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Michael Simon Wedding Photography

Richmond , VA

LOCATION

1716 Summit Ave, #16
Richmond, VA US 23230 (map)

PHONE

646-354-3798

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Arts (Photography) in 1999, I moved to New York City to be a photojournalist. Since then I have worked... Read more
After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Arts (Photography) in 1999, I moved to New York City to be a photojournalist. Since then I have worked for The Newark Star Ledger, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times, among others. I photographed my first wedding in 2003. In 2014 my wife and I moved our family to Richmond, Va.

Wedding photography allows me to document and be a part of one amazing day in the life of two people. It allows me to work directly with the clients and experience their excitement. I would love to speak with you about photographing your wedding.

My photography style is natural and organic. There will be no awkward posing or table shots. I will not instruct the couple to kiss each other again "and this time with more fire!" I want to work with you to achieve a photo document that will let you relive your wedding day every time you look at it, from the carefully chosen details to the overwhelming emotions to the presence and support of friends and family.

This is your day, and these are your photos. When you receive your photos on flash drive, they are yours to share online or reprint in any quantity or size forever.

I am available to photograph weddings in Virginia, New York, and worldwide. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Bill
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are fantastic!

No regrets whatsoever and we highly recommend Michael.
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are Read more...
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are fantastic!

No regrets whatsoever and we highly recommend Michael. Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and knew from the moment we met him that he just got us. He has a calm demeanor, which was important knowing we were going to spend the entire wedding day together. We wanted someone that didn’t just take portrait/posey pictures but had a photojournalistic style.

He had never shot at our venue before and met with us the week before to scope out the church/reception space. He also helped review our timeline to make sure we were allowing enough time to ensure he captured what we wanted.

The day of he was on time and prepared. His assistant was also fantastic and so nice. He was the perfect blend of the calm demeanor we wanted on a hectic day, but also assertive enough to direct a large group of people and keep the family photos moving.

A week after the wedding we received a sneak peak of about 15 pictures. We then received the rest of the shots exactly 6 weeks after the wedding. hey were incredible. He captured some really great moments with a really artistic style.

I couldn't be happier and would book him all over again if I had the choice!
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and Read more...
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and knew from the moment we met him that he just got us. He has a calm demeanor, which was important knowing we were going to spend the entire wedding day together. We wanted someone that didn’t just take portrait/posey pictures but had a photojournalistic style.

He had never shot at our venue before and met with us the week before to scope out the church/reception space. He also helped review our timeline to make sure we were allowing enough time to ensure he captured what we wanted.

The day of he was on time and prepared. His assistant was also fantastic and so nice. He was the perfect blend of the calm demeanor we wanted on a hectic day, but also assertive enough to direct a large group of people and keep the family photos moving.

A week after the wedding we received a sneak peak of about 15 pictures. We then received the rest of the shots exactly 6 weeks after the wedding. hey were incredible. He captured some really great moments with a really artistic style.

I couldn't be happier and would book him all over again if I had the choice! Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we contacted him, to months after the wedding when we were putting together an album. He was accommodating to everyone at the wedding, and was generally a really fun guy. Guests commented afterwards about how much they liked the photographer!
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we Read more...
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we contacted him, to months after the wedding when we were putting together an album. He was accommodating to everyone at the wedding, and was generally a really fun guy. Guests commented afterwards about how much they liked the photographer! Read less
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Jessalyn
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I would 100% recommend Michael to any bride - he was such a pleasure to work with. Michael met with my husband and I to walk through every detail of what moments we wanted to capture, what portraits we wanted taken, etc. He was super flexible and easy to work with and made really great suggestions. He also did a really great job helping us manage our time to make sure we got all the shots we wanted. I also LOVED his idea of how our first moment seeing each other should go, which ended up being such a beautiful/emotional moment that i'm so glad he captured. We got a beautiful photo book of every photo taken (and of course an online album of every photo that we could share with friends/family that everyone can purchase prints from - very convenient). On top of being super professional, he's just a really great funny guy - you can't go wrong!
I would 100% recommend Michael to any bride - he was such a pleasure to work with. Michael met with my husband and I to Read more...
I would 100% recommend Michael to any bride - he was such a pleasure to work with. Michael met with my husband and I to walk through every detail of what moments we wanted to capture, what portraits we wanted taken, etc. He was super flexible and easy to work with and made really great suggestions. He also did a really great job helping us manage our time to make sure we got all the shots we wanted. I also LOVED his idea of how our first moment seeing each other should go, which ended up being such a beautiful/emotional moment that i'm so glad he captured. We got a beautiful photo book of every photo taken (and of course an online album of every photo that we could share with friends/family that everyone can purchase prints from - very convenient). On top of being super professional, he's just a really great funny guy - you can't go wrong! Read less
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erin and benn
Wedding:
10/5/2012
5.0/5.0
you know when you speak to someone for the first time and you just click? in short, that's michael simon.

from the first time we spoke, michael understood who were we as a couple and totally understood what we wanted to capture on our wedding.

the day itself was amazing. looking through our album we saw completely natural pictures of ourselves and our family and friends enjoying a series of perfect moments, which brings me to his style.

he's very journalistic. he found a way to capture every moment without intruding and what we ended up with was an entire album filled with favorites, not just a few stand out pictures.

by the end of our day, it was a growing joke that if my husband had met michael earlier, michael would have probably been the best man.

he's a great guy with great talent and we loved him and consider him a friend to this day.

erin and benn azar
new orleans, la
you know when you speak to someone for the first time and you just click? in short, that's michael simon.

from Read more...
you know when you speak to someone for the first time and you just click? in short, that's michael simon.

from the first time we spoke, michael understood who were we as a couple and totally understood what we wanted to capture on our wedding.

the day itself was amazing. looking through our album we saw completely natural pictures of ourselves and our family and friends enjoying a series of perfect moments, which brings me to his style.

he's very journalistic. he found a way to capture every moment without intruding and what we ended up with was an entire album filled with favorites, not just a few stand out pictures.

by the end of our day, it was a growing joke that if my husband had met michael earlier, michael would have probably been the best man.

he's a great guy with great talent and we loved him and consider him a friend to this day.

erin and benn azar
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Michael
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Working with Michael Simon Photography was a fantastic experience - he is organized, easy mannered and a real professional. The quality of his work is exceptional. I have already and will continue to recommend Michael to friends and colleagues.
Working with Michael Simon Photography was a fantastic experience - he is organized, easy mannered and a real Read more...
Working with Michael Simon Photography was a fantastic experience - he is organized, easy mannered and a real professional. The quality of his work is exceptional. I have already and will continue to recommend Michael to friends and colleagues. Read less
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Sarah Beth
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
I honestly can't say enough nice things about Michael Simon. The quality of his work is only rivaled by the kindness and generosity of him as a person. He is supremely helpful and willing to go to any and all lengths to get the shot he needs. He has fantastic ideas about what makes a beautiful shot. He gives direction without being intrusive and takes the most amazing photos I have ever seen. He has an incredibly professional and calm demeanor and puts everyone at ease within moments of meeting them. He captures all your important moments without being the slightest bit intrusive. I will recommend him to any and everyone I know.
I honestly can't say enough nice things about Michael Simon. The quality of his work is only rivaled by the kindness and Read more...
I honestly can't say enough nice things about Michael Simon. The quality of his work is only rivaled by the kindness and generosity of him as a person. He is supremely helpful and willing to go to any and all lengths to get the shot he needs. He has fantastic ideas about what makes a beautiful shot. He gives direction without being intrusive and takes the most amazing photos I have ever seen. He has an incredibly professional and calm demeanor and puts everyone at ease within moments of meeting them. He captures all your important moments without being the slightest bit intrusive. I will recommend him to any and everyone I know. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Michael was wonderful to work with. He took fantastic photos for our wedding while making everyone (including this very nervous bride) feel at ease. He was extremely responsive, professional, and organized, and was just a superbly nice guy to be around. My husband and I (and even the very-hard-to-please relatives) have nothing but great things to say about him and his work.
Michael was wonderful to work with. He took fantastic photos for our wedding while making everyone (including this very Read more...
Michael was wonderful to work with. He took fantastic photos for our wedding while making everyone (including this very nervous bride) feel at ease. He was extremely responsive, professional, and organized, and was just a superbly nice guy to be around. My husband and I (and even the very-hard-to-please relatives) have nothing but great things to say about him and his work. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael was seriously beyond amazing. We saw his work online and loved it and when we met with him for the first time he was so friendly and easy to talk to. Even though he was the only photographer we met with, we knew we wanted him to shoot our wedding. Michael was incredibly organized and gave us a call the week before the wedding to go over logistics and was at the venue before we were the day of the wedding. We had to wing family photos we wanted since we had forgotten the list at home but again, no problem at all since Michael put us all at ease and got all of the shots we wanted. The photos of course came out perfectly! Everyone we showed them to loved them as much as we did! The candids are always my favorite and it was great to go back and see moments from the wedding that we hadn't remembered since it had all been such a blur. We were also so amazed by how quickly we got the DVDs of all of the photos from the wedding and the proof book that is included in the price of Michael's services (a seriously awesome touch and I'm so glad we have it). We cannot recommend Michael enough!
Michael was seriously beyond amazing. We saw his work online and loved it and when we met with him for the first time he Read more...
Michael was seriously beyond amazing. We saw his work online and loved it and when we met with him for the first time he was so friendly and easy to talk to. Even though he was the only photographer we met with, we knew we wanted him to shoot our wedding. Michael was incredibly organized and gave us a call the week before the wedding to go over logistics and was at the venue before we were the day of the wedding. We had to wing family photos we wanted since we had forgotten the list at home but again, no problem at all since Michael put us all at ease and got all of the shots we wanted. The photos of course came out perfectly! Everyone we showed them to loved them as much as we did! The candids are always my favorite and it was great to go back and see moments from the wedding that we hadn't remembered since it had all been such a blur. We were also so amazed by how quickly we got the DVDs of all of the photos from the wedding and the proof book that is included in the price of Michael's services (a seriously awesome touch and I'm so glad we have it). We cannot recommend Michael enough! Read less
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Kathryn Malhame
Wedding:
7/29/2011
5.0/5.0
It was truly a pleasure working with Michael! He listened to all of our requests and followed through on every single one of them. He totally went above and beyond by taking some of our photos in the RAIN on our wedding day. We received all of our images and photo books in an amazingly timely manner (even quicker than he had promised!). We were soo soo happy with all of the photos. We would recommend him to everyone and hope we can work with him again in the future!
It was truly a pleasure working with Michael! He listened to all of our requests and followed through on every single one Read more...
It was truly a pleasure working with Michael! He listened to all of our requests and followed through on every single one of them. He totally went above and beyond by taking some of our photos in the RAIN on our wedding day. We received all of our images and photo books in an amazingly timely manner (even quicker than he had promised!). We were soo soo happy with all of the photos. We would recommend him to everyone and hope we can work with him again in the future! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
What a relief it was to get Michael to document my wedding. My husband and I got married on St. Croix and were left wanting something a little more when we looked into some of the available photographers on the island. I've known Michael since high school and knew what an amazing photographer he was and thought I'd go out on a limb and see if it would be possible to hire him for a destination wedding. I'm so glad we did! He was a much better deal than what was available locally and he is such a joy to work with. I love that he works as more of a photojournalist, capturing moments and memories instead of forcing poses. It was a laid back environment in which you could just enjoy yourself, knowing that he was getting the shots without being intrusive. We can't wait to see what he was able to capture so we can re-live that wonderful night over and over again for many years to come.
What a relief it was to get Michael to document my wedding. My husband and I got married on St. Croix and were left Read more...
What a relief it was to get Michael to document my wedding. My husband and I got married on St. Croix and were left wanting something a little more when we looked into some of the available photographers on the island. I've known Michael since high school and knew what an amazing photographer he was and thought I'd go out on a limb and see if it would be possible to hire him for a destination wedding. I'm so glad we did! He was a much better deal than what was available locally and he is such a joy to work with. I love that he works as more of a photojournalist, capturing moments and memories instead of forcing poses. It was a laid back environment in which you could just enjoy yourself, knowing that he was getting the shots without being intrusive. We can't wait to see what he was able to capture so we can re-live that wonderful night over and over again for many years to come. Read less
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karen
Wedding:
8/27/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I initially chose to meet with Michael because we loved his style of photography and after we met him in person, we knew he was the best choice. Michael made himself available for any wedding questions we had (not just photography related) from our initial meeting right up until our wedding day. Our photographs turned out beautifully, he was able to capture us, our family, and friends throughout the day without us even knowing he was doing so. He truly captured the emotions of the celebration. We have received countless compliments about how great Michael and his assistant were and how wonderful the photographs are. And the album he created post-wedding, is amazing. After I received mine, everyone loved it so much that I had to purchase additional albums as gifts. We could not imagine having a better experience than the one we had with him.
My husband and I initially chose to meet with Michael because we loved his style of photography and after we met him in Read more...
My husband and I initially chose to meet with Michael because we loved his style of photography and after we met him in person, we knew he was the best choice. Michael made himself available for any wedding questions we had (not just photography related) from our initial meeting right up until our wedding day. Our photographs turned out beautifully, he was able to capture us, our family, and friends throughout the day without us even knowing he was doing so. He truly captured the emotions of the celebration. We have received countless compliments about how great Michael and his assistant were and how wonderful the photographs are. And the album he created post-wedding, is amazing. After I received mine, everyone loved it so much that I had to purchase additional albums as gifts. We could not imagine having a better experience than the one we had with him. Read less
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Edward
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
I know it tough to decide when a photographer get's all 5.0, but our experience with Michael was hard to find fault with, we had our own style for a wedding, we did a country bbq style reception in the heart of Manhattan. So why 5.0 for all categories?

Quality of Service - Michael was responsive and attentive to our concerns and desires for the event.

Responsiveness - Michael always e-mailed or called us back right away, there was no hunting him down or need for follow up. He was proactive.

Professionalism - Michael works hard to understand his clients and deliver on the expectations. He was prompt and courteous to us as a couple, our guests and venue staff.

Value for Cost - 5.0! The products we received as part of our package blew us away... our final album we showed to our friends and family and they wanted their own copies b/c things looked so good.

Flexibility - This was very important to us and what we wanted to accomplish...and again he delivered. He understood our concept and how to fit in to it.

We wanted a photographer who could capture moments of time, not so much the group shots and posing which was done. What was exceptional and really made for a great celebration album was that he was able to freeze moments of conversation, singing, dancing and it’s almost as if you could step in to the picture and back in to the party :)

HIGHLY RECOMEND!
I know it tough to decide when a photographer get's all 5.0, but our experience with Michael was hard to find fault with, Read more...
I know it tough to decide when a photographer get's all 5.0, but our experience with Michael was hard to find fault with, we had our own style for a wedding, we did a country bbq style reception in the heart of Manhattan. So why 5.0 for all categories?

Quality of Service - Michael was responsive and attentive to our concerns and desires for the event.

Responsiveness - Michael always e-mailed or called us back right away, there was no hunting him down or need for follow up. He was proactive.

Professionalism - Michael works hard to understand his clients and deliver on the expectations. He was prompt and courteous to us as a couple, our guests and venue staff.

Value for Cost - 5.0! The products we received as part of our package blew us away... our final album we showed to our friends and family and they wanted their own copies b/c things looked so good.

Flexibility - This was very important to us and what we wanted to accomplish...and again he delivered. He understood our concept and how to fit in to it.

We wanted a photographer who could capture moments of time, not so much the group shots and posing which was done. What was exceptional and really made for a great celebration album was that he was able to freeze moments of conversation, singing, dancing and it’s almost as if you could step in to the picture and back in to the party :)

HIGHLY RECOMEND! Read less
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HappyinNY
Wedding:
7/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Our wedding took place at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. We had a list of recommended photographers, but found Michael on Facebook. I looked at his website and after our initial meeting I knew that Michael was the right person for our wedding. Michael makes you feel like you are his only client, he is very prompt in his responses, and most importantly his pictures are crisp, clean and they captured every beautiful moment of our wedding - without being intrusive! He is everywhere, but yet we didn't really notice. Michael was a pleasure to work with, and we are so happy with the final product and book we ordered.
Our wedding took place at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. We had a list of recommended photographers, Read more...
Our wedding took place at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. We had a list of recommended photographers, but found Michael on Facebook. I looked at his website and after our initial meeting I knew that Michael was the right person for our wedding. Michael makes you feel like you are his only client, he is very prompt in his responses, and most importantly his pictures are crisp, clean and they captured every beautiful moment of our wedding - without being intrusive! He is everywhere, but yet we didn't really notice. Michael was a pleasure to work with, and we are so happy with the final product and book we ordered. Read less
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theuglyvolvo
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
I found him totally by accident and was sort of nervous since my sister had had a really bad experience with her wedding photographer. I loved the style of photos he had presented online and was thrilled with the final wedding pictures (as well as the photos done through the photo station that he set up). The photos were ready in only a few weeks and I was given a full CD of the wedding photos (which was one of my sisters gripes...that she didn't have access to the majority of her photos without paying additional fees) in addition to the bound album. But more than anything else, he was very nice, straightforward, levelheaded, normal, and calm, which was not my experience with most people working in the wedding industry. I would happily recommend him to anyone.
I found him totally by accident and was sort of nervous since my sister had had a really bad experience with her wedding Read more...
I found him totally by accident and was sort of nervous since my sister had had a really bad experience with her wedding photographer. I loved the style of photos he had presented online and was thrilled with the final wedding pictures (as well as the photos done through the photo station that he set up). The photos were ready in only a few weeks and I was given a full CD of the wedding photos (which was one of my sisters gripes...that she didn't have access to the majority of her photos without paying additional fees) in addition to the bound album. But more than anything else, he was very nice, straightforward, levelheaded, normal, and calm, which was not my experience with most people working in the wedding industry. I would happily recommend him to anyone. Read less
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schmudu
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
My wife and I worked with Michael on two occasions. Once with a wedding in Central Park consisting of my family and my wife's family (17 people total). We were very impressed not only with the work that he did, but it's just really great to work with someone who treats others with respect as well. When walking around the Park he was respectful not only with us and our families, but there were other couples taking shots and he let them do their thing.

We enjoyed working with him so much that we decided to do a post-engagement session again in New York. This time we went around to Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and Dumbo. Working with him again the second time around was just as enjoyable as the first.

One other thing that I was impressed by was his professionalism and responsive nature to phone calls and emails. My wife and i were a bit concerned because we live in DC and working with someone in another city could cause some difficulties in terms of setting up appointments and making sure that everyone is on the same page. Michael was very flexible with our schedule and was able to deliver the DVDs and hardbound book to us within a few weeks after the event.

I would recommend working with Michael any time. =)
My wife and I worked with Michael on two occasions. Once with a wedding in Central Park consisting of my family and my Read more...
My wife and I worked with Michael on two occasions. Once with a wedding in Central Park consisting of my family and my wife's family (17 people total). We were very impressed not only with the work that he did, but it's just really great to work with someone who treats others with respect as well. When walking around the Park he was respectful not only with us and our families, but there were other couples taking shots and he let them do their thing.

We enjoyed working with him so much that we decided to do a post-engagement session again in New York. This time we went around to Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and Dumbo. Working with him again the second time around was just as enjoyable as the first.

One other thing that I was impressed by was his professionalism and responsive nature to phone calls and emails. My wife and i were a bit concerned because we live in DC and working with someone in another city could cause some difficulties in terms of setting up appointments and making sure that everyone is on the same page. Michael was very flexible with our schedule and was able to deliver the DVDs and hardbound book to us within a few weeks after the event.

I would recommend working with Michael any time. =) Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
12/12/2009
5.0/5.0
I can't recommend Michael highly enough. I found him through Google-searching our venue, and liked his photographs right away. When we met with him, we both really enjoyed how he managed to seem at once very laid-back and also completely competent, which is exactly the vibe we wanted from our photographer. Michael offers a lot for what he charges (snap him up now before he wises up and starts charging more!) and is very flexible. Aside from his gorgeous pictures, my favorite thing about him is that he was totally on-the-ball: not only was he quickly responsive to our emails, he often initiated conversations so that we would stay on-track with planning. He reminded us of things we needed to think about and decisions that we needed to make. He worked with me well on my fairly picky "vision" and brought his own style to our photographs while never once overlooking one of my requests. After the wedding, many guests commented to us that Michael seemed to be everywhere at once. When we got the pictures back (lighting-quick turnaround!) it was confirmed: he was indeed everywhere at once and got all the good shots. Also, while many photographers of course put only their best work in their interview portfolios and on their website, Michael's photographs of our wedding all look like his best work.
I can't recommend Michael highly enough. I found him through Google-searching our venue, and liked his photographs right Read more...
I can't recommend Michael highly enough. I found him through Google-searching our venue, and liked his photographs right away. When we met with him, we both really enjoyed how he managed to seem at once very laid-back and also completely competent, which is exactly the vibe we wanted from our photographer. Michael offers a lot for what he charges (snap him up now before he wises up and starts charging more!) and is very flexible. Aside from his gorgeous pictures, my favorite thing about him is that he was totally on-the-ball: not only was he quickly responsive to our emails, he often initiated conversations so that we would stay on-track with planning. He reminded us of things we needed to think about and decisions that we needed to make. He worked with me well on my fairly picky "vision" and brought his own style to our photographs while never once overlooking one of my requests. After the wedding, many guests commented to us that Michael seemed to be everywhere at once. When we got the pictures back (lighting-quick turnaround!) it was confirmed: he was indeed everywhere at once and got all the good shots. Also, while many photographers of course put only their best work in their interview portfolios and on their website, Michael's photographs of our wedding all look like his best work. Read less
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kiki
Wedding:
11/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael Simon was an amazing addition to our wedding day. As soon as we met him we knew he was the perfect fit as our photographer and honestly every aspect of his service was brilliant!! He was extremely reliable, friendly and accommodating to our requests, but also gave us his professional experience and added his artistic flare. We now have the most beautiful photos from our day and the most amazing tangible memories. Everyone who sees the pictures comments on how beautiful they are and Michael captured every detail in the most unobtrusive way. We were very lucky to have found him and I am confident that no one would be disappointed with his work and you won't find anyone better!
Michael Simon was an amazing addition to our wedding day. As soon as we met him we knew he was the perfect fit as our Read more...
Michael Simon was an amazing addition to our wedding day. As soon as we met him we knew he was the perfect fit as our photographer and honestly every aspect of his service was brilliant!! He was extremely reliable, friendly and accommodating to our requests, but also gave us his professional experience and added his artistic flare. We now have the most beautiful photos from our day and the most amazing tangible memories. Everyone who sees the pictures comments on how beautiful they are and Michael captured every detail in the most unobtrusive way. We were very lucky to have found him and I am confident that no one would be disappointed with his work and you won't find anyone better! Read less
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lowkeybride
Wedding:
11/14/2009
5.0/5.0
It was really a pleasure working with Michael, and now that the wedding's over his wonderful photographs mean more than I could have expected. They are a beautiful and honest documentation of the day, really captured the feeling of the moment and the people at our wedding.

First a few things about Michael. He has a great, calm bedside manner and is very professional. He follows up to emails and calls promptly and with helpful information. He offers flexible packaging and is happy to work within a budget (even if it's tight). He doesn't use added (and unnatural) lighting, preferring to use whatever light is available. His work by candlelight is particularly lovely. He's a photojournalist by training, so unless you ask for it he won't have you pose this way and that for portraits or otherwise. Michael was totally unobtrusive and we hardly knew that he and his terrific assistant were there all night.

One thing I'd definitely recommend is Michael's "photo booth" service, where he sets up a camera on a tripod during the party and guests can come by and take their own pictures with a remote control. This set-up yielded some of our very favorite wedding pictures because people were their most natural and hilarious selves. By allowing people to self-select having their picture taken in the photo booth, we got many more pictures of people who might have otherwise be missed. It also allowed a lot of flexibility for groupings and such.

We received links to a sneak-preview of our photos online just days after the wedding and had the whole lot to come home to after our honeymoon, which was a great way to come back. We love our wedding pictures and couldn't recommend working with Michael more!
It was really a pleasure working with Michael, and now that the wedding's over his wonderful photographs mean more than I Read more...
It was really a pleasure working with Michael, and now that the wedding's over his wonderful photographs mean more than I could have expected. They are a beautiful and honest documentation of the day, really captured the feeling of the moment and the people at our wedding.

First a few things about Michael. He has a great, calm bedside manner and is very professional. He follows up to emails and calls promptly and with helpful information. He offers flexible packaging and is happy to work within a budget (even if it's tight). He doesn't use added (and unnatural) lighting, preferring to use whatever light is available. His work by candlelight is particularly lovely. He's a photojournalist by training, so unless you ask for it he won't have you pose this way and that for portraits or otherwise. Michael was totally unobtrusive and we hardly knew that he and his terrific assistant were there all night.

One thing I'd definitely recommend is Michael's "photo booth" service, where he sets up a camera on a tripod during the party and guests can come by and take their own pictures with a remote control. This set-up yielded some of our very favorite wedding pictures because people were their most natural and hilarious selves. By allowing people to self-select having their picture taken in the photo booth, we got many more pictures of people who might have otherwise be missed. It also allowed a lot of flexibility for groupings and such.

We received links to a sneak-preview of our photos online just days after the wedding and had the whole lot to come home to after our honeymoon, which was a great way to come back. We love our wedding pictures and couldn't recommend working with Michael more! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael was cool and laid back. He made himself very available to us and promptly returned phone calls and e-mails. The day of the event he showed up early and didn't mind running around to get shots of both the bride and groom as we were getting ready. He brought a second photographer who was very sweet and also very professional. Something that really impressed us was how Michael was dressed during the event. I have been to too many weddings where the photographer was dressed in an ill fitting, basic tux that looked like it could use a good cleaning. Michael was dressed in a suit and tie and looked as if he could have been a guest at our wedding. He also seemed to be having a really good time. The pictures were ready in no time and were absolutely amazing. I absolutely, positively, and without hesitation recommend Michael Simon!
Michael was cool and laid back. He made himself very available to us and promptly returned phone calls and e-mails. The Read more...
Michael was cool and laid back. He made himself very available to us and promptly returned phone calls and e-mails. The day of the event he showed up early and didn't mind running around to get shots of both the bride and groom as we were getting ready. He brought a second photographer who was very sweet and also very professional. Something that really impressed us was how Michael was dressed during the event. I have been to too many weddings where the photographer was dressed in an ill fitting, basic tux that looked like it could use a good cleaning. Michael was dressed in a suit and tie and looked as if he could have been a guest at our wedding. He also seemed to be having a really good time. The pictures were ready in no time and were absolutely amazing. I absolutely, positively, and without hesitation recommend Michael Simon! Read less
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xnu
Wedding:
8/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael is amazing! We came to New York from overseas for our wedding and he was very accommodating and extremely flexible to our situation. On the day he was unimposing, extremely professional and most of all took fantastic photographs. He totally captured our day and we are so impressed with our photographs. We highly recommend Michael!
Michael is amazing! We came to New York from overseas for our wedding and he was very accommodating and extremely flexible Read more...
Michael is amazing! We came to New York from overseas for our wedding and he was very accommodating and extremely flexible to our situation. On the day he was unimposing, extremely professional and most of all took fantastic photographs. He totally captured our day and we are so impressed with our photographs. We highly recommend Michael! Read less
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devittles
Wedding:
7/26/2009
5.0/5.0
I wish every vendor that I used for my wedding was as wonderfully professional and easy going as Michael. I don't know where to begin with all of the details of his work that I appreciated...

1. Michael took the time to get to know us and figure out exactly what kind of wedding we wanted to have and what kind of photography we wanted.

2. He had advice and suggestions for other vendors--he's been to so many weddings, he had leads for all of my ideas.

3. He checked in with me before the wedding and made sure he had a list of what pictures we wanted and who in our wedding party could be a point person for him.

4. He was fun, relaxed and relaxing on my wedding day. He got along with all of our friends and relatives and in the pictures they took that day--I see pictures of Michael snapping our picture and smiling.

The final pictures are absolutely stunning. He provided us with a permanent online gallery that we can share with family and friends, a photo book and dvds of high res copies.

Michael was sensitive to our needs that day and gave us just what we wanted. I can't recommend him enough as a wedding photographer.
I wish every vendor that I used for my wedding was as wonderfully professional and easy going as Michael. I don't know Read more...
I wish every vendor that I used for my wedding was as wonderfully professional and easy going as Michael. I don't know where to begin with all of the details of his work that I appreciated...

1. Michael took the time to get to know us and figure out exactly what kind of wedding we wanted to have and what kind of photography we wanted.

2. He had advice and suggestions for other vendors--he's been to so many weddings, he had leads for all of my ideas.

3. He checked in with me before the wedding and made sure he had a list of what pictures we wanted and who in our wedding party could be a point person for him.

4. He was fun, relaxed and relaxing on my wedding day. He got along with all of our friends and relatives and in the pictures they took that day--I see pictures of Michael snapping our picture and smiling.

The final pictures are absolutely stunning. He provided us with a permanent online gallery that we can share with family and friends, a photo book and dvds of high res copies.

Michael was sensitive to our needs that day and gave us just what we wanted. I can't recommend him enough as a wedding photographer. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach to wedding photography. Communicating and planning with Michael was easy and straightforward. While he does have a variety of wedding packages to choose from that are comparable to many other wedding photographers, he is also open to creating just the right package for you, tailored to your specific needs and wants.

Michael and his assistant, Maggie were consummate professionals on the day of; they were absolutely flexible, accommodating, and unobtrusive - no awkward poses or forced smiles! They were able to capture all the big moments and all the little ones we missed too. We elected not to have anything printed immediately, so we had all our beautiful (digitjavascript:submitForm();al) photos edited and in hand within a few short months.
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach Read more...
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach to wedding photography. Communicating and planning with Michael was easy and straightforward. While he does have a variety of wedding packages to choose from that are comparable to many other wedding photographers, he is also open to creating just the right package for you, tailored to your specific needs and wants.

Michael and his assistant, Maggie were consummate professionals on the day of; they were absolutely flexible, accommodating, and unobtrusive - no awkward poses or forced smiles! They were able to capture all the big moments and all the little ones we missed too. We elected not to have anything printed immediately, so we had all our beautiful (digitjavascript:submitForm();al) photos edited and in hand within a few short months. Read less
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krisrex
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach to wedding photography. Communicating and planning with Michael was easy and straightforward. While he does have a variety of wedding packages to choose from that are comparable to many other wedding photographers, he is also open to creating just the right package for you, tailored to your specific needs and wants. Michael and his assistant, Maggie were consummate professionals on the day of; they were absolutely flexible, accommodating, and unobtrusive - no awkward poses or forced smiles! They were able to capture all the big moments and all the little ones we missed too. We elected not to have anything printed immediately, so we had all our beautiful (digital) photos edited and in hand within a few short months.
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach Read more...
Michael Simon was really great for us. We chose him for his eye-catching documentary style and open and relaxed approach to wedding photography. Communicating and planning with Michael was easy and straightforward. While he does have a variety of wedding packages to choose from that are comparable to many other wedding photographers, he is also open to creating just the right package for you, tailored to your specific needs and wants. Michael and his assistant, Maggie were consummate professionals on the day of; they were absolutely flexible, accommodating, and unobtrusive - no awkward poses or forced smiles! They were able to capture all the big moments and all the little ones we missed too. We elected not to have anything printed immediately, so we had all our beautiful (digital) photos edited and in hand within a few short months. Read less
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Nora
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
I found Michael on a weblisting. Once i saw his work -- beautifully composed images of couples, families, and friends through which, somehow, personalities seemed to shine -- I knew i wanted to meet him. Once we met him, his easy smile, warm personality and calm confidence quickly convinced us that were done looking.

We picked his most inclusive package - full day, two photographers (his partner on that day, Maggie, was also phenomenal) some film, mostly digital. We are 100% satisfied with every aspect of Michael's service and product. Michael is a lovely person, easy to talk to, wants to get to know you and your partner so that he can really represent you both through his documentation of your "big day." In our case, that meant lots of candid party shots, not as many "glamour shots" of the couple (we wanted to be at our party!).

Michael posted proofs on the web within a week or two. We got all of our photos (prints and cds) soon after (just over one month after the wedding). Family and friends are still raving about the pictures, and many have asked for Michael's contact info because they were so impressed with his work. I recommend him HIGHLY whenever i hear that a friend or acquaintance is planning a wedding.

Not only will Michael capture gorgeous images of you and your loved ones, I can virtually guarantee that you will enjoy the time you spend with him, from the first meeting, through all planning, to the first nervous hours of the big day, till the last dance.
I found Michael on a weblisting. Once i saw his work -- beautifully composed images of couples, families, and friends Read more...
I found Michael on a weblisting. Once i saw his work -- beautifully composed images of couples, families, and friends through which, somehow, personalities seemed to shine -- I knew i wanted to meet him. Once we met him, his easy smile, warm personality and calm confidence quickly convinced us that were done looking.

We picked his most inclusive package - full day, two photographers (his partner on that day, Maggie, was also phenomenal) some film, mostly digital. We are 100% satisfied with every aspect of Michael's service and product. Michael is a lovely person, easy to talk to, wants to get to know you and your partner so that he can really represent you both through his documentation of your "big day." In our case, that meant lots of candid party shots, not as many "glamour shots" of the couple (we wanted to be at our party!).

Michael posted proofs on the web within a week or two. We got all of our photos (prints and cds) soon after (just over one month after the wedding). Family and friends are still raving about the pictures, and many have asked for Michael's contact info because they were so impressed with his work. I recommend him HIGHLY whenever i hear that a friend or acquaintance is planning a wedding.

Not only will Michael capture gorgeous images of you and your loved ones, I can virtually guarantee that you will enjoy the time you spend with him, from the first meeting, through all planning, to the first nervous hours of the big day, till the last dance. Read less
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NYCwedding
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were thrilled with Michael's service. We also got lots of compliments from friends and family about his professionalism and non-invasiveness, though he still got all "the shots." He met with us before the event to plan everything and give suggestions, but was totally open to us being very laid back about the posed photos. We also decided to extend the wedding one hour, but didn't ask Michael to stay since we had already signed the contract...well, he went ahead and stayed anyway so he could capture the whole evening. We could not believe how generous that was! Lastly, the photos were turned around SO quickly, both the hard prints and online. Oh, and when picking photographers always be sure to ask about owning all the negatives and rights to the prints (my husband was worried about that). Michael absolutely gave us all rights to the pictures, and they're even downloadable from the site. All in all, a great experience. It was so nice to not have to worry about the photography on such a stressful, busy day.
My husband and I were thrilled with Michael's service. We also got lots of compliments from friends and family about his Read more...
My husband and I were thrilled with Michael's service. We also got lots of compliments from friends and family about his professionalism and non-invasiveness, though he still got all "the shots." He met with us before the event to plan everything and give suggestions, but was totally open to us being very laid back about the posed photos. We also decided to extend the wedding one hour, but didn't ask Michael to stay since we had already signed the contract...well, he went ahead and stayed anyway so he could capture the whole evening. We could not believe how generous that was! Lastly, the photos were turned around SO quickly, both the hard prints and online. Oh, and when picking photographers always be sure to ask about owning all the negatives and rights to the prints (my husband was worried about that). Michael absolutely gave us all rights to the pictures, and they're even downloadable from the site. All in all, a great experience. It was so nice to not have to worry about the photography on such a stressful, busy day. Read less
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Katbuch
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael was an incredible photographer and one of the best vendors we hired. He met with us about a month before and reviewed the schedule with us. He was very flexible and willing to do whatever we wanted for our photos. He confirmed with us the day before and was incredibly professional the whole day. Everyone commented on how unobtrusive he was and what a genuinely nice guy! Our photographs are beautiful and friends and family have all commented on what a good job he did. Michael sent us a link to all the pictures while we were still on our honeymoon. We were also happy that he gave us our pictures on a disc so we can share them or print them as much as we want. I highly recommend Michael Simon for your wedding!
Michael was an incredible photographer and one of the best vendors we hired. He met with us about a month before and Read more...
Michael was an incredible photographer and one of the best vendors we hired. He met with us about a month before and reviewed the schedule with us. He was very flexible and willing to do whatever we wanted for our photos. He confirmed with us the day before and was incredibly professional the whole day. Everyone commented on how unobtrusive he was and what a genuinely nice guy! Our photographs are beautiful and friends and family have all commented on what a good job he did. Michael sent us a link to all the pictures while we were still on our honeymoon. We were also happy that he gave us our pictures on a disc so we can share them or print them as much as we want. I highly recommend Michael Simon for your wedding! Read less
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Jill_in_Brooklyn
Wedding:
8/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Last year, when searching for a wedding photographer, a good friend recommended Michael and after spending 3 minutes looking at his website my husband and I were on the phone setting up an appointment to meet in person with Michael to discuss him shooting our wedding. We were very impressed with Michael's professionalism as well as his photographic skills and felt completely comfortable in having him shoot our small wedding in Brooklyn.

It was a relief to not have to worry about the photographer on the day of our wedding. Michael was unobtrusive and managed to cover every angle of our ceremony and reception and produced a body of work that made it difficult to edit down images for a photo album! Our first edit was over 100 images! We couldn't have been happier about the work that Michael produced and I'm pleased to be able to write this review. Michael is one of the good guys. A+
Last year, when searching for a wedding photographer, a good friend recommended Michael and after spending 3 minutes Read more...
Last year, when searching for a wedding photographer, a good friend recommended Michael and after spending 3 minutes looking at his website my husband and I were on the phone setting up an appointment to meet in person with Michael to discuss him shooting our wedding. We were very impressed with Michael's professionalism as well as his photographic skills and felt completely comfortable in having him shoot our small wedding in Brooklyn.

It was a relief to not have to worry about the photographer on the day of our wedding. Michael was unobtrusive and managed to cover every angle of our ceremony and reception and produced a body of work that made it difficult to edit down images for a photo album! Our first edit was over 100 images! We couldn't have been happier about the work that Michael produced and I'm pleased to be able to write this review. Michael is one of the good guys. A+ Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
4/6/2008
5.0/5.0
He is wonderful to work with...worth every penny...our photos are beautiful from our wedding and now we're using him for regular family portraits. My mom, who is notoriously cheap and from Michigan so NYC prices scare her, said he is worth it and only wished we could have had him come out to capture the day at our Michigan reception several months later. Instead we have a bunch of photos no one will ever see because they are awful for half the price...he puts people at ease, and helps them forget they are having their pictures taken which is key, and he's a lovely person too! Really fantastic...picking him was the second best thing about my wedding...first was picking my husband!!
He is wonderful to work with...worth every penny...our photos are beautiful from our wedding and now we're using him for Read more...
He is wonderful to work with...worth every penny...our photos are beautiful from our wedding and now we're using him for regular family portraits. My mom, who is notoriously cheap and from Michigan so NYC prices scare her, said he is worth it and only wished we could have had him come out to capture the day at our Michigan reception several months later. Instead we have a bunch of photos no one will ever see because they are awful for half the price...he puts people at ease, and helps them forget they are having their pictures taken which is key, and he's a lovely person too! Really fantastic...picking him was the second best thing about my wedding...first was picking my husband!! Read less
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B
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.9/5.0
We could not have selected a better photographer for our wedding. After searcing on line we especially liked the look of Michaels work. When we called Michael we immediately felt a connection and a confidence that he was the right photographer for us. He is a really nice guy, great to work with and a very talented photographer.
We met Michael at the wedding venue in March, in advance of our June Wedding. The venue was spectacular but presented some challenges for a photographer. We were married on a 7th floor, outdoor terrace on Broadway, overlooking Times Square. Michael would be taking many of the pictures straight into the bright lights of Times Square. Michael was not at all fazed by the challenge and in fact was excited about the opportunity. His confident talent is so evident in the in the wonderful and creative wedding photographs we have today.
We also made arrangements to take casual pictures earlier in the week of the wedding in and around New York City. We let Michael select the sites for those shots. He selected the High Line, Washington Square and the old meat packing district all of which have such great New York City character. We had a great day that day in June, it was a fun experience and the pictures we look at those three locations are among our favorites.
From the original phone call, the first introduction in March and the all the hours we spent with Michael in June we would not change a single minute or a single click of his shutter. He is wonderful to work with, responsive, very talented, and fun and today we consider Michael to be a good friend.
Thank you Michael we have wonderful memories of working with you. You captured the spirit of our wedding through your camera lens and gave us printed memories of our wedding week in New York City. We are forever grateful.
Bob & John
Atlanta, Georgia
We could not have selected a better photographer for our wedding. After searcing on line we especially liked the look of Read more...
We could not have selected a better photographer for our wedding. After searcing on line we especially liked the look of Michaels work. When we called Michael we immediately felt a connection and a confidence that he was the right photographer for us. He is a really nice guy, great to work with and a very talented photographer.
We met Michael at the wedding venue in March, in advance of our June Wedding. The venue was spectacular but presented some challenges for a photographer. We were married on a 7th floor, outdoor terrace on Broadway, overlooking Times Square. Michael would be taking many of the pictures straight into the bright lights of Times Square. Michael was not at all fazed by the challenge and in fact was excited about the opportunity. His confident talent is so evident in the in the wonderful and creative wedding photographs we have today.
We also made arrangements to take casual pictures earlier in the week of the wedding in and around New York City. We let Michael select the sites for those shots. He selected the High Line, Washington Square and the old meat packing district all of which have such great New York City character. We had a great day that day in June, it was a fun experience and the pictures we look at those three locations are among our favorites.
From the original phone call, the first introduction in March and the all the hours we spent with Michael in June we would not change a single minute or a single click of his shutter. He is wonderful to work with, responsive, very talented, and fun and today we consider Michael to be a good friend.
Thank you Michael we have wonderful memories of working with you. You captured the spirit of our wedding through your camera lens and gave us printed memories of our wedding week in New York City. We are forever grateful.
Bob & John
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