Wedding Photographer Gets Photobombed by Celebrity in NY

Wouldn't it be fun to see one of your photos go viral? We just never quite know when one of our photos hits a thread with the right person, they share it, and the photo is suddenly being talked about by hundreds of thousands. This evening, wedding photographer Sascha Reinking, suspected he might have seen a celebrity, Zach Braff, photobombing a wedding photo he took while on the streets of NYC and tweeted the photo to him not expecting much to happen. About an hour later the photo is being seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

As Reinking was going through his photos from a recent wedding he thought he spotted someone familiar photobombing the wedding couple as they shared a kiss on the streets of New York City. He shared the photo to his Facebook page with the caption, "I might be mistaken but is that Zach Braff photobombing my newlywed couple?! Only in New York..."

Braff has been in numerous movies and television shows but most famously known by his starring role in the television series "Scrubs" which aired from 2001-2010. Reinking then tweeted the photo over to Zach Braff to see if he would admit the photobomb. "@zachbraff Sir, I think you photobombed my newlywed couple the other day in New York. Well played."

Braff admitted to the photobomb by tweeting out the photo out to his 1.3 million followers on Twitter, "This is one of my best photobombs ever."

Fstoppers Zach Braff Photobomb

Within two hours the photo has been retweeted over 3300 times. (Edit: 12 hours since the original tweet and it has now been retweeted over 8000 times and picked up by most of the major news organizations.)

What a thrill that has got to be for Sascha. I just love seeing photos go viral!

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Syman St's picture

Who is Zach Braff??

Trevor Dayley's picture

If you really don't know read the article my friend.

Simon's picture


Meli_24's picture

My thoughts exactly. He looks like a jerk ruining a wedding photo to me...

Tamara Beery's picture

That would be awesome :)

amohit's picture

I'm actually more interested in how this photograph was taken - in the middle of a busy NY city intersection!!

Adam T's picture

Lol I was thinking the same thing. My god were photo dorks

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

The photographer stood on a cross walk, the couple stood on the other across the street.

LaRon Stewart's picture

...except for the cars driving behind the couple, and both crosswalks being visible, your theory was sound...

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

Take a couple steps back from the cross walk and stand between two cars. Let me know if you need me to draw a picture.

manuel medina's picture

exactly what a goofball. hmmmm can it be anymore obvious than that. and a thumbs up to your comment. " do you need me to draw you a picture" exactly what I was thinking. you beat me to it. haha.

S Wade's picture

There is a through street behind them as well as a crosswalk. Clearly the photographer isn't on another crosswalk across the intersection. Need me to draw a picture to show you are wrong?

Anne Marie Laney's picture

exactly.. my guess its a one way street so there are no cars on the side of the photographer in the way to get the shot of the couple in the crosswalk

Ed Spencer's picture

Wow.... I'm not even a photographer and I noticed a few things (and did some research).

First, it's an AWESOME photograph. :) Beautiful shot which just 'happens' to have Braff in the background. ;)

1. It's a two way street behind the couple. Car behind couple going to the right. Car to left of couple going to the left. Two way street. But see #4 below. ;)

2. With the STREET behind the couple, it's not shot THROUGH the intersection unless there's another IMMEDIATE intersection behind the photographer and that would just be weird. (It's not, see #4).

3. Even in the city that doesn't sleep, it doesn't mean that every crosswalk is packed with people 24 hours a day. ;)

4. If you looked at the photo on Sascha Reinking's sight and the comments, you'd see that he actually says that this is at 42nd street with Times Square in the background. I checked Google Maps and it's shot on 7th Avenue (which is one way come TOWARDS the photographer - as was suspected). It 'could' be a mirror image of a photograph taken on Broadway (so the Walgreens is on the proper side) but then you'd have the Broadward Pedestrian Mall in the background and there aren't any rails.

Here's the links for my research. :)

Stephanie's picture

As this intersection is on my morning walk, I can confirm your findings. Well played.

readingdiva's picture

that section of Times Square is blocked to cars I believe -- you can only cross from east to west :)

Joy S. Langston's picture

I have done this before.. i literally stood up in the middle of the streets. People loved it!
here's my old blog. Just keep scrolling down you will see our NYC session. I did it when it was stop light.

Sascha Reinking's picture

Love all the research you guys did. :) Here is is how I shot it: REALLY REALLY FAST!!! :) The "trick" is to find a one way street so you only need to watch the traffic in one direction. That's actually not that hard in New York. I like this spot because you can see Times Square in the background. We are on the intersection for a max. of 5 seconds. I have the couple "study" the pose before we go on and then it happens real quick. I make them stand at the edge of the cross walk so people, like Zach Braff, can cross behind them. I like the look of people crossing in my shots. Hope that helps. :)

Ariel Martini's picture

this changed my life

Jeff Weeks's picture

Looking in on the good life I might be doomed never to find.

Supreme ME's picture

Awesome advertising!!!

ryan180becker's picture

Things like this are why I think it's important to have a watermark.

Jason Vinson's picture

you realize the persons bwebsite is in the image to the right of the couple right?

ryan180becker's picture

Yeah. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. That's what I was referring to. It's awesome that she put it there, and situations like this are why I applaud watermarked images.

Tyler Brown's picture

It's too bad the photographers website is under construction. This would be a great opportunity to show best work.

Jason Vinson's picture

seems to be up and running for me.

Tyler Brown's picture

The Links have no content

Jason Vinson's picture

ah ya!! i agree with you! a nice, not over whelming, watermark is a great idea!

Ron Pettibon's picture

Sascha, in this case, is a he.

ryan180becker's picture

My bad! Typed my comment when I woke up this morning. Thanks for the correction.

Gary Clark's picture

dig it !! right on Zach !!

jonaleksander's picture

lucky guy

Norshan Nusi's picture

oh ya~~ He looks different than he was in Scrubs...

Zack Wilson's picture

He should have jumped on the groom's back and yelled, "EEEEEAAAAGGLLEE!"

Ad Ro's picture

Is it just me or is this whole "photobombing" thing getting obnoxious? I'm definitely from an older generation so my reaction when I see someone taking a wedding photo or just taking a photo in general is to get out of their way.

David Silverman's picture

The entire goal of photo bombing is to be obnoxious. Its like saying "Hershey bars are getting so chocolatey."

Ad Ro's picture

Except Hershey bars don't have a 'goal'.

Henry Shuford's picture

Of course they do. They're chocolatey. That's the whole point. If you're complaining about a hershey bar being so chocolatey, then you're missing the point of hershey bars.

gemiinii's picture

I think it's somewhat obnoxious to take a picture in the middle of NYC and expect everyone else to work around you, quite frankly.

Cecilia's picture

From the photographer's site about the photobomb :)

Troy Breidenbach's picture

More importantly...he got on Fstoppers!

Donna Kopenhaver's picture

photo had to be taken quickly i would think in NY and to have the timing of the Yellow vehicle as a contrast is talent

Michael Bou-Nacklie's picture

I hate to be that guy but the editor in me had to do it - "suspected he might have (seen) a celebrity"

Trevor Dayley's picture

Thank you for catching that and letting me know. I have made the correction.

Michael Bou-Nacklie's picture

happy to help

Wouter van der Linde's picture


Mansgame's picture

Read the article again, it's right there.

Mansgame's picture

I don't know why this picture reminded me of the Meet Joe Black scene:

David Silverman's picture

I hope Zach asked permission to tweet this photo lest he infringe of the photographer's copyright.

geofflister's picture

Since it's on Twitter, you wouldn't need it since Twitter already obtained permission to use it in the first tweet.

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