed dance floor.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event everything it was.

Thomas Wedding Feature Film

Couple | Margeaux + Josh
Date | 6.4.16
Ceremony | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Reception | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Florist | Richter’s Florist
Band | Ben Mathis Band from Nashville, TN
Makeup | Jill Julien
Hair | Allie Lancaster
Dessert | The Cup
St. Louis Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta & Michael Anthony
St. Louis Wedding Videography | Sal Cincotta & Alissa Zimmerman

St Louis Wedding Video | Thomas

Couple | Margeaux + Josh
Date | 6.4.16
Ceremony | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Reception | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Florist | Richter’s Florist
Band | Ben Mathis Band from Nashville, TN
Makeup | Jill Julien
Hair | Allie Lancaster
Dessert | The Cup
St. Louis Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta & Michael Anthony
St. Louis Wedding Videography | Sal Cincotta & Alissa Zimmerman

Thomas | St Louis Wedding Photography

Couple | Margeaux + Josh
Date | 6.4.16
Ceremony | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Reception | Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Florist | Richter’s Florist
Band | Ben Mathis Band from Nashville, TN
Makeup | Jill Julien
Hair | Allie Lancaster
Dessert | The Cup
St. Louis Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta & Michael Anthony
St. Louis Wedding Videography | Sal Cincotta & Alissa Zimmerman

 

St Louis Wedding Video | Boatman

  • Valerie + NickDate | 8.22.15
  • Ceremony | Peabody Opera House Grand Lobby
  • Reception | Peabody Opera House Main Stage
  • Florist | Artistry Florist
  • Band | Griffith and the Gargoyles
  • MC | Peter Jones Cake | Wedding Wonderfland
  • Linens | BBJ Linens
  • Stationary | M. Haley Designs
  • Transportation | Best Transportation
  • Make Up | Makeup Artistry by A & C
  • Hair | The Blow Out Bar
  • Decor | Exclusive Events
  • Caterer | Levy Catering
  • Planner | St Louis Wedding Consultants
  • St Louis Wedding Photography | Taylor Cincotta and Laurin Thienes
  • St Louis Wedding Videography | Sal Cincotta and Alissa Zimmerman