Congrats on your engagement! Everything we do is designed to bring you the best possible wedding experience. We approach each wedding as an opportunity to give our couple not just photos, but wedding day art. Other photographers also do a great job, but our unique process draws out the couples personalities and our approach turns fine art wedding photography into unforgettable heirlooms. That’s why you’ve never seen images like this before.
As one of the most celebrated and published studios in the nation, we’re honored to start this journey with you.
We look forward to hearing from you!
“Your love is unique,
Congrats on your engagement! Everything we do is designed to bring you the best possible wedding experience. As one of the most celebrated and published photographers in the nation, my team and I are honored to guide you through this journey.
We only shoot weddings and only select 20 per year. This helps my boutique studio stay passionate about our couples, their love, and the beautiful heirlooms we create.
Based on the West Coast, we have been commissioned worldwide.
Meet Clane Gessel
Clane Gessel’s passion has always been in photography. Shooting fine art images right out of high school, his work was featured on the cover of National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines. At the time he was flat broke and living out of his car, but he refused to let obstacles stand in the way of his passion. Deciding to go back to college, he worked for The Seattle Times in his early 20s, further sharpening his photographic eye. After he graduated from the University of Washington, Clane eagerly stepped out of The Times’ shadow in search of a spotlight in the world of weddings.
Clane is uniquely qualified to do this – he is the only wedding photographer on earth that’s been on the cover of National Geographic and in National Geographic fine art galleries. He understands what fine art is, and loves telling love stories through fine art photography. Using his unique photojournalistic style, he helps each couple open up in front of the camera so their personalities come through. He specializes in capturing the whole story- from wedding details and environment to the couple’s family and intimate moments. Clane’s mission is to give each couple fine art wedding photography that captures the essence of their day in one picture.
12 years later, industry leaders haven’t overlooked Clane’s efforts. His work is among the most iconic imagery in weddings – his work has been featured in nearly every bridal magazine. He was named top 5 wedding photographers in the nation, and one of the most published. His extensive knowledge of wedding photography has earned him appearances on TV and radio programs and is widely considered one of the best wedding photographers in the country. His favorite part of the wedding day is when the couple sees each other for the first time.
Stanley is an exuberant, creative, innovative photographer, with a huge love for people. Originally from Miami, Fl, Stanley’s mission was to serve people in civil service with an emphasis in law enforcement. His dream was to become a US Marshal and later join the northeast Fugitive Task Force. After graduating, he began working for his local police department for years, all the while studying photography in his free time. Deciding he’d rather spend his life capturing happiness, he combined his passion for serving people and love of photography by moving into weddings.
Stanley has worked with a wide variety of couples, local music artists, and entrepreneurs. He excels at telling a story through his photography and is dedicated to teaching better photography techniques to others. He also is well versed in shooting and editing video for the Clane Gessel Studio.
He currently resides in New York with his wife and looks to capture the endless love and personalities the city holds. His inspiration for photography comes from the love between two people and the bond they share. In his free time, Stanley enjoys exploring the city with his wife, trying new restaurants and broadway plays. His favorite part of the wedding day is capturing all the ‘getting ready’ details.
Gaby is adventurous, energetic and talkative enough to live up to her name. Gaby was raised on a quaint farm in Missouri, and as a result, nature and outdoor activities are important elements in her life, including horseback riding, summer kayak trips, and picnics in the park.
Gaby has a masters degree in fashion photography, and spent the past few years shooting in London. She’s shot for London Fashion Week, ASBO Magazine, and many stylists, bloggers, and fashionistas. She recently moved to NYC to continue her photography exploration. Her wedding photography style has an emphasis on fashion, and the editing style she brings to the studio is completely unique.
Her favorite style of photography is portraiture and she loves the challenge of using the medium to capture the likeness and personality of those around her. She embraces the outdoors and excels at lighting.
Gaby is constantly searching for new and interesting ways to fuel her creativity, and often finds inspiration while walking through the city with her earbuds in. Her favorite part of the wedding day is the dancing!
Born in China and raised in New Haven, CT, Sue graduated from Duke University with a degree in biology with distinction and chemistry and music performance minors. She has a lifelong goal of helping others and has worked in the past decade as an EMT at Yale-New Haven Hospital and research coordinator in transplant medicine at Columbia University in NYC.
Amidst juggling a busy life as a medical researcher and freelance violinist, Sue decided to buy a professional camera in hopes of someday showing the world her talent. It was through photography that she realized she could combine both her passion for helping others and for artistic expression. Since that day, Sue jumped headfirst into photography and never looked back. She left the medical field in 2018 and joined Clane in persuit of light and love across the world.
Always exploring the technical aspects of photography, Sue uses her science background in the developing and printing of her own film photography. Her musical background gives her a unique perspective in the art of timing perfect moments. Sue specializes in candid portraiture and photojournalism-style scenes. And she loves telling stories, especially love stories.
Sue travels often with her husband, a grammy award-winning violinist. In her free time, she enjoys playing chamber music, board games with friends, and baking pies. Her favorite part of the wedding day are the speeches and toasts.
Angela Strauman is ecstatic to join Clane’s team! Born and raised in Minnesota she came to New York in 2015 ago for school, and will soon graduate with a BFA in musical theatre from CAP21/Molloy College. As much as Angela loves performing, she is excited to put some of her other gifts to use; ie creating spreadsheets. This skill is something not many people think of, but Martha Stuart better watch out, because Angela creates some of the best spreadsheets in all of the world. (Actually, though, they are really pretty great!). Along with her organization skills, she helps run the back end of the Studio, organizing, tagging and culling photos – she is the only non-photographer on the team. Angela enjoys making a difference in people’s lives and feels Clane’s work does exactly that. It’s exciting when work/life goals line up with each other and Angela could not be more excited to join Clane and his fantastic team.
Chloe moved to New York from Georgia to look persue a career in acting. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2018, she worked professionally as a performer and became involved in teaching and coaching vocal students. Chloe first picked up a camera in hopes of sharing her student’s progress with the world, and soon found a talent in telling stories.
Chloe has spent time as a model and photographer, so she’s familiar with the nuances of posing and lighting. She helps couples feel comfortable in front of the camera, so she can capture their memories as they unfold. Her style is more photojournalistic, She gave up a modeling career to tell couple’s stories behind the camera. Chloe also helps run the office, set up meetings, and respond to emails. She enjoys helping couples with more than just photography, and can help each couple find the right planner, venue, music, and other vendors.
Chloe has shot weddings with the Studio all over the country and loves destination weddings. Her favorite part of the wedding day are the vows (she cries every time).
Our goal is simple – get each couple the best wedding photos possible. We want to make sure that we’re a good fit for each other, and that we can make your wedding photography dreams come true. Be sure to read the Reviews of the Clane Gessel team here. Schedule your consultation today- please Contact Us.