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Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company

New York , NY
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LOCATION

419 Park Avenue South, Suite 1302
New York, NY US 10016 (map)

PHONE

212-633-0502

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ABOUT US

Offering our clients the best of both worlds, we blend the personal warmth and artistry of a boutique studio with our 28 year track record of professionalism, innovation and reliability.... Read more
Offering our clients the best of both worlds, we blend the personal warmth and artistry of a boutique studio with our 28 year track record of professionalism, innovation and reliability. Relax, celebrate and trust that we will capture your day just as you imagined it. Be sure to check out our newly designed website, www.sarahmerians.com! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I haven't gone in yet for my album appointment, so this is just rated based on everything leading up to the wedding and the day of. Stefanie was always on top of things and checked in to make sure everyone had all the information they and we needed.

Our photographer Shelia and her assistant were great. Shelia always made sure everything was okay and she genuinely seemed so happy for us and honored to be a part of the day.

About a week and a half after the wedding low-res pictures were already posted online (so guests can purchase for a premium) and we were sent proofs with just the logo on the bottom corner so we can pick which we want for our album. So while you can't give these out or blow them up for framing or anything, it's still great to see everything so soon after the wedding!
I haven't gone in yet for my album appointment, so this is just rated based on everything leading up to the wedding and Read more...
I haven't gone in yet for my album appointment, so this is just rated based on everything leading up to the wedding and the day of. Stefanie was always on top of things and checked in to make sure everyone had all the information they and we needed.

Our photographer Shelia and her assistant were great. Shelia always made sure everything was okay and she genuinely seemed so happy for us and honored to be a part of the day.

About a week and a half after the wedding low-res pictures were already posted online (so guests can purchase for a premium) and we were sent proofs with just the logo on the bottom corner so we can pick which we want for our album. So while you can't give these out or blow them up for framing or anything, it's still great to see everything so soon after the wedding! Read less
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ally
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Tina from Sarah Merians was amazing! She was so pleasant and professional. She captured unbelievable pictures and moments at our wedding and we could not have been happier with her creativity and photography. We are sooooo happy to have chosen her and Sarah Merians
Tina from Sarah Merians was amazing! She was so pleasant and professional. She captured unbelievable pictures and moments Read more...
Tina from Sarah Merians was amazing! She was so pleasant and professional. She captured unbelievable pictures and moments at our wedding and we could not have been happier with her creativity and photography. We are sooooo happy to have chosen her and Sarah Merians Read less
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Elisheva
Wedding:
2/12/2012
5.0/5.0
We LOVE our Pictures.
Our engagement photo shoot in grand central station was also great.
We LOVE our Pictures.
Our engagement photo shoot in grand central station was also great.
We LOVE our Pictures.
Our engagement photo shoot in grand central station was also great. Read less
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Svetlana
Wedding:
10/21/2007
5.0/5.0
Wonderful people to work with who listen and know exactly what you want. You also get to choose from a great selection of photographers and videographers based on their work.
Wonderful people to work with who listen and know exactly what you want. You also get to choose from a great selection of Read more...
Wonderful people to work with who listen and know exactly what you want. You also get to choose from a great selection of photographers and videographers based on their work. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Christina
Wedding:
6/21/2008
4.9/5.0
Jamie Cabrezza was our photographer and she was amazing! the pictures came out beautiful and she did an amazing job!
Jamie Cabrezza was our photographer and she was amazing! the pictures came out beautiful and she did an amazing job!
Jamie Cabrezza was our photographer and she was amazing! the pictures came out beautiful and she did an amazing job! Read less
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Shevy
Wedding:
7/28/2013
4.7/5.0
Sarah was wonderul to work with. I really trusted her judgement throughout the day, and I just knew she'd get the shots that we
wanted. More importantly, she managed to push through
for the shots despite the absolute madness going on around her. She shook it off every time and handled it with the utmost professionalism.
Sarah was wonderul to work with. I really trusted her judgement throughout the day, and I just knew she'd get the shots Read more...
Sarah was wonderul to work with. I really trusted her judgement throughout the day, and I just knew she'd get the shots that we
wanted. More importantly, she managed to push through
for the shots despite the absolute madness going on around her. She shook it off every time and handled it with the utmost professionalism. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.6/5.0
We were lucky enough to have Sarah herself for our wedding along with 2 amazing assistants. They accommodated everything we ask for including an extra person to photograph the guys getting ready and making the 7 block walk from hotel to venue. Our photos were amazing, it took hours to decide which to put into our album, which came out as a work of art. We were only able o have 1 meeting regarding our album and its more then I dreamed of! We went to grand central first for pictures and had a blast. I never felt bothered at the wedding to take pictures, yet they captured everyone important to us! We will use them again for our next big event!
We were lucky enough to have Sarah herself for our wedding along with 2 amazing assistants. They accommodated everything Read more...
We were lucky enough to have Sarah herself for our wedding along with 2 amazing assistants. They accommodated everything we ask for including an extra person to photograph the guys getting ready and making the 7 block walk from hotel to venue. Our photos were amazing, it took hours to decide which to put into our album, which came out as a work of art. We were only able o have 1 meeting regarding our album and its more then I dreamed of! We went to grand central first for pictures and had a blast. I never felt bothered at the wedding to take pictures, yet they captured everyone important to us! We will use them again for our next big event! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Rebecca, for your kind words. We were lucky to be a part of your special wedding day.

With love,
The Sarah Merians Team
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UMANG
Wedding:
9/9/2008
4.4/5.0
THANKS!
THANKS!
THANKS! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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bigboy4545
Wedding:
3/5/2006
4.0/5.0
Services Used: Photography
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jsalvatore31
Wedding:
8/25/2006
3.5/5.0
We were very satified with the end product but there were a few bumps in the road. Our photographer Jamie was very good. Our video is great too but SM is a bit pricey.
We were very satified with the end product but there were a few bumps in the road. Our photographer Jamie was very good. Read more...
We were very satified with the end product but there were a few bumps in the road. Our photographer Jamie was very good. Our video is great too but SM is a bit pricey. Read less
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daas
Wedding:
3/12/2009
3.1/5.0
for me they were expensive and the photographer didnt care or maybie he didnt like me! i might try again some day becuase it could have been that one guy! i suggest try it and see if you get good or bad results!
for me they were expensive and the photographer didnt care or maybie he didnt like me! i might try again some day becuase Read more...
for me they were expensive and the photographer didnt care or maybie he didnt like me! i might try again some day becuase it could have been that one guy! i suggest try it and see if you get good or bad results! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/16/2005
2.6/5.0
We used Sarah Merians Photography on recommendation from our Event Manager at the New York Botanic Gardens. We were told that they are allowed to photograph in areas of the gardens that others photographers are not allowed because they have a good relationship. As I had been extremely careful in every decision I had made up until that point, I decided to just go with the recommendation and take a break from being overly detailed oriented on this one.
When we went for our consultation, we were told they had a number of photographers that shot in slightly different styles and we could go through their portfolios to pick out the style we liked. I expressed a desire to have a slightly more candid and photo journalistic style and a few portfolios were chosen for us to see. I found a photographer, who's work I liked and we booked him. We would receive 8 hours of shooting and an album including 50 images, as well as a 1 hour engagement photo shoot. Any additional prints or albums would be paid for at extreme expense and we have no rights to the images.
A pre wedding photo shoot was included so that we could meet the photographer and he could get to know us a bit...this went well and we enjoyed the opportunity though we weren't totally thrilled with the results.
The day of the wedding our photographer arrived with his assistant nicely dressed in a tux. However, he never asked where I was interested in shooting and whisked us away without any discussion to start a marathon of shooting. I was a bit stressed so I didn't get the chance to explain I wanted to shoot in front of the waterfall a bit and for there to be more candid or goofy shots, but I figured everything would turn out okay. Our photographer did make some inappropriate comments to one of our bridesmaids which made her quite uncomfortable during the picture taking too.
Still, I eagerly awaited our pictures after the wedding as the entire event had really gone perfectly and I just couldn't wait to relive the memories. When they arrived, I can't express how disappointed I was. The pictures were all extremely stiff looking and the color was awful. They were all sort of orange-yellowish, as though they were taken in the 70s. Our photographer had also failed to capture any of the details that I had worked for hours to create. We had a wish tree created by the florist which was absolutely gorgeous that there wasn't a single picture of and the ring bear's box which I had specially created and lined with moss also not captured. Basically any detail that I spent hours working on was to be forgotten. There were some nice candid black and white shots of people dancing from the reception, but in general I was very disappointed.
When we went to the session to build our album at Sarah Merians, I attempted to express some of the disappoints I had regarding the color and stiffness of the portraiture to the woman who was helping us and she completely invalidated my concerns. Saying the color was fine and that it was our fault that the pictures were stiff looking because we must have just been too nervous. Strangely, family and friends had captured many much more character filled images and with bright colors which looked much better than many of the images we received from our professional photographer.
All together I was quite disappointed with my experience. Yes, I should have been more careful in choosing a photographer and picked someone who was specifically more photo journalistic in style. Still, I think the fact that friends and family captured better shots than our photographer is somewhat inexcusable. We did end up with a lovely album....almost entirely black and white which is unfortunate given how lovely and bright the rose gardens we shot in were....but still lovely. Out of the 1000 or so shots we found 50 great pictures that were bound in a beautiful fashion.
We used Sarah Merians Photography on recommendation from our Event Manager at the New York Botanic Gardens. We were told Read more...
We used Sarah Merians Photography on recommendation from our Event Manager at the New York Botanic Gardens. We were told that they are allowed to photograph in areas of the gardens that others photographers are not allowed because they have a good relationship. As I had been extremely careful in every decision I had made up until that point, I decided to just go with the recommendation and take a break from being overly detailed oriented on this one.
When we went for our consultation, we were told they had a number of photographers that shot in slightly different styles and we could go through their portfolios to pick out the style we liked. I expressed a desire to have a slightly more candid and photo journalistic style and a few portfolios were chosen for us to see. I found a photographer, who's work I liked and we booked him. We would receive 8 hours of shooting and an album including 50 images, as well as a 1 hour engagement photo shoot. Any additional prints or albums would be paid for at extreme expense and we have no rights to the images.
A pre wedding photo shoot was included so that we could meet the photographer and he could get to know us a bit...this went well and we enjoyed the opportunity though we weren't totally thrilled with the results.
The day of the wedding our photographer arrived with his assistant nicely dressed in a tux. However, he never asked where I was interested in shooting and whisked us away without any discussion to start a marathon of shooting. I was a bit stressed so I didn't get the chance to explain I wanted to shoot in front of the waterfall a bit and for there to be more candid or goofy shots, but I figured everything would turn out okay. Our photographer did make some inappropriate comments to one of our bridesmaids which made her quite uncomfortable during the picture taking too.
Still, I eagerly awaited our pictures after the wedding as the entire event had really gone perfectly and I just couldn't wait to relive the memories. When they arrived, I can't express how disappointed I was. The pictures were all extremely stiff looking and the color was awful. They were all sort of orange-yellowish, as though they were taken in the 70s. Our photographer had also failed to capture any of the details that I had worked for hours to create. We had a wish tree created by the florist which was absolutely gorgeous that there wasn't a single picture of and the ring bear's box which I had specially created and lined with moss also not captured. Basically any detail that I spent hours working on was to be forgotten. There were some nice candid black and white shots of people dancing from the reception, but in general I was very disappointed.
When we went to the session to build our album at Sarah Merians, I attempted to express some of the disappoints I had regarding the color and stiffness of the portraiture to the woman who was helping us and she completely invalidated my concerns. Saying the color was fine and that it was our fault that the pictures were stiff looking because we must have just been too nervous. Strangely, family and friends had captured many much more character filled images and with bright colors which looked much better than many of the images we received from our professional photographer.
All together I was quite disappointed with my experience. Yes, I should have been more careful in choosing a photographer and picked someone who was specifically more photo journalistic in style. Still, I think the fact that friends and family captured better shots than our photographer is somewhat inexcusable. We did end up with a lovely album....almost entirely black and white which is unfortunate given how lovely and bright the rose gardens we shot in were....but still lovely. Out of the 1000 or so shots we found 50 great pictures that were bound in a beautiful fashion. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Fallbride7
Wedding:
10/24/2009
0.5/5.0
If you want to spend top dollar and get just a few pictures with your husband and none of any of your guests - pick this company. They are unprofessional, disorganized and rude. Our photographer took mostly pictures one would never want to put in an album - no group shots, tons of close ups of the same random people over and over. He was also absent for big gaps in the night. Our parents have no pictures of their freinds and none of them dancing at our wedding. Its not fixable, as you can't rewind the clock, but the company has not even been very accomodating. We also found it intersting that they were not at all shocked by the poor quality work that their photographer produced. It did not seem like a one time issue. I can't speak for Sarah Merian herself, but I wouldn't trust this vendor with such an important day.
If you want to spend top dollar and get just a few pictures with your husband and none of any of your guests - pick this Read more...
If you want to spend top dollar and get just a few pictures with your husband and none of any of your guests - pick this company. They are unprofessional, disorganized and rude. Our photographer took mostly pictures one would never want to put in an album - no group shots, tons of close ups of the same random people over and over. He was also absent for big gaps in the night. Our parents have no pictures of their freinds and none of them dancing at our wedding. Its not fixable, as you can't rewind the clock, but the company has not even been very accomodating. We also found it intersting that they were not at all shocked by the poor quality work that their photographer produced. It did not seem like a one time issue. I can't speak for Sarah Merian herself, but I wouldn't trust this vendor with such an important day. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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GrooomNYC
Wedding:
9/28/2008
0.5/5.0
We also had a terrible experience with Sarah Merians and ended up successfully suing the company in small claims court. Our wedding was in September 2008.

Below is a summary of some of the problems we encountered.

1. The photographer's assistant didn't bring a camera to the wedding, so we had one photographer instead of the two that were promised.

2. The DVD was delivered late and one copy was defective. When we asked to have it replaced, they delayed for almost two months before telling us that they no longer work with the videographer, couldn't provide another copy and might not even be able to recover the raw footage. Eventually, they recovered the footage but wanted to charge us $600 to convert it to DVD (even though they were supposedly giving it to us to make up for not being able to provide the edited version). We refused and they sent us the footage in its original format (small tapes) which we will now have to convert ourselves.

3. Our actual photographer was nice but her pictures weren't very good. In retrospect, she was disorganized on the day of the wedding and didn't make sure to take a lot of pictures with the key participants (for example, there are only a handful of pictures of me with my father).

4. Our wedding album doesn't look very good. A number of the pictures are pixilated and look like they were printed on a home printer.

5. After the wedding, the company refused to give us the high resolution digital images of our wedding pictures that were included in our contract. We fought with them for months and the employees refused to put us in touch with the owner, Sarah Merians. When we finally spoke to Sarah, she was extremely nasty and made it clear that she only cared about extracting as much money from us as possible. Ultimately, she said that she would only give us the high res images if we paid her an additional $1,500.

Because they had almost lost our video footage, we were worried that if we let any more time pass, we would never see our pictures. So, we paid the money and then sued to get it back.

The reviews on Yelp.com and knot.com describe similar stories.
We also had a terrible experience with Sarah Merians and ended up successfully suing the company in small claims court. Read more...
We also had a terrible experience with Sarah Merians and ended up successfully suing the company in small claims court. Our wedding was in September 2008.

Below is a summary of some of the problems we encountered.

1. The photographer's assistant didn't bring a camera to the wedding, so we had one photographer instead of the two that were promised.

2. The DVD was delivered late and one copy was defective. When we asked to have it replaced, they delayed for almost two months before telling us that they no longer work with the videographer, couldn't provide another copy and might not even be able to recover the raw footage. Eventually, they recovered the footage but wanted to charge us $600 to convert it to DVD (even though they were supposedly giving it to us to make up for not being able to provide the edited version). We refused and they sent us the footage in its original format (small tapes) which we will now have to convert ourselves.

3. Our actual photographer was nice but her pictures weren't very good. In retrospect, she was disorganized on the day of the wedding and didn't make sure to take a lot of pictures with the key participants (for example, there are only a handful of pictures of me with my father).

4. Our wedding album doesn't look very good. A number of the pictures are pixilated and look like they were printed on a home printer.

5. After the wedding, the company refused to give us the high resolution digital images of our wedding pictures that were included in our contract. We fought with them for months and the employees refused to put us in touch with the owner, Sarah Merians. When we finally spoke to Sarah, she was extremely nasty and made it clear that she only cared about extracting as much money from us as possible. Ultimately, she said that she would only give us the high res images if we paid her an additional $1,500.

Because they had almost lost our video footage, we were worried that if we let any more time pass, we would never see our pictures. So, we paid the money and then sued to get it back.

The reviews on Yelp.com and knot.com describe similar stories. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography

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