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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Best NYC Wedding Photographers

Wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of a couple’s big day. Couples need to choose a photographer that reflects their style and preferences. Wedding photos are precious memories you and your partner will cherish forever. Couples and loved ones will fondly reflect on these memories for years. From those perfectly natural candid smiles to those sweet, intimate moments between you and your partner, I will capture it all. If you’re looking for one of the best NYC wedding photographers in the New York City area, check out my wedding photography, a mix of modern flair and eye-catching photojournalism.

A diptych of Pleasantdale Chateau wedding moments: on the left, a bride in traditional south asian attire with an ornate veil; on the right, a couple in western wedding attire sharing

About Susan Stripling, One of the Best NYC Wedding Photographers

I’m one of New York City’s most sought-after wedding photographers of 2022. With my background in theater, dance, business, and photography, combined with a keen eye for creativity and capturing unique moments, I desire to create beauty through enchanting photography.

In my lifetime, I’ve lived all over the place, from Atlanta to New York to Florida. With my camera in hand and a dream career path ahead, I returned to New York, ready to capture the amazing people of this area. 2001 was a monumental year, the one when I became a mother and also the one when I shot my first wedding. I quickly fell in love with New York and my passion for wedding photography, a path that has sent me to locations worldwide. I’ve photographed weddings in North America, South America, Finland, France, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Greece. Countless publications and websites have published my work; I’ve even done corporate jobs and celebrity clients.

Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding Photography

I envision capturing moments of joy that couples and their families can cherish for generations. I have photographed over 800 weddings and loved my work for each one. Weddings have introduced me to amazing people and places, shaping the person and photographer I am today. Wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of a couple’s special day because these are the images they’ll hold onto for years and generations. I love capturing life’s unscripted moments, the ones families want to remember.

New York Wedding Photography

Susan’s Wedding Photography Work

My style of wedding photography is unique in that it doesn’t just consist of popular buzzwords. I try to blend photojournalism and documentary-style photography with modern flair and creative editing. Simultaneously, I also capture all those gorgeous wedding day portraits and poses that every couple wants.

My style centers around minimal staging, but I believe in setting the scene for optimal lighting and framing. Furthermore, I take some posed portraits and try to capture those fun, candid moments just as they occur. I won’t leave the day’s photo opportunities entirely up to chance. Still, I will do my best to capture those beautiful, unscripted moments on camera without bothering you with hours of painstakingly crafted portrait photography.

Best Wedding Moments

I love capturing the laughter, the tears, the way the bride’s veil and dress move in the wind and float in the light, the groom’s stunned face as he sees his husband walk down the aisle, the way a mother looks at their daughter in a wedding dress with conflicting feelings of joy and sadness.

Traditional wedding photographers work from a list of essential snapshots; I tend to go with the flow. It doesn’t matter to me that everyone is smiling and looking at the camera in every image. I want to document your big day exactly as it happens creatively.

I enjoy the interaction of light and shadow, emotion and natural moments, relationships between the couple and their family and friends, candid moments, the quiet drama in everyday moments, and creative editing that brings a more enchanting and dramatic flair to otherwise simple moments in time.

Westbury Manor Wedding Photographer

Why Susan Stripling is One of the Best NYC Wedding Photographers

I am one of the best NYC wedding photographers because I genuinely love what I do, and my passion shines through my work. I strive to capture a couple’s love in the most natural, unobstructed way possible. Your special day is my utmost priority, and I will probably cry as the couple walks down the aisle and the couple recites their vows. I respect and cherish all types of couples and their love for one another.

I will not only photograph your special day; I will treat you as if you are family. Weddings are fun, but boy, are they stressful! I would love to be a hired vendor and work as a team, advocating and solving problems. Client satisfaction is essential to me, and I want to give you the most striking images possible, no matter what stressors the day throws at you.

Nash Wedding

I take the time to hand-edit each image without mass-applying presets and edits. My editing team also hand-selects their favorite photos for additional editing. Although I have an assistant who accompanies me, you can add a second photographer if you’d prefer. All of my images are delivered in both black-and-white and color.

My clients speak highly of me and appreciate my work, not just as a photographer but as a friend. My years of experience help me connect couples with some of my favorite vendors wrangle families efficiently during the event, plan for light changes, capture natural and unposed images, attend to all photo requests, and deliver high-quality photos promptly.

Jasna Polana Wedding Photographer

Best NYC Wedding Photographers

If you’re looking for one of the best NYC wedding photographers, check out my work on my website. If you choose to work with me, I promise to provide you with gorgeous images and a friendly client-photographer relationship where I’ll be at your side throughout your big day, ready to assist in anything you need.

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