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As best as possible! For the first part of 2021, I am only accepting weddings and elopements that are held mostly outside. (I will photograph a brief getting ready with a mask.) For later 2021 and 2022, I am accepting weddings of all kinds. I expect my couples and their guests to wear masks when we can't distance or go inside. When you inquire, I'd be happy to further detail everything I am doing to prevent spreading the virus and protect myself.
Yes. Due to the fact that NYC City Hall is closed until further notice and the simple civil ceremonies normally performed there are unavailable, I got ordained by the Universal Life Church and registered as an officiant with NYC. I can legally perform simple ceremonies and photograph them at the same time. If you are looking for a more elaborate or custom ceremony, I suggest hiring a dedicated officiant. But if you are having an elopement or very small wedding, I can absolutely legally marry you.
I interned with New Orleans cultural documentary photographer Syndey Byrd while in college from 2000-02. She was a student of the legendary color photography pioneer Ernst Haas. I was the digital assistant and archival inkjet printer to National Geographic photographer Ira Block from 2006-09. I studied with Photoshop expert Katrin Eisman at the School of Visual Arts in New York City as well. There have been many photographers who have influenced me, or with whom I've taken workshops, such as David Alan Harvey and Greg Gorman, to name a few. Two other photographers I've had the privilege to meet and whose work I deeply admire are Lillian Bassman and Herman Leonard.
Yes, fully, and yes, if they really want it.
I’m all about real moments and making sure my clients are HAPPY and having FUN so I can capture them being themselves and looking awesome. I keep portraits--formal or informal (like party pics)--to a minimum and use natural light as much as possible. However, when necessary, I will use off-camera lights and bring an assistant to every wedding for this purpose. I am also happy to photograph the storytelling details from your wedding and will work with your planner to ensure this happens without distracting from capturing real moments. And if proper notice, I can provide an additional photographer to take table shots and the like.
I love dancing, especially the first dance. Sometimes it makes me cry because the moment is so overwhelmingly beautiful. It is also technically difficult to photograph well and that challenge excites me.
You will receive a personal license (aka print release) to use them as you like, just don’t sell them without consulting me. (I offer prints to guests at affordable rates and include retouching, so why would you even need to?)
I always share a few sneak peeks a day or two after the wedding. The rest are finished in about 4 weeks. If you are doing a thank-you card, let me know in advance and I will get you a selection sooner than that. And yes, your mother can have an image for her holiday card. Just ask!
High-resolution jpg files you can easily print to 11x14 (or larger) via download.I am happy to up-res and consult on the printing of large scale images.
Proofs

All images are hi-res jpgs with basic corrections to color balance, contrast, exposure, straighten image, crop out distracting elements, if possible. Every image will receive some kind of adjustment as needed. Some might require further editing or retouching.
Additionally, you will get about 5 highlight images per hour of shooting (which are selected by me) in color and black and white, with basic retouching as needed.

Retouching

Basic Retouching -- Basic retouching receive skin adjustments, removal of small distracting elements, teeth whitening. Advanced retouching would include stray hairs (simple), eye opening in portraits, double chins, razor burn, exit signs or other wall fixtures removal, further color and density corrections as needed.

Album Retouching -- $5 for 3 elements, $8 for more than 3

Custom retouching -- Stray hairs (complex), body part slimming, head swapping between images, complex spot or distracting element removal. $$+, priced on a case-by-case image based on $60 per hour

Custom Black and White file conversion

Beyond what I select as highlight images, $3 each, free on print orders and in albums.
Please contact me via the form or email me at kristy@kristymay.com.
Yes! I’ve done quite a few and am especially honored to be a part of these ceremonies. My team and I are committed to providing a safe space for LQBTQ+ couples.
Yes, a 50% non-refundable deposit is due to reserve the date and the rest is due the day of the event. Most elopements require a $500 non-refundable deposit.
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, 100 Layer Cake
See some clips here.
I won a PDN Top Knots award in 2014 for image. Honored by the WPJA for this image. I've also been a recipient of Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Awards numerous times.

In 2008, I received a master's degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I'm a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Canon Professional Services (CPS), and the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and the Small Wedding Society.






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