In the digital age we live in, we are so used to seeing things first and foremost online. We “pin” photos that are visually appealing, we “like” and reshare photos that resonate with us, and behind all of those photos are the photographers. Now more than ever, photographers are in high demand for those socially distant events and, as much as we’d love to be celebrating everything in person, we are living for the story-telling that occurs through the click of a camera. Read on for a list of the best local photographers, categorized by specialty:
(Photo credit: @gailjobphotography)
Wedding + Portrait
Carol specializes in, well, “a little bit of all of life’s adventures!” She shoots weddings, proposals, bloggers, families, products, and even just for fun. You can find her personal, just for fun, account @focusedbyfaith and her professional portfolio @caroldenisephotography.
Grace Brown has been photographing weddings for over ten years and has been local to New Jersey for many of them. She aims to “create really gorgeous timeless images for my clients. I want their children and grandchildren to have these photos in their homes forever.” Her classic style ensures that every important moment from your big day is captured.
View her work: @gracebrownphoto
J. Studio is a husband and wife team based out of Hoboken and who services the NYC Metro area. The studio focuses on wedding and engagement photography, but also fashion and events. J. Studio offers wedding photography packages viewable on the website.
View the team’s work: @jstudstudio
Jenny Brover is a Jersey City-based photographer, capturing weddings, engagements, and other events. She captures the beautiful moments of life-changing events and adds a pop of color and vibrancy to the photography scene.
View her work: @jennyfloraphotography
Jose has been in the Hoboken area since 1996 and his brand is “based on openness, diversity, travel, and multiculturalism.” He photographs weddings for any and all couples and his portfolio inspires diversity and equity.
View his work: @josemelgarejo.us
Lauren Spinelli is a local wedding photographer based out of Jersey City Heights but services couples in areas all around Hudson County. She has been photographing weddings since 2010. When viewing her portfolio, clients may think of her style as a “mix of candid and timeless, rich with emotion and bold, true-to-life color.” Her goal is to make sure that couples have incredible photos of their wedding day while keeping the entire process easy and stress-free.
View her work: @laurenspinelliphoto
Lizzie has been a Hoboken resident for many years and services the NYC and Hudson County areas. Her specialty is wedding, engagement, and proposal photography with a “classic, timeless, and bright” style. She is sure to capture those surprising and meaningful moments in life.
View her work: @lizzieburgerphoto
Devin of Mile Square Moments is a wedding and engagement photographer with a hauntingly beautiful style. In her words, “My style is real, warm, & romantic. You won’t get any awkward or stuffy photos with me, just you & your partner as you naturally are together. My couples are each other’s best friends, aren’t afraid of a little PDA, and believe their wedding should be more of a celebration than a production.”
View her work: @milesquaremoments
Myra Roman-Fernandes is a local wedding and portrait photographer. When photographing weddings, she feels “blessed to be able to capture these incredible moments and turn them into beautiful, lasting memories for my wonderful couples.” Her light and airy style is timeless and long-lasting.
View her work: @myrarphotography
Adena Stevens, the owner of StudioA Images, is a Hoboken-based photographer specializing in wedding and family portraits. She has been local to the Hoboken area for over 12 years and her business is firmly rooted in inclusivity and equality. “I’ve been providing clients with a calming and organized presence while capturing the emotion and feeling of their wedding day and natural interactions of their families.”
View her work: @studioaimages
Tanya has been in the photography industry since 2011 and in Hoboken since 2009. When you scroll through her Instagram, you’re sure to see many gorgeous Hoboken and NYC-based photos. Her specialty is “weddings and branding photography with a focus on clean, natural, refined images.”
View her work: @visualsbytanya
Mike Gorman is the mastermind behind The Brothers Gorman and specializes in boutique wedding photography and film. As a boutique photographer, he takes great pride in pouring over the details of each client he works with.
View his work: @thebrothersgorman
Weddings, engagements, or family photoshoots, Upasana Mainali is here to help. She is based in NYC but shared that she would love to take photos of weddings all around the world!
View her work: @upasanamainaliphotography
Email her here: email@example.com
Annie is a northern New Jersey and NYC-based photographer. She specializes in family, lifestyle, headshot, and portrait photography with a portfolio that has a bright, vibrant feel.
View her work: @anniemoyphotography
Anna is the owner and lead photographer of ArtFitnessFlow Photography, specializing in birth, maternity, and newborn photography and videography. Her studio, located at 1012 Grand Street in Hoboken, is big and spacious and where you’ll find her capturing “timeless unposed classic portraits of motherhood and babies.”
View her work: @artfitbaby
Camila is a Hoboken-based newborn photographer who captures the love and snuggles between mothers and their babies. Sessions take place in her Hoboken studio with a ton of newborn props and backdrops to choose from.
View her work: @camillaferrerphotography
Christina is a maternity, newborn & baby natural light photographer located in Uptown Hoboken. She aims to “create light, natural, and minimalistic portraiture focusing on the love, connection, and journey of motherhood and family.”
View her work: @christinaluciwphoto
Mac Hartshorn is a Hoboken-based photographer capturing your family’s most precious moments. Hartshorn portraiture offers everything from holiday cards and birth announcements to family portraits in the park or beach to pregnancy, newborn, and baby photography.
View the team’s work: @hartshorn_portraiture
Jenna Toulantis is a Jersey City artist and teacher who photographs newborn photography and portraiture.
View her work: @jmtjcart
Kim Gerlach is a Hoboken-based photographer who specializes in family, children, and maternity photography. She also shoots branding photos for personal and professional use. You may recognize this photo from Hoboken Girl’s feature and her collaboration with FLAG Hoboken, called “Humans of Hoboken.”
View her work: @kimlorrainephotography
You may be familiar with Little Hoboken, the blog and store curated for moms by moms in Hoboken. Now, they’ve expanded their services to include photography as well. Little Hoboken Photography specializes in newborn and family shoots.
View their work: @littlehobokenphotography
My Little Stinky is a Hoboken-based photography business that specializes in child photography. Their portfolio displays insanely cute photos of our little ones, including cake smash moments to celebrate those milestones.
View their work: @mylittlestinkyphotography
Located in Jersey City, Newport Babies Photography will take pictures in their studio or in-home, giving new moms the flexible option of picking a comfortable location.
View their work: @newportbabiesphotography
Noelle specializes in lifestyle newborn photography as well as family photography. Her portfolio boasts tender and intimate moments with newborns and their families.
View her work: @noellesorokaphotography
Sara Kalish is a NJ and NYC-based photographer specializing in newborn, children, and family photography. She is currently offering virtual sessions for those who would like to remain safe in the comfort of their homes while also capturing life’s sweet moments.
View her work: @skalishphoto
Susan Teplinsky is a Bergen County and Hoboken-based photographer specializing in family, maternity, engagement, and portrait photography. She has a way of bringing out the candidly sweet moments in life, as shown through her portfolio.
View her work: @susanteplinskyphotography
Alan Murphy of Murphy Studio wears many hats as a photographer and videographer. In addition to owning a photo booth company (check him out to add a fun element to your big day), he also photographs corporate and lifestyle headshots, and films amazing wedding videos.
View his work: @murphystudio
David White is a NY-based photographer specializing in commercial photography and, more recently, canine photography as well.
Svetlana is a portrait, commercial, and food and beverage photographer. Throughout the pandemic, she is running a special for $150 portrait sessions.
View her work: @svietasphoto
Cristal Rojas is available for photoshoot needs if you are in the mood to just have some fun and take a bunch of pictures! The color in the photos she takes brings the pictures to life!
View her work: @cristal_rojas
Whether it be maternity shoots, engagement shoots, or just wanting to take a picture with her for the gram Devin Walton works in a variety of different styles.
View her work: @devinwaltonphoto
Email her here: @firstname.lastname@example.org
Ebrima Manjang is a Jersey City-based photographer who acquired a Bachelors in Visual Media Arts with a concentration in Photography from Emerson College. He freelances for various studios in Brooklyn, including Salt Studios. Ebrima specializes in portraiture, fashion photography, and fine art photography. He also specializes in 120 and film photography. Ebrima’s work has been seen in exhibits at the Boston Photo Resource center.
View his work: @ebrima_m
Gail Job focuses on capturing pictures of jewelry, beauty, and still life. She will find the perfect setting and zoom into a necklace or bracelet and at times more than one piece of jewelry. She also will take pictures of makeup, the vibrant eyeliner colors will be sure to catch the viewer’s eye.
View her work: @gailjobphotography
Michelle Rose Photo is a NY-based lifestyle photographer. Her portfolio captures the joy in everyday life, displaying a multitude of happy events. Currently, she is offering virtual sessions as well as socially distanced sessions for your convenience and comfort.
View her work: @michellerosephoto
Rachel Rival takes a variety of headshots and incorporates the perfect colors into the photo. Beforehand, you can have a free 15-minute Zoom consultation to discuss your upcoming session.
View her work: @rachelrivalphotography
Shelly Xi specializes in lifestyle brand and natural light photography, as well as movement photography (yoga, dance, etc.). Her focus is mainly “on brands that are in the wellness industry or brands that need images that are bright and airy. My photos have a very carefree, wanderlust vibe.” She also shoots portraits for individuals, couples, and more if requested.
View her work: @someshellyphotography
Kelsey is a photographer based in North Bergen but servicing all of Hudson County. She specializes in pet photography and also shoots a wide variety of events, food, portraits, and more. However, her heart lies with pets as she “loves working with animals, and capturing each pet’s unique personality.”
View her work: @dubinskyphotos