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Smitten Chickens: Classic images for offbeat people

We are Sarah and Chris, a married couple specializing in wedding photographyvideography, and portraits. We live in East Harlem, NY, with our 4 cats: Pip, Oliver, Izzy, and Harry.

What We Believe

Here's our manifesto on why photography is so important.  We love making beautiful images, but pretty is only a tiny part of why our job matters so much. If we’ve done our job right, our work will mean more and more to our clients the more time passes.

We chose to focus on emotion, authentic moments, and classic shooting and editing techniques because your photos need to stand the test of time.

The reason we do what we do is pretty simple:
Love is powerful, and life is short. 

We believe in wedding photography without prejudice.

Our job is to capture memories you can keep forever, not to judge you, your guests, or your wedding. Whoever you are, and however you chose to celebrate your love, it's enough. Actually, it's perfect. 

If you're having a traditional wedding, an offbeat wedding, an elopement, or something in between, we want to capture it for you.

We believe everyone has the right to tie the knot.

We believe in giving back.

For every booking, we donate 5% of our fee to Best Buddies, an organization that helps people with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities) secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

We also offer a discount to any one who works in public or civil service, as a way to say thank you to those who give back every day.

How We Work:

We understand why your wedding is a big deal.

(We got married two days after Hurricane Sandy, and had to re-plan the wedding in one day. We get it.) 

Couples trust us to capture day one of their marriage, so they can relive those moments when hundreds and hundreds of days have passed.  That's a responsibility we don't take lightly.

We'll capture you at your best.

Our work is a combination of commercial photography and photojournalism.  We are constantly looking for authentic emotion, candid moments, and evocative gesture. However, we aren't "fly on the wall" photojournalists. We will move things around, manipulate light, and give gentle direction if it means we'll get a better photograph.

We've got you covered.

We come from the advertising world, where deadlines are short, expectations are high, and you're forced to have backup plans to your backup plans. When it comes to your wedding, we don't leave anything to chance. We prepare in advance with detailed timelines and shot lists. We have backup cameras, lights, lenses, and file systems.

You can rest assured we've got everything visual under control, so you can focus on experiencing every moment as it happens.

We are giant nerds.

We love comic books, horror film, sci-fi, fantasy, and heavy metal, so if you're incorporating any of these elements into your wedding, we want to be involved.  

We'll go anywhere.

We live in New York City, but we are happy to travel anywhere to take photos. We offer a single flat rate for nationwide coverage, and a flat rate for international weddings.

If we sound like your kind of people, get in touch. We'd love to chat!

ABOUT SARAH

I'm Sarah, and I’ve known I wanted to be a photographer since I was a kid in rural Ohio.  

I earned my degree in photography at Ohio University and moved to New York just after graduation, where I worked as a performance photographer, a retouching producer, and a photo and video producer. 

My time in those jobs makes me better at the work I find most fulfilling – capturing beauty in real life as a photographer and videographer and letting my imagination run wild with the comic book company Chris and I run together.  

As a plus-sized woman who spent years dealing with my own negative body image, I now use my skills as a photographer to make people of all shapes and sizes see their own beauty. If you've ever felt undeserving of professional photography, I really hope you'll let me change your mind. I promise to make you look good, and to make the process fun.

When we’re not shooting weddings, making comic books, or traveling the country for either, Chris and I still want to hang out together. (Crazy! Right? This is indication number 8 million that I married the right man.) We explore New York on long walks, make up ridiculous stories for our entertainment, watch lots of movies, and cuddle our cats.  

I worked as a counselor at an Ohio camp for people with disabilaties for 4 years. That job, and the fact that my mother is a special education teacher, played a huge role in shaping the person I am today. 

In addition to getting to do what I love for a living, some things I’ve done that make me proud, in no particular order: Meditating with monks in Thailand; Learning to use a power drill; Winning awards for competitive public speaking; Reading 50 books in a year; Dancing with Hare Krishna converts in West Virginia; Traversing Europe on a shoestring; and finally, mastering New York City driving.

ABOUT CHRIS

Hi. My name is Chris. I'd love to say my origins are shrouded in mystery, but that's not really true. I'm originally from New Hampshire and went to film school at the New York Film Academy. Since graduating the Film Academy, I've worked in advertising, reality TV, and documentaries as a film and video editor.

As a photographer, videographer, and video editor for Smitten Chickens, I bring all my experience in film and video production to make the best images and videos for the couples who hire us. I understand deadlines, hard work, professionalism, reliability, and giving everything a commercial level of finesse.

When I'm not shooting weddings, I'm the Creative Director and writer at Dark Ink Pictures, which I co-own with Sarah. Since 2011, I've written ten comic books that range from horror to sci-fi to children's stories.  

Some of my favorite things in the world are my wife; our cats; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer;" comics; cake; horror films; science fiction; chocolate mousse; and Batman.

Now you know a bit about us. We’d love to hear more about you!

*Images of us copyright 2013 Tristan Wyatt. All Rights Reserved.  Logo and contact form illustration by Caitlin Candy and logo design by Super Runaway.