Sarah Merians is the CEO and founder of Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company, a New York based company, founded in 1986. Known for capturing rare and special occasions, It has been said that “Sarah makes celebrities feel like everyday people and everyday people feel like celebrities.”

Over the last 30 years, Sarah has grown her business into a premier full – service photography studio in the New York Tristate area. Ms. Merians states, “it’s not just about the picture, it’s about what you DO with the picture”. One of the keys to the studio’s success has been the cultivation of life-long client relationships for all of life’s events.

Sarah is a pioneer in the field of contemporary social photography, having evolved the art from static portraiture to dynamic event coverage. As a devoted artist having special relationships with her clients, she works tirelessly to capture the essence of the individual. Her work is energetic, passionate, loving and thorough. A true force of nature, there is no one like her.

Sarah’s work has been featured in publications ranging from The New York Times, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, New York Magazine, The Bump, and New York family to name a few. Sarah has personally photographed Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha’s wedding, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton, Rod Stewart, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Philip, Rod Stewart and many others. Her photos have been selected to be in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She is also a frequent speaker on the topic of photography as art and has been a guest lecturer at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan.

Sarah is an active member of the Women’s Leadership Exchange LEXCI, and organization focused on the growth of women business owners. She is also a member of the Women’s Executive Circle , UJA Federation of New York, the Women’s President Organization and the 5 under 40 Organization .

Sarah also gives her time to charities such as the Diabetes Research Institute, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, WIZO New York, Pratham USA, and Albert Einstein Medical Center to name a few. She is passionate about her philanthropic ventures and wants to “give back” in any way she can to help others.

You can often find Sarah donating her time and her Company’s photography services to many schools in New York City as well as reputable establishments such as The Jewish Museum of New York. Sarah is the photographer of choice for many churches and temples in the Tri-state area and offers her talent and support to many as well.

Ms. Merians holds degrees from Syracuse University in Fine Arts and Education – with a focus on teaching children through the Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc and two children, Max and Emily.


  • 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

  • Sarah,

    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.”

    Amy S.

  • “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

  • Dear Sarah:

    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

  • 6/9/14

    Dear Sarah,

    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