About this Vendor
Beautiful, creative, flawless photojournalism.
We are a small team of extremely enthusiastic artists with an eye for detail and a passion for capturing memories for couples in New York City and all over the world. We know that its not just about creating breathtaking photos and videos. We take pride in being fantastic people too. Whether your affair is a few people or a few hundred people, we take the same care to capture your wedding photography in the most candid and natural way. Our images have been described as dramatic, lighthearted, beautiful and fun. Emma Cleary personally guides each bride through the process of planning your shot list and scheduling your photos. Emma also personally processes and retouches each wedding and designs every album to ensure the finest quality and craftsmanship. Emma was formally trained as a painte
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern, Vintage
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Wedding Albums, Photo, Same-Day Edits, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video
We had the pleasure of having Emma take our wedding photos and it was an amazing experience from beginning to end! My wedding was at a lovely venue in Chelsea and, for me, photography was going to be one of the most important elements. After looking at a million portfolios, Emma was my first choice and it was one of the best choices I made. She was incredibly kind, patient and professional throughout. Before the event, she was both patient and thorough in our discussions of what to expect on the day of, and was even very understanding when certain elements of our planning changed a few weeks beforehand. On the day of, she arrived early and well-prepared. More importantly, she was a super-pro at EVERYTHING. The wedding was partially outdoors in a shaded garden (in 95 degree weather, no less), followed by a formal luncheon indoors, and the timing was pretty tight with each transition in the programme. She knew every shot she wanted to get and was focused and confident in making sure she got all of the shot we wanted and many others that we hadn’t even considered. She creatively used the space and took photos that turned out amazing at the end. But I suppose the most important part of this review is the finished product. The photos were incredible. I am a perfectionist who’s pretty stingy with praise, yet that sentence is the only way I can describe the wonderful job she’s done. She captured so many moments I remembered vividly, many that I’d forgotten, and many more that I didn’t even know took place but am truly glad to have seen. As I expected, she has a fantastic understanding of how to capture and utilize lighting to everyone’s advantage, taking equally gorgeous photos in the hazy sunlight of the garden and the muted lighting of the dining room. What was more impressive (and a happy surprise) was her skill in capturing a wide range of people and making them all look beautiful. Our wedding was a bit of a UN affair, with guests from the US, Europe, Africa and Latin America. So many different complexions and styles, all captured beautifully. I also loved that, in addition to putting everyone at ease so that the posed shots looked comfortable and natural rather than stiff and awkward, she took great action shots – my in-laws laughing together over the signing of the wedding certificate, my best friend and I sharing a teary hug, my fiance and his brother sharing a quiet moment before I walked down the aisle, two friends of mine ours from different countries who had never met beforehand sharing a laugh, etc. She was able to capture all of these moments while being completely unobtrusive. You wouldn’t even know she was capturing any of these moments until you saw the photos! We couldn’t have asked for a more talented photographer. We’re going to treasure these photos for the rest of our lives. Hoping all of you have the chance for an equally wonderful experience.
Emma and her assistant were such a wonderful and skillful team! They were both calm and thoughtful as they captured all of the special moments of our wedding, both big and small! My husband and I, and our family, were over the moon when she sent us all of the photos from our wedding day. Emma had a way of capturing pure joy and paying attention to all of the details within the surrounding environment. Needless to say, we would highly recommend her to any couple!
Best PhotographerReviewed on 1/05/2014 Rachel H
I could not have had a better experience from start to finish with Emma. I so highly recommend her to everyone I meet - not just because her work is FANTASTIC but because she was so nice and easy to work with. She responded within a day to any email I sent which was very helpful since most of my vendors had to be followed up with two and three times for answers. I can't even begin to describe how GORGEOUS my pictures came out. We get endless compliments on them and I'm so happy that I now have a beautiful way to remember our wedding day. We also used Emma for videography - I haven't received the DVD yet but I'm sure that will be fantastic too. If you look at her website you'll see how great her use of color is and how beautiful and artistic the shots are. I gave Emma a list of 'ideal' pictures to get (candid shots, posed shots, details of the decor, etc). I heard her ask the second photographer several times throughout the night if he had gotten everything I asked for. And they both did. We also extended the reception by almost 2 hours and even though they had traveled out of town to shoot my wedding they had no problem staying. They were amazing.
My husband and I got married this past April and we have nothing but great things to say about Emma and her team. I was planning a wedding from out of state and Emma had great patience with us as we communicated via phone, skype, and email. She knew what was important to us and this is reflected beautifully in our photos. We also felt that she made us a priority when she made a trip out to Staten Island just to see our venue beforehand; this showed a great deal of pride and commitment. The day of our wedding was nothing short of wonderful and the photos captured all the emotion and energy that we and our guests were feeling. To finish it off our experience, Emma had our photos ready and edited within a month of our wedding; the perfect turn around time for "thank you" cards. Emma and Massimo did a wonderful and we highly recommend!
Emma is a true talent. She's punctual, incredibly efficient, and has a keen critical eye. I'm not even sure words will do her work justice. Most of all, Emma is an ARTIST. Her photos are taken and edited just so, with flattering, light effects done in post-production to really bring out the day and tell a story. I literally want to frame every single photo and hang them on my wall as art. They deserve to be seen and admired by all.
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Emma Cleary as our photographer for our wedding on April 8th, 2o17 at Seasons Catering and Events in NJ. Emma was excellent at giving us direction during our wedding shoot (which we needed) and she captured beautiful moments throughout our wedding. Emma is very organized, professizonal, easy to communicate with, and is truly a talented photographer! I highly recommend using Emma as your photographer if you are looking for outstanding, memorable photos.
We are extremely glad we decided to work with Emma and her team. She was professional, responsive and knowledgeable. She always responded to our questions in a timely fashion (we've exchanged multiple emails within the hour on several occasions) and not only with answers but often pointing out things we overlooked. Her work was also beautiful and timely, we got our photos back within 4 weeks!
We hired Emma Cleary to shoot our engagement photos and our wedding and it was a great decision. We looked at a lot of talented photographers, but chose Emma because her photos were just more vibrant. She truly takes exquisite photographs. We just received our wedding photos and couldn't be happier. Thank you Emma!
Emma and her team did a wonderful job! We could not have been more thrilled with the way our pictures turned out. She was punctual, attentive, and nothing short of professional. Her eye to capture the shot was spot on. We loved her photojournalist style and her team was present, but never felt in the way. We highly recommend Emma and her team. Thank you again!!
Aaron and Massimo were absolutely incredible photographers and captured the very essence of how we felt on our wedding day. Emma was a true pleasure to work with - very professional, responsive, and helpful. Aaron and Massimo were an extension of this and they made us feel very calm on our wedding day. Everything was orchestrated perfectly. We were thrilled with the photos and loved the video as well. I would recommend Emma and her team in a heartbeat!
Emma and her team provided quality photographs. On our wedding day, she was able to gather guests into photos in a polite and persuasive manner. She expressed patience and attention to detail, which was reflected in our photographs.
Emma Cleary Photography did a great job with our wedding day photos. In preparation for the wedding, Emma was very professional and she always responded to inquires promptly. Our actual photographers the day of were Massimo and Aaron, but Emma did all of the editing. I felt the price we paid was fair. I was impressed with the final product and most of the shots came out beautifully. A few of the shot selections seemed a bit odd to me but we can chalk that up to artistic differences. Overall the photo series was fantastic. Emma turned around the images within the time-frame she had promised. I would recommend her and her team for any event. One minor quibble, on the day of the wedding I had thought Aaron was supposed to be the lead photographer as I had met with him ahead of time. However, on the day of the wedding, the lead turned out to be Massimo. Nevertheless, I was very happy with the way the photos turned out!
As a former photographer, I knew that hiring a wedding photographer would be no easy task. I have a pretty critical eye when it comes to photos and so finding a photographer who's aesthetic was one that really spoke to me was of great importance. When I found Emma Cleary and her work I was totally in awe. Every photo on her website was perfection, and when I had the chance to look through more albums in person during our consultation, again every photo was more beautiful than the next. This is why we hired Emma, because each photo we saw was flawless and she delivered on our day as well. Emma has a keen understanding of lighting and composition and her assistant Massimo is so talented as well. He captured my 90-year-old grandpa in one particular portrait that basically sums up my sweet grandpa perfectly; I'll always be so grateful to have that photo. With over a thousand photos to choose from, there were SO many good ones - it's hard to pick which will go in the album! Along with the incredibly talented videographer, Edison Koo, beautiful moments were captured with family members and friends that we will treasure forever.
We were so thrilled to have had Emma as our photographer for our December wedding. She was a recommended vendor of our venue, India House/Masterpiece Catering, and the venue itself had shown us examples of her work when we first looked at the establishment. We knew instantly she was talented with a keen eye for detail, and as we did further research (not knowing much about wedding or photography in general) we easily saw that she stood out among an endless list of others offering their photography services. In particular, Emma has an ability to capture the moments of the wedding very candidly without ever looking contrived. Her photos also seemed to bring life to the events she captured. We twice worked with her, once for our engagement shoot, and then obviously for the wedding. Both times we were so pleased with the final product, and we were left with gorgeous photos to show off to and share with our family and friends. Working with her was very natural, as she quietly works an event without detracting from everyone's focus on the couple. We also loved Massimo, who worked with her on the day of our wedding. Both Emma and Masssimo were a delight to have there on our wedding day, documenting all the great moments we want to remember. Most importantly, they were extraordinarily organized on the day of the wedding. They worked with us and our venue manager to establish a timeline that was stress-free and never left us rushing to finish pictures as guests arrived. She also built in some down-time for the photos so that my husband and I had time to just relax with our wedding party before the ceremony. She also thought of things that never occurred to me, like bringing invitations for the photography and setting up beautiful photos of the dress, that I would have never thought about. Her and Massimo were able to walk us through some of the details of the day that we may not have been aware of otherwise. Everything went so smoothly, and knowing you can trust her knowledge and experience to help you through the day is an asset than can never be discounted. You will not be disappointed if you choose Emma Cleary Photogrpahy for your wedding!
Emma and Massimo were a fantastic duo! We chose our wedding venue, Boscobel House and Gardens because of the stunning grounds and views of the Hudson River Valley. Living internationally, it was not easy to plan our wedding, especially selecting a photographer, arguably one of the most important elements of a wedding. From the trusted advice of my sister, who met Emma at The Garrison, we booked Emma with only a few email correspondences. Emma was responsive and flexible from the very start, answering questions for us remotely and scheduling an in person meeting when I was home visiting family over the summer. Emma’s calm, reassuring demeanor was the perfect fit for our unique circumstances. We couldn’t be more delighted as Emma captured amazing photos of our special day and was extremely professional throughout. Prompt, patient and creative, Emma arrived with a smile and a sense of tranquility that immediately put the bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids at ease. Massimo snapped great shots of the groom and groomsmen, as they prepped in a nearby location. Quiet and unassuming, he captured small, yet significant moments in a genuine manner. Emma ensured that our wedding was forever remembered with countless photos in a myriad of locations around the expansive, historical grounds and along the Hudson River. She found beauty in the most surprising places that we hadn’t thought of! Emma was terrific at navigating and bringing together our large family and was able to snap incredible shots of everyone! Emma’s professionalism and expertise allowed her to direct us and our family and friends in an effortless manner. We are so grateful to have so many remarkable photos of our wedding. Thank you, Emma for making our day with family and friends unforgettable!
We were so lucky to have Emma as our photographer! She made our wedding day a breeze, as she led the show but wasn't too intrusive when it came to taking pictures. She knew our venue well, which was super helpful, as she told us the exact spots to take photos. Would highly recommend her!
I am so so so happy that I found Emma and her photographers!! Aaron did our engagement session in Central Park in the spring and did an amazing job getting shots that made it look like we were the only ones in the park. We just got married in October in Tarrytown NY and had Massimo join us for the day. They were so fantastic! They listened to all of our requests and all of the pictures they got absolutely show how enthusiastic and happy our day was. I would absolutely would recommend using these guys!
Emma Cleary and her assistant were fantastic for our wedding in Brooklyn. I love her use of lighting, great, clean shots and also her efficiency in making sure that we get into positions quickly with minimum other people in the background. She was also great at recommending the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park as a place to take wedding photos, which was everything I could have hoped for. We would highly recommend her for anyone's wedding.
My wife and I did a lot of research looking for the right person to immortalize our special day for us. Our search led us to Emma, and now that we have the results, we know we made the right choice. Our photos look amazing and it's all thanks to Emma and her team. Emma is a true artist and captured all the special moments of our wedding. We couldn't be more happy with the job she did. Her entire team was so professional and helpful during the whole process--wedding days can be stressful, but Emma and her team made it a lot easier. While we wanted great wedding photos, we also didn't want a team that was too intrusive during the festivities, and Emma catered to all our requests. We'll cherish these memories for years to come. Thank you, Emma!
My wedding was photographed by Emma's associates, Aaron and Dimitri. They were prompt, professional, but most importantly, noninvasive, friendly, and fun! We barely noticed them throughout the night, which made for awesome candid photos that I will truly cherish. They also worked fast and efficiently when taking family and friend photos, letting us get back to enjoying our party. Working with Emma throughout the year was easy and stress-free. She is always in communication with you, taking the guess work out of the process. I am very thankful to them for our beautiful pictures and I highly recommend them to any future brides who wants the job done right!
Emma is an INCREDIBLE photographer, simply put. Emma photographed our engagement shoot in the West Village/Little Italy last fall, as well as our wedding down in the Financial District this summer. When we had stumbled upon Emma's work way back when, we were in awe and knew we wanted her as our photographer, as her work was above & beyond any other work we'd seen during our search while still at a realistic price... which is hard to come by, especially in NYC. Emma was a pleasure to work with (the epitome of a calm, cool, collected individual), and when we got down to the wire the week of the wedding, Emma dealt with my multiple emails and requests seamlessly. On our wedding day, it wound up raining RIGHT as we were preparing to step outside for our photos in Hanover Square, but I'm happy we wound up photographing inside. Emma and Dimitri were able to capture the essence of the entire venue because of this. One of the best parts about Emma and her team is how non-intrusive they are during the actual event. When we were looking at the finished photos with our friends, we couldn't believe how "in-the-moment" these shots were, because no one really realized that Emma and Dimitri were all over the dance floor taking photos of everyone. I've attended so many weddings where I've recognized, or felt, the photographer's presence, and when that happens, you don't act natural. Luckily, everyone is completely natural in our photos because Emma and Dimitri know EXACTLY what they're doing. They captured some really, really awesome stuff :) In the end, Emma's photographs came out incredible; it's been two months since the wedding, and I still look at our photo gallery at least once or twice a week. She was truly a pleasure to work with, and I can't say enough about how hard her and her team work to make these moments in life perfect.
Emma and Massimo were wonderful. Finding a photographer that matched my style was my biggest challenge of wedding planning and I am so happy that I went with Emma Cleary. We absolutely LOVE the way our photos came out. They were very professional throughout the day and very go-with-the-flow (while making sure we stayed on schedule and didn't spend too much of our day on portraits). Emma also got us our pictures within a month of our wedding date, amazing! I would highly recommend this team and will surely use them again in the future.
Emma did an amazing job with our photo shoot! We asked her to do a one hour shoot to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary and she was very helpful throughout the entire process. Emma was very responsive via email which we really appreciated. She gave a lot of direction during the shoot itself and our pictures were beyond our expectations! We had a lot of variety in our pictures with different poses that looked very natural. We would definitely work with her again for any future events!
My fiancé and I came to Emma on somewhat of a short notice to take our engagement photos because we missed the opportunity to capture our proposal. I spent 2 weeks looking at various photographers and their portfolios but I kept coming back to Emma Cleary! Her vision, style and execution was exactly what we wanted. I was also pleased at how fair her pricing is considering the many accolades and press she's received. When it was time for our shoot we had unexpected weather challenges and Emma graciously remained flexible with changing the date and time to offer the best photo opportunities and comfortable weather conditions. I can't speak enough to her professionalism, fun and quirky direction during the shoot, her ideas were so original (even without inspiration shots). Emma was always "checking in" with us to make sure we were enjoying the process and if we wanted to offer our ideas as the shoot went on. She also took the time to get to know us and tell us a bit more about herself. I could go on and on but I truly look forward to working with Emma for upcoming events and hopefully a few years from now for a baby shoot! She's simply awesome!
Emma and her team were a pleasure to work with. We were at ease from our first engagement photo, through our last photo at the wedding. She was professional and calming and captured every moment at our wedding beautifully. I couldn't have been happier with Emma and her team and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer. You will not be disappointed!
Meet The Owner
I am so grateful that I get to shoot gorgeous weddings for a living. I consider myself lucky to have my own business with an amazing team and so many wonderful clients whom I stay in touch with over the years. Feel free to email or call me, I would love to meet you and hear all about your wedding!