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Todd Shapera

Studio: Todd Shapera Photography

top 3020162017 New York City (United States)

We're thrilled to rank among WedAward's top-ten photographers for the past four years.

We approach weddings seeking relaxed, timeless images - beautifully lit - that capture the story and emotions of the day. This draws on my photojournalism background in over 55 countries for global publications and agencies.

We've also received Wedding Wire's "Couples' Choice Award", based on five-star bridal reviews, for seven consecutive years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

"Todd Shapera is driven by a passion to capture the inner beauty and resilience of individuals just about everywhere on earth…" 
(Professional Photographer magazine)

New York-based, capturing celebrations globally.

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Todd Shapera About

During Zina and Dimitriy's sunset engagement shoot, I hoped to capture the pastoral and romantic feel of the 19th century Hudson River School of painters. Our location was the rolling hills above the Hudson River near my home in Sleepy Hollow.

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For this modern orthodox Jewish wedding in Brooklyn, New York, I staked out a high position above the curtain, so that I could pivot to photograph the action on both the women's and men's sides. That positioning proved ideal during the hora when to my surprise, the chairs of the bride and groom were brought together, and they embraced over the top of the curtain. The pure joy on the couples' and guests' faces expressed the beautiful energy and love in the room.

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Near the end of the reception, during a break in dance sets, I offered to take the bride and groom outside under the night sky.
At the end of a long day, and after so many hours in the high energy ballroom,
they seemed to value sharing a few quiet moments together, away from friends and family.
I only ask them to fall into each other's arms, backlight them, step away to give them space, then try to capture the scene.
If I gave this photo a title, it would be "Kristen and Greg’s Midsummer Night’s Dream!"

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In the final hours, as 2019 slid into 2020, Nicole and Dave enjoyed a warm embrace at the Biddle Mansion on Tarrytown House Estate in New York’s Hudson Valley.

I was captivated by how her dress and bouquet mirrored the delicate drape of the crystals in the chandelier - yet allowed the focus to remain on the most striking part, this young couple’s deep love.

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After a regal wedding ceremony in New York's iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral,
Kimberly and Christian shared a celebratory ride in their Rolls Royce through midtown Manhattan to Times Square.
In slow Saturday traffic. The billboard behind them may be for the play Les Miserables, but inside the limo our couple felt pure joy.

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We headed to the Hudson River just before sunset for Alyson and Garrett's engagement shoot. Most of our photos were oriented with the dramatic river as a backdrop. Then, I turned away, saw the sloping boat docks glowing in the end-of-day, summer light, and felt it would be an ideal setting to bring out the playful qualities in the loving couple.
All she had to down was float down the ramp into his awaiting arms.

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When Alyson and Garrett wanted a dramatic setting for their save-the-date photos, we headed to the iconic Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse on New York's Hudson River. Backed by the famed Tappan Zee Bridge, the loving couple danced into the sunset! Then, they danced some more.

It's all inspiring prelude for their gala New York wedding next summer.

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In the elegant rotunda of Mark Twain's former Hudson Valley Estate, Tappan Hill Mansion, I wanted to capture the delirious love shared by Emily and Ray moments before their ceremony.

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Throughout their wedding day, I wanted to focus on capturing both the romance and beauty of my couple, Anne and Tim, with the elegance of their stunning venue, The Tarrytown House Estate, nestled in the rolling hills of New York's Hudson Valley.
When I saw the sun setting through the arch of the mansion, we stole away to grab the magic moment. All they needed to do was arch and enjoy a long kiss! Later, the image felt even more compelling in black and white.

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We were blessed with soft light on a cloudy summer day for Ariel and Spencer's beach engagement shoot in the Hamptons -- on the eastern end of New York's Long Island.

I captured this dramatic shot from a remotely triggered Nikon perched on a tall stand. Shortly after this magic moment, the high camera and stand crashed into the wet sand. Fortunately, most of the impact was absorbed by the lens hood, and the fallen lens and Nikon live for another day.

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