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Photo Philosophies

Astoria , NY
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32-05 Newtown Avenue
Astoria, NY US 11102 (map)

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415-999-0002

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ABOUT US

Photo Philosophies was started in 2010 by Jacquie Lew and focuses on photographing weddings, engagements and portraits in a modern, non traditional way. She is joined by associate... Read more
Photo Philosophies was started in 2010 by Jacquie Lew and focuses on photographing weddings, engagements and portraits in a modern, non traditional way. She is joined by associate Richard Bergeron. With a background of fine art and a BFA in photography, Jacquie combines the imagination behind the creation of a painting and the technical aspect of being behind a camera. Having had very brief encounters with the fashion world prior to starting wedding photography, Jacquie finds herself drawn to creating imaginative, rich and colorful photos that are often rather fairytale-esque and expressive. She is captivated by creative details and strives to work with clients who are as excited about their events as she is her photography. Her company has been recognized in Brooklyn Bride, Merci New York, Wedding Wire's Bride Choice Awards 2013, and Best of The Knot 2013.


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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
As the owner, I am the sole editor for my company. With years of experience, I take each individual photo digitally and edit them to look their best. For final albums or prints you may need, I am extremely experienced in photoshop retouching.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes! Wedding photography is all about being able to adapt to ever-changing environments in a time crunch. I also love shooting boudoir, and make use of both some studio lighting techniques blended with natural lighting situations.
Is your media preference film or digital?
As a professional wedding photographer in 2013, I have to side with digital. That being said, don't forget that I come from a fine art background, and my love at first sight with photography happened in a darkroom breaking open film canisters with a bottle opener.
How many photographers do you work with?
This depends on what my clients' needs are. More often than not, my clients like having a second shooter for extra coverage.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, except in the rare case of a serious illness or accident in which another equally capable photographer would take my place. (this has never happened. knock on wood)
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not more than one event per day. This is very important to me.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Depends on the situation. In depth information covered during meetings.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. In depth information covered during meetings.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Various packages are available.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. Please e-mail me for details.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes. Please e-mail me for details.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Yes. Please e-mail me for details.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Yes. Please e-mail me for details.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
They are on a CD for you! The online gallery is posted for as long as we have discussed it within the contract.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
As discussed between photographer and client.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Please e-mail me for details.
When will the client get the final album?
Please e-mail me for details.

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Michelle
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Jacquie at Photo Philosophies is amazing!
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William
Wedding:
1/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was Jacquie Lew. We requested her for our engagement photos, and we were so impressed by her calm, confident, and cool eye for getting interesting and unique photos that we asked her to be our wedding photographer as well...in Mexico! Lucky for us, she wasn't booked yet and not only did she capture every incredible and memorable moment, but Jacquie was helpful, accommodating and supportive throughout the entire wedding. We didn't ever feel like we were conducting a business transaction for services, rather, we were working closely with a friend who had awesome photography equipment! We highly recommend Photo Philosophies for any special event or photography need.
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Katie
Wedding:
7/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We had an engagement shoot with Jacquie and she was amazing! She took so much time to communicate with me about ideas for the shoot and even stuck with us through 3 location and wardrobe changes! She delivered so many beautiful shots that we can't wait to have her at our wedding!
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Alina
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and looked at about 100 wedding photographers online and narrowed our choices down to a few. And once we met Jacquie, we knew that we wanted her to be our photographer. Not only do her photos have great composition and simply look beautiful, we just felt very comfortable with Jacquie. She gets to know her coupes' interests, what is important to them, who in the wedding does not get along and does not want to be photographed together :), and is just a calm and collected person, which is important to have on the big day.
Our wedding pictures that she and her partner Richard took turned out gorgeous! My husband and I are having a difficult time picking our favorites to include in our album. We are very happy that we went with Photo Philosophies.
Jacquie was also so helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. She was able to recommend another vendor that I went with, and helped me organize the timeline for our big day.
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Emily
Wedding:
6/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Jacquie was a great experience. Our photos are amazing, and everyone has commented on how lovely they are. She was extremely flexible both with the number of hours we wanted and dealing with what turned out to be a very rainy day full of last minute changes. Jacquie was always prompt in her emails and easy to reach. She had some great ideas for photo locations too. Would recommend whole heartedly.
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Madalina
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose Photo Philosophies as our wedding photographers after meeting with Jacquie and seeing her portfolio. It showed she has an amazing eye for capturing unique and beautiful photos. As a fellow photographer with a set vision of what I wanted my wedding photos to look like I knew that Jacquie and Richard will be able to capture every moment just the way I pictured it.

They did an awesome job and we will always recommend them to our friends and family. They were very professional and a pleasure to have them as our photographers. Jacquie always answered all my emails quickly and delivered the final product in time and beautifully put together.

They did not only capture all the classic shots but also got many original poses which we absolutely love. Their photos are like a story book of our amazing day, and at no point in time did we feel like we were pulled away to pose, but instead you see the emotions through the entire day. They worked very quickly to capture the family and bridal party shots so that we did not miss any part of our cocktail hour. And they captured great action and still photos of all our guests. All our family and friends keep saying how the photos belong on the cover of bridal magazines :)

It was an all around great experience to have Photo Philosophies as our photographers and we highly recommend them.
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Christine
Wedding:
4/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We had Jacquie for our engagement photos and she was so accomodating and willing to work around our schedules and was ready to take more pictures well after our hour and a half and 500+ pictures. She was great our photos turned out wonderfully and she got my fiance to relax and let go a little which is not easy! We had such a great time and smile whenever we see our pictures.
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Javier
Wedding:
12/15/2012
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I have to say, I was very impressed with Jacquie Lew of Photo Philosophies. My fiance and I had seen a promotion on Living Social and with some hesitation took a chance for our Engagement photos with the company.

Even before we got to take the actual pictures, I already knew we had chosen the right person to take our pictures. Jacquie always replied back to my emails, questions and concerns. She was very easy going and comfortable to talk to and work everything out with like picking out a place to take the pictures and types of poses.

She showed us samples of her beautiful pictures on her Facebook page and worked on giving us our "own" look for our photos and options on where to take them.

For two camera shy people, she made the picture taking feel fun & comfortable. She helped us chose the right location for us (Central Park) and gave us some great ideas for pictures.

I've seen some sample shots and waiting for my CD of the day in the mail. And off of all that, I'd gladly recommend her to anyone that needed or wanted to take some great pictures. She's great!

Thank you Jacquie for everything!! Maybe we can get you to do the wedding too!!! = )
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kristen
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
As soon as my husband and i met jacquie we knew right away she the was the photogpraher we wanted for our engagement pics and wedding. Not only is jacquie insanely talented but you can tell right away she absolutley loves what she does and truly wants you to have the best day possible. She was always very responsive and helpful and most importantly listened to what we wanted and really followed through on it. she created a detailed timeline for the wedding day which helped put everything in perspective and kept everyone moving during the formals to ensure we were able to attend our cocktail hour. basically jacquie is awesome and we love her!!! if she is available for your date book her immediately!
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Rafael
Wedding:
3/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Jacquie was so kind and patient. She is a committed artist to her craft. She really takes the time to get to know you. She is very kind and caring. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family. She is the best.
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Catherine
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Jacqui of Photo Philosophies is amazing! Not only is she incredibly talented and professional, but she's also a genuine person. She's very flexible and has the ability to make you feel super comfortable, which is an important quality in a photographer. Prior to our engagement shoot, Jacqui and I spoke a few times about my preferences, location and photo ideas, etc. Through our conversations, she was able to understand my style and what I had in mind. During our shoot, she accommodated everything I wanted and had so many great ideas of her own that helped our photos turn out fantastic! My friends (and even people I haven't spoken with for years) have yet to stop commenting on how much they LOVE our photos. I look forward to working with Jacqui again soon, and would definitely recommend her as your photographer for a wedding, engagement shoot, boudoir, family photos, special events - anything. She also knows a lot about event planning. She's given me some great advice during my wedding planning process!
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ErinDemster11
Wedding:
1/15/2012
5.0/5.0
When it came time to find a photographer for our wedding we were sure of one thing, we wanted something different. We didn't want the typical posed photos that didn't capture "us" or the excitement of our big day. I wanted someone that really got what we were about and would be able to capture that in pictures. We chose Jacquie (PhotoPhilosophies) based on the fact that we loved her work and she was AMAZING to work with. She was a pleasure to deal with and by the end of it all, we consider her a friend that we are lucky to have. Jacquie did our engagement shoot and our wedding photos and we were amazed at what she was able to capture. She has this way of taking all of the fun, emotion, excitement in a moment and capturing it in a photo. Our families and guests loved Jacquie and having her as a part of our day was beyond wonderful. There were moments where I did not even see her by me and she was getting the BEST shots of the night. My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Jacquie to anyone like us that wants more than pictures...to anyone that wants the emotions that go along with the day captured. Thanks again Jacquie!!! You were THE BEST!
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lynnecatt
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We found Jacquie through a friend who used Photo Philosophies for his wedding. After meeting her, my husband and I immediately knew she was the right photographer for us. We wanted photographs that weren't overly staged or typical, and Jacquie's vision matched ours perfectly. She's an artist who has such an eye for detail and beauty. She captured moments of our wedding that were absolutely priceless, and when we looked at the pictures for the first time all the fun and excitement of the day came through every shot. My friends and family were floored by the quality of the pictures, and my husband and I were thrilled. Jacquie can easily charge much more than she does; I've really never seen more beautiful wedding shots in my life. On top of the quality of the photos, Jacquie is utterly professional. She answered every call, email and question quickly and thoroughly, and she was lovely to work with. She's the kind of person you want to deal with on your wedding day because she's patient and funny and totally cool. She's definitely going to be my lifelong photographer. Snatch her...
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drerenee
Wedding:
11/28/2009
5.0/5.0
Working with Photo Philosophies was a dream. I did a pre-wedding boudoir shoot and was nervous, but J took great care of me. She was professional, creative, and honest. She took great care in the post-production and delivered my dvd promptly. The photos came out wonderful and my husband loved them. I would def recommend Photo Philosophies for any of your photography needs!
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Erin
Wedding:
3/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Jacquie and Sahar were awesome!!! They are so nice and sweet!! Any questions I had Jacquie answered right away. She offered to help with anything I needed for the wedding(I am living in Buffalo and was planning a long distance wedding)!! What she charged us for the day was well within our budget!! People were coming up to us saying how wonderful they were!! The staff was saying they got shots that noone else would have thought to get!!! I have only seen 10 pictures so far, but they are awesome!!! I can't wait to get the rest!!!! I would totally reccommend Jacquie!!!!
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vika111
Wedding:
11/22/2007
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Jacquie. She suggested the best kinds of photos and props and made me feel really comfortable taking the photos. She was patient with the "getting ready" and with my husband's lack of enthusiasm at being photographed (as most men are). She did my boudoir photos and our anniversary photos. Both came out really great. For the boudoir photos, we had two locations, one of which was a beach. Jacquie did some fun and sexy shots of me in the water and on the sand. I am so thrilled with her work, that I'm having her take even more shots in the future, and I've recommended her to all of my friends.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I did an engagement photo shoot with Photo Philosophies. We were nervous because it's always scary looking for a photographer as a gay couple. Jacqueline was perfect. She helped ease our fears and instantly made us feel very comfortable. She directed us and made it a very easy process and actually, it was an INCREDIBLE experience. Our photos turned out great! She made us both feel comfortable and made our shoot really individualized. She was patient and a true artist. She is one of the best decisions we made about our BIG DAY. She is incredible and we highly recommend her!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Jacquie was a great photographer! She took amazing photos and got everyone on my list! I just let her take the lead and everything came out great and on schedule at every turn!
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