It was wonderful having Elana do the photography at my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. Both the posed and candid shots at the Temple and party were fantastic. Elana is creative, passionate about her work and was able to seamlessly take outstanding candid pictures without interrupting the flow of the event. She is very professional, focused on details, punctual and responds to calls and emails promptly. A month before the event Elana did a photo shoot with my daughter in Central Park. The pictures are fabulous. My daughter immediately felt comfortable with and liked Elana. Working with Elana was an extremely enjoyable excellent experience. I highly recommend Elana for events and photo shoots. Monica K.
Elana did a fantastic job capturing the most important aspects of our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Not only did she take great pictures of us that we will treasure forever, but she also managed to photograph all of the details that we had spent months planning. In addition, she managed to get pictures of all family members and friends in multiple combinations and capture the different emotions at the party so well that my first look at the photos was through tearful eyes! My only regret is that we can't put all of the pictures we like in the final album because there are just too many fabulous shots!!! Marlee Gordon
Elana was terrific in photographing our twins' B'nai Mitzvah. She was patient, flexible, & was able to capture so much of the day for us. We felt comfortable with her from the initial phone call & she was unobtrusive, which was very important to us. The photos she took are great, & she was accommodating in helping us select what to use in the album. Since the day itself seemed to fly by, I'm so glad we have these photos to keep forever. A. Schrader
Elana was wonderful to work with. Patient, professional and compassionate. Her pictures were beautiful and I’m having trouble picking my favorites because there are so many! Highly recommended her! J. Lenkowsky
I highly recommend Elana as an event photographer! She photographed my daughter's Bat Mitzvah and the pictures perfectly capture our memories of the event. So many beautiful ones to choose from! Elana is also super easy to work with! I can't say enough great things about her!! I would definitely hire her again!! Stephanie
Elana Goodridge photographed my son's Bar Mitzvah in the fall of 2014. We were so very pleased by both the process and the outcome! Elana is great at setting-up the 'staged' shots, helping getting everyone to relax. What puts her head and shoulders above the rest is her true expertise at catching those candid shots. It is easy to see by the photos, that she is able to take the shots, while being completely unobtrusive. These candid shots are really the keepsake gems. Catching the true feelings/meaning of the day! She also seems to be everywhere at once and captured so many of these candid shots of so many of the guests! She was a pleasure to work with, professional, fun, kind and courteous! It was a wonderful day and we will be able to remember all those special moments by the wonderful photos! I highly recommend Elana Goodridge Photography!! - Jill B
Since the day I first spoke with Elana, she has been nothing short of incredible. Just chatting with her on the phone prior to hiring her, I was put at ease by her warm nature and professionalism. We are thrilled that she will be photographing our boys' B'nai Mitzvah. We recently did a pre-mitzvah photo shoot. Elana met us in Manhattan and spent hours catching the perfect shots in a creative and fun way. Since we are thinking of doing a NYC theme, she went to great efforts finding the perfect background sights, including the subway, Broadway, taxi cabs, Times Square, and many more. With two twelve year old boys changing fifteen times, she has the patience of a saint. Beyond this, the pictures came out fantastic. Her vision and artistic talent is second to none. I have no idea how I will choose which favorites to use, as they are all so perfect. Thank you Elana!!! Rachyl K.
Elana was a pleasure to work with for our daughter's bat mitzvah. She is a talented photographer with an keen eye for capturing the beautiful moments in both candid and posed forms. Her photographs tell the story of your event in an artful way. She takes great pride in her work and is flexible and reliable. We were very happy with our experience . Elana is a true professional! Miriam Bram
My daughters Bat Mitzvah was a special milestone for our family and high quality photography was essential. Elana Goodridge images magnificently captured the emotions and moments of the day. Elana handled with care my daughters service and efficiently managed our extended family and friends during the party not missing a single shot! My wife and I are truly grateful for her expertise and delighted to recommend her to others looking for a professional high quality photographer. Pam and Chris J
I have run an events company for over 20 years working with major corporate clients as well as many private events. My number one photographer that I use is Elana Goodridge. She is an extremely talented photographer not only with formal portraits but has an uncanny ability to get terrific candid shots. Time and again, my clients have raved about her pictures and constantly request her. She is also great to work with as she is calm, easy going and wants to know what the client wants before she puts her creativity to work. I even used her for my own private event so what better recommendation can you get than that! I highly recommend her for any type of event. - Sasha N.
Elana is amazing. She goes out of her way to get the shot you want and memorialize your special day. From our engagement pictures, to our wedding and now our first family pictures with our daughter, Elana has beautifully captured some of our favorite moments. As an added bonus, Elana is so fun to be around and creates a lighthearted atmosphere so that you feel natural and happy in front of her camera. The images speak for themselves! B. Miller
Elana was a great choice for our small wedding. We loved having her there to capture all the special moments. She made us feel so comfortable and we would recommend her to everyone. Thank you for making our day so perfect.
We’re so lucky to have found Elana to photograph our special day! And we have the pictures that will last a life time to prove it!!
Elana was a wonderfully calm presence during all of our wedding stress and made us feel comfortable both with her and the camera. It was so nice to know she had it all under control and we had nothing to worry about. Elana is professional, passionate, and shows that she genuinely cares about you and making sure you’re able to have the best memories of your special day. She was great with suggesting some poses to try and we love the iconic New York feel of our shots in Grand Central Station. The photo's captured every moment and truly reflect how we felt that day. They are absolutely gorgeous and well worth it! Thanks again!!! Lori C.
There are not enough stars nor words of gratefulness to give to Elana for her beautiful wedding photography, nor are there enough accolades for her patience, creativity, her intelligence and her charm during my daughter's wedding day. Thank goodness I found Elana! I searched for a long time and interviewed many photographers because I felt that choosing the photographer was the most important decision since the photos are what you have left long after the wedding day is over. Elana combined everything the bride and I and my husband were looking for: skillful photos with both creative (bride wanted some "impressionistic" creative type of shots and lots candid's) and traditional poses (father of bride wanted those old-fashioned type of table shots of our guests), along with a pleasant demeanor. Elana handled everything with such skill and charm, beginning early in the day with the hair salon to photos in our home to the venue (wedding day involved rain, sun, rainbows), making everyone comfortable and relaxed throughout the day. We are all so grateful to Elana for making the wedding day even more delightful and for her beautiful photos that we will cherish forever.
I traveled from México to NYC for my proposal, basically out of my comfort zone and knowing anyone over there! Even with all the planning we did before the trip I was really nervous because in such a chaotic place anything can go wrong. Since the moment I spotted Elana across the street I felt completely relieved, she was hiding in plain sight to capture an amazing candid set, my girlfriend never realized we were being photographed, then when the proposal came, Elana captured every single second, seems like she was carrying 5 cameras! We had a set after the proposal and it is PERFECT. I can't say a single thing that could be better. Thanks again Elana for your support and for capturing out moment in such an amazing way.
Joaquín & Andrea."
From the very first interactions with Elana we could tell that professionalism and delivering quality service are essential to the way she manages her business. We first met in early July 2017 in preparation for our October 2018 wedding. Elana designed a package that fit our needs and created a payment schedule that we all agreed to. In November 2017 our engagement session took place. We had a wonderful experience and received beautiful photos. When that was completed we still had several months before the wedding, but Elana made sure to keep in touch. She checked in with me to verify the details and to ensure she knew our schedule of events the day of the wedding. On the day of our wedding she and her assistant photographer arrived early and were ready to photograph our day immediately. Throughout the day Elana's presence was extremely positive & she photographed everything. We received a preview of our photos less than a week after the wedding. Three weeks after the wedding we received all of our photos beautifully retouched. We were thrilled with the results. I would certainly recommend Elana to photograph your wedding or special event! Molly
Elana is an extremely professional and talented photographer. She is able to capture key moments with both candid and posed shots that portray the story of the event. She is flexible and generous with her time and very reliable. She is very conscientious and takes pride in her work. AronS-Groom
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Words cannot describe how much we love the photos Elana Goodridge took for our one year anniversary! Every picture was so flawless and truly took our breath away. She has the most amazing eye and is so wonderful to work with! She has an unbelievable ability to capture a moment with such beauty and vision. The only problem is there are too many pictures we love so deciding which to put up in our new home will be hard! She makes you feel so at ease and is amazing at capturing each moment in a natural and beautiful way. If you are looking for a great experience and even better photos, you will not be disappointed going with Elana Goodridge Photography!! Thank you so much again!!
Genny & Evan
Elana was the perfect first step towards our perfect wedding! After meeting with her once, we knew she'd be a great fit. She's very easy to talk with, listens to what you want, and also has great creative ideas. She took both our engagement and wedding photos, and throughout both occasions she guided us seamlessly to capture both candid and posed photos, making sure if we wanted anything specific it was done. Although with very few original ideas going into either day, we took full advantage of her talent of playing off our personalities and chemistry to get beautiful natural looking pictures. She sent us a preview engagement shot the very next day and over 140 edited photos in 3 days!! We received over 40 edited wedding photos 3 days after and all almost 900 edited photos in 4 weeks! She and her assistant photographer took such fun and beautiful photos of every single guest! Not a single one was missed. They were so great we printed at least 1 or 2 small ones of the guests/couples having fun together or with us and sent them with our thank yous! Everyone loved them!! You just can't beat Elana's value for the price! She'll work with you with flexible packages to make sure you get your priorities in your budget. Everything you get from reliability and professionalism to talent and quality of photos will make your wedding/event go so smoothly! Who doesn't want one less thing to totally not worry about in the months leading up to and during your big day?! Thank you Elana!
Amazing photographer and amazing photos. Elana was super patient from the start and open to all my ideas while giving some ideas of her own. All our photos came out great and she's so kind in helping pick out ones I wanted for my album too. You can't go wrong with her as an photographer.
We had Elana do our engagement photography and she blew us away. We had all our friends and family contacting us telling us how great the shots were and so we immediately booked her for our wedding day. For our wedding, she found us a second photographer and was always so quick to respond to our emails. She carefully scheduled the day's events & photography, collaborated with the second photographer to make sure one was taking formal, posed shots while the other got the candid shots and she kept scouting out new spots all over the venue for creative photos. She was kind, professional and she was always right there when someone wanted a photo--I honestly don't know how she was possibly in so many places at once! She is an incredibly talented photographer and a hard worker. I cannot recommend her services enough! Jacqui and Chris
As a marriage proposal planner, two things make a proposal a success: the execution of the proposal itself, and the photos capturing the moments surrounding the proposal. After working with Elana in May 2016, I was so impressed with her level of professionalism, ability to shoot in low light situations, and sense of ease in working with engaged couples, that I hired her again for another proposal in August. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let her photos do the rest of the talking! -Avani M
Elana was simply wonderful! We had an unusual event with multiple locations across different dates and she was very accommodating. She even turned around a full video and set of photos between one event (Monday) and the next (Saturday). The video was perfect and the photos are fantastic. Also, I'm pretty sure she's captured the best photo of me in my entire life. It's STILL my Facebook profile pic. :) Dan & Shelly
We contracted Elana to do our pregnancy photo shoot. She was professional, efficient, and open to ideas that my wife and I had. She was also very accommodating on timing and location. The photos turned out fantastic! Highly recommend ! Eric Engel
Elana Goodridge's photography is truly phenomenal! As soon as they were put up on Facebook, we had family and friends calling and texting us non-stop to tell us how well the photographer caught the true spirit of our relationship on film! Everyone was so pleased to see the photographs so authentic and natural, as opposed to so many engagement shots that look so staged. Also, Elana helped us to find locations all over the city that would best capture our personalities and we could not be any more pleased with how they came out. She made the whole experience so relaxed yet joyful that we knew we had to book her for our big day!
We are so excited to hang the photographs all over our home and one day, show our grandkids! Thank you Elana for helping us to document this very special time in our lives!! -Jacqueline & Christopher 2015
We read the reviews, we talked on the phone, we met at the venue and shared appetizers and wine, we engaged Elana to photograph our wedding, and we are thrilled with the results. Everything other reviewers have said is spot on. She is a wonderful person who truly wants to do a great job for her new best friends! We feel like we hired our daughter, who just happens to be a great photographer. She has provided us with the memories we hoped for, both posed and candid. Her photos have somehow captured not only the event, but the spirit of the event. Love and happiness are in them all. I wish everyone could use her to remember their special event. Alas, only a few of us will get the experience and the results. Get yourself on her list as soon as possible! Ed & Sheryl Linenschmidt
Five stars on every level since the day I first messaged Elana. It doesn't matter if your priority is professionalism, flexibility for scheduling or pricing, photography and editing talent, or reliability because she's got all of it. She responds to messages within hours, never days, and was able to meet my fiancé and I just days after I contacted her. She took our vision, priorities and budget, and put together our own wedding/engagement package with incomparable value. Hiring her for our engagement photos and wedding day has by far been the most stress free part of wedding planning. We were looking for a photographer willing to travel 2.5 hours to Sedona for our engagement shoot and she wasn't just happy to do it, she was excited! Our shoot went fantastic, with just enough direction to give us different fun starting points with multiple backdrops and from there simply made us comfortable to be ourselves, have fun, and let our love shine through beautifully captured candid movements. We got a preview photo the very next morning and within 3 days we received all of our (over 150) beautiful edited photos. Three days! Our wedding day is still 10 months away, and with so much still to do I can't be more thankful that I won't have to spend a second concerned about this aspect of it. I can't wait to see how she records our big day and hopefully many other future milestones in our lives together through amazing photos. Erika and Brad
Your wedding day is supposed to be the most amazing day of your life. You want everything to go as planned, for everyone to have a great time, and to remember every moment of it. Thankfully, all went this way and every single moment of it was captured beautifully. Elana’s ability to snap all these great moments, allows us to relive our special day as if it were yesterday. We could not have been more stunned and blown away once we received her photos. Meeting with Elana, to get a sense of our vision and expectations, was a smooth and stress free endeavor. Our goal was to capture the night, in its most candid form, as well as getting to see the things we might have missed out on. Elana really made us feel like the center of attention. From the Bride’s Father tearing up, to the Groom’s Grandmother’s looking on as everyone danced, it was all there for us to relive and admire. We especially loved looking at all of ceremony pictures, somehow she captured our most intimate moments without us even realizing she was there. Elana was nothing short of amazing to work with. She takes concern to every details and her photo editing skills are superb. Having Elana as our photographer was one of the best decision we made when it came to planning this wedding. Thank you Elana for everything you did and for giving us the ability to cherish our special day forever. - John & Amanda
Elana is so amazing! It was my fiancé and my first photo shoot and she could tell we were a little tense and made us feel comfortable and tried to get us to become ourselves but it was a little harder for us haha but Elana was still able to capture every moment we would have wished for and through her pictures you can see the love we have for one another! I can't wait to set up another shoot with her and then hopefully set up our wedding! Thank you for everything Elana! You have become our go to photographer
Great professionalism, service, and photography! Very nice person and did everything and more that we asked for! Really made our proposal experience fun and easy. Thanks a lot!! - Vineeth
The first time I saw Elana's pictures, I immediately noticed how she captured the expressions and character of the person she was photographing, and instantaneously created a sense of connection between that person and the observer, drawing the observer to the character. Her photography is crisp yet personal, beautiful yet natural. So it has been my great pleasure to recently work with her. She was a joy to work with, patiently seeking the best shots, being personable and positive throughout the entire session. Her kind, relaxed energy made it so easy to ease through poses. She really sought to understand the desired outcome from my perspective while adding her own unique touch and sensibility, which makes her photos stand out. The results were absolutely great and I have received such positive feedback. I cannot recommend Elana enough! - Barbara
Elana is definitely the most fun, gifted, and sweet photographer that I have had the pleasure of being with! I did my senior pictures with her, she really went out of her way to make time for me (I only called her a day in advance on a short trip to NY) and she traveled all around NYC with me to get the perfect city feel to my pictures. She is so patient and honest, and I can’t wait to come back to NYC just to do another shoot with her! The photos all turned out so beautifully and clearly, I couldn't have asked for better ones. She knows all the right angles, lighting, and every photo turned out as if it was a piece of art! They really show off who I am and capture me and my personality. I am so excited to use them for my senior pictures, and for anyone looking for a photographer in NY, go right to Elana! ReutB
Elana is great at capturing a person's energy with her camera. Her photographs breathe life and vitality. To me, Elana's strongest point is capturing people in action: she has a talent in choosing and catching just that special instant. Her choices are always surprising, she makes the ordinary interesting and touching.
Elana has taken great pictures during events at my daughter's school. We had her taking pictures of the three of us in Central Park and we are very happy with those- as well as our family.
I would surely recommend Elana as your photographer, she is very professional and a very pleasant person to work with.
Elana is amazing. She goes out of her way to get the shot you want and memorialize your special day. From our engagement pictures, to our wedding and now our first family pictures with our daughter, Elana has beautifully captured some of our favorite moments. As an added bonus, Elana is so fun to be around and creates a lighthearted atmosphere so that you feel natural and happy in front of her camera. The images speak for themselves!
It took me all of 10 seconds to say the name "Elana Goodridge" when we brainstorming ideas for my daughter's 15th birthday party and thought about a photoshoot in the park with friends!
Elana has photographed my children for the past five years, and I knew she would be just perfect for this job, too! No easy task, photographing 15 teenage girls, but Elana did it effortlessly and the results are amazing! Elana captured the joy in each girl, and you can almost hear their laughter when looking at the images. I provided one prop idea (which had 13 pieces!), and Elana never questioned it, just went with it, and made it work with stunning results. It was a dreary, cloudy day, yet the girls all shine. Each girl looks beautiful, and I can't stop looking at the photos! Everyone who views the photos feels that they, too, attended the party as the images just draw you in! The girls all have had so much fun looking at the photos again and again with my daughter. These pictures bring me, as a parent, so much joy. In a time when I feel that I just blink and my girls are growing by leaps and bounds, I truly love that I'll be able to always look back and see my girls as they looked in 2016!