New jersey and hudson valley wedding photographer specializing in mountaintop, vineyard, estate, barn and mansion weddings

welcome BRIDE AND GROOM!

Here you will find all my info about weddings-my philosophy, featured galleries, testimonials, publications, my process and investment info. I'm so glad you're here!

I believe that every couple deserves to have an incredible experience leading up to, and on their wedding day. I LOVE what I do. Still after 6 years of photographing weddings, I cry almost every time the bride walks down the aisle, every father daughter dance, and every first look.  

I believe in real moments. The tiny moments in between the ordinary ones that make an extraordinary life together, an extraordinary love together. The smile the spreads across your face when he whispers why he loves you. The warm embrace and comfort you feel as you cuddle up by the fire. The love you feel when you retell how he proposed to you. The belly laughter that results of being fully engaged in each other’s company. I believe in these moments because I get to live them everyday.

That’s the love I strive to capture with every story I tell: your beautiful adventure. The timeless, authentic story that is unique to you. I want to capture how he brushes your hair behind your ears and the way your eyes say I love you when you look at him. I’ll never tell you to “laugh at that tree over there”, but rather get to know you enough to know how to make you laugh. That’s the key to my experience and the reason couples love being a part of the Laura Lee Photography family. It’s authentic, it’s real, it’s timeless, because that’s what I do, that’s what I believe in. 

My business isn't about pictures, it's about people. It's not about weddings, it's about marriages. It's not about transactions, it's about relationships. And it's not about one day, it's about a lifetime. I can't wait to connect with you and tell your love story.

my philosophy

"You did the most amazing job at capturing our excitement, our personalities, and the way we feel about each other in the most genuine way possible." 

We cannot thank you enough for Saturday! We had an absolute blast working with you and so did both of our families and wedding party. You kept everyone smiling and stress-free throughout the entire day. Our parents are still singing your praises and so are we! Not to mention, you recommended the absolute dream team of vendors. Our wedding would not have been nearly as special without you. 

And on top of all that, we just saw your blog!!! Oh my god, Laura you have blown us away. Every image is incredible - we love that you have so perfectly captured the best day of our lives and that we will always have these images to transport us back to that day.

You did the most amazing job at capturing our excitement, our personalities, and the way we feel about each other in the most genuine way possible. 

THANK YOU!!!

Jess and doug

"I never thought that I would come across a vendor that cared about my wedding day just as much as I did, but Laura is that person."

I never thought that I would come across a vendor that cared about my wedding day just as much as I did, but Laura is that person. At this point, I even feel silly writing the word "vendor" because over the course of the last year and a half, Laura has become a friend to both of us. She is extremely passionate about what she does, and that is evident both when you are around her and when you see her final work. 

Aside from her beautiful work, Laura is an absolute joy to work with, which to me is just as important. She takes the time to really get to know her couples and is genuinely interested in learning about the love story that lead each couple to their wedding day. She absolutely loves love and her photography style shows that through all of the amazing candid moments she is able to capture. What was most surprising to me (and more of a proud mama moment) was when every single other vendor commented to me how amazing, organized, thorough, and unique my photographer was!! There is no one else in the industry that puts as much time, effort, and passion into what they do as Laura does. She is amazing and unique in every way and we are so grateful to have worked with her.

Morgan and mike

"From the moment we met Laura, we knew that we wanted her to be a part of our day, not just as our photographer, but as a friend."

We were so lucky to work with such amazing vendors who helped to make our wedding better than we ever could have imagined. Laura Lee Photography was truly the best of the best. From the moment we met Laura, we knew that we wanted her to be a part of our day, not just as our photographer, but as a friend. Laura's photos are absolutely amazing and we couldn't have asked for our wedding to be captured any more beautifully.

But, believe it or not, that's not the best part of Laura. She is fun, smart, has a huge heart, and truly truly just loves her job. She got to know us right away and knew more about what I wanted for my day than even I think I knew. She made Keith and I feel so comfortable and we had so much fun spending the day with her. Her timeline was extremely thorough and she kept to it perfectly. We had a ton of time after pictures to relax a bit before the ceremony, which was really nice.

I could go on and on about Laura. She is an absolute must have vendor. If you're still up in the air about choosing a wedding photographer, look no further. I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed. 

grace and keith

"Laura, you have truly made our engagement session a once in a lifetime experience, full of laughter, adventure, and breathtaking photographs that will last us a lifetime."

From the moment we asked Laura to be our wedding photographer, we knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience. Flipping through her previous work left my fiancé, Eric and I in absolute awe and we knew we had to have her photograph our journey. She is unbelievably talented, not only with a camera but with all the thought and planning that goes into taking such jaw dropping photos.

Laura and Scott travelled all the way to Acadia National Park, Maine for our engagement session. I must say that she will do anything and everything to capture the perfect shot. She drove, ran, climbed and swam (while managing to balance on slippery rocks while being attacked by mosquitos) to various locations all to make this bride-to-be extremely happy.

Laura, you have truly made our engagement session a once in a lifetime experience, full of laughter, adventure, and breathtaking photographs that will last us a lifetime. Thank you just does not do justice for what you have done for us.

heather and eric

"I don’t know how many people we’ve told, but we can wholeheartedly say that Laura made our wedding."

I hope that anyone considering a wedding photographer reads this comment. My husband and I were "blank slaters" when planning our wedding. As a couple in our mid 20s, we were left to our own volition to plan the outdoorsy, rustic, whimsical wedding of our dreams. I had a specific style in mind but no words were rightfully equip to describe my vision.

My husband ended up finding Laura on Google. I don’t know how many people we’ve told, but we can wholeheartedly say that Laura made our wedding. She’s young, gifted, personable, and most importantly, inspiring. She has an indescribable characteristic of making wedding photos “not awkward.” Our engagement and wedding photos are jaw dropping with creativity. She amalgamates tradition with a true love of nature. After a two year journey, we can honestly say that Laura is not only our wedding photographer, but also our friend.

Amanda and andrew

"She is hands down, the most enthusiastic person I have ever met and she truly loves what she does. She was born to be a wedding photographer."

The best decision I made during wedding planning was hiring Laura Lee as our wedding photographer. She is hands down, the most enthusiastic person I have ever met and she truly loves what she does. She was born to be a wedding photographer and she has the kind of energy you want and need around you on your wedding day. I never thought I would be stressed or overwhelmed on my wedding, but a lot of things didn’t go to plan. Laura showed up to our hotel with her smile and calming vibes and she just magically fixed everything. These are the qualities you want in the person who photographs your wedding day. You want someone who is calm and attentive, someone who helps you before you realize you need help and someone who can bring you back down to earth and laugh off the nerves. Laura’s photos speak for themselves; they capture her client’s personalities and love. She is so happy and has the bubbliest personality that no matter what- your photos will come out incredible. On top of everything I’ve said above, Laura acts and feels like a friend. You literally feel like you are hanging out with a BFF the whole time you are with her. That definitely contributes to the quality of her photos because you are truly, 100% yourself in her presence. . 

kim and jim

She truly cares about what she does, and she is not simply a wedding photographer, but an incredible artist who has the ability to capture the most fleeting moments, raw emotion, and pure magic.

Laura is hands down, no arguments, no contests, the absolute BEST photographer you could possibly ask for. If you are still looking or wondering what to do, then look no further because Laura Lee Photography is who you need to book! My husband Steven and I set out to find vendors who we felt comfortable with, connected with, and had a super positive and happy vibe because it was essential to us to be surrounded by this energy and this type of person on the most important day of our lives. After having a laid back FaceTime conversation with Laura, we knew she was the one based on how genuine, kind, and knowledgable she was. From our incredible engagement shoot in which Laura broke right through our shyness to capture the most stunning, breath taking pictures, all the way to crying along with us at our first look, she was beyond professional and treated us more like friends than clients. She truly cares about what she does, and she is not simply a wedding photographer, but an incredible artist who has the ability to capture the most fleeting moments, raw emotion, and pure magic.

ashley and steven

"We all love her like she's family and couldn't imagine anyone else capturing these beautiful memories."

Laura has exceeded every expectation I've ever had for a wedding photographer. From our engagement session to even after our wedding, she is the most thoughtful and talented artist. It's been 3 weeks since our wedding and our family and friends are STILL commenting about how amazing she was on the day and how incredibly beautiful her photos came out - every. single. one. They are so magical and capture every emotion we were feeling that day.

We have been so blessed to have Laura photograph not 1, but 3 weddings in my family (next one coming up in a few months!). We all love her like she's family and couldn't imagine anyone else capturing these beautiful memories.

Laura - Joe and I are SO grateful for everything you have done for us this entire process. We love you!!

ellen and joe

1. let's connect!

the process

It is so important to me to have a connection with each and every one of my couples. Laura Lee couples are unique in that they are fun-loving, adventurous, and full of life. And they know and understand that to get fun, joyful, and genuine photos of their love story, we need to have a connection, and a relationship.

I always say I want to show up to your wedding day and feel like a friend or an extra bridesmaid, rather than a hired vendor. Having this connection allows me to capture the genuine moments of your relationship, and break down any walls of awkwardness that come with having a camera in your face! So if you’ve connected with the words and the images on this page, our first step will be a skype call to see if we connect even more!

Next: Save the Date

2. save the date

the process

After our initial video call, if you and your other half decide we’re the perfect fit to work together, it’ll be time to make it official! All you need to do is decide on your package, and from there, I’ll send you an online proposal with your custom contract, invoice, and payment schedule all able to be completed online!

Once your 25% retainer is paid, your date will be saved and the fun will begin! From there, I’ll begin sending you helpful education such as my wedding guide, my list of vendor recommendations, education on first looks and timelines, and more. And then, the best part– we’ll start planning your engagement session!

Next: Engagement Session

3. engagement sessions

the process

This is my favorite part!!! Engagement sessions are included in every one of my wedding packages because I truly believe they are a vital part of the wedding experience as a whole. Engagement sessions are the time where we get to know each other, I get to see how you interact together, and you become comfortable in front of my camera. We get to shoot in any location you choose, you can wear what you’re comfortable in, and there’s no guests begging for your attention. It’s just you guys and me, unfolding your love story. After the session, we’ll probably grab drinks or dinner together to further our relationship and when your images are ready, they’ll be featured on the blog and delivered via online gallery!!

Next: Wedding Day Planning

4. final wedding
day plans

the process

I love being involved in the wedding planning process. My goal as a photographer is to make sure you have the most fun and stress free day possible. Because of that, I am extremely organized when it comes to your wedding day plans! Leading up to the day, I will help you create a detailed timeline for the day, a family formal photo list, and will send you multiple questionnaire to ensure everything runs smoothly. You’ll receive my wedding day questionnaire and vendor questionnaire, and from your answers, I’ll create all the organizational documents for your wedding day. About 2 weeks out from the wedding, we’ll have a video call to go over any final details to ensure all goes well the day of!

Next: The Wedding Day!!

5. the wedding day

the process

Hooray!!! It’s here! The day of your wedding goes by in an instant. I want to make sure it’s the most fun and stress free day possible, for not just you- but your family and friends. I arrive 30 minutes before our scheduled start time so I can meet your family and friends, get to know them, and scope out the lay of the land. I’ll begin with photographing your details, and my second shooter will be with your groom and groomsmen! My absolute favorite part of the day is bride and groom portraits, so we’ll ensure we have plenty of time for this! It’s my job to capture all the traditional moments, and in between moments so that you can look back on moments you may not have even realized were happening to relive your incredible day. After the wedding, you will be featured on my blog, and will receive your wedding gallery to enjoy and share with friends and family!

Next: Gallery Delivery

7. Album design

the process

I absolutely love wedding albums and they have such a special place in my heart. My grandparents have been married almost 67 years and they still have their wedding album on their coffee table. Every time I go to Florida to visit them, I look through it and relive their love story.

If you get an album with your wedding collection, I will predesign the first draft for you, and then we will begin the customization process to make sure it tells your beautiful love story with all your favorite pictures, and has a place for all the important people in your life. Albums come in a variety of linen or leather colors, and can be customized with your name and wedding date engraved on it! I LOVE designing these heirlooms.

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8. say hello!

the process

I would LOVE to chat with you and your fiance about your wedding plans and how we can work together to make your wedding day the most fun and stressful day of your life! Click the contact button below to get the process started!

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featured publications

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SOMETHING HAD TO CHANGE.

So, in 2016, at the height of stress and desperation I got serious about workflow and systems for my upcoming wedding season. And something incredible happened—

I suddenly had hundreds of hours of my life back to spend with my favorite people and I wasn’t exhausted or anxious anymore. Even more incredibly, my business didn’t suffer at all—in fact, it did the opposite: I doubled my income. 

Because of the systems I had designed and implemented, I was able to cut my delivery time for client galleries down by 600%. This resulted in overjoyed clients referring me to all their friends.  

From client referrals alone that year, I booked over $60,000 in extra income.

So naturally, I started talking (to anyone who would listen) nonstop about workflow, systems, and productivity (hey, when something works, you want to rave about it,) and soon was known as the expert among my circle of friends and fellow creatives. I would have people over to sit by my firepit and discuss how to implement all of these things that had saved my business (and frankly, my relationships). 

This is where Laura Lee Creative was born.
Yes, around my favorite place - my firepit.

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This endeavor exists to empower photographers and creative entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and education they need to build a profitable business and fulfilling life.

So here’s to less work and more life...which turns out to be one of the best adventures of all.

Whether that’s more brunch dates, more trips across the globe, more days off, more spontaneity, more time with your family, or more time for self-care. All of these things do not have to go by the wayside just because you’re chasing a dream. Instead they can be part of the dream.

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FREEBIES

Yes, please!

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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THE FIREPIT SESSIONS

This endeavor exists to empower photographers and creative entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and education they need to build a profitable business and fulfilling life.

So here’s to less work and more life...which turns out to be one of the best adventures of all.

Whether that’s more brunch dates, more trips across the globe, more days off, more spontaneity, more time with your family, or more time for self-care. All of these things do not have to go by the wayside just because you’re chasing a dream. Instead they can be part of the dream.

You might be a Laura Lee couple if you love...

Adventures
Mountaintops
Firepits
Being on the Water
Snuggling on the couch together
Smiling
Laughing
Gilmore Girls
Your family
Road trips
Going to wineries and breweries
Hiking
Elephants + Thailand
Holding hands
Rustic decor
Traveling
Skiing
Hanging out with your dog
DIY Projects
Coffee with a friend
Dreaming Big
Waterfalls (Especially in Iceland)
Kayaking
Hanging with Friends
Each Other

the laura lee couple

The Laura Lee Bride

The Laura Lee Bride is passionate, and full of life.  She cares deeply about her fiance, her friends, and her family, and is intentional with the time she gets to spend with them. She is fun-loving, always up for an adventure, and isn't afraid to try new things.

She's not afraid to get her shoes a little dirty, or hike to the perfect spot for a great view, or jump in the water for a perfect photo, but at the same time, she's equal parts carefree and classy.

She loves getting dressed up for a night out with her fiance or her girls, but she's most at home in yoga pants and a top-bun.

She believes life should be full of adventures, and that it's always better with her best friend by her side.

She is genuine and caring, writes thank you notes, and loves to be organized, but she's not afraid to go with the flow.

Most of all, she's planning a beautiful wedding, but an even more beautiful marriage.

the laura lee bride

The Laura Lee Groom

The Laura Lee Groom is caring, loyal, and full of life.  He cares deeply about the people in his life, and is always trying to make others laugh. Chivalry is not dead on him, and he's loyal to a fault to everyone in his life.  He is fun-loving, always up for an adventure, and isn't afraid to try new things.

The perfect day for him would be an adventure with the love of his life (best friend)- whether that's hiking, kayaking, going for a walk in the park, or just hanging out in the backyard with some craft brews and good friends.

He's most excited to see his bride on the wedding day, isn't afraid to cry and share his emotions, and is kind hearted to a fault.

He is genuine and caring, and is a hard worker-especially when it comes to his passions.

Most of all, he's head over heels in love with his beautiful bride-to-be and isn't afraid to show it.

the laura lee groom

The Laura Lee Couple

ready to start the adventure? contact me here!

Wedding Day Collections begins at $4950 and the average investment is $6150 which includes a wedding album.  All collections have a minimum of 8 hour coverage, two photographers, an online gallery of your edited images, download rights, print rights, and an engagement session.