If your idea of getting married involves jetting off to an exciting destination (like NYC!) then you are in the right place. Or even if NYC is your home base, the city has lots to offer for elopements and intimate weddings. I  specialize in helping couples document their day by navigating the overwhelming options and confusing bureaucratic hurdles to saying "I Do" in NYC. 

New York City offers many different options for ceremony locations - City Hall, Central Park and others. The first step is selecting how and where you will get married. Once that is settled, I love to hear about the elements of the city, neighborhoods, buildings, experiences, that matter to you. Then, I will craft a suggested timeline for portraits. 

While I am not a wedding planner, I am happy to refer couples to vendors for beauty, florals, restaurants etc. I will also make suggestions regarding transportation. Anything to make the day flow better and prevent stress.

In terms of the day itself, I mostly work with an assistant who will carry extra gear and also assist you in any way needed. (Once I had to send an assistant to the store for super glue when a bride's shoe broke in Central Park!) If you opt to have me officiate (I’m happy to be a back-up for City Hall or even just sign a license) my assistant will also take some photos during the ceremony. 

I offer coverage from 2 hours to full day multi destination photo sessions with 2-25 people. Please inquire to check availability, get a quote or just connect!


approach - Elopements

Kristy, photographing an elopement in the West Village

Growing up in New Orleans, my grandmother threw many parties for her society friends and family. We kids would run around, play hide-and-seek and cause general mischief. Once I got a real camera, I turned it (with encouragement) on the guests and began my lifelong love of documenting all the people and moments that matter most. Especially the parties!

Since then, I’ve worked all over the world as a photojournalist and photographed hundreds of weddings and elopements. I earned a master's degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and spent a year on a Fulbright grant in Germany. (Und ja, I am fluent in German.)

I spent the last 15 years documenting Brooklyn Changing, which garnered press coverage from Architectural Digest and the "Today" show.



Because I like history, I live in a 100-year-old home just outside of New York City with my husband, daughter and ginger rescue cat, Prince Harry. When not photographing weddings, you can find me learning to box, refinishing old furniture and trying to keep my garden alive. 

Kristy May

Kristy May