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Working with Sarah and Chris was such a great experience. We hired them for the whole package -- engagement photos, wedding photos, and a wedding video -- and could not be happier with the results. As a photos-and-video package deal, Smitten Chickens offers something way, way better than any of the other photographers we considered, or that our friends have used. Definitely check them out!

Eva + Matt


We live in New York City, but we are happy to travel anywhere to take photos and shoot video. We shoot anywhere in the USA for a flat rate of $4,000, or internationally for $5,000, with no additional travel fees. We also offer elopement coverage starting at $800, video coverage for couples booking us for photography at $1,000 ($2,000 for video only), and pricing options for smaller weddings in NYC. Contact us for more details.

Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.

We are Sarah Hoppes and Chris Rizzo, a married couple specializing in wedding photography and portraits. We live in just outside New York City in New Jersey, but we are happy to travel anywhere to take photos.

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

APW couples are totally diverse, and they have weddings just as unique as they are. Overall, they understand that marriage is the most important part of a wedding. They want beautiful photos, but they don't want their wedding to be a photo shoot.

Instead, they want to look back on emotional moments and the important people who shared them. That's exactly why we think photography matters so much.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

Our work is a combination of commercial photography and photojournalism. We are constantly looking for authentic emotion, candid moments, and evocative gesture. However, we aren't "fly on the wall" photojournalists. We will move things around, manipulate light, and give gentle direction if it means we'll get a better photograph or video footage.

We come from the advertising world, where deadlines are short, expectations are high, and you're forced to have backup plans to your backup plans. When it comes to your wedding, we don't leave anything to chance. We prepare in advance with detailed timelines and shot lists. We have backup cameras, lights, lenses, and file systems.

You can rest assured we've got everything visual under control, so you can focus on experiencing every moment as it happens.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

We explore New York on long walks, make up ridiculous stories for our entertainment, watch lots of movies, make insanely good food, and cuddle our four cats, Pip, Izzy and Oliver, and Harry.

Chris writes his own comics that range from horror to satire to action/adventure, and spends much of his non-work time at comic book stores, comic conventions, and comic book meetups.

Some other random things we love in no particular order: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer;” horror films; "Upright Citizens Brigade;" science fiction; pixar; the ocean; chocolate mousse; and Batman.

What’s your favorite book?

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger - Sarah

"The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller - Chris

What’s your favorite movie?

Arsenic and Old Lace, followed closely by “Some Like it Hot.” - Sarah

SO MANY!!!! - Chris

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra or “Out Tonight” from Rent. - Sarah

I love heavy metal, but lately I can't help but move to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." - Chris

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