is a wedding photographer with over 20 years of experience, working with some of the top brands to capture the authenticity of a wedding.
"My goal has always been to focus on the true experience of the wedding instead of staging a shot"
To see a photograph by New Yorker Jamie Levine, is to see a reflection of the emotions of the people in it. What you witness is a moment documented in time: true authenticity. From his years as a photo-journalist in the Middle East to his role as Kleinfeld’s exclusive photographer, Jamie’s experience and artistic sensitivity give him a unique ability to see and capture the world with pure magic. According to Jamie, “I'm not fan of staged photographs and I don't pose my subjects. I want to catch that special moment when there's no pretense and the real person, and the real situation comes through. That's the greatest beauty of all."
Jamie is in high demand for celebrity portraiture from actors, politicians, socialites and rock stars, who appreciate the unique sensibility he brings to his photography. As an accomplished musician and performer himself, he has an innate understanding of how to capture the creativity and personality of the artist: “ I love to capture that raw emotion and bring it out in the visual medium of film." While he loved the idea of becoming a professional musician, photography was his primary passion. “Ever since I was seven, I have had a Nikon camera around my neck,” he laughs. He studied at the International Center for Photography (ICP) and then attended the University of Wisconsin, where he received his B.A. in Communications.
But Jamie's expertise did not just come from a conventional education. After earning his degree, he honed his craft for years assisting and apprenticing with some of the most revered photographers in the industry, including Ken Regan of Time magazine and fashion icon, Richard Avedon. In the 1990's, Jamie lived in Israel, where he deepened his artistry as a photo-journalist for The Jerusalem Post. Since returning to the U.S., Jamie has gained a deeply respected reputation as a photographer of weddings, events, and individual portraits. His impressive portfolio includes photo shoots of Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Rock, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Paul Newman, Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Lee, G.E. Smith, Kevin Bacon, Dr. John, and James Taylor.
Jamie's commercial photography has regularly appeared on the pages of People, Martha Stewart Weddings, In Style, Ikea,The New York Times and The London Times. While New York City is Jamie's home base, his wedding clients have brought him all over the country and the globe. His photos are also seen widely on the internet, on sites including NBC.com, CNN.com, and America Online.
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