SophterLight Wedding Photography

Westport , CT


Westport, CT US 06880 (map)




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SophterLight Photography is a contemporary events and Wedding photography firm of the highest standard based in Westchester County, NY. Michael Thelen, our lead photographer, creates... Read more
SophterLight Photography is a contemporary events and Wedding photography firm of the highest standard based in Westchester County, NY. Michael Thelen, our lead photographer, creates compelling images of weddings, celebrations and commercial work through his unwavering pursuit of photographic excellence in every image. Having over twenty years of experience, he is one of the area’s leading wedding photographers. Whether it’s a happy wedding couple, a family, children or friends,
Mike’s observational style allows him to capture the emotion and joy of events without intrusion; special moments are recorded as they naturally happen.

Mike is a full-time photographer with over 20 years experience, his work spans three continents and over 10 countries. In addition to weddings, Mike also shoots myriad subjects in his studio.

Examples of Environmental, Portraiture, wildlife and landscape photography are all represented in his portfolio and he shares those images on his website http://www.SophterLight.com. Please spend some time, visit the galleries and peruse the images, you may find yourself lost in his images.

SophterLight also assumes commercial work for clients in the marketing and construction industries.

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What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Is your media preference film or digital?
How many photographers do you work with?
There are currently two other photographers on staff
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never more than one event per day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring extensive equipment with me that is relevant to the type of shoot I'm doing.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, I have redundant equipment in case anything piece malfunctions.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
It depends on the type of shoot.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Extra hours are billed at $75/hr
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
During weddings it has been my good fortune that the client's have always provided a plate for me; however I never mandate that a client provide a meal.
Do you charge for travel?
Unless there is an inordinate amount or special travel i.e. flights, trains etc., I do not typically charge for travel.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Proofs are typically ready in two weeks, sometimes sooner, but never longer than one month; a lot has to do with the nature of the shoot and the amount of images captured.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online proofing and/or traditional photos. It is package specific
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Indefinitely if they are traditional photos
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, unless otherwise agreed
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, unless expressly stated otherwise
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
In some of my packages I provide a DVD copy with images.
Will images be available for viewing online?
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer an extensive line of top-name albums.
When will the client get the final album?
Times vary greatly depending on the amount of post-production work requested. Typically albums are available within one month of the order being placed.


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I LOVE the photos Mike captured for us on our wedding day. Mike is great, an ideal professional to work for and both my hubby and I would encourage any couple to hire SophterLight Photography to photograph their event or wedding.
Services Used: Photography
We hired Mike at SophterLight photography to shoot our Wedding in April, 2013. The photos were excellent and the turn-around-time was super fast. Our families were so impressed with the images that two of my cousins booked their weddings with him.

Great Job, great personality, great pricing, what more could you want. Both my husband and I would highly recommend SophterLight Photography to anyone.
Services Used: Photography, Videography
Hiring Mike at SophterLight Photography to be our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. We interviewed about a dozen wedding photographers in the NY and CT area and none was as flexible, honest, organized and responsive as Mike was. In short, he was everything a bride could ever hope for when looking for a professional photographer.

We didn't have a wedding planner as I was trying to cut costs and I'm glad I didn't hire one because Mike was so organized and efficient that he basically moved the timing of events along. The one thing that I really like about him is that he responds quickly with any email/questions I may have. His pricing was also better than a lot of other professional wedding photographers in the area (considering that he's been a pro at this, we were actually surprised that he didn't charge more).

After our wedding, we had a hard time choosing our photos for our slideshow and it took me a while to get back to Mike. He was patient with me throughout the process and advised me well on how I should go about choosing my photos. I love our DVD slideshow from SophterLight Photography more than the video we got from our videographer. Go with Mike at SophterLight, you'll never regret it.
Services Used: Photography
SophterLight was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding. We had worked with Mike and Joey. Nothing short of perfection... It was like having friends shooting our wedding... They handled all my crazy photo requests with no hesitation.. When we got the pictures I was ecstatic, there were so many photos of moments that I hadn't realized happened with our guests, it was like having a brief wedding experience all over again.

Don't hesitate to hire SophterLight Photography they are artists.
Services Used: Photography, Wedding Planning
Mike did a fantastic job at our wedding and ended up taking over 1,400 pictures of our wedding ceremony and reception. We couldn't have asked for better service. He anticipated our needs and wants and delivered! I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Services Used: Photography
Mike was an amazing photographer, extremely professional and made everyone very comfortable when taking group shots. The pictures turned out great and were very reasonably priced.
Services Used: Photography
SopherLight Photography was not around for my wedding, much to my regret, but I did use their services for another photo shoot. As the mother of a now 21 year old son, Mike took my absolute all time favorite photo of my son at about 5 years of age. He seems able to capture that special quality or something that is in all of us. He made the shoot easy for us as parents and absolutely fun for my child. I strongly recommend using them anytime you want truly memorable photography that captures the very essence of the subject.
Services Used: Photography


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