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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
- A Day of Bliss Photography Inc.
307 West 38th Street #1418 New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-724-1790 ; adayofbliss.com
Wolfgang Freithof and Chiaki Sato of A Day of Bliss Photography Inc. have merged their fashion backgrounds with their wedding photography and managed to capture some of the most elegant and stylish wedding images imaginable.
- Alex Z Photography
3200 Broadway #4B New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 212-421-5402 ; www.alexzphotography.com
Alex's signature boutique photojournalism was published in New York Magazine, Brides Magazine, The New York Times and Time. Her style lets the event unfold naturally with extensive candid moments, details, formal portraits and environment coverage.
- Andrea Fischman Photography
419 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 646-246-7260 ; www.afischmanwedding.com
Andrea captures 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.
- Andreas Rentsch Photography
307 West 38th Street, Studio 1418 New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 646-942-8551 ; www.rentschphotography.com
Rentsch 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.)
- Angela Cappetta LLC
1 Union Square South #12S New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 212-566-1855 ; www.angelacappetta.com
Forget the staged photo ops — Cappetta's shots have a vibrant rawness that is rare among wedding photographers, and she manages to capture the spirit of each couple she shoots. Full-day packages start at $7,000. Special rates available for City Hall weddings.
- Birnbaum & Bullock
151 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-242-2914 ; www.birnbaumandbullock.com
Personalized Attention. Classic wedding gowns in about 100 styles. Three Collections: The Steven Birnbaum Collection ($1,500–$3,500), Robert Bullock Bride ($1,500–$3,500) and Birnbaum & Bullock Couture ($3,500–$9,000). We also carry accessories & shoes. Call for your appointment.
- Brian Dorsey Studios
79 Reade Street, Studio 2C New York, NY 10007 ; Tel: 212-227-6772 ; briandorseystudios.com
"Best-Of-The-Best". Earning two slots on American Photo's 'Top-Ten Wedding Photographers in the World' list for discretely capturing amazing moments with personality and joie de vivre. A favorite of top wedding planners worldwide for good reason.
- Charlie Juliet Photography
123 East 88th Street, Suite 5C New York, NY 10128 ; Tel: 347-921-1874 ; www.charlie-juliet.com
There is no greater joy than being part of someone's wedding day. I photograph in an editorial fashion, and through my own style I love to create timeless and beautiful photos couples will forever cherish.
- Craig Paulson Photography
41 Union Square West, Suite 1427 New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 646-736-2605 ; www.cpaulson.com
Remarkable candid pictures: these are the best you've ever seen of yourself, friends and family. After twelve years of shooting weddings, Craig has found his passion. He delivers extraordinary photos and service for your spontaneous, emotional and meaningful day.
- DelConte Photo/Day for Night Productions
8 Shatzell Avenue Rhinecliff, New York 12574 ; Tel: 845-757-2222 or 845-551-1604 ; www.delcontephotography.com
One of NYC trend setting photographer's that brought a photojournalistic approach to wedding photography. From Country Farms, Beaches and Urban venues like the Ritz, New York Public Library, the team creates Photographs that are beautiful, and real.
- Fred Marcus Studio
245 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-873-5588 ; www.fredmarcus.com
Fred Marcus Studio is known as one of the finest photography studios in the country. With clients ranging from Lebron James to Ivanka Trump, their staffs of photographers and filmmakers provide the ultimate photography experience.
- Ira Lippke Studios
330 Wythe Avenue, Suite 6J Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 917-470-9682 ; www.iralippkestudios.com
Using his experience as an award-winning fine art documentary photographer, Ira Lippke and his carefully chosen Studio Photographers create uniquely sophisticated imagery for discerning couples around the world.
- 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.
- Joshua Brown Photography
230 West 108th Street New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 646-715-5095 ; weddingsbyjoshuabrown.com
Joshua is a photographer and filmmaker based on the upper west side of Manhattan and available worldwide. His candid, unobtrusive, and flexible team delivers a uniquely cohesive final product focused on moments without gimmicks.
- Kimberly Coccagnia
By Appointment Only Beacon, NY 12508 ; Tel: 845-440-8256 ; www.kimberlycoccagnia.com
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 fun, creative, spontaneous couples. From $4,000.
- Laurie Rhodes Photography
West 38th Street, By Appointment New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 646-734-2591 ; www.LaurieRhodes.com
Award winning documentary photographer Laurie Rhodes "captured the mood and feel of the whole day … I find a new detail or nuance every time I view the photos, we cherish these images!"
- Matthew Ree Photography
580 Broadway #1008 New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 917-648-5780 ; www.matthewree.com
International Fine Art Wedding Photography service portraits documentary and fine art style creates beautiful and timeless images. Based in New York City, Washington, and California and covers worldwide.
- Merri Cyr Photography
110 Calyer Street Brooklyn NY 11222 ; Tel: 347-993-3951 ; www.merriweddings.com
Merri Cyr has brought her experience photographing the likes of Jeff Buckley and Yo-Yo Ma to weddings, inconspicuously capturing each moment. Packages start at $2,850 and include second photographer, online gallery & memory device with images.
- Moss & Isaac
245 West 29th Street #1202 New York, NY 10022 ; Tel: 646-470-5266 ; www.mossandisaac.com
Focusing on artistic, beautiful moments, and refined attention to detail – we want to tell your story. Our laid-back documentary approach will help you have fun, relax, and feel comfortable in front of our cameras.
- Patricia Kantzos Photography
250 West 93rd Street, Penthouse E New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 212-579-2550 ; www.kantzos.com
Patricia is known for her elegant, documentary style. She focuses on decisive moments. Emotions, glances and humanity champion over formalities. Her masterful use of light and consistent eye delivers flawless images.
- Roey Yohai Photography
2 Peter Cooper Road #3C New York, NY 10010 ; 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 & Co. Photography is a unique team of photographers that focus on creating images with a balance of organic moments, portraiture and photojournalism. Collections are flexible and can include engagement sessions. Prices upon request.
- Timothy Lee Photographers
5-53 49th Avenue L.I.C. NY, 11101 ; Tel: 718-482-8344 (Studio) // 917-941-8883 (Mobile) ; www.timothylee.com
Emotion & Style, Lydia & Timothy document the wedding experience mixing panoramic with square format film camera. The images flow honestly in real moments enriched from their French & Asian perspectives. The spirit of joy photographed worldwide from Cannes, Ireland, Jamaica to Guatemala.