Kelly and her team are some of the top working photojournalists and filmmakers in NYC. You've seen their bylines under iconic images in newspapers, magazines and museums around the world such as: The New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, International Center of Photography, MOMA and Sundance Film Festival just to name a few. Despite our hardcore photojournalist exteriors we all share a soft spot for weddings. To us, weddings are a breath of fresh air, a chance to share some good news for once. We'll cover your event like it's front page news, bringing with us a level of story telling skills unmatched in the traditional wedding photography industry.
Kelly Guenther has a degree in photojournalism, was a staff photographer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and a freelance photographer for the New York Times. In 2002 she won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for her contribution to the New York Times' coverage of 9/11. Soon after Kelly launched her wedding photojournalism business. What started as "something to do on the weekends" quickly grew into a full time job. Her fly-on-the-wall approach, coupled with a sensitivity and joy for the subject matter, were a perfect fit for the unique NYC bride who wants anything but a cookie-cutter wedding. Martha Stewart, The Knot and New York Magazine have featured her weddings and named her as one of the top wedding photographers in NYC.
I believe there are no do-overs in real life. A laugh, wink, that stolen kiss, all happen in a split second. I know how to anticipate a moment and be there when it happens. My goal as a photojournalist is to tell stories that have an impact on people's lives, to make a difference. I know my couples will treasure their wedding photos for generations to come and I am truly honored to give them that gift. I've personally photographed over 200 weddings. You'd think all that white taffeta and buttercream frosting would make me cynical about weddings but it's just the opposite. I get to document pure joy and love. That's just not something most people get to see everyday. I see it almost every weekend and by the end of the night my face hurts from smiling so much behind the camera. I find it inspirational and it drives me to be a better photographer, a better person.
Michael Nagle is an award-winning photographer whose photojournalism, portraiture, and travel work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the world. Along with being a regular contributor to The New York Times, Michael's pictures have been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Life, Fortune, Business Week, Wired, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald, New York Magazine, and more. Mike is a regular contributor to the Vows column in the Times. Clients love Mike for his great sense of humor and easy, laid back style: "It was like having a good friend take our photos."
Drew Anthony Smith is our California guy. After a stint at The Baltimore Sun as a staff photographer, he made his way to NYC in 2010. He now freelances for The New York Times, Associated Press and The Tribune Company just to name a few. Drew assisted me for much of the 2010 season, and I was so impressed with him that I bumped him up to associate. Drew treats a wedding day like an editorial assignment by documenting interactions, details, and nuances that make each wedding day unique. His organic approach captures the day as it unfolds versus manufacturing memories. He has a fantastic sense of timing. His photos are full of energy and humor, like Drew himself.
Ben Norman is our newest addition to the studio. I actually met him 4 years ago while shooting his brother's wedding. He had an impressive portfolio while still in college and I quickly snatched him up as my assistant. These days Ben Norman's byline is everywhere: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine and TIME. He also recently completed ad campaigns for City Harvest and The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Ben is a unique combination of youth, ambition and humility. He's going places and we're thrilled to have him on the team. He dabbles in video as well and shot the client testimonial videos on the site.
Here's what he has to say about weddings: "I’m at my best when I’m placed in the middle of the action, whether it’s the U.S. Open finals or a pre-ceremony bridal suite, but I relish the quiet moments in between—grandpa and the bride hugging before walking down the aisle or the flower girl lost in her dress. Every week, the two biggest newspapers in the world trust me to capture the defining moments of our culture. Let me do the same for you and your wedding."