CEO AND FOUNDER
Years of Experience
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
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!”
WINIT by GBTA (Global Business Travel Association)
We are THRILLED with how the video came together! We can’t watch it enough! Thank you!
Bar Mitzvah mom
I cannot tell you how happy we are that we chose you to help us capture this milestone in our lives! Liel was absolutely perfect! He did such a fabulous job getting every shot quickly and seamlessly…he was so skilled in his set up and composition…He was kind and unintrusive. He was professional and respectful and extremely hard working all day and night! Thank you and A++ for Liel and the Sarah Merians team!!
Bat mitzvah mom
“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
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!
Mother of the bride
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! 🙂
Maternity shoots, children, family portraits, location shoots, holiday, beach shoots, pet shoots, modeling portfolios, lifestyle headshots, graduation portraits, children’s birthday parties
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!
Our family portrait division 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.
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!
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.MORE BLOGS
We ask for a 50% deposit and balance due one month before the photo shoot or party. We do not accept credit cards. Thank you for your interest in our studio!
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 suggest your own home, an outdoor park or cool outdoor location. We do have a studio but encourage a lifestyle location shoot instead. Much more creative, natural and beautiful.
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 photo session or milestone party.
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 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 destination weddings anywhere!!! The Caribbean, Rhode Island, The Hamptons to name a few places we have worked! We travel where our customers take us!!!!
We are a full-service studio and offer a wide range of albums. We pride ourselves on creating beautiful family heirlooms! You will work one-on one with our talented designer who will help you create a custom album that will enable you and your family to relive your photo session or milestone event forever. Our incomparable range of high-end albums and design work sets us apart from our competition. We really care about you. Anyone can take a nice photo, it’s what we do with your images that make them more special!
We are a full-service studio and encourage our clients to purchase prints for their homes or as great thank you gifts for, parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends. We take great pride in our work and will retouch these images and make them and you look your absolute BEST!!!
We are primarily a Cannon studio shooting with Mark IV cameras. Some of our photographers use professional Nikon equipment too. 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 deliver images within one week after your photo session unless a few more days needed if busy time of year. We like to keep the excitement going!
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 photo session. What our families value most is that we understand how important you are! We will 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. We capture, create and design with your images to produce products that tell your story. Once the photo session is over…that’s where our work begins should you desire albums and framed home art.
Yes!!! We have offered video services since we opened our studio many years ago! We capture footage of the event and create an awesome edited piece to share with family and friends and cherish for generations to follow.
We feel video and photography are like peanut butter and jelly and should work as a team. Working with videographers that we know and work well with adds to your party! We don’t run in front of each other’s cameras and respect each other’s art. We also offer drone coverage for events outside Manhattan. This is incredible and will make your children’s party look like a movie!
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. Should framed wall images or albums be ordered we will do more extensive work on each individual image. We are the cheapest and least painful face lift in town!!! Ha!