Hey there! I'm Tonya and I am the face behind Par La Mer Photography. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I always seem to get the best couples to work with! I have been married to my best friend for 8 years and we have 3 wild boys and 2 less wild pups. I love all things coffee, and fall, because layers (am I right?!) I binge listen to true crime podcasts, (any muderino's?), and my guilty pleasure is watching Rom-Coms while editing. I listen to my music on vinyl, which I introduced my husband too, even if he won't admit it! I am in totally love with my French heritage. I haven't been to France yet, but it's number 1 on my bucket list! 

I am not sure when I fell in love with photography, it has always just been there. I can remember the first camera I ever owned, it was a purple Remco Ninja Turtle camera, the one where Mikey would show up in the bottom right corner giving a peace sign, (can you tell I'm a product of the 90's?) I had been asking for a Polaroid forever, but this is what I got and I was obsessed. I covered my walls in those photos! When I got to high school I was lucky enough that my small town art class had a dark room.

 I took every elective and class I could to be in that room. And that was it, I was hooked. Five years ago, I took the leap and went full time with my passion. In that time I have become a featured wedding photographer on Wedding Pioneer, Wandering Weddings, and most recently, Junebug Weddings! I've also been featured in numerous publications. I cannot wait to connect with you and hear everything you are dreaming up for your wedding day!

the artist behind the lens

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I know your love is an indescribable, unique one; one that deserves photographs that respect your authenticity. This is where my passion is rooted - in photographing your truest selves, full of quirks and silliness and skipping any tradition or conformity that you see fit. I facilitate a friendship with you from the get-go that helps to lower any walls you may put up. Which allows my camera to capture the real, unfiltered goodness that takes place on your wedding day. Stiff, awkward poses are a thing of the past. Only true and raw emotions can be found here. I'm all about capturing real, imperfectly beautiful moments and intervening with light guidance when I need too. For any weddings or elopements in the New England, the Hudson Valley, and the New York City Metropolitan area Par La Mer Photography is the artist to document your day with honesty and heart.

documenting your love story with honesty & heart

my philosophy