photographers and staff

Wedding photography magic doesn't happen in front of the camera nor inside it.
And it's not simply the person behind the camera either.
Great wedding photography also depends upon the people behind the person behind the camera. That's why we have assembled the best team of professionals anywhere.

Scroll down to meet the key players on the team that makes the magic.





brian

founder/principal photographer


American Photo calls him “One of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World, but we call him B because it's much shorter.

Professionals consider Brian one of the masters of creating photographs that radiate honest personality. Clients consider him a godsend since he does all of that without posing.

He's the rare photographer that actually makes brides more comfortable. He's the one that mother's adore, that grandmothers fall in love with and that guests didn't really know was there.

Brian is the darling of luxury event planners since he's the best at tackling the most challenging photographic situations with aplomb - and probably the only person who could have gotten that stoic great uncle to crack a smile.

Yes, his work is outstanding - but it's his passion for it all, his sincere personality and his sense of humor that allow him to make it happen. And that's what truly sets him apart.

Brian's is a regular contributor to New York Magazine, Town & Country, Style Me Pretty, The Knot and his work often appears in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings as well as many international publications like Cosmopolitan (China), and The Bund.

He travels the world for events in destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and Central and South America to locations including: Italy (Florence, Ravello, Capri), Anguilla, St. Barts, Harbor Island and Paradise Island - The Bahamas, Rio, Sao Paolo, Acapulco, Kauai, Bermuda, and many more. He is represented in the Far East by Dimemor.

Brian lives in Manhattan with his wife, two boys and dog and thinks this whole write-up is really dry and boring. Oh, and he can tie a bow tie which has saved many a groom's ass. There, he added that part.





ron

principal photographer/photojournalist



With his recent award, Ron made us the only studio in NY to have two photographers named to American Photo's "Top 10 Wedding Photographers" list.  We think he's pretty good too.

Many people nowadays like to say they shoot in a“photojournalistic” style.  Ron, on the other hand, is a true award-winning photojournalist.  His work has won National Press Photographers Awards, Picture of the Year, and earned him the title of Photographer of the Year by the New York Press Association.  Ron is a master of shooting under fire (literally - he was dodging sniper fire and kidnappers while covering the Coup d’Etat in Haiti) and has covered the Olympics, and flown with Obama covering his campaign for the presidency.  

He has been a photographer for the Yankees and the Giants and covered the World Series and SuperBowl for the Daily News.    
 
Ron lives with his wife and two adorable kids in NJ.  We have a picture of him shooting with us one day with four cameras around his neck.  A true die hard.





chris

principal photographer/music photography master



During the week, Chris uses his knowledge of the photography industry to help lead of one fastest growing photography distribution companies in the world.  On weekends our brides and grooms get access to the skills he has developed over years of working passionately behind the camera.

He and his brother Todd Owyoung are also some of the preeminent music photographers out there covering the big names as well as the indie scene.   His work has been called “The best music photography in the world” and has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, VIBE, Billboard Magazine, New York Magazine, Symphony Magazine, Domino Magazine, Time Magazine, and The Village Voice.  

While his relaxed style is a calming force on wedding days, his images are filled with all the energy and vibrance that he perfected in music photography.  

Chris lives in Manhattan with his wife and is a super mega blackbelt in a martial art you've never even heard of.





Justin

principal photographer/photojournalist



Justin is the Pulitzer Prize winning head of the New York office of the European Press Agency where he is also one of their principle photographers. Previously he covered the war in Iraq and photographed for clients including New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Time, Time, Newsweek, Business Week as well as the international press.

Justin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his images of the September 11th terrorist attack.

He was also awarded the prestigious Overseas Press Club Award of Excellence.

Justin lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife where he plays a lot of 'my little pony' with his daughter.




kim

studio manager/album goddess/photographer



As studio manager, Kim is responsible for our day to day operations including our in-house image processing and album design. We consider her your photographs' foster mother, providing the love your images need until they have comfortably made the transition from their home here to yours.

Her extraordinary visual storytelling skills make her one of the most outstanding album designers anywhere and has been known to make the impossible happen on several occasions.

On the personal side, Kim is pretty geeky. She's worked in theater (imagine a play about text-based RPGs circa 1983) and knows the number of exp. points a fourth level mage acquires defeating a dwarf. If you don’t know what that means it just means your not as geeky as she is.

New York might be the photography capital of the world but we had to go all the way to North Carolina to find someone with her combination of skills - and southern charm. She recently moved from Brooklyn to be part of the B&T crowd with her fiance. She doesn't know that we put that last part in there.





katie

lead retoucher/production manager



Katie is the studio's magician - performing magic on each and every retouched photo. Bad skin day? No more. A little puffy under the eyes that day? Gone. Chin not quite as trim as you remember? Fixed. Grandma's arms not quite as taut as they used to be? Voila.

The result? Nobody notices. You were just rockin' it that day, right? Everybody loves Katie. Some clients believe she must have a cape hidden somewhere.

Katie was the expert retoucher and printer for a noted photographer in San Francisco. We stole her and brought her here to NY. She is a foodie and is also pretty geeky (there's a theme, no?) She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their absurdly large cat.





celeste

event producer



Celeste is our one woman on the ground event production department. Brian would be lost without her. That's why he married her. But she gets no compensation whatsoever for giving up her weekends to do this stressful work - even after a full week as a teacher. In fact, we sometimes even forget to thank her. So do her kids.

Celeste has become the de facto patron saint of brides since she has saved untold numbers of them from wedding day disasters. Her never ending supply of Motrin, Advil, Tylenol or Aleve (your choice), Shout wipes, granola bars and needle and thread keeps every member of the bridal party in top form. Her indefatigable willingness to provide limo drivers with directions (amazing, right?), her ability to correctly pin on boutonnieres and perform emergency alterations of ill fitting wedding dresses make her a big hero. Many of our clients start a shrine to Celeste in their homes after the wedding day.

Celeste lives in Manhattan with her husband and those same two boys and dog as Brian.



Photographers - We are expanding!

We are currently accepting applications from exceptional full time professional photojournalists and commercial and editorial photographers interesting in joining our team for weekend work. Candidates must have a positive, upbeat personality in addition to a well developed portfolio demonstrating experience shooting wedding-like situations (fast paced pj with flash) as well as directing.

Qualified candidates should forward their resume with links to a relevant portfolio to:

jobs@briandorseystudios.com

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