Founded in 1986 and based in New York City, Sarah Merians Photography and Video Company is the premier boutique wedding, social and corporate event photography studio in the Tri-State area.
Over the past 29 years, we have grown into a full-service studio for all stages of our client’s lives. Our mitzvah children have become our brides and grooms, and our brides and grooms have continued to return with their new and growing families. From belly to boardroom, we truly capture life at its best!
Weddings & Mitzvahs, our first division, evolved out of Sarah’s love for capturing these milestone events. Over the past two decades, as client accolades have grown, so has our reputation and our team of talented photographers.
Kids & Family came about through both Sarah’s love of children and her strong relationships with her brides and grooms. It was only a matter of time before Sarah was invited to photograph their growing families with the same creativity and care that made their wedding photos and albums so exquisite. Families are about generations, and the generations help us to weave a story and leave a legacy for our children. We are so thrilled to be there for our clients as they welcome their new generations into the world. This division is where kids and photography click!
Occasions & Traditions covers all life’s special events beyond weddings and mitzvahs. From Brises, christenings, Baby namings, sweet sixteens, milestone birthday parties and family reunions, this division enables us to continue celebrating with our clients. These events are only small happenings over the course of a lifetime, but are equally special. Whether these gatherings take place at a restaurant, catering hall or your home, special events with your friends and family should be remembered forever. Professional photography and albums create heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Albums & Décor grew out of our clients being thrilled with our intimate design process and the premium quality of our albums. Clients shared their albums with their family and friends who then told their family and friends. When these prospective clients began to bring us piles of pictures asking us to turn the chaos into tangible memories, we realized that there was a huge void in the industry and we were happy to help. Whether they had received a CD only, their photographer disappeared or they were just not satisfied with their photographs, we were and are thrilled to be a part of the solution!
Albums & Décor provides us the opportunity to celebrate even amateur photographers who have a love of photography and want us to help them create spectacular products with their own images. Honeymoon and vacation photos are a perfect example of special memories we can turn into albums, frames and even custom photo art for your home.
Every one is a photographer today, and we have decided to continue doing what we do really well, and that is to be leaders in the industry and design and decorate homes and preserve memories regardless of who shot the event. We have the finest quality and a keen sense of eye for design. It is easy to take a photograph, but most important to preserve the memory in a tangible, creative and simple way!
Seminars & Your Pics – With the advent of digital photography over the past decade, many people have taken a personal interest in photography. We have always embraced our customers’ photographic needs and are often asked advice on what camera to buy and/or how to take a great photograph. It was only natural to unite our talented professional photographers with those clients who have a passion for taking pictures. We are happy to teach, share and help produce products for the amateur photographer.
Business & Meetings – This division grew out of our accomplished and successful clients, who inquired often about corporate photography for their own professional and business needs. Corporate needs range from headshots, and website development to large-scale events such as product launches, fundraisers, business meetings and company retreats.
Our company has grown into so much more than simply snapping a photo. The “&” in each of our divisions represents the company we are today. We want to be in our client’s lives for a lifetime, as opposed to just one, singular event. This special relationship we foster with each and every one of our clients, in addition to the wide range of products we create and services we offer, is what sets us apart from other photographers. We are photographers & so much more!
We want to thank our clients for sharing their personal images with us and others and for your commitment to sharing your family with us through the years.
Sarah Merians is a unique combination of artist and professional. She is incredibly talented, hardworking and knows her business. We have worked with Sarah at our family’s ‘life events’ and now consider her one of the family. You can count on Sarah for a lifetime of memories.
Gary Bettman Parent and Commissioner of the NHL
The miracle of Sarah Merians is that her work only gets better throughout the years. Her enthusiasm and craftsmanship improves with each event, where she captures the true essence of the event.
Sylvia Weinstock Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, LTD
I’m speechless. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined being able to relive the evening through pictures, but you proved me wrong. As I see you noticed, there was a moment in the evening when I became a bit emotional. The thought of being there, with Brandon and my family at his Bar Mitzvah celebration was too much for me to handle. I lost it. I guess that’s the difference between you and every other photographer on the face of earth…you got it!!! In that split second when my guard dropped, you were there to capture it. You have preserved forever one of the most special moments in my life. I can’t thank you enough for bring there for us.
Larry Goldfarb Director of Catering, Capitale
Bill and I want to thank you for the amazing photographs!! We just received our album and it is absolutely beautiful! You captured the day wonderfully and it was such a pleasure working with you. Your sense of humor was refreshing and kept us all smiling.
Amanda and Bill Carapucci Bride and Groom
Our memories would not be the same with out Sarah. She captured the essence of both our daughter’s Bat Mitzvahs. With an engaging personality and incredible spirit, she puts everyone at ease. We look forward to Sarah capturing the same magic for our daughters’ weddings.
Rhonda and David Sarner Parents
Oh my GOODDDD!!! I got the proofs today. AMAZING!!!! You did such an amazing job capturing my little family!! Jacob looks as fantastic in those pictures as he does in real life, and that is definately not something we have been able to capture with our camera. Thank you so much, Sarah. I am in love with these pictures and I can’t wait to pick some out to give our parents and decorate our home.
Jill Olinsky New Mom
Tina did a wonderful job photographing our day; Brendan and I couldn’t be happier. We look forward to receiving the album proof in the coming weeks.
Andrea Parisi Koeth Bride
I am on the floor in tears. [The montage] is perfect.. perfect..perfect. Thank you SO much. You are the best, an absolute peach to work with, and I am beyond grateful for this gift of your talents.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Cynthia Conigliaro Mitzvah Mom
“We just got our album in the mail and it’s beautiful!! Thanks so much, you did wonderful work!”
Danielle P., Bride
Sometimes, and especially during joyous occasions, it’s difficult to soak in just how special of a time it is. I want to thank you for so beautifully capturing the special nature of Confirmation. Because of you, our students will be able to relive that evening over and over again. We are so appreciative of you volunteering both your time and efforts- we are very lucky to have you!
Zach Rols, Director of Teen and Family Engagement, Central Synagogue
There are no words large enough or meaningful enough to tell you how grateful we are to you for your volunteering your time to be our professional photographer at our 80s event fundraiser. You do a stunning job.
Thank you very much for your endless hours of huge support. Your priceless generosity of time and spirit is appreciated by the members of the Foundation and more importantly, by the sick children and their families that we serve.
Nancy Joselson, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Administrative Director
“The pictures are fabulous! we had a great time with Sarah on Tuesday and cannot wait for her to shoot the wedding! She is a tremendous artist. :)”
Lauren F., Bride
“Jeremy – Your montage was a big hit. Everyone loved it especially Larry!!!!!!!!! Thank you so so so much. You were so patient and so amazing and I really appreciated all your hard work.”
Rebecca and I, and Elena, are deeply appreciative of how well the album turned out. What a great piece of work that we’ll all cherish forever. Thank you… and please extend our thanks to your whole team. Let them know we appreciate their work. If it would help your promotional literature or your website, I want to give a quote from me. Here you go…feel free to use it.
“As the Editor of New York Family, I’ve known Sarah for many years, and we are still regularly working together. She has photographed many of our best cover shoots. But I must tell you, on the personal front, my wife and I hired Sarah to shoot our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. So now I’m speaking from the heart: We love our photo album. My daughter loves the album. For now and forever, we are deeply appreciative of the amazing job Sarah and her team did at the Bat Mitzvah and later with the album.”
Eric Messinger, Mitzvah Father and Editor of New York Family Magazine
“We love Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah album! It came out great!! You did an amazing job and the end product is stunning! Leo is a fabulous photographer, extremely professional and creative and so nice to work with. We adore him and the beautiful pictures he took. The event may be over but we now have wonderful photos from a moment in time that we will always cherish! Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into creating a wonderful family treasure for us.”
Michele, Scott, Nicole and the Budoff family
“To the most talented, professional, and dedicated team I ever could have imagined meeting,
I wish you all could feel the gratitude I hold in my heart for each of you. Last night truly gave the word perfection a whole new meaning. I keep receiving accolades from my friends and family, and we all are walking around today in the glow of one amazing evening. Each of you played a significant role in making our special night one of the most memorable of our lives. Your hard work and attention to detail did not go unnoticed, and Greg, Alex, and I- along with the rest of our family- thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.
With much appreciation and love,
Susan K., Mitzvah Mom
I can’t thank you, Liel and your team enough for capturing the most amazing event for our memories. I cannot wait to see the pictures. Having you personally there meant so much to us. Thanks again!
Deborah, Mother of Groom
“Sarah took our wedding pictures 29 years ago on April 12, 1987 at Shanghai Reds in Weehawken, NJ. My daughter is graduating from college in May and I want to have her picture taken. I would really love for Sarah to take the pictures!”
Eileen, Bride and Mom