STUDIO OWNER & PHOTOGRAPHER
I grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and was exposed to many cultures and lots of travel at an early age. My love for stories, adventures and people led me to photography.
My approach is a blend of documentary and fine art, with a dreamy aesthetic and an unobtrusive, editorial eye. My favorite photographs are often unscripted. I strive to create images that are honest and beautiful.
I pursued my passion for photography and film at Temple University and founded ASYA Photography in 2008. Documenting the stories and the love between couples gives me so much inspiration, fulfillment and joy.
Photographs hold a sense of magic and nostalgia: they help preserve the memories we share with our families and loved ones for generations. It’s an honor to witness the joining of two lives together surrounded by so much beauty, family and love.
When I am not taking pictures, I enjoy cooking for friends, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, spending time in nature, discovering new places and exploring the world. In the winters you can find me in India or Mexico escaping the cold and working on personal photo projects. I live in Queen Village with my husband Jonathan and our daughter Nora.
ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER & STUDIO MANAGER
Grace is a Philadelphia native who developed a passion for narrative photography at a young age. When she was 13, her mom gave her a Pentax K1000 and she was immediately drawn into the world of photography.
Always possessing an ability to connect with those she photographs, Grace uses her love of portraiture and photojournalism to create beautiful, artistic photographs that are full of emotion and spontaneity. Her discreet manner and intuitive nature allows her to document the fleeting moments throughout the day with a unique artistic approach.
Grace is currently a resident of West Philadelphia. When she is not at work or strolling the tree lined streets of her favorite Philadelphia neighborhood she is trying to hop on a train, a plane or into a car and take trips with friends to different corners of the world.
Jen is a born and raised Philadelphian who is always searching for the next great story to tell. A professional photographer for over 10 years she is attracted to the authenticity of capturing love and prides herself on curating a fantastic experience for her clients. Her images are intimate, whimsical and truly represent the people in front of her lens. A master organizer, she tries her best to help wedding days run smooth and feel carefree. Above all, she believes it is most important for couples to truly enjoy participating in their wedding day.
When Jen is not taking photos she can be found planning her next big trip adventure, instragraming photos of her poodle Pepper, hosting lavish pot luck dinner parties, or binge watching Netflix. She translates her love for any kind of spontaneity and adventure into her day to day and loves being fully absorbed in it all.
Bethany grew up in upstate New York and loves the great outdoors. She creates images that capture the essence of your wedding day by combining a photojournalistic approach with fine art concepts. She is both unobtrusive and laid back, and her talents truly shine when it comes to candid pictures. She cares deeply about each and every couple she works with and finds great meaning in creating photos that will be cherished for a lifetime.
When not shooting weddings you can find her traveling the world and shooting festivals and live music. At home she loves to surround herself with nature and continually add to her plant collection. Terrariums are her favorite!
ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER/STUDIO EDITOR
Sam was born and raised in North Eastern PA and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in photography 10 years ago. Her style is very natural. Her sweet and kind nature allows her couples to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Her approach is discrete and unobtrusive; she will give you direction but never pose you in ways that feel stiff. Not only does she capture all of the distinctly significant parts of the wedding day, but she’s always on the lookout for those candid in-between moments as well. In addition to joining our team as a photographer, Sam has been our studio editor for the past 3 years.
Sam currently lives in NJ with her boyfriend Zach and their temperamental tuxedo cat. When Sam isn’t shooting, editing, or trying to win over her cat’s affection, she enjoys listening to podcasts, eating tacos, and laughing at her own jokes.
Hannah is a Korean Canadian photographer who moved to Philadelphia 2 years ago with her husband. She has a background in photojournalism and documentary photography and believes in honest storytelling.
Hannah loves to document the funny and intimate moments that make you who you are. She aims for genuine and authentic moments, allowing for people to be themselves on their special day.
Hannah lives in Germantown with her husband and also her cat, Padme. During the week, you’ll find her working for a variety of newspapers as a photojournalist including the New York Times and on the weekends, she’s documenting people’s love stories. She has a big heart for social justice and equity. Along with photography, Hannah loves to go for bike rides in her neighborhood or for long walks in the Wissahickon.
Emily moved to Philadelphia twelve years ago after graduating from Barnard College in New York—and photographed her first wedding a week later in West Philadelphia. She quickly discovered a love for being present with people on one of the best days of their lives, documenting the scripted moments and especially being present for all the unscripted behind-the-scenes moments—like a spontaneous stop for water ice after a church ceremony or a surprise family line dance during the reception.
She is a calm and intuitive photographer, motivated by trust and authenticity. She is constantly observing and anticipating action: a glance, a gaze, a gesture, an electric connection. Her greatest hope is that her photographs will capture a timelessness, and that they inspire connection and reflect who you are in a way that resonates.
Emily lives in Germantown amongst an inspiring community of friends. She loves celebrating culture, creativity and spectacle, and the joy of life. She is a regular at a local karaoke night (her go-to artists are Taylor Swift and Radiohead). She celebrates Mardi Gras in New Orleans as a member of the Krewe of Red Beans; she is co-founder of an annual chili cook off (going on its tenth year); and she keeps a supply of colorful party decor in the trunk of her car in case of emergency.
CINEMATOGRAPHER / EDITOR/VIDEO PRODUCTION MANAGER
Luke is both a cinematographer and musician. He moved to Philadelphia from NJ to pursue a degree in music business and audio engineering at the University of the Arts. Luke has always had an affinity for capturing those in-between, unscripted moments of pure love and joy. Luke has developed a style of filmmaking which is both music and narrative driven. His approach is unobtrusive and cinematic. When Luke is not documenting weddings, he is practicing jiu-jitsu, writing and singing music, and boxing.
Zach is a native Philadelphian and professional photographer with nearly ten years of experience. His priority is to keep couples comfortable which allows him to document images in an unobtrusive, fun and artistic fashion. He is drawn to capture moments, not create them and genuine loving moments drive his photographic passion.
He is a lover of black & white photos, chicken fingers, giving random dogs he sees names, his Fuji x100, and pretending like there’s nothing to fix in his house. Once, upon randomly meeting Richard Simmonds, he was told he had the most beautiful red hair. He also has an eerie resemblance to Vincent Van Gogh. Zach is quirky and likes to add fun energy to wedding days and his own daily life.