Why Us?

It's not our first rodeo!

Since 1986

SMPNY is the Fine Art Wedding Photography division of Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company. Founded in 1986 and based out of NYC, Sarah Merians has been a widely respected name in the private event industry for over 30 years. It’s this experience, coupled with our passion to innovate, that has enabled us to capture life at its best through changing times, trends and technologies.

Talent & Tools

While anyone can take a picture, our photographers capture authentic moments and produce beautiful images. Using the newest, most high-end equipment (from state of the art camera bodies and premium lenses to specialized tungsten lighting) our talented artists create photographs of unparalleled quality and clarity. P.S. – They’re fun too!

Wedding Pros

Oh, and we know how to photograph weddings! We work hard behind the scenes to make sure your big day is an epic, stress-free, BLAST! We think 3 steps ahead so that you don’t have to. We’ve got your back. So why us? Because you only get to do this once and hiring a professional makes all the difference.

Our Team

Experience, professionalism and attention to detail.

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

The albums are getting rave reviews and bringing many smiles as they bring us back to that special day! They will be treasured. Thank you again for your beautiful photographs.

David Father of the bride

“We had a wonderful experience with Sheila and team!! Their perfect mix of candid and posed photos truly captured the magic of the entire day, from getting ready in robes, up until the end. We look forward to cherishing these memories forever!”

Emily & Andrew BRIDE & GROOM

“Jenny was the photographer for 2 of my childrens’ weddings within 5 months. Talk about stress! But Jenny took all of the stress out of photographing every special moment from literally every angle. Jenny put everyone at total ease so that shots were filled with a very natural happiness. She is so energetic, filled with fun, and had an incredible ability to see and photograph even the smallest detail so every moment is captured. One of the brides is now pregnant – Guess who will be doing the baby pictures?”


“We highly recommend it! Liel and the team were amazing! Everywhere we looked (and our guests!) we could find a photographer to take the pictures we wanted. Liel’s energy, passion, and creativity is phenomenal. He was such an important and fun part of our day!”

Ariel & Stephen BRIDE & GROOM

Our Work

Browse our team’s portfolios and find inspiration for telling your story.

Ariel and Stephen – Rockrimmon Country Club

Ashley and Matt – The University Club

Claire and Jacob – Wave Hill

Emily and Andrew – The Lighthouse

Emma and Matt – Montammy Country Club

Jamie and Derek – Pier 60

Lauren and Jordan – Rockleigh Country Club

Lindsay and Jordan – Liberty Warehouse

Melissa and Jonah – Temple Emanuel NJ

Morgan and Jordan – The Boathouse

Olivia and Michael – The Parker New York

Engagement Shoots


Lights, camera, action!
Why not be the star of your very own movie of one of the best moments in your life?

Video coverage will allow you to not miss a moment of your celebration. Hiring a professional videographer will guarantee it! We are often asked “Do I really need video if I have photography?” Photographs are a moment frozen in time that elicits feelings and emotion while video is pure entertainment and action and a very different capture. We feel it is a must if your budget will allow for video too. The band and entertainment and live music at your party is so important…why not relive all the action, music and live fun from your big day? It is also a wonderful opportunity to hear your family and friends give toasts and well wishes which through video can be documented for generations to come!

Video footage can be RAW or edited to music selections of your choice. Once edited we can create a 3-5-minute recap piece to share with all your guests and relive the party all over with them! This highlight reel can be part of your “thank you” to all and make them feel so special to be a part of your once in a life time day.

Claire and Jacob

All Packages Include:

Wedding photography packages start at $3,000

Photographer + lighting assistant. Your big day is our big day. We’re in it for the long haul — from pre-ceremony to reception

All high-resolution images are available through online download.

Your photos are your photos. Print, share, etc. to your heart’s desire

(50-100 images) set to the song of your choice. Pick your favorites or let us design for you!

Popular Package Add-ons:

  • Additional Coverage: $300/hour
  • 2nd Photographer: $1,500
  • On-Location Engagement Shoot: $900
  • 10x10 Custom Designed Wedding Album (50 images): $1,500

Ready? Let's Talk!

Our team is excited to speak with you about your big day. Send us your details to start the conversation!


Have a question that we didn't answer below?
Call us at 212.633.0502 or fill out our Contact Form.

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 corrects 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!

Yes! We have provided video services since we opened our studio many years ago! We provide fully edited videos. 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 wedding day! 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. So fun!

Aside from 32 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 wedding. What our brides and grooms value most is that we understand how important your once in a lifetime day 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 photo booth needs all under one roof.

Yes, we sell main albums as well as parent albums. We are known for our custom designed family heirlooms and if you want our help with this fun and creative process we would love to help. We design the most magnificent albums that will tell the story of your day. We value albums as they are a great way to share with future generations. Should you want to create your own albums you will have all the High Resolution images to do that. We are here to help! Albums range in pricing from $250.00 - $1,500.00 depending on what style, size and cover style.

Our style is a wide range from Photojournalism to Tradition. As photojournalists we will capture the feel of your day as well as take beautiful family portraits and capture those “must have” memories for all the generations.

We will help you through this process and ask you questions about your style and interests. We match up your personal style and taste with our talent after a we have and understanding of YOU – your personality, what you are looking for stylistically in terms of the photography itself, your budget, etc. There are differences in photographic style and approach for each artist as they are creative as well as unique in their own styles and approaches. We celebrate each couple and their own personal style on their wedding day. It is a collaboration with our studio.

We start with a two-person crew of a photographer and an assistant. The number of photographers for your wedding will depend on number of guests at your wedding and the layout and size of your venue. It is our goal to have fantastic coverage but also be a fly on the wall and capture behind the scenes and journalistic images and two shooters may be overkill for an intimate affair. We recommend 2 photographers for larger weddings for added coverage and a variety of angles with different lenses as well as style.

We love doing family portraits and will structure a timeline to do them before the day begins and usually pre ceremony. We will take formal portraits if the bride and groom want this. We encourage this great opportunity to capture grandparents with all the generations. After all…when was the last time your entire family got together and everyone was smiling??

We do not “count” how many photos we will take on your wedding day however we estimate 100 images per hour. We all know it isn’t quantity that makes wedding photography great but the quality of the images from your day. It is our goal to be 10 sets of eyes for you on your big day, as you will be in the heart of the party enjoying yourself - We are there to capture it all for you while you savor the moment!

We spend a lot of time editing your wedding images to provide the best images of the day. We process and color correct at this time and deliver images within 2 weeks after your wedding or sooner!

Many years ago, I think a wedding photographer must have come up with rain being Goodluck on a wedding day! Life happens and weather is no exception. We will always have a back up plan and make the best of rain as well as sunshine! Fun custom wedding umbrellas add to a rainy day.

We are very lucky to have a great track record and not have this situation occur more than a couple of times in the past 32 years. Photographers are human too and should something unforeseen happen… Sarah Merians herself would reach out to a couple with all their options of other talent available and collaborate on a solution with Sarah directly. Another option is to leave it up to us as pros to send another talented photographer from our team who we know you will also love and do a great and professional job for your big day.

We can capture your wedding in both black and white as well as full color. Here at our studio we encourage black and white for powerful and journalistic moments. This is a personal preference and unique to each couple as well as each image. This can be determined in the creative process in post-production when designing a wedding album if desired.

We will deliver images within one week after your wedding. Many brides and grooms will enjoy looking at their images while away on their honeymoon and reliving their day all over again as husband and wife! Many brides want to Instagram right away and we try to come through for them if we know this!

We are primarily a Canon studio shooting with Mark III and Mark IIII cameras. Some of our photographers use professional Nikon equipment too. We bring our own lighting if needed for indoor coverage ranging from on camera Canon flashes to Dynalite bounced room lighting to open the depth of images for overall crowd shots and more. We will bring umbrella lighting for beautiful soft portraits if the wedding requires this.

We are a full-service studio and encourage our clients to purchase prints for their homes or as great thank you gifts for the bridal party, 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 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 special wedding day 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 available evenings and weekends by appointment at our studio located on 28th street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue. We are available for personal face-to-face meetings because we have a lot of portfolios we can share with you all at our cool studio! Getting to know you and what excites you about our photography is a collaborative process. If you prefer face time, Skype or a phone call we can arrange that.

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

No, we do not watermark our high resolution images when we deliver them to you through DropBox.

Awesome! You can fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you right away! You can also call us at the studio 212-633-0502 for a more direct and personal experience.

We ask for a 50% deposit and balance due one month before the wedding.

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