I offer services for everything from a small elopement in the park to huge multi-day weddings at some of the most famous wedding venues in the world.
Editor’s Note: for this Best NYC Wedding Photographers Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing New York wedding photographer Steven, from Steven Rosen Photography.
Where have you been featured?
CNN.com, Photo District News, Rangefinder, The New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Shutterbug Magazine, Wedding Pride Magazine, NYC Pride Guide, Time Out New York, The OffBeat Bride, Connextions magazine, and various jumbotrons across Times Square
Why do couples love working with you?
Based on my reviews, I’d say I can get my subjects to relax in front of the camera, and make them look good, while still maintaining their authentic personalities. Plus my clients seem to think I’m fun to be around. In fact, I’ve maintained friendships with many of them.
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I get to share in a day that is filled with happiness and joy, and spend my time capturing and celebrating love and commitment. So what’s not to love.
How did you get started?
As a child, Steven’s parents raised him around music, dance, theater, and art, and he recalls spending the happiest hours of his childhood in theaters and museums. Steven reminisces, “at the age of thirteen my family took a trip to DisneyWorld, and I was enthralled. The merging of so many artistic disciplines to create such a magical world filled me with inspiration, and I realized that it was someone’s job to create all this stuff. It was this trip that convinced me to pursue a life in the visual arts. Throughout my childhood, I studied drawing and painting and through those disciplines I learned about color, composition, and light. Skills that would serve me well in the world of photography.” Steven attended the Rhode Island School of Design as an illustration major, it was there where he took his first class in photography and fell in love with the medium. He decided to mix his love for photography, painting and drawing and came up with a very unique style of illustration where his photographs were printed on transparent paper and were layered with his drawings. It was, essentially, Photoshop without a computer. After graduating with honors, like so many artists before him, Steven moved to New York to make it big. He says, “it didn’t take me long to realize, however, that my unique illustration technique was maybe a little too unique. The money wasn’t exactly rolling in, so I took a job at a costume jewelry company and before you know it, had branched out and started my own company. Steven Rosen Jewelry became one of the most recognized jewelry lines in the eighties and was prominently featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Life, and The Fashions of the Times. It was during this time that I started to work closely with stylists, make-up artists, and fashion photographers, and learn about the world of image making. After a decade in the business, the fashion world shifted to simple gold chains and I decided it was time to move on to new challenges. I called on my background in design and illustration and became a book designer.” “As proof that the universe knows where you’re supposed to be, my first major project was a photography book about DisneyWorld. Over the next ten years, I created dozens of books for the Disney parks. In order to fill my books with all the necessary images, I needed new photos, so I invested in my first digital camera, flew down to Orlando, and started shooting, and that’s how I rekindled my love for photography. Over the next few years, I became obsessed with taking pictures. My images started getting published and winning awards. It seemed obvious that it was time to take my photography to the next level, so I dedicated myself completely to photography and my business has been growing ever since.”
What 3 words best describe your wedding photography style?
Three words! Don’t you know a picture is worth a thousand words. How can I describe those pictures in only three? I am mostly inspired by great painters and masters of light, like Rembrandt, John Singer Sergeant, and Caravaggio, so I guess, even though it sounds really trite, you could say “artistic”. While I definitely believe in posing, it is not the stiff, fake smile, kind of image that the word posing usually brings to mind. The exact opposite actually. I will observe my clients to see what they do naturally and then have them do it in a well-lit spot and guide them through some adjustments as needed so they look particularly awesome while still being themselves. So I guess you could say “authentic”. I love working with light to create bold and dramatic compositions, so for the third word, I’ll go with “dramatic”
What budget range do you cater to?
I’m one of the few photographers at my level who does elopements, which start at $600. Full weddings start at $2,200 for four hours. My full day package, which is my most popular, is $4,500. I’m considered mid-range for the NYC market.
We cannot say enough good things about Steven. From our first conversation with him on the phone, we felt a great connection. After meeting with him in person, and seeing his portfolio of talented work, we knew he was the Photographer we needed to capture our most special day. We really got to know Steven, and he, in turn, got to know us, during our ‘couples’ shoot at our beach house on Fire Island, NY. We immediately felt comfortable and relaxed with him, which brought out our smiles, resulting in truly great photos of us. Steven was fantastic to work with on our wedding day. Steven and his assistant captured above and beyond all the amazing moments of the day. Our guests repeatedly mentioned how impressed they were with ‘our Photographer’ who was always in the right spot at the right moment capturing the love, fun and excitement in the room. We had 200 guests at the Mandarin Oriental New York, and Steven seamlessly managed to work the room, and capture all of our guests having an amazing time. We were so impressed with the images he captured, from prior to the ceremony, up until the very ending of the evening. Each photo seemed to be better than the next. Within a few days after the wedding, we had a sampling of photos which we were able to share with our family and friends. Steven’s work is outstanding, and he is such a pleasure to work with. We not only found a great photographer, but have a new friend who captured the most amazing day of our lives. We highly recommend Steven, and would definitely work with him again in the future.
My husband and I, native New Orleanians living in NYC for a year for work, are so incredibly fortunate to have found Steve to capture our Central Park elopement. I don’t even know where to begin in extolling his unadulterated awesomeness in working with us. He found amazing, unique locations and vantage points from which to photograph us. His finished work evinces such beauty in its naturalness and simplicity — artfully composed shots that seem effortless…lighting and color capture that are nothing less than stunning…a technique that is utterly unobtrusive, and a warm, wonderful personality that instantly puts everyone at ease…an awareness of the environment and how his subjects interact with it…an intuitive sensitivity to mood and style and ephemeral moments…and a consummate professional who worked with us on very short notice and took the time to get to know us so he could tell our story in images. All for a price point that is highly competitive for any market, let alone Manhattan. If his many glowingly positive and well-deserved reviews here aren’t convincing enough, a brief look at his vast online portfolio will speak for itself. He is a true artist and storyteller, and we cannot highly enough recommend this gentleman. Steve, we will always be so grateful for everything you did to make our day and our memories of it wonderful, and it’s a pleasure and a privilege to know and work with you! XOXOXO
Hiring Steven was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Steven has an eye for capturing those emotionally-laden moments that last for only a second in real-time, but that you want to have captured to look at for years to come. This is the type of photography talent that really is instinctual and comes from paying attention and being emotionally attuned. Steven is both of these things, which also makes him supportive and patient on the day of the wedding. Steven worked within the constraints of our venue (which were considerable) to provide absolutely stunning couple’s photos. He adjusted to low-lighting in the venue and figured out how to best balance use of flash and natural light to create beautiful images. He was everywhere at once, getting all the angles, and yet did not once feel intrusive. We are a same-sex couple and felt very strongly about using an out gay photographer for our wedding. We felt that there is a certain implicit understanding about gender that impacts photos, because of the lens through which the artist is seeing your love. This certainly proved true with Steven. Having said that, I feel certain that Steven’s overall sensitivity and talent would well-serve any couple, no matter how they identify. We strongly recommend Steven, and will enjoy our wedding photos for years to come!