4 Eyes Photography
Kellie Walsh and Rupert Rogers are award-winning wedding and fashion photographers who shoot as a team. Specializing in intimate imagery, they showcase the personalities of the couple by catching the day’s spontaneous moments. They’ve also shot destination weddings in places such as Hawaii and Sweden, as well as the nuptials of celebrities such as Alyssa Milano. From $6,000 for Walsh and Rogers; from $4,500 for an associate.
5 West Studios
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 $4,095; day-of videography, DVDs, and raw footage are also available (from $2,395).
A Day of Bliss Photography, Inc.
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 often works locally but 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.
307 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1418; 212-724-1790; adayofbliss.com
A Guy + A Girl Photography
Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti, the spirited duo behind A Guy + A Girl, are masters at capturing shots that feel full of life. Their portfolio is playful in the best way, and every wedding they shoot looks more fun than the last. They shoot separately (with a second photographer) but can be booked together. From $3,800.
Adagion’s award-winning photography is sought out by style-savvy brides from around the world. Founder Cengiz Ozelsel was listed as one of the top photographers in the country by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and has been featured in People and the L.A. Times. In addition to formal family portraits and candids, the team can pull off richly styled editorial options. Collections start at $7,500 for Ozelsel and $4,500 for his team; video is also available.
Agaton Strom Photography
This award-winning photojournalist’s shots are rarely posed, always dynamic, and often brimming with emotion and humor. He is as adept at catching quiet wedding prep (think smiling bridesmaids wielding curling irons) as he is at snapping fast-paced dance-floor shots. Packages (from $4,200) include up to 11 hours of coverage. Digitally designed coffee-table books are also available.
Alex Z Photography
Alex Z takes a fine-art approach to photography, capturing candid images with a sophisticated sensibility and a great sense of humor. She prides herself on keeping up with the fast pace of the wedding, whether it’s local or destination, and will have your images up online within a week of the event. Customizable packages start at $3,500.
Ali Smith & Joshua Bright
Joshua Bright, an award-winning photojournalist who shoots for the New York Times and Vogue, and his partner in life and photography, celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith, have years of experience producing stunning wedding photos that combine brightly colored modern portraiture and an editorial sensibility. They have shot several prestigious weddings, including Seth Meyers’s and Anna Wintour’s. Prices upon request.
With offices in the West Village and Stockholm, Swedenborg specializes in New York and destination weddings, for which she has traveled to Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, and France. She shoots mostly on film, with resulting images in dreamy pastels. Prices upon request.
Allan Zepeda Photography
Zepeda has spent nearly 15 years perfecting his organic documentary-style photography, shooting everything from small local ceremonies to exotic destination weddings in Turkey. He has also shot the nuptials of celebs like Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Prices upon request.
Amber Gress Photography
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 a style that leans toward documentary with an editorial eye. Rates start at $6,500 for Amber and $4,000 for an associate.
Amina Ford Photography
Ford is known for paying special attention to lighting; the results are moody, dramatic, and highly saturated photos. Though she approaches photography “like a scientist,” the photographer herself is warm and friendly enough to get any couple comfortable in front of the lens. Packages can be adjusted to accommodate every budget.
480 Main St.; aminaford.com
Amy Sims Photography
Amy Sims believes that great photography is made by capturing our most human moments. Her documentarian approach is designed to artfully preserve the emotional memory of your extraordinary day and has been featured in such publications as Catalyst Wedding Co. and Artfully Wed. She is partial to lovingly offbeat couples. From $3,200.
Andrea Fischman Photography
Fischman captures wedding-day emotions like a photojournalist, 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. Packages from $4,200, and video is also available.
Andreas Rentsch Photography
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, hi-res files, and an online gallery.
André Maier Photography
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 $8,000, he shoots the entire day, with unlimited pictures, and hands over hi-res images and a customized website. Album packages are also available, as are two photographers with lower fees (starting at $4,000).
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 $8,000. Special rates for City Hall weddings start at $1,500.
Angelica Glass Photography
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 voguing amid Times Square tourists. Prices start at $4,500.
Anthony Vazquez Photography
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.
330 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 802; 212-920-6082; anthonyvazquez.com
Art Group Wedding Photography
With years of experience in fashion and art photography, husband-and-wife duo John and Monika DeMari have shot for countless magazines and even photographed the nuptials of New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. They’ve also snapped such A-listers as Heidi Klum and Hilary Swank and currently shoot for Ralph Lauren. Prices upon request.
Ayano Hisa Photography
Japan-born wedding photographer Hisa got her start shooting for dance and music companies. She has photographed for the Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where her work made her a pro at capturing action shots and other spontaneous moments. Basic packages start at $2,500 for a seven-hour photo shoot and two-hour engagement session.
Though she can shoot digitally, Melissa Lynn will also go old-school upon request, using film options such as Polaroid and 35-mm. She also makes ecofriendly albums. From $2,150, including half-day coverage and an online gallery.
Belathée’s signature style blends fine art and photojournalism. Once the day is over, photographers Annabel Braithwaite and Dorothée Brand can create a custom edited, printed, and bound album. They operate out of New York and Seattle and are available to travel anywhere. From $9,000.
Beth Keiser Photography
Keiser built a career as a staff photojournalist for the Associated Press, photographing such events as Bill 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 Photography
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 $3,000, you get photography by Diamant, online image preview, a full collection delivered digitally and on a thumb drive, full image rights, and a montage of stills set to music.
42 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-600-4461; bigcakephotography.com
Blue Daisy Weddings
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.
370 E. 76th St., nr. First Ave.; 917-439-0348; bluedaisyweddings.com
Bob Krasner Photography
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.
Brett Matthews Photography
Known for classic elegance with an artistic flair, the photographers at this studio produce timeless and stylish images. They’ve worked with top wedding planners around the world. Fine-art albums also available. Prices start at $8,500.
224 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St., second fl.; 212-337-0111; brettmatthews.com
Brian Dorsey Studios
The in-demand Dorsey was named one of the world’s top-ten wedding photographers by American Photo, and associate Ron Antonelli received the same honor. In short, they’re good. Packages begin at $14,925 for Dorsey; full-service packages with his associates begin at $6,925. Dorsey and his team are also available for destination weddings.
291 Seventh Ave., nr. 27th St., fourth fl.; 212-227-6772; briandorseystudios.com
Brian Hatton Photography
Hatton has shot musicians at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, but weddings are his passion. He captures the vibrancy of every moment in a documentary style and presents the images in a handmade album. Prices start at $4,500 for a basic package and include prints made in-house.
Brklyn View Photography
Hip, young Brooklyn types adore Jainé M. Kershner’s clean, bright photos that convey the inherent fun of a wedding day. She shoots film and digital, with an eye toward romance and natural beauty. Packages start at $5,900, including eight hours of coverage, two photographers, and an online gallery.
Brooke Fitts has shot all types of brides and grooms, from ultrapreppy to heavily tattooed. She has a knack for snapping fun moments, such as loafer-sporting groomsmen perched on barstools and a wedding vow written on an iPhone. From $4,900.
Cappy Hotchkiss Photography
For nostalgia-loving couples, Hotchkiss creates prints with a vintage feel by shooting on film as well as digital, often with vintage cameras. She loves working with downtown artistic types and will travel anywhere in the world. From $5,500.
Carey MacArthur Photography
MacArthur likens herself to a documentarian, preferring naturalistic stylings and unposed imagery. She is adept at capturing tiny moments, like an ecstatic dance move or the tears in the eyes of a groom. Packages start at $5,200 and include a custom-designed online gallery.
Caroline Frost Photography
Frost, who describes her work as “natural, romantic, timeless, and bright,” limits herself to 20 couples a year, ensuring that everyone feels and looks taken care of on their individual big day. Coverage starts at $7,500, and add-ons such as fine-art albums are also available.
Casey Fatchett Photography
Fatchett captures authentic, natural images that reflect his clients’ personalities and the genuine emotions of their wedding day. He prefers the spontaneous to the posed and was voted one of the top-ten wedding photographers in the United States by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards. Packages start at $3,600.
1123 Broadway, nr. 25th St.; 212-875-7599; fatchett.com
Casey Kelbaugh Photography
A photographer who has shot for such publications as the New York Times, Vogue, and Time, Kelbaugh enjoys shooting weddings because they allow him to do what he loves: tell visual stories about people through a series of photos. From $3,500.
This bubbly photographer takes an ultrahuman approach to weddings: She shoots only about 20 each year so she can give tons of attention to each couple. Her insatiable energy comes through in her bright, cheery photos. Packages start at $7,500 and include eight hours of coverage, two photographers, and an online gallery.
Catherine Leonard Photography
Leonard is a portrait master who shoots brides as she would supermodels. Her boutique studio can create coffee-table albums, fine-art prints, and canvas prints. Packages from $3,200; destination-wedding coverage is also available.
115 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1103; 800-292-3092; celimages.com
With work published on the covers of bridal magazines, Carlos Andres Varela combines fashion, beauty, and fine-art elements to depict the bride at her most glamorous. Prices start at $7,000.
Charlie Juliet Photography
CJ Isaac specializes in combining portraiture with photojournalism, capturing both composed wedding-day shots and genuine moments, such as a bride and groom strolling through the West Village, surrounded by a flurry of flower petals. Packages begin at $6,000 and include the digital files.
401 Park Ave. South, tenth fl. ; 347-921-1874; charlie-juliet.com
Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography
Lewis, who shoots in film and digital, has been listed as one of the top wedding photographers in the U.S. by Harper’s Bazaar. She sometimes shoots with an antique Rolleiflex camera that produces dreamlike images. Packages from $6,700 for one photographer or $8,900 for two.
Chellise Michael Photography
Creative couples love working with husband-and-wife team Chellise and Michael. They offer a gifted portrait session so they can get to know each couple before the wedding day. They also do destination weddings. From $5,700. Video packages are also available.
199 Cook St., nr. White St., Bushwick; chellisemichaelphotography.com
Christian Oth Studio
Oth and his team of photographers are sought out by the city’s top wedding planners and style-savvy brides. Their fashion-forward approach has made them a regular presence at society weddings around the world, so much so that they typically book over a full year in advance. Prices upon request.
147 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ninth fl. ; 212-634-7949; christianothstudio.com
Christopher Duggan Photography
Duggan has photographed more than 400 couples in ceremonies the world over, from Manhattan to Nigeria. A well-respected dance photographer, he has a knack for capturing fleeting moments. Photos by Duggan (including an album) start at $6,900; wedding films start at $4,550; photos by associates start at $3,950.
850 Seventh Ave., nr. 55th St., Ste. 1002; 347-762-3849; christopherduggan.com
Christopher Lane Photography
Lane has worked with The New York Times Magazine and the Guardian, and his editorial experience translates to contemporary, fun documentary photography. Rates start at $3,795 for two photographers and $3,595 for one.
159 Second St., Jersey City, NJ; 917-548-1569; christopherlaneblog.com
Married couple Alisha Clark and Luke Walker helm this studio, which covers both photography and videography and has done shoots all around the world. They have a talent for snapping the elusive perfect-sunset shots no matter where they are. Packages start at $4,900 for Clark, $5,000 for Walker, and $2,900 for an associate, and can include a leather-bound album as an add-on. Video services start at $4,500.
Clean Plate Pictures
A former Wall Street Journal photo editor, Erica Beckman is known for epic outdoor portraits in dramatic landscapes or against unusual street art, and for capturing playful and touching moments throughout the day. Packages include at least eight hours of coverage and an online slideshow. From $4,000 for Beckman and $3,000 for an associate.
Cly by Matthew
Based in the heart of Soho (and with hundreds of weddings under his belt), pro photographer Matthew Ree aims to capture the small things — a groomsman organizing ceremony programs, a bride reapplying lipstick — that tell the story of a couple’s big day. Prices upon request.
330 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 909 ; 347-382-6600; clybymatthew.com
Cody Raisig Photography
Use of soft light and powerful composition characterize Raisig’s work. He spent years traveling and directing photo shoots for editorials and now focuses his lens on weddings. Prices upon request, though he offers a complimentary rooftop portrait shoot for prospective clients.
Corey Torpie Photography
Photojournalist Torpie always strives to tell a story with her images and offers wedding packages without time limits. Each year, she does one pro bono wedding for a couple working to help their community — teachers, social workers, and the like. Unlimited coverage from $5,095; other packages from $4,095.
Craig Paulson Studio
Paulson and his team are pros at capturing movement, fleeting moments, and “the best pictures you have ever seen of yourself.” From $8,000 for Paulson and $4,250 for an associate.
41 Union Sq. W., nr. Broadway, Ste. 1427; 646-736-2605; cpaulson.com
Craig Warga Weddings
Warga is an award-winning photojournalist who approaches weddings with an eye for real moments and tangible emotion. Full-day packages from $6,000, including a second shooter.
Dan Loh Photography
Loh, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work as an Associated Press photographer, is gifted at capturing rare and impromptu moments. With more than 15 years of experience as a photojournalist, he prefers to shoot digitally but can work with film as well. Packages from $3,000.
Danielle Elizabeth shoots fine-art, classic photography on film and digital. And she’s also a one-stop shop: Her other services, in addition to videography, include wedding planning, styling, and floristry, so couples can book each service on its own or combine for special pricing.
Dave Robbins Photography
A veteran Brooklyn photographer, Robbins is a favorite among couples who want a little humor infused into their wedding photos. He sees beauty in the off-kilter things others might overlook. One choice example features a glamorous couple making out in Chinatown while cigarette-smoking restaurant workers look on. Another involves a bride arriving by boat, accompanied by someone in a gorilla suit. From $8,500 for Robbins; $5,000 for an associate.
David Willems Photography
Willems specializes in gorgeous panoramic pictures that capture both the wedding guests and the landscape. A full day of photography costs $6,000; albums laid out by Willems himself are priced from $1,000 to $3,000.
Day for Night Productions/Delconte Photography
Cynthia DelConte brings years of experience as a portrait photographer to capture easy-to-miss moments at both rustic upstate and city celebrations. Her full-service studio does fine-art and commercial work, and wedding albums on digital or film. Packages with engagement shoots and prints from $4,000.
Debra Trebitz Photography
With more than 20 years of experience, Trebitz is a pro at capturing events as they naturally unfold and documenting every aspect of a wedding from start to finish. Her work has appeared in Town & Country, Vera Wang on Weddings, and Vogue. Packages include a flash drive and range in price from $4,000 to $6,500.
Dideo Films Photography
The grandson of celebrity photographer Maxwell Coplan, David Coplan Schneider carries on the family business with his wife, Danielle. Nearly everyone on their extended team can shoot still and video, ensuring they capture a narrative of your night without being too intrusive.
Different Photography by Danila
Danila Mednikov’s personable shooting style is so friendly that couples say he feels like a friend, not a vendor, by the end of their wedding. His photos are editorial and theatrical. Packages begin at $3,350 for Mednikov and include a second shooter.
While some photographers like to assume a fly-on-the-wall role, Dirty Sugar stirs up mischief with its up-close-and-personal style. To maximize the fun, you can hire up to four photographers at the same time to produce a vivid montage of memorable wedding moments. From $369 per hour, per photographer. Photo booths start at $1,950. Videography is also available.
Edward Keating Weddings
This Pulitzer Prize winner co-created the New York Times “Vows” column and shot it for seven years. Based in New York, Keating specializes in destination weddings and has photographed hundreds over the years, from Uruguay to India. From $5,000.
Emma Cleary Photo and Video
A perfectionist involved in everything from the consultation to retouching, Cleary comes equipped with a team of associates and videographers to capture every moment. Her experience in fashion editorial and photojournalism means her photos have an elevated documentary look. Packages start at $3,200.
Erik Ekroth Photography
Before the big day arrives, Ekroth takes time to learn details about the couples he shoots and the important people in their lives. His documentary style captures the spectrum of wedding scenes and settings — natural portraits, sweeping landscapes, sparkling interiors, and elegant formal shots. Rates available on request.
Erik Freeland Photography
For more than two decades, 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. Prices upon request. Packages start at $3,000.
Fadi Kheir Photography
An award-winning music photographer who focuses on smaller, intimate weddings with a bit of an edge, Kheir has a client list that includes rock stars such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and country icon Willie Nelson. Kheir also creates albums focusing on candid shots that crystallize the emotions of the day. Rates start at $3,000.
Farnaz K Studio
Fashionista brides gravitate to this fun-loving studio. A fashion photographer with more than ten years of experience (her work has been published in magazines like Elle), Farnaz snaps stylized, model-like portraits of brides that draw heavily on that genre’s technique and imagery. She also does videography. Available for destination weddings. Prices upon request.
If you dream of saying “I do” with sand beneath your feet, Melanie Fiander will capture it. The destination-wedding guru is based in Bermuda but will travel anywhere to document your day. Her approach is fun and unobtrusive, and she brings 15-plus years of experience and an M.F.A. in photography.
Fred Marcus Studio
In business since 1941, this elite team has counted Eddie Murphy and LeBron James among their high-profile clients, and their work has been published in glossies such as GQ and The New York Times Magazine. Father-and-son duo Andy and Brian Marcus and their associates specialize in classic portraiture, editorial work, and candid photography. Videography and photo-package pricing are available on request.
245 W. 72nd St., nr. Broadway ; 212-873-5588; fredmarcus.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 a gauntlet of bubble-blowing guests. Packages start at $2,900 for eight hours with one photographer. Videography also available.
363 E. 76th St., nr. First Ave. ; 646-234-8927; funicostudios.com
Gabrielle Plucknette Photography
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 the Catskills wedding of a couple who loved hiking, Plucknette borrowed a golf cart and drove the bride and groom to a lookout point above a valley. From $2,700.
Photographer Bryce Ebel is based in Ithaca (though he’ll travel anywhere in the state for no additional fee) and is particularly good at outdoor weddings. Ebel makes great use of natural lighting and settings, and he loves working with couples who don’t mind getting their fancy clothes dirty for a great shot. The wedding package is $3,000, which includes a complimentary couples portrait session.
Greg Kessler Photography
Kessler made his name taking pictures of musical acts such as Phish, Dave Matthews Band, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Shooting weddings for the past 20 years, he excels at freezing quirky moments such as 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.
34-37 84th St., Jackson Heights ; 718-930-3942; gregkesslerweddings.com
Terry Gruber pioneered the shift toward photojournalistic wedding photography over 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. Film and digital options are available. From $6,500.
15 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway, second fl. ; 212-262-9777; gruberphotographers.com
A former AP photojournalist, Gulnara Samoilova has three decades of experience, including fine-art projects, shooting the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and documenting celebrities such as Charlize Theron and Jude Law. She received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her coverage of September 11 and accepts only a limited number of weddings per year. From $4,900.
Guy Heart Studio
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. From $4,500.
630 Ninth Ave., nr. 44th St. ; 646-338-2878; guyheart.net
Couples are often reassured by Rebecca Hales’s detail-oriented approach, from the initial consultation to creating a list of dream images to the craft-chocolate bar that arrives with the final prints. Packages from $4,200.
Hamptons Wedding Photography
Photographer Jonathan Bloom, based in Amagansett and New York City, boasts 25 years of experience. His work regularly appears in Travel + Leisure. From $3,000.
Heather Phelps-Lipton Weddings
A Couples’ Choice Award winner, 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 a MacArthur “genius” grant–winning farmer, rock band the National, and former playwriting collective 13P. Packages start at $4,800.
Heather Waraksa Photography
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. Collections begin at $9,000 for eight hours of coverage.
Bill Fredericks has over 20 years of experience shooting weddings and commercial photography. Rates start at $2,000 with flexibility and include an online gallery and all hi-res images.
Inbal Sivan Photography
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 she works in dark, cavernous event spaces. From $2,600 for four hours, with each additional hour $300.
Ira Fox Photography
This seasoned professional captures honest, beautiful images in a photojournalistic style that is unobtrusive yet revealing. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Huffington Post. Prices start at $2,500.
60 Gramercy Park N., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-989-2345; irafoxphotography.com
Jacqueline Patton Photography
Patton hates those “wedding factory” photos that are stiff and posed, preferring instead to capture candid little moments and the energy of the day. Brides say Patton goes above and beyond, as when she instructed a makeup artist to pack extra blotting paper for later in the night. Prices upon request.
Jami Saunders Photography
Saunders shoots all kinds of weddings, from Hollywood affairs to backyard barbecues. She’s drawn to unique and boutique weddings. Packages include eight hours of photography, two photographers, hi-res files, and an online gallery. From $6,000.
Jamie Watts Photographs
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 are also available.
Jason Walz Photography
With a background in fine-art photography, 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. From $5,000.
Couples love Jay Lim and his team for their extraordinary attention to detail: not missing a single important moment behind the camera, but also memorizing family members’ names and delivering prints on time. Photography and videography packages are available from this collective, which has earned an award and several nominations from the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.
214 Sullivan St., nr. Bleecker St., Ste. 3C; 212-461-3239; jaylimstudio.com
Jeff Tisman Photography
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, instead believing that every wedding deserves a fresh approach that suits the couple. From $4,995.
Jen Chanyi Photography
“Live the story you want to tell” is the adage directing the photography at this studio. With a finely honed editorial approach derived from her background in design, Chanyi combines heartfelt candids and stylized detail shots for collections that perfectly capture her couples’ distinct personalities. Prices start at $4,250.
Jen Huang Photography
Huang considers herself a photographer and creative director, as evidenced by her beautifully composed, luminous wedding photographs. She has covered nuptials from New York to Santa Barbara, and her work has been featured in numerous bridal magazines. Prices from $10,000 or from $5,000 for an associate.
Jessica Todd Harper
Published in Martha Stewart Living and O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper makes art out of weddings. A recognized portrait artist, she emphasizes found moments and focuses on highlighting intimacy. To give her full attention to every project, she seldom shoots more than five weddings a year. Prices from $3,400.
Jimmy Ryan Photography
Ryan’s background in landscape and live-music photography made for an easy transition into weddings. For 15 years, he has photographed weddings all over the world, adding 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. Full-day packages with two photographers start at $5,000.
Joel Greenberg & Wendy Stewart Photography
This duo’s vivid portraits and joy-filled spontaneous shots have earned them rave reviews for 20 years. Packages (from $2,950) include wedding-day coverage with two photographers, an engagement photo session, web upload, and hi-res digital files.
274 Water St., nr. Dover St., Ste. 4F; 212-285-0979; wedphotos.com
Joseph Lin Photography
Lin’s positive energy and quirky style allow his subjects to relax and have fun despite being in the spotlight. His work has been featured on the Style Me Pretty site, and he is a go-to choice for wedding planners. He can shoot on film or digital. From $7,000.
Husband-and-wife duo Josephine Sittenfeld and Thad Russell (both RISD grads) have an artistic sensibility. They work as a team — two lead photographers shooting in tandem — and bring their fine-art training and storytelling skills to each wedding they photograph. Packages (from $6,750) include full-day wedding coverage, an online gallery, and digital files.
Josh Wong Photography
With a talent for edgy, high-contrast images, Wong strives to avoid the cookie-cutter wedding photo. As a fashion photographer, he has also snapped celebrities like Taylor Swift and John Legend. Packages start at $5,500.
Brown worked as an editorial photojournalist before taking up wedding photography full-time 18 years ago. He also specializes in wedding videography. Basic photo or video packages, which include eight hours of coverage, begin at $3,500.
Joshua Zuckerman Photography
Zuckerman’s background as an award-winning photojournalist translates to classic, spontaneous wedding photographs. He books a limited number of weddings each year, ensuring that he can work closely with each couple. From $5,900.
260 Marlborough Rd., nr. Beverley Rd., Ditmas Park; 212-228-7584; joshuazuckerman.com
Passionate about capturing images that illuminate the beauty of life, relationships, and love, Rae combines fine art and photojournalism to document the details and moments of a wedding day. Engagement photo shoots and destination-wedding coverage available. Prices upon request.
Julian Ribinik Photography
Ribinik photographs from unexpected angles to capture memorable stills that emphasize the cityscape. He has covered weddings on multiple continents and been featured in Style Me Pretty. Packages, from $5,900, include two photographers, digital negatives, and an online gallery.
Julie Skarratt Photography
The in-demand Skarratt, who has shot for InStyle and Vogue and at events such as the Metropolitan Opera Gala, brings an editorial sensibility to her wedding photographs. She knows how to capture the energy of a New York wedding but does many destination events as well. Past clients have included Robert Downey Jr. and Jerry Seinfeld. From $10,000.
447 W. 18th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 3E; 212-877-2604; julieskarratt.com
Karen Cunningham Photography
Cunningham, who used to shoot “Vows” for the New York Times, draws on her background as a photojournalist to create documentary-style wedding pictures. Once hired, she spends time getting to know the couple. Prices start at $550 per hour and include a digital download of hi-res files. She also offers a two-and-a-half-hour City Hall package for $750.
Karen Hill Photography
Hill’s background is in fine-art photography (she’s a graduate of the Yale School of Art), and her pictures range from soft, subtle portraits to energetic action images. Couples adore the evocative candids she shoots in both film and digital. Prices upon request.
Karen Wise Photography
Wise has a B.F.A. from RISD and draws on her experience as a fine-art photographer when creating bridal portraits and documentary-style images, which she undertakes with a characteristic ability to calm the most jittery of couples. She was named one of American Photo’s top-ten worldwide wedding photographers. Film and digital packages from $5,000.
Kathi Littwin Photography
A fine artist turned wedding photographer, Littwin takes pictures with a particular style that pays homage to her roots. Proficient in scenic, still-life, and fashion photography, she creates cinematic images that recount every moment of the day, from the first dab of lipstick to the last good-night kiss. From $4,500; albums from $1,400.
88 Wyckoff St., nr. Smith St., Boerum Hill; 212-924-4205; kathilittwin.com
Katie Osgood Photography
Osgood brings an artistic eye to wedding photography, preferring the humorous over the contrived. She takes full advantage of natural light, capturing the beauty of the setting as much as that of the characters involved. Packages start at $5,500 for Osgood for eight hours, plus digital files and a web gallery.
MacPhee takes a candid, carefree approach to photography; her images capture the spontaneous and poignant feelings fueling each moment. She uses a variety of lenses, including fish-eye. Packages start at $3,200 for eight hours, a softcover book of best shots, online viewing and download, and all hi-res and edited images.
Kelly Guenther Studio
You’re in good hands with Guenther: She’s a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist who has shot for the New York Times and Rolling Stone. A full day with Guenther costs $6,000 (including downloadable hi-res files, brag book, top-100 slideshow, and online gallery). Proofs and handmade albums are available à la carte or can be customized with a package.
Kelly Williams, Photographer
Williams loves to shoot telling moments — such as the bridal party ditching their shoes before hitting the dance floor or a glance between the bride and groom from across a sea of admiring guests. She especially loves working with the kind of laid-back brides who, for example, are up for being photographed eating pizza pre-wedding. Her rate is $400 an hour, and packages start at $3,250.
Coccagnia and her partner, Barry Donovan, take a photojournalistic approach to weddings while creating classic and timeless moments. Expect a story of images representing the emotions of the day. Their work has been published in the New York Times, People, and more. Prices upon request.
Konrad Brattke Photography
Customers call Brattke a photo ninja for his ability to remain unobtrusive throughout the nearly 200 weddings he’s photographed. He likes capturing candid and funny moments with naturalistic, clean lighting. Packages start at $1,950.
397 First St., nr. Sixth Ave., Park Slope; 818-726-6592; konradbrattkeblog.com
Kristine Foley Photography
Foley uses her background in fine-art photography to document weddings as they unfold. With attention to lighting and composition, she creates images that stand on their own as works of art. From $4,500.
Tina Doshi and her team shoot only 50 weddings a year so they can get to know their subjects. They specialize in multicultural nuptials and seek out colorful shots, such as one of a bride cupping her wedding ring in her henna-tattooed palms. Cinematography services also available. Packages start at $4,500.
54 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 917-396-0368; ksdweddings.com
Laurie Rhodes Photographer
Award-winning photographer Rhodes specializes in artistic documentary photography and unstuffy portraiture. In her 18-year career, her work has been featured in glossies such as Glamour and People. Albums and fine-art prints are available. Prices start at $2,495 for six hours of coverage, hi-res and color-corrected digital files, and an online gallery.
Leslie dela Vega, who shifted her focus to weddings in 2009, takes a photojournalistic approach, finding candid moments large and small. Her easygoing style makes clients feel comfortable, to the point where they sometimes forget she’s there. Packages start at $1,900 for four hours of coverage, one shooter, a flash drive with images, and an online photo gallery.
Ro Agents and Kenan Juska are a husband-and-wife team offering couples a two-in-one package: Ro, a documentary and portrait photographer, shoots the wedding with an artistic eye (from $6,500), while Kenan, a radio DJ, keeps the dance floor packed (from $3,500). They prefer to work as a team but can be booked separately; in either case, they work closely with clients to ensure that the photos and music reflect each event’s vibe.
Leslie Hassler Studio
A former Ford model, Hassler takes a personal approach by shooting only a handful of weddings each year. She collaborates with her husband, Miguel Goodbar, an Argentine photographer. Hassler’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone and on the cover of GQ. Flat rate of $4,500 per wedding, with two photographers.
211 W. 20th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 7W; 212-645-7971; lesliehassler.com
Lev Kuperman Photography
With every photo, Kuperman tells part of a larger story that recounts the entire wedding day. He offers a variety of collections with leather-bound albums, linen books, a photo booth, and engagement sessions. From $5,500 to $12,000.
Levi Stolove Photography
Stolove, whose love affair with photography began at age 13, maintains a playful sensibility. He captures the warmth and passion between a couple by documenting small details and abstract angles. From $4,900.
Lilian Haidar Photography
The widely published Haidar collaborates closely with her clients, building on their personal aesthetics to produce compelling narratives. She shoots weddings, as well as travel and lifestyle events, nationally and internationally. From $5,000.
175 Varick St., nr. Charlton St.; 917-497-6865; lilianhaidarphoto.com
Lily Kesselman Photography
Former event planner Kesselman focuses on portraiture and is a member of the Green Business Network. Her lively photos are full of color and candid moments. Full-day packages include an online gallery, proofs, a DVD of images, and an engagement session. From $5,650 for Kesselman; from $3,850 for an associate.
Lina Jang Photography
Lina Jang has an eagle eye that allows her to freeze details such as sunlight glinting off a diamond onto a bride’s shoe. Her daily fee begins at $2,800 for eight to ten hours of coverage; the package includes a second photographer, a flash drive, and online proofing. Prices for albums start at $1,000.
Liz Ligon Photography
With boundless energy and a love of people, Ligon will happily overphotograph the bride and groom, friends, and family — just as she would her own. She shoots with her husband, photographer Claudio Papapietro, a freelance photojournalist in New York. Working as a couple allows them to capture moments that often go unnoticed. Prices from $3,500.
Ian Londin is in demand for his magazine-worthy style — he’s a contributor to the New York Times and Elle. He often shoots in both digital and film. Simple packages start at $2,900 and include six hours of shooting and a hard drive. Full service from $4,500.
Loreto Caceres Photography
Caceres loves working with natural light and capturing emotion in her images, such as a bride’s first glance at her gown in the mirror. Packages can include an heirloom album and hi-res images on a USB. Six-hour coverage begins at $3,500. À la carte packages are also available.
Lush Life Film
Blaga Ditrow has exhibited her documentary-style photography around the world — and her editorial and advertising clients include Microsoft and Rolling Stone — but she is also a skilled cinematographer. Photo and video packages are available, and her husband serves as a second shooter. Packages start at $2,100.
Maggie Marguerite Studio
Studio founder Georgi Richardson and her team of seven photographers have shot everywhere from the five boroughs to Australia and India. They’re experts at freezing candid and emotional moments. Packages include edited hi-res images, an online gallery, and a sneak-peek gallery of 100 favorites after the wedding. Pricing starts at $3,300 for six hours with Richardson or $2,500 with her principal shooters. She also employs four videographers whose packages start at $2,800.
Maria Hunter Photography
Hunter launched her boutique operation in 2002. Her husband, Bob Moyers, tagged along on a job in 2006, and the two have worked together ever since. Their approach draws on her fine-art training and his work in the commercial-photography realm. A full day of shooting plus an album starts at $5,900; limited packages are available from $4,100.
Marie Labbancz Photography
Cited as one of the world’s top wedding photographers by the Wedding Photojournalist Association (she’s been featured in Brides magazine), Labbancz is popular with couples because of her work’s rich colors and romantic feel. She’s also willing to travel. Prices from $6,000.
Mark Nelson Photography
Nelson’s style is classic and elegant and documents the day’s impromptu moments. As a full-time wedding photographer for over 20 years, he has a talent for conveying the opulent feel of venues such as the Metropolitan Club, the Carlyle, the St. Regis, and the Mandarin Oriental. He shoots primarily on film. Rates start at $10,000 and include a full day of shooting.
Masana Portrait Artwork NYC
For couples who wish to have a classic painting as their wedding portrait, Masana uses techniques employed for society portraiture over a century ago. Sittings take place in New York City hotel suites and have been gifted to celebrities for the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. Prices upon request.
Meg Smith Photography
Taking inspiration from French photojournalists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Smith specializes in candid shots with a perennial feel. Her basic package ($10,000) includes eight hours of coverage, with an associate photographer, unlimited analog (medium format) plus digital coverage, and a password-protected website.
Mel Barlow & Co.
Barlow is an internationally published photographer known for her gentle approach that yields soft, elegant photos. Eight-hour packages with Barlow start at $15,500 and include a second shooter and an online gallery.
Melani Lust Photography
Lust aims for an 80:20 ratio of candids to posed photographs, with a clean, documentary style. She enjoys capturing emotions, and her wedding shots are often filled with laughter. Prices start at $7,000, with special options for elopement or City Hall nuptials.
1356 Madison Ave., nr. E. 95th St., Ste. 2S; 203-247-6983; melanilustphotography.com
Melissa Kruse Photography
Kruse’s photos have a clean, flawless feel without being stiff. She approaches weddings through the lens of a storyteller, capturing each couple with a mix of ethereal portraiture and candid shots. A full wedding collection, including ten hours of coverage, two shooters, an engagement session, edited digital files, and an album, costs $11,000.
Merri Cyr Photography
Cyr brings her experience shooting the likes of Coldplay and Yo-Yo Ma to weddings, inconspicuously capturing defining moments — candid or posed — throughout the day. Packages start at $2,970.
110 Calyer St., nr. Bunker St., Greenpoint ; 347-993-3951; merriweddings.com
Moss + Isaac
With a desire to preserve romantic tales through photography, Leigh Anna Thompson takes a documentary- storytelling approach to weddings. Her style makes even the most camera-shy feel at ease. Her work has been featured on Brooklyn Bride and Style Me Pretty, among other publications. From $4,000.