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What makes great wedding photography

What is great wedding photography? Is it the perfectly posed photo that captures a couple’s brightest smiles and star-struck gazes of true love? Is it the candid photo of the two caught in the act of being their goofy, down-to-earth selves? Better yet, what is great wedding photography in the perspectives of the photographer and those who are photographed? How does that saying go…”A picture says a thousand words.”? That’s right, photos are like works of art that are interpreted in the eye of the beholder. We all see the same thing, but at our own angles.

Today, we hear from a professionally photographed bride paired with my own thoughts on what makes great wedding photography.

From Photographer (Tatiana):

What do you see when you look at a wedding photo? Excellent lighting, ideal composition, great direction. That’s what you see when you look at these photos. What my clients see transcend the beauty of these photos, they relive the meaningful moment captured in that image over, and over again – the photos are alive and have breath, they will live on and on, through memory. To capture these once-in-a-lifetime shots for my clients, I need to understand who they are as a couple and what is meaningful to them. I have to be present and listen to exactly what it is that these smitten couples are communicating to me and capture that at the moment it happens – it is not orchestrated, it is organic. I have to be intuitive and feel connected with the couple to deliver meaningful photographs that tell the couple’s story in the most perfect, natural way.

Romantic meaningful moment between a bride and a maid of honor.

Photo: The bride, Jessica, and her 12-year-old maid of honor.
Wedding date: 04.12.2015
Wedding venue: The Water’s Edge, NYC

Story behind this photo: This is the bride and her 12-year-old maid of honor. The bride and the groom are high school sweethearts. They started dating when their maid of honor (groom’s sister) was born. The age of their love story equals to the age of this lovely girl on the right. The two girls symbolize the beautiful pinnacle moment of this relationship. The light and the skyline ahead symbolizes the bright future ahead. I strive to capture photos that captures my clients the way they see themselves. Photos, that reflect the very essence of my clients’ most memorable moment.

Both the bride and the photographer agree that great wedding photography results from a connection between the photographer and those who are being photographed. An unspoken understanding between the photographer and the couple combined with the photographer’s skill to beautifully capture meaningful moments creates magic – exceptional wedding photography that keeps bringing to life every treasured point in time over and over again.

Our Process

Artvesta Studio – is an award-winning photography and videography production company based out of Manhattan. In this video we are explaining our process by breaking it into seven key touch points.

To ensure our team has everything covered, we break our typical photo project into 7 key touchpoints:

1) Initial consultation, concept design
2) Contract signing. A deposit is required to book your date.
3) Family photo combinations planning
4) Location scouting and the day-of logistics planning
5) Optional Pre-wedding photoshoot
6) Wedding photoshoot
7) Post production, album design and printing

Artvesta Studio’s Process

Meet Tatiana Valerie at ArtVesta Studio

Tatiana Valerie at Panache Bridal NYC

Behind the scenes — posing the bride & groom

Behind the scenes — fashion shoot for Panache Bridal and Sophisticated Weddings magazine



Give us a call or email us if you have any questions or to schedule your free consultation! | 212.300.3897

Tatiana Valerie and Olga Kvitko are featured in Marie Claire UK May 2014 issue

Tatiana Valerie at Artvesta Studioand Olga Kvitko couture are featured in Marie Claire magazine – May 2014 issue. Congratulations to Olga Kvitko, stunning gown!

A classical silk organza and re-embroidered French lace corset with lace up back dress by Olga Kvitko is featured in April’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar and May’s issue of Marie Claire UK.

Photo by  Tatiana Valerie | Makeup by Anastasia Durasova | Model Julia Melnikova

Tatiana Valerie at Artvesta studio is featured in Marie Claire magazine 2014


Pnina Tornai 2018 Bridal Runway Show

This year’s Pnina Tornai 2018 Bridal Runway Show was spectacular. Lots of glitter! Some amazing form-fitting gowns combining sheer and open areas with pretty and elaborate lace.

The full, princess gowns had the audience in awe.  Take a look for yourself! What is your favorite Pnina Tornai 2018 gown?

Independence Day inspirations – styled shoot by Colin Cowie

If you are thinking about celebrating the 4th of July with your friends and family, take a look at this independence day photo shoot we styled for this very occasion.

We covered everything from the overall motif and vision, to the invitations, to the table settings, the signature drink, cupcakes and flowers that embrace the very spirit of the day.

Colin Cowie brought his signature style and vision to pull this whole event together. His close collaboration with everyone and attention to the finest detail brings a level of panache that is so quintessentially classy to the whole affair.

4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot
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4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot

4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot

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Engaging invites, featured by The New York Times, devised this innovative Independence Day themed shoot by providing custom-made interactive invitations. Engaging Invites incorporates people’s favorite video or photos into a slideshow invitation, an innovation that brings a next level of personalization to any invitation!

Alchemy Fine Home did a fabulous job bringing together a classic table setting that incorporates the colors of our flag while creating room for all of the amazing goodies to come.

4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot
4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot

Cream Blossoms brought delectable, unique floral cupcakes that are to pretty to eat. BUT those fluffy, moist cupcakes filled with blueberries and topped with heavenly edible buttercream flowers were simply too good to resist!

Spring & Social provided the stunning table florals incorporating red ranunculus, white peonies, and blue sea hollies. The floral artist masterfully played with soft pastel colors and the assertive red to perfectly blend them into elegant fragrant harmony.
The Grand Bevy, the guru of spirits and signature cocktails, provided the signature refreshing cocktail:

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
2 oz Hibiscus Tea
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Blueberry syrup
1.5 oz Blueberries (muddled)
Fresh Mint
Fresh Tarragon


And last but not least, Tatiana Valerie at Artvesta Studio documented the shoot. Please enjoy the photos and the video and Happy 4th of July!!!
4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot

4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot

4th of July Independence Day Styled Shoot