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1. Art Beauty Life: Jenny Ebert Photography857-891-5689; 1artbeautylife.com
New York-finance gal turned award-winning artist, Jenny Ebert’s Indonesian vacation resonated with her so deeply that she began a career in photography, then after many years as a documentary photographer, Ebert turned her detailed eye to wedding photo-documentation. Continuing her cultural forays, she recently photographed a Quaker wedding where complete silence and stillness were encouraged. No flashing, clicking, or moving. Prices upon request.
Patricia Kantzos Photography917-608-9074; kantzos.com
Kantzos works in digital format, which lends itself readily to online slide shows and photo-album production. Kantzos’s basic package starts at $2,500, which includes four hours of coverage, a second photographer, and a CD with high-resolution jpegs. Other packages include film photography, prints, and travel for destination weddings.
Peter Doyle Photography917-621-5407; peterdoylephoto.com
In his twenty-year career as a documentary photographer, Doyle’s work has been exhibited and critically lauded at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His pricing packages are designed to be customized with à la carte options such as custom-designed photo albums, a professionally lit portrait station, and use of color or black-and-white digital photography. His rate for eight hours and a DVD of digital images is $2,500.
Philippe Cheng Photography180 Varick St., near Charlton St., Ste. 416; 212-627-4262; philippechengweddings.com
Cheng has an unconventional approach to wedding photography, turning the small details-the bouquet, the bride’s shoes-into some of the most beautiful pictures of the event. With a unique mastery of color and emotion, Cheng shoots with poignant results. From $10,000.
Radhika Photography646-519-4493; radhikaphotography.com
For almost twenty years, Radhika Chalasani has been discreetly documenting people and events around the world-from Vietnam to Rwanda to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina-in her signature photojournalistic style. Her gift is to blend in and put everyone at ease, which enables her to photograph genuine and intimate moments. Prices start at $3,200 for the full day, including a DVD and online gallery.
Raquel Reis212-995-1972; raquelreis.com
Creative professionals such as photo editors and art directors are frequent clients of Reis. She uses her experience as an international photojournalist to artfully tell the story of a wedding. She also loads all photos onto a password-accessible website, where guests can browse images and order prints. Destination weddings are no problem for Reis. Rates start at $8,000.
Richard Jopson646-221-7137; rjweddingsnyc.com
For the past five years, Jopson has been chatting up wedding guests around New York (and as far away as Yosemite or Greece) to get the relaxed, photo-documentary style he’s after. He considers himself simply "a guest with a camera." Shooting film rather than digital, "for its aesthetic qualities," he also personally prints the black-and-white album images. From $2,900.
Robert London Photography78 Fifth Ave., at 14th St., ninth fl.; 917-459-5647; robertlondon.com
London’s wide range of photography packages can accommodate any wedding budget, all the way from the $800 "Shotgun Package" deal (two hours of photographing and 100 four-by-six proofs) to the grander "My Rich Uncle Said He’d Pay for Everything" option which, for $13,000, includes unlimited time, a second photographer, rehearsal-dinner portraits, engagement portraits, and leather-bound albums.
Robert Sukrachanf508-333-4371; sukrachand.com
With a background in documentary and editorial photography, Sukrachand looks at each wedding as a chance to tell a story. For him, that translates into a natural, free-flowing photographic style, with results that reflect the spirit of the day. Rates start at $3,500.
Samantha Isom917-723-7984; weddingsbysamantha.com
If you’re looking for an alternative to staid, conventional wedding photographs, the versatile Isom is a good fit. She brings an artistic bent to everything from musician portraits for CD covers to wedding photography in both documentary and formal style, and she prides herself on her personalized attention to each client’s needs. Prices upon request.
Sara & Sarma Photography917-470-9773; saraandsarma.com
Sara and Sarma both take part in each wedding gig, telling a cohesive story of the day in an editorial style. They tailor packages to each couple after meeting with the clients. Prices start at $4,950, and include eight hours of shooting. Digital files are handed over with album purchase.
Sarah Merians Photography & Company104 Fifth Ave., nr. 15th St., fourth fl.; 212-633-0502; sarahmerians.com
Merians and her team of thirteen photographers have been shooting New York City weddings for more than twenty years. Working in styles and techniques ranging from photojournalism to classic portraiture, Merians has built a reputation for producing spirited images. From $4,000.
Sara Press Photography212-252-3782; sarapressweddings.com
With twelve years of experience, Press documents her subjects with the natural skill of an artist who never runs on autopilot. She likes to have fun with her brides and is particularly fond of portraiture that captures light-hearted exuberance. From $4,000.
Sara Wight917-648-3968; sarawightphotography.com
With ten years of shooting experience, Wight has an inspired, refined approach that stems from her fine-art style. She produces images with a simplistic beauty, capturing the uncomplicated charm of stolen glances, guests laughing, or a table setting before the party begins. From $3,000.
Scott Whittle Photography917-771-3285; scottwhittle.com
Whittle, who has an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, turns out sophisticated, candid shots with an artistic flair. In addition to standard-format cameras, Whittle shoots with a panoramic, digital, and even a Holga toy camera to render diverse, painterly photographs. Prices start at $5,500, negatives included.
Sebastian Thaw Photography111 Fourth Ave., nr. 11th St., Ste. 4A; 646-765-6276; sebastianthaw.com
Thaw started out as a portrait photographer for magazines, design, and advertising firms before turning his focus to weddings seven years ago. His work involves close attention to details-the table settings, the cake, and the place cards-as well as the city or landscape, wedding guests and atmosphere. His rates, starting at $3,000, are fixed by individual consultations.
Sharon Schuster147 W. 15th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 100; 212-620-7877; sharonschuster.com
Schuster uses her strong background in fashion and beauty to focus primarily on the mood of a wedding, shooting in both black-and-white and color. She particularly enjoys capturing moments as the bride gets ready, as well as those immediately after the ceremony. Schuster will also display your photos online if you wish. From $8,000.
Shira Weinberger Photography646-467-4637; shiraweinberger.com
Specializing in what she calls "artistic photojournalism," Weinberger draws unique inspiration from surroundings to suit each couple. The $4,500 classic package includes eight hours of shooting with Weinberger and another photographer, a DVD, 300 professional prints, and online slide show.
Silk Studio Weddings315 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-494-0004; silkstudioweddings.com
Married couple Shari and Joshua Silk shoot all their weddings together, merging distinct yet complementary artistic styles. Packages start at $5,500 and include the two photographers, an unlimited number of photos, a full set of proofs, a wedding website, and a hand-crafted album. Unlike many photographers, they also offer hand-coloring.
Stephanie Badini34 Watts St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 14; 212-966-9524; stephaniebadiniphotography.com
An instructor for the International Center of Photography, Badini cut her teeth with celebrity photographer Julie Skarratt, and is a regular photographer for New York society galas. Her classic, elegant photos capture everything from the minute details to posed group shots. She works with couples to create one-of-a-kind albums and puts photos online so wedding guests can see all her shots. A day of photography by Badini and one assistant begins at $6,000.
Steve Worth Photography212-986-5730; steveworth.com
Steve Worth and wife Kira Yustak offer clients the opportunity to capture their wedding from two different viewpoints. While Worth enjoys snapping action and candid shots, Yustak has a knack for the small details (like a closeup of the bridal bouquet), and the more unusual moments of the day. Package rates are usually $3,000, which includes proofs, a DVD of all images, and an online photo gallery.
Susan Baker212-665-0617; susanbakerphotography.com
Baker takes a cinematic approach to her photography, creating a strong narrative using glamorous portraiture. She captures each moment beautifully. Her packages include a number of hand-printed images, optionally arranged in artisanal silk albums. Prices start at $5,500.
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.
- 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
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.