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Sarah Merians

CEO and Founder

My family has collected contemporary and fine art as far back as I can remember.   Because my parents were avid art collectors, I discovered my love of art, painting and the creative process early in my childhood.   It was this fascination with color and creativity that sparked my interest in photography as a new medium to work with.  Photography was “instant art” and it was love at first sight!!! When I was 16, I got my first camera ( 35mm Cannon AE1) and started taking photos of my friends and family.  After graduating from Syracuse University with a joint BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and Education degree, I found teaching art was not my passion and, though fascinating, it was not the direction I wanted to go in.   At the time, it did not occur to me that I could make a living through a creative field, so I shifted gears and decided to work on Wall Street as a paralegal.   The next year, my twin sister got married and I watched her wedding photographer all night – I was captivated.   It was then and there that I knew that special event photography was my calling and that my teenage dreams could become a reality.

I found social, portrait and event photography to be a unique combination of art and humanity – It allowed me to blend my creative passion, my great eye, and my love of family and sharing family milestones.  I started working for one of the top photography studios in Manhattan, which taught me the basic skills of covering parties, but I was not satisfied merely turning film in.  While, pushing the trigger of a camera and capturing images was exciting for me, I wanted to be more hands on and to work with my clients to tell the story of their day through my photos and ultimately design a magnificent album for them. I started my own business because I wanted to create lifelong relationships with my clients and capture all their life events from weddings to babies, and Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, Brises, Baby Naming’s and so much more.   I love capturing life at its best!!

Within 3 years, my company had grown into a team of talented photographers and filmmakers, and Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company became one of the premiere studios in the tri-state area!   In 2006, film was replaced by digital photography and the way images were received and shared changed completely.  While digital is a contemporary medium that has made images accessible to all, we believe that digital files should not be where our clients’ photography journey ends. Creating beautiful custom albums is still important to me, and I love creating family heirlooms that can be handed down from generation to generation just like a piece of jewelry that has been in the family for years. My father always said “If you love what you do you don’t work a day in your life “.   I feel truly lucky that I have this opportunity to combine what I love to do with my professional career.   Special event photography and magnificent family portraiture has been my life’s work for over 25 years, and I continue to be inspired by capturing these moments for generations to come.

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111 FOURTH AVENUE NEW YORK,
NEW YORK 10003

Founded in 1986 and based in New York City, Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company is one of the leading boutique wedding, mitzvah, social and corporate event photography studios in the Tri-State area.

Over the past 30+ 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!

 

Our first division Weddings & Mitzvahs, 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.   Generational photography helps 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, and baby naming, to sweet sixteen, milestone birthday parties and family reunions – this division enables us to continue celebrating with our clients.  While these events may be smaller happenings over the course of a lifetime, they 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 captured and preserved.  Professional photography and albums create heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.

 

Albums & Décor, our product division, came about because our photography clients were thrilled with our intimate design process, white glove service, and the premium quality of our albums.  These clients shared their albums with their family and friends, who then told their family and friends. Before we knew it, new clients began bringing us piles of pictures and 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 be a part of the solution!

Today, Albums & Décor even creates albums for clients whose special events we did not photograph!  We have also created spectacular products for clients using their own personal images.  Honeymoon and vacation photos are a perfect example of special memories we can help you turn into albums, frames and even custom photo art for your home.   It is easy to take a photograph, but it shouldn’t stop there!   We feel it’s most important to preserve the memory in a tangible and creative way!

 

Business & Meetings 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, Galas, fundraisers, business meetings and company retreats.

Sarah Merians Photography & Video 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 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, artists & so much more!

Sarah Merians is the CEO and founder of Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company, a New York based company, founded in 1986.   Known for being the premier boutique photographer in NYC, capturing people, families and special occasions.   It has been said that “Sarah makes celebrities feel like everyday people and everyday people feel like celebrities.”

Over the last 30 years, Sarah has grown her business into a premier full – service photography studio in the New York Tristate area.  Ms. Merians states, “it’s not just about the picture, it’s about what you DO with the picture”.   One of the keys to the studio’s success has been the cultivation of life-long client relationships for all of life’s events.

Sarah is a pioneer in the field of contemporary social photography, having evolved the art from static portraiture to dynamic event coverage.   As a devoted artist having special relationships with her clients, she works tirelessly to capture the essence of the individual.   Her work is energetic, passionate, loving and thorough.   A true force of nature, there is no one like her.

Sarah’s work has been featured in publications ranging from The New York Times, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, New York Magazine, The Bump, and New York Family to name a few.  Sarah has personally photographed Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha’s wedding, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Philip, Rod Stewart and many others.   Her photos have been selected to be in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She is also a frequent speaker on the topic of photography as art and has been a guest lecturer at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan.

Sarah has been a member of several organizations through the years including Women’s Leadership Exchange, the Women Presidents Organization, and The Women’s Executive Circle of the UJA Federation of New York.  These organizations focus on personal and professional growth as a female entrepreneur.

Sarah also gives her time to a variety of charities including the Diabetes Research Institute, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, WIZO New York, 5 under Forty, Pratham USA, Camp Good Grief and Albert Einstein Medical Center to name a few.   She is passionate about her philanthropic ventures and wants to “give back” in any way she can to help others.

You can often find Sarah donating her time and her Company’s photography services to many schools in New York City as well as reputable establishments such as The Jewish Museum of New York.   Sarah is the photographer of choice for many churches and temples in the Tri-state area and offers her talent and support to them as well.

Ms. Merians holds degrees from Syracuse University in Fine Arts and Education – with a focus on teaching children through the Arts.   She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc and two children, Max and Emily.

These are values we live and work by:

  • Caring: We are receptive and responsive to the needs and requests of our customers, our business partners, and one another.
  • Creative & Artistic: We are innovators with a deep respect for tradition.
  • Quality & Excellence: We are committed to high quality and excellence in every stage of our work.
  • Passionate: We are passionate and enthusiastic about our products and services.
  • Teamwork: We bring that energy to working together as a team.
  • Respect: We are honored to be part of our clients’ important life celebrations and dedicated to providing them with beautiful photography and video to remember those moments.

Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company preserves the most important moments in our customers’ lives.  We are the premier studio in the tri-state area – the photographer of choice for our customers’ personal and professional events.  Because every customer is unique, we offer a portfolio of services ranging from cutting edge innovation to traditional artistry.  We provide unparalleled quality and creativity with an exceptionally high level of service that helps us nurture life-long relationships with our customers.

Sarah and her team were amazing! We had a pretty tight timeline for pictures between our ceremony and reception and were worried we wouldn't be able to get it all in but Sarah was so efficient and flexible with us that we were able to take pictures in our desired location and still make it to cocktail hour right on time, which friends and family swore to me would not happen! Not only was she able to accommodate our timeline the day of, but she made it stress-free, seamless, and easy for us which allowed us to to enjoy every minute of it. Our pictures came out incredible and were available 3 days after our wedding! Can't wait to work with Sarah and her team again soon! 🙂

Olivia Bride

Sarah is the BEST wedding photographer ever. She is detail oriented, on top of everything in a way that is unparalleled, is extremely professional and also FUN!! She even pulled out some amazing dance moves at the end of the night, all while taking the most incredible photos! We could not be more happy with our decision to work with Sarah and her team. They go above and beyond to deliver exactly what you want.. and more!! We love you Sarah!

Emma Bride

“We found Sarah to be a warm, engaging personality which made us comfortable with her quickly. Her suggestions were easy to respond to and we did. The result was an outstanding collection of wedding photos that we will treasure for the rest of our lives!”

David Groom

A note to say what a pleasure it was working with you last evening. Joel and I are extremely grateful for your talent, creativity and professional manner. It was truly a wonderful experience during a memorable time in our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Doreen Mother of the bride