Where are you located?
I am located in Allentown, NJ (approximately 1 hr. south of Manhattan). I also show work by appointment in Manasquan, NJ for my shore clientele.
Do you only shoot weddings in the metro-NY area?
I love to travel to different parts of the country and abroad. Our travel package is for both myself and my younger sister Julia and takes the hassle out of booking by including all the travel and accommodation costs upfront. For those on the west coast we have a rep in the San Diego, CA area to speak with about all of your photography needs.
How do you conduct interviews?
I conduct interviews regularly — by appointment only. Please call or email! I show portfolios in Allentown, NJ, about an hour south of Manhattan. For those on the west coast we have a rep located in San Diego, CA.
What is your style?
My style is best described as a blend of classic portraiture and artistic photojournalism. The work is timeless and editorial with an emphasis on natural lighting. I work unobtrusively, capturing the emotion, beauty and details of your celebration. More information on my style is available in the photographer section of this web site.
What is your background?
I received a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and began my career in NYC as a freelance assistant to fashion and interior photographers. I initiated my own business in 1991, continuing to work in the commercial field for fashion magazines, catalogues and greeting card companies. At the request of a friend, (an artistic director looking for something unique for her own celebration), I began shooting weddings. I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the occasion and found that I had something new to offer in my photojournalistic approach. I truly love what I do and continue to grow artistically with each engagement.
Currently I am a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), attending workshops in the US. I also make a point to seek out vendors who carry exquisite and unique work that I can share with my clients. I am co-founder and member of a tremendous network of fellow women wedding photographers from the metro-NY area. What started as a referral pool, has evolved into a wonderful support group that has been meeting regularly for 10 years. Members share a similar style, approach and enthusiasm and further each other's knowledge of the rapidly changing and exciting field.
What type of equipment do you use?
Thérèse and company use Nikon and Canon bodies and lenses. All photographers carry back up equipment. We shoot everything digitally and our in house specialist personally color corrects and retouches your images. You receive at least 200 high quality, hard-copy 4x6 proofs, no matter which package you choose. Thérèse also offers proofs online and digitally designed, magazine style albums as part of her custom packages.
What are your fees?
Please call the studio for pricing. All packages are customized to suit your wedding occasion. Packages with Thérèse as photographer start at $4,500 and packages with Julia Wagner start at $3,500. The average spent on our wedding coverage and albums is between $7,500-$10,000. Thérèse Marie Wagner Photography offers a range of photography services from engagement portraits to full-day wedding coverage. Images are delivered in proof form. Beautifully-crafted archival products are also available. These include, but are not limited to, master prints and customized albums bound in leather or silk. Please contact Thérèse to arrange a portfolio viewing and discuss your wedding in detail.
How far in advance are you booked?
Customarily, 1 year in advance.
How do we book you?
A deposit of 1/3 of your fee.
Do you only shoot weddings?
No. My business is a combination of weddings, portraiture and special events. Recently, I've had the pleasure of photographing babies, (often those of former wedding clients)! In addition, I continue to shoot commercially on a limited basis and am always open to new opportunities.
Do you work with other photographers?
Yes, I represent my younger sister Julia Wagner who has trained with me for over 10 years. Her portfolio can be seen here.