New York is a thriving hotspot for talented photographers, and we’ve put together a list of the best wedding photographers in The Empire State. Whether you are looking for someone to shoot your engagement session, wedding or both, all of the photographers on our list are exceptional and would be a great choice for your big day. Please note that this list is not in any particular order.
1. Ryan Brenizer Photography – New York City, NY
Ryan Brenizer has quite the impressive resume, from having photographed three US presidents to having a photographic technique named after him. But Ryan’s affinity for photographing weddings is unique; he loves shooting the visible emotions and documenting the experience of a couple launching a new stage in their life. He has shot hundreds of weddings with his own distinct professional photojournalistic approach, including his method of capturing panoramic portraits with a shallow depth of field (aka the Brenizer Method). Ryan is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, Fearless Photographers and has been named one of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo.
2. Samm Blake – New York City, NY
Samm Blake started to explore photography at a young age and after walking away with a degree in photography and journalism in Australia, quickly fell in love with the trade due to the prospect of complete creative control and has since become one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the world. Samm’s photography technique is a combination of artistry and documentary in a subtle and authentic way. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious photography awards, including the Top Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo, and has been published in a number of international publications including Harper’s Bazaar.
3. Emin Kuliyev – The Bronx, NY
Emin Kuliyev is an award-winning wedding photojournalist who has been documenting weddings for over ten years. Using his background in graphic design, he is able to carefully compose beautiful photographs and has an exceptional sense of timing in order to accurately capture real life moments. Emin has received numerous accolades and awards from renowned associations such as the Wedding Photojournalist Association and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. He was recently chosen as one of the Top 10 Fearless Photographers of 2012 and one of American Photo’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers of 2013.
4. Levi Stolove Photography – Brooklyn, NY
Levi Stolove has been photographing since he was 13 years old and what started as a passion and a hobby quickly turned into a prodigious career. Levi views photography as a way to explore the world and his love for love is displayed in each genuine and emotional image. He is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and the his work has been featured in many international publications such as Brides New York, New York Magazine and the top online wedding resources.
5. Elizabeth Lloyd Photography – Brooklyn, NY
Elizabeth Lloyd started her career as a documentary-style professional photographer, shooting fine art and editorial before ultimately shifting to wedding photography. Her goal is to create photographs that are timeless and will affect generations to come the same way they affect you today. Her ability to capture natural joy and intimacy in an unobtrusive manner results in gorgeous images that reflect her contemporary and evocative style. Elizabeth is an award-winning member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and Fearless Photographers and is consistently mentioned in the top online wedding resources.
6. Stak Photography – New York City, NY
Steven Young of Stak Photography says that photography is his life. He does whatever it takes to ensure that his clients receive mind-blowing photos that accurately portray the emotion felt on the happiest day of their lives. His shoots weddings in a way that captures the essence of the day and hopes that the images will make you laugh, smile and cry. In addition to portraits, detail shots and candids, Steven sets up the STAK-booth at weddings so that guests can have fun taking silly pictures in a photobooth fashion. Steven is an award-winning member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and Fearless Photographers and has been featured in many publications, including Inside Weddings and Rangefinder.
7. Susan Stripling – Brooklyn, NY
Susan Stripling has photographed weddings all over the United States and beyond, in places such as South America, Finland, France, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Greece. In 2012 she was named one of the Top Ten Photographers by American Photo Magazine. She has also won multiple awards from prestigious associations such as Fearless Photographers and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. Susan’s work has been featured in international publications such as Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times and Town and Country Weddings. She’s also been incredibly honored to be featured in photography magazines such as Rangefinder, Capture Magazine, American Photo Magazine and trade publications for Nikon USA.
8. Tracey Buyce Photography – Saratoga Springs, NY
Tracey Buyce was working toward her master’s in mental health counseling when she decided to pursue her passion of photography instead. Not only is she an established wedding photographer, but she also does dog photography and volunteers with many charities in her spare time. Her view is that your wedding photos depict the relationship between you and the people you love, and that your photos will communicate who they are and the individual bond you have with each of them. Tracey is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, Fearless Photographers and Professional Photographers of America. These awards are what make Tracey such a distinguishable New York wedding photographer.
9. McKay’s Photography – Rochester, NY
Heather McKay discovered her love for photography in middle school and today, her passion has grown into a career. Her specialty is in photo-journalistically capturing weddings and in creating fine heirloom wedding albums for her couples to enjoy for generations. Heather’s style is clean and modern and she is an award-winning member of Fearless Photographers, a Certified Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of America and has been recognized as a sustainable business by GreenerPhotography.org.
10. Ira Lippke Studios – Manhattan, NY
Ira Lippke has been a professional photographer for over twenty years, shooting in a style he likes to call “fine art documentary photography.” His extensive experience and vast portfolio demonstrate his talent and skill. Ira is one of the most well-known and celebrated event photographers in the country and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Photographer of the Year award from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and American Photo’s Top Wedding Photographers. His work has been published in many international publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times and Inside Weddings.
11. Roey Yohai Photography – Manhattan, NY
Roey Yohai has been shooting weddings for over ten years with a fresh, elegant, documentary style. He enjoys the level of trust that is involved with photographing someone’s wedding and loves capturing all of the beautiful moments that are shared at each unique event. Roey also is an international politics photographer, with presidents, ministers and ambassadors all on his resume. Roey was selected as Brides New York’s Editor’s Choice Best of Wedding Photography and is consistently mentioned on the top online wedding resources.
12. Shira Weinberger – New York City, NY
Shira Weinberger’s approach to shooting a wedding is to tell a story from beginning to end so that the images will make the wedding come alive. Her unobtrusive manner allows her to take photos that accurately portray the events and emotions of the wedding day. Shira is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and the Best of Wedding Photography Association. Her work has been published in many of the top wedding resources, including Brides Magazine.
13. Brian Dorsey Studios – New York City, NY
Brian Dorsey is internationally recognized by many associations as well as his colleagues as one of the top wedding photographers in the world and a master of creating photographs that radiate honesty. His ability to make brides more comfortable and connect on a personal level with his clients allows his images to truly show the emotions and feelings that stemmed from the wedding day. Brian has been named one of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo and is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. His work has been published in many international publications such as The New York Times and Professional Photographer Magazine.
14. Tomas Flint Photographers – Rochester, NY
Tomas Flint has been documenting weddings for over 8 years. As a photographer, his ultimate goal is to channel the energy of what he is witnessing through his heart and back out again. His work’s scope aims to illustrate the magic of the human connection with an artistic, modern, documentary-style of storytelling – resulting in gorgeous imagery that is both lifelike and heartfelt. Tomas is an award-winning member of Fearless Photographers and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, a Top-20 ‘A-List’ Photographer as named by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine and an active member of the Professional Photographers of America.
15. Angelica Glass – Long Island, NY
Angelica Glass doesn’t consider herself to be a traditional wedding photographer. Her shooting style is to take fantastic images that are “frighteningly real and hysterically awkward.” She is able to capture photos that bring the wedding and party to life and showcase how much fun everyone is having. Angelica has been named one of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo and her work has been published in international publications such as People Magazine and Instyle Weddings.
16. Inbal Sivan – Brooklyn, NY
Inbal Sivan has photographed over two hundred weddings and her fine art photography has been featured in many international publications. Her extensive experience in the field is evident in her portfolio and her images are vibrant and beautiful. In addition to being a professional photographer, she has also held several faculty positions in photography programs, teaching about different techniques and subjects in the photography field. Inbal is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and is frequently mentioned on the top online wedding resources.
17. Ciro Photography – New Rochelle, NY
Rich Janniello began his photography career after graduating from Fordham University and has since established himself as one of the top wedding photographers in the industry. His goal is to provide beautiful, honest photos that represent true moments and that will be cherished for generations. His photographs have won over 25 international awards and have appeared in many publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine and The New York Times.
18. Stylish & Hip Weddings Photography – Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer MacFarlane discovered her love for photography during her teenage years by shooting the underground music and skateboarding scene. She earned a degree in Photography and began her career as a photojournalist, working for several prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek and New York Magazine. After honing her craft and technique as an established editorial photographer, Jennifer was asked to shoot a friend’s wedding and realized that she found her calling. Jennifer founded Stylish & Hip Weddings, which shoots weddings in a refreshingly fun and hip way. She is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and Stylish & Hip Weddings is regularly featured in the top online wedding resources.
19. Photomuse – Brooklyn, NY
Kristin Reimer founded Photomuse in 2002 as a fine art and documentary-style wedding photography studio. Along with Steven Fontas, Photomuse has since developed into an award-winning studio and their photos are praised as sexy, fun and exciting while simultaneously remaining sophisticated and romantic. Kristin’s work has been published in the book Wedding Photography – A Guide to Posing as well as many other online wedding resources. Photomuse has been recognized by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and the International Society of Wedding Professionals.
20. Brian Hatton Photography – New York City, NY
Brian Hatton started out as a commercial photojournalist and performing arts photographer but quickly expanded to shoot weddings as well. His approach to wedding photography is to combine people, real moments, environment and light in a way that highlights personal connections and real emotions in a way that is refreshingly simple and unpretentious. Brian is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and his work has been featured in international publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.