Manhattan Engagement Session

Engaged?  Mazel tov!
Now it’s time to plan a photo shoot –  spring will be here sooner we all think!
Photographing Chelsea and Mike’s Manhattan Engagement Session (outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and in SoHo) was so much fun, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, more laid back, stylish and creative couple to work with.
I will also be photographing their wedding in May.  Cannot wait!

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Session
Manhattan Engagement Shoot

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award

Karen has received a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016! Recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals, within the WeddingWire Network, who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. This is the sixth WeddingWire award granted to Karen Wise Photography!

Thank you to my amazing clients for writing me such laudatory reviews!

Karen Wise - WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for 2016

Karen Wise Photography Receives WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016

Tiki with a Twist

I am so happy to have worked on my 4th cookbook, Tiki with a Twist, published by Sterling Publishing this summer! As the name suggests, this cookbook documents tropical tiki style drinks. The recipes were created by Lynn Calvo, of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, on the eastern most point of Long Island’s south fork.

Lynn’s cool Polynesian style Tiki bar sits on a peaceful boat-lined marina, and is often packed full of locals and visitors in the hot summer months. We photographed for 3 days this past August, in Montauk with the author, Lynn Calvo, co-author/creator James Fraioli and a team of editors and art directors from Sterling Publishing.

Torrential downpours and gusty winds did not stop us on the first day of the shoot. We found a lovely local restaurant (Swallow East) that took us under wing and let us spend the day using their window light, to which we are so grateful. The next two days were sunny and calm, and thankfully we resumed the shoot at Lynn’s outdoor bar as planned!

Tiki with a Twist cookbook will be on bookshelves in May 2016. A few examples of what you will see when you open it up:






Marissa Mayer Headshot

It is so awesome to see the portrait I made for my client, Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer on today.
I love it with the vibrant Yahoo purple backdrop which replaced our green screen!

Marissa Mayer Headshot

Marissa Mayer Headshot

Marissa’s portrait was made in a daylight photo studio in Tribeca, New York City right before a Charlie Rose interview. We were ready with our green screen set up just in time for her arrival. I’m super impressed with how much Marissa got done in just 36 hours. She flew to NY overnight, presented at AdWeek in midtown, had her portraits taken downtown, then was interviewed by Charlie Rose all in the same day, flying back that night.

Can you say Super Woman?

I had the pleasure of photographing Marissa Mayer’s wedding, in December 2009, in San Francisco. You may see one of her wedding portraits published in the San Francisco Chronicle here.

Published in Vogue India!

My photos and my interview are featured in the November issue of Vogue India!

I’m so thrilled, because the article is well-written, and the layout and cover are really pretty too! It features one of my favorite photos from Priti and Jaouad’s wedding in India: Priti’s slip on “slippers” on her feet. It also featured a black and white portrait I made of my gorgeous client, Neha, at her NJ wedding last year.

The article describes my style of shooting, and my experience as a destination and local wedding photographer. It also features my tips on what to ask your photographer during the selection process, and how to store your prints and negs.

Vogue’s got to be one of my favorite fashion magazines, EVER! I have yet to receive my physical copy of the issue, but Paulomi Patel, the writer of the feature was nice enough to scan her copy and send it to me via email from Mumbai.
The international newspaper shops in NY say they will have copies of in December.

Update: my lovely client Angeli was so sweet to bring me back a copy of the issue, she happened to be in Mumbai when it came out and her lovely portrait is in the mag too.


Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

I’m excited to share this beautiful summer Rhode Island wedding on Carats and Cake today! Lauren and Benoit were married on Block Island, Rhode Island in June on her family’s seaside property.


Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Karen Wise Photography - Artistic Wedding Photojournalism











It had been about 15 years since I visited, while I was a photography student at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). It was really nice to be back amongst Block Island’s laid back culture, rolling landscapes, lighthouses, and the cool ocean breeze.

Garden Inspired Hamptons Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing Abby and Jon’s exquisite summer wedding which took place at a private residence in the Hamptons. Abby and Jon exchanged vows in the gardens, framed by lush greenery, reflection pools, a fruiting peach orchard, and a mesmerizing garden labyrinth. I am thankful for all of the talented artists (the planners, the designers, the caterers, the musicians, etc) and to the couple’s wonderful families who came together to make this stunning event come together!

Abby + Jon’s Elegant Garden Inspired Hamptons Wedding was also featured in Style Me Pretty! See the entire post HERE.




“Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding gardens, this summer celebration in the Hamptons created an absolutely magical wedding wonderland. To top it all off, the blushing Bride wore an amazing Amsale gown, that couldn’t have fit this occasion any better, from the detailed, delicate bodice to the full skirt. Karen Wise captured every inch of pretty….” – Style Me Pretty

Abby and Jon were married late last summer in a gorgeous Hamptons garden setting. The couple focused their garden inspired Hamptons wedding around the natural beauty of the private residence’s gardens and Tuscan accents. They were surrounded by an intimate group of their closest family and friends. The bride and groom cared deeply about serving everyone the tastiest local fare (including some of the bride’s childhood favorites) and dancing late into the night to a band playing their favorite music. It was a perfect summer party filled with love, laughter, singing, eating and dancing under a beautiful airy sailcloth tent and the stars.


Block Island Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Check out my Block Island Wedding on Style Me Pretty today!

A few images from this elegant seaside Rhode Island wedding are also featured below, and on my website here.







Lauren and Benoit were married on Block Island, Rhode Island, last summer, on Lauren’s family’s seaside property.

It had been about 15 years since I was last on the island. I visited while I was a photography student at RISD. It was especially nice to be back amongst Block Island’s laid back culture and cool ocean breeze.

Lauren and Benoit enjoyed a quiet moment before their rehearsal dinner, taking a stroll by the Southeast Lighthouse as the sun was setting. It’s these magical moments when the light is just right and the bride and groom are relaxing with each other that inspire me. I always recommend my couples take a moment for themselves, before or even while the party is going on, to catch their breath and soak it all in before going back to enjoy more of the celebration.

Event production by Bash, Please / Floral Design by Peartree Flowers

More images can be found from this Block Island wedding on Block Island Wedding by Karen Wise – Style Me Pretty.

Tropical Floral Inspired Cover Story for Ceci Style


Tropical Floral Inspired Cover Story for Ceci Style

In 10 days from now, I will be attending destination wedding in Barbados and swimming in the Caribbean Sea!

Incidentally, my tropical floral inspired cover story for Ceci Style magazine was just published! Take a look here at the feature HERE.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Credits: Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Concept and model: Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York / Floral Design: Peartree Flowers / Make Up: SB Beauty / Hair: MG Hair & Makeup / Dress: Phase Eight at Bloomingdale’s / Jewelry: Luxe Intelligence