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YEAR IN REVIEW : 2014 BEST OF WEDDINGS

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It was the perfect weekend.  Looking out my window at the fresh blanket of snow, I couldn’t help but reflect on how incredible 2014 really was.  Warm and cozy by the crackling fire, I relived the many beautiful weddings I had the opportunity to experience.  Capturing 40 of my own and 5 with close friends brought me to a grand total of 45 weddings in 2014!  From New York to California, the Carolinas to Mexico, I have been able to combine my love for traveling with the joy of documenting the happiest of days and I feel blessed to have been a part of each and every one.  Grab your favorite cup of tea (or two or three) because this might be my biggest blog post to date! Each unique wedding is packed with so much love and I can’t wait to share many of my favorite moments with you.  Without further ado, here is the best of 2014!

The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding : Madeline + Robert

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Studio 450 Wedding : Captured with Caroline Frost

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The Seasons Wedding : Victoria + David

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Park Savoy Wedding : Jessica + Matt

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Skylands Manor Wedding : Melissa + Sean

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding : Captured with Judy Pak

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The Congressional Country Club Wedding : Lindsay + Woody

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Secrets Maroma Beach Wedding : Danielle + Adam

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The Brownstone Wedding : Jessica + Glenn

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Estate at Florentine Gardens Wedding : Liza + Jacob

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Montauk Yacht Club Wedding : Captured with Brklyn View

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The Rockleigh Wedding : Jamie + Jared

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The Oyster Point Wedding : Jill + Tim

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Centercourt Athletic Club Wedding : Ann + Kurt

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The Heldrich Wedding : Katie + Elvin

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The Certus Loft Wedding : Jessica + Leyth

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Forsgate Country Club Wedding : Mary + Jeff

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The Water Club Wedding : Captured with Brklyn View

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Harvest on the Hudson Wedding : Abbey + Fabrizio

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The Oyster Point Hotel Wedding : Katie + Mike

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New York Yacht Club Wedding : Charlotte + Tim

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Perona Farms Wedding : Dana + Stephen

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Estate at Florentine Gardens Wedding : Jeanna + Andrew

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Molly Pitcher Inn Wedding : Morgan + Andrew

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The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding : Captured with Caroline Frost

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CV Rich Mansion Wedding : Kristen + Sean

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Midtown Loft and Terrace Wedding : Emma + Gordon

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Stone Tavern Farm Wedding : Chelsea + Steve

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The Imperia Wedding : Lauren + Jeremy

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The Ryland Inn Wedding : Mal + Dan

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Rust Manor House Wedding : Kate + Matt

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Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding : Jen + Bill

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Red Maple Vineyard Wedding : Melissa + John David

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Brooklake Country Club Wedding : Amy + Stephen

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Highlands Country Club Wedding : Carolyn + Michael

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Central Park Boathouse Wedding : Robin + Bobby

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Colonial Inn Wedding : Kendra + Ram

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Mayfair Farms Wedding : Michele + Chris

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Il Villaggio Wedding : Karen + John

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Bourne Mansion Wedding : Meghan + Kevin

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Olde Mill Inn Wedding : Eileen + Brandon

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Clarks Landing Yacht Club Wedding : Courtney + Chris

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Old Tappan Manor Wedding : Nina + Rob

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The Rockleigh Wedding : Jenna + Matt

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Jaine KershnerFebruary 9, 2015 - 1:31 pm

what a great recap & loved having you join me last year!! so much fun ;) xo

Mekina SaylorFebruary 9, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Such a beautiful review Amy! You captured so many gorgeous moments that will be treasured forever! Great job!

Deb WalshFebruary 10, 2015 - 11:37 am

Incredible photographs – your work is amazing! Loved this review!!!

Cassi ClaireFebruary 10, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Sooo pretty Amy!! Can’t wait to shoot with each other this year! Let’s make it happen!! You’re awesome! <3

Ann BeaversFebruary 13, 2015 - 3:57 am

So many gorgeous memories captured forever! Your work just keeps getting better and better! Gotta love all this love shining through these beautiful photographs!

Randy BeaversFebruary 15, 2015 - 4:12 am

You captured so many beautiful moments forever. You have the rare talent of telling a story with your photos that draws you into the weddings. It may be photo of a cake through a window, a flower girl’s smile, a couple shot through tree branches, or a picture taken at night with an amazing light that just makes the viewer go wow….how did she do that. God gave you many gifts and you are using so many of them with your work. The people you work with realize that as evidenced by your reviews. I am so happy you are enjoying your work and meeting wonderful people and supplying them with a product that will have them smile for the rest of their lives. Thanks for sharing your best of 2014….the best just keep on getting better!

WINNER : 2015 THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS

The Knot Best of Weddings Winner Amy Rizzuto Photography

I was sitting in front of the fireplace when my phone dinged, signaling a new email.  Seeing the exciting words in the title, I couldn’t open the message fast enough! CONGRATULATIONS AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY!  YOU ARE A 2015 WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS!  Brides voted and you won! Congratulations on being recognized in the top 2% of wedding vendors in the New York, Manhattan, and New Jersey market.

Receiving this award for the third year in a row is such a wonderful and humbling honor.  I can’t thank all of my brides and grooms enough for giving me the true joy of capturing your incredible wedding days.  I feel blessed to know each and every one of you, and I look forward to watching your love flourish and grow in the future. (Warning: If you friend me on Facebook, I might stalk you…even after the wedding day):) A huge THANK YOU to the 22 couples whose reviews contributed to my Knot Best of Weddings win in 2015!   I am so grateful for your trust and support.  Feel free to check out their sweet sweet words below.

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MELISSA + SEAN : BEST DECISION I MADE FOR MY WEDDING

I booked Amy for my April 2014 wedding, and it was the best choice I made for my wedding. She is a wedding enthusiast, and was kind and cheerful throughout my whole wedding planning process. She was always available to chat about any questions or concerns I had, and even offered helpful suggestions for other aspects of my wedding that did not affect her. She is just truly such a nice, genuine person that she wanted to help — and truly cared about my wedding and me and my husband. I believe you need a wedding photographer who is very cheerful and enthusiastic. Amy definitely fits that criteria, and her excitement is contagious. 

The day of the wedding, Amy had Mekina and Leandra help out. All three of them were very pleasant and fun to be around. They were great at arranging shots – very thoughtful and creative. At one point, they somehow were able to take a beautiful picture in my old bedroom at my mom’s house of my wedding dress, and somehow avoid any of the clutter or old paraphernalia lying around that would have ruined the picture. In short — they can turn anything into a beautiful shot, even if a room is messy, or there are outdated decorations in a room. 

The wedding pictures were beautiful and stunning — words cannot describe how impressed I am with their work. People have been raving to me about how great my photographers were. Pictures are truly the most important thing at your wedding, and they truly exceeded my expectations. I have been to many weddings, and I have seen photographers who take pictures because it’s their job. Amy and her crew take pictures because they see the beauty and magic in something and need to capture it. I remember distinctly telling Amy that my adorable nephew/ring bearer was getting his hair combed while in his tux, and I saw Amy’s eyes light up — she immediately rushed to ensure she capture the photo, and you could almost see the creative juices flowing through her mind. She is the most eager and thoughtful wedding photographer I have ever seen, and I am incredibly thankful that she was there to capture my wedding day. 

Amy, Mekina, and Leandra are true professionals. They are experienced and courteous, and were able to take charge – directing people where they needed to go and when – in the way in which you hope your photographers operate. Further, some pictures were even ready for my viewing the day of the wedding (which were then displayed on a laptop at the reception), and my entire picture collection was available electronically two weeks after my wedding. TWO WEEKS! I was pleasantly shocked. Amy’s prompt, yet still unbelievably flawless service is impressive.

Last but not least – there were a few “hiccups” on my wedding day that added some stress and caused some delays to our schedule (such as our limo being late, which caused me stress and delayed our pictures). Amy and her crew truly showed their true colors when this happened, by helping out. For example, while we were rushing to get to the church, they helped us make sure we had everything with us in the limo. They were there to lend an extra hand when something unexpected occurred, even though it had nothing to do with the pictures. I truly appreciated them going above and beyond what I hired them to do. 

Overall, I highly recommend Amy Rizzuto (and Mekina and Leandra) for your wedding. I wish I had another momentous life event coming up so I could book Amy all over again!

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KRISTEN + ANDREW : STUNNING

Amy did an amazing job with our wedding. We ended up with stunning pictures of every moment of our special day. Amy was so great to work with. She came in with ideas and a mission to capture perfect pictures. She made sure to get the photos we wanted, and then filled in the rest with her own picture ideas. She was so fun and handled our 22 person wedding party wonderfully. We were so excited to watch the slide show she made using our first dance song and a few of her favorite photos the day after the wedding. We also used her photo booth, which was so fun and left us with some adorable and goofy pictures. She was so well organized in everything she did for us, she is absolutely wonderful. We are so thankful and fortunate to have the beautiful wedding pictures she captured.

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ALY + JOE : COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!

Amy and Mekina were an absolute pleasure to work with. We felt completely comfortable with them the moment we first talked to Amy. They both were genuinely excited to be a part of our day and did an absolutely fantastic job with the photos. My husband and I are beyond thrilled with the end result. A personal favorite of ours was the slideshow from the day’s photos at the reception. The guests loved it and so did we!

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JANINE + KYLE : BRIDE AND GROOM

We were extremely happy with Amy Rizzuto Photography. Amy was incredibly easy to work with and really attentive to our needs and wants. She accommodated all of our wishes with ease and brought a ton or original and beautiful ideas “to the table.” The final product was more than what we could have imagined. The pictures are out of this world and happily, our friends and family agree. We highly recommend Amy. You will not be disappointed.

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OLHA + NAZAR : THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER!

Amy Rizzuto photography was the best choice for my wedding. I was looking for the romantic -modern -sweet look to my wedding photos and Amy definitely delivered it . On top of that her personality is beyond sweet. She was really nice and creative during the engagement shoot. We got to know her better and on the wedding day it was like she was a friend, that’s how comfortable she made everyone feel. She is very professional and punctual. I appreciate all the hard work she did for us, and cannot wait to have another photo shoot with her:)

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VICTORIA + DAVID : SIMPLY AMAZING

Its hard to find the words to say how captivating Amy really is as a photographer. From start to finish our engagement photos and wedding photos were breathtaking! She truly captured our love in photographs and the love our family and friends have for us as a couple. Amy is not only a professional but someone who truly cares about every single couple she shoots. I am an extremely picky person when it comes to photographs and Amy exceeded every expectation I’ve ever had. 

She answers emails or questions promptly, she really guides you when you need it for stances and poses, she allows suggestions so your own creativity can also shine through (not like you need it ! Amy has such visions and her photos are just stunning)

On your wedding day you really want someone who knows what they are doing and who genuinely ENJOYS what they do, and that is Amy through and through.

Amy truly made David and I feel warmly welcomed and completely comfortable in front of the camera at all times. I felt like a beaming gorgeous bride and I now have the photos to prove it!

If i had to choose one thing from my wedding that I would never change or replace its Amy as my photographer.

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DANIELLE + ADAM : AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER!!!

From the moment that my fiancé (now husband) and I met Amy at the coffee shop Drip in Madison, NJ we instantly knew that she was the one that we wanted to take our engagement photos! Not only did she show us some of her beautiful work, but she was so sweet and kind. She is the type of person that you sit down with and feel like you have known forever. We absolutely loved our engagement pictures and had such a wonderful time with Amy that we then asked her if she would be able to travel to Riviera Maya with us to capture our destination wedding! At first we thought that bringing our photographer with us to Mexico might not be in our budget, but after going over what things were really important to us we decided that having breath taking photos to last a lifetime was worth every penny. Amy brought along her wonderful assistant Mekina Saylor to Mexico with her and everyone loved them both! They were so nice, sweet and helpful throughout the whole process. They went way above and beyond the role of a wedding photographer. From patting the sweat off my face in the intense Mexico heat, to reapplying my lipstick. They even scouted out the abandoned mansion that I had mentioned that I wanted to get photos at a few times before my wedding day so they knew where the perfect photo spots were for my big day! To this day my husband and I say that bringing Amy to Mexico with us was the best decision that we made!! If you are looking for a fun loving and kind photographer that not only will get along wonderful with you and the wedding party, but also take amazing photos then you should definitely consider Amy Rizzuto Photography!!! We cannot thank her and Mekina Saylor enough for everything that they did for us and are so glad that they were able to be such a special party of our wedding day!!

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JAMIE + JARED : BEYOND SPECTACULAR!

My review probably isn’t necessary because her photographs speak for themselves, but I will attempt a review anyway. 

My wedding was quite easy to plan because I knew every vendor I wanted. The only vendor I didn’t have a clue about was our photographer. I searched on The Knot for Northern NJ photographers and came across Amy’s website after checking out about 20 other sites. Her site blew every other site out of the water. I immediately contacted her and set up an appointment. She graciously drove to me and we sat and talked over coffee. Within 30 seconds, I knew Amy was who I wanted. She was so warm and friendly, I felt as if I were talking to a childhood friend. Her passion for her job was immediately evident. She loves love, and even more, she loves photographing those in love. Before I even finished my coffee, I had booked Amy for our wedding. 

The day of the wedding, Amy and Mekina (her equally incredible second shooter…total dream team) showed up early to scope out the best scenery for the most spectacular photos. They made our family feel so incredibly comfortable and were so great with my young nieces. They made sure to take every picture we had requested with both friends and family. 

A third photographer, Leandra, was in charge of the photo booth (GET IT!) and was just as fabulous! Those pictures were available on a special wedding website the next day for our guests to see, share, and download.

Aside from the fact that you want Amy and Mekina to be your best friends, my family commented on how unobtrusive they were, even though they captured every moment of the day. They even set up a slideshow toward the end of the wedding for guests to look at.

A few days after the wedding, Amy chose some of her favorite photos from the day and created a wedding slideshow set to the tune of our wedding song. The photos were simply breathtaking. Friends and family continue to rave about the quality of the images a month later.

Less than two months later I received an e-mail from Amy that our photos were ready. I had the best time looking at the over 1000 pictures that were captured that day. We didn’t have a videographer, so seeing so many moments that we had missed was awesome! We are now in the process of creating our wedding album. One would think it would be a stressful process, but Amy has made it so incredibly easy. We will be choosing about 10 pictures that we want in the album and Amy will choose the rest! Whatever she does, I’m sure it will be nothing short of perfection!

Amy and her team turned our special day into the most perfect day! We can’t thank or praise Amy enough! I’m sure I’ll be seeing her work featured in many bridal magazines for years to come. BOOK HER!

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JILL + TIM : SPECTACULAR JOB BY AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

My wife and I were married in May this year, and we could not have been any happier with the photographs from Amy. She was one of the nicest people to work with and made us feel so comfortable throughout the whole process. Our engagement and wedding pictures came out even more perfect than we could have ever imagined. She was extremely professional and creative with the photos that she took and with all of the stress that goes into planning a wedding, my wife and I had one less thing to worry about knowing we had Amy to take our pictures. We would strongly recommend Amy Rizzuto Photography for any occasion that you would like to have beautifully captured with her pictures.

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MARY + JEFF : BEST DECISION OF THE WEDDING!

Where do I even begin with this amazing and gifted photographer?! Hiring Amy was easily the best decision I made about my entire wedding (oh – aside from marrying the groom of course!). 

I think two most important things in choosing a photographer are their work and their personality (you don’t want to feel awkward when you’re posing for a camera). I knew from her website I loved Amy’s work, but I could tell immediately when I met her that her personality made me feel so at ease it was as if we were old friends. When I met Mekina, her second photographer, the day of the wedding I felt the exact same way. They are both just so nice! 

Between my engagement & wedding photos, I can’t begin to say how many people complimented my pictures…like raved about them (even people I didn’t know!). They are truly incredible – there are pictures that capture such special moments where I didn’t even know they were present. It takes such a talented photographer to capture such raw emotion like they both do. 

Additionally they helped make the wedding day so smooth. They were on top of every event that was happening and knew ahead of time where on the premises we should take pictures. Mekina even helped me with my hair when my headpiece started to fall. 

Thank you Amy & Mekina – you are the definition of a Dream Team!!

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KATIE + MIKE : I WILL CHERISH THESE PHOTOS FOREVER!

There are not enough words to describe how wonderful Amy and her team are! I met Amy in September of 2012, and she was the very first vendor I hired after selecting my venue. Amy is so warm, funny, and caring. You feel like she is instantly your best friend! We had our engagement photos in May of 2013, and time flew with her. She is just so creative, and knew just the right shots to get. I am a huge fan of her photos because she takes advantage of natural light! Normally engagement sessions are 1 hour, but Amy gives you two, and then some if she is on a roll! Our photos were absolutely amazing.

That is, until our wedding day came. She absolutely BLEW us away! We decided to choose her package that included a full day of shooting, so that we wouldn’t miss any moments. We also added on a photo booth for some extra fun. Amy, Mekina, and Chelsea came into my room while my makeup was getting done, and it was like our old friends came to the party! They were so fun, and got right into it. My detail shots were absolutely stunning. They stayed out of the way but their presence made the day even more fun. 

One of my bridesmaids had her zipper break right before my first look photo with my dad. Chelsea handled it like a pro- even though I had a day of coordinator to handle things like this, Chelsea stepped in so that my coordinator could tend to the details downstairs. She sewed my bridesmaid right into her dress! She kept the mood light hearted so nobody would panic. I was so impressed!

The girls were amazing during my first look photos, and brought my husband and I to every inch of the property. We got some amazing photos that I didn’t even know I could get, besides the obvious settings! They have such a creative eye, and kept me so calm.

The photobooth was one of the best add-ons I could have. I had a choice of backdrops, and the props were so much fun. There was always someone in there! The photos were ready for downloading the very next day and I can’t tell you how many guests are using these photos on their social media!

The best part was, Amy edited some photos from the day during my reception. She set up a laptop for a small slideshow during cake time, and I was blown away. The pictures were STUNNING! My guests were so impressed that so many photos were available right away!

Not to mention, I asked Amy a few weeks later for a particular shot that I could use on my thank you cards, and she emailed them to me the next day.

Amy, Mekina, and Chelsea— you girls are AMAZING! Thank you!

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DANA + STEVE : COULDN’T LOVE MORE

From the day that my now-husband and I met Amy at a local Starbucks, she and her team have been the most incredible people to work with. Amy has such a warm personality that she immediately connects with any couple she shoots– which I think is a major reason why her photos look more personal and intimate than any other photographer that we looked at. Anyone can capture poses and portraits– Amy and her team capture *moments*. On the day of our wedding, Amy, Mekina, and Chelsea were absolutely incredible. Our guests couldn’t get over how sweet they all are and how seamlessly they fit into the day. We received a slideshow of 72 images from throughout the day 3 days after our wedding which was amazing to show people who wanted to see just a few images, not the whole bunch. We got all our images 11 weeks after our wedding and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. Everyone who sees them says there really isn’t a bad shot in the bunch. The whole team has such a creative eye for backdrops and lighting– really the photos are stunning. The thing I was most nervous about in planning the wedding was not loving our photos (I know too many people who hate or are less than in love with their pictures). I can honestly say that Amy, Mekina, and Chelsea delivered more than I could have imagined. I could not recommend them any more highly– seriously– Amy and her team are INCREDIBLE!

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KASEY + JAMES : AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

Amy did an amazing job photographing our wedding. She has an incredible passion and talent for what she does that is evident by her work. Amy goes out of her way to make sure your photographs are everything you want and more. To us the photography was one of the most important parts of our wedding…and we knew Amy would go above and beyond our expectations. We have had so many comments since our wedding about how great our pictures are. Amy is talented, professional, creative, and fun and will make the best day of your life one you will be able to look back on and cherish for many years to come.

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MORGAN + ANDREW : WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND PHOTOGRAPHS

We could not be happier with how our engagement and wedding photographs turned out! We spent what felt like forever searching for our photographer because it was so important to us to find someone we trusted to preserve our wedding day for a lifetime. Once we started talking with Amy, it was clear how passionate she is and how much she truly cares about her clients. Amy and Mekina brought that same positivity to our slightly rainy and gray wedding day, and we were still able to get amazing photographs outside. Everyone was so comfortable and had so much fun taking pictures, it felt as though Amy and Mekina were our long-time friends. Amy was able to capture the magic of our wedding day perfectly! Looking at the photographs instantly brings us back to that moment and we are forever grateful for Amy’s beautiful work.

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KRISTEN + SEAN : INCREDIBLY TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER TO CAPTURE YOUR DAY

I consider myself a lower maintenance bride. As far as wedding planning goes flowers, invitations and other details are important, but were not a priority. We were most concerned with photography. Hiring Amy was one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. From her initial meeting with us, we knew we wanted Amy to capture our day.

Amy really cares about her work. Amy did our engagement session last November and was INCREDIBLY flexible. The original date that was slated for the engagement shoot was pouring rain and our back up location was closed! She rescheduled with us on her ONLY day off in months! She listened to our ideas and concerns and got to know us. She makes sure you feel comfortable and gets the jitters out of you. We loved our engagement photos, so we didn’t think we could fall more in love with Amy Rizzuto Photography.

On the day of the wedding, Amy and her team (Mekina and Chelsea) arrived on time and just started shooting. They have an incredible eye for creating beautiful pictures out of something you would never put together. Their attention to detail is amazing. They even had photos at the wedding on a laptop as a preview to show their amazing work.

We are so incredibly happy with the way our photos turned out from Amy Rizzuto Photography. Amy’s passion and talent is what really stands her out from the crowd. I would recommend her and her team to anyone getting married. 

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MAL + DAN : WE LOVE AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

I literally can’t say enough about Amy Rizzuto Photography. She was the first vendor we booked after getting engaged and could not be happier that we chose her. She is absolutely amazing! Her energy and love for what she does is truly contagious and made me and my husband feel completely at ease taking photos with her. 
We were fortunate enough to have her take our engagement photos and wedding photos and she captured more than we could have imagined. I wish I could post photos to this review because the memories we have now thanks to her are amazing. My family and friends still cannot stop raving about our photos (we got 80 teaser photos the next day!) and can’t wait to see the rest! Amy truly is a rare talent and you’d be foolish not to book her for your wedding!

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JEN + BILL : BEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE NJ AREA

We booked Amy for our September wedding and an engagement session last fall. And where do I begin? Amy is such an amazing person and photographer. We loved her from the moment we met her. We had actually met with several photographers for our wedding prior to finding Amy and none were as fun, loving and just downright passionate about capturing love as her. After meeting her, it took us about a walk to the car to decide that she was the one. It’s like falling in love, when you know you know =). 

She makes you feel comfortable in the camera, even my now husband who HATES photographs didn’t mind taking hundreds of photos because she makes it such a relaxed, fun session. But really, it is hard to find photographers these days who take such great photos, but are equally still so personable and able to joke around and have fun. (We’ve both been in our share of weddings and dealt with other photographers.) I had more than a handful of guests, as well as almost every member of our wedding party comment on how absolutely amazing Amy and her team were. 

Besides their amazing personalities, Amy and team captured every moment and our venue perfectly and I could not be happier with the results! I love every picture I’ve seen so far and I can’t wait for the rest!!! Everyone was in awe of the photos she put up at our reception. And she was the best decision I made for our wedding and I’m glad her pictures will last forever!

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CHELSEA + STEVE : WONDERFUL WEDDING WEEKEND WITH AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

We are so lucky to have snagged Amy and her team for our wedding over Labor Day weekend! Amy had photographed my sister-in-law’s wedding and our surprise proposal photos, so I knew that we couldn’t go wrong with her. Not only is she an inspirational photographer, she is also a beautiful person inside and out and such a joy to be around. She comes prepared, and even reminded me of photos I wanted, in the craziness of the day. She is so incredibly patient and understands how to keep everyone calm on such a fast paced and exciting day. 

Amy would be an excellent choice for any wedding or special occasion! We are so happy with how our photos turned out and how out wedding day flowed, thank you so much Amy!

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MELISSA + JOHN DAVID : AMY = AMAZING PERSON & PHOTOGRAPHER 

The best part of our wedding, the day, the year, the entire experience was Amy Rizzuto photography. My wife had a hard time picking a photographer because photography is one of her interests and passions. On your wedding day, if the photographer misses a moment, it is gone forever. There is no going back. After reading all of Amy’s reviews, we felt confident that she would produce!

We did not have a chance to meet with Amy before we booked her so she was kind enough to set up a skype meeting! We first fell in love with Amy at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for our engagement shoot. Amy produced in a huge way, she managed to cut out all the people in the background of the Cherry Blossoms and make us shine and look more in LOVE than we already are. Once we saw the engagement pictures we could not wait until the day of the wedding to see even more beautiful images. 

We had a beautiful fall day with an outside vineyard in the Hudson Valley. Amy and Mekina were professional, attentive, and great at wrangling a tough group of guys together. We already knew that the photos were going to be amazing, but there was more. The very next day, as we had a huge BBQ for all the people from the wedding and those who couldn’t make it, we get an email with a slide show from Amy. It captured some pretty important moments of our day set to our first dance song which I did not think she could have remembered. It was so unexpected that it made my wife cry. It actually made me tear up as well, it was beautiful. Amy & Mekina were amazing, they were the bright shining stars of our event. Amy even had a slide show going during the wedding! They helped us in ways that we can not repay, and o yeah, the photos are amazing. Amy always answered emails with in the day and always made my wife feel special! When you are a vendor you are dealing with multiple brides, that some can get lost. Amy never made my wife blend in. She always made her feel special and unique. We loved having Amy by our side capturing the most special day of our lives! We hope we can work with her again!

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COURTNEY + JOHN : YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS

My fiance and I are getting married next July in Charleston, SC, and choose local Charleston vendors for our wedding. However, as we call NYC home, we wanted our engagement photos to be taken here! As I searched The Knot to find an engagement photographer, I was overwhelmed with just how many photographers there were in the city. I ultimately decided upon Amy based on her portfolio as well as the personality of her website– she seemed genuine, dedicated, and passionate.

I am SO glad that I chose Amy. She was everything I thought and more! She was incredibly responsive via email, from my first inquiry all the way to my “morning of” emails. The morning of our scheduled session was incredibly stressful– I had a blow out at Dry Bar, but unfortunately the curls fell out within an hour, and the Rent the Runway dress I had ordered arrived and was too big, so I was left scrambling to fix my hair and find a new dress in the last minutes before our pictures. Then, on our way to the park to meet Amy, we were delayed by the Columbus Day parade! I was sure that the stress of the morning would affect our photos. However, I needn’t have worried. As soon as we met Amy, she put me right at ease. Within the first 15 minutes, I had forgotten about the morning dilemmas. Amy was so cheerful, reassuring, and professional. She knew all of the best spots in Central Park for photos, and made sure to take time getting shots in every part of the city we had envisioned, even taking a cab over to Brooklyn Bridge with us. She gave us guidance and tips on how to pose, without it ever feeling forced or staged. My fiance commented on how easy and comfortable she made the whole process.

We left Amy around 6pm and went to dinner. By the time we arrived home, she had already posted a sneak peak photo online!!! I couldn’t believe her timeliness. Then, the next day, she sent us five more “sneak peak” photos for us to share. Our family and friends were so impressed with the photos– they told us they looked as if they had come out of a magazine, but yet they also looked very candid and true to us. My mom said she had done a great job of capturing our personalities and relationship.

On top of all of this, Amy was just a kind, sweet, and fun person! I would highly recommend her for your engagement photos and big day!

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YIXIAN + HAOWEN : GENUINE PERSON, BEAUTIFUL WORK, AND FUN EXPERIENCE!

My husband and I did an engagement session with Amy in late October. It was such a great experience that I can’t stop smiling ears to ears now as I am typing, looking back to that day! 

First of all, Amy sincerely wants to take the best pictures for her couples, and goes all out to achieve this. She’s exceptionally responsive, she listened to our love stories, saw our family pictures, so that she could know us better and be prepared to take photos that show who we are and how we interact. 

Secondly, Amy is super organized. She sent out kind reminders and confirmations before we took the shoot. And she planned the timing of shoot with room for unexpected delays, so that even if things like traffic jam or late hair appointment occurs, the couple would still have ample time to take photos during the golden hours. For our session, we selected an indoor space as our first shooting location, and central park as the second. Amy suggested we meet at 3. On the day of our photo shoot, a lot of delays did happen. Also, the day was overcast so the best light would be gone earlier than usual. But we managed to finish our indoor part and get out to Central Park before sunset! I remember Amy pointing at the sun and said excitingly to us, “look! that’s the sun!” If it were not for Amy’s smart choice of time, we would not have been able to get any outdoor photos. 

Thirdly, Amy has an uncompromising professional spirit. She went with us anywhere we’d like to and continued to take photos until it’s completely dark. We ended up going far far beyond our purchased time limit, and were prepared to make extra payment for her additional time. However, she refused to increase her charge and repeatedly assured us that all she wanted was to make sure we got all we wanted! 

Fourthly, Amy is such a nice girl that is so pleasant to work with. The minute you meet her, you’ll know how sweet a personality she’s got. Her excellent communication skills and clear but non-intruding directions made us feel at ease, so we can act like ourselves. She helped us to forget about all the hustle, to immerse in our little photo shoot of love. I believe social skills as good as such is one of the reasons why she’s always able to take wonderfully authentic pictures that burst with emotions and affections. Trust her, she simply knows how to make you look like your true self, at the pretties!

Fifth, Amy has wonderful photograph skills. She has an eye for beautiful lighting and composition. Our first shooting location was new to her, but she quickly identified elements that she wants to use in the picture, and figured out how we should pose ourselves so as to accommodate to the varying lighting. She obviously knew her trade well very, and was very good at capturing the decisive moment. She produced clean pictures in a very busy setting, and light-filled dreamy photos in an indoor environment. Indeed, like her own motto stated, Amy is truly capable of creating astonishingly beautiful photos!

Sixth, the entire experience was a lot fun! This may again relate to her personality and social skills. We had such a blast during the session! And the joy showed up everywhere in our pictures! Amy and her lens just magnify happiness!

Last but not least, Amy delivered her work fast, and in a quantity that exceeded our imagination! She’s such an overachiever!

All in all, I would highly recommend Amy to my friends, or anyone, who want authentic, beautiful, and fun pictures!!

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EILEEN + BRANDON : LOOK NO FURTHER 

My husband and I were married on November 15, 2014 and used Amy as our photographer.

Its hard to know where to begin when talking about Amy. First, her photographs are absolutely STUNNING, which is easy to discover from the incredible work that is displayed on her blog. Amy is a truly talented artist, whose skill is surpassed only by her passion for her clients. Amy is warm, kind and truly interested in getting to know her clients. I knew from the minute we sat down with her at our first meeting that we had made the right choice.

Amy and her team were simply incredible on the wedding day. About two weeks before our big day, we met with Amy to discuss the specific timeline of the day and the photographs we wanted. Without missing a beat, Amy remembered everything we discussed, took charge of the day and provided us with the most stunning photographs I have ever seen. A truly unique aspect of Amy’s services is that she provides a “Wedding Day Slideshow” that goes up at the end of your reception showing some of her favorite shots from the day. One of my favorite memories from our wedding was a close friend of mine running up to me on the dance floor and exclaiming how gorgeous the photos were.

The best part about Amy is how supportive she is . I could look to her at any moment and she would guide me to where I needed to be, making sure we got every shot we could in and making sure we were happy with how things were going. The emotional support we felt from her cannot be matched. Her and her team also managed to efficiently organize our extended families and friends for large group shots with a take charge attitude that truly impressed, and saved us precious time.

Throughout our entire reception, and ever since our wedding day, countless guests have commented on how incredible our photographer was. Amy is a gem and a star on the rise. Booking her was the best decision my husband and I made planning our wedding, and we would do it again in a heartbeat!!

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Randy BeaversJanuary 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Amy,
I am so proud of YOU! I know you are a good photographer, but I am so proud of you for the nice things all these people said about you as a person. You have a gift to connect with people and a work ethic that never lets them down. Congratulations on capturing these beautiful weddings in 2014.

Ann BeaversJanuary 16, 2015 - 3:35 am

How special! These comments brought tears to my eyes! You are an amazing photographer and wonderful person! I am so proud of you and excited about this accomplishment! Congratulations!

YEAR IN REVIEW : 2104 BEST OF ENGAGEMENTS

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to ring in 2015 with family and friends cheering by your side.  Looking back, it is hard to believe how quickly time flew in 2014!  I was blessed to have the opportunity to capture 36 fun-filled engagement sessions and 45 gorgeous wedding days.  The pure joy in these couples is truly inspiring and I still have to pinch myself daily as a reminder that this dream job is actually my reality.

This weekend I had the chance to compile some of my favorite 2014 engagement photos and I can’t wait to share them with you!  Grab a cup of coffee (or my favorite, chocolate chai tea) and get lost in all the prettiness below.

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A huge THANK YOU to all of my gorgeous 2014 engagement couples!  Cassi + Chris, Karen + John, Jessica + Glenn, Robin + Dave, Lauren + John, Charlotte + Tim, Ellie + Hong, Liza + Jacob, Jill + Tim, Alise + Chad, Melissa + John David, Brittany + Brian, Meghan + Kevin, Carolyn + Mike, Jenny + Matt, Holly + Ryan, Robin + Bobby, Katherine + Noah, Yeny + Wonho, Erin + Jon, Kristin + Chris, Alena + Jan, Olha + Nazar, Francesca + Alex, Monica + Scott, Katie + Joe, Courtney + John, Tara + Kieran, Jamie + Rick, Tierney + Ray, Maggy + Casey, Gabrielle + Jon, Solange + Steve, Yixian + Haowen, Claudia + Pete, and Heather + Joel, I enjoyed every minute of our adventures together.:) Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, and to share in your love stories.  I am so happy for each and every one of you, and I wish you many years filled with laughter and uncontainable joy in the future.

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Susan Anderson RizzutoJanuary 12, 2015 - 11:41 pm

These are all so beautiful Amy! Beautiful couples, such pretty scenery (the spring flowers!! can’t wait) every one of these are just gorgeous. What a great post , such a nice tribute to all of your couples! They’re lucky to have you! ( btw..45 Weddings in one year??) that’s amazing !

Mekina SaylorJanuary 13, 2015 - 9:47 pm

These are all so beautiful! Such a talented lady you are! You can tell in each one how comfortable each couple felt around you.

CHELSEA MATSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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It is hard to put into words what working with Chelsea has meant to me.  I remember the moment her email popped into my inbox requesting to intern with me this past summer.  I hesitated for a second…she was one of my brides after all!  What would she think of all the sappy love movies I played over and over again while editing and all the silliness that went on behind the scenes on a wedding day.  As normal as we (hopefully) seem on the outside, Mekina and I joke often and are a little quirky to put it in the best way.  What would Chelsea think?  Would she like our quirkiness or think we were total weirdos?

Then I considered how much I would learn about Chelsea over the months we would get to work together.  I would really get to know who she was and I believed it would lead me to better capture her and Steve’s individual and unique personalities on their wedding day.  And to be honest, I knew I would really enjoy her company.  I quickly wrote her back expressing I would LOVE to have her on board!

In the months we spent together, I discovered so many amazing things about Chelsea.  Super organized, kind, filled with contagious laughter, and passionate about the people she photographs, Chelsea’s skill set is PERFECT for wedding photography.  On top of that, she has a gift for capturing real moments, filled with emotion and heart.  Always present and super observant, Chelsea pours herself into telling a unique story that I believe truly added to the complete collection of photographs I was able to deliver to my brides at the end of their wedding day.  I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together and will treasure the memories we made for years to come.

About a month ago, Chelsea launched her own website!  I am SOOOOOOO proud of her and I can’t wait to watch her business grow and flourish.  Get lost in all the beautiful moments on her website, “Like” her Facebook page, and leave her a little love.  Thanks again for everything Chelsea and best of luck as you embark on this new adventure.

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Chelsea was kind enough to write about her experience of working together this summer.  If you like, you can read her story below.:)
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Early Days:
I met Amy in 2012 when she was doing engagement photos for my [now] sister in law. Really, my first opportunity to spend time with her was during the engagement shoot – and what I remember are the following: Amy was extremely professional, she was incredibly kind – while still able to give direction, and we had such a wonderful time with her! Of course, I immediately began following her on social media, and checking out her website! My boyfriend knew how much I love her work, and bought us a couples session – which then turned into a surprise engagement session (May 2013)! Amy was amazing, we felt sooooo comfortable being our silly selves during the shoots, and she completely embraced that, making it show in our photos. It wasn’t until later in the winter of 2013, after months of being inspired by her work, I felt empowered to begin thinking about starting my own business.  I was terribly nervous to email Amy and ask if she would take me on as her intern for the 2014 wedding season, but those were completely unwarranted feelings. Our photography relationship started one night last winter when she let me know she would be happy to have me, and we talked about all of my hopes and aspirations:)
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Due to my occupation as a Special Education teacher during the week, I could only work with Amy during the weekends, until the school year was over. Amy and I worked out that I would join her for as many or few (of course as many!) weekend weddings as I wanted. My first wedding I was so nervous! I showed up for the reception with my borrowed Cannon Rebel, ready to rock n’ roll, but not completely sure what that even looked like. Amy made me feel at ease, introducing me to necessary parties as soon as she could – filling me in on any important details, while making sure she was still capturing what she needed. After that first wedding I went with her and the other photographers to get some food. Amy was so ready to teach! She pulled out her Cannon 5D Mark II, and put me on the spot! Asking me given the light what would my manual settings be. I was SWEATING to say the least, but it was a perfect learning experience – as a wedding photographer, this is what needs to happen, in the moment decisions about what will capture a moment in the best way. Of course I totally messed up, but instead of making me feel ridiculous, Amy taught me what and why my setting should be a certain way (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)  This was not a one time experience. At every wedding Amy made sure to take any possible moment to teach me. “Chelsea, do you want to learn how to use flash?” “Do you want to pose this couple?” “This is why I put them in this lighting – because it gives me this desired effect.” I could hardly believe how lucky I was to have someone who would not only let me come and photograph weddings with her, but took any possible teachable moment and used it to help me develop my craft.  Amy would ask me to take on different responsibilities during the day, always making sure I was prepared with the knowledge and confidence to do so. Some days I would be in charge of the photo booth – what a HOOT! That was incredibly fun, but I was also able to get all the photos for getting ready, and the ceremony to develop my portfolio. Other days I would serve as 3rd shooter to her and Mekina (also soooo wonderful to work with). This ranged from trying to think outside the box to get angles she and Mekina weren’t getting, to dress fluffing, and veil flinging. No matter what stress she was feeling inside Amy was always beyond pleasant, and completely calm, cool and collected. If my words aren’t enough, they were all confirmed at EVERY wedding we worked together. Family members and friends of the couples would gush over her day of slideshow – tears, laughter, astonishment – and thank her an uncountable number of times for her work and overall fabulousness.
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Part of my work with Amy also included going to her office in New Jersey once a week, although her cat was not thrilled about this prospect I was! Amy offered this as part of my internship which I gladly accepted so that I could both help her in the office, but learn more about the behind the scenes/business aspect of Amy Rizzuto Photography. Besides being wonderful to spend time with Amy as a person, in a calm environment, it was an amazing learning opportunity. I helped Amy with duties ranging from organizing files and clients, to culling photos, and more. While this was super helpful to do my favorite part was again those teachable moments. If Amy was working on editing photos, or the back end of her website, she would always offer to let me watch over her shoulder, as she explained what she was doing and why. We would also explore things on the camera together, such as shooting in Kelvin, and the function on the lock click on the power switch (haha), or the best way to shoot sparklers.Our days also included but were not limited to: watching romantic movies, drinking tea/coffee, laughing at her cat, eating delicious baked goods, watching Jasmine Star tutorials, me asking unlimited questions, and just chatting about life and my upcoming wedding (which she was obviously photographing), so much laughing. I am especially grateful to Amy for the time we would spend together at the end of the day. She would ask me what I wanted to learn about/work on, and off we would go! We spent time using different lenses, to best understand what desired look we could get from them, best lighting, flash, editing, creating my own website/blog. I was always blown away by the HUGE differences such seemingly small nuggets of knowledge provided.
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I have a dual relationship with Amy. Yes she is my mentor and photographer, but I also consider her to be a great friend! It is rare that you can find people, especially as you “become a grown up” who are so true to their faith, conviction, and passion. These reasons and so many more are why I was able to be such a calm bride. Amy always produces the most incredible work, but she also is just the best person to work with, both professionally and as a client. I was able to be a little less of a controlling maniac at my wedding because I was so confident in Amy (and Mekina’s) ability to capture the moments I knew I wanted – and those I didn’t but LOVE that I have. I have experienced Amy, so many times, going above and beyond what I have seen most photographers do, to make sure that she is producing her best work. She recognizes the importance and uniqueness of every wedding day, always thinking of how she can hone and better her craft to produce amazing photos that her couples and people everywhere will love and cherish.
2014-11-24_0004I truly feel lucky to have worked with and learned from Amy. She is always eager to learn more, and teach those around her who are equally as eager. To work with Amy in any capacity will always guarantee results beyond expectations. I am always learning from her, even now that I have started my own business and moved half way across the country. Her talent and friendship are to be cherished, as they are not a common commodity.
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Donna MatsonNovember 25, 2014 - 2:56 am

What a great write up

Jo-Ann Gorski FuryNovember 25, 2014 - 11:39 am

Fantastic journey, Chelsea!

Gloria ShermanNovember 25, 2014 - 1:24 pm

I don’t know Amy, but it says a lot for her that she sees in Chelsea all that the Matson family has loved for years!

Mekina SaylorNovember 25, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Beautiful post! Love reading about and seeing the wonderful Chelsea!

IGNITE : A LITTE SPARK FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

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SPARK days have been a favorite of mine for a long time.  Back in 2012 over lunch with Caroline Frost and Cassi Claire, Caroline expressed her desire to create a group for women photographers in the NYC area that meets weekly to discuss faith and photography.  Being women who love Jesus and photography (respectively of course), Cassi and I couldn’t wait to jump on board!  SPARK was born, and the experience of being involved with this incredible group has been life changing.

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This fall, we were looking for a way to serve and give back to our community.  We came up with the idea of hosting a FREE workshop for new photographers,  hoping to share what has been successful for us over the past four years to IGNITE a little “spark” in new photography businesses in the area.   IGNITE is a free workshop for new photographers taking place in Central Park on November 16th from 1:30pm-4:30pm and includes topics like posing, composition, marketing, and tips for exposure and lighting.  We will also have a model for some hands on practice!  The workshop will be led by Caroline Frost, Amy Rizzuto and Cassi Claire with Leandra Brown, Mekina Saylor, Kristy Timms, Bethany Michaela, and Cassady Adams, a few of the many fabulous women who are a part of NYC SPARK.  Space is limited, so if you are interested, make sure to apply here by November 5th: http://www.jotform.us/CassiClaire/ignite2014.

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To learn more about IGNITE, visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329637847209932/.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at amy@amyrizzutophotography.com or to Cassi at cassi@cassiclaire.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cassi ClaireDecember 28, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Just seeing this now, but IGNITE was amaaaaazing!!! I’m so happy we did this and I just love seeing how God brings people together!! :)

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