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Erik Ekroth Photography917-848-0036; erikekroth.com
Ekroth takes time to learn details about the couples he shoots and the important people in their lives before the big day arrives. His documentary style captures the spectrum of wedding scenes and settings—natural portraits, sweeping landscapes, sparkling interiors, and elegant formal shots. From $2,600 for four hours of coverage. (good value)
Erik Freeland Photography646-942-7099; freelandweddings.com
For more than a decade, Freeland has trekked the world photographing everything from Korean tea ceremonies to events in the Vatican. He has worked for such publications as Time and the New York Times, and he frequently traveled with Bill Clinton. His wedding rates start at $3,500, which includes digital photos, a DVD, and a website.
Eva Dahl917-449-2460; evadahl.com
Swedish expat Dahl brings a fine-art sensibility to her photos (she exhibits both here and abroad), capturing hidden beauty and fleeting moments throughout the day. It’s a method that’s made her popular with local creative types — fashion designers, artists, and photo editors among them. From $4,000.
Fadi Kheir Photography917-776-7418; fadikheirweddings.com
Award-winning photographer Kheir has a client list that includes rock stars such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and country icon Willie Nelson. Focusing on candid shots that crystallize the emotions of the day, Kheir also creates made-to-order albums. Packages start at $4,250 for unlimited coverage, including hi-res files and archival prints.
Farnaz K Studio430 E. 14th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-529-5390; farnazkstudio.com
Fashionista brides gravitate to the fun-loving studio run by Farnaz. A fashion photographer with more than ten years of experience (her work has been published in Elle), she snaps stylized, model-like portraits of brides that draw heavily on that genre’s technique and imagery. She also does videography. Prices upon request.
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 $3,995; day-of videography, DVDs, and raw footage are also available (from $2,395). (good value)
4Eyes Photography917-817-9741; 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 such as Maui and Sweden. From $5,000.
Fred Marcus Studio245 W. 72nd St., nr. Broadway; 212-873-5588; fredmarcus.com
Ivanka Trump and Eddie Murphy are just a couple of this elite team’s high-profile clients; their work has been published in glossies like GQ and The New York Times Magazine. In business since 1941, father-and-son duo Andy and Brian Marcus and their associates specialize in both classic portraiture and candid photography. They also offer videography (from $5,000). Photo packages from $8,500.
Funico Studios363 E. 76th St., nr. First Ave.; 646-234-8927; funicostudios.com
Husband-and-wife team Alice and James Thompson have won numerous awards for their high-drama wedding photos. Shots can be as simple as a single tear or as elaborate as ecstatic newlyweds walking through a gauntlet of bubbles blown by their guests. Packages start at $3,200 for eight hours with one photographer. Videography also available. (good value)
Gabrielle Plucknette585-729-1980; gabriellemplucknette.com
Plucknette’s candid documentary-style pictures are a natural offshoot of her years of experience working as a photo editor at newspapers and magazines (including New York). For one upstate wedding in the Catskills for a couple who loved hiking, Plucknette borrowed a golf cart and drove the bride and groom to a lookout point overlooking a valley. Prices upon request.
G.E. Masana Photography Artworks646-543-1321; 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.
Greg Kessler Photography34-37 84th St., Jackson Heights; 718-930-3942; gregkesslerweddings.com
Kessler made his name taking pictures of musical acts like Phish, Dave Matthews Band, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Shooting weddings for the past 15 years, he excels at freezing quirky moments like couples jumping during the cocktail hour. Prices start at $3,500 and include six hours, an assistant shooter, online proofs, and a flash drive of hi-res images. (good value)
Gruber Photographers15 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway, second fl.; 212-262-9777; gruberphotographers.com
Terry Gruber pioneered the shift toward photojournalistic wedding photography 25 years ago. The city’s top wedding planners seek out his team of photographers, who are skilled at capturing the splendor of lavish settings such as the Pierre and the Plaza. Both film and digital options are available. From $6,000.
Gulnara Studio212-410-4870; gulnara.com
A former photojournalist for the Associated Press, Gulnara Samoilova has three decades of experience, which includes shooting the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, fine-art projects, and documenting celebrities such as Charlize Theron and Jude Law. She also received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her photo coverage of September 11. From $5,000 for Gulnara; $4,200 for an associate.
Guy Heart Photography630 Ninth Ave., nr. 45th St.; 646-338-2878; guyheart.net
As the resident photographer at the Waldorf Astoria and several other New York venues, such as the Roosevelt Hotel and the New York Botanical Garden, Heart knows how to make artificial light look natural and find the most exquisite backdrops to add atmosphere. He also does videography. Prices upon request.
Hamptons-Wedding Photography212-920-0071; hamptons-weddingphotography.com
Photographer Jonathan Bloom, based in Amagansett and New York City, boasts 20 years of experience. His work regularly appears in Travel + Leisure. As his firm’s name implies, he specializes in weddings in the Hamptons. From $4,000.
Hancock Weddings68 Jay St., nr. Front St., Ste. 406, Dumbo; 917-783-9520; hancockweddings.com
Nelson Hancock, who shot his first wedding in 1998, describes his style as fun, low-key, and romantic. He can work alone ($3,800) or with two shooters and a photo booth with on-site printing ($5,500). Upon request, he also uses film and vintage cameras.
Heather Phelps-Lipton: Weddings347-683-5821; heatherphelpsliptonweddings.com
A Couples’ Choice Award winner, Heather Phelps-Lipton shoots weddings with a photojournalist’s eye and a passion for the small moments that make big events memorable. Her photography has appeared in the New York Times, and her subjects have included the only farmer to win a MacArthur “genius” grant, rock band the National, and playwriting collective 13P. Packages start at $4,500.
Heather Waraksa Photography646-342-7230; heatherwaraksa.com
With a background in fashion and editorial photography, down-to-earth Waraksa is known as a “photographer’s photographer” who produces vibrant, playful images by getting right into the scene. This Brooklyn-based shooter will travel for destination weddings. Prices upon request.
Heathwood Photography212-741-8070; heathwoodphoto.com
William Michael Fredericks has over 20 years of experience shooting weddings and commercial photography. Rates start at $2,000 and include an online gallery and all hi-res images. (good value)
Image Singuliere212-927-5757; imagesinguliere.com
Known for her delicate sensibility, French shutterbug Virginie Blachère focuses on the tiny, revealing moments that make each wedding special — from table settings to scenes with friends. Her work has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings and French Elle, and she will travel worldwide on assignments. From $5,500.
Inbal Sivan Photography646-244-8195; inbalsivan.com
Sivan studied photography in Israel and in the U.S. at the School of Visual Arts. She is a lighting specialist who has taught the subject for several years — which comes in handy when working in dark, cavernous event spaces. From $2,600 for four hours, with each additional hour $300. (good value)
Ira Fox Photography60 Gramercy Park N., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-989-2345; irafox.com
This seasoned pro captures honest, beautiful images in a photojournalistic style that is unobtrusive yet revealing. His work has appeared in the New York Times and in the Huffington Post. Prices start at $3,800. (good value)
Ira Lippke Studios111 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-620-3900; iralippkestudios.com
Lippke’s clean style is in demand on both coasts. When he and his collective of photographers and filmmakers are not shooting weddings, they travel the world, working with nonprofits to document their humanitarian efforts. Lippke has been listed as one of the top ten wedding photographers by American Photo and has been featured in Inside Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings. From $11,500.
Jami Saunders Photographyjamisaunders.com
Saunders shoots all kinds of weddings, from Hollywood affairs to backyard barbecues. She prefers soft, natural tones over bold, high-contrast images. Packages include eight hours of photography, two photographers, hi-res files, and an online gallery. From $7,500.
Jamie Watts Photographs917-685-7435; jamiewatts.com
Watts works only in digital, tailoring his lighting to capture the true ambience of locations, from dimly lit banquet halls to sun-kissed fields. Packages start at $5,000 and include proofing, web posting, and shared copyright to all photos. Custom books and albums also available.
Jang Photography212-868-0218; jangphotographers.com
Lina Jang has an eagle eye that allows her to freeze details such as sun glinting off a diamond onto a bride’s shoe. Her daily fee begins at $3,600; the package includes a second photographer, a hi-res DVD, and online proofing. Prices for associates start at $3,000. (good value)
Jason Walz Photography917-674-4758; jasonwalz.com
With a background in fine-art photography and a scrupulous eye for detail, Walz captures the fleeting events and emotions of the wedding day in lively, expressive images. He’s known for being a breeze to work with. Comprehensive packages include ten hours of coverage, an album, and more. From $7,000.
Jeff Tisman Photography732-940-5602; jefftismanphotography.com
Having kick-started his career shooting bands such as the Black Crowes, Tisman developed an off-the-cuff style. In true rock-star fashion, he doesn’t follow a set of rules, believing that every wedding deserves a fresh approach that suits the couple. From $5,500.
Jen Huang Photography347-323-5736; jenhuangphotography.com
Huang considers herself both a photographer and creative director, as evidenced by her beautifully composed, luminous wedding photography. She’s covered nuptials from New York to Malibu, and her work has been featured in numerous bridal magazines. From $15,000 or from $5,000 for an associate.
Jessica Todd Harper610-937-7475; jessicatoddharper.com
Published in Martha Stewart Living and O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper makes art out of weddings. Steering clear of portrait shots, she emphasizes composition and focuses on highlighting intimacy. To give her full attention to every project, she seldom shoots more than five weddings a year. From $3,300. (good value)
Jimmy Ryan Photography646-418-8802; jimmyryanphotography.com
Ryan’s background in landscape and live-music photography made for an easy transition into weddings. For more than 12 years, he’s photographed weddings all over the world, adding in a touch of Old Hollywood romance. For example, he might take shots of newlyweds peering down from a castle turret or replicating the iconic Robert Doisneau kiss in front of the Flatiron Building. Packages from $3,500. (good value)
- 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.
- 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.
- Brian Dorsey Studios
291 7th Avenue, 4th Floor New York, NY 10001 ; 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 over the studio’s relaxed approach, enlivening energy and fun visionary style - "They’re the BEST wedding vendor decision we made! They found the perfect moment every time!"
- Cappy Hotchkiss Photography
New York, Hamptons & the Hudson Valley ; Tel: 917-741-2730 ; www.cappyhotchkiss.com
One of New York's best documentary wedding photographers, Cappy Hotchkiss captures classic images with a modern edge - dynamic black and white, striking color, always free and energetic. Shooting in both film and digital cameras she is available for travel. Prices starting at $5000 for Cappy and $3500 for an associate.
- Craig Paulson Photography
41 Union Square West, Suite 1427 New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 646-736-2605 ; www.cpaulson.com
Our NYC wedding photographers capture creative, unique and artistic moments while being as unobtrusive as possible . With a truly organic approach to wedding photography Craig Paulson Photography is known for utilizing a fusion of modern portraiture with classic photojournalism; yielding timeless photos that stand far above the average wedding photography.
- 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.
- Emma Cleary Photo + Video
410 East 20th Street New York, NY 10009 ; Tel: 646-662-7241 ; emmacleary.com
Emma Cleary is a Parsons-trained artist, living and working in New York City for two decades. Emma's diverse experience as a model, painter, photographer and photo retoucher sets her perspective apart from all other wedding photographers. Emma will guide you to your most natural, happy, frame-worthy images, polished to perfection.
- Evgenia Ribinik Intimate Photography
New York, NY ; Tel: 646-236-4212 ; www.evgeniaribinik.com
Whether boudoir session is a gift to your future husband or a unique gift to yourself Boudoir Photography is a unique experience that will be remembered for many years. Evgenia is famous for her classy sexy and sensual photography style and your images will take your breath away.
- Jessica Schmitt Photography
New York, NY ; Tel: 917-599-7063 ; www.jessicaschmitt.com
Natural. Emotional. Beautiful. I love the pure joy of a wedding day and capturing that happiness through beautiful photographs that you will continue to cherish through every anniversary. I focus on candid moments, natural portraits and all of your lovely details. I can’t wait to hear about your wedding plans!
- 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.
- 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.
- Laurie Rhodes Photographer
70 La Salle Street New York, NY 10027 ; Tel: 646-734-2591 ; www.laurierhodes.com
New York Wedding Photographer: With a documentary style, Laurie is friendly and easy-going with an artistic vision that allows her to capture poignant, humorous and truly candid photos of people and their environment. Her eye is drawn to emotion and gesture with a backdrop of light, color shape and shadow.
- Maggie Marguerite Studios
235 West 76th Street #3B New York NY 10023 ; Tel: 347-683-3693 ; www.maggiemarguerite.com
Maggie Marguerite Studios is a group of talented photographers and film-makers. The studio has been featured in New York Magazine's "Best of" Weddings List every season since 2010. The studio is based in New York and recently expanded to Seattle.
- 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.
- Olli Studio
336 West 37th Street, Suite #900 New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-239-8511 ; www.ollistudio.com
We are a cutting edge modern photographer & cinematographer studio, offering the most recent advances in the photography field. We are always well versed in the latest wedding trends and bride preferences. Our approach is contemporary modern and always in the best of taste. We strive for the perfect combination of timeless elegance and fresh style.
- Patricia Kantzos Photography
250 West 93rd Street, PH-E New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 917-608-9074 ; www.kantzos.com
Named ‘One of the Top Ten Most-Sought-After Wedding Photographers’ by Rangefinder Magazine, Patricia’s photography style exhibits passion for the unexpected and candid. She captures moments where emotions, glances, and natural beauty can be found in your brilliant day. Patricia’s approach uniquely balances fine art, photojournalism, and portraiture.
- Radhika Photography
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn ; Tel: 646-519-4493 ; radhikaphotography.com
Award-winning photojournalist Radhika Chalasani incorporates classic storytelling with informal portraiture to capture unique, heartfelt images of your wedding. A warm, sensitive style compliments her vast experience with many traditions and cultures.
- 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
- Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company
419 Park Avenue South, Suite #1302 New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-633-0502 ; www.sarahmerians.com
Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company preserves the most important moments in our customers’ lives. Because every customer is unique, we offer a portfolio of services ranging from cutting edge innovation to traditional artistry. We provide unparalleled quality and creativity with an exceptionally high level of service that helps us nurture life-long relationships with our customers.
- 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.
- 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.