55 Five-Star Reviews
I know this is a lot of text and I apologize. But if you take a moment to read my couples reviews you will learn about my personality, my work ethic and how much fun this can be. It is important to me to get to know you and so I can assist you as best as possible to give you a one of a kind experience.
Paulette & Nick
We hired Stefy for our August wedding and she also did our engagement shoot. Stefy is very professional, detailed-orientated and a creative photographer! She is very passionate about photography and worked really hard to capture the most beautiful photos. Throughout the day, she maintained a high-energy level which was contagious as well as comforting. She was like a ninja at times, not invading our personal space but still able to capture all the emotions and special moments of the day. She stayed until the very last minute being sure to capture the fun and crazy moments of dancing during our reception. She was very positive and delightful to work with, and she makes you feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She is quick with responses and is very transparent. Her turn around time to having edited photos was very quick. If you are looking for an outstanding, passionate photographer, look no further, we highly recommend Stefy and would book her again if we had the opportunity.
Denise & Mariano
Stefy is an absolute dream come true and easily the best decision my husband and I made for our wedding. We met Stefy at a bridal show and didn't expect to find anyone we liked - and then we walked by Stefy's booth and we were blown away by her work. Our first project with Stefy was the engagement shoot; while our location didn't work out as planned Stefy was quick to scout nearby locations and guide us throughout the photo shoot. To this day I still get so many compliments on the pictures from the engagement session. Now the wedding! The days leading up to the wedding are stressful enough so I felt blessed to have Stefy help me with planning out the day. On the day of the wedding Stefy was incredibly warm, super professional and made me feel so comfortable. She was never pushy or demanding and more importantly she allowed my husband and I to be ourselves. That's the part I love about Stefy - she is a master at capturing those special moments filled with emotions whether it be love, laughter, happiness, or sadness. She is a visionary! Stefy, I love you and thank you for capturing my special day.
Diana & Erik
Stefy Hilmer is a dream to work with! We reached out to Stefy in autumn 2016 about photographing our June 2017 wedding in Saugerties, New York. She wrote back right away and joined us on a call soon thereafter. Right from the start, we fell for her unique blend of direct, dauntless communication (especially when trying to line up the perfect shot) and easygoing energy. Stefy’s photojournalistic approach was the perfect match for our outdoor wedding, and we treasure the candid moments she captured. Just as importantly, though, Stefy’s steady presence helped us to stay calm and remember to enjoy every minute. If we could go back in time, we’d book her again in a heartbeat.
Ioana & Michael
We are so happy we chose Stefy for our wedding photos! Stefy and her assistant Casey were so professional and helpful throughout the day. They are perfectionists and you can tell they think about each detail. What we loved most about the pictures is that Stefy was amazing at capturing moods, states, emotions - which is really what you want to remember when you think about your wedding day! We did not have a shot list and just trusted Stefy to focus on what she thought was worth capturing, and I'm so happy with the results! Stefy and Casey were also great with our dog! You can tell they are animal lovers and captured our dog so well in the photos :-) Last but not least, Stefy is a wonderful and authentic person. We're so happy to have met her. She was a great presence on our wedding day, and I could see that she was genuinely sharing our happiness.
Emily & Sam
Stefy is absolutely amazing! She captured our wedding day perfectly and we couldn't be more happy with our wedding photos. She photographed so many details and special moments. We loved her artsy city style but also requeted traditional wedding party and family portraits which came out amazing. We had our engagement shoot with her and she took her time to ensure we had the shots we wanted also while allowing us to become comfortable in front of the camera. Throughtout our entire wedding planning process Stefy would checkin with us and was always available when we had a question or a request. She is definitely a perfectionist and it shows in her photos. Her creativity is unbelievable and she has a great ability to capture moments filled with emotion. I can't say enough great things about her. She is absolutely fabulous and I would HIGHLY recommend her.
Liz & Scott
Stefy was wonderful to work with! We will be using her in the future for family photos and event coverage, for sure! She is fun and makes taking pictures relaxing and enjoyable. She is very organized and made sure that we didn't miss any photo opportunities of moments we wanted to capture the day of the wedding. Our families and friends commented on how awesome Stefy is, too! She is out of the way, yet involved and doesn't miss a thing. We love her creativity and her willingness to go beyond normal and take interesting photos. That being said, she is phenominal at the traditional photos as well.
Gretchen & Mitch
Stefy was absolutely amazing in every sense of the word. She was extremely helpful and flexible from the start to the end and made sure that our wants and needs were taken care of. Whenever there was a question, Stefy's response was extremely quick and precise. The day of the wedding, Stefy made sure that we were able to get all of the shots that we wanted while also making sure that everyone was where they needed to be at the right time. The pictures overall were outstanding, and we could not have been any happier!
Anastasia & Chris
Choosing a photographer was one of the harder decisions to make because we really wanted to avoid the cheesiness in a lot of engagement and wedding photos. I don't think could have picked a better one - Stefy and her assistant captured so many stunning moments, even in an unfamiliar and sometimes chaotic, big-family environment. She is a true professional and a pleasure to be around.
Jennifer & Chris
Stefy is wonderful! She captured our wedding day beautifully and created amazing portraits of us and our families. She also had such a good eye for capturing these incredibly special candid moments from our day. On top of that, she's more than a photographer. Having worked so many weddings, she's a great resource to use for the overall wedding day. She will go above and beyond and partner with you, and gave me the sense that she had my back throughout my planning process, which was a wonderful source of comfort in what can be an overwhelming process. I cannot recommend her enough!!
Marilyn & Cliff
Stefy is incredibly talented with a unique and original eye and understanding of both photography and people. I looked everywhere before choosing her and I am so very glad I did. She has a huge talent for getting an interesting composition and taking photos that tell a story. She took a lot time to find out about me and my husband and what we wanted and who we were as a couple so she could let that inform her process and create a really personal and lovely shoot for us the day of the wedding (and engagement shoot too!) She was also so kind and sweet and easy to get a long with, everyone who met her loved her. She went above and beyond our expectations at every turn. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Amy & Alexander
My husband and I instantly connected the first time we spoke with Stefy. From the that first conversation, to the engagement photo shoot to our wedding day - she was there for us to provide anything we needed. Her passion and talent for photography shines through the incredible work she produces. We could not be more thrilled to have had Stefy and her team capture every moment of this very special time in our lives. She and her team were fantastic to work with - so personable, professional, talented and always willing to do whatever it took to get the perfect shot. I have been to several weddings and have never seen photographers so excited about the perfect lighting or the perfect setting. Their energy was contagious and would I highly recommend to anyone and everyone!
Amber & Frank
Stefy was such a joy to work with and we are so glad that we got to work with her during our wedding events. She came highly recommended by one of my personal friends so we met with her along with several other highly reviewed photographers. We clicked with her immediately and it was one of the easiest decisions that we made during our wedding planning. Once we started working with her we knew we made the right decision. We liked her so much we ended up using her for the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner along with the engagement photos and of course the wedding day. All of the photos came out great. She really goes above and beyond the typical photographer. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the years to come.
Rhonda & Tom
I couldn't have worked with a better photographer. Stephy Hilmer was creative, patient, made me feel so comfortable and was a lot of fun to work with. My wedding pictures came out so beautiful and captured every moment that coincided with every emotion of my special day. I will definitely use her again for another special occasion. She was wonderful to work with and gave m amazing pictures that I will cherish for many years to come!
Alex & Eric
My wife and I are very happy that Stefy was our wedding photographer. Between our relaxed engagement photos and our very sharp wedding photos we have tons of great images surrounding our wedding. Stefy really made a point to get to know us before our wedding and that proved to be very valuable on the day. Stefy and her team were with us for every step of our wedding day, yet were unobtrusive. Stefy got some real creative shots and used a nice variety of lenses to mix up the feel which I appreciated.
Jessina & Adeel
It was a pleasure to work with Stefy. My wife and I are not the ones that love posing for pictures, nor value the time to take them, but Stefy was great pushing us to get the best shots to make our day memorable and now, of course, we look at them everyday! From the first time we met Stefy we knew that we wanted to work with her. Her perspective towards the overall wedding experience, friendly nature and the samples she provided were our exact style and we were pleased with how it turned out. From the original meeting to the constant communication and post wedding catch-up, all of our interactions were fantastic. I would highly recommend Stefy to anyone who needs a professional photographer.
Julie & Simone
Stefy has my warmest recommendations as a wedding photographer! She masters both portrait and photojournalism photography. And she is a very warm and sympatic person as well, making our day even better. Safe choice and great value for the money.
Gloria & Salvatore
A review for my wedding photographer, Stefy Hilmer, is so filled with personal feelings, not because I liked her, although it was obvious immediately over the telephone that I would, but because I had so much added stress and mixed emotions about planning an ever continuously postponed wedding in 3 weeks.
Stefy was my focus in "can do" optimism beyond a photographer's call of duty. Or maybe that is an excellent photographer's trade secret to ensure optimal photo sessions with her clients. Regardless, she is exactly what I needed at the moment. Heart-fully, Stefy drew into my vision, our personalities and observed our photographic strengths (contrarily, I had a lazy eye due to migraine treatment and Sal made it obvious he would have rather been on the couch watching football). She is also well versed in a diversity of venues that captured the essence of our courtship.
Stefy arrived packed with her equipment and already scouting the venues for optimal photographs and creative suggestion while considering our comfort zones. She also had spoken with me (and my fiance) to get a most genuine feel of our visions. She seems to love her craft and found each moment and nuance of a photo shoot to be an opportunity for us to portray our love and commitment to one another. Although I have seen the use of detail, subject matter and lighting in magazines, I never imagined that was for hire in my real world. Our photos are amazing.
Stefy also comes packed with other vendor recommendations, IF you ask. (Understandably, some not available on such short notice.)
Marie & Josh
Finding Stefy was such a gift! It was daunting to find vendors and help for our wedding, and immediately after the first conversation I knew she was the one to capture our wedding day. She was helpful, calming, personable and very responsive in the planning process. On the day of, she kept to our agreements and made sure we got the shots we requested. She stayed through the event and captured everything!! There was a picture that someone else took and she was in the background smiling. She truly cared and enjoyed her job. You can't ask for anything more. I highly recommend using her.
Sarah & Lance
I heard of Stefy's services through a mutual friend and I feel so lucky that she was able to photograph our wedding. We just received the photos and they are incredible in their quality and also in the fantastic way that she captured the moments that we wanted.
Additionally, her personality and happiness during the wedding day was exceptional, we felt as though she and her partner were a part of our wedding and thoroughly enjoyed just having them there.
She is extraordinarily skilled in directing people just how to look amazing in their photos and had such a creative approach to getting the perfect picture.
I would wholeheartedly reccomend Stefy to anyone planning their wedding!
Shari & Russel
Stefy and her assistant did a great job of capturing the details of the wedding. She stayed out of the way to take the candid photos and was quick when it came time to take the posed shots. When we spoke or met up to plan before the actual wedding she was always very professional but also warm which made us feel very comfortable around her.
In planning for our wedding, my fiancé and I researched and met with several photographers. Picking the right person to work with for our special day was extremely important. The minute we met with Stefy Hilmer, we were impressed with her energy, creativity, talent, and professionalism. After our initial meeting, we were even MORE impressed with Stefy during our engagement shoot AND especially our wedding day. Working with Stefy was a dream. Her humor, relaxed approach and creative sensibility were refreshing. We were equally impressed with our photographs-they were stunning and will certainly allow us to remember our special day for years to come!
Kim & Lee
We are so happy that our venue recommended Stefy for our wedding. She was an absolute joy to work with, and now having seen our pictures, we can attest to her amazing skills as a photographer. We had met with other photographers, but when we met Stefy in person, we just loved her energy - she exuded professionalism and enthusiasm - and we knew we'd be in good hands with her. My husband is very uncomfortable in front of a camera, and yet, for our engagement session, Stefy got him to relax and have fun (in the middle of Central Park on Memorial Day weekend! It was an amazing feat!). And on the day of the wedding, she and her assistant Al were equally wonderful to work with. They made everyone feel relaxed, even during formal portraits. Stefy is also so incredible with lighting. Some of our pictures look like they could be in a magazine - the composition and lighting are just so incredible. We now have the difficult task of choosing our images for our album. There are just too many gorgeous photos to choose from!
Stephanie & Justin
Stefy was absolutely amazing. Not only is she a talented photographer, but she made my husband and I feel so comfortable the day of our wedding. She took her time and created unique and beautiful shots for us that I would never have imagined. Her professionalism is second to none and she does not settle for anything but the best. When I saw the finished photos, my husband and I as well as our families and friends were blown away. She captured so many genuine and special moments that we will have for the rest of our lives. We cannot thank her enough!
Jennifer & Justin
We chose Stefy, at the recommendation of a photographer friend, for our wedding in Manhattan this past April. It was a unique and challenging wedding in that we met at City Hall, then had the reception a few blocks away at a restaurant. This created a challenging schedule in that we weren't sure how much time we would have for pictures and when. I have to say that we were more than satisfied with Stefy's work that day. She was incredibly professional, polite, funny, and an absolute pleasure to work with. She handled the flexible schedule with ease, grabbing group and individual photos when time allowed. She made it a terrific experience and I wholeheartedly recommend her services. Thanks Stefy!
Tanya & Damian
I couldn't have asked for a better photographer for my fantastic day! Stefy was punctual and hard working: she had great creative ideas for pictures all around NYC. She listened to my own ideas also, and helped create a lifetime of memories for my husband and me through her pictures. She captured us as a happy couple, our loving family and friends, the venue, and all the great moments that flew by for us as a couple! Use her for your wedding or your next event, and you won't be disappointed!
Csilla & Alex
My husband and I felt a connection with Stefy from the very first meeting. Her sweet spirit and joyous attitude made every picture we took fun and special. She has a clear vision of what she wants which is key when you are taking pictures! Stefy was also very flexible to our schedule and ideas. She made our wedding day all the more enjoyable and the pictures she took are breathe-taking. The vendors you select for your event truly make or break it. I can definitively say, we made the perfect choice in hiring Stefy to photograph our wedding day :)
Ashley & Lawrence
I researched and met with a ton of photographers prior to selecting Stefy for my wedding. I have no question in my mind that I made the right choice. Stefy is professional, flexible, kind, makes you comfortable and takes AMAZING photographs.
We can't thank her enough for everything she did with us. Our engagement pictures turned out great and the pictures we have seen so far from our wedding are spectacular.
We plan to use Stefy moving forward for any photography needs we have- she is an incredible vendor partner and a great person.