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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
Couples seek out this company for its lead photographer’s high-fashion sensibility: Wolfgang Freithof has captured Claudia Schiffer, Iman, and Naomi Campbell for magazines such as Vogue. He usually works locally, but he has traveled as far as Europe and Asia for destination weddings. He also shot actor Robert Duvall’s tango-themed nuptials in Buenos Aires. Prices start at $5,450.
- Alton Lane
11 West 25th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10010; Tel: 888-800-8616; www.altonlane.com
Alton Lane makes custom wedding suits and tuxedos using over 300 measurements taken by a 3D scanner. Your private showroom experience, including your groomsmen of course, will include an expert staff that will help you select the finest fabrics, a fully stocked bar and your favorite drink.
- 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.
- Andreas Rentsch Photography
Tel: 646-942-8551; www.rentschphotography.com
Swiss-born Rentsch has more than two decades of experience. His informal photographic style captures all kinds of decisive moments – the formal tableaux, bursts of emotion, and other chance events that make each wedding unique. Prices start at $3,250 and include up to ten hours with Rentsch and another photographer, plus proofs, a DVD, and online gallery (good value).
- Brian Dorsey Studios
291 7th Avenue, 4th Floor New York, NY 10001; 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 over the studio’s relaxed approach, enlivening energy and fun visionary style - "They’re the BEST wedding vendor decision we made! They found the perfect moment every time!"
- Cappy Hotchkiss Photography
New York, Hamptons & the Hudson Valley; Tel: 917-741-2730; www.cappyhotchkiss.com
One of New York's best documentary wedding photographers, Cappy Hotchkiss captures classic images with a modern edge - dynamic black and white, striking color, always free and energetic. Shooting in both film and digital cameras she is available for travel. Prices starting at $5000 for Cappy and $3500 for an associate.
- Cly By Matthew
594 Broadway, # 305 New York, NY 10012; Tel: 347-382-6600; www.clybymatthew.com
Matthew and his creative team love to capture soft natural beauty of genuine moments in simple elegant and effortless style that would last. With their commercial and art background, the team photographs elements with emotional and subtle esthetics and craftsmanship with their own love of wisdom.
- Craig Paulson Photography
41 Union Square West, Suite 1427 New York, NY 10003; Tel: 646-736-2605; www.cpaulson.com
Our NYC wedding photographers capture creative, unique and artistic moments while being as unobtrusive as possible. With a truly organic approach to wedding photography Craig Paulson Photography is known for utilizing a fusion of modern portraiture with classic photojournalism; yielding timeless photos that stand far above the average wedding photography.
- 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.
- Emma Cleary Photo + Video
410 East 20th Street New York, NY 10009 ; Tel: 646-662-7241 ; emmacleary.com
Emma Cleary is a Parsons-trained artist, living and working in New York City for two decades. Emma's diverse experience as a model, painter, photographer and photo retoucher sets her perspective apart from all other wedding photographers. Emma will guide you to your most natural, happy, frame-worthy images, polished to perfection.
- Evgenia Ribinik Boudoir Photography
New York, NY; Tel: 646-236-4212; www.evgeniaribinik.com
Whether boudoir session is a gift to your future husband or a unique gift to yourself Boudoir Photography is a unique experience that will be remembered for many years. Evgenia is famous for her classy sexy and sensual photography style and your images will take your breath away.
- Jessica Schmitt Photography
New York, NY ; Tel: 917-599-7063 ; www.jessicaschmitt.com
Natural. Emotional. Beautiful. I love the pure joy of a wedding day and capturing that happiness through beautiful photographs that you will continue to cherish through every anniversary. I focus on candid moments, natural portraits and all of your lovely details. I can’t wait to hear about your wedding plans!
- 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.
- Josh Wong Photography
680 Fort Washington Avenue, Suite 3M New York, NY 10040; Tel: 347-871-2540; www.joshwongphotography.com
Josh is a renowned wedding and fashion photographer who has photographed many events, weddings and destinations abroad. He specializes in modern editorial lifestyle wedding photography with an edgy elegance. His amazing vision, carefree nature and ability to capture moments and editorial features is what separates him from the rest.
- Konrad Brattke Photography
397 1st Street #4L Brooklyn, NY 11215; Tel: 818-726-6592; www.konradbrattkeblog.com
At Konrad Brattke Photography we are all about the candids. Konrad’s photojournalistic style of storytelling allows him to shoot in an unobtrusive manner, assuring that couples feel comfortable and natural in front of his lens. He focuses on capturing moments that are full of emotion and excitement. Packages start at $2,200.
- Laurie Rhodes Photographer
70 La Salle Street New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 646-734-2591 ; www.laurierhodes.com
New York Wedding Photographer: With a documentary style, Laurie is friendly and easy-going with an artistic vision that allows her to capture poignant, humorous and truly candid photos of people and their environment. Her eye is drawn to emotion and gesture with a backdrop of light, color shape and shadow.
- Maggie Marguerite Studios
235 West 76th Street #3B New York NY 10023 ; Tel: 347-683-3693 ; www.maggiemarguerite.com
Maggie Marguerite Studios is a group of talented photographers and film-makers. The studio has been featured in New York Magazine's "Best of" Weddings List every season since 2010. The studio is based in New York and recently expanded to Seattle.
- 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.
- Olli Studio
336 West 37th Street, Suite #900 New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-239-8511 ; www.ollistudio.com
We are a cutting edge modern photographer & cinematographer studio, offering the most recent advances in the photography field. We are always well versed in the latest wedding trends and bride preferences. Our approach is contemporary modern and always in the best of taste. We strive for the perfect combination of timeless elegance and fresh style.
- Patricia Kantzos Photography
250 West 93rd Street, PH-E New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 917-608-9074 ; www.kantzos.com
Named ‘One of the Top Ten Most-Sought-After Wedding Photographers’ by Rangefinder Magazine, Patricia’s photography style exhibits passion for the unexpected and candid. She captures moments where emotions, glances, and natural beauty can be found in your brilliant day. Patricia’s approach uniquely balances fine art, photojournalism, and portraiture.
- Radhika Photography
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn ; Tel: 646-519-4493 ; radhikaphotography.com
Award-winning photojournalist Radhika Chalasani incorporates classic storytelling with informal portraiture to capture unique, heartfelt images of your wedding. A warm, sensitive style compliments her vast experience with many traditions and cultures.
- 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
- Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company
419 Park Avenue South, Suite #1302 New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-633-0502 ; www.sarahmerians.com
Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company preserves the most important moments in our customers’ lives. Because every customer is unique, we offer a portfolio of services ranging from cutting edge innovation to traditional artistry. We provide unparalleled quality and creativity with an exceptionally high level of service that helps us nurture life-long relationships with our customers.
- 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.
- Tim Ryan Smith Photography
Brooklyn, NY ; 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.