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 $5,200.
Agaton Strom Photography917-306-7014; 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, 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 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 $3,800 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.
Celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith and award-winning photojournalist Joshua Bright, who shoots for Vogue and the New York Times, have years of experience producing stunning wedding photographs that combine brightly colored modern portraiture and editorial sensibility (they photgraphed Seth Meyers’s 2013 nuptials). Packages start at $6,000.
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 that want something a little different for their special day by blending together a style that leans toward documentary with an editorial eye. Rates start at $6,000 for Amber and $4,000 for an associate.
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 $3,600 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 photography captures all kinds of decisive moments—the formal tableaux, bursts of emotion, and other chance events that define a wedding. Prices start at $3,250 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
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 $5,000.
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 evocative wedding photographs. Packages range from $6,000 to $8,000.
Art Group Wedding Photography518-610-0226; artgroupweddings.com
With more than 60 years combined 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.
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; 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 with the New York City Ballet 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 like Polaroid and 35-mm. 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.
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, and full image rights. 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 20 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.
- 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.