Traverse the Tides

Long Island, NYC, Brooklyn, Hudson Valley & International

About this Vendor

We make real photos- not cheesy & contrived crap.

We believe that in order to capture the raw emotions of a wedding, you have to just let it happen. That’s why we will not do overly-posed cheesy crap or put you in corny situations. The best way to document your relationship is to let it unfold naturally-with us there of course! Our work isn't traditional and we love couples that want something different and trust our vision and creativity in capturing their day.


Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Wedding Albums

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Contact Info

Long Island, NYC, Brooklyn, Hudson Valley & International (516) 662-3445

Reviewed on 11/01/2017 Eric P

Traverse the Tides (AJ and Jennie) are a professional, caring, empathetic, and talented duo who exceeded our high expectations for capturing our nontraditional wedding ceremony and reception. My wife, who is a marketing art director for a clothing line and has a plethora of... Read More experience with photo shoots and editing, spent days researching photographers and when she came across Traverse the Tides, it was love at first site. Luckily, they were available for the dates we needed them for. Due to Hurricane Maria, my wife’s parents were stuck in Puerto Rico and could not make our wedding reception. We postponed the ceremony, which took place aboard our sailboat underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, until her parents could finally make it the following day. Traverse the Tides could have rightfully charged more (they had to split the work into two days and commute back and forth twice) but never did, which is a testament to them just being good, caring human beings. AJ and Jennie never forced awkward moments upon us and artistically captured our natural moments of joy with each other and with friends and family. Their photo opportunity suggestions were gentle and on point and we fed off of their positive energy and optimism. Even before we signed a contract with them, they spent an hour on the phone with us to make sure that we were a good fit for each other. Traverse the Tides are definitely not your cookie cutter photography shop who goes through the motions; they are passionate about their work and care about the people they deal with. Thank you, Traverse the Tides (AJ and Jennie) for elevating us and the experience of the entire weekend with your expertise, diligence, and positive energy!

2017-11-01T14:37:42 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Eric & Cristina! You guys are such great people and we were more than happy to accommodate the change in schedule. We know it was pretty stressful for you both and we're glad we were able to help make your day(s) so... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/21/2017 Danielle P

In my opinion, picking your photographer is one of the most important decisions for your wedding. It's what you will have for a lifetime besides your own memories which eventually become a blur! AJ and Jennie made that decision so easy. Our very first conversation is what... Read More ultimately made us know they were for us, besides their beautiful portfolio. They were so easy going and patient and helped us decide to do an engagement shoot which we were so uncomfortable with prior and they made us feel so comfortable that we really enjoyed it. Our wedding photos were absolutely perfect. They are so professional and personable. Every step along the way was so organized and I loved that because it made the stress of planning so much easier. I never had to worry about how my photos would turn out because I fully trusted their talent and work ethic and they didn't disappoint at all. I cannot thank them enough.

2017-11-21T11:23:22 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Danielle and Matt! I know we've said this before but we truly feel like we've known you guys forever- it felt like we were photographing close friends with you two! So glad you guys did that engagement session- we love those photos... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/24/2017 Annie C

My husband and I cannot begin to describe what a pleasure it was to work with AJ and Jennie of Traverse the Tides for our engagement and wedding photos. Our dear friends had used them to shoot their wedding a few months prior, so we got to see them in action prior to our own... Read More wedding. Throughout all our experiences with AJ and Jennie, they were commanding but cool, relaxed, professional and both have a great sense of humor to make their clients feel comfortable. We felt like we were hanging out with good friends by the time we got to the wedding, it was such a relief to have people we really liked sharing in our special day! Our wedding pictures are a perfect testament to their style and quality of work. Our friends and family cannot stop raving about how beautiful and natural our wedding photos came out. Nothing posed or fake, just precious moments caught by true artists. We could not have been more pleased to work with these two gems and to recommend them from now on to everyone we know!

2017-08-25T06:30:20 Response from the vendor

Annie!!! You and Kwame are the best- we can't say enough about you both and how great it was to photograph your wedding. We have to echo the statement that we felt like we were working with close friends and not just clients (like really,... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/12/2018

AJ and Jennie were a delight to work with. They were flexible, accommodating, and professional in every way. The experience of working with a husband and wife team was special. It is obvious that AJ and Jennie are as excited to be together as we were on our big day. They were... Read More perfectly in sync with the emotions of the day, which makes a huge difference. We could see that they truly enjoyed their work. Our photos exceeded expectations. The quality is second to none and captured the uniqueness and beauty of our wedding.

2018-03-12T12:24:16 Response from the vendor

Hey Katy & Ryan! Thank you so much for having us there to capture your day- we feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of it! You guys and you're friends & family are truly special- can't wait to see you... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/21/2018 Jenna L

Picking a photographer was one of the most important decisions in our wedding planning. Who were we going to have to capture the most important day of our lives?? Since my husband and I got married at Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY, I googled "Brotherhood Winery... Read More photographers." There were tons that came up. When I saw wedding pictures from Traverse the Tides, I knew that moment that we wanted this team. Their pictures looked natural, not posed, and we loved the artistic angle in their photos-- that's just what we wanted. We loved them even more when we found out they are a husband and wife team. They were so helpful and accommodating when setting up our engagement session and mapping out details for the wedding day. We immediately felt comfortable and at ease with them. It was such a great feeling that they got to know us during the engagement session (and we got to know them), so when it was time for the wedding, everything seemed natural. On the day of the wedding, they were so awesome and captured the most amazing photos! We couldn't be happier with the photos we received! I would highly recommend choosing Traverse the Tides!

2018-01-21T12:29:54 Response from the vendor

Jenna & Jon- thank you so much! You guys were so amazing to work with and we're SO grateful that you had us there for your wedding!

Reviewed on 12/07/2017 Deirdre H

If I could give more than 5 stars I would! I cannot say enough good things about working with AJ & Jennie! From our first conversation with them we knew they were the photographers for us. They were super accommodating and response as we were planning our Long Island wedding... Read More from Virginia. Both AJ and Jennie have an amazing way of truly capturing the day from the laughs and smiles to the tears and dance moves all while making you feel so at ease and comfortable! Our pictures not only captured our day but really captured the emotions that were a part of it!

2017-12-07T21:41:46 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Deirdre & David! We had such a blast capturing all these amazing moments throughout your wedding day. You guys rock!

Reviewed on 11/12/2017 Lindsay C

Recently Traverse The Tides photographed our wedding and we could not have been happier with their professionalism, work ethic and the overall finished product. The photos they took were above and beyond our greatest expectations and furthermore AJ and Jennie were simply a... Read More delight to have around on our big day. They did an amazing job shooting our engagement photos as well! With AJ and Jennie you will get a lovely pair of talented photographers that will make your wishes their number one priority. We couldn't have asked for a better experience and wish we could do it all over again!

Reviewed on 8/02/2017 Tatyana D

After a ton of research, my fiance and I selected Traverse the Tides and we are so glad that we did! AJ and Jennie went above and beyond and met us in Central Park at 5:30am! With the park all to ourselves, the pictures turned out amazing! Thank you!

2017-08-02T17:47:03 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Tatyana- we had a great time with you and Zak! Love how these photos turned out and so glad you guys do too!

Reviewed on 6/14/2017 Julia G

AJ and his wife Jennie are awesome! Their style of photography is exactly what we were looking for (more editorial). They did our engagement photos and wedding photos and we had so many "usable" shots we were overwhelmed with choices which is a great place to be in! They are... Read More super friendly and have a way of setting you at ease--giving just enough direction so that you feel comfortable in your own skin; the makings of a great photo! They work well off of each other and were barely noticeable during our ceremony and reception, but still managed to capture so many wonderful pics! AJ and Jennie have great, easy-going personalities to boot! They were a fantastic addition to our day and were a pleasure to work with!

2017-06-14T10:59:38 Response from the vendor

Julia- you and Mike are the best! We had so much fun with you guys, both on your engagement session and wedding day. We really appreciate all the kind words- thank you so much!

Reviewed on 6/01/2017 Emma A

The experience was wonderful! From the beginning, AJ and Jennie worked with me and my now husband to curate an experience and investment that worked for us. They were willing to be flexible with us in creating a timeline as well, which was great! The quality of the pictures were... Read More amazing. So many beautiful and unconventional shots that really captured our day and our personalities. The results were certainly worth it. They were hands down one of the easiest and most positive vendors we worked with the entirety of wedding planning. If I have any friends getting married in the area, I am certainly recommending them.

2017-06-01T08:31:01 Response from the vendor

Emma!! You & Ian were amazing to work with- we had such a blast capturing so many moments with you guys! Thanks so, so much for having us be there for all of it!

Reviewed on 5/11/2017 Krista P

From the minute I spoke to AJ on the phone I knew he was the right fit for my wedding -- all about capturing meaningful moments instead of forced / posed portraits. He understood what I was going for and clearly communicated his philosophy and style to me. Also, his portfolio... Read More speaks for itself. Every step of the way in my planning AJ was responsive and helpful and an absolute pleasure to work with. He was on time, organized, and flexible with us on the day of the wedding. I never imagined we'd feel so comfortable being photographed but AJ made it easy and fun. I can't say enough about him and his work, I highly recommend him as a responsible and awesome person to work with and an amazingly talented photographer.

2017-05-11T14:57:55 Response from the vendor

Krista!!! You and Gerard are amazing- I honestly can't say enough good things about you both & how great it was to be part of your day. Thank you so, so much for having me there to capture it!

Reviewed on 3/17/2017 Christina D

In planning our wedding, I knew that the photographer would be one of the most important decisions we made--the pictures are what would we have long after the day was over. I met with several photographers and upon meeting AJ and Jennie, I knew immediately that they were the... Read More right fit for us. I am type A with many questions and my husband is very laid back and calm-AJ and Jennie saw this right away. They "got" us as a couple and made us both feel comfortable and worry free. We had a small, intimate wedding of 50 people and the photos from our wedding day so accurately reflect the vibe, feeling and memories of the day. Our photos are STUNNING and anyone who has seen them has raved; our candid shots are amazing, our posed pictures are gorgeous. The pictures were literally everything we could have hoped for-organic, natural and real. AJ and Jennie were such an important part of our very special day and the memories they captured will be with us forever. Thank you AJ and Jennie!

2017-03-20T19:40:39 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Christina & Phil! We're SO honored to have been able to capture your day. You guys are amazing- it feels like we made two new friends in working with you guys. Thanks again and talk to you soon!

Reviewed on 3/12/2017 Siobhan E

In a dream world, AJ and Jennie would be my personal photographers for all life events no matter how small. I found these two gems when google image searching my venue. I immediately loved their work, specifically the lighting in the photos. I really wanted to avoid bright... Read More

cheesy wedding pictures. I wanted something different and modern. I reached out to a few companies just for good measure and I thought the pricing Traverse the Tides offered was very reasonable. Whenever I would reach out to AJ with a neurotic question he politely answered immediately. Which let me tell you, when your working full time, in grad school and planning a wedding - its fills your heart and eases the anxiety. My husband and I met AJ and Jennie for the first time for our engagement photos, which were intimidating at first but they were so amazing and friendly- really confirmed our decision to go with them. They were also so calm and accommodating on the big day which was so helpful/necessary. AJ had me fill out a questionnaire prior to the big day so they were organized and prepared. Our wedding reception was a crazy party (understatement) and AJ and Jennie captured it ALL! From the beautiful pictures at the church to the dramatic dance moves and everything in between - our pictures were THE BEST!!! They also compiled a BEAUTIFUL leather bound book that we will cherish forever. I highly recommend them to everyone and anyone and hope to work with them again !!!

2017-03-12T16:50:41 Response from the vendor

Sioban & Joe- you guys are amazing! We will always remember how much of a blast it was capturing photos of you amazing day (along with your engagement session)! We really appreciate all the kind words!!!

Reviewed on 2/11/2017 Meg W

Thank you for our AMAZING engagement and wedding pictures!! They really are so beautiful and even better then we could have imagined. You guys truly captured our day the way we wanted and we are so excited to have these pictures to look back on. Our family and friends are blown... Read More away by the pictures, too. In addition to the great pictures, you two were so wonderful to work with and helped make our day so enjoyable. I don't know what we would have done without the hand warmers!

2017-02-11T12:08:09 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Meg & Chris! You guys were so great to work with and we are thrilled that you guys love your photos! Haha- we knew the hand warmers would go over well. :)

Reviewed on 1/02/2017 Meghan P

Wow, just wow. My husband and I are SO THANKFUL we found AJ! We knew we liked him from the moment we met him. He and his wife Jenny shot our engagement photos and our wedding and made us feel like complete models. They were so easy to shoot with and made us feel very comfortable... Read More in front of the camera-something we were a bit shy about. When we received our engagement pictures we were totally blown away. I've never felt so beautiful in my entire life, plus he perfectly captured the essence of my husband and I. As far as shooting the wedding, it was the HOTTEST day of the year, and AJ was more than willing to run all over our venue to capture the most perfect pictures. My brother-in-law has severe special needs and can be tough to photograph, but AJ managed to get some wonderful shots with him, and gave us some very precious family photos. We shot at several locations and AJ was great at shooting both posed shots as well as candid shots (which were our favorites). I cannot recommend him enough. Shooting with him and his wife was a complete dream and I would do it all again if I could! WE LOVE YOU AJ!!

2017-01-02T22:06:52 Response from the vendor

Meg & Tom- thank you guys so much for the amazing review! You were both a dream to work with and we are so happy with the photos that we made together!

Reviewed on 12/23/2016 Christine C

AJ and Jennie gave us everything we wanted in a wedding photographer and more. In a long planning process, filled with many difficult decisions, choosing to work with AJ was by far the easiest one to make. His photos are undeniably amazing. His galleries really do speak for... Read More themselves. He is so talented at capturing moments that can be either beautiful and emotional or candid and fun. He really knows how to capture all of the essential parts of a wedding, while still finding a way to make your photos feel unique and special. They were both so great to work with. From the lead up, right through the big day, AJ and Jennie were professional, informative, and easy to work with. We told them that it was like working with two of our friends. They were able to give us direction and guide us through process, while still making the day feel casual and cozy. AJ’s excitement and passion was a huge boost of energy throughout the long day. He knows how to get the shots you want and give you the freedom to just be yourselves. All the little things that you inevitably worry about with a vendor, AJ and Jennie put them all to rest. They captured each moment and detail that we wanted, in a way that made the photos just as incredible as the real thing. We cannot recommend them highly enough and we hope to work with them again soon.

2016-12-23T20:43:45 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much for the review Christine! You and Joe are such great people and we seriously loved capturing your wedding day. You guys made it easy for us- we couldn't ask for better clients and totally agree that we felt like we were working... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 12/22/2016 Abby J

AJ and Jennie captured our wedding in the best way. They are both amazing photographers and had the uncanny ability of catching all of our family and friends having the Best Time Ever at our wedding, over and over again. AJ really delivered when we expressed our desire to keep... Read More the formal portraits to a minimum and focus on the candid moments. They braved the rain and cold with us to get some truly unbelievable shots, and they were patient and creative when we insisted on getting both sides of our massive extended families all together for one big group shot (I don't recommend trying this if you value your sanity but AJ was all over it, and it came out perfectly). AJ is one of the most responsive vendors I've ever worked with-- he answered emails day or night within a couple of hours and proactively reached out to us at the various milestones leading up to the wedding. I look forward to booking AJ and Jennie for all of my future weddings!! (just kidding, Mike).

2016-12-22T18:57:36 Response from the vendor

Abby- thanks so much for all the kind words! We loved capturing your wedding- you guys were a blast to work with! We will totally shoot all of your future weddings.... hahaha.... how about vow renewals a few years down the road? :)

Reviewed on 12/22/2016 Brianne G

I was drawn immediately to AJ and Jennie's photos on their website. They have this incredible ability to capture a candid moment where you are able to feel the emotion from the photograph. The use of color and black and white is so tastefully done that it was a no brainer to... Read More book them for our wedding. Everything from the planning and time line to the day of was so easy with them. They were always coming up with creative ideas for photographs, and were helpful giving us tips and telling us what to do while letting us know what we were doing was working. Everytime I look at my wedding photos I am put back into that moment they were taken and can feel everything about it - that is what great photography is. It's hard to choose which images to photograph because I love them all.

2016-12-22T14:55:24 Response from the vendor

Brianne- it was such an honor to work with you guys and to capture your day! You were both so willing to go along with our ideas and we're so proud of the photos we created together! Thanks so much for the kind words!

Reviewed on 12/21/2016 Andrew S

Simply put, AJ was phenomenal. As a photographer, he approaches the wedding with a signature narrative style. All of his photos appear candid and unforced. He did an amazing job working with lighting, composition and setting-in particularly with our portraits. He has a great... Read More eye, and I would say his approach is progressive and contemporary. In terms of deliverables, he goes above and beyond. Our package included 3 hours of his time, along with a full online gallery containing every single photo with post-production work at low, medium, high and original resolutions. Every photo is downloadable and the gallery link can be easily shared with anyone you wish to do so with. The post-production on the photos are spectacular, and he doesn't leave a single photo untouched with enhancements. Within 3 weeks of our wedding, we received the entire online gallery, and were blown away with how quick he completed the post-production work. Granted, we had a very intimate ceremony and assumedly didn't have as many photos taken as a typically larger event. But nevertheless, AJ was always prompt with his responses as we periodically checked in with him. He even released a few "teaser" images to us the first few days after the wedding. We thought that was a great touch. During the entire event, he was always in the right place at the right time, and we never once felt like he was in the way. In terms of who he is as a person, we felt as if we made a new friend. He arrived earlier and stayed later than our contract stated, just so he could capture moments outside of our agreed upon time frame. He likes to engage the couple and ask them to try different things when taking photos, and isn't afraid to try new things (so long as the couple is obliged to do so). There is a tangible warmness about him, and you can tell that his passion for photography goes beyond simply documenting an event. He really has a passion for documenting the love of two people and this couldn't have been made any more clear based on how he interacted with us on our wedding day. Bottom line, you will not be disappointed if you go with AJ. I would count anyone lucky to have him shoot their wedding.

2016-12-22T14:56:37 Response from the vendor

Andrew!! Thanks so much for your review! I think back often to your wedding and how much of a pleasure it was to work with you guys. I'm so proud of the photos we made that day and so honored to have been part of... Read Less Read More

Meet The Owner

AJ & Jennie

We are AJ & Jennie. Husband & wife, travel partners, best friends and lovers. Two halves to one crazy whole. We grew up within blocks of each other but didn’t meet until 10 years ago in a grocery store. Our journey into photography started after our own wedding while honeymooning in the oh-so romantic Hawaiian islands. Since then, we have had a passion for photography and documenting the best day of your life. We are obsessed with each other and get really excited when we meet other couples who are crazy in love just like us.