Personalized approach with emphasis on creative documentary style wedding photography and artistic portraiture.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Photographers in New York Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Denis, from Denis Gostev Photography.
Where have you been featured?
TheKnot, Fearless, WPJA, but my clients’ memories are the ‘publications’ I’m most proud of.
Why do couples love working with you?
I go the extra miles on every wedding and blend in with couples’ personalities and mood of the day. Aside from a portrait session, I do my best not to intrude in any parts of the day to preserve the integrity of the wedding. At the end of the wedding sometimes couples are surprised to learn I was even there while I wasn’t more than a few feet away from them for the last 10 hours.
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
The uniqueness of each couple and event. Dynamic, hectic, and emotionally charged setting.
How did you get started?
Photography had been a long journey that took me from a childhood passion to wildlife photography, then from a photo editor at a small newspaper to sports photographer for the NYPost, and finally crystallized in weddings.
What 3 words best describe your wedding photography style?
Candid, Emotional, Dynamic
What budget range do you cater to?
The starting price is $2,200 with customizable services such as second photographer, engagement session, and albums.
Denis photographed our wedding in August 2015 and the photos came out beautifully! Both my husband and I are camera shy, but Denis made us feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Denis also had the ability to capture beautiful, natural moments of the guests and us without anyone noticing. It was also a very warm day and Denis helped run around and wrangle all of our guests for the family photos. Everything was done so efficiently, but also so comfortably. We were able to truly enjoy our day! I have since been to weddings with incredibly overzealous and intrusive photographers, and I’m even more grateful for my wedding experience. Denis’ work is clearly proof that you don’t need to endure that type of experience to end up with beautiful wedding photos! Denis is very responsive to emails and takes care to help you create plans for your photos and event in advance. 1 week after our wedding we received previews from Denis of our photos and 6 weeks after we received a password to a private site where we could download the full set (for us it was over 600 photos for a small, intimate wedding with a lunch, no large reception). To top it all off, Denis’ prices were far more affordable than any other photographers we spoke to. We couldn’t recommend Denis enough!
-Chelsea & Joey
There are not enough stars. I was a procrastinator and booked Denis very late in the planning game. He did not bat an eyelash and was accommodating, comforting, and professional from the get go. He was so easy to communicate with and when it came to the day of, we couldn’t have asked for more. Denis and Peter rolled with the insane punches of the day (rooms not being ready, hotel maintenance, tardy bride & groom) and blended into the chaos with ease. I never felt overwhelmed by Denis and Peter but I also felt like they were in the mix getting all the moments I might have missed. To my surprise, some of the photos from early in the day even popped up on the screens in the hall to give our guests a sneak peak! The evening ended and we could not have been more pleased…UNTIL YESTERDAY! 4 Days after the wedding and I got an e-mail with a link to select images from our wedding, available to post and tag and share with our family and friends. The photos were stunning and everything I imagined my wedding photos to look like. Denis really understood us and my memories of the night were instantly made more vivid looking at the photos of us and everyone we love. Denis is the photographer to go to if you want the spirit of your evening captured forever. He really understands people and feelings and it was truly lovely having him as the photographer with us on that day.
-Lana & Armando
Denis Gostev was referred to me by a common friend to photograph my wedding in the Catskills in New York state. I booked him because his photos were elegant and beautiful and his website was simple and modest — the photos spoke for themselves. He exceeded all expectations! I would highly recommend Denis to any couple thinking of hiring a professional wedding photographer. Denis did a terrific job of capturing our wedding, despite the fact that the wedding was held indoors with very bad light and little decorations. Also, we didn’t allot much time for creative shots, but Denis managed to capture quite a few creative details. He covered all of the small details, the group pictures, and many photos of people in motion – dancing, laughing, toasting. I think his expertise in sports photography is what makes him so great. I think I got much more than what I paid for — Denis came all the way from NYC very early in the morning and brought an assistant. He also worked extremely hard, trying to capture every single moment and running back and forth between the groom’s and bride’s parties. Prior to the wedding, he was prompt in his communication and had a contract for us to sign. We had a lengthy Skype conversation to discuss the timeline for the wedding. He also followed up with the venue on his own accord to provide them with a photographer’s insurance. Book Denis and you won’t be disappointed!
-Ksenia & Vardan