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 stolen glance between the bride and groom. Prices upon request.
4 Eyes 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 through spontaneous moments throughout the day. They also shoot destination weddings, having chronicled celebrations in places as diverse as Maui and Sweden. From $5,000.
5 West Studios303 Fifth Ave., at 31st St., Ste. 1811; 212-956-0077; 5weststudios.com
Spencer Lum and 5 West Studios can turn a wedding day into a 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 and packages starting 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 shot 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.
A Guy + A Girl Photogrpahyaguyandagirlphotography.com
With locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, the award-winning Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti shoot with a critical eye and attention to detail to capture every moment of the day. Their images embrace modern simplicity with a touch of whimsy. From $4,000.
Alex Z Photography212-421-5402; alexzphotography.com
Alex Z creates what she terms “narrative essays,” capturing candid photos with a sophisticated, fine-art 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 published her photos in magazines like 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.
Andrea and Marcus Photography646-370-3875; andreaandmarcus.com
This duo is known for their fashion-inspired photography that fluidly translates to weddings. With offices in Europe 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, and she will travel within one hour of New York City for no additional charge. From $2,900 to $5,000; all packages include a two-hour engagement shoot.
Andreas Rentsch Photography146 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Studio 11W; 646-942-8551; 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 $3,250 and include up to ten hours with Rentsch and another photographer, plus proofs, a DVD, and an online gallery.
André Maier LLC212-388-2272; weddings.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. For $8,000, he will shoot the entire day, with unlimited pictures, and hand over high-res images and 4x6 prints of each image. Album packages are also available, as are two photographers with lower fees (from $4,000).
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 audio slideshows and art-quality coffee-table books for an additional fee. Packages from $2,600 to $4,800. (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 stunning 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 vogue-ing 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 affairs. Prices upon request.
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 $3,500 to $6,000 and include an online gallery and a flash drive of up to 1,500 images.
Art Group Wedding Photography518-610-0226; artgroupweddings.com
With more than 30 years 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 shot 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
Japanese-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
For a bit of quirk, Melissa Lynn can go old-school, using film like Polaroid and 35mm, and she makes accordion albums by hand from recycled paper. From $2,150, including a two-hour engagement-portrait session, full-day coverage, and an online gallery. (ecofriendly/good value)
Belathée Photography917-783-3207; blog.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 $5,000.
Bellamy Blue Weddings28 W. 27th St., nr. Broadway, Ste. 701; 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 $5,000 with custom add-ons available.
Beth Keiser Photography646-275-6524; bethkeiser.com
Keiser built a career as a staff photojournalist for the Associated Press, capturing such events as Princess Diana’s funeral, and she brings her reporter’s eye for detail to documenting weddings. 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 slide show. Engagement shoots start at $350.
Blue Daisy Weddings917-439-0348; bluedaisyweddings.com
Mariann Szucs’s photos have been featured on Say Yes to the Dress, and she has shot Hamptons-beach weddings, black-tie affairs in Manhattan, and destination events in the Caribbean. She books only twenty weddings a year to ensure that she can give each client her utmost attention. From $4,200; engagement portraits and proposal shots from $600.
Bob Krasner Photography973-464-1058; bobkrasnerphoto.com
This experienced wedding photographer shot actress Julie Bowen’s wedding. His romantic style and unobtrusive manner results in photos that capture the feel and personality of a couple’s unique day. Full-day coverage with unlimited images starts at $4,000.
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- A Day of Bliss Photography Inc.
146 West 29th Street, Studio 11W New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-724-1790 ; adayofbliss.com
Couples seek out A Day of Bliss for its lead photographer's high-fashion sensibility. Wedding Photographers Wolfgang Freithof and Chiaki Sato apply their visual artistry to New York and destination weddings.
- 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.
- Andrew Stern Photography
207 Starr Street #3-1 Brooklyn, NY 11237 ; Tel: 917-971-5825 ; www.nyweddingphotojournalism.com
Andrew is an award winning photojournalist whose clients include The New York Times and Harper's. A master in the craft of visual storytelling, he creates images that are at once beautiful, emotional and timeless. From $3000.
- Angela Cappetta Studio
1 Union Square South #12s New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 212-566-1855 ; www.angelacappetta.com
Sought by the world's top editors and curators, Angela's work is enjoyed by brides and grooms with amazing style and an eye for the unexpected. Real black + white film available. With engagement packages from $6,000.
- Brian Dorsey Studios
79 Reade Street, Studio 2C New York, NY 10007 ; Tel: 212-227-6772 ; briandorseystudios.com
With TWO of American Photo Magazine's "Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World" this studio is universally considered tops. Looking for natural but still beautiful? Art? Whether local or destinations worldwide, they're your photographers.
- Catherine Leonard Photography
37 West 20th Street #1203 New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 800-292-3092 ; www.celimages.com
Photographing events with a contemporary and editorial style, Catherine Leonard has been documenting weddings for several years. Unobtrusive but able to capture the key moments and deliver amazing portraits and details. Starting from $4k.
- Cody Raisig Photography
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 720-771-6501 ; www.codyraisig.com
Raisig spent years directing photo shoots for editorials and now focuses his lens on weddings. Full-day coverage starts at $4,000 and includes high-resolution photos on disc, online gallery, and transportation within 120 miles of NYC.
- 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.
- Dideo Films & Photography
11 Alden Road, Suite 4C Larchmont, NY 10538 ; Tel: 646-245-0087 ; www.dideofilms.com
Danielle and David Schneider and their team of filmmakers create custom, modern wedding films that reflect the personality and style of each couple. With backgrounds in production, screenwriting & fine art, this award-winning team blends creative storytelling with timeless images.
- Erica Berger Photography
345 East 93 Street, #15B New York, NY 10128 ; Tel: 212-369-8899 ; ericabergerphotography.com
Noted celebrity photographer Erica Berger brings an editorial eye to her wedding photography. A 2012 Top Knots winner, she unobtrusively captures intimacy, beauty, humor and emotion. Her work has appeared in People and Martha Stewart. Packages start at 4K.
- Gulnara Studio
New York, NY 10280 ; Tel: 212-410-4870 ; www.gulnara.com
With over twenty years of professional experience rooted in photojournalism, Gulnara's background includes A-list celebrities, fashion and fine art. Internationally recognized, her specialties are FABULOUS multi-cultural and destination weddings. From $5000.
- 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.
- Jami Saunders Photography
8 Spruce Street #21R New York, NY, 10038 ; Tel: 917-523-4007 ; www.jamisaunders.com
From Hollywood affairs to Backyard BBQs, Jami + husband Andrew LOVE their job. They take only a limited number of weddings each year, to ensure full attention for each wedding couple they are fortunate enough to photograph. Packages start $4500.
- Jessica Alonso Photography
Brooklyn, NY ; Tel: 917-912-4037 ; www.jessicaalonsophoto.com
Jessica Alonso captures beautiful wedding photographs with an old Hollywood documentary style. Her wedding work has appeared in the Bridal Guide and Instyle Magazine. Packages start at $3,000 for a full day of coverage and a second shooter.
- 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.
- Joseph Lin Photography
17 State Street, Suite 800 New York, NY 10004 ; Tel: 347-724-6259 ; www.jlinphotography.com
Lin's positive energy and quirky style allow his subjects to relax and have fun despite being in the spotlight, making for an enjoyable and candid photo session. His work has been featured on the Style Me Pretty blog, and he is often a go-to choice for wedding planners.
- Julian Ribinik Photography
By Appointment Only New York, NY ; Tel: 347-725-1054 ; www.julianribinik.com
With 12 years of experience in wedding photography, Julian Ribinik's weddings are timeless, breathtaking and unique. His photographs have authentic NYC feel. Julian's work appears in publications including New York Magazine and The Knot.
- Karen Cunningham Photography
3945 51 Street, Apt 4G Woodside, NY 11377 ; Tel: 917-319-2288 ; www.karencunningham.com
Featured in Daily Candy, The Knot, NY1, and The New York Times, Vows. Karen Captures unique candid moments and creates hip, fresh, natural portraits. Packages start at $4,000. City Hall packages available for $800.
- Kelly Guenther Studio
1133 Broadway, Suite 1308 New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 347-683-1867 ; www.KellyGuentherStudio.com
Kelly is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist who has been shooting weddings in NYC for over 11 years. She and her team of easygoing yet hardworking photojournalists capture the true spirit of your day. $4500-$7500.
- Lilian Haidar Photography
52 Macdougal Street, 4C New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-260-0129 ; Lilianhaidar.com
Lilian's aesthetic is truly distinctive. She captures the subtlest moments in unexpected and exquisite ways. Award winning and published in numerous magazines, she also travels the US and abroad for her discerning clients. Prices start at $5,000.
- Monika Broz
Tel: 917-747-0212 ; www.monikabroz.com
Monika Broz has a fearless aptitude for capturing people in love with a sense of style and adventure. She is mad about her clients, and dedicated to providing them with a fantastic experience on their wedding day, resulting in entirely uncommon coverage.
- NST PICTURES®
469 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-643-3200 ; www.nstpictures.com
Japan's leading wedding cinematography company, NST, opened its first NY office last year. We capture the magical moments of your wedding day and create your own wedding film you can enjoy again and again.
- 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.
- Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company
419 Park Avenue South, Suite 1302 New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-633-0502 ; www.sarahmerians.com
Merians and her team of photographers have been shooting tri-state area weddings for more than 25 years. Their work has been published in The New York Times and Town & Country. Pricing and packages available 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.
- Tory Williams Photography
New York, NY ; Tel: 914-275-5288 ; www.torywilliams.com
Tory's calming energy is contagious. She makes everyone feel comfortable, capturing candid moments that truly tell a story. Tory's aesthetic is a balance of modern and classic, giving her photos a sense of timelessness.