Two weeks ago, I had the honor of helping lead a free photography workshop for the emerging artist called IGNITE!  Organized by the incredible women of NJ Spark, IGNITE was designed to inspire, build community, and shine a light on the love of Christ.  God has freely blessed us in so many ways, and in turn, we want to freely bless others!  Over two days, 37 photographers gathered in one cozy farm house to learn all about posing, conducting meaningful client meetings, second shooting to grow your business, blogging, album design, and how it is never too late to follow your dreams.  We shared a pot luck lunch, photographed a gorgeous styled shoot, and indulged in way too much hot chocolate. Today I am excited to share a behind the scenes look into the workshop!  Enjoy reliving so many fun moments captured by Cassady Adams, Lisa Hibbert, Mekina Saylor, and yours truly below.

Jessica OH was kind enough to open up her cozy farm house in the Poconos for the IGNITE workshop!

The Leaders and Speakers from NJ SPARK!  Pictured from left to right: Cinnamon Wolfe, Cassady Adams, Mekina Saylor, Cassi Claire, Amy Rizzuto, Jessica OH, Deborah Ryan (not pictured: Lisa Hibbert)

I spoke on “How to Conduct Meaningful Client Meetings”.  A few of my favorite takeaways are:

  1. Show your couples you care about them right away by drafting a personal, upbeat, and informational initial response.
  2. Try not to “overdress” for your first meeting!  Think about the environment you will be in and what your couple might be wearing.  I often meet in coffee shops and opt for dark jeans, a cute top, and boots or heels!
  3. Bring samples of your work on either an iPad, album, or both!  Also make sure you have a contract handy so you can walk your couples through the next steps if they would like to book!

Mekina Saylor shared so many helpful tips on “How to Second Shoot to Grow Your Business”.

Cinnamon Wolfe dropped some serious knowledge about “Becoming Besties with Blogging + SEO”.

LUNCH BREAK…family potluck style. 🙂

Many of the attendees were kind enough to share reviews after the workshop!  Here is what a few had to say:

“The IGNITE workshop is so much more than a meeting of experienced professionals seeking to teach you their craft; it is like reconnecting with family. Although I hadn’t met most (almost any…) of the ladies before the workshop, they literally all greeted me with open arms, smiles and hugs. It was truly an incredible experience. I was tangibly “brought into the fold” 😉 The talks were informative, relatable and inspiring, and the styled shoot was so much fun! We captured some truly beautiful moments to add to our portfolios and made some lasting friendships that will help grow our businesses. Only a few days after the workshop I had already made significant improvements to my business workflow and strategy!  I hadn’t been to a workshop before and this experience has definitely set the bar very high. Thank you so much for everything ladies!” –Anne Molnar

“I was fortunate enough to attend the Ignite Workshop not only once but twice. From the first minute I felt welcomed and instantly at home in the presence of Ignite ladies. They indeed turn darkness into light. The first time around the girls generously shared their knowledge of posing, pricing, marketing and then answered numerous business questions long after the workshop time was over. No topic was off limits. I left with so much valuable information. The second workshop was organized in a similar fashion but also included a styled shoot where attendees could start implementing newtechniques right away. The workshop is great for both new and seasoned photographers. Doesn’t matter where you are in your photography journey, you will learn a lot, meet new friends and leave re-energized and motivated to move your business to the next level.”- Tanya Isaeva

“The Ignite workshop was one of the best things that I’ve ever done for my business. The girls were a complete open book and everyone was friendly and helpful. I learned about business, posing, finding balance, and ways to serve my couples well. Every attendee and presenter was kind, open, eager to learn something new, and so supportive of each other. An incredible team of vendors came together to create a magical winter styled shoot and the day was filled with positivity, and God’s grace.”

To hear more of the top takeaways from attendees, check out the Focus(ed) Podcast Cinnamon and her husband Paul put together here.

Cassi Claire shared all about “Mastering the Album Process”.

Deborah Ryan made everyone cry when she shared her inspiring and encouraging story about how it is never too late to follow your dreams!

Jessica Oh blew everyone’s mind when she revealed exactly how she captures authentic and emotional wedding portraits!

Ready to see more from the IGNITE workshop?!  Follow Red Oak Weddings and make sure to check out their blog tomorrow for a first look at the styled shoot!  It really was filled with so much magical snowy goodness!  A huge thank you to all the amazing professionals and models who generously contributed:

Florist – Kerry Patel Designs
Tables + Chairs – Beyond the Barn Rentals
Hair + Make Up – Nancy Caroline Bridal Styling
Calligraphy Signs – Penned By Alice
Jewelry – L Priori Jewelry
Bouquet Ribbon – Honey Silks & Co.
Dresses – Rent The Runway
Videographer- TONEmedia

If you think this looks like a blast and are interested in hanging out with us on a weekly basis, email me at for more information on joining SPARK!  We are a group of female photographers who meet every Wednesday from 12pm-4pm in NJ to pray for each other, spend time with Jesus, and of course, talk about photography. 🙂  We would love to get to know YOU!

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and NJ wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit!




Spring is officially here and I am so excited to be gearing up for an amazing 2017 wedding season! YAY!  Before moving forward, I wanted to look back on a few of my favorite behind the scenes photos from 2016. Grab a cup of coffee and take a peek into how I go about capturing all the happy tears, sweet first looks, and carefree spins on the dance floor!

I will literally do ANYTHING to get the best shot…even if it means wading into a running fountain!

One of the perks to photographing so many weddings…you learn how to put on a veil!  I love being able to help out my brides if they need it on their wedding day.

Sometimes the best angles are up high…other times they are on the floor!

If a car comes, the couple will tell me right?!

Beth and Pete were married under the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was so romantic!

One of my favorite first looks!  There was a rainbow and everything!!!

While I am with the bride for most of the getting ready, I love taking time out of the day to also focus on the groom!

My second shooters look so cool, they often get photo bombed!  Thanks for being amazing Rosemary!

Large wedding parties are my jam.  The more, the merrier!

Maybe if I quickly jump into the water, Rosemary will be able to get a romantic shot of Lia and Anthony in the gondola!  #worthit

Showing off a few of my favorites to this gorgeous bride!

Hey ya’ll!  Over here please!!! 🙂

Family portraits with the prettiest reflective light!

Doing a little dress fluffing to make sure these gorgeous sunset portraits are PERFECT!

If possible, I love capturing iPhone photos of my favorite pose for instant sneak peeks!

It doesn’t get much more romantic than barefoot sunset portraits on the beach!

Double duty for Stephanie and Alex’s wedding as bridesmaid and photographer!

Just ONE MORE photo…I promise. 🙂

The 70-200mm is my go-to for being discrete during the ceremony!

Veil fluffing time!

Getting a little silly with the bridal party!

When the day allows for it, sunset portraits are my favorite!


Seeing and catching up with past couples makes me so happy…especially when they have cute bumps to gush over! 

Sneaky sneaky!!!  Always looking to get a little extra height for epic dance floor photos!

Dance floor twirling!

Photo booths are the best…especially with best friends and rockstar second shooters like Mekina Saylor and handsome hubbies!

Attack of the uncles!  I love how Cristin is just laughing in the background. 🙂

When the bride and groom and half of their wedding party feels like family.

Sparkler exit conducting and air kiss practicing for the perfect “end of the night” shot!

To all of my sweet couples, THANK YOU for welcoming me into your hearts and for treating me like family on such a special day in your lives.  Capturing the beginning of your journey together is an honor and a privilege.  You have given me the opportunity to live out my dream, and for that I am forever grateful!  I LOVE YOU ALL!

Want to see more fun behind the scenes wedding photos?  Follow along on instagram and facebook!

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and NJ wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit!





Many of you may not know it, but I am originally from Tennessee!  My husband Matt and I moved up here shortly after graduating from college in North Carolina. We were both offered jobs in the area, and to be honest, I just wanted to be closer to the city!  I get asked all the time from friends and family visiting New York, “What are your favorite things to do and see?”  In no particular order, I am sharing my Top Ten Things to Do When Visiting NYC!  I hope you enjoy!

Top Ten Things to Do When Visiting NYC


  1. Dinner at Rosemary’s– Delicious Italian food, a rooftop farm, and romantic twinkle lights…this restaurant in the West Village is one of my favorites!
  2. See a Broadway Play– After a countless number of plays and musicals, Wicked still holds a special place in my heart!  Read this post to find out how to save on tickets!
  3. Visit the Top of the Rock– A birds eye view of this romantic city with spectacular views of the Empire State Building and Central Park.  I recommend going right before sunset so you can see the city during the day and at dusk!
  4. Chocolate Chip Cookie from Levain– As big as a scone and warm and gooey inside…these are truly an indulgent treat!  The chocolate chip walnut is the best!  Levin Bakery is also located in my favorite neighborhood, the Upper West Side.
  5. Show at the Comedy Cellar– The lineup changes every week and often hosts comedians from the David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show, and SNL.  Just make sure to get tickets in advance here.
  6. Take a walk through Central Park– I love entering by the Plaza on 59th Street and 5th Avenue and walking past Gapstow Bridge, through “the mall”, under the iconic arches at Bethesda Terrace, and exiting at 72nd and Central Park West.
  7. Brunch at Jacob’s Pickles– Sweet Southern food in NYC!  I get the sweet tea and honey chicken and pickles every time.
  8. Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery– I recommend going to the location in the West Village and then walking down 9th street.  Enjoy your cupcakes on the steps of one of the cutest brownstones in the city!
  9. Stroll Through the New York Public Library– It really is so beautiful inside!  If it is a nice day, head out to the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park afterwards.
  10. Watch the Sunset from Pebble Beach– Located in Brooklyn beside Jane’s Carousel, this is one of the prettiest spots to watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. End the evening with a fancy dinner at the River Cafe!


So there you have it!  My Top Ten Things to do When Visiting NYC!  I would love to hear your favorites!  Feel free to share them in the comment box below. 🙂

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC wedding and engagement photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit!


G97A0126AHHHHHHH!!!!!  I can’t believe the day is finally here!  My new website is LIVE and I am over the moon excited!  Let me back up a little…

This past week I have been working with Go Live Hq to launch my brand new Showit 5 site.  They basically design and launch your website in one week flat!  Pretty amazing…I know.  I built my first website myself from a Promise Tangeman template five years ago, and while I loved it, it was time for a change.  I wanted my new site to feel fresh, fun, and romantic, while incorporating my signature pop of red.  Most importantly, I wanted it to be mobile friendly with a simple user experience.  My designer Kayla completely exceeded my expectations!  Not only was she always quick to respond, she listened to my ideas and then used her creativity to execute them in a much cooler way.  She truly did an amazing job and I am so so grateful.  Without further ado, I am so excited to invite you to view the new


In honor of the launch, I am excited  to announce I will be giving away a FREE One Hour Engagement/Anniversary Session to one sweet couple!  WOOHOO!!!  Whether you are recently engaged, a past bride or groom, or a new friend, this is the perfect opportunity to capture a few updated photos of you and the one you love.   To enter to win, follow the three simple steps below:

  1. Check out the new website!
  2. Share this post on Facebook or Instagram
  3. Comment on my post below!  You could share what you like best about the new site, your favorite romantic movie, or just say hi!


Don’t live in the greater NYC area?  No worries!  Check out my travel schedule below to see if I will be in a city near you this year.

Travel Dates

I will be choosing a winner from the comments LIVE on Periscope on Monday!  Thank you for joining me in celebrating a truly exciting day!  Your support and love means so much more than you will ever know.

Perfect Day

It was the perfect day, probably one of the last of my very own.  Sitting outside of Drip Coffee shop, I enjoyed a nutella dripoccino to the continual chatter from the street and the occasional familiar word in Japanese being practiced by the unusual pair of friends beside me.  I closed my laptop, deciding I had done enough editing for the day.  Walking over to the quaint bookstore on the corner, I slipped 50 cents under the door for an old copy of Sense and Sensibility.  The sun was shining, bright and warm.  I knew I wanted to be outside a little longer, to enjoy every minute under the golden rays.  Heading to my favorite neighborhood park and old running trail, I picked a bench on top of the hill overlooking a field of purple and yellow wildflowers.  A ladybug landed on the pages of my book for a rest before flying away.  A bird sang a happy song as he glided over the rolling hills.  With Audrey nestled deep inside my belly, I enjoyed the last remnants of a perfect day, a day all my own.