Founded in 1986 and based in New York City, Sarah Merians Photography and Video Company is the premier boutique wedding, social and corporate event photography studio in the Tri-State area.
Over the past 29 years, we have grown into a full-service studio for all stages of our client’s lives. Our mitzvah children have become our brides and grooms, and our brides and grooms have continued to return with their new and growing families. From belly to boardroom, we truly capture life at its best!
Weddings & Mitzvahs, our first division, evolved out of Sarah’s love for capturing these milestone events. Over the past two decades, as client accolades have grown, so has our reputation and our team of talented photographers.
Kids & Family came about through both Sarah’s love of children and her strong relationships with her brides and grooms. It was only a matter of time before Sarah was invited to photograph their growing families with the same creativity and care that made their wedding photos and albums so exquisite. Families are about generations, and the generations help us to weave a story and leave a legacy for our children. We are so thrilled to be there for our clients as they welcome their new generations into the world. This division is where kids and photography click!
Occasions & Traditions covers all life’s special events beyond weddings and mitzvahs. From Brises, christenings, Baby namings, sweet sixteens, milestone birthday parties and family reunions, this division enables us to continue celebrating with our clients. These events are only small happenings over the course of a lifetime, but are equally special. Whether these gatherings take place at a restaurant, catering hall or your home, special events with your friends and family should be remembered forever. Professional photography and albums create heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Albums & Décor grew out of our clients being thrilled with our intimate design process and the premium quality of our albums. Clients shared their albums with their family and friends who then told their family and friends. When these prospective clients began to bring us piles of pictures asking us to turn the chaos into tangible memories, we realized that there was a huge void in the industry and we were happy to help. Whether they had received a CD only, their photographer disappeared or they were just not satisfied with their photographs, we were and are thrilled to be a part of the solution!
Albums & Décor provides us the opportunity to celebrate even amateur photographers who have a love of photography and want us to help them create spectacular products with their own images. Honeymoon and vacation photos are a perfect example of special memories we can turn into albums, frames and even custom photo art for your home.
Every one is a photographer today, and we have decided to continue doing what we do really well, and that is to be leaders in the industry and design and decorate homes and preserve memories regardless of who shot the event. We have the finest quality and a keen sense of eye for design. It is easy to take a photograph, but most important to preserve the memory in a tangible, creative and simple way!
Seminars & Your Pics – With the advent of digital photography over the past decade, many people have taken a personal interest in photography. We have always embraced our customers’ photographic needs and are often asked advice on what camera to buy and/or how to take a great photograph. It was only natural to unite our talented professional photographers with those clients who have a passion for taking pictures. We are happy to teach, share and help produce products for the amateur photographer.
Business & Meetings – This division grew out of our accomplished and successful clients, who inquired often about corporate photography for their own professional and business needs. Corporate needs range from headshots, and website development to large-scale events such as product launches, fundraisers, business meetings and company retreats.
Our company has grown into so much more than simply snapping a photo. The “&” in each of our divisions represents the company we are today. We want to be in our client’s lives for a lifetime, as opposed to just one, singular event. This special relationship we foster with each and every one of our clients, in addition to the wide range of products we create and services we offer, is what sets us apart from other photographers. We are photographers & so much more!
We want to thank our clients for sharing their personal images with us and others and for your commitment to sharing your family with us through the years.
Sarah’s unique experience capturing twin moments give multiple dimensions to every single photograph. She is able to capture a depth, scale and emotion of twins sharing an occasion, yet experiencing it in their own way. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Sarah photograph my twin boys Bnei Mitzvah. Three years later I still look at both books and laugh and cry!!!
Ellen Lowey B’Nai Mitzvah parent
“We love Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah album! It came out great!! You did an amazing job and the end product is stunning! Leo is a fabulous photographer, extremely professional and creative and so nice to work with. We adore him and the beautiful pictures he took. The event may be over but we now have wonderful photos from a moment in time that we will always cherish! Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into creating a wonderful family treasure for us.”
Michele, Scott, Nicole and the Budoff family
Rebecca and I, and Elena, are deeply appreciative of how well the album turned out. What a great piece of work that we’ll all cherish forever. Thank you… and please extend our thanks to your whole team. Let them know we appreciate their work. If it would help your promotional literature or your website, I want to give a quote from me. Here you go…feel free to use it.
“As the Editor of New York Family, I’ve known Sarah for many years, and we are still regularly working together. She has photographed many of our best cover shoots. But I must tell you, on the personal front, my wife and I hired Sarah to shoot our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. So now I’m speaking from the heart: We love our photo album. My daughter loves the album. For now and forever, we are deeply appreciative of the amazing job Sarah and her team did at the Bat Mitzvah and later with the album.”
Eric Messinger, Mitzvah Father and Editor of New York Family Magazine
“Jeremy – Your montage was a big hit. Everyone loved it especially Larry!!!!!!!!! Thank you so so so much. You were so patient and so amazing and I really appreciated all your hard work.”
“The pictures are fabulous! we had a great time with Sarah on Tuesday and cannot wait for her to shoot the wedding! She is a tremendous artist. :)”
Lauren Fischberg, Bride
There are no words large enough or meaningful enough to tell you how grateful we are to you for your volunteering your time to be our professional photographer at our 80s event fundraiser. You do a stunning job.
Thank you very much for your endless hours of huge support. Your priceless generosity of time and spirit is appreciated by the members of the Foundation and more importantly, by the sick children and their families that we serve.
Nancy Joselson, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Administrative Director
Sometimes, and especially during joyous occasions, it’s difficult to soak in just how special of a time it is. I want to thank you for so beautifully capturing the special nature of Confirmation. Because of you, our students will be able to relive that evening over and over again. We are so appreciative of you volunteering both your time and efforts- we are very lucky to have you!
Zach Rols, Director of Teen and Family Engagement, Central Synagogue