Alice Garik Photography718-499-1456; alicegarik.com
This photojournalist-cum-artist has published her photos in magazines like National Geographic World and GQ. She brings the same detail-oriented eye and sensitivity to her wedding work that she exhibits in her art. Upon request, Garik can produce museum-quality prints and platinum printing of your favorite shots from the big day. From $4,000.
Ali Smith with Alice-in-Weddingland917-204-0930; alismith.com; joshuabright.com
The team of celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith and award-winning photojournalist Joshua Bright have years of experience producing wedding photographs, artfully combining modern portraiture and editorial styles. Their approach is relaxed and personal-but always professional. Prices start at $3,500 and include two photographers for eight hours of shooting.
Amber Photographer917-499-0420; amberphotographer.com
Amber Johnson is a native Australian with a background in fine arts who likes her photos to be spontaneous and playful. Having shot for a number of magazines and calendars, she creates wedding images that show an editorial talent. She delights in creating unique albums, which are included with some packages. Price upon request.
Andreas Rentsch146 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Studio 11W; 646-942-8551; rentschphotography.com
Swiss-born Rentsch has 25 years of experience. His informal photographic style captures all kinds of decisive moments-the formal tableaus, bursts of emotion, and other chance events that make each wedding unique. Prices begin at $2,950 and include up to ten hours with Rentsch and another photographer, plus proofs, and a CD.
André Maier Photography212-388-2272; andremaier.com
With a photojournalistic approach to weddings, Maier aims to capture the beauty of unguarded moments. With a keen eye for the extraordinary, he thrives on drama and spectacle. Maier speaks French, German, Spanish, and English. For $8,000 he will shoot for the whole day, with unlimited time and number of images, and hand over the original negatives. Internet sharing is available.
Anja Hitzenberger212-679-3653; email@example.com; anjaphotography.com
A wedding specialist, Hitzenberger excels at photographing intricate ceremonies and nontraditional weddings inconspicuously, for images that capture movement and spontaneity. She will also set up an online photo gallery where clients can view and order prints. From $4,500.
Anthony Vazquez888-267-1923; anthonyvazquez.com
NYU grad Vazquez has created an innovative style fusing the worlds of fashion, photojournalism, and traditional photographic techniques. Leaning towards the dramatic, Vazquez’s end product is far from conventional wedding work. Prices upon request.
Arbor & Ivy Photography126 Siwanoy Blvd., nr. North Rd., Eastchester, N.Y.; 914-337-1179; nyphotojournalist.com
For a more than a decade, Joseph Pregiato has blended photojournalism and portraiture, attracting loyal clientele who benefit from his unlimited camera time. Many of his clients are brides sent to him by their sisters, cousins, or friends. Packages start at $2,500, which includes unlimited time, unlimited images, and free online proofing.
Autumn Lin Photographyautumnlin.com 917-939-4899;
Lin cut her teeth in photo documentary by shooting events in the United Nations. She uses those photojournalistic skills to capture a wedding’s details and distinctive moments. Packages start at $4,800 for Lin, $3,500 for an associate, and include eight hours of shooting, a DVD, a proof album, and online proofs.
Barnaby Draper Studios199 Lafayette St., nr. Broome St., Ste. 4A1; 212-505-3535; barnabydraperstudios.com
The talented London-born Draper spends most of his time in New York; the rest of the year he’s jetting from one destination wedding to another. Clients fly him all over-from Virginia to the Bahamas, Atlanta to Monaco. His rate is $6,500 per day, plus travel; he usually books one year in advance. Couples often opt for the video package as well, which gives them film coverage of their special day
Belathée Photography917-783-3207; belathee.com
As modern as it is timeless, Belathée’s aesthetic combines a blend of fine art photojournalism and portraiture. Once the day is over, photographers Annabel Braithwaite and Dorothée Brand create a beautiful custom-edited, printed, and bound album. Destination wedding? The duo is bicoastal and available to travel anywhere. From $4,500.
Big Cake Photography42 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-600-4461; bigcakephotography.com
Zoe Diamant Sherman and her associate photographers take pictures that capture subjects at their best. For $3,500 you will get eight hours with Sherman and an associate, an image preview, online image hosting, digital negatives, and a 100-image DVD slideshow.
Bill Fredericks Studio214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., fourteenth fl.; 212-268-2640; bfstudio.com
IIn business since 1985, Bill Fredericks and his team of six photographers shoot as many as 200 weddings a year. Equipped with their own artisan black-and-white lab, they print their photos right in the studio. Package rates start at $3,950.
Brett Matthews Photography & Video86 Mineola Ave., nr. Elm St., Roslyn Heights, N.Y.; 516-621-4242; brettmatthews.com
Started by Sheri Lamagna in 1993, the studio’s wedding shots have been published in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and InStyle. Combining photojournalism with artistic flair, the photographers at Brett Matthews create unforgettable images-which can be put together in coffee-table book-like albums. From $4,000.
Brian Dorsey Studios79 Reade St., nr. Church St., Studio 2C; 212-227-6772; briandorseystudios.com
What sets Brian Dorsey and his team of award-winning photographers apart is that they’re so much fun to work with. They use their ability to make clients comfortable to capture moments that are real, rather than posed. Packages begin at $8,925 for couples lucky enough to find Dorsey available on their date (he typically books up to two years in advance), while full-service packages with his associates begin at $6,425. Destination rates are slightly higher.
Cappy Hotchkiss41 Wyckoff St., nr. Smith St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-596-6609; cappyhotchkiss.com
An experienced photographer, Hotchkiss photographs weddings with clarity and style-her crisp shots display both a timeless elegance and a knack for capturing the unique feel of each occasion. From $5,000 for eight hours.
Casey Kelbaugh917-804-2767; caseykelbaugh.com
A photographer for countless publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, and Boston Globe, Kelbaugh enjoys shooting weddings because they offer a chance to capture meaningful, intimate moments. His portfolio shows an impressive array of lushly vibrant portraits. From $5,000 for the day.
Celeste Joye Photography147 W. 4th St, at Sixth Ave., Ste. 1; 917-282-5325; celestejoyephotography.com
Wedding Photojournalist Association-award winner Joye was trained at New York’s International Center of Photography and has taught black-and-white photography at Parsons School of Design. The basic package ($5,000) includes eight hours, a second shooter, prints, and a high-resolution CD of images. She shoots in digital- and medium-format film and makes stunning coffee-table albums ($1,000 to $3,000).
Christian Oth Photography307 Seventh Ave., nr. 28th St.; 212-634-7949; christianothweddings.com
Christian Oth and his team of photographers are sought out by the city’s top wedding planners and style-savvy brides. Oth and his associates’ photojournalistic skills, coupled with a modern sensibility, earned them a coveted spot on American Photo’s top-ten list of best wedding photographers in 2007. From $4,500.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- A Day of Bliss Photography Inc.
307 West 38th Street #1418 New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-724-1790 ; adayofbliss.com
A Day of Bliss is a New York based Wedding Photography Studio shooting weddings worldwide, applying their signature Fashion and Beauty influenced editorial style, transforming regular weddings into fashion layouts.
- Alex Z Photography
3200 Broadway #4B New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 212-421-5402 ; www.alexZphotography.com
Poignant candids. Trendy portraits. Original Stop-Motion clips. Alex Z shot extensively at these venues: Manhattan Penthouse, The Metropolitan Building, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, The Yale Club, Bryant Park Grill, Gary's Loft, Battery Gardens, BBG.
- Alicia Swedenborg
Tel: 347-961-9032 ; www.aliciaswedenborg.com
Based both in NYC and Europe, Alicia stands out by shooting film and for her ability to find the most magical light to create soft and elegant images. Her Scandinavian style photography with an editorial touch mixed with lame jokes to make you giggle will give you memories for life.
- Andrea Fischman Photography
234 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 646-246-7260 ; www.afischmanwedding.com
For over ten years, Andrea has been capturing the special moments of your wedding day. She brings a natural and photojournalistic sensibility to each event she shoots. She has been praised for her ability to capture relaxed candid moments against stunning backgrounds. She produces simple and beautiful images.
- Ayano Hisa Photography
19 West 129th Street #1B New York, NY 10027 Tel: 917-858-9878 ; www.ayanohisaweddingphoto.com
Japan-born wedding photographer Ayano Hisa got her start shooting for dance and music companies. She has photographed for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival and New York City Ballet among others. www.ayanohisaphoto.com
- Brian Dorsey Studios
79 Reade Street, Studio 2C New York, NY 10007 ; Tel: 212-227-6772 ; briandorseystudios.com
The favorite amongst elite wedding planners has TWO of American Photo's "Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World." Clients rave, "They're the BEST wedding vendor decision we made! They found the perfect moment every time!"
- Craig Paulson Photography
41 Union Square West, Suite 1427 New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 646-736-2605 ; www.cpaulson.com
Craig Paulson Photography is a boutique studio specializing in candid wedding and portrait photography. We have a stellar reputation for capturing timeless images while blending into the background. Let your story unfold naturally!
- Dideo Films Photography
51 Hathaway Lane White Plains, NY 10605 ; Tel: 646-245-0087 ; www.dideofilmsphotography.com
Mixing Fine Art & Photojournalistic techniques, this award-winning team doesn't miss a beat, seamlessly creating one-of-a kind Photography & Film collections that capture all the joy, excitement and glamour of your big day.
- Heather Phelps-Lipton Weddings
Tel: 347-683-5821 ; www.heatherphelpsliptonweddings.com
Super fresh, incredibly beautiful wedding photography. Heather Phelps-Lipton captures love and celebration in a way only an exhibited artist can. Her pricing starts at $4200 and includes a free "follow-the-romance" engagement session.
- Jörg Windau Photography
146 West 29th Street, Studio 11W New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-781-8178 ; www.windauphotography.com
Jorg's boundless energy and passion for photography makes it fun to work with him – and guarantees unforgettable wedding photos. His images are crisp and vibrant, bursting with color and light, with an elegant, artistic edge.
- Kimberly Coccagnia
Coccagnia and her partner, Barry Donovan, take a documentary-style approach to weddings, snapping clutch moments as the day progresses. Expect candid nontraditional images, like a bride eating ice cream in Brooklyn Bridge Park on a sweltering day in June. They adore shooting weddings for chic, fun, romantic couples. From $4,500.
- Maggie Marguerite Studios
Tel: 347-683-3693 ; www.maggiemarguerite.com
Maggie Marguerite Studios is a group of incredibly talented photographers and film-makers, hand-picked by studio founder Georgi Richardson for their outstanding talent and experience. The studio has been featured in New York Magazine's "Best of" Weddings List since 2010.
- Michelle Wolfe Photography
92 Washington Avenue Cliffside Park, NJ 07010 ; Tel: 917-558-3923 ; www.michellewolfephotography.com
Known for her fun and laid back style, Michelle spent years on the other side of the lens as an editorial photo editor. This experience has allowed her to develop her unique style, bringing vibrant and spontaneous images to her clients, capturing all the details and excitement of your wedding day.
- Milk & Honey Productions
116 West 23rd Street, Suite 500 New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 212-725-0014 ; www.milkandhoneyproductions.com
With our unique story-telling focus, expertise and unobtrusive cinematic style, Milk & Honey is your best choice for moments that matter. Our custom Video and Photography packages are designed to satisfy every bride.
- Patricia Kantzos Photography
Tel: 917-608-9074 ; www.kantzos.com
Named 'One of the Top Ten Most-Sought-After Wedding Photographers'. Patricia's documentary style exhibits a passion for the unexpected and candid. She quietly captures moments where emotions and natural beauty can be found in the magic of your perfectly unique love story.
- Roey Yohai Photography
Gramercy ; Tel: 917-796-3822 ; www.roeyyohaiphotography.com
Acclaimed editorial and travel photojournalist R.Yohai and his team bring a gorgeous realism to wedding photography. His work has been widely featured in Martha Stewart Weddings & elsewhere. Packages include a private online gallery and hi-res files. Prices starting at $7,000
- Sarma & Co. Photography
Tel: 917-470-9773 ; www.sarmaandco.com
Sarma and her highly experienced associates are a unique team of photographers specializing in authentically documenting love-stories. They are known for their artistic ability capturing organic moments, calmness and their unmatched dedication to their clients.
- Stylish & Hip Weddings
Tel: 646-249-3855 ; stylishhipweddings.com
The candid photos from this Brooklyn collective always evoke the spirit and mood of the day, with even posed shots appearing spontaneous. They shoot big, formal affairs just as happily as they chase a flash-mob-style wedding across a bridge. They can also provide photo-booth and videography services, and owner Jenny MacFarlane's husband, Matt, can even officiate.
- Tim Ryan Smith Photography
65 Ocean Avenue, Apt 5F Brooklyn, NY 11225 ; Tel: 479-790-7249 ; www.timryansmith.com
My photography is classic and fresh. I love photographing iconic moments in people’s lives, both carefully crafted and wonderfully spontaneous. It is my privilege to capture the magic of your day and to reflect who you are as a couple. I can't wait to hear what you have planned!
- Timothy Lee Photographers
5-53 49th Avenue L.I.C. NY, 11101 ; Tel: 718-482-8344 (Studio) // 917-941-8883 (Mobile) ; www.timothylee.com
The beauty of "Film photography" in full display as Tim & Lydia make images in the decisive moment of your wedding experiences. Graciously invited worldwide, from Cannes to Guatemala creating photographs which are subtle and enduring.