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NEW! Photography Education with Laibel & Chana Schwartz

On June 26th, 2017 we will be teaching our first class at B&H Photo and Video. What better way to spend your Monday? We are super excited to start our journey in education. We want your feedback, so please come join us, and let us know how we do!

Class details: 1-3pm Monday June 26th

Speakers: Laibel & Chana Schwartz

Event Type: Photography

Skill Level: Intermediate

Location: B&H Event Space

Address: Second Floor of B&H NYC SuperStore at 420 9th Avenue, New York NY 10001

Streaming Location: B&H Event Space

The class is titled, The Hall Is Ugly…Now What?

Learn how to shoot great event images in less than desirable environments, coming away with a noteworthy portfolio (and happy customers), despite having to work with tacky backgrounds. When Laibel and Chana started shooting weddings in 2011, they encountered the same struggle that all new photographers face: How do you build a luxury portfolio when your venues and vendors leave you with a lot to be desired? In this presentation, Laibel and Chana will teach you 7 techniques that they use to create beautiful portraiture in any setting.

Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photographs | Jewish Wedding Photographer

 Planning Couple Portraits with your Wedding Photographer

So here we are, date settled,wedding venue or hall booked, and a very long to-do list in front of us. On one hand, you should be feeling elated, because you’ve just booked your calendar for the date you’ll be marrying the person you’re ready to spend your life with. On the other hand, you’re totally overwhelmed, and maybe even over-budget, before you’ve even started.

When you’re lucky enough to book one of the most drool worthy venues around, like The Venetian, The Rockleigh, or The Greentree Country Club, you needn’t worry about finding beautiful corners of the room to photograph you, your family, and your new spouse. However, sometimes we have other factors in finding our wedding venue such as a central location where guests can easily pop in for a quick dance.

We’re here to help you plan beautiful couple portraits that you’ll be proud to hang in your new home. One of our most memorable creations for our couple’s portraits was for Meiny Shaziri (Makeovers by Meiny, now located in Israel). We wanted to breakaway from the pretty, but boring, paneled walls at her wedding hall in Monsey, NY. We brought in a paper seamless background, much like we would use for a portrait or commercial session in a studio. We created our on-site studio in a private corner of the hall and we created images that make me shiver.

Another favorite couple portrait plan we set forth was with Chana Eisenberg (The Wax Bar, also now located in Israel). She enlisted the favor of a friend with a stunning home and property to allow us to photograph the couple on the grounds during their reveal before the wedding. Similar locations might be found at historical homes, classic locations like Central Park, or secret gardens tucked away in your wedding town.

Lastly, I want to share with you our most out-of-the-box technique for planning a stunning wedding location, without changing the wedding venue, bringing in extra equipment, or even seeing each other before the wedding. Chany Rindsberg’s wedding was at Tiferes Rivka in Brooklyn, NY, but Chany wanted their couple portraits to be in Prospect Park. Just a 10 minute drive away from the hall, we quickly drove away with the couple after the yichud room to photograph them at Prospect Park, while their guests were entertained with the fun photo booth we setup for them in the intermediate time frame.

We can’t wait to create beautiful photographs of you at your wedding. Where will your dream couple portraits be photographed?


Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photographs- Jewish Wedding Photographer


by Chana Schwartz

No.1 – Schedule an Engagement Session

We believe that every relationship has a progression, and want you to be able to remember and reflect on those fleeting moments. Getting in front of the camera will give you beautiful photographs to document this short stage of your relationship before the wedding, and it will get you guys comfortable being in front of the camera. Get ready for your eyes to be glued to your partner, and sore cheeks from your happiness looking at him/her! (We highly recommend scheduling your hair and makeup trials for the engagement session so you will look stunning, and feel great)

No. 2 – Love your Hair & Makeup Artist

Your hair and makeup greatly influences how you will look and feel on your wedding day. Of course, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll want to look your best, and have timeless looks to share with your children when you’re old and wrinkled. However, you also want to make sure you’re comfortable with your stylists and artists (and all of your vendors). It’s important that you’re surrounded by people who are pleasant and make you feel good to be around.

No. 3 – Getting Ready Photos

You’ll want to consider what parts of your day are the memories you’ll want to hold onto (besides the actual ceremony and partying!). If you will be getting ready the morning of your wedding with your mom, sisters, friends, or anyone who is important to you, you may want to consider scheduling us to be there to photograph special moments between you. That goes for both bride and groom. Getting ready should be in the nicest room available, with everyone’s things tucked away in a closet or a corner, and the more natural light in the room, the better. I am a Parsons School of Design trained Interior Designer, and something you’ll learn from me is that what you are surrounded by truly effects you. If it’s tidy in the room, the pictures will be breathtaking, and your persona will feel more relaxed, trust me.

No. 4 – Make time for Couple Portraits

You’ve decided to hire us, and our guess is that you love our couple portraits. That’s because we love our couples, and we know that you guys are the most important people on your wedding day. We love to photograph the first moments you are a husband & wife because it’s about you two, and your decision to spend the rest of your lives together. We always work within what we are given, and if that’s 30 minutes for everything after Yichud, that’s what we will do. However, the more time we have, the more creative we can get with your portraits. Keep in mind that if we plan to sneak away to a fun location outside, in another room, or take ten minutes to reach a hidden location, it’s important to carve out enough time in the day to do so.

No. 5 – Relax

It’s going to be your wedding day, and the last thing you want to do is stress. I know you want it to be perfect, look beautiful, run smoothly, and keep to the schedule, but none of that really matters when all is said and done. Have a close friend take phone calls for you, make sure your venue or wedding hall manager has a list of need-to-knows before the wedding, and hire vendors who will do their job without you worrying if they are or not! Relax, and enjoy your wedding day, because it will be over before you know it! We’ll be there to help keep things smooth as much as it’s in our ability, and we’ll create the memories of all your happy moments for you to look back on and smile.


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Yonatan & Noa Married | Jewish Wedding Photography

Venue: Valley Terrace at YSV |

Caterer: Glauber’s Catering

Photographer: Laibel Schwartz Photography |

Florist: White Ribbon Florist |

Orchestra: Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers |

Hair Stylist: Emmie Rosenblum from The Wave Bar |


Laibel Schwartz Photography is anything but your average Jewish New York wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other New York wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Monsey area.

This is Jewish wedding photography at its best. Laibel Schwartz Photography offers wedding coverage in Monsey, Lakewood, NYC and destinations worldwide, this wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the country and is located right here in the New York metro area.

Emotional. Elegant. Classic. These are the words typically used to describe this Jewish wedding photographer. With clients based all over the world, Monsey is home to this Jewish wedding photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Jewish wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create art for our clients.

Our Jewish clients are typically looking for artwork for their home rather than snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Jewish wedding photography studio.