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Holger Thoss Photography180 Varick St., nr. King St., Ste. 416; 212-627-8829; holgerthoss.com
Thoss creates highly evocative, magical images of weddings, starting with the bride’s quiet moments in the dressing room before the ceremony. His specialty is the hand-bound album he makes for each client, using archival watercolor paper and inks. His rate of $15,000 includes a handmade photo book.
Holtz Weddings417 Fifth Ave, nr. 38th St.; 212-738-9398; holtzweddings.com
A wedding photographer for more than ten years, (and commercial photographer for twenty), Ron Holtz has an eye for the details and moments that make each wedding distinct, telling its particular story. Prices start at $5,000 for a full day and include a second shooter, proofs, web hosting, and 100 thank-you cards printed with one image.
Izola Weddings331 W. 21st St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 646-429-9596; izolaweddings.com
Billy Farrell, Neil Rasmus, and Joe Schildhorn (three top photographers at Patrick McMullan Company), are twentysomething guys with a combined fifteen years in the business who have joined forces to shoot high-end weddings. Their first job was Julianna Margulies’s nuptials. All three photographers take part in every job, so no moment is missed. Packages start at $3,000.
Jack Slomovits201 W. 11th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-691-4345; aweddingphoto.com
At the heart of Slomovits’s photojournalistic style is his intention to tell a wedding story with details, candids, and moving images. Shooting weddings since 1996, he discreetly documents the big day with long lenses, making him invisible to couples and their guests. Five-hour wedding packages start at $3,600, which includes unlimited coverage, custom prints, a proof album, and digital negatives.
Jamie Watts33 W. 74th St., nr. Central Park W.; 917-685-7435; jamiewatts.net
Watts shoots in a documentary style which he combines with carefully produced formal portraiture. He works only in digital, but all of the image processing and preparation is custom. Packages start at $5,450 and include proofing, web posting, and shared copyright to all photos. Custom books and albums are available upon request.
Jason Walz Photography718-388-8102; jasonwalz.com
With a background in fine-art photography and scrupulous attention to detail, Walz will capture the fleeting events and emotions of the wedding day in lively, expressive images. From $5,500.
Jeff Tisman Photography732-940-5602; jefftismanphotography.com
Kickstarting his career photographing rock bands, Tisman’s style is one-of-a-kind, playing on colors, space, shapes, and unexpected angles. In true rock-star fashion, Tisman doesn’t follow a set of rules, believing that every wedding deserves a unique approach that fits the couple’s style. From $4,500.
Jennifer Macfarlane646-249-3855; stylishhipweddings.com
A magazine photographer with a specialty in editorial portraiture, MacFarlane describes her aesthetic as "stylish, hip, creative, and fun." Her candid photos always evoke the spirit and mood of the day, with even posed shots appearing spontaneous. She prides herself on having a well-trained eye for natural light and composition. From $1,600.
Jessica Todd Harper610-937-7475; jessicatoddharper.com
A former assistant to renowned photographer Larry Fink, Jessica Todd Harper makes art out of ¬weddings. Steering clear of portrait shots, she emphasizes composition and capturing intimacy. To give her full attention to every project, she seldom shoots more than six weddings in a year. From $3,500.
Jinsey Dauk Photography, Inc.50 Murray St., nr. W. Broadway, Ste. 2109; 212-243-0652; jinsey.com
Dauk turns out creative wedding photos with a lively, festive feel. A master of tiny details, this actor-¬photographer always carries face powder in case the bride needs a touch-up. Dauk’s work has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings. Packages with associates start at $2,900; Dauk’s own prices are a bit higher.
Joel Greenberg and Wendy Stewart Photography
568 Broadway, at Prince St.; 212-285-0979; wedphotos.comThis husband-and-wife team’s classic portraits and candid shots have earned them rave reviews for fifteen years. Photos alone start at $2,950; albums are an additional $1,300.
Jonathan Elderfield Photography917-673-3980; jefoto.com
Experienced as a documentary and street photographer, Elderfield has a talent for capturing the decisive moments-from the first kiss to the last dance. He discreetly follows the couple throughout their day, preferring a simple, straightforward approach to shooting-working primarily in color, using digital cameras. From $1,500.
Josephine Sittenfield609-306-4309; josephinephotography.com
Josephine Sittenfield, a Princeton and RISD grad, has an artist’s sensibility and an eye for little details that can sometimes fall through the cracks. Focusing on portraits, Sittenfield prefers to spend more than just one day getting to know the couple and their families. Packages (from $3,000) include shooting the rehearsal dinner, full-day wedding coverage, proof prints, and digital files.
Julie Skarratt Photography447 W. 18th St., Ste. 3E; 212-877-2604; julieskarratt.com
Julie Skarratt has shot for InStyle and Vogue, and brings an editorial sensibility to her wedding photographs. She’ll help out in a pinch, too: She once did a bride’s makeup when the makeup artist got stuck in another city. About 80 percent of Skarratt’s work is destination weddings; past clients include Robert Downey Jr. and Jerry Seinfeld. Prices upon request.
Juliet Varnedoe Photography646-299-3781; jsvphoto.com
This award-winning photographer is known for her uncontrived, casual images that document energy and high spirits. If a Napa Valley picnic is your dream wedding, she’s probably the one to shoot it. Some of her best shots center around the exuberance of group interactions-perfect for laid-back brides who can share the limelight with the rest of the party. From $3,900.
Karen Cunningham718-784-0444; karencunningham.com
Cunningham, who currently shoots "Vows" for the New York Times, draws on her background as a photojournalist to create flattering, documentary-style wedding pictures. Once hired, she spends a substantial amount of time interviewing and getting to know the couple and their tastes. Prices start at $4,500, and include eight hours of coverage, 800 proofs in an archival box, and a low-resolution DVD. Packages with her first assistant start at $2,500.
Karen Hill Photography646-688-3385; karenhill.com
Hill’s background is in fine-art photography (she’s a graduate of the Yale School of Art), and her pictures range from soft, subtle portraits to energetic shots in the realist style of photojournalism. Couples adore her private and evocative candid shots-a mother lacing the bride’s corset, flower girls toying with their tulle skirts. Prices start at $5,500. Custom packages upon request.
Karen Mordechai917-685-0659; KarenMordechai.com
With a masters degree in photography from NYU and the International Center of Photography, Mordechai’s photos capture the contrasts of weddings-the panoramic and minute, conventional and accidental, ecstatic and reflective-and all points in between. Her basic package is $5,600.
Karenscape Wedding Photography917-734-1632; karenscape.com
Renowned photojournalist Karen Gordon has been shooting weddings for eight years. The $4,700 starter package includes eight hours of coverage, a second shooter, 400 proofs, all digital files, and two proof books. Various coffee-table album designs are available à la carte.
Karen Wise917-539-9908; karenwise.com
Wise takes photos that emphasize the beauty and elegance of scenery, formal dress, flowers, food, and shining faces. She favors magazine-quality, medium-format film-more detailed than 35mm-that reveals details and crisp colors of her classic yet modern photos. Wise, who travels internationally, was named one of American Photo’s top-ten wedding photographers this year. From $4,500.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- 5th Avenue Digital
Tel: 212-741-6427 ; www.5thavenuedigital.com/social
Exceptional photography from value-conscious options to the celebrity photographer whose work is featured in People Magazine, we represent a wide variety of photographers whose style and budget match your vision, all backed by impeccable service.
- A Day of Bliss Photography
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
With over a decade of experience, Andrea captures your event as it unfolds in an artistic, natural way with minimal posing. She documents the emotions of the day in an unobtrusive and photojournalistic style.
- Andreas Rentsch Photography
535 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 646-942-8551 ; www.rentschphotography.com
Andreas has more than two decades of experience. His photographic style captures all kinds of decisive moments that make a wedding unique. Prices start at $3,250 (10 hours with two photographers, proofs, high resolution files on DVDs, online gallery.)
- Ayano Hisa Photography
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!"
- Charlie Juliet Photography
123 East 88th Street, Suite 5C New York, NY 10128 ; Tel: 347-921-1874 ; www.charlie-juliet.com
C.J. Isaac specializes in combining portraiture with timeless candids, capturing both composed wedding-day shots and genuine moments. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour and Brides Magazine. Packages start at $5500.
- 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.
- Melani Lust Photography
Tel: 203-454-5878 ; www.melanilustphotography.com
Award-winning photographer, Melani Lust, has photographed magazine covers, is internationally exhibited and photographs weddings all over the world for her discerning clients. Her MA in Fine Arts from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts nurtured a sophisticated and cinematic eye. With undying enthusiasm, she captures the essence of the person within a fleeting moment, always being in the right place at the right time.
- 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 brings 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 DVDs.
- 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.
- 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.