The other night I was doing the thing I do every night: watching HGTV with my husband and debating going to bed, when an episode of House Hunters based in Montclair, New Jersey came on. I decided I needed to see what all the fuss I keep hearing is about, because people on my side of the East River don’t usually cross the Hudson without a good reason. But you guys, I get it now. Montclair is adorably trendy-but-classic, cool-but-friendly and approachable, and basically everything that APW’s newest sponsor—you guessed it—Montclair, New Jersey–based Grace Brown Photography is. (Pssst: Grace’s rates start at $2,700 for 6 hours, so if y’all want to just to stop reading and email her immediately, we are here for that.)
In addition to being the kind of wedding photographer that makes real people look like models (and purple uplighting look 🔥🔥🔥), Grace Brown is the kind of person who feels like an instant BFF, which, take it from this Grade A introvert, is key at your wedding. (When it’s hard enough to be “on” for your guests, the last thing you want to do is struggle when interacting with your photographer.)
And when I say Grace gets it, you better believe she gets it. Before she used her photography skills to document weddings—and well before the days of #metoo—they led her to work on an incredibly powerful and moving project focused on sexual assault. Grace is as caring as they come.
And she’s fun, too. As Grace told me:
I really, really love people. My friends always joke that I can’t go anywhere without becoming best friends with a stranger, and I think the fact that I clearly love working with people makes couples feel at ease with having me there on one of their most important days. I’m also a bit of a compulsive truth teller, so that actually really helps me to connect with my clients! I think they appreciate my honesty. I’m never going to sell you something I don’t believe in.
In terms of my work, I keep my style classic and timeless. I try not to follow any fads because I want you to love your photos in five years, ten years, twenty years, and on. Instead I try to finesse my work to be perfect for each individual client; no two couples are the same, so wedding photography shouldn’t be either.
For photos that you will still love twenty years down the line—by a photographer whose work has appeared in TIME, Glamour, CNN, and The Guardian (and was modest enough to bury that in a tiny corner of her website)—Grace Brown Photography‘s rates are a mind-blowing steal. They start at $2,700 for 6 hours and one photographer (Grace herself of course), and she’s flexible about customizing to your specific needs, but her most popular package is $4,200 for 8 hours, 2 photographers, and an engagement session. In New York and New Jersey no less, where that kind of All The Things package is usually what, $10K? Your first born child? Boom. Done.
PLUS: Because Grace is so excited to be working with you guys, she is offering 10% off all packages—just mention you found her through APW!
And, like client Heather, you will have the best time and end up with the best photos:
Grace is the most professional, friendly, and talented photographer I have ever met! My wedding photos are absolutely beautiful, and I couldn’t have asked for better. She was extremely helpful the day of the wedding to make sure everyone was organized and on time, which was so helpful, I can’t even describe. She really helped me relax and enjoy the moment even with all of the stress of the wedding day going on. She is super funny, and it was great spending the day with her and her assistant. And did I mention the photos are so perfect?!! :) Highly recommend.
After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann has since embarked on a mission to make up for lost time by doing All The Things. A reader since way back, the APW community has taught her wanderlusting, commitment-phobic self that while exploration is good for life experience, marriage isn’t so bad for a relationship, and she’s been happily married since 2011.