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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
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.