Award winning boutique wedding and elopement photographer

in New York City and New Jersey


Hello there! I'm Kristy May, and I want to tell the story of your wedding day

I love to tell a wedding story through real moments and natural mostly unposed portraits. My goal is for couples to enjoy as much of their day free to be with their guests in the beautiful location they have chosen while I unobtrusively document all the important moments and people.

I want to capture the day artfully yet in a classic manner and preserve them for you in a beautiful heirloom album or in fine art prints. We will work together to create a timeline to best capture your day. See a gallery of my favorite wedding moments here or some of the wedding galleries under images for my approach.

I also love photographing elopements in New York City where I navigate the Manhattan Marriage Bureau process for couples from all over the world or meet at other iconic locations like Central Park for an intimate ceremony. I'm highly sought after for my over 5 year elopement experience with logistics in getting around the city quickly for fun pre and post ceremony portrait sessions.

Whether you are a local looking for a more intimate wedding, or eloping from an international destination, I can help find the right locations and plan out a wonderful day for you from 2 hour to an epic all day affair. Please see this gallery and my extensive blog for examples of past elopements.


Kristy May Photography is an LGBTQ friendly wedding vendor.





I love Black & White

I started photographing in black and white with my first camera and printing the images myself in high school. Though I gave up working in a chemical darkroom years ago, I still love making prints and custom black and white images. While all of my images are shot in color, I always include a selection of custom black and white images with each wedding gallery. Real silver gelatin prints are available from digital files. on request.



Want to get more info?

If you like what you have read and seen on my website and want to learn about how we may be able to work together, click here to inquire about availability or read my FAQ. Or here to learn about the albums I offer. To learn more about me, visit this page.



My Reviews


Clients have been kind enough to leave me reviews on Wedding Wire, The Knot, Google and here.


Sara and Ricky

"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful photos of Sara’s wedding……I didn’t shed a tear that day (much to my surprise) but the same was not true as I looked at the gallery of pictures you created. You did an amazing job at capturing the personalities of those we love – thanks so much."

— Barb, mother of the bride, October 2017


"We just wanted to tell you how happy we were with your work, both the photos themselves and your overall execution. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you on this very special day of ours. we’ve been proudly sharing your work with our friends and family, the praise is unanimous. We hope you are well and should we require your photos for an important moment in our lives down the road we hope you’re available.”


— Michael & Melanie, January 2017


“It was so wonderful to have you at the wedding and the pictures were truly fantastic. You have such a talent for capturing the feeling of the event- you record the details and moments that make it all come alive again every time we review the pictures! It is seeing those details and moments at the time that sets you apart.”


— Caroline, mother of the groom, August 2015



Service Area

I'm based in Union County, New Jersey but frequently work in the Tri-State area including Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I'm available for destination weddings, including to my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.