We are Josh Strauss and Jess Levey- Husband and Wife, business partners, world travelers, parents to an adorable baby girl, artists, photographers, and Brooklynites.
We know exactly how stressful planning a wedding or other event can be. We also know that aside from your guests, the music and the booze, your memories and the documentation of this amazing day is vital to your happiness. We do take portraits very seriously, but in tune with our photo journalistic style, we tend to keep these “posed” images more loose and natural, and less staged. This can sometimes be challenging but, as we are told by our clients, it is because of our laid back and lively demeanor that people are always at ease, which is helpful during the often stressful moments.
Our clients also tell us that we were everywhere but never in the way- something we take great pride in. We have been to far too many events ourselves, where the photographers and videographers seem to take center stage over the stars of the event. There is nothing worse, in our opinion, than having your guests be forced to watch the back of a photographer during a ceremony or during the speeches or dances. We tend to be invisible, blending in, while still making sure that our photographs stand out.
It is an honor to be selected to capture your event. Couples and guests always comment that it is obvious that we love working together. We understand the advantage of having a husband and wife documenting this day. We also understand that like that couple down the hall, you may not love both of us, so it’s fine to split us up- hire just one of us for photo or video or just to run your photo booth, whatever you want is always OK with us.
We are proud recipients of the prestigious Editor’s Pick award from The Knot in 2011 and their Bride’s Choice award in 2012 as well as the Bride’s Choice award from Wedding Wire in 2011 and in 2012. We won these awards due to our outstanding client reviews which you are welcome to read here.
We hope to meet you soon!
Josh Strauss | Principal Photographer | Client Relations
Josh was raised by warm and loving Midwestern parents in Tel Aviv, Israel. Following his move to New York City 15 years ago, he immersed himself in photography, specializing in documentary portraiture. His work has been shown in galleries around New York, Germany and Israel. He has been photographing weddings, events and portraits for over 10 years. His style combines a photojournalistic approach and an unobtrusive mindset which allows him to blend in with the guests.
Jess Levey | Second Photographer | Videographer | Album designer
Jess is a born and bred Brooklynite. She received her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University and her MFA in photography and video from Hunter college. She worked as a Photo Editor for Hearst Magazines for over a decade while pursuing fine art projects and photographing weddings and parties. She has exhibited her art work for the past 6 years in art galleries and other spaces throughout NYC. In the last three years, she has offered her video capturing and editing expertise to her and Josh’s clients, creating unique and creative wedding and event films which perfectly compliment the creative documentary style of imagery that she and Josh provide. You are welcome to view her fine art work at www.jesslevey.com