I can't say enough wonderful things about James and the photographers and videographers! He was attentive, professional, talented and responsive to all requests. From the first time we met with him, he took his time to ask us what we were looking for, and make sure we both understood what we wanted. We had an engagement photo shoot with James, and he captured us exactly the way we hoped! On our wedding day, we had a few specific requests that were respected and listened to, and otherwise, James and his crew handled everything perfectly. Our guests commented that they never even knew the photographers were there, yet we were able to see they took wonderful shots. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen had fun during the pictures with them as well, and James was sure to include all requests for pictures with friends and family. I would highly recommend him!
James and his team were absolutely fabulous from the moment they arrived at the hotel on the afternoon of our wedding. They arrived earlier than our scheduled time and were courteous and professional right from the start. They made the day seamless, catching all the best shots and at the same time we weren't being pulled away every five minutes for photo opportunities. We were allowed to enjoy our day to the fullest with minimal stress. Our photos came out gorgeous. They were very prompt in getting us our photos and designing our album as well. I couldn't have asked for a better photographer for our wedding day!
We used James and his crew at LJ Studios. From the engagement shoot in Central Park to the wedding day, James was a gem. He listened to what we wanted and delivered. They were a "ninja" crew! Even though 4 of them were there (two photographers, an assistant and a videographer) my guests didn't realize it! Highly recommend James!
My wife and I were married in Tarrytown at the Castle on the Hudson in May. James and his team -- including the hilarious Gene -- were incredible all the way through and I can't recommend them highly enough.They took a journalistic approach to shooting us, stayed out of the way for plenty of candid moments (including my father and brother in a late-night dance-off) but also made sure to get the requisite pre- and post-ceremony shots that we're sending to family for the Holidays.
I'm writing as a groom who wasn't super involved in the decision to hire James but was thrilled beyond belief with the results.
James Samela and the staff at LJ Studios have become like family to my husband and I. As soon as we met James, we knew he was the photographer for us! I will never hire another photographer for any of the milestone events in our life. Our wedding day was beautifully captured by James, Gene and Savior. Not only were they wonderful with me and my husband, but with our bridal party and our family. They seamlessly attended to details that I never even thought of. James even helped me take my veil off when no one else could get it out of my hair! My wedding photos turned out flawless and truly captured the essence of our special day. If you are looking for professional and elegant photographs, James Samela and LJ Studios is the place to go.
For my November 25 wedding, I searched high and low for the perfect photographer. I wanted someone who would capture our day without being intrusive! When I came across LJ Photo Studios and after having a meeting with James, I knew I had hit the jackpot! James was absolutely incredible! His hard work and passion for his job was evident through his work, his sample albums, and photographs. His style was exactly what we were looking for. He was professional, flexible, easy to reach, and most importantly, he really listened to my vision for my day. When the hurricane came through last summer, and we had to cancel our engagement shoot, James took the time to reschedule and took beautiful engagement pictures! The photographs were breathtaking!
On my wedding day, James, Andres, and the team did an incredible job of capturing the energy, mood, and happiness of all my 200 guests! He managed a rather large bridal party with ease, and made my husband and I feel like we were royalty! He even took the time to show my 90 year old Grandma the pictures he was taking. The wedding photographs are absolutely amazing! James made sure to get every single traditional, formal shot I wanted. However, he also took the candid and unexpected shots, which are some of my favorites! His creativity is unparalleled. We have memories we will treasure for a lifetime! The LJ team truly helped make my wedding the best day of my life, and was one of the best vendors I worked with! I would highly recommend them for your wedding or your next event!
Hi brides! The service that LJ Studios Photography provides way surpasses the click and flash of a camera. Upon hiring LJ Studios, we experienced James' work first through our engagement photo shoot and my husband and I immediately knew that we had more than just a photographer on our hands. LJ Studios is hands down one of the finest photography studios out there. James has an artistic eye that allows his team to capture the most unexpected and touching moments and beautiful details. With the most comforting and relaxed work style and top-notch skill set, James and his team allow the bride and groom, friends and family to simply enjoy this beautiful day while they take care of preserving all of the memories without missing a beat. James is truly a STEP ABOVE at his craft. If you are getting married or planning any other special event.... do not do it without having James and LJ Studios by your side! Hire him for your wedding and you will want him to stick around for all of life's milestones, big and small.
We have had such an amazing experience working with L J Studios. The photographers are so personable and professional. They put us completely at ease on our wedding day and we actually forgot they were there for most of the wedding because they blended in so well. The pictures are exquisite and they captured all of the important moments from the wedding. They were extremely punctual, even early and were very efficient with our time at the wedding because my husband and I did not see each other before the wedding. We were able to enjoy some of our cocktail hour after the formal portraits were complete. They took a nice combination of traditional formal pictures and photojournalistic pictures.
Gene,Jeremy and Sarah went above and beyond for our wedding. From the first moment they made you feel very comfortable and made taking photos FUN! LJ Studios captured every special moment and the photos came out amazing.
Working with LJ Studio’s was so much fun! We could tell from our Engagement photo session with James how enjoyable and easy it is to work with him. I’ve been in four weddings so far and I always dread the photo sessions. They’re long, boring, and just drawn out. NOT with LJ Studio’s. James and Gene made us laugh the ENTIRE time on our wedding day. Our huge bridal party told us how much fun they had taking these pictures; you can even see their laughter depicted in these photos. The time passed so quickly and our photo session was actually one of the highlights of our wedding day.
At first, my husband and I were trying to find the lowest-priced photographer to keep our wedding costs down. We quickly realized that YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR in this industry. LJ Studio's is priced well, but they're other companies out there that do package deals such as DJ/Videographer/Photographer...DON'T BE FOOLED. These companies are usually masters at DJ'ing and not the other two services. I’m giving the sound advice that this is WHERE YOU NEED TO SPEND YOUR MONEY. These pictures will last a lifetime and besides video, it’s all you have to remember on one of the most important days of your lives.
We ended up hiring two photographers for our wedding because we wanted more then just the “portrait” shots. We wanted photojournalistic “candid” pictures that would catch the moments that weren’t posed. We weren’t sure about the additional cost at first, but are now so thankful that we went ahead with two photographers. LJ Studio’s does an amazing job with one photographer, but they are UNBELIEVABLE and OVER-THE-TOP with two! James is truly an artist at his trade. You can tell that he LOVES his work as he’s running up to show you the mind-blowing photo he just captured. James was all over the place behind the second photographer taking all sorts of artistic shots from different angles. He really captured the emotion on people’s faces, which is often missed with other photographers.
LJ Studio’s was super quick with our online and printed proofs. They were ready when we came back from our honeymoon. When we watched the slideshow of all our pictures…it TRULY took my breath away and I was in tears. They were beautiful, elegant, interesting, and unexpected all at the same time.
I would HIGHLY recommend LJ Studio’s for all your photography needs-not just weddings. You WILL NOT be disappointed. I am a MAJOR skeptic of all vendors but LJ Studio’s put my mind at ease during the planning process. They offer amazing assistance with helping create the perfect wedding album for you as well. To sum it up, you have an artist working for you whom will go above and beyond his call of duty to get you the most unique, stunning, and memorable photos that you can ask for.