Sarah Merians

CEO AND FOUNDER

35+

Years of Experience

10,000+

Events

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!!! Read More

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OUR TEAM

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Sarah

A “real” New Yorker, Sarah has lived in the East Village for the past 30 years with her husband and children, the youngest of whom recently graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans.  Described as a “force of nature” Sarah is truly a pioneer in the event photography industry.  Initially a fine art painter with a BFA from Syracuse, she eventually gravitated toward photography with its unique combination of art and humanity.  Her work is energetic, loving, clean and thorough.

When Sarah is not capturing a family portrait, baby naming, maternity shoot, mitzvah, wedding, or corporate event you can find her doing the many hobbies she loves.  She brings her yoga, working out, and tennis energy to every job she does.   It’s often said that Sarah makes celebrities feel like everyday people, and everyday people feel like celebrities. At your event, she will be ten sets of eyes capturing every detail so that you can relive every moment when the party is over.

Sarah feels her clients deserve the best and NO ONE will work harder for you than Sarah!

Liel

Liel brings the color and passion of his native Trinidad to every event he photographs!!  Endlessly positive and energetic, his clients often have just as much fun taking their pictures as they do on the dance floor! A true artist, Liel will “paint” a picture of your special day through beautiful and vibrant images that capture the very essence of your celebration!  Using the latest technology and best equipment, Liel is constantly pushing creative boundaries.

When he isn’t shooting, Liel spends quality time with the love of his life and their 6 children at their home in Brooklyn.  He works out to stay energized and has several hobbies one of which is restoring vintage cars with his dad.  He follows a strict vegan diet which is perhaps the source of his superhuman strength!   Liel is one of our top photographers and has been with the Company for more than 10 years.  We are lucky and honored to have him part of our Sarah Merians family.

Sheila

Sheila has been with Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company for over 20 years and is one of our most sought-after photographers! Clients come back to her for all their lifetime events with our studio.  Sheila has such a loving and caring demeanor that Sarah often receives letters from clients stating how amazing and sweet she was at their event… but strong enough to get the job done!

She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, her three children and her dogs (a German Shepard and a Doberman). She has worked her martial arts skills into her event coverage and is always looking to up her game.   Sheila shoots with the Cannon Mark IV, one of the best cameras on the market. Lively and sweet with an experienced eye, Sheila’s photography is romantic and warm. Sheila loves to show couples what their love looks like!   If she isn’t at the ocean that she loves or attending to her orchids, Sheila will continue to capture the emotion of your day with her gentle and unobtrusive approach.

Dahiam

Dahiam is young, tall, handsome and the best new addition to our team!  He was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the US when he was 8 years old with his family.  He was raised by a family of creative artists and videographers and was destined to have a camera in his hands.

He began in our industry as a videographer and migrated to photography because he said it is an art form that really gave him pleasure.  It is because of this skill and talent that he brings that quiet intensity to his work.  His style is documentary and powerful as he captures the most incredible moments with his state-of-the-art Sony cameras and lenses.

When he is not working hard Monday through Sunday, you can find Dahiam watching sports, movies, or just lost in a good book.  Finding time for travel (another passion of his) is difficult as he is so desired and very busy capturing parties and corporate events. His images glow with incredible color and creativity as he moves behind the scenes capturing the beauty of your day.

Andres

Andres grew up in Colombia and moved to the US several years ago.  He has since married and is raising his daughter here and loves being a family man.   Andres brings the utmost professionalism to his work through the many lenses of his two to three camera capture on events.  He is charming and professional, and these qualities are reflected in his incredibly creative and thorough work. When he isn’t traveling he is busy shooting corporate events and weddings and his unique artistic talent leaves our clients feeling lucky to have had  him document their event.

Roberto

As a young child in the Dominican Republic, Roberto worked at his father’s photography shop developing and processing photographs. In 2004, Roberto, along with his wife and son, emigrated to the United States where he immediately put his extensive photography knowledge to work as an event photographer! His technical prowess can be seen in the natural and life-like lighting he creates through various techniques. His unique and creative eye, coupled with his kind and gentle demeanor, make him the perfect person to spend your special day with!  Patient, even keeled and accustomed to large, loud families Roberto gets the job done with no drama!

In addition to photographing events, Roberto is also incredibly technically skilled and helps us with image processing, retouching and color correction on all the events that come out of our studio.  From pushing the trigger to beautifying an image – he is the total talent package!

Davitte

Davitte has been part of the Sarah Merians Video team for almost 20 years!  Davitte came to New York with his wife and two children from the Dominican Republic 20 years ago and we are so lucky he landed with our team. Davitte loves to travel and learn from everything he sees. He brings this wisdom, extensive experience and energy to every event he films – from large scale corporate events to intimate weddings to rowdy mitzvahs – our clients return to him year after year.

He is always upping his game and gear and has the best video cameras on the market.  Mirrorless, Sony, and Cannon, are his gear of choice. He also enjoys working with drones for aerial perspectives.  At your event, he will capture amazing footage from a documentary point of view and with a cinematic style. Later, in the editing studio, he will piece these moments together to tell the story of your day in a beautiful short film that captures the essence and emotion of your event.

Davitte is an incredible cinematographer and storyteller and we are lucky to have him as part of our team.

Alex

Born in the US to parents from Columbia and Cuba, Alex brings a tremendous passion to his work and our clients are the lucky recipients.  Due to his strong work ethic, you will often find Alex manning 3 cameras and a drone at his events to not miss any angle or action.  Even when not on a job he will put time into “his craft” and considers his video work one of his hobbies.

If Alex is not working hard with a camera in his hand, he loves spending time with his family and 2 children 9- and 12-year-old.   He will always find the time to head to the tennis courts as this is yet another passion for this talented young man. Alex is caring and professional and clients love working with him. We are lucky he is part of our team!

Lisa

Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company has been blessed to have Lisa part of the team for almost 20 years. Lisa is our amazing Director of Sales.   She arrived for her job interview in her early 20’s to meet Sarah and it was love at first site.  Lisa will help you find the perfect photographer and videographer from our team for your once in a lifetime event, and hold your hand through the post creative process as well.  Lisa is intelligent, caring, focused and passionate about the Company and has been instrumental in helping to make our success story what is today.  Our clients are so lucky to work with her.

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Thank you for your assistance, patience, and guidance over the last few months! It was a pleasure working with you in making our event a success. All of our attendees were floored by the quality, hospitality, and attention to detail of everything and everyone involved.

Laura Lalinde

Director, Heterodox Academy

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Was great working with Sarah – We loved having [her] team, spirit and enthusiasm for the job and project onsite!.

Morgan Bonk

Assistant Account Executive, Legacy Marketing

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Working with Sarah was fantastic. She required very little direction, was aggressive in the best way possible and always got the shot.

Laura Lalinde

Director, Heterodox Academy

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Thank you to the Sarah Merians team for jumping in and handling the last minute rush and especially for the rapid turnaround of the photos. They are exactly what we were looking and hoping for and we are so excited to share them! You set a high-bar for the other events this week!

Chaille Biddle

Kearny NY

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Sarah is incredibly talented and a lot of fun to work with! She can get the most hardened, serious lawyer to smile!

Lauren Goldman

Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

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I would like to express my gratitude for your quick and tireless efforts with GBTA’s inaugural WINIT gala. We really appreciate your high level of coordination, flexibility and cooperation with the logistics of the event. The feedback from our attendees’ experience was amazing and we could not have done it without Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company!”

Liz Huh

WINIT by GBTA (Global Business Travel Association)

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I want to reiterate how thankful (we are) for your time and your professionalism this week. I know we can be tough but you managed everyone so well and had them all leaving (their headshot session) feeling confident! Thank you, thank you!”

Cara Moore

Marketing Manager, Sotheby’s International Realty

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“Sarah is not only a great photographer, she is an amazing director with a keen and creative eye! Photoshoots for my team of 16+ normally takes all day but with her energy and direction, we were done in half the time with twice the selection options. The Field Team loved working with Sarah and can’t wait for our next shoot.

Nikki Field THE FIELD TEAM

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker, Sotheby's International Realty

Why Us?

Photography, Video and On-Site Printing services for all your corporate needs

Our professionals can help you put your best face forward.

Founded in 1986 and based in New York City, Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company is the premier boutique wedding, social and corporate event photography studio in the Tri-State area. Our corporate division grew out of our accomplished and successful clients, who inquired often about 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.

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Our professional photographers have extensive experience covering Award Ceremonies and Galas, Conferences and Meetings, Fundraisers and Charity Events, Marketing and PR Events, Cocktail receptions, College and University Events, Luncheons, Formal Dinners, Holiday Parties, Company Retreats and Employee Appreciation Events.

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We also offer video services including event coverage, lie stream, IMAG, and video interview booths for events, on-site promo video shoots, montage for event, same day edit, sizzle reels, event recaps, commercials/ads, web-site content.

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  • 30+ years of experience with a reputation and track record for excellence
  • Top of the line equipment (cameras, lighting, etc.) and a variety of backdrops for studio location
  • Impeccable attention to detail and customer service
  • Quick turnaround
  • Professional retouching services included
  • One vendor for photography, video and photobooth streamlines your process
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FAQ

We take tremendous pride in our in-studio production team and all the work they do to make images look their very best.  Our team processes and color correct images before delivering to you.  More extensive cosmetic retouching will be done on headshots and team photos so that your company can put it’s best face forward.

From conferences and meetings, to formal awards ceremonies and galas, video captures what photos cannot – presentations, keynote speakers, live product demonstrations, etc. We supply all the equipment needed (roving and/or stationary cameras, lighting, mics) and offer IMAG (image projection) as well live streaming services.

Whether you are looking for a basic cut and title, or a more elaborate sizzle reel or promotional piece, our talented editors are the best in the business. We work with you on pre and postproduction to bring your vision to life. We also offer onsite shoots for commercial marketing projects as well as custom video tributes and montages.

Aside from 30 plus years of experience you can trust, what makes us most unique is the combination of impeccable customer service, follow through and care you will receive before, during, and after your event.  What our client’s value most is that we understand how important your event is!  We cater to your every need and offer you peace of mind: Our photographers are the artists; our studio is the backbone. We are also a full-service studio for all your photography, video or photobooth needs all under one roof.

The number of photographers for your event will depend on number of guests at the event, the layout and size of your venue, what you need us to capture and your photography budget.  For smaller events like board meetings, luncheons, and cocktail receptions of 150 or less, one photographer is sufficient.  If your venue is very large and you have over 200 people attending the event, we recommend 2 photographers. Another situation that would mandate 2 or 3 photographers is when there are different aspects of the event that need to be covered occurring simultaneously.  For instance, a step and repeat station or break out sessions.

We do not “count” how many images we will take on your event however we estimate 100 images per hour.  We all know it isn’t quantity that makes great photography but the quality of the images from your day.  It is our goal to be 10 sets of eyes for you on your event and to capture every detail for you.

We spend a lot of time editing your images to provide the best of the day.  We process and color correct and deliver images within a few days after your event or sooner!    Many corporate events need fast turn over for press, internal use, or social media content.  We will work together to produce what you need when you need it.

We are primarily a Cannon studio shooting with Mark IV cameras.  And others love the new Sony gear. We bring our own lighting if needed for indoor coverage ranging from on camera Cannon flashes. We will bounce room lighting off a ceiling sometimes to open the depth of images for overall crowd shots and more.  We will bring umbrella lighting if headshots or team photos are required.  Our photographers and videographers all use the same state of the art gear, have back up equipment and work as professionals.

We will work wherever we are asked to!  We primarily work in Manhattan and the Tri-State area (New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island and Connecticut and will travel for event anywhere!!! The Caribbean, Rhode Island, The Hamptons to name a few places we have worked!  We travel where our clients take us!!!!

We are a professional organization and maintain Insurance.   We have Certificate of Insurance that is required at all venues.  It is provided upon request.

We do not watermark our high-resolution images when we deliver them.  We create a beautiful online portal for you that is password protected so you can view, share, and download the images from your event. You retain full usage rights of all images and print and publish them however you see fit.

Awesome! You can fill out the contact form and we will get back to you right away!!!!  You can also email our Director of Sales,  [email protected]

We ask for a 50% deposit and balance due one month before the event unless the event is within a few weeks or days.  We do get a lot of last-minute corporate inquiries and bookings.  We do not accept credit cards.  Thank you for your interest!