I am so honored by the reviews and testimonials of my past couples, which have garnered me awards including the Hall of Fame for The Knot’s Best of Weddings (2016-2023), WeddingWire Couples Choice (2019-2023), and Thumbtack’s #1 Wedding Photographer in New York City (2016).
And when they take the time to share kind words about the experience working with me? Oooh, I’m kvelling.
– April and Josh
I had high hopes, and they were exceeded. As someone who feels extremely awkward in front of a camera, it was crucial to have someone who helped us feel natural. Justin is genuinely friendly and great at helping you feel secure and confident in having the type of wedding you want most (and then swooping in and capturing it all.)
Justin is a rockstar at helping his clients feel relaxed and feel like they're able to be themselves in front of a camera.
Throughout the day, Justin was incredible at helping us feel like we were the stars of the show, without the tremendous pressure of "This Is Your Day." I was able to enjoy being in the moment, and as a chronic overthinker, that's priceless.The gallery is authentic, romantic, silly and just so US!"
Justin is an incredible photographer. I fell in love with his photography way before even getting engaged was up for discussion.
– Veronica and Tim
What stood out for us the most is how vibrant Justin is while taking portraits--he's so supportive, COMMITTED (he almost fell in a pond trying to get THE SHOT), and fun that we're grinning like idiots in every photo.
Then he disappears in the background, and you just live your life, experience your wedding, and every meaningful, loving moment of the day is impeccably captured without a single pose.”
My husband and I hate taking photos, but Justin made us feel so comfortable.
– Allie and Tom
He’s warm, hilarious, thoughtful and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. He’s generous with his time, has a great eye for beautiful and unique shots and is always ready with a joke or an idea to diffuse any potential stressful situations.
He does his homework and really learns about the couple, their friends and family so that he can both work efficiently and make everyone feel like they’re working with a friend.
Our engagement photos were beautiful, we loved the wedding teaser shots (which we received incredibly quickly), and the full set of wedding photos were magical. There are so many and they are all perfect!!"
Justin is incredible! Right from the start, we could tell he was the perfect fit for us.
– Anna and Pedro
He is so talented (as his portfolio shows), has the best energy both before and day of, and is so inclusive.
He handled our big loud crazy families so well, and somehow managed to be everywhere at once while blending right in with the party."
If you are looking for a sign to hire Justin, this is it!
– Carly and Aaron
He went above and beyond getting to know my fiancée in depth. Our family and friends LOVED him on the wedding day and several want to hire him for their weddings!
And the photos are so amazing - we are so thrilled with how everything came out!"
In a city with seemingly millions of wedding photographers, Justin is unique because he really gets to know every couple.
– Roxanne and Melanie
He found the absolute best locations for us to take posed pictures and he also captured the most fantastic candid moments. I truly don’t know how he was able to be everywhere at once.
Also - Justin’s energy and demeanor puts absolutely everyone at ease. He is so hilarious and fun to be around it made the pictures and our smiles that much more genuine. He was such a wonderful presence at our wedding.
Everyone that interacted with him remarked on how incredibly warm, confident, and supremely skilled he was. I truly truly cannot say enough good things about him. He is honestly the best there is on every level."
First and foremost, Justin’s photography is fantastic — he is a true, trained professional. The photos from our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations.
– Colin and Sara
Of course we wanted beautiful images of our wedding (which he exceeded our expectations) but we also wanted someone with social grace.
Justin was somehow everywhere and nowhere. A random family member would ask us for a photo in the corner of our venue and Justin would appear, set us up for a photo and then disappear.
He respected our wanting to be with family and friends as much as possible and took the photos he needed quickly and efficiently. You won't find a better photographer."
Justin is warm, kind and has an energy that is addicting. Simply put he is so much fun to be around.
– Carolyn and Andrew
He makes everyone comfortable in front of the camera. We look like we belong in a magazine photoshoot (and we definitely just look like regular people the rest of the time).
But best of all, Justin is such a fun presence that we can't imagine our wedding without him!"
Justin is hands-down the best wedding photographer!
– Abby and Calder
The secret? A combination of ridiculous jokes, an infectious enthusiasm for creative opportunities with light, scenery, and poses, and lots and lots of meticulous planning.
On the day of, Justin’s presence was a huge dose of positive energy and excitement. It was so fun to hear Justin’s squeals of delight from behind the camera after each shot.
We could literally go on and on about how wonderful and caring and talented Justin is, but we’ll let the fact that we have hired him for 4 shoots already stand as testament to his quality."
Justin is a certified grade-A superstar. How he is able to capture such stunning and authentic moments of joy and love.
– Krista and Reed
– Krista and Reed
He was everything we could have ever hoped for, and more. Not only was he a constant source of calm, support, kindness, and humor from the second he showed up till the second he left, but he captured the most incredible moments.
His candid photos managed to pick up on such subtle nuances that make me laugh and cry. He truly is remarkable at his craft and we are SO lucky to have found him."
When I look back on our wedding day, I can’t help but recognize how god damn lucky we were to have picked Justin as our photographer.
– Jamie and Max
– Jamie and Max
While his photos are undeniably beautiful in every way, it is Justin’s personality, humor, flexibility, professionalism, and panache that set him apart from all the rest. From day one, we knew we were in excellent and expert hands.
He took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple, which allowed us to have a seamless relationship (and friendship!) by the time we actually stood in front of his camera on our wedding day.
Justin goes above and beyond for his clients. During a pre-wedding chat, I mentioned the possibility of having anxiety about being the center of attention on our wedding day and the pressure of talking to so many family and friends.
Justin suggested we have a signal between us so that he could whisk me away if I was stuck talking to someone for too long. Knowing Justin had my back was hugely comforting. Hiring Justin was one of the best decisions we made and I would recommend him a thousand times over!!!!!"
Simply put, Justin is the BEST of the BEST.
– Jamie and Josh
– Jamie and Josh
Blink-and-you-miss-them moments like the belly laugh after a joke, the joy of dancing with old friends, and the most meaningful of shared glances.
Justin managed to bottle the full range of emotions of our day and lay them out in stunning detail so we can relive it over and over again. He made what by all accounts should have been an uncomfortable few hours turn it into a genuinely fun experience for everyone involved."
In addition to his great eye for staging Justin has a way of capturing moments of beauty you didn't even know were there.
– Brad and AJ
He was a dynamo during the actual event and somehow managed to be everywhere in our large venue while never seeming imposing. There is not a single important moment that Justin missed.
Posed shots were arranged without ever disrupting the flow of the event, candids were oh-so romantic, and he captured so many moments of band-playing boogie-down dancing fun!"
Justin was our photography confidant: listening to our vision for the wedding day while also lending professional expertise and advice when we needed it.
– Sheera and Brian
– Sheera and Brian
It was important to me to work with someone who both had quality work, and who I knew would “get me” and I’d enjoy spending time with through the planning process and on the wedding day itself.
My partner is even more camera shy than me and after the wedding he commented on what a joy it was to work with Justin, because in setting up shots Justin encouraged us to just have fun and be ourselves. Nothing felt forced.
Guests noted how nice it was that Justin never felt “in their face,” but he was always around capturing beautiful moments. Also, Justin went way beyond his role as a photographer and was a huge support as my emotions built up on the day-of. Justin is a gem of a human and super freaking talented."
Hiring Justin was one of the easiest choices of the whole wedding planning process.
– Jean-Ann and Kiran
My husband and I both instantly felt comfortable with him which was incredibly important to us as people who are not particularly excited about having our pictures taken.
Whenever anyone asks what the best part of the wedding was, we tell them it was the 30 minutes we spent walking around our venue neighborhood with Justin. It was the calmest and happiest we felt all day.
I don’t think of myself as particularly photogenic, but Justin made me feel like a model in our engagement and wedding photos. I don’t know how he did it, but he captured the exact vibe of our relationship and your wedding."
From our initial meeting, I knew that Justin was the photographer we needed.
– Johanna and John
We interviewed a lot of photographers, but were drawn to Justin's warm personality and clear passion for capturing the uniqueness of each individual couple's love. After our wedding, so many of our guests approached us to compliment us on our friend who was taking pictures - except we only met Justin a few months ago when we hired him.
He integrated into our community so well that he seemed like a part of our party instead of an outsider. I am not someone who feels comfortable being photographed and I had a lot of anxiety (to the point of tears) as I considered having to be so vulnerable on my wedding day but I knew it was important to hold onto these memories.
Justin made me feel safe the whole time we worked together and the photos capture our personalities and our love beautifully. If you hire Justin you will not regret it. You will end up with a wedding day that is better because he is there AND you'll get rad pictures to remember how awesome the day was."
Hiring Justin was the best decision we made in the process of our wedding planning.
– Cecilia and Ron
His work has and continues to leave me breathless. He has this way of making being photographed feel effortless – and trust me I know what I'm talking about because in the seven years of being with my husband not once could I get him to look as natural in photographs as Justin was able to.
Simply put, he is gifted and incredible. He is the best person I ever worked with. I will be hiring him for every event in my life."
Hiring Justin was the best decision I ever made. I loved my venue, hired an incredible band, but Justin MADE my wedding.
– Samantha and Reece
He can be lively, cracking jokes to make everyone laugh, but also knows when to blend into the background; he is a fun person just to be around and a welcome addition to the wedding day; and the resulting photographs are positively stunning!!
Not only do we and all of our guests look amazing, but Justin managed to expertly capture the tone of a moment! It's magical reliving this happy weekend through his photographs."
Justin has a passion for capturing stunning portraits and unique candids alike.
– Anca and Kayla
Obviously we love him, but more importantly, so many of our guests and ALL of our other vendors complimented him too!
They said he was the best photographer they had worked with, and our guests commented on how un-intrusive and friendly he was. Justin is the best. You will be lucky to hire him."
Justin. is. perfect. We looked forever for a photographer with his style, and we could not have been luckier to find him.
– Sarah and Joe
Justin was perfect for us. He made our pictures beautiful, honest, and fun! He also makes you feel like you're the most fascinating and gorgeous couple on the planet.
Justin is not a body-shuffling, Pinterest-loving, prom-photo-taking photographer like some others I've encountered over the years. THANK GOD.
If you want traditional and boring, don't hire Justin. If you want fabulous and fun, you better email him right now."
We are a very authentic, down-to-earth, and funny couple, so for our wedding we wanted to find a photographer who took photos in the same vein.
– Emily and Willy
He was the only person we worked with who left nothing to be desired. His photos are breathtaking- I literally gasped multiple times upon viewing his shots from our wedding.
Justin is exactly who you want as a wedding photographer. He feels like another one of your friends, while at the same time being a true artist. We feel so lucky to have had him at our wedding!"
Hiring Justin as our photographer was quite possibly the best decision we made for our wedding.
– Ben and Paul
We had a great space, DJ, caterer, bartender, but Justin was the gold medalist out of a team of winning wedding vendors.
With both our engagement photo shoot and our wedding he captured beautiful, intimate moments that instantly take us back to that special time. He is truly an artist and his photos read like a spread in Vanity Fair: he made us feel like supermodels!
We felt very supported, and he gave us peace of mind that everything was under control. I'm so glad that we found Justin and we will hold his photos dear for the rest of our lives."
Among all the people who worked with us to achieve our wedding dreams, NO ONE (I repeat NO ONE) was better than Justin.
I am so honored to be one of four vendors nationwide who were selected to star in The Knot’s new marketing campaign celebrating all types of weddings and couples and their vendor marketplace.
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