About this Vendor
Boutique Photography & Cinema
John & Lovina Arcara portray a playful and contemporary style through their photojournalistic images. Their sexy, spontaneous photographs are featured in various magazines including The Knot. Whether it's a local or destination affair, they are ready to bring their fun and urban approach to document
Documentary, Editorial, Fine Art
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, Film Photography, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Same-Day Edits, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video
UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING & FANTASTIC in every single way! When searching for my vendors I kept a lot of wedding advice in mind. One VERY IMPORTANT piece of advice I was given that I would give to EVERYONE is...when all the planning is done & the best party of your life is over, all you will have left is your memories & your photos/video. This is in my opinion one of the MOST IMPORTANT PARTS in all the planning. I heard about John Arcara Photography from a friend & could not wait to meet with them. Before I went I looked at their work & sure to say WOW. I sat down with John & knew this is it!!! There was no other photographers I wanted to work with. I looked at other wedding albums in their studio & felt like I was at those weddings! I watched a few vimeo clips & thought WOW! They captured every moment & all the little details. John is so knowledgable, passionate, & talented. John, Lovina, & each and every person on their team are PHENOMENAL beyond words. They are the nicest, most down to earth people! They made me & my now husband feel so comfortable. There was no worry what so ever. They are always readily available for their couples, & willing to help in anyway they can. You don't just get photographers & videographers you get friends! Everything we wanted we received & much much more! We also chose them as our videographers. OF COURSE, the crew was WONDERFUL! On our big day we felt like celebrities. When we look at our photos or watch our video we relive that day all over again. Mission accomplished!!!!! We get extremely emotional EVERY single time. What they captured took our breathe away! The photography we received are more then just pictures to us, they are works of art, ours,that John & his team helped us to create. They create true magic through the lens of their cameras. We can't express in words how thankful we are for the incredible job John & his team did but in this review we tried! If you want the ABSOLUTE BEST CHOOSE JOHN ARCARA!-Stef & Kurt 9/6/14
You're not just another wedding with John Arcara....Reviewed on 10/30/2014 Andrea C
My review of John Arcara photography would not be complete without mentioning how extremely helpful John was before I even booked him. I knew I wanted to work with John after being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's weddings which he shot. Her photos were so unique and stunning that I knew one day, I would work with him. 4 years later, once engaged, I immediately contacted John and his wife Lovina in regards to using them for my wedding. John and Lovina were always helpful when I had any question at all! I even asked for their opinion on bridesmaids dresses, and what color would photograph best! They were both always available when I needed them. I did the Sexy Little Bride shoot with Lovina which I loved and came out awesome. She was great to work with and made me feel totally comfortable throughout the shoot! The day of the wedding John is no BS. He knows how to have fun but direct your and your bridal party without being bossy or annoying. He made everyone feel comfortable throughout all of the pictures, even the guys! He was quick and got the job done right. I have already received a ton of compliments on our pictures even though I only got them back 2 days ago!!! He knew what we wanted and made it happen. He is truly a pleasure to work with. My only regret is not choosing the Mac Daddy package. If I could do it all again I would have added everything John and Lovina have to offer!!! If you are looking for a great photographer who will not only deliver, but be a pleasure to work with, John is the way to go. He really made us feel like we were more than just another wedding, and there is nothing better than that!
THE MOST AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERS EVER!!Reviewed on 10/14/2014 Christine L
I got engaged on December 8, 2012. After booking my dream reception at the Pleasantdale Château, I started my hunt for the perfect photographer and videographer. My wedding coordinator highly recommended John and Lovina Arcara. When I arrived at their studio, I knew exactly why they were so highly recommended. Not only were their photos and videos BEYOND amazing; they were the most down to earth couple I have ever met. At that moment, I didn't even bother looking for other photographers. I booked them immediately for my June 8, 2014 wedding. Both John and Lovina kept in touch with me from the moment I booked them to the big day. They were unbelievably professional, yet funny and beyond friendly at the same time. As a wedding gift for my husband, I shot a "Sexy Little Bride" album (boudoir) with Lovina. She was totally amazing! At first I was a little shy, but after five minutes I felt totally comfortable around her. The book came out absolutely gorgeous! On our wedding day, John, Lovina and their videographer Matt came to my house in Brooklyn to start photographing and recording the best day of my life. All three of them were impeccable! John even helped me put my wedding shoes on as both my maid of honor and I were having technical difficulties. Having them crack jokes throughout the process was a breath of fresh air and eased my wedding day jitters. Once we finished up our church ceremony in Brooklyn, we headed over to our venue. Once again, they did not fall short of amazing! They made my bridal party, my husband and I, and our parents enjoy the experience to the fullest! Everyone was laughing and having so much fun while taking pictures. Our videographer Matt, was also amazing and extremely funny as well. I cannot wait to see our video! Once again, professionalism was not a problem when it came to videography. We received our proofs the first week of September, and all I can say is, the wait was well worth it. Every picture came out unbelievably stunning! Now, my husband and I are trying to figure out which ones to put in our wedding album. I HIGHLY recommend John Arcara Photography to any couple who has recently been engaged and are looking for a phenomenal photographer and videographer! They are worth every penny! I can guarantee that you will NOT be disappointed.
Great PhotographersReviewed on 8/05/2015 Jen
The photos were amazing which were taken by one of John's photographers, Tim. He was so creative and he totally executed my vision!
I’ll start with the most egregious: THE VIDEO OF OUR ENTIRE CEREMONY WAS LOST. Jon did refund us the money for the video; however, this does not make up for the fact that there is no video of me walking down the aisle, vows, first kiss, etc. Secondly, we were told that while we had a different photographer, Jon would do all of the editing. We were pleased with our photographer, but after the wedding, everything fell apart. When we went to pick up our photos, Jon couldn’t find them. We had to pick them up the following day—Jon left them on top of a neighboring business’s mailbox. We were surprised to see that none of the photos had been edited (aside from a batch color correction). We thought there was some mistake due to the mix up the day before, but Jon said no, he only edits for the album. We were not pleased with all of the unedited, crooked prints that he gave us. We obviously wanted to blow up and frame some images for our families and ourselves, but this could not be done with his images (nor would we pay his asking price of $40 for an 8x10 of a crooked family portrait). I HAD TO EDIT THE PHOTOS MYSELF SO THAT THEY WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR FRAMING! Then when he sent the proof, THE PHOTOS WERE STILL NOT EDITED IN THE ALBUM! He met with me and listened to all of the corrections that needed to be made and later had one of his employees, Tatiana, do it for him. This was contrary to his typical bride-unfriendly policy of 1 round of 3 changes only, otherwise he charges $50 per change (this was not disclosed until after the wedding). During this meeting he said, “I do not edit”. In the end I was pleased with the album, but this was by far the worst experience of my wedding (and the most over-priced). I highly recommend that you use a different photographer. If you do use Jon Arcara, ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING.
the complete packageReviewed on 11/09/2014 Rima K
Jon & Lovina did an amazing job at our wedding..the planning was meticulous and the execution was even better..they think outside the box, are creative and we have heard nothing but fantastic comments from our friends and family. Our same-day edit video was epic.. a professional movie of our day shown at the wedding! great service; we felt taken care of all day..
Simply the Best!Reviewed on 10/27/2014 Joy S
We hired John and Lovina Arcara to photograph our daughter's wedding recently in Central New Jersey and I can't say enough good things about their services. They are a pleasure to work with and they knew just how to get the best shots. Their delightful personalities made everyone feel comfortable and the results were amazing! We were able to view earlier photos at the reception and by the time it was over, there were 74 on the Facebook link! Even our guests remarked about how fun they were. Beautiful! Gorgeous! Stunning! are just a few of the comments...and we've only seen the previews! I would hire them again in a heartbeat and give them the highest recommendation.
Above and beyond!Reviewed on 10/02/2014 Charlie B
There are simply no words to describe how truly incredible & amazing John Arcara and his staff did for us throughout our entire wedding process. We were extremely fortunate to have booked them a mere 3 months prior to our special day due to issues we had with our original photographer. We realize not a lot of photographers do that in such short notice. It turns out that it was the best decision we could have possibly made! John & Lovina were very warm, approachable & understanding people that helped us the entire time. They have made themselves available virtually 24/7 as we were able to contact them & pick up photos anytime, day or night. They immediately helped us out by doing a wonderful photo session in such a short time knowing that the wedding was only months away. The professionalism they bring on every email, phone call or photo session is unparalleled and at the same time they somehow make you feel like you're casually talking to a friend. We can't stress enough how much that helps with all the things going on during the wedding planning that John was very calm, cool & confident about his trade. Needless to say, his photos came out extremely vivid and gorgeous that every time we look at them it evokes the feelings that we had the day we got married. The well crafted Italian wedding album they helped us arrange for is unlike any other album we've ever seen! It's a very elegant catalog that's more than worthy of putting your greatest memories and illustrated treasures into. Also, the way John illustrates his photos seems to tell a very unique and artistic story that just jumps out at you in the best ways, it's unbelievably incredible! The fusion film from our wedding that he made was stunning! We were floored when we saw it because every minute of it captured the subtle yet important moments during our wedding that were very emotional & brought us a lot of joy to watch over and over again. John is very creative master photographer that excels at his craft and you will not regret his company and services. It takes a very special photographer to make the most unforgettable day in your life just that and John Arcara Photography meets that call above and beyond. Once again, thank you so much John Arcara Photography! It was a pleasure and an honor to have had your help, your vision, and your courtesy during the most important day in our lives! - Mr. & Mrs. Lee, married September 27th, 2013
Amazing Photographs!!!Reviewed on 9/30/2014 Allie B
John did an absolutely amazing job on our wedding photos! I just picked up the photos a few days ago and I am beyond thrilled with them! They are better than anything I could have ever imagined!! I am a perfectionist, and only want the best, so I looked at many different photographers in the area and decided on John Arcara because no one's work compared to his. His photographs are unique and creative. I had only met John once before our wedding day; however, when John came to my house the morning of the wedding I felt like I had known him for years! He was like a member of our family! In fact, family members thought John was a "good friend" of mine just from seeing how he interacted with me! John took care of everything that I needed before and during the wedding! I would constantly e-mail and call him. Either John or his wife would respond right away! I tell everyone I know about John. He is honestly the best photographer out there! I will definitely be using him to photograph the upcoming events in my life :)
Picture Perfect Photographers : John and LovinaReviewed on 9/18/2014
John Arcara photography created the most AMAZING wedding day for our daughter and son-in-law. Their professionalism and dedication went ABOVE and BEYOND what we ever expected. On our first meeting with John, in his beautiful Red Bank Studio, his energy was overflowing with excitement. On our wedding day, that energy, along with his lovely wife Lovina, continued from the moment they started working until the very end of the night. The same day edit wedding album was absolutely AMAZING. They were upbeat all day and worked as if this was their family member getting married. Our guests have said that they have NEVER seen such a talented and enthusiastic and extremely hard working team.Thank you John and Lovina for creating beautiful memories for our newlyweds.
The best of the bestReviewed on 9/15/2014 amanda s
From engagement photos to the wedding day John stuck by our side the whole time. If you look at his website, his amazing photos speak for themselves so I knew I was in good hands. What impressed me the most was the interest John took in the actual planning and details of our wedding. He wasn't just our photographer but our wedding planner as well. He gave great advice and recommendations along the way for other vendors and ideas.On the day of our wedding I didn't have to worry about a thing or try and remember the kinds of pictures I wanted to take, he took charge and made sure everything was absolutely perfect. Hiring John was more than I could have asked for and money well spent!
Wonderful Photography & VideographyReviewed on 6/26/2014 Courtney S
We saw John Arcara's photos when we were looking for reception sites, and knew immediately that he was the photographer for us! We immediately booked him for an engagement session and our wedding (22 months in advance) to make sure he would be there on our big day. I can tell you, he DID NOT disappoint. He made me feel so special on my wedding day, capturing all the important moments, and lots of other intimate moments I didn't even know he was around for. When looking at my wedding photos, I'm taken back to the day and I feel like I'm reliving every moment-which is great because the actual wedding flies by in such a blur, it's great to have all these beautiful photos to look back at and remember. Our wedding video is absolutely spectacular. He made us a "teaser" which is posted on facebook for our friends to see, and then our full-length video was emailed to us. My friends have been asking for his contact info, as they've never seen videos like this before. The teaser brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. All in all, John & Lovina are the BEST! I HIGHLY recommend them!
Priceless Photos & VideoReviewed on 6/19/2014 Rachael A
As a couple that paid for their own wedding, we were VERY conscious of where we spent our money. Photo and Video was one place that we knew was important so we did extensive research before choosing John Arcara Photography/ Videography. We knew they did incredible work, but what we did not expect was the amount of time and energy they put in to making our wedding day PERFECT. The team was genuine and personable, they took our nervous energy and turned it into a fun, relaxed environment. They came dressed to perfection and carried themselves throughout the entire night with nothing but professionalism. Matt put together a same day edit that captured our day and wowed our guests, they brought an energy and talent to our wedding that I would have spent any amount of money for. I highly, highly recommend their services!
PhotosReviewed on 6/18/2014 Robin C
Scott Bush did our photos and he was great. I can't wait to see them.
November 16th brideReviewed on 11/18/2013 Tamie W
I love John Arcara Photography! The wedding pictures I've seen so far have been stunning and everyone at my wedding was so impressed. He made me feel so beautiful on my special day. Everyone in my family and wedding party enjoyed working with him. We couldn't be happier and the shots he got were priceless. I would recommend him to anyone!
Most fun and professional photography service in New Jersey!Reviewed on 9/22/2013 Matt B
It was an absolute pleasure working with John and Lovina and their team. They took amazing photos and video at every stage of our wedding throughout the day. So many photos were taken that every memory of the day was captured. The video teaser looked great and we can't wait to see the final version. I would highly recommend using John Arcara Photography for any special event!
Best Wedding Photographer!!Reviewed on 9/20/2013 Megha M
John Arcara and his wife Lovina Arcara did an amazing job at our wedding!!! They are very easy to work with because of their fun and laid back personality. Not only were they very professional but got everyone on track with time. They went above and beyond for us on our wedding day! The preview slideshow they provided the day after the wedding was fantastic and a very neat surprise! John took so many great pictures, we are having trouble narrowing it down for our album!! We highly recommend John Arcara Photography for engagement and wedding photos!!!
LOVEEEEE JOHN ARCARA PHOTOGRAPHY!!!Reviewed on 9/19/2013 Nicole P
My experience with John and his team actually occurred many years before my wedding even happened. John did my brother's wedding and I instantly fell in love with his work. I was in the bridal party for my brother's wedding and I remember John being so much fun, not your typical stiff wedding photographer taking your typical wedding photos (I've been in and been to many weddings where talking to a wall would be more interesting than talking to the photographer! The best I ever experienced was a photographer who missed half of the reception on cigarette breaks! You won't get that kind of service from John and his team!!!). When I got engaged, and before a date or venue was set, I knew I wanted John to shoot our wedding. He is so full of energy and fun ideas....even our engagement photos came out so beautiful and we had a ton of fun walking around Red Bank with him shooting them. He is quick to answer any questions/emails you send his way and he truly is such a talent. As our wedding day approached, and with the threat of soaking downpours, John called me up to reassure me that no matter what, our day would be excellent (which helped ease my fears, especially since I wanted to take a lot of photos outside at our venue - Mallard Island Yacht Club in Manahawkin). He was filled with excitement and energy, reassuring me that no matter the weather, he would be able to get some amazing shots, and even gave me some pretty incredible ideas (especially when it came to a surprise I had for my husband during the 'First Look' shot). John and his team showed up right on time the day of my wedding to the salon and we all immediately had a blast; again, he isn't your typical, boring, stiff, wedding photographer! - It felt like it did at my brother's wedding...John and his team being awesome, us having some great laughs, and him shooting away while NOT being in everyone's hair and business. For example, there would be times where I would find myself talking to my bridesmaids and then realizing that John and his wife, Lovina, were photographing us from afar the entire time! Luckily, it didn't rain on our wedding day, but I still appreciated how he took away any stress I had when it came to our big day being a wash out. My wedding day simply was the most amazing day of my life, and I truly thank John, Lovina, and Matt for being a part of that day. Our pictures came out BEAUTIFUL! They are more like works of art than your typical wedding photos!! If you are looking for a photographer who you can have fun with, who won't add ANY stress to your day, and someone who will take beautiful pictures of one of the most important days of your life....then John is without a doubt the guy you want!! John, Lovina, and Matt felt like family to my husband and I, and our entire wedding party LOVED them! I highly recommend John and plan to use him in the future for any family photos we may have (maternity shoots!) I can't say enough positive things!! :)
Captured an Unforgettable Night - May 26, 2013Reviewed on 9/16/2013 Amanda T
We interviewed almost 10 photographers before deciding on John Arcara - he was so enthusiastic that it was infectious, and I knew I wanted that energy at our wedding. We were not disappointed! As soon as they arrived, they jumped right into action without being intrusive at all! Lovina even helped my bridesmaids to dress in their sarees. Their style is relaxed and energetic, and I found it definitely helped to keep my energy up. They captured every moment - I don't know how they were in so many places at once! They knew exactly where to take pictures to capture the mood of our wedding and reception. The pictures turned out beautifully, and there are so many that I am having a hard time narrowing down the ones I want to frame.
Amazing detail, amazing talent, amazing memories!Reviewed on 9/16/2013 Maura B
We selected John Arcara Photography for our May 25, 2013 wedding and were nothing short of impressed! His talent, artistic ideas, and overall shots are incredible. He makes the entire process fun and relaxing, even the bridal party had a good time! You never feel pressured into shots or "setup"; his style is natural and fun, which comes across in the beautiful memories he creates. We just picked up the proofs from our wedding day and we were extremely happy with how they turned out; he captured shots that made us laugh, cry, and relive the incredible love we felt that day. We are incredibly grateful that John allows us to relive those wonderful memories each time we view our wedding pictures! We would highly recommend John and his team for any and all occasions and hope to work with him in our future to capture memories to come!
Amazing PicturesReviewed on 9/16/2013 Micki M
We are so happy that we were able to have John photograph our wedding last October. We just picked up our wedding album and it is beautiful. We get so many compliments on not only our wedding pictures, but on our engagement pictures and wedding FusionFilm as well. John and Lovina make the whole process easy and enjoyable from start to finish. You definitely will not be disappointed when working with this awesome couple!
The Absolute Best!Reviewed on 9/02/2013 Brittany M
John, Lovina, and Matt photographed and filmed our wedding on June 22nd and every moment of the day was like one surprise after another from them. Their photos were beyond creative and excellently executed and they were so attentive to us and every little detail of the day. In less than 24 hours we had photos to see already and a photo album they created while we were still at the reception! We even had a video "trailer" by the morning after. The service was impeccable and so fun - it felt like we were hanging with our friends while taking our photos. I could not be happier with the results and look forward to using them again for special events in the future. And P.S., they also did our engagement photos which were magnificent!
Amazing Photographer!Reviewed on 6/24/2013 Lara L
John is an incredible photographer! Our engagement session was so fun and the pictures were great. BUT the wedding day photos (which I have only seen a handful on his blog so far) are absolutely breathtaking! Everyone keeps saying the pictures he took look like it was a VOGUE photo shoot!! We got married on 6/7 during a tropical storm, and outside...but with Johns amazing pictures, you would never have known! I cant wait to see the thousands of pictures from the wedding very soon! He's incredible and I totally recommend them!!!!
AMAZINGReviewed on 2/07/2013 Carla B
we had the pleasure of having John and his team take photos at our wedding this past August. The entire process was so much fun. Jon made it so easy for us on our day that we were having fun and not worrying about anything. Also, the photos turned out absolutely gorgeous. 6 months later, we still look through our photos and remember what a beautiful day it was.
so flexible and responsiveReviewed on 12/02/2012 Melanie F
We had to switch photographers last minute, and John and his team were great. They met with us on very little notice, even while in the middle of a move, and we ended up getting Scott and Devin for our wedding day. They did a great job, capturing all the moments and making sure everyone in our families got the photos they wanted. They were always very willing to talk to us and learn what we wanted, and we really appreciated that. Prices are definitely high, but we're excited to have John edit all our images and to have a shared copyright. We only have a few shots so far, but their quality and artistry has really impressed us.