Kristy May Photography
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How are you handling the Coronavirus pandemic?

As best as possible! 2020 is a challenging year for everyone so I am being as flexible as possible with clients and prospective clients. For the rest of 2020, I am only accepting weddings and elopements that are held mostly outside. (I will photograph a brief getting ready with a mask.) I expect my couples and their guests to wear masks when we can't distance or go inside. So far, the small weddings and portraits I've been doing have been great! When you inquire, I'd be happy to further detail everything I am doing to prevent spreading the virus and protect myself.

Wait, you can marry us too?

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.

What photographers have you studied with or admire?

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.

Are you insured, can you provide an insurance certificate to my venue?

Yes, fully, and yes, if they really want it.

What is your style of wedding photography?

Photojournalism with some fun portraits thrown in. 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.

What is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?

I love dancing, especially the first dance. Sometimes it makes me cry because the moment is so overwhelmingly beautiful.

Are the pictures “ours”?

You will receive a personal license (aka print release) to use them as you like, just don’t sell them. (I offer prints to guests at affordable rates and include retouching, so why would you even need to?)

How long before we see our images?

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!

What format will they be in?

High-resolution jpg files you can easily print to 11x14 (or larger) on a USB drive with your names on it!

What kind of processing and retouching do you do to the images?


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.


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.

What is your pricing?

Please see this page and contact me via the form or email me at

Do you do elopements or weekday weddings?

Yes!! Only in NYC and North NJ, learn more here.

Do you photograph same-sex weddings?

Yes! I’ve done quite a few and am especially honored to be a part of these ceremonies.

Do you require a retainer or deposit?

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 $250-500 non-refundable deposit.

What types of payment do you accept?

Checks are preferred but I also accept payments via PayPal.

Where have your photos been published?

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.

Have you received any awards?

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.

Are you a member of any professional organizations?

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.

Anything else I need to know?

Congratulations, you made it this far! Now for the fun stuff. I love binging on British crime dramas, historical fiction, playing (classical) piano, roller and ice skating, drinking tea, and working on my 100-year-old home. I also love architecture. (See my personal photography here) I also speak German fluently and am learning French!

My husband Ryan and I have a 8-year-old daughter and a rescue cat named Prince Harry. (who should really be a cat model!) Harry is a bit naughty, likes to bite things, but he is cute!

Where are you based and where to you photograph weddings?

I'm based in Union County, New Jersey and photograph weddings in the Tri-State area, New England, my hometown of New Orleans and beyond. Please inquire for specific fees for destination weddings. Some places we photograph weddings include:

New York: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, Huntington, The Hamptons, Scarsdale, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Hudson, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake and more.

Connecticut: Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, New Haven and more.

New Jersey: Westfield, Morristown, Short Hills, Milburn, Montclair, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Hoboken, Jersey City, West Orange, Allentown, Manahawkin, Atlantic City, Somerset, Andover and more.

Additional locations include Cape Cod, Nantucket, Vermont, New Orleans and Philadelphia