Gene is much more than a wedding photographer. He’s an artist and storyteller. He was able to editorialize our union beginning with our engagement photos, and straight through our destination wedding weekend. He first worked with us on-site at a Giants tailgate, and somehow even made the Metlife Stadium parking lot look magical. He then traveled to our wedding in Captiva, Florida where he spent two days with us capturing family gatherings, welcome dinners, and the big day. The photos Gene took were more stunning than we ever could imagine. They belong in a magazine. He was able to capture moments we didn’t even know were happening throughout our weekend, and delivered over a thousand photos that tell our story. No one could have nailed it like Gene did.

  – Avery


If you have landed upon Smirnov Weddings photography page, then look no further for a photog for your special day! Gene is a legit pro- not just a typical wedding photographer (you’ll find him behind the lens snapping portraits for PhillyMag and bands like the National & Waxahatchee). With creativity and experience, he consulted us 4 months prior to the date to chat about our journalism/band covers aesthetic. In our package he included an engagement shoot and gorgeous prints. On the wedding day, he and his colleague arrived early, and took 5000+ perfectly captured photos at the prior to the service and at the venue. Seriously, if you want professionalism, quality, and actual photos as art, choose Gene.

  – Eve


Gene was wonderful to work with and his photos were fantastic. We were thrilled to have found him.

  – Brittany


Gene of Smirnov Weddings is truly top notch! He met with my mother and I a few times before the wedding to ensure that all details were taken care of and that our wedding-day plan was all set. Gene has such a natural eye for capturing special candid moments. Although I was ill for my wedding day, Gene went above and beyond to ensure that my photos were incredible, and he documented the night better than I could have ever imagined. When I accessed our photos online, it felt like I was reliving my special day all over again, all thanks to Gene! Smirnov Weddings could not have made this a more professional and pleasurable experience for myself, my husband, and my family!

  – Shayna


Gene Smirnov handled every detail personally. You can tell that Gene enjoys weddings and capturing those special moments as well as the unexpected. I highly recommend Gene to any bride who wants the memories of her day captured flawlessly.

  – Kellye J


We are so glad that we hired Gene to be our wedding photographer. We absolutely didn’t want the typical cheesy wedding photos- we were looking for a photographer whose style would be classic, artful, and would capture the feeling and style of the day. After we met with Gene and he showed us his portfolio, we knew that his style was what we were looking for. Gene and his assistant were great to work with- very personable, and his communication with us prior to our wedding was excellent. Gene made taking photographs and posing for the camera fun, and we were absolutely thrilled by how the photos turned out- they look like they should be in a magazine! We also hired Gene to do a photobooth- which was the best $300 we could have spent on the wedding. The photos were hilarious, and all of the guests remarked about how fun the photobooth was. Gene even brought a chest full of his own props for everyone to use – what fun! We were also able to get photos of guests who normally wouldn’t have been in the formal portraits this way. We would recommend Gene’s services to anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer- definately money well spent!

  – Julie C


When were were looking for wedding photographers, my fiance and I knew what kind of style we were looking for, but we couldn’t quite find anyone who could give us what we wanted. We asked around for recommendations, and Gene came very highly recommended to us by a co-worker and friend of mine.

Gene was absolutely the right choice for my husband and I. We wanted someone who could capture our personalities as well as the unique setting for our wedding (our ceremony was in the gardens of the Reading Public Museum and our reception was under the stars in the Planetarium). Gene and his assistant Charlie were both there for our wedding, and they made us feel relaxed and made us laugh quite a bit.

It’s only been a few days since our wedding, and he has already uploaded some pictures to his blog. We have been so happy with Gene throughout the whole process – we would definitely recommend him to anyone getting married!

  – Lauren B


Gene is a pleasure to work with. He is timely in his communications and flexible in scheduling. Calm under pressure and willing to move 50 banquet chairs if it means getting the right shot. He has an eye for capturing those special moments and singular actions that define who you are as a person and couple. He translates the energy and style of your event and weaves it into a story. I highly recommend Gene to anyone looking to capture a special moment in their lives from their engagement, wedding day and beyond.

  – Kellye


Gene was wonderful to work with and made me and my husband feel totally comfortable. He was responsive to calls and e-mails and was very flexible when we had to push our engagement shoot back last minute. He takes beautiful pictures and has a cool style. He sent us a gorgeous teaser photo the morning after our wedding to give us a taste of what we have to look forward to.

  – Jennifer


Words cannot describe how happy and escatic we are about our wedding pictures. Gene completely blew us out of the water! He managed to capture every moment, even ones that we didn’t even think of. With each picture, you can see the emotions from the day.

Gene was very responsive with all of our questions and change of plans. He was very professional with the shoots but also managed to have fun – Gene is very creative with capturing that moment and knows when to show a sense of humor (like planking in our engagement pictures).

Yes, the price is not cheap; however, the value and the quality and having Gene (plus extra hands) there to make sure YOUR day goes smoothly and pictured exactly how it is – there isn’t a price tag you can put on it.

Thank you Gene for everything!

  – Deedra


Hiring Gene to shoot the photography for our wedding was the best decision we could have made. Gene was not only willing to work with us on the cost of our photography package to stay within our budget, but his service and the quality of his work far exceeded our expectations. Gene’s professionalism and personality made everyone at ease while shooting. You could tell that he is truly passionate about his work. Gene’s artistic photojournalistic style of photography was exactly what we were looking for in a wedding photographer, and his expert eye for detail and composition was what really made his work stand out. Everyone who saw the final photos from our wedding commented on how wonderful they are. We hired Gene to do a photobooth during our wedding reception as well. He brought a trunk full of props for the this which really helped our guests to get into the celebratory spirit! We would recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer (we already have, actually) and we are so glad to have found him.

  – Julie


Had a wonderful time with Gene. He was professional and friendly – making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. I could not have pulled the day off without him.

  – Robin


Gene Smirnov is excellent and my husband and I are thrilled that he was able to photograph our wedding. Another wonderful photographer, Asya Shirakova, referred us to Gene when she realized she was booked on our date. He had photographed her wedding, so we figured it was safe to assume that he’d be wonderful–and he was! Definitely an artist through and through, while at the same time, respectful of our wishes. The photos are gorgeous and do a wonderful job reflecting the amazing day and evening that we had.

  – Magrielle