Photographer Recommendations in NYC and London

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Finding the right photographer can be tricky for different reasons—budget concerns, indoor/outdoor locations, and certainly the art direction. In satisfying clients’ needs, I’ve had to search high and low to secure good photographers. Here are my top picks for photographers based in New York City or London that won’t break the bank.

1. Dario Acosta – NYC based, excels in portraiture for opera singers particularly and classical musicians at-large.

Caroline Oltmanns by Dario Acosta

Dario’s work is excellent as he transforms his studio into magic on camera. We worked together for pianist Caroline Oltmanns’ photo shoot and it was a beautiful experience. He is able to take a typical photographer’s studio and create other worlds from it through his remarkable use of lighting and props.

2. Julian Love – London based, excels in lifestyle photography.

Michael Fabiano by Julian Love

Lifestyle photography is important when building a social media presence. To rely on DIY methods in today’s highly stylized world might be a cheaper model, but not as effective as spending a small amount of money in order to achieve a strong curated news feed. While I was not present for the photo shoot, I worked with Julian Love over email to provide art direction for tenor Michael Fabiano’s London photo shoot. The images were later used for some of his social platforms. Julian’s work captures active energy very well while being on-location in the middle of London’s Covent Garden.

3. Kaupo Kikkas – London/Europe based, excels in portraiture for classical musicians.

Zsolt Bognár by Kaupo Kikkas
Zsolt Bognar
The album – Ghosts – photographed by Kaupo Kikkas

Photographed several years ago, I recommended to host Zsolt Bognár (of Living the Classical Life) to have photographer Kaupo Kikkas come from Europe to Cleveland for a special photo shoot. I had previously seen his work for Nicola Benedetti and Arvo Pärt so it was natural that he should photograph Zsolt. Kaupo’s ability for flattering angles is evident in this sample.

He is also very collaborative in mindset. This final image below was shot for Caroline Oltmanns’ new album GhostsIt certainly captures a haunting vibe bringing to life Schumann’s Ghost Variations.

If you have photographer recommendations, please comment! I’d love to hear about your own experiences with photographers in other cities.

About Jonathan Eifert

Trained as a classical pianist, Jonathan realized early in his career he preferred the business of music, rather than making music professionally. He moved to London to study arts management and after a series of successful encounters, returned to the U.S. to build his PR firm.

People in the industry started hearing about his work and innovative approach to PR. Word travelled fast and projects began. Work started at his kitchen table in a leafy Philadelphia suburb.

Fast forward to the present day, Jonathan is based in New York City. As needed, he provides on-site client visits around the United States, but most projects are maintained remotely through a strong infrastructure of digital platforms and global contacts.

Over the years he has enjoyed providing marketing, communications, and PR support for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Portland Piano International, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Golandsky Institute at Princeton University, Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, and Pianofest in the Hamptons.

Jonathan previously worked at IMG Artists (London) and Astral (Philadelphia). He now serves clients throughout the U.S. as the founder of Jonathan Eifert Public Relations. He is an associate member of the Grammy Recording Academy and regular contributor to ArtsHacker.com.

Jonathan completed his Master of Arts degree in cultural policy and management (arts administration) from City, University of London—specializing in classical artists’ brands and their development. He holds his Bachelor of Music degree from Cairn University.

Jonathan is a board member of Living the Classical Life and member of Astral's Institutional Advancement Committee.

Learn more on jonathaneifert.com.

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  1. This is a great post Jonathan, I’d like to add two more from different cities:

    Chicago, Todd Rosenberg Photography: http://www.toddrphoto.com. I can’t say enough good things about his work; his portfolio speaks for itself. He works with every major arts organization in the city as well as sports teams. I’ve used him personally (results) and have dozens, if not hundreds, of colleagues who love his work.

    Toronto, Bo Huang: http://www.bohuang.ca. Bo specializes in artists and does some genuinely creative work. My wife, violinist Holly Mulcahy, has used him and was nothing but pleased with the session and finals (results).

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