Photographs of special events become more than a record of those moments, they often become the memories themselves. It’s important to choose a photographer you feel comfortable with who also has a style that you appreciate. We’ve rounded up the top New York photographers and broken down what we like about each of them to make your decision process easier. A well-chosen photographer will give you the peace of mind to fully enjoy your celebration and leave the memory-gathering to someone you trust.
Principal Photographer and Founder, Christian Oth, was identified by American Photo as one of the world’s “Ten Best Wedding Photographers.” The Oth team of photographers fully embraces the unpredictability of shooting events, taking joy in scanning the people and spaces to find perfectly-photographable moments. We think the pleasure they bring to this task is evident in their full-room shots that convey festive motion. The studio also offers in-house film and production services to more fully capture events.
For more than 17 years, Craig Paulson Studio has been in the business of capturing beauty in the form of timeless photos. They allow their clients’ stories to unfold organically then capture the moments they’ll want to remember the most. We appreciate the way Craig Paulson Studio photographers are able to predict and position themselves in exactly the right spot to photograph tender glances and fleeting expressions.
Gruber Photographers are inspired by one simple truth, “A moment is defined not only by its subject, but also by the effect it has on those who share it.” As pioneers of the shift to event photojournalism, their signature style is un-scripted and un-posed. Gruber Photographers seek out and capture individual expressions that tell the story of an entire event with heart — and in a way that makes us smile.
The Day is a collective of globally-minded wedding photographers and filmmakers who approach shoots with fashion-editorial, photo-documentary and still-life methods to capture their clients’ stories in a meaningful way. We like how The Day deftly conveys the beauty and sweep of large celebrations from unique and visually-interesting angles.
Micheal Jurick Photography is a team of photographers producing energetic photos that meld fashion journalism with modern portraiture. At their core is the idea of “family” and capturing those close connections in lasting images. Jurick studied art direction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and offers a cinematic style. We appreciate his skill at sourcing cool, gritty locations and how his knowledge of lighting makes magic — especially in night shoots.
Fred Marcus, a self-taught photographer, came to New York from Germany by way of Cuba and built a loyal following for his brilliant portraits along the way. His studio has been in operation for more than 70 years, offering high-quality photographs and service. We’re astounded by the depth of experience of Fred Marcus Studio photographers.
Brian Dorsey Studios boasts not one, but two, of American Photo’s “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World.” They capture not only the feeling of the people they’re photographing, but also their relationship to the place they’re in. Brian Dorsey Studios uses inventive locations and angles that make us wonder how they pulled it off at all, much less with such rich, gorgeous results.
Specializing in reportage-style photos, André Maier Photography documents rather than directs. They cultivate a relaxed, quirky and fun environment which results in pictures that are beautiful and natural. We appreciate the way that André Maier photographers are able to somehow make every angle look like their subjects’ best angles with clear-eyed, yet dreamy, shots.
With home bases in New York and California, Phillip Von Nostrand Photography specializes in capturing bright, cinematic-style lifestyle imagery. He excels at both the technical aspects of photography as well as the human side, connecting with his subjects as he captures them. We believe that it’s the details that create the memories, and Phillip Van Nostrand seeks out and captures every little stylish element with beautiful clarity.
The carefully-cultivated team at Anthony Vazquez are prized for their striking editorial images that tell their clients’ stories by way of the emotions playing out on their faces. We savor the richness of AV’s images — their black-and-white shots offer gorgeous contrast and intensity while their color photos are drenched in deep hues. Their work has resulted in a diverse celebrity clientele including musicians like the Jonas Brothers and personalities like Sherri Shepherd and Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank fame.
Kat Harris is a New York-based photographer who also operates out of LA to capture those tiny almost-overlooked moments that have the power to bring memories flooding back. With a great reverence for life’s most important events, she seeks to portray beauty, truth and depth with her portraits. We appreciate how she connects with her clients with humor and heart to create genuine photos.
Allan Zepeda Photography
For nearly fifteen years, Allan Zepeda has been perfecting his brand of timeless, documentary-style photography. Zepeda takes creative liberties with perspective to capture interesting shots that pack emotional heft. We especially love his pics of charming moments like flower girls clustered in an open window and two grooms sweetly tying each others’ ties before their ceremony.
Brett Matthews Photography
Launched by Sheri LaMagna in 1993 and named after her sons Brett and Matthew, the Brett Matthews Photography studio places a strong emphasis on preserving memories for future generations. The team aims to offer more than a pretty record of a special event but rather a positive experience that results in beautiful works of art. Their ability to take the long-view — stepping back to capture the mood of an entire scene or celebration — wows us.
With a stated goal of “making people look like movie stars,” Salwa Photography approaches taking pictures with an eye for fashion and photojournalism. Founded by real-life couple, Anna and Simon, the studio excels at capturing relationships on film. Their photos manage to be both super-sharp and dreamy at the same time. We love the richness of their color-saturated images and how they bring incredible depth to their black and white shots.
Julie Skarrat Photography
Julie Skarrat spent 15 years in front of the camera as a model and this experience has given her a unique ability to put her subjects at ease. She takes intimate, personal pictures and is the photographer of choice for organizations like the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, MoMA and Carnegie Hall. We appreciate the way her photos seem to circle an event, adding up detail after detail until you get the full, gorgeous picture.
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