Why hire us?
With nearly a decade of experience providing wedding photography in NY and NJ, we’ve perfected our approach to making sure things run smoothly on the photographic end. We’ve flourished in countless “less ideal” conditions (we actually love inclement elements like rain and snow). We’ve been fortunate enough to capture star athletes and stunning actresses, to Fortune 500 NYC executives and adorably awkward couples claiming they HATE being in front of the camera (SPOILER ALERT: They loved their photos). Our end goal is always to ensure our couples receive the very best care before, on, and after your wedding day. This means unlimited consultations and swift responses/advice, being an absolute pleasure and rock of calmness in any given situation on your big day, and guaranteeing your heirloom photo album is pristine for your children, your children’s children, and beyond. Remember that, of everything spent for your wedding, the investment you make in your photographer is the only one whose value actually increases over time.
What’s your photographic background?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you how I got into photography the day I was born (see the photographic proof instead). I have always been a photographer at heart, taking a few courses in college, and shooting events for friends, but only turned professional several years ago. It has now blossomed into a full-time romance, sometimes to the chagrin of my real-life, ever-loving & gorgeous supportive wife. 😉
What is your photographic style and approach?
I’m not your typical wedding photographer. Quality of light is the most important aspect of photography, and that’s what sets me apart. Since I bring my own light with me, I can operate in any given situation, which is a crucial skill when it comes to weddings taking place in dark cavernous churches or reception halls with colored walls/high ceilings. You can rest assured, your photos will be awesome everywhere you go. Stylistically, I strive for contemporary NYC photojournalism juxtaposed with classic portraiture and a modern metropolitan edginess. In other words, my fine art photography is current, but at the same time, keeps the aspects that make a photo timeless. I am extremely low-profile, and love being a ninja when it comes to capturing your images. If you’re looking for someone “in-your-face”, asking you and your guests for false smiles into the camera and put you in cheesy poses, I’m not for you. While I will give you direction in posing to help flatter your best features during portrait sessions, I prefer to tell the story of your day exactly as awesome as it unfolds, and no less… This awesomeness can be found in my wedding photography gallery.
Why do you limit your weddings to only 25 per year?
Since I refuse to outsource retouching or batch-process, and individually edit each and every single image you receive, each wedding takes a fair amount of time and devotion (rightly so) in order to get my clients one of the fastest turnarounds in the industry (3-5 weeks). Therefore, please understand that in order to simultaneously be a proper dad, husband, and business owner, I must limit the weddings I take on to 25 each year at this time.
Are you insured and do you have backup gear?
Absolutely, and absolutely.
How soon will our wedding photos be done?
I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t like to keep things on his plate. Call it, “anti-procrastination”. Weddings take a great deal of time due to the sheer number of photos to cull and edit with their due personal attention, please give those about 3-5 weeks. You’ll find a sneak peek via my facebook page a day or two before your full gallery is up to view. If your wedding is in the off-season, your photos will be completed significantly sooner. Though it takes a massive amount of time to post-process each of your images, I make it a goal to highly prioritize my clients. Thusly, an important and consistent key to my success has been my efficiency. I’ve heard some horror stories with friends that have had to wait years for their finished products.. but my policy for each and every client is to never under-deliver, and always over-deliver.
What do I need to do to book you for my wedding?
I require a 50% non-refundable retainer and signed contract to reserve your date. The remainder of the balance must be paid in-full 30 days before your wedding.
What if you get sick or something happens to you?
I have never EVER missed a shoot, much less a wedding. However, God-forbid the unthinkable should happen, I will find you an excellent award-winning wedding photographer who is more than capable of delivering the goods to my (and more importantly your) high standards. Even if I were physically unable to shoot your wedding, I would still be the one editing the final images from said replacement wedding photographer.
Are all your photos retouched?
All the photos you receive will be individually hand-edited (color-corrected, edited for exposure, cropped for composition) and incredible. They will have gone through extensive and circumspect processing. The photos you see on the blog have all been given extra-special attention and given my custom treatment. The number you receive will depend on which collection you have chosen. Feel free to contact me for details!
What type of photographic equipment do you use?
I shoot with all professional gear, my favorites being the following-
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 16-35 F2.8L II
Canon 24-70 F2.8L II
Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II
Canon 100 F2.8L IS Macro
Canon 135 F2L
Sigma 50 F1.4 Art
Sigma 85 F1.4 Art
How far are you willing to travel to shoot weddings?
How far are you willing to take me? =)
My wedding photography style is typically appreciated in New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx), Long Island, New Jersey, and pretty much anywhere else in the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), even though I reside in the Hudson Valley. That said, I’ve always got a gear bag packed for wherever you’d like me to go!
“Here’s the most important thing you need to know about wedding pictures:
Book the best photographer you can afford as soon as you set the date.
The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die,
and you won’t even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception.
But the wedding pictures last forever.”
~Leslie Milk, It’s Her Wedding but I’ll Cry if I Want to
Of all the things that go into your wedding day, at the end of it all, only a few last a lifetime. Your wedding photos should be considered a top priority– a cherished heirloom filled with memories you can relive over and over, showing your future children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren… The initial investment for your wedding starts at $4100, and all collections include an heirloom album and all hi-resolution files. Hit “CONTACT” in the menu above for more information regarding the rates of my collections or any other questions you may have!