My name is Jon Pivko, and I’m a New Jersey and New York Wedding Photographer located in Bergen County (Northern, NJ). I serve all of NJ and the tri-state area, and I have been working as a freelance artist for over a decade. My first wedding gig was as a videographer at the age of 14. After being around enough weddings, I found myself drawn to photographing them, and began studying the craft. My wedding photography stems from a background in cinematography and film production and has been described as cinematic, candid and documentary style. I love real moments, creative compositions, and great light. Most of all, I am passionate about pleasing couples and delivering timeless imagery that they will love looking back on for the rest of their lives.
Pivko Photography does not subscribe to the studio model and will only focus on covering one wedding a day.
Working with me you can expect the fusion of striking detail shots, relaxed and candid portraits captured with beautiful light and creative compositions, and photojournalism with precise timing for catching real, dynamic moments. Photography is about recording a perspective, and I am constantly moving, looking to discover a new gem on your day. I hustle, taking pride in giving you the feel of two shooters as one photographer by delivering a diverse gallery. I have also been told time and time again how much I put my couples at ease. Since most people are not used to taking hundreds or thousands of photos a day, this is an important part of my job.
My Business Approach
I will serve as your primary photographer. I can scale up my team as needed, but no matter what, you’ll be dealing personally with me from the first email or phone call, to the photos reaching your front door. I keep things honest and as simple as possible, respecting how hectic wedding planning can be. I strive to offer a lot of value with my services. I remember what it was like to find a wedding photographer for my wedding, and I know the emotions you may be feeling planning a wedding. I am here to make it easy.
When did you get into photography?
I began learning photography on an old 35mm SLR my parents had lying around when I was a teenager. I am still learning, and I am continually humbled by the craft. Despite the fact that I now take well over a hundred thousand pictures per year, I still take family photos for fun, especially of my son Max.
What is your favorite part about shooting weddings?
Trying to capture something spontaneous and unplanned. Weddings are some of the most emotional and exciting days in the lives of families, and things tend to happen. Whether it's a quiet moment of crying or a bride getting thrust above 15 people at her reception, I am most excited when I capture something I had no control over. Of course, I love taking portraits and detail shots too, but I find the candid moments are harder to capture technically, and when I get them I feel a really big rush of satisfaction.
Why are you a wedding photographer?
I fell in love with photography when I was young, but my path to my current occupation was not a straight line of progress. I spent time working in an office in my early 20s (not for me!), I tried various other businesses (some were ridiculous in hindsight), but I always kept coming back to the visual arts. After I broke into weddings and felt the adrenaline rush, and the opportunity to tell the stories of real people I was hooked pretty quick. Luckily it has worked out and I am now a fulltime wedding photographer.