A Day of Bliss Photography, Inc.307 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1418; 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.
Agaton Strom Photography265 Canal St., nr. Lafayette St., Ste. 206; 917-306-7014; agatonstrom.com
This award-winning photojournalist’s shots are rarely posed, always dynamic, and often brimming with emotion and humor. He is as adept at catching the quiet wedding prep (think smiling bridesmaids wielding curling irons) as he is at snapping the fast-paced dance-floor shots. Packages (from $4,200) include up to 11 hours of coverage. Digitally designed coffee-table books are also available.
A Guy + A Girl Photographyaguyandagirlphotography.com
With locations in New York and Los Angeles, the award-winning Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti take fun, artful shots, such as a giggling cake-spattered bride or a row of bridesmaids throwing their bouquets into the air. From $4,000.
Alex Z Photography212-421-5402; alexzphotography.com
Alex Z takes a fine-art approach to photography, capturing candid images with a sophisticated but down-to-earth sensibility. In the newly added Photo Motion option, Alex Z creates a time-lapse clip documenting the full wedding day. It’s delivered to the couples a week after the wedding. Customizable packages start at $4,600 and include eight hours, plus an engagement shoot.
Alice Garik Photography718-499-1456; alicegarik.com
This photojournalist-cum-artist has been published in National Geographic and GQ. She brings the same detail-oriented eye and sensitivity to her wedding work and offers museum-quality silver-fiber printing in black-and-white, as well as hard-to-find platinum-palladium and custom-color printing. Prices upon request.
Celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith and award-winning photojournalist Joshua Bright, who shoots for the New York Times and several other magazines, have years of experience producing stunning wedding photographs that combine brightly colored modern portraiture and editorial sensibility. They have shot several prestigious weddings, including for Seth Meyers and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Pricing upon request.
Allan Zepeda Photographyinfo@allanzepeda.com
Zepeda has spent the past ten years perfecting his organic documentary-style photography, shooting everything from small, local nuptials to exotic destination weddings in Turkey. His photographs of a recent wedding at the Barns at Wesleyan Hills went viral after he shot a couple’s vivacious grandmothers playing the part of “co–flower ladies.” Prices upon request.
Amber Gress Photography323-317-4460; ambergress.com
Amber Gress specializes in weddings and portraits for modern brides and grooms. She loves working with creative couples who want something a little different for their special day, and she blends together a style that leans toward documentary with an editorial eye. Rates start at $6,000 for Amber and $3,500 for an associate.
Andrea Fischman Photography234 Fifth Ave., at 27th St., second fl.; 646-246-7260; afischmanwedding.com
Fischman captures wedding-day emotions in an artistic and natural way, from delicate black-and-white photos of the bride prepping to playful photo-booth shots of guests. Her work has been featured in the New York Times. She will travel one hour outside New York City at no additional charge. From $3,900; all packages include a two-hour engagement shoot. (good value)
André Maier LLC212-388-2272; andremaier.com
Maier speaks French, German, Spanish, and English, and he’s as energetic as a grasshopper, jumping in and out of the scene as he photographs weddings. Starting at $6,000, he shoots the entire day, with unlimited pictures, and hands over hi-res images and 4 x 6 prints of each image. Album packages are also available, as are two photographers with lower fees (from $4,000).
Angela Cappetta212-566-1855; 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. She’s at her best when using film (which she develops herself), but her singular style comes through in digital as well. She speaks four languages and is always game for a destination wedding. Full-day packages start at $7,000. Special rates available for City Hall weddings.
Angelica Glass Photography917-741-4160; angelicaglass.com
This bicoastal shutterbug promises to capture “incredibly sexy, frighteningly real, and hysterically awkward” images on your wedding day, which sounds potentially risky but actually nets astonishing results (think candid shots of groomsmen doing backflips on the beach and guests double-fisting wineglasses while dancing). The portraiture is also beautifully composed: Picture a tattooed bride vogueing amid Times Square tourists. Prices start at $4,500.
Anthony Vazquez Photography330 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 802; 212-920-6082; anthonyvazquez.com
NYU grad Vazquez and his team have forged an innovative style that fuses the worlds of fashion, photojournalism, and traditional photography. Their work leans toward the dramatic, using the urban landscape to full effect. They’re also available for destination weddings. Prices upon request.
Arabella Photo917-822-5924; arabellaphoto.com
Katrina Hajagos knows how to work under pressure — she earned her chops as Hillary Clinton’s Senate photographer. She and her partner, Lara Levine, former photo editor of Real Simple and Town & Country Weddings, shoot film and digital to create evocative wedding photographs. Packages range from $6,000 to $8,000.
Art Group Wedding Photography518-610-0226; artgroupweddings.com
With more than 30 years experience in fashion and art photography, sibling duo John and Donna DeMari have shot for countless magazines and photographed the nuptials of New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. They’ve also snapped such A-listers as Ralph Lauren and Kate Moss. Prices upon request.
Ayano Hisa917-858-9878; ayanohisaweddingphoto.com
Japan-born wedding photographer Hisa got her start shooting for dance and music companies. She has photographed for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival, and her work at Lincoln Center has made her a pro at capturing action shots and other spontaneous moments. Basic packages start at $2,500 for a six-hour photo shoot and two-hour engagement session. (good value)
beIMAGED Photography732-439-1428; beimaged.com
Though she can shoot digitally, Melissa Lynn will also go old-school upon request, using film options such as Polaroid and 35mm. As a deliverable, she makes ecofriendly accordion albums. From $2,150, including half-day coverage and an online gallery. (ecofriendly/good value)
Belathée Photography917-783-3207; belathee.com
Belathée’s signature style blends fine art and photojournalism. Once the day is over, photographers Annabel Braithwaite and Dorothée Brand create a custom-edited, printed, and bound album. The duo operates out of New York and Seattle and is available to travel anywhere. From $6,000.
Beth Keiser Photography973-602-7727; bethkeiser.com
Keiser built a career as a staff photojournalist for the Associated Press, photographing such events as President Clinton’s inaugurations and the Olympics in Nagano and Sydney. Coverage begins at $5,500 and includes two photographers, a proof book, digital negatives, and a custom slideshow.
Big Cake Photography42 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-600-4461; bigcakephotography.com
Zoë Diamant brings the energy and style of a photojournalist to capture her subjects at their very best, resulting in fun, genuine, rich images. For $6,000, you get a full day with Diamant and a second associate photographer, online image preview, digital negatives, full image rights, and a montage of stills set to music. Engagement shoots are included.
Blue Daisy Weddings370 E. 76th St., nr. First Ave.; 917-439-0348; bluedaisyweddings.com
Mariann Szucs’s photos have been featured on Say Yes to the Dress, and she has snapped Hamptons beach weddings, black-tie affairs in Manhattan, and destination events in the Caribbean. She books no more than 20 weddings a year to ensure that she gives each client her utmost attention. From $5,700; engagement portraits and proposal shots from $600.
Bob Krasner Photography973-464-1058; bobkrasner.com
This wedding photographer shot actress Julie Bowen’s nuptials. His romantic style and unobtrusive manner result in photos that capture the feel and personality of the couple’s important day. Full-day coverage with unlimited images starts at $4,000.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.