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We can’t say enough good things about Judith Rae. To begin with, she is a lovely person – warm, kind, thoughtful, a calming but organized presence during a very busy day. Beyond that, she is an incredibly talented photographer who brings an artist’s eye to what might otherwise be fairly standard wedding photographs. Judith spent lots of time before the wedding talking to us about what kind of photos we wanted. We reviewed her previous work and selected things we liked and hoped to emulate so she had a good idea of exactly what we wanted. In fact, the reason we selected her over other photographers was her unique perspective and ability to capture compelling candid shots that we found so much more interesting than standard posed arrangements. Her work looks like it belongs on a gallery wall rather than in a coffee table wedding album. We spent more time together during an engagement shoot, which was a great way to get comfortable being photographed so we didn’t have to waste time on our wedding day adjusting to that awkward feeling of posing. A few weeks before the wedding, we talked through the schedule – key places we wanted to visit, images we wanted to capture, timing – and had a very thorough itinerary (which we actually stuck to) on our wedding day. Judith scouted out all locations beforehand so she understood key nuances, especially lighting, before our wedding day. The result of this was hundreds of gorgeous photos – posed, candid, people, places, action, quiet moments. We have been struggling for months to select only a few to feature in our wedding album. Bottom line: we couldn’t have been happier with Judith and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to capture their wedding day on film.
Sometimes things just work out in life. We were referred to Judith from a colleague of hers, when we had originally tried to book his services and he was unavailable for our date – thank goodness! We have to say that Judith is unequivocally one of our favorite people on this planet, who is so warm and positive, and very truly cares about her clients. She dealt with our nerves, our large and slightly disorganized family, and all the planning and follow up around the date with such grace and composure, and really made the day easy for us. The photos are absolutely phenomenal. In one frame at a time, she was able to somehow capture our best selves. In addition to the more formal portraits she was able to capture us naturally in the feel of the event, how we felt about each other, and fantastic natural photos of almost each of the guests. I literally can’t imagine what our wedding would have been like without her on our side, and frankly if we had known her before the event we probably would have invited her as a guest as well! She absolutely deserves every accolade she receives, as she’s truly the best.
Judith is extraordinary talented! Her photographs capture the human element and joy of the day in the most elegant and beautiful way. She is a true professional who remains calm and poised under pressure, and works very hard to keep the bride and groom relaxed as well. Judith’s team was a dream to work with. My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with both Judith and Ahmet, and the photographs certainly show it. Judith’s own delight was both palpable and contagious, giving us truly awesome, artful and touching photographs. We were thrilled to have had Judith document our wedding and her photographs of that unforgettable day continue to give us delight!
So lucky to have had Judith as our photographer!Reviewed on 11/05/2014 Mike B
It is hard to even express how wonderful Judith was and how lucky we feel to have had her as our photographer for our wedding. The minute we met Judith we were blown away by how passionate she is about her work, and by how warm and kind she is! She takes such an interest in the details of the wedding, looks into the venue ahead of the time so that she can offer advice about locations for the best pictures, and coordinates with ease with the other vendors. She has a wealth of knowledge about weddings and vendors, and even helped us pick out a style of bouquet and an amazing videographer! On the day of the wedding, Judith's calm demeanor put us and our bridal party at ease. Judith joined us in the limo on the ride to the venue, and through all the twists and turns and an extra long ride due to the driver going the wrong way (Judith's humor and calm during this time was a huge help!), Judith managed to capture the emotions and anticipation of what was to come in beautiful candid pictures. When we arrived at the venue on this snowy December day, Judith had an idea to go outside with the bridal party to take pictures on the snow covered grounds. Despite the cold, we completely trusted that it would be worth it and all went outside and good thing we did, because the winter wonderland theme came to life and these were the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. Throughout the day Judith got to know the family and made everyone so comfortable, especially those of us who tend to be camera shy! She also came to the rescue on several occasions- running back into the hotel for the veil that had somehow been forgotten, jumping in to help when my necklace wasn't clasping right, and just being there to help calm nerves. Judith managed to be present to capture tons of amazing moments, while simultaneously blending in to the point where people said that they hardly noticed we had a photographer! Judith is more than a brilliant photographer..we truly consider her a new friend.
Outstanding Photography Services!Reviewed on 10/30/2014
Judith was an extreme pleasure to work with. Unfortunate circumstances with an illness in the family dictated that my wife and I get married eight months ahead of our initial wedding date. Judith was very accommodating given the situation. She has a warmth about her that was very welcome. If you're looking for a true professional who does outstanding work, my wife and I highly recommend her services.
Photography GeniusReviewed on 10/30/2014 Marina S
Since the very beginning working with Judith was an absolute pleasure. I (like many of you) was very picky when choosing my photographer. I can't express enough how happy I am that we chose Judith. She helped me from picking our outfits for the engagement shoot, to helping me organize timing for the wedding, and even guiding us with posing - she was fantastic from beginning to end. Her and her team were so professional and positive. During our engagement shoot it was pouring rain and windy and we still did the shoot, and she came, smile ear to ear without one complaint. The photos not only came out beautiful but are a keepsake for us for life. Let's talk about the wedding. I have a crazy (and I mean crazy!) big russian family, and Judith and her team were able to roll with it and conquered every moment with grace and professionalism through our day. Judith even stayed an extra hour later to make sure to capture our dessert/cutting the cake. Our photos speak for themselves. Every time I look at them I can't get enough - and we have received SO many compliments about our photos. The investment is SO worth it for the value of these photos! One of the biggest things our family is picky about are our family portraits under the chuppah. We managed to get a perfect photo with EACH family member - no blurry photos, no one blinking. Everything was flawless. I was truly speechless and these photos are keepsakes that I will hold on to for the rest of my life. I'm truly ecstatic with her work and will want to use her many more times again in the future. My photos do not even compare to so many others - the art is in the photographers eye! I would highly recommend using Judith and her team for your wedding - you will NOT regret it!!
Amazing!Reviewed on 10/28/2014 Thomas B
Not only were we incredibly happy with the quality of Judith’s pictures, but she was also unbelievably helpful and supportive throughout the pre-wedding process! She was constantly in touch throughout the wedding planning, able to recommend other quality vendors, and proactively coordinated with the venue, which was especially helpful in our case as we did not have a wedding planner to help coordinate. During the wedding, Judith and her team were professional and unobtrusive, capturing the wedding while keeping the guests (and ourselves!) at ease. (It is worth noting that our wedding was a traditional south Indian wedding, which she handled very well.) She effectively managed our large group of family and friends during the photos for family and friends, ensuring that we captured all the pictures requested efficiently and timely. Following the wedding, at our request she provided a sample of the pictures to send to relatives that could not attend the event. The final gallery of pictures was later presented beautifully on a website, categorized and easily viewable. While they were slightly delayed - it was the summer wedding season - she graciously provided us a discount to accommodate for the delay. All in all, we were tremendously impressed by her and her team and would definitely recommend her to others!
Proof is in the pudding...Reviewed on 10/23/2014
I was in my cousin's bridal party and I know she spent a great deal researching the photographer and she was super excited when she finally met Judith. She said they both knew she was "the one" and after seeing the gallery, I gotta say the proof is definitely in the pudding. After seeing the pics I tried to jog my memory and honestly other than the formal introductions with Judith I can honestly say I didn't even realize she and her team were even there. I also was able to experience that day from different perspectives (so many gorgeous pictures). She even went with the bride/groom's crazy idea to take pics in the NYC subway. After seeing the beautiful images it truly made my eyes water up. Judith was truly able to capture and convey the love and emotions from both the bride and groom as well. I would def recommend Judith to anyone, she will definitely not disappoint.
Eye Delicacy!!!!Reviewed on 10/23/2014 Giuliana G
It was a true pleasure working with the passionate, beautiful and amazingly talented and extremely detail-oriented Judith Rae! We could not be any happier with our whole Judith Experience. After countless weeks, days, and hours of researching different wedding magazines, websites and blogs, calling and emailing more than 100 photographers I came across Judith Rae in New York Magazine. I checked out her website and voila, I was hooked! I went through all her wedding and engagement portfolios and was immediately drawn to the candid emotion she captivates in her photos. I wrote her a super hyped email and soon enough received a phone call. We met weeks later and that's when WE knew she was the one! Our Engagement pictures were STUNNING! Even though we felt a bit shy; she managed to make us feel super comfortable! She delivered exactly what we expected, cool candid warm unique photos! And OMG the lighting! It was until we saw the photos that we knew exactly what she meant about the lighting being on point! Complete Photo GENIUS!! Our Wedding Day was unbelievable! Judith and her assistant Jeremiah were AMAZING! We honestly forgot they were there! They were so professional, kind and super cool! When we received our photo gallery we were in complete shock on how stunning they are and didn't even notice that half those shots were taken. Wow! We relived each second of our wedding day all over again! We are in Love with every single shot. The photos are vibrant, candid, elegant, COOL and simply beautiful! Our family and friends have called us non-stop to congratulate us on how gorgeous and vivid the photos came out! Friends who weren't able to come have seen our wedding gallery and said they felt like they were there. The day was captivated flawlessly! A huge request we expressed to Judith was to take pictures on the subway after our NYC Church Ceremony. The city on a Saturday afternoon on a summer day can be very tricky with the subway and although she was concerned about the time and location logistics' she did it! She went with it and the pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! It was a beautiful experience. Our parents and entire bridal party was there! We are in total bliss with how AWESOME and AMAZING the photos came out. Very New York, Very US. Judith is lovely. She pays great attention to detail and is very passionate about her work. Every time we look at our photos it takes us back to that magical moment; a true eye delicacy! She truly knows how to tell a beautiful story through her art and for that we will be eternally grateful!
Photography phenom!Reviewed on 2/08/2014 Lara Y
Judith did such an amazing job capturing the mood, spirit and excitement of our event. Unlike some photographers, she didn't do much posing or direction, she allowed us to be completely natural and captured every important moment and look. She absolutely "gets it" and I highly recommend her. I even forgot that she was there (the mark of a pro!) and have wonderfully natural and beautiful pictures to show for it! Thank you Judith!
Fantastic Photographer!Reviewed on 1/29/2014 Lauren T
In 2011, my husband and I planned our destination wedding at The Viceroy hotel in Anguilla. Most of the vendors we used were local, but the photographer was something incredibly important to us and we knew we would need to bring someone down from NYC if we wanted really special photos. A friend of ours recommended that we reach out to Judith as she had extensive experience with destination weddings. After seeing Judith's outstanding portfolio of work and experiencing her calm demeanor, we felt confident that we wanted her to capture our wedding day. Judith did not disappoint us in the slightest. Judith was such a pleasure, with her zen energy, to have photograph us in Anguilla. When we returned and received our photos, my husband and I were blown away. She not only was able to capture the true beauty of Anguilla in our photos, but her work was incredibly creative. It's difficult to find a photographer who has a ability to deviate from the usual staged shots. Judith does it with ease. I highly recommend Judith for your wedding, local or destination!
Great experience!Reviewed on 12/08/2013 Christina O
Judith has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She has been very responsive answering any questions that we have and assisting us to figure out engagement photo outfits and a location. We received our engagement photo gallery a few weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. Judith really put us at ease during the shoot and you can tell! They look so natural and carefree. They really capture the best of ourselves. I can't wait to work with Judith on our wedding day. I know the photos she will take that day will perfectly capture the wedding and be beautiful. I would highly recommend Judith to anyone.
Fabulous PhotographerReviewed on 11/17/2013 Patty D
I cannot express enough how happy I was with the pictures of my sister's wedding. It was very important to me as the matron of honor to have the photographer capture the wedding in a way that I know my sister would want. The pictures were tasteful, elegant, and truly beautiful. Judith and her staff also were excellent in getting the children(6 of them ranging in the ages 3-11) in the wedding to smile and enjoy taking the shots. They worked wonders with the kids. She did a spectacular job.She is extremely professional and didn't take away from the wedding. Judith Rae is a fabulous photographer. I absolutely highly recommend her for your wedding especially if you have children in the wedding.
wonderful addition to our intimate weddingReviewed on 11/12/2013 melanie d
I am so grateful that Judith and her assistant were available for our last minute Friday afternoon wedding. Judith was a great addition to our small wedding - she made everyone smile, was super efficient in capturing each family group among our 16 guests, and made our post-vows photo shoot in TriBeCa a fun wedding memory in and of itself. She and her assistant captured incredible shots - both candid and posed - and preserved our memories of the occasion perfectly. She was also very professional in her communication. I (and most importantly MY MOM) couldn't be happier with our photos and thank Judith for her time, effort, and attention to details.
Wedding PhotographerReviewed on 11/07/2013 Anne C
Judith’s level of professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to capture every moment of our wedding without being invasive was second to none. Judith is incredibly prepared. She met us prior to our wedding to discuss our expectations. At this initial meeting, we immediately developed a comfort level with both Judith and her portfolio of work. Judith also visited our venue on multiple occasions in an effort to further prepare and to understand the lighting needs. She also worked closely with our wedding planner to make sure the day was seamless. Prior to our wedding ceremony, Judith introduced herself to our family and friends, which was instrumental when she had to give direction. Judith worked around our needs and the needs of our families. She never seemed frustrated with our competing “photographers” (a.k.a family members & friends.:) She didn’t produce cookie-cutter portraits; all of the photos (candids, actions shots, & detail shots) were beautiful and really captured the day. I am still trying to narrow down my “favorites” to 200 images for the album; I am stuck at 350 pictures...and that required a tremendous amount of effort. The job Judith and her assistants did was absolutely phenomenal and surpassed our expectations! Judith is friendly, calming, and reassuring. She makes you feel like she is lucky to be part of your big day. I can't even count how many compliments I received from family and friends.
Fabulous Photographer!Reviewed on 1/21/2013 Marisa M
I cannot express enough how happy my husband and I are with the pictures of our wedding! It was very important to us to find someone who could capture our wedding in a way that was tasteful, elegant, and truly reflected who we are as a couple, and that's exactly what Judith delivered. She did a spectacular job and was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. She is extremely professional and incredibly talented. She also has a wonderful calming presence, which is something that any bride will greatly appreciate on their wedding day! Judith Rae is a fabulous photographer who deserves all of the great reviews she's received on this website and more - I absolutely highly recommend her for your wedding!
outstandingReviewed on 1/10/2013 M G
Judith is a delightful person, very talented and extremely professional. My husband and I are overworked professionals in a long distance relationship with massive time constraints. We got married in the NY tristate area but neither of us live there. Judith handled this flawlessly: she was respectful of our jobs and our time, Skyping as necessary, and even traveled to my husband's city for our engagement shoot because it's where we fell in love. She is, first and foremost, an artist who takes beautiful photographs. She is also a talented coach: she was able to draw my shy husband out of his shell, get us both comfortable with the wedding spotlight, and capture us and our love. She delivered exactly what we requested: gorgeous, high quality photos of the "real us" in a journalistic style with some posed portraits and details. Judith and her assistant simultaneously provided support for my husband and me on our wedding day while also blending into the background. Judith worked perfectly with our videographer, our families, our wedding consultant and the church and venue representatives. One of the greatest pleasures of working with Judith is that she loves her job. She made us all feel celebrated. She is extremely calm and kind, can punt when things don't go as planned, stays tightly on schedule, and she goes the extra mile- even staying late at our rehearsal dinner when the event was running behind. Judith truly cares for her clients. I would love to work with her again.
Highly Recommended.Reviewed on 11/26/2012 Giovanna P
Judith is an extremely talented, thorough, & dependable wedding photographer. We had our wedding at 620 LOFT and GARDEN in NYC and though Judith knew of the venue, she went the extra step of doing some preliminary leg work in order to familiarize herself before the big day. As a result we ended up with some very special shots. Judith also took a lot of time to listen to our specific requests, namely that we wanted a lot of candid shots. To this end she was able to shoot off an amazing array of super natural shots that wowed us. Wedding photography can be a very personal thing. Many may possess technical shooting skills but not many wedding photographers can deliver that something on your big day. We found that something special in Judith. Judith made us feel very comfortable. On a personal level, we found her very warm and sweet, which made taking direction from her on that big day that much less stressful. We would highly recommend her to anybody! We couldn't be happier with our pictures. Thank you Judith!
Top Notch PhotographerReviewed on 11/26/2012 Tara G
In looking for photographers, my (now) husband and I were looking for a more editorial approach versus traditional photographer. While that is VERY popular now, it was less so in 2010 and a little harder to find. Judith was the 3rd photographer we met with and I knew at that moment, we had found out photographer. Her warmth, friendliness, and passionate approach to photography sold us immediately, and we did not regret it! We did an engagement shoot before our wedding and absolutely loved how the pictures turned out. On the day of the wedding, Judith and her 2nd photographer showed up and suggested we go off site for the pre-ceremony pics. Though not in the plans, we went along and ended up down the street at a gorgeous little park. Judith really takes the time to do her homework, scout locations, and provide recommendations that really suit the couple. I was more than pleased with the final pictures and in fact, had a REALLY hard time narrowing down to the ones that ended up in our album. I highly recommend Judith and her team!
Strong RecommendationReviewed on 11/04/2012 rod j
Judith Rae did an amazing job for my wife and I. Judith is terrific with a camera. Her photographs of our wedding celebration are intimate, unique and beautiful. Some of the images are so gorgeous that they could be in a museum. Judith is also very personable and professional. She arrived early, knew exactly how to direct us and made things easy and fun. We like her so much; in fact, my wife and I recently hired Judith for another event.
We Love Judith Rae!Reviewed on 10/31/2012 Amanda R
We absolutely cannot say too many wonderful things about Judith Rae!!! Working with her far exceeded our expectations. Her style manages to capture candid touching/funny/tender moments, and her posed shots were beautiful as well. We loved working with her as she was willing to work with our requests and yet still had fantastic judgment as to what shots would look the best. Judith and her staff were completely unobtrusive at our wedding. Taking pictures before and during the wedding was a pleasure; she was such a calm and relaxing presence. During the wedding and reception, she never interrupted; instead she used her excellent judgment to take wonderful natural shots that were unposed and genuine: The photos are fantastic; we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience! We would, and intend to, recommend Judith to all our friends without any reservations whatsoever.
Excellent Photographer!Reviewed on 10/30/2012 Anna A
We hired Judith for our Wedding in April 2010. It was an odd request for her as it was a very simple City Hall Wedding with 10 people in attendance, yet we didn't want to compromise on the photography. Judith was recommended to us by a friend and I am so glad she was. Not only did she work with us in building a suitable package for a very small Wedding but the pictures were incredible! They had spent the time scouting out the best areas beforehand to take the best pictures so we didn't waste any time during the big day. All of our friends and family still comment on how amazing our pictures are and look like they are advertisement prints. We absolutely LOVED Judith and her professionalism, along with her excellent creative talent! We would recommend her with full muster! She was very discreet and we always look back at the pictures with such fond memories and awe.
Amazing Photographer!Reviewed on 10/30/2012 Maura B
We hired Judith for our wedding in July of 2011 and my friends and family are STILL talking about how amazing our wedding photos are! When selecting a photographer I really wanted someone who specialized in candid shots; Judith and her team accomplished this beautifully. She has such a great eye and captured so many little moments that I think most would have overlooked. Not only do I love, love her style but she was fantastic to work with throughout the planning process and has such a pleasant disposition! I have recommended her many times to friends and would definitely hire her again in the future. Cannot praise Judith Rae enough!
Talented AND Trustworthy (LOVE HER!!)Reviewed on 10/29/2012 Nicole P
Judith covered both my wedding and an engagement shoot and to get right to the point, she was extraordinary. She approaches wedding photography as if she's telling a story, so expect to get many natural, candid shots, but she will certainly give you any posed shots you would like as well. In fact when she did mine, I found her to be VERY attentive to detail, and it really showed in the end result. Additionally, Judith was the consummate professional at all times, plus her wonderful personality really makes you and your guests comfortable. She wasn't intrusive or noticeable at all. But most importantly, she captured every moment, especially the brief ones I really wanted to have - Our first kiss, the dip at the end of our dance, feeding each other cake, & even the moment when I got to the altar and my hubby whispered in my ear that I looked beautiful. I generally just love her compositions; they each possess such great sophistication, clarity, and freshness (for lack of a better word!) I can honestly say that I do not have any friends with wedding photography as beautiful as mine. And finally, I'd like to mention that Judith is both trustworthy and reliable, because this is VERY important. I heard so many horror stories about photographers from my friends. She did everything (and more) and I never worried once with her. That, in itself, was worth every cent! I’d hire her again in a heartbeat. That says it all.
Amazing PhotosReviewed on 10/26/2012 Sandra R
I wanted to highlight the great professionalism and sensitivity of the Judith Rae team. While the photographs themselves are unique and beautiful, the team exhibited huge discretion while taking the photos during both the posed picture part of the wedding as well of the ceremony and reception. The pictures document the entire event but there was not a moment of intrusion into the occasion. I would definitely highly recommend them for any event. As mother of the bride, I can certainly offer testimony as to the amazing photos. Sandi Resnikoff