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Karen Wise Photography

Brooklyn , NY
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Brooklyn, NY 11215 US (map)

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917-539-9908

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Karen Wise, an acclaimed wedding photographer, has been recognized as one of the best in her field by American Photo magazine (“World’s Top 10”) and The Knot (“Best in New York”). Karen’... Read more
Karen Wise, an acclaimed wedding photographer, has been recognized as one of the best in her field by American Photo magazine (“World’s Top 10”) and The Knot (“Best in New York”). Karen’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, VOGUE India, Marie Claire China, Style Me Pretty, and many more magazines. Karen has been perfecting the art of wedding photography for more than 15 years, combining technical expertise in digital and film with a fine arts finish. From 20s glamour to marigold splendor, Karen captures the unique spirit of each wedding she shoots, rendering it with stylistic elegance and emotional richness.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Karen spent five years as an apprentice with some of New York’s finest commercial still life, fashion, and portrait photographers. Having acquired this practical and creative background, Karen then launched her own business. She has since photographed celebrity weddings, including Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s wedding in San Francisco and Yo-Yo Ma’s daughter’s wedding in Massachusetts, five-day long Indian extravaganzas, tropical destination weddings, and many distinctive New York nuptials.

Couples choose Karen not just for the artistic quality of her work, but for her disposition behind the camera. Karen effortlessly soothes wedding-day jitters and draws out her subjects’ natural personalities, resulting in pictures that never look stiff or posed. Moreover, she has an innate gift for capturing joyful moments without intruding on the experience. Clients often remark that they “didn’t know Karen was there” when they see photos of their vows.

In addition to weddings, Karen photographs food, families and portraiture. She also teaches food photography & styling workshops collaborating with chefs and food stylists in the New York area. She loves organic, locally grown food, weekly yoga classes, and traveling (she’s originally from Montreal and speaks French too). Karen lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

Check out Karen's WEBSITE for more of her work!

See our most recent Hamptons summer wedding featured on Style Me Pretty HERE!

and a recent Catskills, NY fall wedding featured on Martha Stewart Wedding HERE! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

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Dara
Wedding:
10/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen was the first person we hired. We were so certain of her we hired her during our first meeting. She's kind, professional and extremely talented. She first shot our engagement party. Her and her assistant were great. The shots came out beautifully.
Karen was really the quarterback of our wedding. Several of the vendors we hired were because of her recommendations. They were all fantastic! She and her assistant were professional and friendly from the moment they arrived until they finished. She was invisible during the ceremony and reception, and I'm looking forward to seeing the moments she captured that we missed! We asked her to shoot both digital and medium format film. We can't wait to see the photos!
Karen was the first person we hired. We were so certain of her we hired her during our first meeting. She's kind, Read more...
Karen was the first person we hired. We were so certain of her we hired her during our first meeting. She's kind, professional and extremely talented. She first shot our engagement party. Her and her assistant were great. The shots came out beautifully.
Karen was really the quarterback of our wedding. Several of the vendors we hired were because of her recommendations. They were all fantastic! She and her assistant were professional and friendly from the moment they arrived until they finished. She was invisible during the ceremony and reception, and I'm looking forward to seeing the moments she captured that we missed! We asked her to shoot both digital and medium format film. We can't wait to see the photos! Read less
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Hanna
Wedding:
11/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen managed to capture some of the most beautiful photos of my wedding despite the dark clouds, icy weather and early nightfall. Many of our friends and family have complimented us on the gorgeous color and fabulous images that Karen captured for us. Karen was easy to work with, calm, professional and flexible. Her work was impeccable and I can easily to recommend to another bride.
Karen managed to capture some of the most beautiful photos of my wedding despite the dark clouds, icy weather and early Read more...
Karen managed to capture some of the most beautiful photos of my wedding despite the dark clouds, icy weather and early nightfall. Many of our friends and family have complimented us on the gorgeous color and fabulous images that Karen captured for us. Karen was easy to work with, calm, professional and flexible. Her work was impeccable and I can easily to recommend to another bride. Read less
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Marianna
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen was the first vendor we booked. Since we came across her, while looking for wedding photographers, we fall in love with her work! When we met her in person we felt so comfortable and we knew right away she was the perfect photographer for us. Karen has such a calming, sweet personality and always is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate and help. She is very professional and always responsive. Her work is exquisite! We love our pictures and the style of her work. The lighting is amazing and the quality out of this world! We are so happy that we will have Karen's beautiful pictures to embrace and remember our wedding! We couldn't be happier! We highly recommend Karen- her work is timeless!
Karen was the first vendor we booked. Since we came across her, while looking for wedding photographers, we fall in love Read more...
Karen was the first vendor we booked. Since we came across her, while looking for wedding photographers, we fall in love with her work! When we met her in person we felt so comfortable and we knew right away she was the perfect photographer for us. Karen has such a calming, sweet personality and always is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate and help. She is very professional and always responsive. Her work is exquisite! We love our pictures and the style of her work. The lighting is amazing and the quality out of this world! We are so happy that we will have Karen's beautiful pictures to embrace and remember our wedding! We couldn't be happier! We highly recommend Karen- her work is timeless! Read less
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sarahjane
Wedding:
2/17/2012
5.0/5.0
I skimped on other parts of my wedding in order to be able to get the photographer I'd dreamed of for years -- Karen Wise. Her work is absolutely beautiful and timeless, and I knew that that photos are the one part of the marriage (besides the marriage!) that you'll have forever. It was the best decision I made, hands down.

Karen was a dream to work with. Her photos speak for themselves, really. I was hooked after seeing her online portfolio (and of course she is all over the wedding sites). She was utterly unobtrusive, allowing her to secretly capture all of these amazing moments! I have a photo of my husband that I will treasure forever. I'm usually stiff looking in posed photos, but she even got great photos of me where I am smiling naturally. The photos of us saying our vows are so meaningful - and I didn't even realize she was there!

Besides her photography, she also offers a calm, soothing (and yet hyper-competent presence.) I'm already planning to go to her for baby pictures! Now I just need to have the baby.
I skimped on other parts of my wedding in order to be able to get the photographer I'd dreamed of for years -- Karen Wise. Read more...
I skimped on other parts of my wedding in order to be able to get the photographer I'd dreamed of for years -- Karen Wise. Her work is absolutely beautiful and timeless, and I knew that that photos are the one part of the marriage (besides the marriage!) that you'll have forever. It was the best decision I made, hands down.

Karen was a dream to work with. Her photos speak for themselves, really. I was hooked after seeing her online portfolio (and of course she is all over the wedding sites). She was utterly unobtrusive, allowing her to secretly capture all of these amazing moments! I have a photo of my husband that I will treasure forever. I'm usually stiff looking in posed photos, but she even got great photos of me where I am smiling naturally. The photos of us saying our vows are so meaningful - and I didn't even realize she was there!

Besides her photography, she also offers a calm, soothing (and yet hyper-competent presence.) I'm already planning to go to her for baby pictures! Now I just need to have the baby. Read less
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christinesykim
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
While planning our wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to prioritize photography. We were thrilled when we found Karen. Karen's photography has a beautiful and romantic quality that is unmatched, and she truly captures moments, both big and little. We had Karen shoot our engagement photos, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day (with an excellent assistant for the wedding weekend), and we were incredibly happy with the results, as were our family and friends.

A bridesmaid wrote "Although it's often hard to capture the true beauty and joy of an event on film, I think your photographer did an amazing job. I loved "reliving" the festivities!" I couldn't have said it better.
While planning our wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to prioritize photography. We were thrilled when we found Read more...
While planning our wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to prioritize photography. We were thrilled when we found Karen. Karen's photography has a beautiful and romantic quality that is unmatched, and she truly captures moments, both big and little. We had Karen shoot our engagement photos, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day (with an excellent assistant for the wedding weekend), and we were incredibly happy with the results, as were our family and friends.

A bridesmaid wrote "Although it's often hard to capture the true beauty and joy of an event on film, I think your photographer did an amazing job. I loved "reliving" the festivities!" I couldn't have said it better. Read less
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BrooklynLove
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Karen Wise is a true professional and a true artist. She photographed our June 2011 wedding and our pictures are beautiful! She captured every moment perfectly. When my husband and I looked at our pictures he said, "She made you look like a movie star!" and I think everyone bride should feel that great when looking at their wedding photos. I highly recommend her, she is worth every penny!
Karen Wise is a true professional and a true artist. She photographed our June 2011 wedding and our pictures are Read more...
Karen Wise is a true professional and a true artist. She photographed our June 2011 wedding and our pictures are beautiful! She captured every moment perfectly. When my husband and I looked at our pictures he said, "She made you look like a movie star!" and I think everyone bride should feel that great when looking at their wedding photos. I highly recommend her, she is worth every penny! Read less
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Veronica
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Karen was amazing! She was so professional and helpful from beginning to end. Most importantly, we got so many gorgeous pictures. Karen is so detail oriented, she seemed to notice every detail when she was shooting and it paid off in the pictures. I really couldn't recommend her enough.
Karen was amazing! She was so professional and helpful from beginning to end. Most importantly, we got so many gorgeous Read more...
Karen was amazing! She was so professional and helpful from beginning to end. Most importantly, we got so many gorgeous pictures. Karen is so detail oriented, she seemed to notice every detail when she was shooting and it paid off in the pictures. I really couldn't recommend her enough. Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Terrific ! We loved Karen ! She gave us the best wedding gift ... amazing pitures we will have for a lifetime. I can't say enough positive things about her. If you are lucky enough to have her as your photographer, you won't be disappointed.
Terrific ! We loved Karen ! She gave us the best wedding gift ... amazing pitures we will have for a lifetime. I can't say Read more...
Terrific ! We loved Karen ! She gave us the best wedding gift ... amazing pitures we will have for a lifetime. I can't say enough positive things about her. If you are lucky enough to have her as your photographer, you won't be disappointed. Read less
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Pooja
Wedding:
11/6/2009
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Karen. First of all, she is just an awesome person. Soft spoken, puts you to ease, really listens, and works on your events just like you want. She is flexible with making changes and doing different shots as needed.

The quality of her work is amazing! She is one of the few photographers that is uses film to photograph. That makes the quality and colors of the pics just vibrant.

We have worked with Karen again to do Food Art for our restaurant recently since our wedding. Loved that work too that is posted on her www.foodandart.com website.
I loved working with Karen. First of all, she is just an awesome person. Soft spoken, puts you to ease, really listens, Read more...
I loved working with Karen. First of all, she is just an awesome person. Soft spoken, puts you to ease, really listens, and works on your events just like you want. She is flexible with making changes and doing different shots as needed.

The quality of her work is amazing! She is one of the few photographers that is uses film to photograph. That makes the quality and colors of the pics just vibrant.

We have worked with Karen again to do Food Art for our restaurant recently since our wedding. Loved that work too that is posted on her www.foodandart.com website. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Karen was a wonderful wedding photographer. She worked hard to capture important and traditionally unseen moments of our wedding that we will treasure forever. Her professional manner and calm demeanor make her a joy to work with during a potentially stressful time. We would highly recommend her!
Karen was a wonderful wedding photographer. She worked hard to capture important and traditionally unseen moments of our Read more...
Karen was a wonderful wedding photographer. She worked hard to capture important and traditionally unseen moments of our wedding that we will treasure forever. Her professional manner and calm demeanor make her a joy to work with during a potentially stressful time. We would highly recommend her! Read less
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