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Photography in Albany, NY,
(917) 496-0169
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  • 49 Reviews


    Anne Kim

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  • hello hello! like many folks, we canceled our wedding because of COVID. Jay was super flexible as we figured out our plans. We wound up having a super small 10 person wedding in our local community garden (everyone masked etc.) and Jay came to photograph that! He is ultra organized and helped us keep us on schedule and reminded us of the shots we had wanted to take. My parents couldn't be there but they were on Facetime and Jay was so great about trying to get them in the shots whenever possible. Also Jay was very safe! Masked the whole time and everything so if you are nervous about that don't be! The pictures turned out great and he really captured how DARN HAPPY we were to finally get married!!! Also he is very nice and friendly! And totally willing to go with the flow. I randomly asked him to take a picture of us with my avocado plants and Jay DID NOT BAT AN EYE. He was all "sure! stand here so you guys have better lighting etc." HIRE JAY! he is so nice and kind and will take nice... Read more

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    Anne! Thank you so much for leaving me such a wholesome review, this means the world to me! the day was full of great memories to talk about, a random stranger driving by to give marriage advice of loving your best friend, offerings to do photos in front of someone's beautiful stoop, free shots at the restaurant we passed by, shouts of congratulations all day. Your day was all about the kindness of strangers and the happiness that bubbles within you and the people you surrounded yourself with. Thank you for letting me share in your day, my heart is so full!

    James Kopcsay

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  • Jay photographed our COVID mini-mony and will be shooting our full wedding next summer. He was a pleasure to work with, friendly and professional. It was like having a friend doing our photos, very relaxed. Our guests were also impressed and remarked on how aware he was with people’s comfort level while being photographed. Thanks Jay and looking forward to seeing you again next summer!

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    Hey James!! Thank you for this kind review! I'm so excited for next year and I am so happy that I was able to help you with this years small gathering as things needed to pivot to best suit the needs of everyone. I will see you two again soon!!!

    Devon The Dude

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  • What can't I say about how wonderful of an experience it was to work with Jay. From the start, he was ultra professional, courteous, and had more ideas than I could ever imagine. He was punctual and arrived exactly at the agreed upon time. He took the initiative to help suggest ideas on where to start (which was extremely helpful as we were pretty stressed about everything else!), found props for photos, and was very patient and kind throughout it all. I would not have in a million years bet that I would have received the finish photos as fast and beautifully done as we did. It was mind blowing. His experience is very apparent with the care he approached all of our guests with and I cannot thank him enough for capturing our most monumental day.

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    Thank you Devon! I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity to provide you and your WIFE (Now that you get to say this!) an amazing experience and service. I would do this again in a heartbeat and happy that I was able to make this day memorable and document the day for you two!

    Jackie Cosse

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  • We had our engagement shoot with Jay and I could not speak more highly of our experience with him!! We were both somewhat nervous/new to the experience and Jay was exactly the right balance of reassuring and directive. He was an incredible photographer and an even more lovely person! I also so appreciated his carefulness & consideration around social distancing, as we did our photos outside during the pandemic. Lastly, I cannot say enough how much we appreciated Jay’s support and willingness to talk through being intentional around race, queerness, and representation of both in photography and beyond. In terms of the actual pictures, there was a SUPER quick turnaround on our teaser photos as well as the entire set of photos from our shoot. We actually got our full gallery a week from the shoot! The pictures were stunning, it was a blast to work with Jay, and we couldn’t be more happy with our choice.

    Felicia Reid

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  • Jay was a real pleasure to work with. We're not fussy people and wanted a day that was fun and festive, but straightforward without being too involved, staged, or affected. He took the time to thoroughly explain any hesitations we had with the process (e.g. "Do we really need/want engagement photos?" Answer: Yeah, we did, as awkward weirdos when anyone points a camera our way). Jay helped clarify the wherefores and whys, and he was responsive to our vision of a wedding day. Jay also understands the importance of diversity, representation, and visibility in the wedding industry, things my husband and I found very much missing in other vendors. Side note: Not part of his job at ALL, but he was a huge help on the day of the wedding when my husband forgot his dress shirt in our apartment. Huzzah for teamwork, landlords, and friends!

    Dana Lee

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  • Jay was phenomenal to work with! He did our site-based engagement photos- helped us choose the right location for our shoot, and was prompt and well prepared. The turnaround time was so fast- we got them right away! He was fun and had lots of great ideas for poses which was helpful because we were nervous at first. He was also willing to go with the flow when we had ideas of our own! Jay was kind and helpful and the quality of his work is supreme. Thanks Jay!

    Kyle Smith

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  • Jay was an absolute pro all day! He struck a perfect balance of having a plan if needed or following family requests. He always made me feel comfortable and was easy to take direction from. The pictures are incredible! So many great shots that we had more than enough to choose from.

    Olivia Nikitich

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  • I first met Jay when he photographed my best friend's wedding, and I immediately felt like I connected with him on a soul-deep level. Jay is so warm, kind, friendly, approachable... in your first conversation with him, you'll feel like you've known him forever! After working with him for that event, I immediately knew I would ask him to photograph my wedding. Sure enough, when my husband and I got engaged, Jay was the first person I called, and he was incredible to work with throughout our entire process! COVID significantly impacted our wedding planning and brought high levels of stress to us, but speaking with Jay always brought a level of calm and security. No matter the obstacles we faced, he encouraged us that we would be just fine and that he would do his very best to capture the beauty of our day, regardless of how it looked! Jay conquered all obstacles with a smile and remained positive despite the difficulties we experienced. The day of our wedding, as soon as Jay arrived, it ... Read more

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    OMG Olivia!! I Love you so much! Thank you for this super kind reply! I know that I've already texted and messaged you to tell you how much I appreciate this review but I'm making it Wedding Wire Official by telling you here

    Asia

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  • I met Jay when he photographed my sisters wedding, at that point I knew he had to be my photographer! Jay is AMAZING! He is super organized, and got every shot we wanted in a very timely fashion. He did super fun night shots that came out fantastic! I would HIGHLY recommend Jay! He does a great job at capturing every moment of your special day!

    Sarah

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  • Jay was incredible. He went above and beyond in every way, from his prompt arrival and delivery of photos to his own unique touches that make his company top notch. His photos were absolutely beautiful. He remembered to capture every special moment we wanted. Everything was easy with him there. We knew we didn't have to worry. Jay is someone I would highly recommend for any special occasion. He is happy to do whatever necessary to see that your day is a complete success. Jay is a kindhearted special person. Will most definitely be booking him for future events!

    Katie Ryan

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  • Jay was so great throughout our whole wedding experience! We had an amazing time with him during our engagement shoot. He made us relax and guided us through the experience with ease and the pictures came out beautiful! We were so excited to work for him for our wedding! When my fiancé's mother entered hospice a few months before our wedding, Jay assisted us with having photos of a small ceremony we had before our wedding day. He was SO thoughtful, so considerate and just above and beyond what we thought our wedding photographer could be. He proved to be the absolute right choice yet again when it came to our wedding day. He was so patient as we rushed to finish up getting ready and took the most beautiful first look pictures. He made sure we had fun at our cocktail hour and reception. All of my guests raved about how kind he was. The day after our wedding he already had a few teasers for us that were beautiful! For anyone looking for a photographer, I HIGHLY recommend Jay. He... Read more

    Haley

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  • Jay was everything we could have hoped for on our big day. He is talented, professional, fun to be around and gave just the right amount of direction. It felt natural to have him around; you almost forgot he was there taking pictures. He went above and beyond in every single way, and we cannot thank him and recommend him enough!

    Jmo

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  • As the brides to be, it was so important to find a Photographer that could identify with each of our very different personalities. Not only did Jay conquer that, he also managed to capture our love through his camera. He has such a calming influence, we were able to get lost in each other and enjoy the day worry free!

    Meghan

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  • My husband had found jay through a mutual friend of his and what an amazing find. He was on point from the first meeting to the engagement shoot right through the wedding, he even brought an emergenxy pack of things we might of forgot ( and i did forget lol) the day of. Also we were able to get all the formal pics done before the ceremony so we actually has time to enjoy cocktail hour. The pictures we got were also so beautiful and breathtaking, he also does a mini blog the day right after for impatient people like me lol. He really was a one of a kind find and not crazy over priced. Definatly would use him again in a heartbeat!

    Abigail

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  • My husband and I are so glad we chose Jay Zhang as our wedding photographer. He is fun and lighthearted, all while remaining professional. He always responded to requests quickly, even when we did not. He was so flexible with setting up our engagement session, and he traveled to Montreal for a very reasonable travel fee. On our wedding day, he made sure we captured all the moments we wanted and really helped keep us on schedule. We can't thank you enough, Jay, for taking such good care of us!
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