Karen Wise, an acclaimed wedding photographer, has been recognized as one of the best in her field by American Photo magazine (“World’s Top 10”) and The Knot (“Best in New York”). Karen’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, VOGUE India, Marie Claire China, Style Me Pretty, and many more magazines. Karen has been perfecting the art of wedding photography for more than 15 years, combining technical expertise in digital and film with a fine arts finish. From 20s glamour to marigold splendor, Karen captures the unique spirit of each wedding she shoots, rendering it with stylistic elegance and emotional richness.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Karen spent five years as an apprentice with some of New York’s finest commercial still life, fashion, and portrait photographers. Having acquired this practical and creative background, Karen then launched her own business. She has since photographed celebrity weddings, including Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s wedding in San Francisco and Yo-Yo Ma’s daughter’s wedding in Massachusetts, five-day long Indian extravaganzas, tropical destination weddings, and many distinctive New York nuptials.
Couples choose Karen not just for the artistic quality of her work, but for her disposition behind the camera. Karen effortlessly soothes wedding-day jitters and draws out her subjects’ natural personalities, resulting in pictures that never look stiff or posed. Moreover, she has an innate gift for capturing joyful moments without intruding on the experience. Clients often remark that they “didn’t know Karen was there” when they see photos of their vows.
In addition to weddings, Karen photographs food, families and portraiture. She also teaches food photography & styling workshops collaborating with chefs and food stylists in the New York area. She loves organic, locally grown food, weekly yoga classes, and traveling (she’s originally from Montreal and speaks French too). Karen lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.
Check out Karen's WEBSITE for more of her work!
See our most recent Hamptons summer wedding featured on Style Me Pretty HERE!
and a recent Catskills, NY fall wedding featured on Martha Stewart Wedding HERE!
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Danuta Brown · Married on 02/06/2019
Last week, my husband and I eloped from the UK to get married in New York, and Karen helped me capture the moment. She was a dream to work with from start to finish. So helpful with my millions of questions, and on the day she was very subtle that I almost forgot she was with us. I've just received the photos and they are beyond stunning – each one so beautiful! I will treasure them forever and urge any bride wanting magical photos to contact Karen!Sent on 02/14/2019
Karen Wise Photography's reply:Dear Danuta, Thank you so much for the glowing review! It was such a pleasure to be your wedding photographer for your NYC elopement!! I'm so happy you love your pictures and enjoyed your experience! Wishing you and Rob all the best for years to come.
Eleonor · Married on 06/02/2018
Karen was a pleasure to work with - couldn't wish for a more responsive and accommodating photographer. She is also very talented and produces really beautiful and artistic shots.Sent on 07/25/2018
Karen Wise Photography's reply:Dear Eleonor, Thanks for your detailed review! I'm so happy you had a positive experience working with me as your wedding photographer, your family photographer AND your headshots photographer!
Elizabeth · Married on 03/20/2016
Karen and her team were a pleasure to work with. We had over 250 guests and Karen brought along two assistants who were also great. We ended up with with beautiful photos and are looking forward to receiving our albums.Sent on 05/22/2016
Karen Wise Photography's reply:Dear Elizabeth,
Karen Wise is an amazing photographer and wonderful professional to work with. Her photos are timeless and elegant--both qualities you won't regret when you're looking at your wedding pictures 20 years from now! She is very personable, quick to respond and flexible. We highly recommend her!
It's impossible not to like Karen! She is not only a tremendously talented photographer but also a positive and calming force the day of a wedding. Her focused and subtle approach is truly refreshing and I am always thrilled to DJ weddings that she is working on.
It is always a delight to work with Karen Wise. Her images take my breath away. They are filled with such light and detail. Always captured in a uniquely artistic way.