Photographer Kristy May
I am a New York City area-based photographer specializing in candid wedding photography and NYC elopement photography.
My interest in photography began in high school, and after college I started working as a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. I then worked for the The Courier in Houma, Louisiana, where I met my husband, Ryan, who also worked there and lived next door to me! It was meant to be.
Soon after, I was awarded a Fulbright Young Journalist Grant to Germany and spent 2004-05 photographing a project and working for the Associated Press in Berlin. Weeks after returning to the US to marry Ryan, Hurricane Katrina destroyed my hometown. An opportunity to work with National Geographic photographer Ira Block took us to New York.
In 2008, I received a master's degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I also enjoy taking photos of architecture and urban landscapes in Brooklyn.
When I photographed my first wedding in NYC in 2002 for a friend, I never dreamed I'd
a. call that city my home someday or
b. become a full-time professional wedding photographer.
Over the next several years, I photographed weddings here and there, but it wasn't until 2010 that I made them my full-time focus.
Weddings offer a unique opportunity when the most important people in a couple's life come together. Who knows what memorable pictures will be taken? I love the challenge, the excitement and the opportunity to make heirloom works of art that my couples and the generations to come will cherish.
My years working as a photojournalist taught me how to anticipate moments and work under challenging conditions. I try to interfere as little as possible on the wedding day outside of portraits. (Unless the bride needs to borrow my sewing kit because her dress has a rip. True story!) We work together ahead of time in discussing the timeline and logistics to hopefully avoid common wedding day schedule pitfalls and to create opportunities and time to allow the day to unfold as naturally as possible. This is where unique moments happen!
In terms of processing, I want your images to only be dated by your dress and hair as much as possible. I don't use trendy filters or funky lenses. I do love to make custom black and white conversions, and for those I try to keep them as classic as possible.
And lastly, you don't hire me because you want to spend several hours taking portraits on your wedding day. Most of my couples prefer to use that time for dancing or spending with their guests, choosing instead to have a brief or several brief sessions during the day. I am highly skilled at capturing you and your VIPs enjoying the wedding in flattering candid photography. I typically spend about 1-1.5 hours on an 8-hour wedding day on posed portraitures, including couple and family.
My friends say I'm talented, caring, particular, thoughtful, loyal, creative, charming and diligent. (Aren't they nice?)
Wired, Architectural Digest, Saveur, Daily Mail, amNewYork, New York Times, NRC Handlesblad, The New Yorker, Apartment Therapy, Bangor Metro, Berliner Morgenpost, Culture, People, US Weekly, Style Me Pretty, Brooklyn Bride, Well Wed, Stone Fox Bride
See some clips here.
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
I won a Top Knots award in 2014 for this image. I've also been a recipient of Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Awards numerous times.
I'm a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Canon Professional Services (CPS), and the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA).
OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS
Congratulations, you made it this far! Now for the fun stuff. I love baking healthy treats, binging on British crime dramas, drinking tea (explains the former), and working on my 100-year-old home.
Ryan, the lucky guy mentioned above, and I have a 6-year-old daughter named Josephine and a super annoying (but lovable) cat named Dexter, who thinks he is a dog.