Kelly Guenther Studio

On location services with no physical office. 1,124 Visitors
Hours of Operation
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
9AM - 12AM
Notes: We are flexible on hours to accommodate your special event
  • Over 20 years wedding photography experience
  • Pioneer of the wedding photojournalism style
  • Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist
  • Available for large scale weddings to simple family photo shoots
  • Named one of the best wedding photographers in NYC by New York Magazine
  • Wedding, event and lifestyle photojournalist

Kelly Guenther Studio in Sayulita is an award-winning photographer with over 20 years of professional experience. 

Kelly opened Kelly Guenther Studio in 2002 in New York, the same year she won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with The New York Times. She was one of a handful of photographers who pioneered the wedding photojournalism style. New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot have all featured her images and name her as one of the top wedding photographers in NYC.

"I know my couples will treasure their wedding photos for generations to come and I am truly honored to give them that gift."

Kelly Guenther shoots weddings, events, and lifestyle photojournalism in Mexico and around the world. In 2016 Kelly decided to move her studio from New York to Mexico and currently resides full time in San Pancho, just a few minutes north of Sayulita.

Kelly has photographed over 300 weddings alone! Whether you are looking for a large-scale wedding and event photographer or a simple family photo shoot on the beach, Kelly will capture your special day in a timeless way for you to enjoy for years to come. 

Please use the contact form or call the number above (please mention Sayulita Life) to reserve Kelly Guenther Studio

  • In-Home Service
  • Kid Friendly
  • Out-of-Area Service
  • Reserve Online/Phone
  • Language
    • English
    • Spanish
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So fun to work with and beautiful pictures!
Kelly was so fun to work with- we were doing a family photo shoot and had two little kids and she made the whole experience so fun! The pictures are amazing, we are so thankful to have pictures to cherish forever!
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Experienced: November, 2023
Lucky to have Kelly
We were lucky to catch Kelly on her last available weekend of the Fall. The weather forecast went back and forth all day, and she stayed completely flexible throughout. Even when we hopped a boat in the driving rain, Kelly jumped on board too, clicking away. Great sport. She was everywhere, got shots of everyone, yet was completely unobtrusive. You can't overestimate the significance of having great documentation of the wedding. The bride is running around and can't fully enjoy it all. Being able to relax later and reminisce, and discover all that you never knew, is so incredible. You wouldn't want to risk losing that moment by hiring someone with less talent, taste, experience or innate ability.
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Experienced: December, 2020
Amazing photographs
Kelly was a pleasure to have as our wedding photographer. We clicked from the moment we met her at a backyard party in Brooklyn. She had a special vibe and we really liked her personality. Then when we saw samples of her work, we discovered how good a photographer she was, and decided to go with her for our wedding. She took amazing photos, capturing the pre-wedding chaos and energy, the wedding itself, the walk we took in West Village where she followed us around and took some really cool pictures, and finally the hours of dancing and fun. She even joined us on the dance floor for a little bit which was awesome. It was an amazing day and is made even more special by the memories she captured.
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Experienced: March, 2020
Great to deal with. Did everything within timelines. NO PROBLEMS AT ALL!
Great to deal with. Did everything within timelines. NO PROBLEMS AT ALL!
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Experienced: February, 2020
Fantastic in every way!
Kelly was an absolute dream to work with. Ridiculously professional, super fun to be around, and talented beyond belief. Kelly also has a high EQ and was able to tap into the emotions of the day and capture it on film.

We developed a plan with Kelly for how the day would unfold, and as things always seem to go, we had to adapt to unplanned traffic, a rain shower, and crowds. Kelly went with the flow, had new ideas for how to proceed, and made us smile all the way through. We ended up having an amazing day together and memories that will last a lifetime.

We cannot recommend Kelly more enthusiastically; she is fantastic in every way!
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Experienced: January, 2020
Extremely reliable and reassuring and delivered everything she promised.
Kelly was very true to her pledge that she would use a photojournalistic approach to our wedding photography. She did not interrupt the ceremony or reception at all, but worked around all the wedding day chaos to create beautiful images of our special day. She arrived early, provided us with an abbreviated version of the photos almost as soon as we returned from our honeymoon, and gave us all the edited photos when she said she would (if I remember correctly, it was about 3 months later). She was extremely reliable and reassuring and delivered everything she promised.
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Experienced: November, 2019
Brilliant photographer, the best wedding photos I've ever seen
Kelly is a brilliant photographer, and the photos that she took for us were truly stunning. It was exactly what we were hoping for, too -- she so expertly captures raw emotion, the unexpected moment, a quiet (or not quiet) perfect detail. Never cloying or sentimental; she trusts the actual emotions of the day to speak volumes -- she just perfectly captures them all. They are the best wedding photos I've ever seen. Kelly was also terrific to work with -- very relaxed and responsive and fun. We cannot recommend her enough.
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Experienced: November, 2019
Hire her NOW!
I learned a lot from the wedding planning process. And one big lesson is that when it comes to wedding priorities, your photographer is as important as your dress. You have to pick a dress that makes you feel comfortable while making you look more spectacular than you have ever looked. Same thing with your photographer. You must trust her to be with you as you experience and express a huge spectrum of emotions, and she has to know how to find the beauty and the art in each moment. I picked the right dress and I picked the right photographer: Kelly Guenther, Wedding Photojournalist.

From the moment we met her, Kelly impressed us with her professionalism, extraordinary attention to composition and detail, and commitment to maintaining an honest, photojournalistic approach to her work. We met her at a wedding exposition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and before the end of her presentation, we had decided to hire her.

Kelly is just a consummate creative professional. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, she runs her business well: she is an excellent communicator, and she and her assistants are so prepared for their work that Kelly ended up making our wedding logistics run more smoothly than they would have without her.

I felt pure, unadulterated joy when I looked at our wedding photos. You can feel the crisp, cold, December day of our wedding when you look at our outdoor shots. You can hear the chatter of our ring bearers before the processional, and the bass line of the incredible Motown band we hired to keep us dancing the night away.

Our wedding was even more emotionally heavy than most: my grandmother, whose anticipated attendance at the wedding had determined the date of it, died just four days before. We ended up feeling her presence even more strongly throughout the wedding day. We were honoring her amazing spirit while we were surging with joy and exuberance at finally celebrating our wedding day. Kelly captured this vast range of emotions, and she *never* did anything to influence how we felt or what we did. She was emotionally objective while being photographically in sync with everything that was going on.

It doesn't matter where in the world your wedding is taking place. My husband and I live in Brooklyn, and held our wedding in Detroit, my hometown. This made our wedding a destination wedding, because neither of us live there full-time. Booking Kelly and her team to fly in from New York was one of the *easiest* elements of the wedding planning process. Like I said, she and her crew are always prepared. They have it all figured out. Just tell them the date and the location, and the arrangements will be in place without much work. So don't hesitate to bring her with you wherever your wedding takes place!

Also, ask for the photo booth/studio!!! We LOVED it, and our guests LOVED it. We got even more amazing shots of our family and friends that way.

Kelly is the consummate creative professional. You will be lucky to have her by your side at your wedding. Hire her NOW!
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Experienced: October, 2019
Captured extremely touching and beautiful moments
Kelly was warm, personable and easy to both talk and work with, which were all qualities I found very important.

At my wedding she somehow magically blended in and became part of the landscape, allowing us to relax and not pose so I especially loved the shots she took when I had no idea she was there!

She managed to capture some extremely touching and beautiful moments which we'll now have forever and I'm extremely grateful to her!!!
Serious thumbs up!
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Experienced: September, 2019
A true professional
Not just a wedding photographer...Kelly photographed our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. The pictures are wonderful. Kelly captured the day perfectly. She was great with my daughter and her friends. We have pictures of the silliness and the touching speeches...the candids are terrific. We never knew she there, but she got all the shots. A true professional, with an incredible eye for great pictures
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Experienced: August, 2019
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Kelly in Sayulita Mexico
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Kelly is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist with 20yrs of wedding photography experience. Considered a pioneer of the wedding photojournalism style, she has been named one of the best wedding photographers in NYC by New York Magazine. In 2016 Kelly closed her NYC office and moved to the little village of San Pancho Mexico full time. Available for travel weddings and events anywhere in the world or a simple family photo shoot on the beach. When not shooting weddings she teaches ceramics, directs Batala San Pancho and takes long walks on the beach with her rescue dogs Pancha, Spoons and Canela.