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 $5,000.
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).
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.
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. They’re also fully bicoastal. From $4,000.
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.
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 takes a fine-art approach to photography, capturing candid images with a sophisticated but down-to-earth sensibility. The Photo Motion option is a time-lapse clip documenting the full wedding day. It’s delivered to the couple two weeks after the wedding. Customizable packages start at $3,500 and include eight hours.
Joshua Bright, an award-winning photojournalist who shoots for the New York Times and Vogue, and his partner, celebrity-portrait photographer Ali Smith, have years of experience producing stunning wedding photographs 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 destination weddings and has traveled to Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, and France for couples. She shoots mostly on film, with resulting images in dreamy pastels. Prices upon request.
Zepeda has spent nearly 15 years perfecting his organic documentary-style photography, shooting everything from small local nuptials to exotic destination weddings in Turkey. He has also shot the nuptials of celebs like Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Prices upon request.
Amber 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.
Ford is known for paying special attention to lighting; the results are moody, dramatic, 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 the budget of every new couple.
Amy Sims believes that great photography is made when our humanity is revealed. Her documentarian approach is designed to artfully preserve the emotional memory of your extraordinary day. Featured on Catalyst Wedding Co. and Artfully Wed, she looks for lovingly offbeat couples. From $3200.
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, with video also available.
Swiss-born Andreas 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.
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 and 4 x 6 prints of each image. 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 $7,000. Special rates available for City Hall weddings.
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.
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.
With a combined 12 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. From $2,500.
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 accordion 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 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.
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.
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 image collection delivered digitally and on a thumb drive, full image rights, and a montage of stills set to music.
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.
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.
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. Package rates start at $8,500.
This in-demand photographer 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 $6,425. Dorsey and his team are also available for destination weddings.
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.
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.
For nostalgia-loving couples, Hotchkiss creates vintage-feeling prints 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.
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 $4,000 and include a custom-designed online gallery.
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.
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 starting from $3,495.
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 $4,000.
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.
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 $3,600; 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.
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.
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 to $12,000.
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 $4,000.
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.
Duggan has photographed more than 300 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.
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 photographer.
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.
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 seven hours of coverage, two photographers, and an online slideshow. From $3,995.
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.
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.
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 starts at $5,095, with other packages starting at $4,095.
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.
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 includes a second shooter.
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.
Willems’s specialty is gorgeous panoramic pictures that capture both the wedding guests and the landscapes. A full day of photography costs $6,000; albums laid out by Willems himself are priced from $1,000 to $3,000.
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.
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.
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.
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 $345 per hour, per photographer. Photo booths start at $1,950. Videography is also available.
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 of weddings over the years at destinations ranging from Uruguay to India. From $5,000.
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 from $3,800.
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.
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. Prices upon request. Packages start at $3,000.
An award-winning music photographer who focuses on smaller and 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.
Fashionista brides gravitate to this fun-loving studio run by Farnaz. A fashion photographer with more than ten years of experience (her work has been published in magazines like Elle), she 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.
Eddie Murphy is just one of this elite team’s high-profile clients; their work has been published in glossies such as 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. Videography and photo-package pricing are available on request.
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.
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. From $2,900.
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 $2,000, which includes a complimentary couples portrait session.
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 15 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.
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. Film and digital options are available. From $6,500.
A former AP photojournalist, Gulnara Samoilova has three decades of experience, which includes 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 $7,500 for Samoilova (includes album); $4,500 for an associate.
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 $3,500.
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.
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.
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.
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. Wedding collections begin at $8,500 for eight hours of coverage.
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.
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 in the Huffington Post. Prices start at $2,800.
60 Gramercy Park N., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-989-2345; irafox.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 papers for later in the night. Prices upon request.
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.
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.
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, hi-res files, a gallery, and custom prints. From $7,000.
Jaylim Studio is a collective of detail-oriented representatives, artistic consultants, designers, photographers, and filmmakers, or as we like to say, “storytellers.” Every photograph and every film is strongly influenced by our Team’s passion in creating a visual narrative that can be felt and relived through each frame. With an artistic approach and attention to detail, each story is uniquely captured as it unfolds.
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.
“Live the story you want to tell” is the adage behind the photography direction 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.
9111 N. Allegheny Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97203; 917-671-8876; jenchanyi.com
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 range from $8,000 to $15,000, or from $5,000 for an associate.
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.
Ryan’s background in landscape and live-music photography made for an easy transition into weddings. For more than 12 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.
This duo’s vivid portraits and joy-filled spontaneous shots have earned them rave reviews for 15 years. Packages (from $2,950) include wedding-day coverage with two photographers, an engagement photo session, a set of 4 x 6 prints, 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 often 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.
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.
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 $4,900.
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.
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.
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.
Cunningham, who shoots “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.
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.
Wise, who has a B.F.A. from RISD, draws on her experience as a professional food and portrait photographer when capturing the beauty and elegance of scenery, formal dress, flowers, details, and menus. She favors magazine-quality classic film because of its color and vibrancy. She was named one of American Photo’s top-ten worldwide wedding photographers. Film and digital packages from $5,000.
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 $1,300.
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, or $4,500 for an associate shooter, 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 a 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.
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.
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 documentary-style approach to weddings, snapping key moments as the day progresses. Expect candid, nontraditional images, such as a bride eating ice cream in Brooklyn Bridge Park on a sweltering day in June. Prices upon request.
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. Prices start at $2,800.
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.
Award-winning photographer Rhodes specializes in artistic documentary photography and unstuffy portraiture. In her 17-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 at which 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 $6,000), while Kenan, a radio DJ, keeps the dance floor packed (from $3,000). 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.
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.
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 $6,000 to $13,000.
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 $4,500.
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, both nationally and internationally. From $5,500.
Former events 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 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 $3,500.
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 can 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $15,000 and include a full day of shooting.
Taking her 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.
Barlow is an internationally published photographer known for her gentle approach that yields soft, elegant photos. Eight-hour packages with Barlow start at $14,500 and include a second shooter and an online gallery.
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.
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 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.
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.
Our studio offers wedding photography and cinematography services. Along with digital photography we also shoot medium format film that brings a very unique feel and look. Our packages start at $2,500 combined photo and video packages will include a discount.
Self-described as a ninja for his nonintrusive, stealthy approach, photographer Don Hwang, with cinematographer Moo Jae, delivers both journalistic and artistic modern images that tell the story of the wedding day—from the moment the bride slips into her dress to the groom paying the DJ at the end of the night. Packages start at $2,950.
336 W. 37th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 900; 212-239-8511; ollistudio.com
Quyn Duong of One Night Cereus specializes in photographing intimate weddings. Her laid back documentary style allows couples to enjoy their party while she captures beautifully cinematic photos that feel like film. Nothing cheesy. Nothing awkward. Just real, honest photos full of memories. 8-hr day rates begin at $4800 for Quyn or $5600 for two photographers.
These photographers’ crisp, life-filled photos make you wish you could relive the party over and over. Their photo-booth division, Smilebooth, is an attractive entertainment option for cocktail hour. Photography packages start at $6,500. Photo-booth pricing starts at $1,250.
Ryan Muir’s photo studio captures both quiet and action-packed moments in a manner that appears easy and unstudied. He might snap a bride raising a wineglass on the dance floor or another bumming a cigarette from a guest. From $3,000.
Kantzos, who studied at the International Center of Photography, is known for her elegant Vermeer-esque use of light. She shoots in both film and digital and has been published in Vogue and Brides. Her basic package starts at $3,600.
250 W. 93rd St., PH-E, New York, NY, 10025; 212-579-2550; kantzos.com
Peter Doyle Photography
This 20-year photo veteran has had work exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His pricing packages are designed to be customized with à la carte options, such as photo albums, a professionally lit portrait station, and color or black-and-white digital photography. For $2,300, you get six hours of shooting and a web gallery.
Cheng brings an artistic flair to wedding photography, turning the small details—the bouquet, the bride’s shoes—into striking images. He has studios on the Upper West Side and in the Hamptons. Prices upon request.
Robert Wagner and his team have worked weddings far and wide—in New York, France, Switzerland, India, and Italy. Wagner’s background in black-and-white images makes him a standout for brides looking for artistic, magazine-quality shots. From $6,500.
Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene have worked in the fashion and entertainment industries for more than 15 years. Their work has been published in Vogue, Glamour, and Martha Stewart Weddings, making these seasoned vets popular among brides who want candid, magazine-worthy photos. From $3,800 for six hours of coverage, two shooters, and a disc of hi-res images.
For more than 20 years, award-winning photojournalist Radhika Chalasani has been documenting people and events around the world, including in Vietnam and post-Katrina New Orleans. She incorporates classic storytelling with informal portraiture to render candid images. Day-of coverage for eight hours from $4,000; handcrafted albums from $1,200.
A favorite to shoot fellow photographers’ and filmmakers’ nuptials, Reis has a fresh, smart approach, and she’s available for destination weddings. Rates start at $10,500 for Reis; custom albums available.
Readyluck is a collective of photographers who specialize in enduring photojournalism balanced with contemporary portraiture. Their work has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings and the New York Times, as well as other wedding publications, and on blogs. Custom coverage (from $6,000 to $10,000) includes a second photographer, edited hi-res files, and either a custom album or a $500 credit for prints.
Yale, who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, combines a love of fine art and a background in photojournalism to snap candid moments between the bride and groom. With a B.A. in photography from NYU and experience working on documentary-style projects for UNICEF and the World Wildlife Fund, Yale is a talented storyteller. Packages start at $8,000.
Husband-and-wife team Jude Hawkens and Gina Renzi have been photographers for the Metropolitan Opera and have worked with the best wedding and event planners in the industry. They bring their artistic sensibility (he was trained as a filmmaker and she as a painter) to each wedding they shoot. They can be hired individually or together. Prices upon request.
With an emphasis on storytelling, husband-and-wife team Robert and Kathleen Trenske have been photographing weddings for over ten years, using digital and medium-format film cameras for a look that is modern yet timeless. They pride themselves on making couples feel comfortable in front of the camera. Full coverage starts at $5,500.
London launched his career as an editorial photographer for such magazines as Cosmopolitan and expanded into weddings more than 15 years ago. Describing his style as “artistic reportage,” he strives to show private moments, with guests unaware of his presence. Complete coverage with an album starts at $3,500; basic coverage from as low as $575.
Acclaimed editorial and travel photojournalist Yohai brings a genial realism to his wide-shot wedding photography. His work has been featured in magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings and even on the cover of a New York Public Library brochure. Packages start at $11,500 for Yohai or $7,000 for an associate and include at least eight hours of coverage, an online gallery, and hi-res images.
After a career as an advertising and magazine photographer, Holtz turned his lens to weddings around ten years ago. He prides himself on his eye for detail and finding moments that make each wedding distinctive. Custom albums, fine-art prints, and slideshows are included with each wedding package. From $4,000.
This contemporary artist, who has taught photography classes at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and Parsons School of Design, loves to shoot nontraditional and diverse marriages. Wedding packages start at $4,000.
Wight’s inspired, refined approach to wedding photography stems from her fine-arts background. She produces simple, beautiful images, capturing the uncomplicated charm of stolen glances or guests laughing. From $6,500.
This seasoned vet and her team of photographers have been shooting tristate weddings for over three decades. Their work has been published in the New York Times and Town & Country. Pricing starts at $5,000.
Tew likes shots that emphasize atmosphere as well as the couple and guests. Comprehensive packages can include up to ten-plus hours with Tew and a second photographer, an engagement shoot, a guest book, high resolution images on USB, a reception photo booth, and a credit toward the album. Packages from $5,000.
With a past in editorial portraiture, Sarma Ozols forgoes photography trends in favor of timeless images and true-to-life colors. Couples thank her for graceful posed shots in which neither props nor setting upstages the subjects. Ozols consults couples in advance to plan a smooth session that leaves plenty of time for the wedding party to enjoy cocktail hour. From $5,000 for eight hours.
Chou’s style is soft and intimate, and she’s known for creating beautiful photos amid the chaos of landmarks like Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge. Chou also has a team based in Venice, Italy. Prices start at $3,200.
Schuster, who has shot for the “Vows” column in the New York Times, uses her background in film, fashion, and journalism to tell stories. She captures telling details, such as a laugh from the bride as she says “I do.” She also offers video services. From $6,500, including an online gallery.
Weinberger brings an energy to her photography that allows her to keep shooting with gusto even 12 hours into a wedding. She’s familiar with different types of ceremonies, from Orthodox Jewish to Indian, and knows how to capture the best of each. Her main package ($8,800) includes unlimited shooting, a second photographer, retouching, an online slideshow, a hi-res DVD, 150 prints, and an image gallery.
Married couple Shari and Joshua Silk shoot as a collaborative team, merging their distinct yet complementary artistic styles to yield high-drama images. Packages, which include full-day coverage, a gallery of images, and a custom mobile app, start at $3,500. By appointment only.
To tailor her wedding coverage, dancer turned photographer Negron uses a “get to know you” engagement-portrait session to learn as much as she can about clients. Her work has appeared in publications like Harper’s Bazaar and The Wall Street Journal. Packages from $5,000.
While studying fine-art photography (she worked with photographer David LaChapelle), Ilyse developed a keen understanding of light’s nuances, which she applies to wedding assignments. The blog she maintains gives prospective clients an idea of her style. From $4,500.
Steven Young’s boutique wedding studio has shot award-winning images both locally and in places such as Mexico, India, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and European countries. With a focus on the bride and groom’s interactions with friends and family, STAK’s images often reveal powerful aspects of relationships and emotions. Packages from $5,000.
32 Union Square E., nr. 16th St., Ste. 816; 718-908-6753; getstak.com
Stephanie Badini Photography
An instructor at the International Center of Photography, Badini cut her teeth working alongside celebrity photographer Julie Skarratt and is a regular at New York society galas. She has shot Kanye West and Gisele Bündchen, among others. Her classic photos capture everything from minute details to large groups, and she frequently shoots destination weddings. From $6,000 for Badini and one assistant.
Reinish takes a fun and relaxed approach, snapping dreamy, lush images that capture each couple’s special dynamic: One pair posed in goofy glasses, while another stole a kiss post-ceremony. Prices upon request.
Worth and his wife, Kira Yustak, cover the wedding from every angle: While Worth enjoys snapping action and candid shots, Yustak has a knack for details and the day’s more unusual moments. They also work separately; packages start at $1,950.
This award-winning photographer is as adept at capturing fleeting moments as he is at using stillness, light, and shadow to create striking portraits. Rosen welcomes all couples and is proud of his 100-plus same-sex weddings. Prices range from $600 for an elopement to $4,500 for a full day.
Photographer Adena Stevens takes a documentary approach to capturing weddings, with an eye for telling a story that is unique to the couple (whether it be funky or quietly elegant). Prices start at $4,000.
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. Packages start at $3,100 for the associates and $3,900 for MacFarlane.
Baker takes a cinematic approach to photography, creating a strong narrative full of dynamism—she may catch the groom mid-backflip on the dance floor or the bride in full regalia racing down an opulent twisting staircase. She also shares the most recent work on her constantly updated blog. She uses both digital and film; prices upon request.
Malott is a former fashion photographer with more than 25 years of experience shooting weddings around the world, often for high-profile clients like Laura Linney and Teri Hatcher. Her work has appeared in magazines like Town & Country, People, and Vogue, while a recent assignment found her following teenage Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on her travels in the Middle East and Africa. Complete wedding packages start at $8,500.
An award-winning photojournalist, Bloom has documented hundreds of weddings and excels at catching spontaneous and genuine moments of movement, laughter, and surprise. For couples who want only a few hours of coverage, her rates start at $300 per hour.
Tatiana Brenizer, who has received awards from Brides and The Knot, and husband Ryan have shot over 1,000 weddings between them: intimate backyard affairs, big-city bashes, and extravagant Moroccan-casbah blowouts. You can expect elegant portraiture and documentary storytelling. Prices start at $5,500.
Ira Lippke’s clean style is in demand on both coasts. When he and his collective of photographers and filmmakers, formerly known as Ira Lippke Studios, 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 $9,000.
Couples undecided about the type of photographer they want should check out this group, curated by industry expert Lisa Raffo Ashley. She reps a whole stable of vendors, including photographers like Samm Blake, Les Loups, and Shannen Natasha, and videographers like Lovebrain Films. Prices vary by artist but start at $5,500 for a basic, eight-hour collection.
Timothy and Lydia Lee, who each have more than 15 years of experience in wedding photography, shoot in a documentary style. They combine the elegance and artistry of Paris (her city) with the drive and glamour of New York (his). They specialize in film but also shoot digital. Prices upon request.
France has perfected his naturalistic style as an editorial photographer for People, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as for hundreds of weddings in far-flung corners of the world. A basic, limited-time package is $5,000, or $6,500 for an unlimited day. All packages include hi-res files; premium packages include 4 x 6 proofs.
A former Vogue and Glamour editorial photographer, Williams uses a documentary approach to capture the emotions of each couple. Packages are customized and include a hard drive of hi-res images, an online gallery, and a consultation for curating a wedding album. Williams is also available for destination weddings. Prices upon request.
47 Bergen St., nr. Boerum Pl., third fl., Cobble Hill; 914-275-5288; torywilliams.com
Trent Bailey Studio
Trent and Dara—the husband-and-wife team behind this studio—create beautiful, authentic images, such as a bride readying her dress or a glance between the bride and groom during their first dance. They shoot using both film and digital. Prices start at $8,000, or $5,000 for an associate.
Cyndy Warwick and Sheila Brown have earned international acclaim for fusing a documentary aesthetic with a flair for fashion. Their experience and willingness to accommodate any situation, such as a bride and groom who want to lie on the beach without mussing their finery, have made them word-of-mouth favorites. They’ve shot celebrity weddings, including that of Paul Rudd. Prices upon request.
Jacob Whyman offers a rare blend of fashion, photojournalism, and still-life photography to create evocative and timeless images. The award-winning studio has photographed a Kennedy wedding, uses two associate photographers and a cinematographer, and books a year or more in advance. Prices upon request.
Jörg Windau’s boundless energy guarantees a fun experience and unforgettable wedding photos. He knows that connecting with his clients on a personal level makes them comfortable in front of his camera, and he’s known for delivering crisp, elegant images that are bursting with color. Packages start at $4,000.
Inspired by his background in fashion, photographer Charles David aims to show unforgettable moments—such as a close-up of a flower-crowned bride shedding a single tear at the altar. He’s great at finding texture and color and is always down for a destination wedding. From $2,700.
O’Hara’s wedding photography displays the same artful photojournalistic style she used for Martha Stewart Weddings. She takes traditional portraits and stills of details such as the flowers and cake, shooting in both medium format and digital. From $5,000.
RISD grad Karen Zieff describes her approach as cinematic: Think bridesmaids teetering on a cobblestone path in heels or a bride’s out-of-focus face in the back of a car. She offers both film and digital and even uses antique cameras to produce vintage-looking images. From $4,500.
Élan Artists is a cooperative of photojournalists, cinematographers, musicians, and film artists with backgrounds in fashion, documentary, and the fine arts. Their artistic techniques will reflect your event through intimate realism, and each image tells a story. Prices upon request.