I remember the first time I started photographing my young kids. Up until then I had mostly shot professional models for my ad clients, but the kids gave me so much more genuine emotions and were such fun to work with, I couldn't believe it. So I quickly realized that my joy of the captured moment had a new home in family photos. It was all a matter of letting people be themselves.
My mission is to be the photographer who captures the fleeting, emotional moments between couples and families. I feel like event photography is the perfect venue for this kind of work and strive to make my photos so much more than just a recording of the event.
Having been a professional photographer all my life, I have the experience, professionalism, and photographic skill to create memorable photos that will transport you back to that special day.
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in fine arts I moved to NYC. Over 20 years since then, I've worked as a professional, award-winning, NYC advertising and lifestyle photographer. My skills in event photography grew out of my talent for capturing candid moments, making art out of life as it’s lived.
Steve was wonderful to work with right from the first phone call. He responded right away, and I could tell by that first call we had a connection. To start, he was able to help me articulate what i was "looking for" from photos. Steve was very flexible, allowing me to make some decisions last minute. This may sound like a small item, but in fact provided me a great deal of comfort as I was orchestrating my first big event. The day of the event, he put us all at ease for the formal pictures and blended into the guests for the party. We are extremely happy with our pictures...helping to memorialize our son's special day. And Steve was great with the follow-up after the party. He was in regular contact with me as to when I would have my photos. I would use Steve again in a heartbeat.
Sheryl Livingston, Irvington, New York
We hired Steve Lesnick for my son's bar mitzvah after seeing samples of his beautifully shot photographs. His work truly captured the feeling of fun and excitement that you would expect to find at such a joyous occasion. Each picture is a unique work of art filled with lighting, movement and personality. If you are tired of seeing ordinary, staged and boring photos please consider Steve for your next event. Not only is he extremely professional, he is a rare talent as well!
Brooke, New York
Working with Steve Lesnick as our daughter's Bat Mitzvah photographer was an absolute pleasure! He is a truly gifted photographer who also has a way of putting his subjects at ease...so whether he was photographing the rabbi, our family, or my daughter's friends, he got those "great shots" that you are hoping for. Steve also gave us great advice when we had a question and lots of extra time. In fact, he came not only to my daughter's last Bat Mitzvah lesson to take pictures, but also to our home to capture her on some of the days leading up to the big event. We love the way the album turned out and have also given prints of the photos Steve took at the Bat Mitzvah to our friends and relatives as holiday gifts. If you want someone who is an artist, a professional, and a gentleman, we recommend Steve Lesnick and Toastphoto!
Beth and David Shea, New York
I would like to thank you so very much for taking pictures at Samantha's Sweet 16. The pictures were beyond my expectations. The creativity in the way the pictures were taken was just amazing. I love how you did touch ups and fixed things that I would not have noticed, but when you showed me the difference it was incredible. You had a tough job taking pictures in the dark and black light, but the results were spectacular. I also loved how you took random pictures from different angles. This added something I have not seen done with any other photographer. I will be displaying the beautiful picture you enlarged of Samantha in my house for all to see. You are truly talented with your camera. Thank you so, so, so much again for taking the pictures at my daughter's most special day.
The Tetro's, Cortlandt Manor, New York