Secret locations, old-school film, and amazing shots: An interview with NYC photographer Dustin Cantrell #Sponsors: Photographers#discount#film photography#new york#new york city#wedding photographer January 18 | Megan Finley meggyfin This business paid a fee to be listed on @offbeatbride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Hey look, it's Dustin! Every now and then we get photography sponsors who have awesome insights into the ways they run their businesses — insights into what makes them such a perfect match with offbeat clientele. New York's Dustin Cantrell is one of those awesome sponsors. So we got him to give us a juicy interview about being a Offbeat Bride-loving photographer in New York City. Keep reading to hear why he loves non-traditional clients (hint: it involves trespassing), and the three most-requested locations in New York. Oh yes, and a little Offbeat Bride discount… I hear that you have a beef with the typical wedding photography package that only lasts eight hours. Why's that? I believe the typical eight-hour wedding package misses out on a lot of the best candid moments that don't fit into the standard package. My package includes full wedding day coverage and fully edited images in color and black and white. I also include ten exposures on film with my full day package. I also offer special hourly packages for City Hall or weekday weddings. Okay, tell me more about your work with Polaroid film. Some of your Polaroid images are INCREDIBLE! I'm a big fan of old-school Polaroid film cameras, and enjoy capturing couple photos/portraits especially in black and white. Creating an amazing Polaroid… it's not an easy task since it's very unpredictable. However when I get it right, it's a one of kind image and I really believe it makes couples like it more. So, what's your favorite thing about photographing Offbeat Brides? Dustin Cantrell is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! I really enjoy working with brides who want to shoot in unique locations. Being based out of New York City I get lots of requests from couples who want one or all three of the same locations (Central Park, Times Square, and Brooklyn Bridge Park). Having any opportunity to work with offbeat couples who want something different is really what inspires me be more creative and get unique images for every couple. I'm happy to hear from couples who have a unique vision for their photos or give me the freedom to pick the locations. Interesting — usually photographers get excited about the themes, or the fun details, but locations can be just as exciting. So, what are some of your favorite NYC locations? The photo above is a great example of the type of location I'm talking about. This spot in Brooklyn has a great view of the Manhattan skyline from a different perspective. Of course, this spot takes an offbeat type of couple, willing to take a little risk… since you have to trespass and squeeze through part of the fence to get out to this spot. Since you crave adventurous brides and grooms, do you have any promotions or discounts you'd like to offer? For this 2013 wedding season, I would like to offer 15% off 2013 weddings booked by March 15th, 2013. Just contact me and mention this post! Dustin, thank you for giving us a peek into your awesome job! Offbeat Bride readers, we welcome you to trespass all over Dustin's website. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Blue shoes, for weddings and other weird days NEXT Sara & Mike's sunny secret garden vegan wedding Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Have you ever done a wedding in GreenWood Cemetery? http://www.green-wood.com/ I'm not from NYC but the one time I visited a wedding was going on in their beautiful chapel! Amazing place, I was kinda jealous we couldn't hold OUR wedding there And unlike a lot of cemeteries I've looked at they not only allow weddings, they actually advertise their availability for them! 2 agree Reply I haven't ever done a wedding there. It's a beautiful cemetery. I pass by it a lot on my bike. I had no idea that they do weddings. Thanks for info. -Dustin Cantrell 1 agrees Reply It's not a BIG part of what they do, but if you poke around their website for "chapel services" it does say "weddings". Also, I have proof: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plymouths/5177879386/in/set-72157625239891778 😀 1 agrees Reply If I lived in NYC, he'd be getting a phone call from me. Reply Hi Tina, I'm always up for an adventure. Where do you live? Maybe we could figure something out or I might be in your area some point during 2013. Thanks for checking out the post. -Dustin Cantrell Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.