1. Art Beauty Life: Jenny Ebert Photography857-891-5689; 1artbeautylife.com
Ebert spent many years as a documentary photographer before turning her detail-oriented eye to weddings. Expect photos that capture unexpected and intimate moments like the bride reapplying her lipstick or a mother straightening her daughter’s train. Packages start at $6,900.
4Eyes Photography212-414-8757; 4eyesphotography.com
Kellie Walsh and Rupert Rogers are award-winning wedding and fashion photographers who shoot as a team. Specializing in imagery that’s up close and personal, they showcase the personalities of the couple by catching the day’s spontaneous moments. They’ve also shot destination weddings in places like Maui and Sweden. From $5,000.
5 West Studios212-956-0077; 5weststudios.com
Spencer Lum and 5 West Studios can turn a wedding day into an elaborate photo story that puts the average coffee-table book to shame. He converts digital film to prints on his in-house archival printer and offers full-day coverage. Packages start at $4,800; day-of videography, DVDs, and raw footage are also available (from $3,400).
A Day of Bliss Photography, Inc.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 like 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 $4,500.
Agaton Strom Photography917-306-7014; aguyandagirlphotography.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 $4,000) include up to eleven hours of coverage. Digitally designed coffee-table books are also available.
A Guy + A Girl Photographyaguyandagirlphotography.com
WWith locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, the award-winning Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti take fun, artful shots, like 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 creates what she terms “narrative essays,” capturing candid photos with a sophisticated but down-to-earth sensibility. Customizable packages start at $4,000 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 World 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.
The team of celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith and award-winning photojournalist Joshua Bright, who shoots for Vogue and the New York Times, has years of experience producing wedding photographs that combine modern portraiture and an editorial sensibility. Prices start at $5,200 and include two photographers for eight hours.
Amber Gress Photography323-317-4460; ambergress.com
Up-and-comer Gress’s natural-feeling photos thoughtfully capture every aspect of your event in a way that feels unscripted and emotionally charged. Images from the beginning of the day are crisp, clean, and calm, while the nighttime party shots are off-kilter, action-packed, and a wee bit wild. Packages start at $3,800 and include an online gallery and hi-res digital negatives.
Andrea & Marcus Photography646-370-3875; andreaandmarcus.com
For the bride who aspires to supermodel status on her big day, this duo is known for their fashion-inspired photography that fluidly translates to weddings. With offices in Switzerland, Germany, and New York City, they are well-equipped to handle any destination (or local) wedding. Prices upon request.
Andrea Fischman Photography646-246-7260; 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 $2,900 to $5,000; all packages include a two-hour engagement shoot. (good value)
Andreas Rentsch Photography646-942-8551; rentschphotography.com
Swiss-born Rentsch has more than two decades of experience. His photographic style captures all kinds of decisive moments—the formal tableaux, bursts of emotion, and other chance events that make a wedding unique. Prices start at $2,950 and include up to ten hours with Rentsch and another photographer, plus proofs, a DVD, and an online gallery. (good value)
André Maier LLC212-388-2272; andremaier.com
Swiss-born Rentsch has more than two decades of experience. His photography captures all kinds of decisive moments—the formal tableaux, bursts of emotion, and other chance events that define a wedding. Prices start at $2,950 and include up to ten hours with Rentsch and another photographer, plus proofs, a DVD, and an online gallery. (good value)
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.
Angela Jimenez Photography917-586-0916; angelajimenezphotography.com
Jimenez, a documentary and wedding photographer based in Brooklyn, is a regular contributor to the New York Times. She shoots in both digital and black-and-white film and creates art-quality coffee-table books for an additional fee. Packages from $2,300 to $5,000. Videography services start at $2,300. (good value)
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 $5,500.
Anja Hitzenberger212-679-3653; anjaphotography.com
Trained as a documentary photographer, Hitzenberger stays behind the scenes to catch candid moments like flower girls twirling on the dance floor. She excels at shooting intricate ceremonies and nontraditional weddings. From $3,900.
Anthony Vazquez Photography212-920-6082; 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 lush, evocative wedding photographs. Packages range from $6,000 to $8,000.
Art Group Wedding Photography518-610-0226; artgroupweddings.com
With more than 30 years apiece of 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. Packages start at $4,000.
Art of Wedding Photography By G.E. Masana646-543-1321; gemasana.com
Documentary photographer Masana uses his artist’s eye to capture the emotion of unscripted moments. His work has been published in Town & Country Weddings, Brides, and Martha Stewart Weddings, among others. Prices upon request.
Ayano Hisa917-858-9878; ayanohisaphoto.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 with the New York City Ballet has made her a pro at capturing action shots and other spontaneous moments. Basic packages start at $2,800. (good value)
beIMAGED Photography732-439-1498; beimaged.com
Though she can shoot digitally, Melissa Lynn will also go old-school upon request, using film options like 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. Destination wedding? The duo operates out of New York and Seattle and is available to travel anywhere. From $6,000.
Bellamy Blue Weddings164 W. 25th St., at Seventh Ave., twelfth fl; 212-252-8550; bellamyblueweddings.com
Bellamy blends fine-art aesthetics with candid documentary techniques to avoid staged photo-ops. The company was founded by two internationally exhibited photographers who work to capture every wedding in a chic style. Packages from $5,500 with custom add-ons available.
Beth Keiser Photography646-275-6524; 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 $4,000, you get a full day with Diamant and a second shooter, online image preview and hosting, digital negatives, full image rights, and a 100-image DVD slideshow. Engagement shoots are $350.
Blue Daisy Weddings917-439-0348; 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 twenty weddings a year to ensure that she gives each client her utmost attention. From $4,200; engagement portraits and proposal shots from $600.
Bob Krasner Photography973-464-1058; bobkrasner.com
This wedding photographer shot actress Julie Bowen’s wedding. 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.
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-5454 ext. 2110 ; www.3westclub.com/weddings.html
3 West Club provides the classic ambiance of a bygone era, complete with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and art deco touches. World-class cuisine and seamless service blend to create a unique and timeless setting in midtown.
- Adagion Studio
21050 NE 38th Avenue, Suite 1002 Miami, FL 33180 ; Tel: 646-275-9745 ; www.adagion.com
When you work with internationally renowned wedding photographer, Cengiz, it's all about YOU - your joy and emotions, with imagery that is luxurious, and uniquely beautiful. His talent is no secret, so book while you can!
- Andreas Rentsch Photography
146 West 29th Street, Studio 11W New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 646-942-8551 ; www.rentschphotography.com
Andreas Rentsch will capture your precious wedding moments in a distinct, artistic and photojournalistic way. $3,250 includes ten hours with Andreas and another photographer, 4x6" proofs, high resolution DVD, and online gallery.
- Casey Fatchett Photography
373 Broadway B9 New York, NY 10013 ; Tel: 212-875-7599 ; www.fatchett.com
Award winning wedding photographer Casey Fatchett specializes in capturing candid moments and genuine emotions to create the story of a couple's special day in a way that reflects their individual personalities. Starting from $2950.
- 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.
- Cyrience Creative Studios
1309 5th Avenue #7A New York, NY 10029 ; Tel: 917-671-8876 ; www.cyrience.com
Jennifer Cyr is a storyteller, using photography to capture true, heartfelt moments. Her unique style combines classic, natural portraits, details with editorial appeal and photojournalistic candids for a complete narrative to be treasured for generations.
- John Decker Photographs
302 Lenape Trail Brielle NJ 08730 ; Tel: 732-768-0886 ; www.johndeckerphotographs.com
Drawing from a background in filmmaking and fine arts, John takes a more candid, cinematic approach to wedding photography. Widely published, his work has garnered the attention of discerning brides for over twenty years.
- Jörg Windau Photography
146 West 29th Street, Studio 11W New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-781-8178 ; www.windauphotography.com
Jörg's boundless energy and passion for photography makes it fun to work with him -- and guarantees unforgettable wedding photos. He knows that connecting with his clients on a personal level means they're comfortable in front of his camera. His images are crisp and vibrant, bursting with color and light, with an elegant, artistic edge.
- Julian Ribinik Photography
By Appointment Only New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 347-725-1054 ; www.julianribinik.com
Ribinik shoots from unexpected angles in order to capture timeless stills that emphasize the NYC feel. His specialty is luxury weddings and he has been published in New York Magazine. Packages, from $4,000, include two photographers, DVDs of digital negatives, an online gallery.
- Kimberly Coccagnia
By Appointment Only Beacon, NY 12508 ; Tel: 845-440-8256 ; www.kimberlycoccagnia.com
Kim Coccagnia and her partner, Barry Donovan, take a documentary-style approach, capturing special moments. The result is candid unique images, like a bride eating ice cream in Brooklyn Bridge Park on a sweltering summer 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 and cinematic style, Milk & Honey is the only choice for moments that matter. Our custom packages are designed to satisfy every bride.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shira Weinberger Photography
222 East 34th Street New York, NY ; Tel: 646-467-4637 ; www.shiraweinberger.com
Shira shoots both NYC and Destination weddings. She has captivated couples with her artistry. Full wedding coverage with Shira, a second photographer, 300 professional prints, slideshow, Hi-Res DVD ($7,800).
- 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.