Vanessa Guzzo - New York family portrait photographer

Vanessa Guzzo


Born and raised in NYC, Vanessa Guzzo is as equally at home in the Big Apple as she is in the charming town of Waxhaw, North Carolina. With loyal clients in both places, her business has grown over the last decade to include a team of talented artists who are meticulously trained in her signature style.

Well known for her enthusiastic personality and effortless ability to connect, Vanessa’s work captures love, laughter, and joy through a skillful artist's perspective. With a careful attention to detail, she is devoted to making your experience easy, fun, and seamless.

Consistently going beyond creating images to making memories that last, it's no wonder so many families turn to Vanessa Guzzo Photography again and again for the most important moments in their lives.

Contact Vanessa for your event, Communion, and family portrait photography in NYC, Charlotte and beyond, and get ready to smile!

“Photography is made to be shared around the kitchen table and displayed throughout your home with pride. Let me create a collection of artwork for your family you’ll be proud to share for generations.”

Vanessa Guzzo

Jay Zhou - photographer and videographer with Vanessa Guzzo Photography

Meet the New York Team


Offering event and family portrait photography in NYC, Jay has a BFA in Photography and over a decade of experience capturing family photos and events. A devoted dad with two daughters, Jay travels throughout New York to capture families in their own homes and on location. His cinematic videos of Communions and special events are expertly edited and full of heartfelt moments. Jay says “photography is more than my profession; it's my beloved medium for capturing the emotions of life”.

“Jay’s cinematic style of video was exactly what I was looking for! It was the perfect compliment to the touching portraits of my daughter.”

- Nancy M.

Chace Yang - portrait photographer with Vanessa Guzzo Photography


Chase learned the art of photography way back when he was a teenager, and joined our team in 2016. Since then he has flourished with the Vanessa Guzzo Photography brand. Creating stunning NYC family portraits in our signature style he is always supportive and excited to meet new people. Chase says “my mission is to help you hold on to those moments that you wish could last forever and to help reflect back the love, joy and laughter as if they were happening all over again”.

“My family absolutely loved working with Chace. He was calming, concise, and was incredible with my two babies (3 years and 6 months old) during our beach photo shoot. He knew us all by name and we felt like we’d known him for years. The photos are breathtaking!”

- Allie M.

Luke Liu - portrait photographer with Vanessa Guzzo Photography


With over 10 years of photography under his belt, Luke has honed his eye for timeless moments and his ability to capture extraordinary shots in the middle of energetic events. A music aficionado and seasoned traveler, he loves photographing upbeat portraits, Mitzvahs, Communions, birthdays, and other special celebrations. Luke says “I feed off the energy of our clients and can’t wait to share their adventures. For me, photography is the perfect art form for stories waiting to be told and a memories waiting to be made”.

“On a number of occasions I worked with Luke. He was very professional and he was a pleasure to work with.”

- Mike D.

Every member of our team is grateful for the work we do and the people who support us. We believe in giving back, and we’ve volunteered our services for dozens of community events to spotlight important causes and provide professional, publishable photos for their organizers.


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“Vanessa is unbelievable. Her pictures speak for themselves about her quality of work. What you do not see is her patience, kindness, and amazing professionalism.”


Explore Our Portfolios

You simply won’t find a better team for event and portrait photography in NYC and North Carolina.

Charlotte portraits

New York City Portraits

1st Holy Communion