Dean Michaels Studio

Madison, New Jersey 07940

Rated 5/5 (35 Recommendations)

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  • Price Range
  • $2495 & Up - We also offer hourly packages!
  • Honors & Awards
  • THE KNOT Best of Weddings Hall of Fame | THE KNOT Best of Weddings 2007-2015 Pick,
    WEDDING WIRE Bride's Choice Award 2009-2013, Couple’s Choice Awards 2014-2015,
    NEW JERSEY BRIDE MAGAZINE “Love It” List 2012-2015; Best Photographers/Videographers

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Dean Michaels Studio, New Jersey’s premiere Wedding Photography and Portrait Studio, has been located in Madison, NJ for over 30 years. We are a family owned Studio that takes pride in our beautiful wedding portraiture as well as our candid photo-journalistic style photographs and cinematography video productions. Dean Michaels has been published in more than 100 national and international magazines, including People, Life and Star Magazines. Arguably one of our most unique weddings ever,  Dean Michaels Studio took part in photographing the underwater wedding of Hollywood Superagent Jay Bernstein. The couple, wearing a scuba tuxedo and a custom-made scuba wedding dress, were married 50 feet underwater in the Caribbean!

We are experts in the art of making people look good! Capturing the excitement of your wedding day is our number one goal. Our unobtrusive approach has brides wondering how we manage to capture all of those special moments while staying behind the scenes. Our style is always thorough but never intrusive! Every one of our photographers takes pride in capturing the essence of each bride and groom, as no two weddings are alike and the style for each wedding is determined on the personality and tastes of each wedding couple. 

We pride ourselves on building packages based on your individual needs and desires. The most popular packages include two photographers, which gives you the best of the traditional, photojournalistic and candid styles of photographs that captures the uniqueness of each wedding story.

Let us help tell the story of YOUR wedding day! Call us for an appointment at one of our three convenient New Jersey locations. We would love to show you our beautiful wedding photographs, albums, and cinematography and, of course, to show you what we have to offer to make your wedding the special day it is meant to be!

Dean Michaels Studio Photo Albums


Night Shots

During your wedding reception we love to get photos while the sun is setting or once the sun goes down. This creates a natural romantic setting and you will have...


Couples

Photos of the Bride and Groom during their wedding day! ...


Engagements

Engagement photos give you the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera and give you a chance to get to know your photographer before your big day....


Dean Michaels Studio Member Articles


Verona Park Engagement

Congrats to our lovely couple Jenny & Long on their recent engagement! We are so excited to cover your special day! ...


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Submitted by Dot Fitzsimmons

Dean Michaels Studio and Rich Penrose...By far the BEST!

Our daughter got married on November 11, 2017 and right from the start we knew we made the right decision by hiring Dean Michaels Studio and Rich Penrose for both photography and videography. There were the best and made the day of the wedding fun as it should be. They were very creative with there pics. If we had to do it all over again, I would definitely chose Dean Michaels Studio and Rich Penrose....the Best by far!

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Submitted by Christina

PICK THEM

My husband and I just received our sneak peek photos from our wedding and ....OMG they are stunning and it makes us so excited to see them all! Rich and Maggie are the best of the best! Rich went to the guys in the morning and Maggie came to us. Both are so detailed and want to capture every perfect shot and also any pictures that you requested. REQUEST THEM! Not only are they beyond talented at their job, but they are also so fun to hang out with and talk with. They made the day that much better! We are so happy we chose Dean Michael Studio! We went last Superbowl weekend when they had specials. We got a phenomenal package with everything that we wanted (parent albums included) for an extremely affordable price compared to many other photographers we visited. We are so happy we chose Dean Michael!

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Submitted by Danielle Leipzig

Dean Michaels Studio is the BEST!

From the moment we booked with Dean Michaels Studio to our wedding day, they accommodated us & made everything so easy! Alec would answer any question I had quickly & assure me any change I needed to make would be done. The day of our wedding, Rich, Melissa, & Eli instantly made us feel comfortable & made the often “torturous” picture taking process of the wedding so much fun! My husband & I just received our pictures and we are BLOWN away. Our photographers captured our love so beautifully. The pictures managed to make me cry (the ceremony) & laugh hysterically (reception dancing). It was also so fun to see pictures of things we didn’t get to see on our wedding day because we were so busy! Having the Dean Michaels team photograph and videotape the most important day of our lives was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning process! We are so grateful for them & the pictures they took that will allow us to relive our wedding day for the rest of our lives!

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Submitted by Jessica Notar

Amazing day!

Dean Michaels studio helped us so much for the day of the wedding and for our engagement photos. Our shooters had suggested creative ideas and captured EVERYTHING. I highly recommend them.

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Submitted by Mike Robbins

Dean Michaels Studio was excellent!

We were very impressed with Dean Michaels Studio throughout the entire process. From the first day we stopped into their office to see the different photo/video/photobooth options to the big day, to seeing the final products, Dean Michaels Studio was very professional, thorough, and attentive to our needs. They were able to capture all of the most important moments, whether it was the beautiful "first look", or the ceremony process, or busting serious moves on the dance floor. It was much appreciated to have so many different angles and perspectives of these moments to choose from. Not only do they create a great product, but we genuinely loved the crew that shot our special day. A lot of good laughs and moments were shared, and their experience helped keep us calm and happy throughout the event. I would highly recommend Dean Michaels Studio to anyone who wants to fully capture the moment, which flies by all too fast. Thanks again for everything!!

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Submitted by Katherine Healy

Best photographer/videographer

The absolute best! From our engagement session to our wedding day, we had beautifully edited photos to capture all the moments. The entire team was a pleasure to work with. Dean was detail oriented, fun, and easy to work with!

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Submitted by Danielle Bayne

Fantastic!

Our wedding was over a year ago now, and I still think about how great our experience was with Dean Michaels Studio. I got both photography and video. Everything from the pictures, coffee table book, to videos turned out great! Our Same Day Edit video is my favorite, and the best I have ever seen! The photographer touched base with me before the wedding and made sure all details were squared away. The day of the wedding, everything was seamless. Everyone was on time, decisive, gave great direction, and kept to our schedule.

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Submitted by Alicia

blown away!

Wow!! The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful, exactly what I had imagined !! On top of that the photographers And videographers (Rich, Harold and Eli) were professional yet made us feel so comfortable and captured our day perfectly. They came highly recommended by many friends and I see why! Not to mention everyone at the studio and behind the scenes is so nice and helpful. I would get married over and over just to have them again. From the minute I contacted them, they were friendly and they really listened to what I was looking for and wanted. No pressure to book, no sales pitch, just great customer service all around! We used them for engagement pictures as well I was just as pleased. Throughout the entire process they were responsive, accommodating and delivered on every aspect. I would tell everyone to use them!

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Submitted by Christina

Book now!

We happened to come across Dean Michael Studio on The Knot because it got fantastic reviews! It was only after we booked them that we realized a lot of our family and friends had used them for weddings.....not surprising! Dean Michael Studio has been nothing but helpful and a pleasureable experience during our wedding planning process. We are using Rich for our wedding! We actually just had our engagement shoot with him. When you meet him, it was as if you had known him for forever! He has a wonderful personality, makes you laugh and feel so comfortable! We are so glad we picked Dean Michael's to capture our wedding!! Affordable and Amazing !!!!!

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Submitted by Stephanie

AMAZING!

Dean Michaels exceed my expectations. I knew they were going to be good as I received a recommendation to use them. Also when I met Dean, he was just great and i was excited to spend my wedding day with him. From the call I got a few days before to the actual photos I was so impressed!!! they were true professionals. they captured moments that seemed like a blink and I have memories of them! the photo quality is soooo good. they ran the show that day and timing was perfect. we got so many great shots and im so grateful that I have all these beautiful memories forever! thank you!!!!!

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Submitted by Catherine A.

Wonderful pre-wedding experience so far!!

Our wedding is coming up this August but we had our Engagement shoot with Maggie this past October and I cannot say enough good things about our experience in booking. Sue, Nichola and Klaire have all been wonderful and responsive to all questions I have for our upcoming wedding and I know that I am in good hands. The photos are gorgeous and were beyond what we had expected. I have to say my fiance and I have the best Save the date I've seen in a while! It is apparent the staff loves what they do. I am very excited for our upcoming wedding and will be sure to follow up with details and how it went!

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Submitted by Agne Sagaikaite

Dean Michaels Studio was simply the Best!!!

We are super happy with choosing Dean Michaels for our special day!!! Pictures came out beautiful!!!

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Submitted by Danyel

Highly Recommended

The photography and videography staff from Dean Michaels were amazing! We did our engagement photos with Maggie and requested her for our wedding, and she was incredible both times! The staff was so nice and easy to work with and I know that they really got some spectacular shots. Both the photos and videos were fantastic!

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Submitted by Anne

Simply the best!!

If you are looking for a fantastic wedding photographer, look no further than Dean Michaels Studio! Their customer service is excellent. Everyone in the office is professional, courteous, and responds to all phone calls and emails promptly. I had so many questions throughout the planning process and Sue was especially helpful to us! My husband and I are beyond thrilled to have had Dean, Maggie, and Eli capture our special day; they are amazingly talented and so much fun to work with!! They provided us with over 3,000 of the most beautiful images and a stunning video. We could not be happier with these wonderful memories! Dean Michaels Studio is the absolute best and we highly recommend them to anyone!

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Submitted by Laura Palisi

AMAZING HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Dean Michaels is absolutely fantastic!! My husband and I are so thrilled with the way our pictures came out. They are more than we could have dreamed!! If you’re thinking of using Dean Michaels don’t think twice because we couldn’t have picked a better studio for our wedding! We will surly be using them in the future!!!!

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Submitted by Rosalie

Great photography

can't stay enough about Dean Michaels Studios. They truly always go above and beyond to make you happy. I got married last year and had Maggie and Harold as my photographers. They were both amazing by capturing all the moments during our big day! Maggie was so sweet and kind and very responsive to all emails. Her talent is beyond words she's just the best!!!!! I have so many amazing pictures it's so hard to chose for my album! If you pick dean Michaels studios you will not be let down!!!

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Submitted by Nicole H

Best photographer!

I loved Dean and his whole team. They were always available for questions. The day of my wedding my guests fell in love with Dean as well. He went over and beyond for my wedding.

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Submitted by Diana

Amazing!

Dean Michaels was wonderful! We had many great reviews from friends before we booked but they still exceeded our expectations! We had two photographers which was a great choice as we have so many fantastic pictures from our day. The photographers and videographer also made everyone in the bridal party at ease during all of the photo shoots which was really nice as well. Would definitely recommend :)

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Submitted by Francis

Loved it!!!!!

We ended up finding Dean Michael's and we are so glad we did!!! My husband and I are extremely happy with our pictures!! The photographs are extremely important in a wedding because after all is said and done that's the only reminder of that special day. We met with Nicola who was very thorough and made us feel comfortable to choose Dean Michael's right away. She offered us a package within our budget and assured us that everything would be great. Rich and Maggie were our photographers and they did an amazing job. We have over 3000 pictures of our day and it was a good mix between fun and traditional shots giving us a lot of options to choose from. Throughout the wedding they snapped photos of everything and weren't in our face about it. We received the photos really fast and right away started working on the Thank-yous and albums with Klaire who is very responsive. Overall, Dean Michael's did an amazing job and we couldn't be happier. Definitely recommend!! :)

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Submitted by Suzanne Russo

Professional!

Dean Michaels Studio was absolutely fantastic from the customer service to the photographers we worked with. Everyone was very professional, they responded quickly, showed up on time and listened to our needs and wants for the day. As an artist I can say they truly did a great job getting nice lighting, colors and perspective.

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Submitted by Megan B

The BEST

My husband and I were extremely happy with our decision to go with Dean Michaels Studio for our wedding photography and now, seeing the photos we could not have chosen anyone better. They were wonderful from start to finish. We met with Nicola who was energetic and made us feel comfortable to choose Dean Michaels right away. She offered us a package within our budget and assured us that everything would be great. Rich and Harold were our photographers and they did an amazing job. They made my husband and I feel comfortable and relaxed and really captured our day without us feeling like a camera was in our face. The mix between fun and traditional shots was perfect. We have some really beautiful pictures. Klaire was also great at getting our Thank You cards done quickly, and now just over 2 months after our wedding we have our wedding photos and Thank Yous are on their way. We could not be happier; they are the best.

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Submitted by Alex

Beyond thrilled with our experience-- Dean Michaels is the best studio hands down!!

I cannot say enough great things about the Dean Michaels team!! We had our initial consultation with Nichola, who is such a doll! We immediately knew this studio was the perfect fit with us-- Nichola was so accommodating, patient, and informative and she completely put us at ease amidst all the stress with wedding planning!! Since then we had the pleasure of doing an engagement shoot with the best photographer I have ever worked with-- Maggie. She is a true professional and the photos from our engagement shoot are to die for!! She has a true eye for light composition and all the pictures look so natural, we really clicked with her right away. We loved how she was very creative and also up for any suggestions we had! So happy that Nichola paired us up with Maggie! :) Also, Klaire helped us design our save the dates and she was such a pleasure to work with-- always available to offer suggestions, answer questions, and put us at ease!!

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Submitted by Nicole

The Best!

We booked Dean Michaels to be our wedding photographer as they came recommended from a lot of our friends. We just had our engagement shoot and we couldn't be happier with the pictures! Our photographer, Rich, was amazing. We had no idea what to do and he was SO helpful in showing us everything. He also gave us awesome tips and pointers. He made everything seem so comfortable and had just great ideas regarding backgrounds and where/how to stand. We are so happy we chose Dean Michaels and absolutely cannot wait for our wedding this year!

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Submitted by Diana Fesharaki-Zadeh

Soooo fun!

Rich did our outdoor wedding in Connecticut, we chose the studio because the portfolios were so fun and vibrant - he was so much fun, easy going; he was professional and overall excellent! The studio has been awesome at replying to my emails, sending suggestions and making it all easy and fun for us!

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Submitted by Shaunyette R.

A Lasting Memory

I truly appreciate the staff at Dean Michael's Studio. Maggie, Aggie & Jose played such an important part in our wedding. They were very professional but almost invisible throughtout the day, from prep to the end of the reception. We recently received our proofs and were already thrilled with the results. The photos are timeless. Photography is truly a work of ART. We have a couple thousand of sheer perfect photos to sought through. How do you choose a select amount for an album. We love them all. Our families cannot wait to see the video. Dean Michael's allowed us captured our everlasting moments. Thank you Again!!

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Submitted by Kerry DiPaolo

Highly Recommend

Dean Michaels is an exceptional company and I am so happy to have had them for our wedding. Rich was our main point of contact during the planning process, and for the wedding we had Rich and Christina as our photographers. They were professional, personable and non-intrusive, really wonderful! Christina taught me the best way to hold my dress train and even held it multiple times throughout the day for me, which helped immensely due to the rainy weather. Looking at the pictures instantly brings me back to our incredible day. Six months later (we were wedding’ed out for a while ha) we are finally getting around to working on our album, and I know it will turn out as beautifully as our pictures did.

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Submitted by Sapna R.

Amazing Photographers!

Dean Michaels Studio went above and beyond for our special day. We had a multi-cultural wedding (Indian and Western) and Dean Michaels studio was a part of the whole celebration. Christina, the main shooter was an absolute delight to work with. She was extremely professional, personable and took the best shots of the wedding. Christina and Aggie were there from sunrise to sunset capturing every moment of the wedding (Henna Party, Indian Ceremony, American Ceremony, Reception). Not only did we get so many amazing pictures out of this experience, we also enjoyed working with the team. They were non-invasive, easy going and they contributed to us having a seamless wedding. Other friends of mine have also gone with them and have had similar experiences - they are the best at what they do!

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Submitted by Tara F.

A+ Photographer

I got married on September 6, 2014 and Dean Michaels studio did a fantastic job capturing all of the wonderful moments from my wedding day. We couldn't be happier with our photos. Dean's team was very professional and had great ideas for what poses worked best for us. The end result is we have so many amazing pictures that it took us weeks to decide which pictures should be included in our album. I highly recommend Dean Michaels to any bride and groom that want high quality wedding photos!

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Submitted by Kara DiFanti

Dean Michaels Studio

Dean Michaels did a phenomenal job on my wedding photos and video. They captured every important moment and made 2 un-photogenic people look very photogenic :). If you're looking for perfection in your wedding photos definitely give them a call. They were very organized and easy to work with.

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Submitted by Blaire Sommers

You won't be disappointed with Maggie!

Maggie was fantastic. She did our engagement pictures, which we were extremely happy with, so we requested that she do our wedding as well. The circumstances were tough (it rained, there were some unforeseen time constraints), but she was completely unfazed. We got some really creative shots with the rain, and in other pictures you never would've been able to tell it was raining in the first place. We got every picture that we wanted. She was patient and efficient under some pretty high pressure situations, without sacrificing the quality of her work. And her assistant, Aggie (I know- Maggie and Aggie- how perfect!) was also great. Everything was perfect!

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Submitted by Cait Ryan

Can't say thank you enough!

Nichola - I really can't thank you enough for your time and effort in finding us the perfect photographer. Abhilash was just amazing and calming and wonderful. We are so looking forward to seeing everything he captured. I couldn't have asked for anything more. If there is anyway you could pass this to him please do. You and Abhilash really understood what I was going after and even made my now husband comfortable behind a camera!! A feat in itself lol. Really he captured who we are. Thank you again for making it all happen with such sort notice. I can't wait to see it all!

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Submitted by Patty Toth

Best of the best!!!

I can't even begin to express how wonderful it was to have Dean Michaels studio for my wedding. Right from the start, they were extremely helpful picking the package I wanted for my special day. The pictures they captured were beyond my expectations, they didn't miss a beat! Hardest part was picking which pictures to put in my album & they even helped me with that process! Nichola made me feel like I've known her for years while helping with the album. She went above & beyond & I couldn't thank her enough! The whole team was tremendous & I'll be recommending them to anyone who wants the best of the best! Who doesn't want the best for their special day to treasure forever! Thank you DeanMichaels for everything you did for us!!!

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Submitted by Dalyn R

December Wedding

Dean Michaels did our photography and video for our wedding at Nanina’s in December. The staff at Dean Michael’s were all very professional and on time for everything. We had Rich, Tim, and Reena work our wedding. Looking back at the pictures, it’s amazing how they caught every moment and every detail of our wedding. They were extremely creative in their detail pictures and with the wedding party. The most important things I liked about this team are first they were on time and really knew what they were doing. Second, they did not bother our guests! They got so many shots without making our guests feel uncomfortable or anything and last, they built relationships with us and it was just a very relaxed experience. I would recommend Dean Michael’s to anyone who wants excellent quality in his or her photos and video. They may be pricey BUT you get what you pay for 100% and spending the money here is the one regret we do not make.

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Submitted by Holly K

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Dean Michaels did a phenomenal job on my wedding photos and video. They captured every important moment and made 2 un-photogenic people look very photogenic :). If you're looking for perfection in your wedding photos definitely give them a call. They were very organized and easy to work with.

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Submitted by Lisa H

amazing wedding album and video!

My husbands sister used Dean Michael Studio for her wedding two years ago. After seeing her album, we knew right away we wanted to use them as well! We recently got our wedding video and it truly captured all of the amazing moments which occurred throughout the night. Being able to watch it whenever we want brings us back to that special day! We are also waiting on our album, because it is currently in the printing process. Seeing the album proof online, the skills they have are simply priceless. All the different types of style came out wonderfully and we were extremely happy we chose Dean Michael Studio for our wedding at the Skylands Manor in Ringwood NJ!!

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