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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!
artvestastudio@gmail.com | 212.300.3897

Stacey & Brian – Dreamy Wedding at Castle Hotel & Spa

Stacey and Brian first met as neighbors, living in the same building for five years before ever speaking. She – yes, Stacey – is actually who made the first move, leaving her phone number on Brian’s car. Just like a modern-day princess in our book taking things into her own hands.

Thank goodness that when it came time to celebrate her birthday, their first official celebration together, Brian did so in grand form. Down on one knee with poetic prose, champagne and the ring she said yes to. On her big day, Stacey turned to Pink Ivy Beauty for her flawless hair and Bridal Gal for her picture-perfect face. She found her gown at Rana Bridal in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Initially she was looking for a completely different style, but once one it was not what she wanted. Two more attempts, and then Stacey and her mother found the ONE. The perfect look for a castle wedding for a stunning Morilee princess bride.

Brian’s favorite memory was the first look at his bride and seeing how everything came together in the reception space before the guests entered. For Stacey, it was walking down the aisle and seeing her family and friends smiling faces and knowing that she was walking towards her future husband.

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Welcome! ArtVesta Studio

Welcome!

ArtVesta Studio is a full-service photography and videography studio based out of New York City. Our team has been providing award-winning photography and videography services for over a decade.

Our work has been published in numerous print and online publications, including New York Weddings magazine, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Style Me Pretty and many others. We cannot wait to learn more about you and your wedding day! Our photography style can be described as clean and classic. We also love capturing those “in the moment” shots! Please scroll down do view our photography portfolio.

 

Take a peek at our favorite images below or click here to view our full portfolio.

Why choose us?

We understand that you are not just looking for a wedding photographer, you are looking for a top-notch experience that includes careful planning and perfect execution. When will the coverage start and end? How do the photo and video coverage overlap with the wedding day timeline? What photos need to be taken? How much time do we need for family photos? How do we make sure that the family photo shoot will be quick and painless for everyone involved? How can we take the most flattering photos that also look natural? What is our plan B if it rains? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS to all those questions and many others that you don’t know you don’t know! 

Not sure yet? Just read some of our reviews:

  • I don’t even know where to begin in expressing my extreme gratitude for Tatiana and her team. Absolutely incredible experience. Tatiana was wonderful from beginning to end, she was not only sweet, friendly and a beautiful person, she was also the picture of professionalism. The entire time I was in great hands and I didn’t doubt it for one second. When I received the photos and footage of my wedding, my heart stood still. She captured so many endearing moments that I will forever hold dear. Delivering over 1500+ photos, each one a work of art. I am blown away by her! I recommend her without hesitation, in fact, it would be a mistake choosing anyone else! Tatiana and her team are absolutely AMAZING! 100%

    Dani & Yaw, 07/28/2018

  • It is my personal belief that a great photographer should possess two qualities: artistic vision and an approachable personality. Tatiana of Artvesta Studio is a master in the art of capturing moments, but what really stands her apart from the rest is the way she makes her subjects feel about themselves. Tatiana has a way of bringing out the best in everyone, putting even the least ‘photogenic’ individuals at ease, and making them feel their most beautiful. A kind soul with an artistic eye and a romantic heart, Tatiana has a keen ability to capture the beauty in every person, in every space. Her down-to-earth approach shows in her photographs, which frankly speak for themselves. Having worked with Tatiana professionally on editorial shoots and personally for a family session, I can say that having her to capture life’s cherished moments (whatever they may be) is quite a treasure. Whether she’s photographing a wedding day, doing an engagement portrait session, or capturing life’s raw moments, Tatiana’s manner is warm, professional, and communicative, and her photographs are inspired and timeless. You would be hard pressed to find better than Artvesta Studio.

    Samantha Sanders, 10/3/2017

  • I cannot say enough about Tatiana – she was amazing from the moment I reached out for a quote through Yelp. From offering a personal phone call to discuss the specifics of my idea before finalizing a quote, to arriving earlier than expected and handling minute details of the planning process right up until the moment she began taking pictures. The quality of her pictures is second to none, and we were so happy with everything from that afternoon. She was able to take photos that I’d never have imagined could’ve been captured on this day, and am blown away every time I look at the pictures. High recommend Tatiana and her services.

    Nick Perkins 10/10/2018

  • My wife and I were blown away by Tatiana’s photographs and videos.    We flip through our album all the time and people rave about our pictures.  Just beautiful!   Our wedding venue uses has her pictures all over their instagram page because they are the best.  Looking through her pictures brings our wedding back to us every time we look through them.

    Keisha & Liz 10/17/17

  • Tatiana was such an incredible photographer. She made my wedding experience truly special and memorable. She captured the most important moments and was extremely attentive to me throughout the entire day. She was very professional, organized and made sure to capture everything I wanted. Tatiana went above and beyond for my wedding. She even took a special engagement photo shoot for us and those photos turned out to be so gorgeous. Our wedding photos ended up coming out AMAZING and the album is so beautiful. She was so patient and took the time to go over the layouts of each page and work with me to make a special photo album I always imagined.  I am so happy to have hired Tatiana for my wedding day! I HIGHLY recommend her!

    – Amber & David 05/29/17

Ready to learn more? Contact us! 

Anna & Dan’s wedding at Whitby Castle, Rye, NY

I love pretty and unique weddings. This wedding was pretty unique! Beautiful, vivacious Anna and charming, sophisticated, worldly Dan tied the knot in July 2018 at the dreamy Whitby Castle in Rye, NY.

Whitby castle provides such a majestic background  for a wedding ceremony! Anna gracefully glided down the aisle like a fairy princess towards her prince charming and the two united in a beautiful wedding ceremony that ended with a sweet kiss.

The reception rocked! The dance floor was electric, buzzing with action, glowing like Anna’s favorite blue.

The night’s grand finale was pretty epic with sparkles, lots of hugs and a surprise sing-along with friends.

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ArtVesta Studio is featured in New York Weddings magazine 2018

We are beyond thrilled to announce that our work was featured in the Fall 2018 issue of New York Weddings magazine as a full-page editorial.

Keisha and Liz’s epic love story deserved to be told to the world. HERE is Liz & Keisha’s feature on our blog.

Liz & Keisha’s romantic wedding at Whitby Castle, Rye, NY

This fascinating love story is a testament to the true love that makes this world go round. Pictures indeed speak louder than words. Two people, who compliment each other, have found the purest love, happiness, and devotion in each other. What a privilege it was to document your wedding, dear Keisha and Liz.

Liz and Keisha wrote their own vows and those heart-warming words surely made everyone tear up.

 

Liz

Before there was Lizzy and dimples.. There was someone who wasn’t comfortable with being herself… Someone who didn’t want to risk getting hurt and didn’t know how to open her heart… How we got here had its ups and downs, but it led me to here, standing in front of you without a doubt in my mind that i want to marry you.

You have taught me to be myself, stand tall and proud of who i am. You have been there for me every step of the way, you have dried every tear, massaged every sore muscle, and have been there for every 14-hr race from start to finish.

As much as I have been known for my athletic strength, you have been my strength.  I admire you for being true to urself, for living your own best life, and loving with an open heart. I admire you for being strong, intelligent, and direct to the point woman. When I look at you, I see someone i am in awe of.  

From the outside we look like total opposites.  But when you look deeper, you will see two people who love to travel, we cherish our family and friends and enjoy our quiet time at home on a sofa and, of course, with a nice glass of wine.

 

I promise to be a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold and be your shelter as we are stronger together. I promise to travel thru the ups and downs of marriage with you, always by your side. I promise to love with you, laugh with you, to race life’s challenges with you.  I stand in front of family and friends to give you my hand and give you my heart.

 

Keisha

I knew you would be different by our first Christmas together. You had the sweetest Christmas stockings for me filled with knick nacks. There was particularly long odd strangely wrapped gift that you urged me to open first…so i did and it was a box of dirty windshield wiper blades.  I was so confused.

But you wrapped my old windshield wiper blades because you knew i didn’t take good care of my car and you bought me new ones and put them on my car.

Acts of services is how you show love.  You knew i didn’t take the best care of my car and it was winter and the wiper blades needed to be changed months ago.  So you changed them and wrapped the old ones.  You gave me what i needed and have done that over and over for the past eight years. You always know just what i need and it comes at the right time.

If i were to sum up our relationship, I lured you out of ur shell and got you to tell your story and you slowed me down and taught me to be patient. You taught me to wait on the really good days because they were worth it.

And the really good things are not the things you buy. They may not always come in the package that you’d expect. You taught me to be quiet sometimes… You taught me to take care of myself…  that I’m more than just a brain. You’ve made me not be serious.  You taught me to just laugh and make fun of myself.  You taught me life is about those small acts of service day in and day out.

 

It’s about love and devotion. It’s about those moments, when you can just talk to each other and fall asleep in each other’s arms. You taught me that’s what counts and that’s what matters. You are my person. You are the face I want to see every day when I open my eyes and every night when I close them.  You have my heart.  You have my love.  You are my everything. I love you.

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The couple’s wedding was selected for an editorial feature in the most prestigious wedding publication in New York City, New York Weddings magazine in its fall 2018 issue!

The couple’s poignant wedding video has gotten over 3,000 views on YouTube. Congratulations, Liz & Keisha and cheers to the true love!

Photography/videography: ArtVesta Studio
Event planning and design: Björn & Co
Cake: City Sweets and Confections
Florals: Evelisa Floral Design
Venue: Whitby Castle
Linens: BBJ Linens
Rentals: WestSide Party Rentals
Stationary: Say Cheese and Thank You

 

Dani & Yaw’s celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace, NYC

At the end of July, I had the pleasure of photographing not just an elegant and magnificent but celestial wedding of two beautiful people, Danielle and Yaw. It was a quintessential city wedding with the bride and groom getting ready at The Marmara hotel located steps away from their wedding venue, the Midtown Loft and Terrace.

The Marmara Park Avenue’s spacious terraces feature the breathtaking views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and downtown Manhattan.

Dani was walking on the stars in her dreamy and floating Pnina Tornai dress and her classy see through Christian Louboutin stilettos adorned with crystals. Dani’s outfit made her look like an angel enveloped gracefully in the clouds. To finish off the look, Dani’s glittering headpiece really made her Queen of the Stars.

It was such a beautiful and dreamy wedding, quite literally because this WAS, indeed, Dani’s dream perfectly executed in one memorable night.

I asked Dani to share their love story with me and it is as beautiful as this charming couple!

Yaw and I met officially the last week before our college graduation. I was a transfer student, so we almost graduated college without meeting one another. The last week of graduation, Yaw threw a party for the graduates and I accompanied a mutual friend to his party. We met that night, we became friends and soon after a couple. We dated throughout our 20’s, separating once for about a year and a half and then we found our way back to one another. Shortly after our reconciliation, surprise we were pregnant! Yaw took me to Paris for my 30th birthday and proposed to me by the Eiffel Tower and I said yes, of course. Then we saved for our wedding and on July 28th, 2018, I married my best friend!

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Cake designer: City Sweets & Confections
Photography: Artvesta Studio
Floral arrangements: FLO NY
Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace
Makeup: Glamour by Shaniqua

New York fashion week preview at The Ravel hotel

On the eve of the New York bridal fashion week, October 3rd, 2018, event professionals community had a big celebration at the luxurious Ravel hotel in Long Island City. The elaborate celebration featured exquisite gowns by Kleinfeld Bridal, Pnina Tornai, Randy Fenoli, Jaclyn Jordan, Sarah Jassir, Designer Loft, Yumi Katsura, and Galia Lahav. The after party at the reception room of the hotel was so much fun and some might even call it over the top! The abundance of delectable foods and beverages, top-notch bar staff and DJ made it the party to remember for the crème de la crème of the New York event industry folks.

Artvesta photographers provided photography coverage for the event and we had a blast doing so! While Tatiana, the owner and primary photographer, mingled with the guest, our wonderful photographers Jelo and Isaiah, were busy documenting the festivities.

As always, the room was full of familiar faces…some of them were VERY familir, such as Randy Fenoli, an American television presenter and fashion designer who is mainly known for his work on Wedding Dresses and his own TV Show Randy’s Wedding Rescue and Say Yes to the Dress.

 

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Thank you, Sophisticated Weddings New York Edition for featuring the photo gallery. All images were captured by Artvesta Studio’s photographers.

The Practical vs The Traditional. The First Look at a Wedding.

Wedding traditions often times will come in conflict with capturing the most important posed photos at a wedding, such as family pictures, bridal party pictures, and couples portraits.

If you follow strictly with tradition, the most important shots happen right after the ceremony because the first time the bride and groom see each other is during the ceremony.

The challenge with the traditional way is organizing group photos when everyone is already tired, hungry, and don’t look their best any more. Sometimes it is impossible to hunt down all the family members for the pictures as they are already enjoying the food and drinks at the cocktail hour, all scattered around.

The solution to this often overlooked problem is simple – the first look!

 

First look is a moment staged by a planner and a wedding photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.

The first look is a very romantic and emotional moment that is not only very special for a couple but it also helps to save a lot of precious time and give the couple peace of mind. Instead of taking couple’s portraits, family photos, and bridal party photos after the ceremony, when everyone is tired and eager to eat, drink, and party all these important photos are taken care of right after the first look, when everyone is still enthusiastic and looks fresh.

First look is the answer to a no-stress pre-ceremony photo shoot … and you will be able to swing right into the cocktail hour, have your first drink, meet and greet your guests minutes after you say your “I do’s”

 

ArtVesta Studio is a Yelp All Star!

I am so honored to receive this prestigious Yelp.com award. ArtVesta Studio is one of the 17 hand-picked businesses in NYC that have received this recognition in 2018. Thank you, Yelp!!!

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Enchanted forest-themed wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, NYC

 

Candice & Drew’s enchanted forest-themed wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, NYC was truly magical. The loving couple radiated happiness, love, and joy on their special day.

Being allergic to flowers, Candice requested a no-flowers wedding bouquet. “No flowers – no problem!”, Said Rachel Cho at Rachel Cho Floral Design and created this masterpiece featuring succulents, air plants and cacti!

From the couple:

How did you guys meet?

Drew and I met on an app called coffee meets bagel.  We talked before we met but on December 6th we met at The City Bakery.  We went for hot chocolate on a cold wet day.  The huge marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate are covered in powdered sugar so if you aren’t careful sugar goes everywhere. Let’s just say Drew was not careful.  I’m pretty sure he got it up his nose in his hair.  He laughed it off. Really didn’t even care. After that broke the ice we had an amazing time.  We both knew that date that this was different.   In January one of my dogs passed and drew was there helping me take care of the other dogs and me. This was the moment I knew I loved him.
What is the most memorable date you had?
Drew’s favorite date of all time was our first real going out to dinner date.  We went to The Red Cat.  We were seated in a back corner booth where we sat next to each other. Which is very romantic, unless the people across from you are drunk and trying to ask a million questions about our date.  We were laughing about it.  Drew said that night we really connected.
When did you know that Drew was the one? How and when did Drew propose?
We talked about wanting to be married and the whirlwind romance we were (are) having. On Saturday before Mother’s Day we went out with my parents, I had a work trip scheduled that week and Drew was leaving right after I got back.  My parents we’re going to be away for a while so Drew got my dad aside and asked permission and he said my mom has to say yes and so do I.  So then on our walk to Eataly he told my mom what dad said and she agreed.  We get sat down at a table and before the wine was served my dad blurts out, “apparently drew wants to marry her.” To my mother.  The entire lunch we talked about wedding and planning a wedding that I wasn’t even proposed to yet.   After lunch we are walking home and I get a group text from Drew’s Dad: Let us know when it’s official so I can welcome her into the family.  When we got home I said hey if everybody knows I want to know too. And he said but I was planning a huge proposal and I said I don’t need one. So on the couch with the dogs Drew got the ring and started to cry and I laughed and said yes.  It wasn’t the big proposal but it was perfect for us.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
We planned our wedding in 6 months. While I opened a store, we adopted a dog (Willcox), and we started trying and got pregnant. I only recommend it if you have a little help. My friends all got involved and were so helpful.  Once we had the major pieces in place everything else totally came together.  I also had a dozen Pinterest boards to keep all my ideas on.

Photography: ArtVesta Studio

Wedding Coordinator : Erganic Design

Floral design: Rachel Cho Floral Design

Venue, food & beverage: Tribeca Rooftop

Hair: Janeaa Jennings

Make Up: Jade Staton

Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner/Dancing Music: Element Music

Photobooth: Shake and Share Media

Stationery : Minted.com

 

 

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