Carla & Mike Central Park Boathouse, New York, NY
Carolina Rivera is beyond talented! We had Carolina document our wedding day with her beautiful photos and couldn't be happier! She manages to capture a glimpse of time that conveys all of the emotions you felt in the moment. Thanks to Carolina we can relive our wedding day through her amazing shots. She could not be more professional and responsive. She is truly the most talented artist who provides you with photos that are anything but generic. I highly highly suggest choosing Carolina! We love her!
Sarah & Shaun632 Hudson, New York, NY
We really didn’t value or understand how important and what joy our wedding photos would bring us until Carolina sent us the most valuable and long lasting asset from the whole day, her photography. I haven’t enough words for how far they exceeded our expectations. Beyond that all our family and friends treasure them, everyone relived the day watching the slideshow. Thank you so much Carolina, one of the luckiest and best contributions to our wedding and will be treasured throughout our marriage.
Rachel & BryanLionRock Farm, Sharon, CT
Choosing a photographer is TOUGH WORK, but if you're looking for someone to make you feel at ease, real emotion to be captured and images that double as art, look no further than Carolina Rivera. From the get-go, Carolina gave us everything we wanted and more. Our "day-in-the-life" engagement shoot was truly unique and it felt like she popped into our home and just started snapping candid, raw images. Exactly what we wanted. Our wedding was the same way. Nothing felt staged, everything felt real and the images we received take us right back to the moment. If you're looking for a typical wedding photographer, Carolina is not for you. If you want to see your real emotions caught on film and art to fill a book and your walls, we couldn't recommend Carolina anymore.
Kaska & RobSeasons, Washington Twshp, NJ
Carolina’s attention to detail and ability to capture the human spirit was remarkable. Her photos did not only reflect the images of those that were present. It was much more than that. The photos radiate a certain type of energy that you can actually feel. Life sometimes gets in the way, and we loose track of what really is important. Carolinas photography captured happiness, sorrow and excitement in such a way that it reminds us of why life is so beautiful. These emotions captured by a picture, to be preserved in time, will bring us hope and happiness for many years to come.
Alyssa & SteveMidtown Loft and Terrace, NYC
Carolina is an extremely artistic and talented photographer and we could not be happier with our wedding photos, which we just recently received! My husband and I both have an eye for art and knew for sure we did not want to have the same "cookie-cutter" styled photographs that I see time and time again from weddings. We did our research prior to selecting a photographer that fit what we were looking for and that's when we came across Carolina's work. We both knew immediately we had to reach out for our own wedding! Her style was exactly what we were looking for. We quickly scheduled a connection session/engagement shoot to get to know Carolina and her style and were amazed by the results. We knew we were in great hands for our big day! Our pictures are truly unique and absolutely breathtaking! We can't wait to have them printed for our home and for our family. We promise you will not be disappointed should you chose to work with her on your special day or for an any event for that matter!
Katie& WickBasking Ridge Country Club, NJ
We cannot even begin to tell you how grateful we are to have found Carolina as a photographer. We discovered her work through Wedding Wire when we began our search, met her in person, saw some of her work and new we had found the perfect match. Carolina was thorough, easy to work with, and most importantly captured the memories from our wedding in a way that beyond exceeded our expectations. Our guests did not even know that Carolina and Nino were at the church or at the reception because they blended right into the crowd. Somehow, without even discussing the poses or moments, Carolina was able to capture all of our JOY, the HAPPY TEARS, the LAUGHTER, the CALM. She found every special moment. When we look at our pictures, we can relive every moment of our amazing day. Her images are in one word, stunning. They left us speechless. We will forever recommend Carolina as a photographer.
Susana & CecilCV Rich Mansion, White Plains NY
Absolutely spectacular - Carolina is amazing--She has soulfulness, amazing, creativity, and pure love. So happy with our amazing wedding photos.
How would you describe your style?
My style of photography is documentary in nature, with a fine art twist. What does this mean? I approach moments candidly, with minimal instructions, so that you can fully experience your day uninhibited and relive the moments that are true to you. I also love creating stylized portraits that are moody and dramatic, to bring the feelings of your relationship to a deeper level. My editing style is a bit moodier as well, bringing home the notion that love is about deep and rich emotions that you feel in your core.
We love what we see! What are the next steps?
I am truly humbled when anyone chooses me to document their day. If you haven't already, reach out via the Contact form on my site and tell me about your day, or if you prefer by phone, give me a call at 908-432-2122 and I can guide you to the next steps. Booking is pretty easy, I require a $1000 non-refundable deposit and a signed online contract to hold your date. Note that I do not hold dates without both of these.
Do you take any of the traditional photos at weddings?
Yes, of course! While the photos you see on my website are generally my most artistic and representative of my style, I do schedule some time on your day to photograph traditional portraits with your families, and I try to include at least one traditional portrait of you both for mom and dad to have, too. I know how important these are to have in your family, and to take it a step further, I will help you craft a portrait groupings list prior to your wedding so that we can be sure to have them all.
Can you explain a little bit about your Connection Sessions?
Sure! Connection Sessions are my way of getting to know you, and vice versa, so that you can get to know me. They are structured just like an engagement session, and are about an hour long. I include a complimentary session with each of my full coverage options. I highly encourage couples to use them. Connection sessions take place in Califon, NJ, so it's a great way to escape to the country and get a breath of fresh air.
How many images do we get?
I typically deliver an average of 50-100 photos per hour of your wedding
Why should we hire you?
Choosing your photographer is not something to take lightly, as they will be the person with you for the majority of the day, and responsible for recording your legacy of memories on one of the most important days of your life. Because of this, I take my job extremely seriously. I am professional, prompt, responsive, and extremely organized. I will bring a calm yet positive energy to your day and guide you through it all at the same time. While style and approach is a very personal choice, I can guarantee you that I will pour my heart into your photos. Want proof? Read some reviews! I've got a bunch.
Do you travel?
Yes, absolutely. Weddings within the tri-state area are quite normal for me, and any travel within 1 1/2 hours of my base is generally included. When I send you your quote, I will include any additional travel or overnight stays, if they are required. Destination weddings can be wonderful to plan if you have the right team on your side, and I'm happy to travel all over the world for your wedding.
Do you have a back up emergency plan?
Yes, as any professional should as well! I am part of a large network of photographers and colleagues who will step in at a moment's notice if an emergency were to happen. Since I am always on top of my communications with clients, you will hear from me right away and a solution will be presented. I do, however, always suggest to my couples to look into Wedding Insurance. It is an inexpensive way to assure that you have dotted your i's and crossed your t's for any unexpected emergencies.
Do you offer video?
I have partnered up with a videography team who I believe is amazing, and unique at what they do, and I am excited to present this as an option this year to my couples, so that your experience of capturing your memories is seamless throughout. Please let me know you are interested in adding video to your coverage and I will send you pricing. I can also offer great vendor recommendations as well.
Do you work with a second photographer?
Having a second shooter at your wedding is optional, however I highly recommend it if you have a wedding guest count of at least 100. It will give you added the security of having a second person to capture additional angles and moments. Every photographer that works for me is a highly skilled and talented photographer, so you can be sure to have the same quality from them as well. In fact I often get compliments on how pleasant my 2nd shooters are to be around.