New Jersey’s most populous city, Newark is an East Coast gem steeped in history and culture. Home to Branch Brook Park, arguably the oldest American county park, featuring the country’s most expansive collection of cherry blossom trees, Newark offers countless picture-perfect spots. As such, the city is full of artists, so we had our work cut out for us when culling our list of the most talented Newark portrait photographers. After looking through dozens of portfolios, we chose visionary shutterbugs whose portraiture of families, small business owners, and the like serves to enrich the city as we know it.
1. Ryan Arnez Monroe of RyArMo Photography Studio
Owner and creative director of RyArMo Photography Studio, Ryan Arnez Monroe is a top portrait photographer for his lighting expertise and creative studio work. He is a master of producing polished, yet authentic headshots — Ryan’s exactly the kind of photographer you want when you need to look your best for a special event or commercial project. He also boasts the unique ability to bring out the inner beauty of his subjects — making each and every client look effortlessly cool and chic. It’s no wonder he’s among the most thoughtful portrait photographers in Newark.
Anthony Alvarez blends the candid style of street photography with up-close and personal portraits — the result is a captivating body of work. He has the intuition to know precisely when to click the shutter on his camera to create breathtaking images. Exploring the nuances of his subjects, his hybrid fine-art and photojournalist style has earned him national clients, including the Salvation Army and Nestle. In addition, his work has appeared in esteemed publications and media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to The New York Times.
3. Marissa Nuzzo of MN Photography
Marissa Nuzzo is a fine art photographer — meaning you will get more than a portrait of yourself, you will get a keepsake. She has a creative eye for styling and a photojournalist’s fast shutter finger, basically ensuring artfully composed yet candid photos. Her work is sentimental while remaining modern, stylish while feeling authentic. She makes ample use of light and shadow to fully showcase her subjects. Her talent lies in highlighting the best parts of each person in front of her camera lens.
4. Jonathan R. Tan & Howie Chen of Dreamlite Photography
There are two amazing photographers behind Dreamlite Photography, and each creative’s style complements the other. Jon Tan is the photojournalist in this duo, capturing the spontaneous and magical moments of life so you can revisit them for years to come. Howie Chen is the fine artist, specializing in styling and directing those in front of his lens in order to showcase them to their best advantage. Jon and Howie are a dynamic team that can handle virtually any photo session, from your wedding day to a casual family photoshoot.
Before embracing her gift as an astute wedding and portrait photographer, Mary Brown was in charge of managing celebrity photoshoots as the art director of Black Enterprise magazine. This experience allowed her to hone her editorial eye, letting her shine as a true creative by incorporating her graphic design expertise into each shoot. Working with Mary is like getting an empowerment coach, artist, and talented photographer in one session.
Jessica’s fresh and beautiful style caught our eye — lots of natural light, genuine smiles, and sweetly styled newborn shots. Her portraits are both completely modern, with a focus on authentic moments and the sentimental, capturing the fleeting nature of those moments as they happen. If you love vintage floral patterns, the squishy wrinkles of a newborn, and the carefree feeling of childhood, then you will love Jessica’s portrait style — we sure do!