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Wedding Photography In The Greater NYC Area

Wedding Photographer

Serving the tri-state area of NJ, NY, PA & CT

If you want the best wedding photographer serving the New York metropolitan area (popularly referred to as the Tri-state area – New Jersey, New York,  Pennsylvania & Connecticut), Lee Smathers Photography comes highly recommended!

Lee Smathers, isn’t just any other photographer. Lee boasts of two decades of experience in the industry. His Master’s in Photography, 20+ years teaching photography, and unmatched passion for visual artistry and formal photography make Lee the best photographer for the job!

Wedding photography is a once-in-a-lifetime affair that leaves no chances for experimentation. You have to be sure about the wedding photographer you hire. Skill and experience aside, they must be highly reviewed and passionate. Lee Smathers Photography offers just that!

We understand the uniqueness and seriousness of wedding photography! Capturing all family members at one location on the most important day of your life is a privilege we take very seriously. Lee is a passionate and highly skilled wedding photographer and is proud to serve the entire NYC metropolitan area including but not limited to these cities: Teaneck, Garfield, Fair Lawn, Manhattan, Yonkers, Lincoln, Belleville, Bloomfield, Montclair, Mount Pleasant

Get every moment captured exactly how you want. Lee can do it all but finds the most pleasure in capturing the bride and groom’s first look, speeches, dances with parents, and fun pictures.

 

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Professional NYC Wedding Photographer Services

Wedding Couple Photos

Couple photos or bride and groom wedding photos are among the most important (if not the most important) wedding photos. At Lee Smather Photography, we understand this all too well, which is why we work with couples beforehand to understand what they want or expect and offer professional and fun suggestions.

Whether you love romantic wedding photography, colorful wedding photography, timeless wedding photography, or other types of wedding couple photos, we can make it happen. Lee can pull off the perfect handhold wedding photos, stroll wedding couple photos, ring shot wedding photos, classic kiss wedding couple photos, and more. We can take the lift, dip, piggyback, and jump wedding photos, as well as special requests to make the experience exceedingly unique. 

We guarantee couple wedding photos that capture the classic, real and memorable moments that you will treasure forever. Let’s document your couple’s story in a way that depicts your love, beauty, and happiness.

Best Wedding Photographers In The Greater NYC Area

The greater NYC Area doesn’t have a shortage of wedding photographers. However, don’t settle for anything but the best wedding photographer in the Greater NYC area for obvious reasons. 

You can’t repeat a wedding to capture moments you missed. You need a photographer who understands this to the core and gets the job done perfectly on your big day! 

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Engagement Photoshoot

You shouldn’t wait for your wedding to hire us. We do engagement photoshoots in NYC and beyond. Let’s capture your union from the start! We can help grooms-to-be plan engagements and capture the moments perfectly. If you need ideas on location, outfits, themes, perfect proposals, props, and more, we can assist. 

If you just got engaged but didn’t capture the moments perfectly, we can do a photoshoot to recapture everything as you wish. Whether you want a romantic sunset engagement photoshoot or a summer photoshoot characterized by freshness, warmth, and brightness, we can make anything happen!

Outdoor Engagement Photos

The New York metropolitan area offers countless perfect locations for an outdoor engagement photo shoot. We have many outdoor engagement photo ideas to share. We can also make your dream outdoor NYC engagement photos come to life. 

Our main wedding photography services include but aren’t limited to, wedding couple photos, bridal photoshoots, and engagement shoots. Tell us what you want. GET IN TOUCH! CALL 201-565-5510.

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Bridal Photoshoot

Every bride dreams of stunning bridal photos that will bring back memories and emotions of your wedding day at a glance years after the wedding. However, it takes unmatched skill, meticulous preparation, and the perfect lighting to have perfect bridal photos. 

Our ultimate goal is getting you (the bride) to feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt before the camera starts rolling. To do this, we work with brides to ensure everything is perfect for the shoot. We take time to understand your preferences, personality, and relationship.

We also choose locations and time together and guide you on everything, including posing. You’ll have enough time to relax, get your hair and make-up done, pose, change locations, take a few impromptu fun photos, and more!

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Meet Lee

The Sustainable Choice. Renewable energy, financial freedom, the environment, and plant-based alternatives are all things that I stand for. I’m a millennial trapped in a Gen X’s body!

Aside from pulling up to your wedding in a fully electric vehicle, alternatively accepting digital currencies for payment, and politely passing on the steak; I’m a pretty darn good photographer!

I’ve been a visual artist since I can remember. In my youth, I illustrated comic books and drew my own baseball cards. However, in college, I put down the pen and pencil in favor of the camera as my tool to create. After receiving my Master’s in Photography, I taught photography in South Korea for two decades.

Since 2019, Lee Smathers Photography LLC has grown and evolved into a wedding and portrait photography business serving the greater NYC tristate area. I consider my photography style to be timeless and classic.

Because formal pictures with my father at my wedding are some of the last great pictures I have of him, I place very high importance on formal pictures. Wedding events might be the only time both your families are all together in one location. I can’t tell you how hard it is to get my brother, sister, mom, and me into the same photo today.

As an artist, I am always trying to look around for new creative ways to tell the wedding story. My particular favorite parts of the wedding day are the First Look, Dances with Parents, the Speeches, and fun pictures with the Bridal Party. You can bet I’m going to spend a lot of special attention on all of these moments at your ceremony!

Wedding Photography Tips for Couples

If you wish for excellent wedding photography, you must play your role as the bride and groom. Here are some crucial wedding photography tips to consider;

Have Your Ideas

It helps to have ideas of what perfect wedding photography looks to you beforehand. You can go on Pinterest to get inspiration and share such ideas with your photographer. This tip reveals your personality and preferences, increasing your chances of getting the exact kind of wedding photos you want.
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Posing & Props Matter

To have great wedding photos, you must purposefully pose. You also need to utilize the available props. Props can be anything from flowers to paper planes and placards. Purpose to use them to add some genuine fun to the experience.
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Plan for Hair & Makeup

You'll probably need to be "touched up" before your wedding photo session. To avoid mistakes like bad make-up or other styling mishaps, spare time for styling to avoid rushing the process and compromising the outcome.
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Hire a Great Photographer

This is undoubtedly the most important tip to consider. If you hire the best NYC wedding photographer you can find, you don’t have to worry about anything. Great wedding photographers have the ideas, props, and plans to make everything work perfectly. 
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One of a Kind Wedding Experience

After your wedding day, all you are left with are memories. A great wedding photographer has the ability to capture your big day in such a way that you relive the day every time you see your wedding photos. Don’t gamble with wedding photography. Get a professional NYC wedding photographer capable of recording the magnificent experiences of your big day forever.

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Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions

There’s more to New York Metropolitan Area wedding photography than what is covered above. Here are some wedding photography FAQs you should consider as you decide to seek NYC wedding photography services.

Different wedding photographers in the New York metropolitan area charge different prices. You can expect photography costs ranging from $1,500 to over $6,000 depending on many factors, the most notable being expertise. 

Novice wedding photographers charge the least for obvious reasons. You should expect exactly what you pay for. Pro NYC wedding photographers are the most expensive. However, you are bound to get value for money. 

Your wedding photographer will charge you for his equipment (cameras, lights, lenses, props, and other accessories or items used for your photoshoot). Pro photographers have the latest and most expensive equipment, which is reflected in the quote. 

The pricing also includes transport expenses, the photographer’s hourly rate, and considerations like experience. He/she may also charge depending on customer preferences i.e., the number of photos you want, frames, special requests, etc.

It depends! Your wedding budget should guide you. However, expect to spend more on professional wedding photographers for reasons discussed above. Typical wedding photography budgets in the NY, NJ, and CT area start from $1,500.

You can find all kinds of photographers online via a simple Google search. However, to find the best, you must dig deeper. Experience is a critical factor to consider, with the best wedding photographers having decades of photography experience. 

Referrals or wedding customer reviews can also guide you on what it’s like to work with specific photographers. Most importantly, look at their work. Do you like their wedding photography portfolio? Can they provide some of their best work?

It depends! Wedding photography contracts vary depending on various factors. In most cases, couples negotiate for specific items in a wedding photography package. However, a typical wedding photography package should include photography for the entire day, a wedding album, a select number of prints and digital photography, and an online gallery. Popular additions include additional photographers, engagement photography, pre-wedding photoshoot, and wedding videography.

It depends. A wedding photographer can take thousands of wedding photographs during one wedding. There are many photos that are discarded for reasons such as bad lighting. Photographers won’t charge for such photos. 

You should focus on the wedding photos you choose as those are the ones you will pay for in many cases. However, some wedding packages have specifics on the number of photos and cost implications.

The best/most memorable wedding photos are taken when the bride, groom, and their guests are in their most relaxed state, enjoying the moments. You shouldn’t, therefore, worry too much about posing and just be relaxed. If you have a great wedding photographer like Lee, he will guide you through every step. 

To save time, you can learn some important dos and don’ts of wedding photo poses. It’s worth noting that some postures make someone appear tense when they aren’t. For instance, your shoulders shouldn’t be rigid. Lengthening your torso (from your head) also helps to straighten your posture giving you a thinner appearance. Your arms should also be free as opposed to being pressed against your body.

It depends. Tipping is a practice meant to appreciate extraordinary service. If your photographer delivers above your expectations, you should consider tipping them. However, if you have a solid wedding photography package and you feel the photographer delivered satisfactory services, tipping isn’t necessary.

While you are free to tip any amount you wish, 10% is a common figure. If the photographer is working with other personnel i.e., a photography assistant, you can tip them based on their performance. A $50 to $100 tip is appropriate for a wedding photography assistant.

Ideally, engagement and wedding photography should be handled by the same person. In fact, many couples use engagement shoots to pick wedding photographers. However, they can be different if you don’t like your engagement photos or don’t wish to work with a photographer again for whatever reason.

If you hire Lee Smathers Photography, you don’t need to worry about anything, including wedding photo locations. We can plan for photoshoots in key NYC locations like Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, Botanical Garden, Graffiti Walls, Brownstone Stoops, Dumbo, and more. Just let us know if you have wedding photography location preferences in NY, NJ, or CT. 

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Lee Smathers Photography serves the Greater NYC Tri-State area. We offer wedding photographer services in New York, New Jersey & Connecticut and cover most top photography locations in these areas.

Have memorable pictures taken in New York City locations mentioned above or New Jersey locations like The Red Mill, Pier Village, Historic Batsto Village, Art Factory Studios, and more. Get wedding photos taken from Valley Falls Park, Waveny Park, Kent Falls State, and more in Connecticut.

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