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Todd Shapera

top 3020162017 New York (United States)

I'm delighted to be selected as a WedAward "Top-30" World Wedding Photographer in 2016 and 2017! I'm New York-based and available for destinations globally.

I approach weddings as a story teller, capturing relaxed, timeless images that are beautifully lit ...and fun. This approach draws on my background photographing in over 55 countries for global publications and agencies.

In a profile, Professional Photograher magazine wrote: "Todd Shapera is driven by a passion to capture the inner beauty and resilience of individuals just about everywhere on earth…" 

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We wanted our couple's 'First Look' portrait to capture the elegance of the bride, her debonair groom, and the feeling of their sophisticated wedding at New York's landmark Racquet and Tennis Club. Even as we scouted the location and planned the shot well in advance, we could never have imagined the way our couple shared such a beautiful moment.

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Everything about Chrissy and Chris' wedding at New York's American Yacht Club seemed perfect.
So, it wasn't surprising after a long, festive, day into night affair, that they were still beaming during the club's traditional sparkler send off. My goal was to capture their loving moment with relaxed, elegant photos.

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Every wedding has it's own special story. My goal is to capture it with relaxed, elegant images -- and beautiful lighting. Then, step back and let the story unfold.

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Celia journeyed from rural China to study at Washington University in St. Louis. Doug arrived there from Manhattan. They fell in love in a study group.

When photographing their wedding at the Hudson Valley’s historic Sleepy Hollow Country Club, I felt that a dreamy setting for their first look would be on the grand staircase, backed by the soft light of the commanding Tiffany window.

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While capturing pre-ceremony portraits at the gorgeous American Yacht Club, outside New York City, my intrepid couple boarded this boat tied at the end of the dock ...no owner around and no questions asked.

After a few kisses out back, the groom climbed to the upper deck and she followed. In the twilight on the water it all seemed captivating -- the bride mid-ladder, her gown flowing in the wind, her groom arched against a sky of puffy clouds and the glowing water representing the possibilities for their future together.

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It was so inspiring to photograph Melissa and Cornell's sunset, garden wedding overlooking the Hudson River. We planned in advance for the challenge of capturing the couple during the back lit ceremony. My colleague Gleb Kuznetsov artfully brought painterly fill light to this special moment. Venue: @Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion Gown: @Pronovias Florals: @foreverinbloommtkisco

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Jackie and Mike were refreshingly playful. Photographing indoors during their December wedding, I hoped to capture their special energy in the rotunda of their elegant Hudson Valley venue - Abigail Kirsch's Tappan Hill Mansion.

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On a beautiful mid-summer evening, my couple wanted to steal a few moments during their reception for portraits on the lawn at sunset. When they came together, to embrace in the soft light, and she closed her eyes, everything seemed perfect.

The idyllic setting is Abigail Kirsch's beautiful Tappan Hill Mansion, a former estate of Mark Twain, located in the scenic Hudson Valley. outside New York City.

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The morning after meeting Jen and Rory in an Old Havana cafe, and over hearing that the Calgary couple had just become engaged in a nearby park, we found ourselves celebrating with a photo shoot -- cavorting all over in Old Havana's alluring alleys and vibrant plazas in the dawn Caribbean light.

Near the end of our shoot, we spotted this spectacular, black 1950's Plymouth convertible and arranged with the driver for a few photos. When they hopped onto the back seat and embraced - it seemed a perfect way to memorialize their romantic story in Cuba.

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When Scott dropped to one knee to propose to Casey in a beautiful park overlooking Long Island Sound, it was so inspiring to witness their unbridled love and joy...and so gratifying to capture their magic moment from the beach below without Casey ever knowing I was there!

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For Nils and Jenny's ‘engagement’ shoot, we romped through New York’s Central Park, capturing relaxed portraits that reflected their playful, loving relationship.
When we approached this group of cyclists, everyone spontaneously embraced the joyful moment!

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Every wedding has it's own unique story. You never know when the special, unscripted moments will present themselves. Sometimes, I like to walk away from the dance floor to where other guests are gathering with the bride and groom -- and capture their spontaneous energy in a relaxed way.
Venue: American Yacht Club - Rye, New York.

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The rustic barn with the flag was across from the wedding church on the North Fork of New York's Long Island.
If photographing large bridal parties can be unwieldy, I wanted this bridesmaid's portrait to come off as a spontaneous, engaging, album cover -- with the playful energy directed toward the bride.

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I loved the rugged waterfront setting, the beautiful couple's intrepid manner - she barefoot - and the veil blowing in the wind to embrace him.
The scene strikes me as a poignant metaphor for embarking on marriage -
it’s not only life’s beautiful moments that get us through, but how we support each other when the path turns rocky!

The incomparable venue: American Yacht Club, Rye, New York

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Lulu and Fritz were blessed to pull off an outdoor reception on the shores of Long Island Sound in mid-September.
I wanted to capture their beauty as a couple, the fun energy of their party and their incomparable setting at The American Yacht Club in Rye, New York. During a dance set, I asked if they'd give me a few minutes. Under a full autumn moon, all the elements seemed to come together magically!

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Shortly before an outdoor ceremony by the sea, I set up a remote, panoramic camera - hoping to capture the incomparable setting from behind when the bride walked down the isle. While taking a few test shots, a playful couple meandered into the scene - transforming my trial exposures into a keeper! The gray November day seemed to call out for for black and white images. Stunning Waterfront Venue: The American Yacht Club, Rye, New York.

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The wedding was in New York's Hudson Valley at a beautiful venue - Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion.
At sunset, I suggested a few shots on the grounds in the warm late day light.
As we were returning to the party, with the sun about to disappear beneath the horizon, I looked back and captured this magical moment.

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Lulu and Fritz were married at the American Yacht Club, a gorgeous setting on Long Island Sound, surrounded on three sides by water. We found a window during the reception for relaxed portraits by the sea.. I love capturing motion and unguarded moments- in this case, I was captivated by the bride's swirling veil and groom's tie blowing in the wind . Then.... I caught her eye!

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The bride is a professional modern dancer in New York.
She began training as a girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana along side the women holding her train.
I wanted to incorporate their special three decade connection into our iconic New York rooftop kiss.
It didn’t take much. When the groom dipped the bride,
the ladies improvised into perfect supporting choreography!

Every wedding couple has a unique story, and I try to capture it with fun, elegant images.

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When this couple met in college, the bride was reluctant to pursue a relationship before leaving for a semester abroad.
Undeterred, he flew to visit her in Edinburg, and she fell in love with his 'amazing sense of humor’.
That part of of their chemistry seemed to shine through in their limo after their ceremony.
The special moment seemed even more poignant in black and white.

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The bride and groom chose not to see each other for a week before the wedding. This was their first meeting, moments before the ceremony.With the bride flanked by both mothers, and her father looking on, the groom lowered the bride's 100-year-old veil, once worn by her mother and great grandmother. <br />
I wanted to be close enough to capture the serenity in her face and his joy, without interfering with the beauty and intimacy of the moment.

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From the moment my stunning bride, Alana, walked through the door of Tappan Hill Mansion tethered to Winston, I knew her puppy was going to be integral to the wedding day.
I only learned later that, in January, the groom picked up the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from the breeder, put a card around his neck saying "Will you marry me?”, attached the ring, and headed to Alana’s to propose.
Sure enough, the fifteen-pound, dapper groomsmen figured in memorable photos all day — from getting ready through the ceremony. Alas, during the party, the tired puppy rested in the quiet bridal room.
So, by night’s end, when the band signaled the last dance, what a surprise to find Winston swaddled in the newlyweds' arms on the dance floor — unabashedly sharing so much affection!
And how beautifully fitting!

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Many special elements came together for this photo - starting with a gorgeous bride, her dashing groom (a U.S. Navy officer) and their church in the heart of New York City. After their ceremony, the intrepid couple eagerly agreed to my request for portraits on Park Avenue. For everyone’s safety, we timed the quick shot with the traffic lights. When the couple leapt into the busy road and dipped and kissed - a pedestrian crossed on the left side behind them and a taxi approached on the right - framing the breathtaking moment with New York's magical energy.

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While photographing Joelle and Noah’s late afternoon spring celebration, I kept my eye on the setting sun.
During a break in the dancing, I asked them for five minutes outside to capture the magical, Hudson Valley light. They were such a fun, relaxed couple and readily agreed. This archway was right off the front door, and all the elements seemed to come together - golden light, long shadows, iconic backdrop and a loving moment in silhouette. After taking a few shots, I realized the image would be more dramatic if I could show the turrets on top. So in my wedding attire, I laid flat on the ground to capture the more dramatic angle.

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The Tarrytown House is a calm oasis in New York's Hudson River Valley, with an old world mansion, lovely grounds and commanding river views. Rachel was a beautiful, fun bride with a wonderful glow. Moments after she finished dressing, all the elements seemed to come together in a magical moment on the grand staircase of the Biddle Mansion, just prior to heading outside for the first look with her groom.

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Under the magical light of an August supermoon, Alexis Reiger and Adam Schempp sealed their marriage following a beautiful ceremony and rocking party at New York Botanical Garden.
The website Earthsky defines a supermoon as "a full moon near perigee, or near its closest point to Earth for the month.”
This was the first of only three supermoons in 2015 and, surely, brought special energy to the gala night.

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