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Cliff Mautner  Former photojournalist, Wedding photographer, Nikon Ambassador United States, photographic educator near Philadelphia. Contact

Tired of me talking about the Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED? Well, I'm not tired of shooting it. This is from a recent engagement session of Yasmina and John. I'm finding that I'm using it more and more for so many different applications it's rarely coming off one of the bodies throughout a wedding day. I'm also using it more for portraits as well. Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED, 1/500th 1.4 @ISO 50. #nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #phillyengagement #phillyengaged #phillyengagementsession

To refute a famous Rod Stewart tune, sometimes, every picture DOESN'T tell a story. I had the pleasure of photographing one of my favorite couples after the birth of their first child. However, what is not apparent in this photo is that I had to spend a great deal of time and energy earning the trust of their dog before I could blend in so I could finally make some pictures of this beautiful family. It took a while, but he finally stopped barking at me, and even allowed me to do my job. Dogs are such amazing animals. He just wanted to make sure I wasn't a threat. More to come. Nikon D5 Nikkor 105 F1.4 E ED 1/100th F2 @ ISO 1250 #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonusa #familyportaits #dogsofinstagram #newbornphotography

I'm really loving the wedding of Nneka and Jeffrey from @thelibertywarehouse a few weeks ago. Sometimes, I'm rewarded when I seek out moments that are truly organic in nature. One of my favorite photographers, Diane Arbus once said "the thing that's important to know is that you never know, you're always sort of feeling your way". That's how I feel at a wedding. I'm feeling my way through it, and when I stumbled across this moment after their ceremony, I was genuinely moved by the their focus on their new rings on their fingers. It was pretty damn cool. More to come from this wedding. Once again, it was great working with @josephminasiweddings on this event. ⠀

The image was captured with my Nikon D5, Nikkor 105mm F1.4G 1/800th F2.8 @ ISO 4000 ⠀
#nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #libertywarehouse #libertywarehousewedding #libertywarehousebrooklyn

I seem to wear out the phrase, "we're only as good as our clients". However, it's a simple fact. Here, Nneka, a recent bride from a fantastic wedding @thelibertywarehouse in Brooklyn, was reading a letter from her groom, Jeffrey. Peeking into these intimate moments are always a privilege. It was also great working with my pals from @josephminasiweddings as they filmed this beautiful event. Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 F1.4G, 1/640th F2.2 @ ISO 640. #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #libertywarehouse #libertywarehousewedding #libertywarehousebrooklyn

Weddings at Front and Palmer hold a special meaning for me. My lovely wife, @susanstripling and I were married there, and it was an unforgettable evening. They do a phenomenal job, and I always jump at the chance to work there. Jen and Ian were married there a while back, and I just loved the ambience they produced during their ceremony. Nikon D5 Nikkor 35mm 1.4G, 1/250th F3.2 @ISO 3200 #nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonlove #frontandpalmerwedding #frontandpalmerweddings #frontandpalmervenue #phillyweddings

Recent Highline Hotel wedding in their refectory. My goal was to balance the speedlight and the sensational ambient light of the decor. Nikon D5, Nikkor 24-120mm F.4G, ISO 1600 at F4.5. #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #weddings #nikond5 #highlinehotel

Happy to accept the #NikonloveNY photo challenge from my fellow #nikonambassador, the awesome @iamdixiedixon. “Dear New York. I was born in the Bronx. My parents were born and raised there, and my grandparents before them. My ties with you run deep. Even though my parents moved us to 20 miles into NJ when I was 3, it was still considered a NY suburb. My father lived his entire life a Yankee fan, and as a rebellious young man, I chose to be a Met fan. I’ve lived 90 minutes away for many years, but I still feel a sense of “home” when I’m there. While your traffic will someday drive me insane, I realize you have the very best of what life has to offer. My beautiful wife and stepchildren live in Brooklyn, so my relationship with you, New York, is still evolving.” This image, taken in Central Park, was taken with a Nikon D5 and a Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8G. Next up, I challenge my dear friend, @billfrakes to share is New York brilliance. Bill is a legend, and one of my photographic heroes. I can’t wait to see what he shares. #nikonloveny #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #nikonusa

One more from a recent D.C. Wedding. This couple braved some brutal, cold winds. We are only as good as our clients. Nikon D5 Nikkor 70-200 F4G 1/4000 F5 ISO200. #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #dcwedding #dcweddingphotographer #dcweddingplanner #lincolnmemorial

Great wedding in D.C. a few days ago with Jessica and Dan. It was a bit eery that NOBODY was in the way, and we had a clean shot here at the supreme court building. Nikon D750 Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8G 1/4000 @ F5.6 ISO 160. #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonusa

Last night, I returned home from the 3rd annual Nikon Ambassador Summit in NY. My dear friend, and the fearless leader of the Nikon Ambassador program here in the United States, Mike Corrado, has told me so much about the man in this photograph. Being a Nikon ambassador is, by far, the biggest honor of my 35 year career. As Nikon ambassadors, one of our many duties is to inspire other photographers. However, there are also those times when we’re in need of inspiration, too. I think Mike knew this, and John White, the incredible man in this photograph, provided us all with inspiration, and so much more. If you’re fortunate enough to have even a brief conversation with John, I guarantee you’ll walk away a better, kinder, and gentler soul. ⠀

John’s accomplishments in photography are too numerous to mention in a Facebook post. Listing them wouldn’t really do him justice. What I CAN say is that I’m more grateful than ever to do what I do. I asked John how he stayed motivated to continue shooting- with an energy I’ve never seen in a photographer before. There wasn’t a moment he wasn’t thinking about moments, and I was in awe of his passion. He said that no matter how old we get, we need to continue to be “visual servants”. This is the term John used to describe himself, and what motivates him to keep shooting and tell stories. It’s something I needed to hear. Thank you, Mike, for the gift of John, and for the inspiration he provided for all of us who need to inspire others. I know I speak for all of us when I say that this was the best summit yet, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. #keepinflight #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove

It's always great when I get to photograph the children of my wedding clients. I love capturing them in their environment, and in their comfort zone. #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #familyportraits #newborn

With 1000 or so weddings behind me, I'm lucky enough to document new families created by my clients. This is one of my all-time favorite clients from a while back. Yes, I shoot portraits, too....#nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonusa

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