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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 32 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.