Photo: Rooftop in Old Havana, Cuba
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My photography combines global photojournalism with capturing sophisticated weddings, mitzvahs, and life celebrations in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, and tri-state New York region.
My story-telling approach to photographing celebrations draws on my background for four decades as a global photojournalist, writing and photographing stories from some 56 countries for global publications, foundations and agencies. These include The Financial Times of London, New York Times, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and U.S. AID.
This work has included documenting health, agriculture, education, and environmental stories in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
An ongoing personal project is documenting the ordinary lives of Cubans while cycling and hiking in remote mountains and seaside villages across the island. I'm honored to be the recipient of Arts Westschester 's 2023 Larry Salley Photography Award for this work.
There will be an awards luncheon and gallery exhibition at Arts Westchester in April. Portions of this ongoing work have been published in Professional Photographer magazine, CubaSeen magazine, and Canada's national newspaper, The Globe & Mail.
Drawing on this background, I approach weddings and events as a story teller, taking relaxed, beautifully lit photographs that capture the emotions, action and beauty of the day.
I’ve been fortunate that my wedding photography has appealed to visually sophisticated clients—movie and broadcast executives, filmmakers, marketing and advertising professionals, a professional sports team owner, philanthropists and foundations, and a former U.S. President.
Among publications, my wedding photography has been featured in The New York Times' Vows column, Sophisticated Weddings magazine, New York Weddings, Destination Weddings, Well Wed, and Westchester Weddings magazine.
My wedding photos have also been selected for nearly fifty global WedAwards. And my clients have been kind to write over 100 five-star Google reviews.
For dessert, I've also enjoyed ski photography from the Rockies to the Alps, and photographing 'disappearing landscapes' globally. My work has been exhibited at the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Rockefeller Brothers' Coach Barn at Kykuit, the Upstream Gallery in Hastings, New York, Teatown Preserve, and the Greenburg nature preserves, and several cafes.
In a profile Professional Photographer magazine stated: “Todd Shapera is driven by a passion to capture the inner beauty and resilience of individuals just about everywhere on earth. He is linking disparate worlds through photography."
I work out of a lower Hudson Valley farmhouse with two shelter dogs. I earned a M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Please contact: Todds429@gmail.com or 914-631-8353.
Photographing A Connecticut Farm Wedding
Capturing Afternoon Music In Mayan Belize
Documenting daily life in a remote, thatched-hut village for Ecologic Development Fund