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About me

I'm Essence Latifah, ­ dedicated beauty seeker, trendsetter, fascinated observer of people, lover of all things unique and interesting and photographer of fabulous people! I am the luckiest person in the world, and completely humbled, to capture the beauty of people and the beauty of the world. My ability to document and preserve the love, joy and beauty of the people around us is my favorite part of my job.


I am based in the Capital Region of NY and mainly photograph in Albany, Troy, the Hudson Valley. I regularly photograph in New York City, the Capital Region, Boston and everywhere in between and I would be more than happy travel to any destination worldwide.


Why should you work with me?


My images are emotional and whimsical with an editorial twist. It’s important that you stay true to yourself during my shoots, so I give just enough direction to keep you looking your best while still keeping the candid moments. I provide a comfortable, whimsical, and fun environment, with music, great conversation, and an even better team. This will not only produce great photographs but I provide a great experience. By using natural light instead of lights from a studio, I always make sure that I do not only provide you with fabulous images but a one of a kind photograph.


Photography is a true form of art. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” can’t even begin to explain the emotion that an image can evoke. I put my heart and soul into producing images that are beautiful, unique, inspired, fun, a tad whimsical and always fabulous!


I very much appreciate you taking time to visit my website! I can't wait to hear from you. Let's chat!


Essence Latifah is a New York  Wedding Photographer located in the Capital Region.




We offer a varied array of services for all your photographic needs. Anything you may need we offer from maternity sessions to high fashion model portfolios. From weddings to kids photos. We also shoot smaller events like a Grand Opening and  


With HD technology and fresh concepts, Essence Latifah Photography has photographers with the talent and expertise to capture the magical moments of life. Each client is looking for a unique experience, and we aim to discover what their preferences are from the start. Hire us today and feel the difference in working with true professionals. 

Headshots start at $125

maternity and children

Motherhood is so amazingly beautiful! Allow us to capture the excitement and anticipation of awaiting your little one’s arrival with a maternity session. We have gorgeous gowns for our clients to wear during their session, along with hair accessories, etc. We want you to look and feel fantastic during your session! We focus on mama and her beautiful bump during this session, but encourage her significant other, and any siblings to join in as well.

Maternity sessions are typically done when the mother is between 32-36 weeks along.


These sessions are offered for $295, and include up to 90 minutes of photography coverage, editing of the images and use of any of our gowns or accessories. You will also receive $75 print credit. Additional Prints and digital files are offered separately. A typical maternity session will result in around 30 final edited images shown to the client.

family pORTRAITS

Families are so diverse; children grow, time moves on, and each family has it’s own dynamic. One thing remains the same in every family: love.


Whether your children are babies, teenagers, or grown with children of their own, we will capture the love between each of you during a family portrait session.

Family sessions can be done in our studio, or at any outside location in the area.


These sessions are offered for $225 (for up to 5 people), and include session planning, up to 90 minutes of photography time, and editing of the images. Prints and digital files are offered separately. A typical family session will result in around 50 final edited images shown to the client. 


I host several mini session throughout the year, including holiday session in October and November, Boudoir session in December and January, Easter Session in February, Mother's Day Glam in May, and back to school in July and August. 

Each mini session is 30 minutes long and cost $75 and includes 2- 8x10 prints, 5 digital files, and a set of wallets. 

Additional products are available for purchase.

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