New Jersey Wedding Photographer
When searching for a professional wedding photographer, you want a studio that is not only skilled in all technical and artistic matters, but also one who is willing to work with you to match your vision for your special day while keeping you as the focus of it all. Dean Michael Studios of New Jersey can give you all of that and more.
For over twenty years, our family-owned studio has been New Jersey’s premiere Wedding Photography and Portrait Studio. At Dean Michael, we have New Jersey’s top photography and cinematography talents in house. We pride ourselves on providing a unique wedding photography experience, complete with amazing art pieces and treasured moments frozen in time. We build packages to fit your needs since no two weddings are alike. Our most popular packages include two photographers, for both the traditional wedding portraiture and the candid photo-journalistic style photographs to capture the uniqueness of each wedding story.
Jen & Daniel Cantelmo
Excellent! Dean Michaels Studio was the perfect photography / videography studio to capture our most special day. The staff was very helpful and made sure all our needs were met — from developing the contract right through to helping me select images for my wedding album. The photographers and videographer worked incredibly hard to capture all the details of our wedding day — all while being unobtrusive, fun and creative. I was thrilled with the photos, love our video and can’t wait to see our wedding album! Top quality!
Marcy & Brian Suskin
My pictures were very important to me so I did a lot of research on different vendors. I chose Dean Michaels Studio because I knew they would be the best. My pictures came out beautiful and the sample albums I have viewed are absolutely amazing. The photographers are professional and easy to work with. The pictures are creative and elegant. I especially enjoyed working with Nichola. She was always there to answer my nine million questions and put me at ease. She is extremely friendly and patient and a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married or just looking for a spectacular photography studio!
Kristin & Dean Duchak
Where do I even start? The Dean Michael’s Team was incredible for every minute of our wedding planning, the wedding itself, and for all of the follow-ups (and I would consider myself a pretty demanding bride!). Nichola, our primary contact at DMS, answered every question we had and was extremely responsive throughout the entire process. The day of our wedding everyone was professional, helpful, and the video and pictures came out fantastic!!!! I have a great mix of shots from the big day (nice blend b/w staged and more candid photos) and the video is something that I will never forget (I already watched in 3 times and I just got it 2 weeks ago!!! SOO incredible). We already recommended Dean Michael’s to several of our friends and colleagues and would absolutely recommended them to anyone looking for a photographer. PS The morning of my wedding – all three of them were early! As a bride, cant tell you how much that was appreciated!
Lisa & David Ororio
My husbands sister used Dean Michael Studio for her wedding two years ago. After seeing her album, we knew right away we wanted to use them as well! We recently got our wedding video and it truly captured all of the amazing moments which occurred throughout the night. Being able to watch it whenever we want brings us back to that special day! We are also waiting on our album, because it is currently in the printing process. Seeing the album proof online, the skills they have are simply priceless. All the different types of style came out wonderfully and we were extremely happy we chose Dean Michael Studio for our wedding at the Skylands Manor in Ringwood NJ!!
Alicia & Brian Lambe
I looked long and hard before choosing a photographer for my wedding. A friend of mine recommended Dean Michael’s Studios. I was surprised to find that they were competitively priced. I recently saw the first draft of my designed album…. I LOVE IT! I was blown away! My album was so beautifully done! It even looked nicer than there model albums which I had loved during the initial consultation. I can’t wait to show everyone my album! I am so glad that I spent that bit extra on my pictures. Pictures last a lifetime, it is definitely worth it!
Dean Michael’s Studio did a fantastic job for our wedding. Rich was our main photographer and he was personable and reliable. As soon as we set up our appointment for our engagement session he was available to answer any questions or texts. He was just as responsive leading up to our wedding. The day of the wedding he was professional and kind. Jay was our second photographer and he did a great job as well. Our pictures turned out great! We can’t wait to set up our album. We also used Dean Michael’s for our videography. Kurt was our videographer and he was just as cooperative and professional. Overall we are very pleased.
Stefanie & Tim Butler
We could not be happier with the way our pictures came out. Dean did such a beautiful job with both our wedding and engagement photos. We had a guest book made with our engagement photos and it was one our favorite things we did for wedding. We can’t wait for our wedding album!
Kim & Kevin Feehan
Dean was our photographer, and he was fantastic. He was amazing when it came to calming my wife down before the ceremony. We took pictures before the ceremony to get them out of the way. Dean even went out of his way to pull us aside after the ceremony for pictures, which he did, but his real reason was to insure we ate a little before we got slammed by our guests. All of my friends and family thought he was fantastic, and he took some amazing pictures. All of the girls at the studio are fantastic as well. Each person I spoke to was great and handled every question with great care regardless of how much of a pain I may have been. Our album is beautiful, and I would recommend them to anyone. You can not possibly go wrong with Dean Michaels Studio
Rachel & Don Ryan
Dean Michaels Studio made the whole wedding process so much easier. They simply are the best wedding photographers in the area. Once we booked with them, I knew we were in good hands. Every phone call I made and all the questions I asked (which were many) were answered without hesitation. I knew just from all the phone conversations, that I would have nothing to worry about on the day of my wedding. My wedding day came and Dean and Rich helped us all feel at ease. I never in a million years could have imagined how many pictures they took, let alone how wonderful they ALL turned out. I am in the process of picking out the pictures for my album, and I have no idea how I am going to narrow it down! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Dean Michaels Studio for taking such wonderful pictures!
Maria & Chris Concerto
My husband and I used Dean Michael Studios for our wedding photography and they did an absolute wonderful job! I had changed the timeline of our wedding day a million times and they were so accommodating and Dean was able to give us advice on the best way to work our picture taking into the day. Dean and Jay Li were absolutely fabulous and really captured the essence of the day. The artistry and professionalism they put towards it was like no one else and I would recommend them any day!! All our friends and family can’t stop talking about how beautiful our pictures came. Thank you to Dean, Jay and the Dean Michael’s team for a memorable experience!
My husband and I used Dean Michaels for our wedding day and we could not be happier. We were very picky about finding the perfect photographer and I highly recommend them. Rich Penrose was our photographer. He was so nice, funny, flexible and he captured amazing engagement and wedding day shots. Our wedding pictures are so unique and beautiful (even for a rainy day!). Everyone comments how amazing everything came out. Trust me and book them for your wedding because you will not be disappointed!!!
Natasha & Russel Allgor
First, I will say that we have not received our photos back yet, but so far we are very happy with our experience with Dean Michaels. Nichola coordinated everything and she was helpful, but not pushy. She sent us photos they had previously shot at our venue in addition to the other samples they provided us with. All of the samples we saw were creative, but did not over do it. Dean Michaels is a little more expensive than some of the other companies, but we really liked their work. On the day of the wedding, Elise was our photographer. When she arrived at my hotel room, she was immediately friendly and outgoing. As soon as we went to leave the hotel for our “outdoor” ceremony, the rain began. As we got closer, the down pours began. As soon as we pulled into the site, the decision was made to have the ceremony at our reception site. As we all went to leave, there was a problem that rendered the best man’s car disabled, leaving the groom stranded in the rain. Elise ended up having to drive the groom to the wedding! Despite this imposition, Elise was very accommodating. Since we no longer had a photo site, Elise did a great job of improvising some other shots in between rain drops. We are hopeful the photos we get back will be as wonderful as the customer service we received so far.
Patty & Jim Henry
We were so pleased with our experience with Dean Michaels. Our photographer was very professional, unobtrusive and great to work with. Our pictures came out beautiful and we were very pleased overall. I would recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a wedding photographer. Rich was ours-we loved him!
Kelly & Justin Davis
Dean Michaels Studio did a fantastic job with our wedding photos. We have recently received our online proofs, and we could not be happier with the results. Our photographer made sure that the picture-taking process the day of our wedding went smoothly and ensured that we included everyone we wanted in our pictures. We highly recommend Dean Michaels Studio to anyone who is looking for a photographer.
Rosetta & Jose Arse
Dean Michael himself has photographed my wedding and both of my sisters! Dean did an awesome job, utilizing locations and props to make my wedding photos beautiful! I have so many great shots and will have a hard time picking my album! This studio is super professional and offered great quality product for a competitive price. I would highly recommend Dean Michael studio for any of your photography needs!
Nicole & Jeff Sudol
I would recommend Dean Michaels Studio to any bride out there. The entire staff was easy to work with, whether it was Dean the day of the wedding or Danielle doing my thank you cards….EVERYONE was wonderful. My album looks amazing. Having such a huge selection of proofs online was great as well. On the day of the wedding Dean and the second photographer were awesome. They got great shots and were so fun to work with! The entire in office staff were always responsive to my questions and got me my proofs, album, etc. in such a timely manner.
Melody & Ed Conn
Every decision that is made for a wedding is so important, but for me, the photographer was the most important! I did not choose to use a videographer, so the pictures were the only memories I was going to have to look back at. What a big decision!! I have to say the entire process, from first the meeting to the wedding day, everything was so organized and professional. After looking at the sample albums, I chose Dean Michaels for the creative photography and the stunning variation of colors used with black and white. It really wasn’t until the wedding day that I realized how lucky we were for choosing Dean Michaels. Our photographers were so upbeat and fun! They didn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable, trust me my father was not the most photogenic guy, they just did an outrageous job. The album process was just as smooth and they created a beautiful album. They listened to everything I had said and gave me the album I had dreamed of. I cannot say enough great things about Dean Michaels!!
Tracy & Justin Kurys
From the moment we booked with Dean Michaels for our wedding photos, the staff was extremely helpful and made the whole wedding process so much easier. On the day of our wedding, our photographers made us feel so comfortable and so at ease. Rich and Rich took so many incredible pictures, that it was so hard to narrow them down! I loved the fact that Dean Michaels lets you see every photo they take that day, unlike many other studios that narrow the pictures down for you. Thank you so much Dean Michaels for making our wedding pictures so incredible and memorable!
Jen & Frankie Montalvo
We booked both an engagement session as well as wedding photographer(s) for our big day, and I must say, it was the best decision we ever made. The engagement photos came out fabulous, and they were unpretentious. The same photographer came to our wedding so by the time our wedding day came around, he knew exactly what we were looking for. We worked with both Dean and Jay, and they are both equally talented. We appreciate everything they did to work with us for the perfect wedding album.
Grace & Matt Dunn
My husband and I used Dean for our wedding last year. Dean is amazing at what he does and he knows to have fun along the way-we laughed the entire time! We had such a great time working with Dean and his crew. They made us feel like we were superstars for the day! Our pictures came out so beautiful and our wedding video was amazing. I would absolutely recommend Dean to anyone and everyone. You will not be disappointed-PROMISE!! Dean Michaels Studio was able to capture the all of the best parts of our day so that we will remember them for years to come. Thanks Dean!!!
Agota & Randy Alvarez
I have nothing but glowing things to say about Dean Michaels. Our wedding was back in October and we worked with Rich, Jay and Jose (for video). Not only did Rich have everything under control, but he was a BLAST to work with. They laughed with us and had a great time. They felt like friends! We just got all our pictures and our album back and it was nothing short of amazing. They were worth every penny then some! The staff is also just as wonderful. They definitely shared my excitement, and that made me even more happy to have worked with them. The pictures are breath-taking and I am so happy I had such wonderful photographers to capture my special day. I look back on the photos and video pretty regularly and am just blown away every time. They really put me at ease that day, and if I could do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing!! Thank you so much to Rich and all the people at Dean Michaels for making our day memorable and capturing those special moments for us!!!!!
Christina & Hamid Burnett
I highly recommend Dean Michaels Studio. Laura was our photographer. She did our engagement photos and our wedding. Awesome to work with. Very professional, great energy, full of great ideas. Kurt was our videographer and was great too.
Meg & Matt Costa
I cant say enough good things about Dean Michaels Studio!! Rich and Rich were my photographers, and Jose was my Videographer. Not only were they professional, they were so friendly, and interacted with my whole family and bridal party while getting ready. At the church, I didn’t even notice them, yet the pictures showed they were there and captured every special moment. Both the pictures and video were spectacular, and the whole process was almost too easy. Thank you!!
Tara & Albert Vona
When looking for a photographer for our Halloween themed wedding, we were looking for somebody who could capture our personalities and give us pictures that weren’t so traditional. When we saw Dean Michaels Studios, we immediately knew that they were it! Rich, who we met with in the beginning and did our engagement shoot is great! He is very personable and made us feel comfortable right from the beginning. We loved all of our pictures and had a hard time picking out only a few. Laura and Dean, who came to shoot our wedding were just as great! Although this was the first time meeting them, they knew exactly what we wanted and captured amazing photos of the wedding. We got all that we expected and more! If you’re looking for awesome photographers and fun pictures, check them out!
Krystin & Joe Abruscato
Dean Michaels Studio is absolutely phenomenal. No matter when I call or who I speak with, everyone is always great. Dean shot my wedding, along with another photographer, and videographer, who were both great as well! After being extremely late to my church, my only sanity was through Dean. He was absolutely fantastic, and I couldn’t have imagined anyone else shooting my wedding. He is so passionate about his job, that it shows through his great work. I had numerous wedding guests not only come up to me at the end of my reception, but call me days after to comment as to how great our photographer was. Dean is genuine and true to what he says!
Courtney & Mike Albanese
You guys are the best!! From my initial consultation at the studio to my wedding day my whole experience with you was absolutely wonderful. Rich and Maggie were at my house before I was the day of the wedding (I was running late due to hair and makeup) taking pictures of my dress they took their time and got all the right shots. They were professional and courteous- and were with me from before my wedding til the last song played at my reception. I used them for my engagement and wedding photos and I will surely use them again and will be recommending you guys to all my friends and family needing photographers!! Thank you Dean, Rich and Maggie for making our day so memorable!!! I could never thank you enough for my stunning wedding pictures!!!
Tricia & Jason Antonini
Dean Michaels is fun, lively, and most importantly professional. The photographer is obviously one of the most important parts of your wedding day and will be around you most of the day. Dean made both me and my husband more relaxed on what is a very stressful day. Once the reception began, we didn’t even notice he was there (which is how a good photographer handles an event). But I can tell you he was not off relaxing; Dean and his team work hard and take their jobs very seriously. They are up to speed on all the latest technology and take absolutely incredible pictures. Our wedding was on December 4th, but it was unseasonably warm and we had just a little light left after our ceremony (which was on a Friday afternoon). Dean took control and got some of the most amazing outdoor shots as the sun set. We didn’t expect to be able to have any outdoor shots but Dean’s goal the entire time was to get those for us and he certainly did. My sister used Dean for her wedding as well and absolutely loved him which is why we used him for ours. Me and my husband are recommending him to all our friends who are getting married or have children. We will surely have Dean take some shots of our children in the future! I highly recommend Dean Michaels Studio if you want to be worry free on your wedding day about your photo and videos.
Jamie & Joe Aurilia
What an amazing photographer and great man Dean Michaels is. From the first meeting my husband wanted to book him. He is so personable, friendly and flexible, and his work is beautiful! Our first experience was our engagement photos where he met us and spent almost three hours taking us to different locations, and capturing breathtaking photos. Once I saw these pictures I was convinced that I made a great decision. At the wedding he was so wonderful and patient, making sure he always got the perfect shot. Our wedding photos are amazing, the only problem is that there are just too many to choose from. Dean Michaels’ experience, professionalism, and kindness makes him one of the best wedding photographers around. Thank you Dean Michaels Studios for going above and beyond our expectations and capturing our wedding day memories is such a magnificent way that we will have forever!
Dean Michael has been published in more than 100 national and international magazines, including People, Life and Star Magazines. We go over and above industry standards for all of our clients. As an example of just how far we go to see your vision come to life, we recently took part in photographing the underwater wedding of Hollywood super-agent Jay Bernstein. The couple, wearing a scuba tuxedo and a custom-made scuba wedding dress, were married 50 feet underwater in the Caribbean! Dean Michael photographers were there, equipped with underwater cameras, to capture the couple’s dream day come true. We strive to do the same in turning your own wishes into reality.
We have received multiple awards and recognitions, but our favorite accolades are our clients’ thrilled testimonials.
- Knot Best of Weddings nine years in a row (2007-2015)
- Two Best of Weddings Hall of Fame Awards (2014-2015)
- Wedding Wire Brides & Couples’ Choice Award seven years in a row (2009-2015)
- New Jersey Bride Love It Award three years in a row (2012-2015)
- Daily Record’s Best of Morris County and Best of Essex County
- Wedding Wire Rated and too many more to mention!
Our photography will celebrate the excitement of your wedding day, while showing your true beauty. Our number one goal is making you look good while being unobtrusive. Most clients often wonder how we capture all of those special moments while staying behind the scenes.
Dean Michael Studio offers a full staff of professional post-production specialists making sure your wedding images become true works of art. We have a complete line of beautiful wedding albums and coffee table books designed by our professional staff to capture your unique wedding story.
Let us help tell the story of YOUR wedding day! Call us for an appointment at one of our three convenient New Jersey locations in Madison, Saddlebrook, or Manalapan. We would love to show you what we have to offer to make your wedding the special day it is meant to be!