PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMS REVIEWS
Our goal is to provide you exceptional imagery, experience, and service, and a great way to know more of what we do is to see the unedited reviews from some of our clients over the years. These are collected here below to make it easy to read from our website, as well as sites like WeddingWire, The Knot, and Facebook.
Deanna & John
Winding Hills Golf Club, Montgomery, NY - 5/26/18
We used Stilwell Photography and films for our wedding this past May and we are so happy that we did. From our initial phone meeting with Alisa, we knew that we wanted to work with her. As she explained her photography style, highlighting a love for candid shots, we knew we had found a great fit for us. Alisa was able to work with us to give us a package that had all the things that were important to us.
On our wedding day, Alisa and her crew arrived on time and were ready to go! As the bride, Alisa was my main shooter and James was my main videographer. It was such an emotional day, and tears were shed while reading a letter from my husband for our video. Despite what could have felt very uncomfortable, I never did with Alisa and James. They were both so professional, and really put me at ease. During our couple shots and group shots, Alisa, James and the second shooters were all very efficient getting the shots we wanted/needed which was awesome because it was so hot that day!
As for quality, I was so impressed with Alisa and James' work, as were our family and friends! We have had so many people reach out to us to tell us how incredible they thought our short film was. I watch the video constantly, and it brings back so many memories and emotions from that day. It truly is something we will treasure. Our photos are gorgeous, there are so many shots that we absolutely love, and have hanging in our home. I wish we could fill up a wall with the entire album because they're all so beautiful! The turn around time for getting our short video and photos back was great!
I would definitely recommend Stilwell Photography and Films if you're looking for individuals who really care and are going to do beautiful work! We are so glad we chose them to take our most important photos!
Kelly & Luke
Farmington Gardens, Farmington, CT - 8/7/2017
Alisa and her team were FANTASTIC. I realize that I'm a difficult client (not a bridezilla but very picky about everything!) and she was amazing. She was super flexible with our weird requests (i.e. no serious photos) and was able to adapt to us. She made everything fun and easy and we literally cannot stop looking at our wedding photos. She captured every moment and we haven't gotten video yet but we already know it's going to be just as great as the photos. I find myself to not be the most photogenic person and was actually dreading seeing photos of myself on the big day, and I couldn't be more surprised in the best way, she really was able to capture the best of us as well as all our guests. We also got our photos back in a very reasonable amount of time. All our family and friends have been gushing over the photos. Thank you Alisa for being so easy and fun to work with!
Jennifer & Thomas
Whitby Castle, Rye, NY - 6/10/17
Wow! We just want to thank you for the beautiful film. You captured our special day in a way that we could never have imagined.
Thank you for giving us a way to relive such great memories.
Victoria & Paul
Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, CT - 5/28/2017
Working in the "wedding industry" I see a ton of wedding photographers pretty regularly and Alisa and her team are the best. They pay attention to detail and make everything stress free for your big day. I recommend them to everyone!
Stefanie & Steven
Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls NY - 11/19/2016
There are no words for how incredible our film is!! We have watched it over and over again and are amazed by new details each time. Thank you for adding in the speeches and extra parts of our ceremony! We are touched by the effort and love that you put into our film and are thrilled to have such a special keepsake to remember our day. You are extremely talented and we are amazed by your work!! THANK YOU!!!
Mary-Ellen & Carlos
Shady Acres Organic Farm, Middletown, NY - 6/24/2017
Mary-Ellen: My husband and I just received our wedding pictures and all I can say is that Alisa is a truly exceptional photographer. She is extremely friendly, energetic and professional. She captured so many special moments of the day that we will treasure forever!
Carlos: My wife and I immediately connected with Alisa when we first met her.
We interviewed many photographers prior to meeting with her and she made us feel so like we were the most important clients she'd ever sat with.
We just received our wedding photos and I can honestly say her wonderful personality is surpassed by her skills as a professional photographer.
Our pictures came out fantastic. She captured so many personal moments of our wedding that I didn't even remember and had not even witnessed. She's very easy to work with and helped our wedding day one of the best days of our lives! Thank you Alisa!!!
Tracee & Steve
West Hills Country Club, Middletown, NY - 10/15/16
My husband and I used Stilwell Photography and Films for our engagement and wedding photographs and videos. We could not be happier with the experience we had working with Alisa and James. She was always flexible with meeting with us and answering all of our questions. James did an amazing job on our film capturing the highlights of our day. On our wedding day Alisa and her team were amazing. They were everywhere capturing the moments of our wedding we'll never forget. Steve and I commented on many of our wedding photos that we didn't even know Alisa was around for the moments she captured. She does a great job of capturing the moment while not interfering with it. She lets the wedding come to her and doesn't "create" moments by asking for certain poses or actions. The natural look and feel of our wedding photos is exactly what we wanted and we are so happy we picked Stilwell Photography to be our wedding photographer. Outside of being an awesome photographer, Alisa and James and the entire crew are amazing people with amazing personalities. By far one of the best investments we made for our wedding day. You won’t go wrong with Stilwell Photography and Films.
Yasmeen & Ryan
The Senate Garage, Kingston, NY - 10/29/2016
Beautiful photography and videography, and worth the price. Use the engagement session as a way to get comfortable with the photographer. The 10 hours of photography and videography may be too much if there is not ceremony taking place that day.
Ann & Ryan
The Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls, NY 9/23/2016
Alisa was the best! Our engagement photos and wedding photos were totally "us" and Alisa works hard to make sure everything is better is better than even expected. She is so talented, and we were lucky to have her our wedding photographer!
Jamie & Michael
The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills, Stony Point, NY - 9/4/2016
We used Alisa Stilwell Photography & Films for our September 4th wedding film. We were not able to take advantage of their photography services as we already had another photographer booked prior to discovering Stilwell Photography and Films, however Alisa was still extremely friendly, professional, and responsive to emails. Alisa and James both made the planning process extremely easy and we were able to capture all of our important details. The day of the wedding everything ran smoothly and you wouldn't even notice James and his team were there. They were very unobtrusive throughout the wedding day, however were still able to capture incredible moments. We received our short film today and absolutely love how it turned out! The creativity and artistry that goes into making a cinematic film is worth every penny. We would definitely recommend James from Alisa Stilwell Photography and Films to capture your wedding day memories!
Kristen & Jonathan
Red Maple Vineyard, West Park, NY - 9/3/2016
Alisa was amazing! She made us feel comfortable the whole time, starting with the engagement photo shoot, which was a great way to get ready for the wedding. We were able to be ourselves and she captured so many incredible moments. The album came out incredible and we couldn't be happier.
Jennifer & Bruce
Surf Club on the Sound, New Rochelle, NY - 8/20/2016
She listened to all our thoughts/concerns and addressed them. Willing to take any picture we wanted. Professional and great to work with. Would recommend Alisa to anyone wanting photographs/video done for their wedding.
Katelyn & Anthony
Christos, Poughkeepsie, NY - 7/29/2016
Alisa is such a beautiful photographer. She has talent beyond measure. We are so thankful we chose her company to photograph our special day! They captured it in a way we could have never imagined! They were reliable and knew just what to capture so that we could treasure those memories forever! If you are having a hard time deciding who to photography your wedding, THREE WORDS...Alisa Stilwell Photography!! You will not regret it! Thank you Alisa and Alison for everything!
Ashley & Dana
Hunter Mountain, NY - 7/8/2016
My husband and I are so happy we chose Alisa as our wedding photographer. After seeing her photos online I knew she would the right photographer for us. Our engagement session further cemented this. Alisa put us at easy and gave us instructions on how to pose. Everyone who saw our pictures complimented us and trust me we are no models. Our wedding photographs came out just a good. Alisa was able to capture every moment of the day. She has such an eye for arranging photographs, but is also able to get those unexpected moments and emotions. She is also just a joy to work with. The day of our wedding we had some weather issues and Alisa was such a calming presence. When it did start to rain, she came up with some impromptu shots inside a building that were some of our favorites. I should also mention that her assistant, Dana was wonderful. She had to deal with the groomsmen and got so many good photographs of them it was hard to choose only a few when putting our album together. I would not hesitate to recommend Alisa Stilwell Photography to anyone.
Lauren & James
Cragsmoor Stone Church, Cragsmoor, NY - 6/28/2016
We just received our engagement pictures from Alisa and they are beautiful!!! I knew from the minute I met Alisa that I wanted her to be our photography and my fiancé said the same thing when he met her. Our engagement shoot was so much fun and we felt so comfortable with Alisa as our photographer. Can't wait to see the beautiful pictures to come on our wedding day. Thank you!!!
Sarah & Adam
The Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls, NY 4/16/2016
Alisa was so helpful and calm about all advice and decisions when it came to our special day. We had a lot of family/friends we wanted in pictures and she made sure everyone was in the pictures in a timely manner. She was efficient and VERY hard working on our wedding day, we were so thrilled! I strongly recommend Alisa Stilwell Photography for any event!
Lindsey & Joe
The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY - 3/26/16
Alisa was a pleasure working with, very down to earth.
Nancilee & Chris
Minerals Resort, Vernon NJ - 11/27/2015
My husband and I used Alisa Stilwell Photography and Films for our engagement pictures and our wedding! From the first time we met Alisa, she was amazing to work with. She made us both feel so comfortable. Our pictures turned out amazing and our films were amazing as well. The cinematography is unlike anything I have ever seen. It truly is a work of art. Alisa, James, and their team did a wonderful job capturing the greatest night of our lives. I am so glad we chose to work with this company, as we have beautiful photographs and films to look back on for the rest of our lives. They truly did a wonderful job capturing all of the special and important moments of the night!
Melissa & Ryan
Cragmoor Stone Church, Cragsmoor, NY - 11/7/2015
My fiancé, Ryan, and I had our engagement photo session today! Alisa was fantastic. We had our 3 year old black lab with us for some photos and she was patient with him and he loved her!
We couldn't have asked for a better photographer in capturing one of the important days in our lives. I am so happy I met with Alisa and went with my gut! Thank you for today and what you will do for us in the near future.
Christina & Chris
Fat Fish Wine Bar & Bistro, Bay Shore, NY - 10/11/2015
I had the pleasure of meeting Alisa at a bridal show and I'm so glad I did. Initially, I went with an online photographer as it was so early on in the planning process that I was afraid we wouldn't be able to afford Stilwell Photography. BIG MISTAKE! Over the course of a month or two, I realized we would NEVER receive the attention to detail and level of service that we did from Alisa.
From our engagement pictures to the wedding itself, we had nothing but a fantastic experience. The packages that you have to choose from are amazing. We chose a mid-level package which included our engagement pictures, 8 hours of even photography, with 2 photographers, save-the-dates or thank you cards, and 11x14 fine art print, an album with lay-flat pages, plus a slideshow on DVD of our day set to our wedding song. They even drove all the way down to Long Island for the wedding.
I just received my link to my online gallery and I started crying all over again. I am beyond thrilled with how our pictures came out. My mother was worried that they had missed so much because she barely saw them, but they got everything (mom's a happy camper now).
Thank you so much to Alisa for making our day perfect!
Maddy & John
Hilton Pearl River, Pearl River, NY - 10/9/2015
Thank you to everyone for the beautiful photos and video at the wedding. Everything came out beautiful! You all captured the day wonderfully!
Kristen & Zack
The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY - 9/25/2015
Personal touch with personality-- Alisa and her team are phenomenal! From our first meeting, we knew that she was the one we needed to take our pictures. Alisa is so friendly and knows just how to get the shot she wants, we were incredibly comfortable with her. Our engagement pictures were amazing even though my husband had a toothache and it was sweltering, so I'm so excited to see our wedding photos with much better conditions!
Kimberly & Jarod
View on the Hudson, Piermont, NY - 9/6/2015
We worked with Alisa for our engagement and wedding photography for our wedding which was September 6, 2015. We had a great experience and got some amazing photos. She was very responsive and we got our pictures and albums back very quickly for what I was anticipating. We also worked with James for our cinematography. We are beyond in love with our videos. All are such a great reminder of our perfect wedding day!
Lauren & Mike
Villa Venezia, Middletown, NY - 7/31/2015
Alisa was amazing!! She made us both feel so comfortable from the moment we spoke to her. While taking our engagement photos she kept us laughing and feeling natural and relaxed. Her photos are gorgeous and she is a very talented photographer who knows what she is doing. She definitely captures every emotion of your day through her hard work and gets all of the little moments that you may miss. I would highly recommend Alisa and her team. You will not be disappointed.
Samantha & Jon Claude
New York Country Club, Spring Valley, NY - 6/6/2015
Amazing pictures and so easy to work with. I would recommend them to anyone!
Krista & Josh
Magnanini Winery, Wallkill NY - 5/30/2015
Alisa did an amazing job capturing our wedding. She told a story with her photos, just like she said she would, and her pictures help us relive our wedding day. She captured every detail that was put into the wedding, and so much more. She communicated with us throughout the night, and we could see how hard she was working to capture all the memories. We love that not only the moments between us were taken, but between all our guests! Thank you so much Alisa- our wedding pictures were incredible, and looking at them has brought happy tears and big smiles! Our pictures are timeless, elegant, and more than we thought they would be. Job well done! love, Krista & Josh
Amanda & Jimmy
Hilton Pearl River, Pearl River NY - 5/1/2015
We chose Stilwell studios for our May 1st wedding, and SO lucky that we did!!! From the moment I met Alisa, I liked her right away and felt comfortable around her! We were in constant contact with her over the year for engagement photos, and to plan for our wedding day. Alisa was beyond accommodating and we got all the pictures we wanted on our wedding day. Every request we had was made, and even better, received our Short Film video from our wedding in 2 weeks, and our full Feature Film no even 4 weeks later. I felt like I was watching a movie watching it! They did an incredible job, I highly recommend Stilwell studios for our wedding day photos and videography... you WILL NO be disappointed. So happy to have beautiful photos and video to look back on!! Thank you Alisa and James!!!!
Chris & Veronica
Villa Venezia, Middletown, NY - 9/26/2014
Amazing Photography!! Alisa was professional, accommodating, and truly a joy to work with. On our wedding day she made my husband and I feel so at ease and knew exactly how to get the most amazing shots! We are grateful for her capturing such beautiful moments that we will cherish forever.
Andrea & James
Private Home, Wallkill NY - 9/20/2014
It was so nice to have Alisa as our photographer. She is a wonderful person to work with. So full of life. Our wedding photos are just perfect I love every single one of them. James our cinematographer was also just fantastic. They caught the perfect moments of our day and when I play it back it's like watching a princess get her happily ever after. It's nothing short of amazing!
Crystal & Ray
Old Tappan Manor, Old Tappan, NJ - 8/22/2014
My husband and I chose Stilwell Studio for our August 22, 2014 wedding. This was, without a doubt, the best decision we made for our big day. James, the lead cinematographer, was extremely professional, kind, and went above and beyond to ensure that our day was special and went smoothly, making any of the day's minor hiccups disappear. Julie and Zach were also such a pleasure to work with, making sure to capture every special moment. Within 2 weeks, my husband and I received the highlight video which blew us away- it was absolutely INCREDIBLE. If you're looking for unmatched service and professionalism, Stilwell Studio is the way to go. We definitely recommend them for your upcoming event!
Christina & Claudwig
Catlin Gardens, Slate Hill, NY - 8/2/2014
Alisa is superb! I met her at a bridal event and was really wowed by her style. It was exactly what I was looking for. Alisa is so calm and easy to work with. Believe me, you need someone like her on your wedding day! She worked with our budget to get exactly what we wanted and we were even able to have an engagement session which I originally didn't think we could afford! Our engagement pictures came out so amazing! She takes the most beautiful photos at a reasonable price. We are so lucky to have had the chance to work with her. We also wound up having James do our wedding video which we don't have yet but which I'm sure will be fabulous. James came to Salon Lucere to take video of us getting ready and drinking mimosas and he was so kind and not at all intrusive, I wasn't even nervous. Luckily, the sun was shining 8/2/14 when we got married at Catlin Gardens and Alisa and James were so patient and helpful with coordinating our first look and taking all the pictures I wanted(and it was a lot!!!). Alisa was so patient with my props and all my crazy ideas. I cannot wait to see the pictures and video! Stilwell Photography really helped make our wedding day PERFECT! It was such an amazing experience, we want to do it again! Alisa and James are AMAZING!
Jessica & Lou
Private Home, Matamoras, NY - 7/19/2014
Alisa was pleasant to work with, it is easy to see the pride that she takes in her work and that she is equally passionate about her photography. She has a way of making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. The moments that Alisa captured during our engagement session and wedding ceremony/reception are precious. In addition to being fully satisfied with our engagement and wedding photography, I must also note that her cinematography (James) is also very talented. Stilwell Photography aims to tell your story, and they certainly do in a beautiful way!
Katelynn & Jessie
The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills Golf Club, Stony Point NY, 6/28/2014
My husband and I were married on June 28th 2014 and we couldn't be more happier with our engagement and wedding photos. Alisa was fantastic and a pleasure to work with. She was very professional and accommodating to our needs and wants. We wanted our engagement photos taken on my husband's family's farm/property in the Catskills and Alisa couldn't have been more excited. She was on time and had our pictures ready to view within a few weeks. Our wedding pictures are absolutely gorgeous, Alisa captured every special moment and much more. We could not have asked for better pictures!
Philip & Korbi
Anthony's Ocean View, New Haven, CT - 6/19/2014
The entire staff from Stilwell Studio were absolutely amazing. We were on the fence about whether or not to hire a cinematographer and in the end we are so glad we did. Alisa and James were a pleasure to deal with. On the day of the wedding, they were prompt, professional, and we can forget to mention once the ceremony started we hardly knew they were there. Last and most importantly their films are second to none. We just received our trailer and were completely blown away and very much look forward to arrival of our feature film. If you're in search of a quality vendor or contemplating any of their services we would highly recommend Stilwell Studio. When it's all said and done You Won't Regret It!!!
Megan & Jimmy
The Riverview, Weatogue, CT - 6/13/2014
We are so happy with our photos and video from our wedding! They were so professional and helpful and every way!
Annie & Ian
Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY - 5/21/2014
We loved working with Alisa from Stilwell Photography. We signed up with her after meeting her and winning a door prize at a local bridal show. She just gave us a great feeling and I was immediately comfortable with her. She was very responsive and worked with us through the planning process- from shooting our engagement photos to creating our wedding album. She paid a lot of attention to detail and made sure to learn what pictures were most important to us on our wedding day. Everyone who sees our pictures is impressed by the style of her photography and the quality of her work, yet she was much more affordable than similar photographers I spoke with. I am so happy we chose to work with Alisa and would go back to her anytime for formal pictures in the future. Thank you so much Alisa!!
Alexi & Saul Wedding - 5/13/2014, The Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls, NY
Just last weekend I had the pleasure if working with Stilwell Studio on a wedding. Being involved in hundreds of weddings (Makeup Artist) I see the lull of the wedding day as well as the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. I can honestly say that I didn't even know that they were there (other than being introduced). Their presence was not overwhelming or "in your face". I looked forward to seeing the end result of the video and was shocked when I received an email with a link less than 1 week later! Great job! Love the artistic style of Alexi & Saul's wedding video!
Stephanie & Scott
Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown NY, 4/26/2014
The photographers were not your traditional studio photos and I loved that. Half of the time I barely noticed that the photographers were there and I received amazing pictures from that!! Thank you Alisa!!
Milka & David
CT Wedding - 1/19/2014
The highlight video looks absolutely amazing!! I teared up watching it. I have no words for how much I appreciate you doing this for us. Can't wait to see the longer version. A big thank you to our wedding cinematographer, James- You are very talented, professional and definitely worth it!! No words express our gratitude, thank you so much!!
Sarah & Mike
Magnanini Winery, Wallkill, NY - 9/23/2013
You did SUCH an AMAZING job!! Everyone loved the pictures and video. In all our years of being together, I have seen Mike cry twice and your video made him cry like a baby! Thanks so much!
Amanda & Mike
Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge Catering, Montgomery, NY - 9/7/2013
No words can describe how amazing the work is that Alisa does. I got married 9/7/13 Alisa was there for it all and captured moments unlike any other! Her personality makes you feel like she's family. I've been slack on picking my photos for my book knowing I won't have an excuse to be in contact with her!! I would recommend her to everyone!
Linda & Jerry
Graham Skea Lodge at Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery, NY - 8/8/2013
Alisa, I want you to know we are delighted with your workmanship. We can watch (our photo slideshow) 5 years from now and relive the moment all over again. Thank you so much for making our day a memorable one! Best experience I could have asked for. Alisa and her husband Warren are the best team. They made the whole wedding so comfortable. It's so important during your wedding to have someone calming around, and Alisa did just that. And -most importantly- the pictures are amazing. (Thanks Alisa!! -L&J) Check her out!
Sasha & Julian
Bear Mountain, NY - 7/6/2013
We're so happy we chose Alisa! My fiancé and I just had our Engagement photos taken this past weekend at Bear Mountain Lodge. We were extremely nervous at first but literally after the very first shot we felt so comfortable with Alisa and were ready to take on the shoot! She's so patient and beyond talented. We can't wait to see the photos and can only imagine what our wedding album will be like.
Tim & Val
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY - 6/1/2013 and The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY - 7/28/2013
Well we just got done crying...Thanks so much for the beautiful memories of our wedding day, we were so fortunate to have picked you to capture the moments. The slid show absolutely captured the essence of the day and there were so many great photo proofs including your skillful editing. Our wedding day is a special one that we will always remember. It's clear how much you care.
Stephanie & Chris
Ramada Newburgh/West Point, Newburgh NY - 1/27/2013
Alisa was a pleasure to work with and even just to talk to Very nice, patient, and professional. It’s been 8 months and I’m still obsessed with them We had our wedding at a small hotel that doesn’t really have any areas for taking photos, but she found the perfect backdrops and lighting anyway. She got most of the shots I requested (I requested A LOT) and I actually love the candid shots the most…so many beautiful provide moments with my husband were captured and I could not be happier. My friends and family raved about the photos as well and one of them even booked her for their wedding! Just amazing, talented and so nice! Alisa met every expectation I had and more. I recommend her to EVERYONE!!
Randi & Jason
Arbor Ridge Catering & Banquet Hall, Hopewell Junction, NY - 6/2/2012
The photographers (Alisa and Warren) were helpful during the photos, such as directing people where to go and what groups of pics to take. It helps to have someone try to keep order when the guests are going wherever. The engagement photos came out nice. I'm still waiting for my wedding photos...but I have a feeling they are going to be just as nice. Thank you!
Syrmo & Steve
Catlin Gardens, Slate Hill, NY - 5/29/2011
We are so impressed with the pictures and our slideshow. The attention to detail was amazing and Alisa took the most incredible shots. The video slideshow had me and my family in tears. Alisa made us very comfortable and made our wedding day special.
Sue & Donnie
Mulder Chapel, Warwick NY - 6/25/2010
We are so thankful. Alisa and Warren worked so hard and now we have the most beautiful pictures to treasure forever. Love these guys!