Lina Shteyn may well be the only photographer we know who has published images in the New Yorker while working on a PhD dissertation in cellular biology. Although originally trained as a scientist, Lina’s life-long love of photography evolved into a new career six years ago when she started apprenticing with Ira. Since then, she has developed a ground-up knowledge of the studio’s ethos and aesthetic as well as her own inimical approach to photography that intermixes technical expertise with creative instinct. Lina’s innate European stylishness, easy-going personality and love of a good party make her a true pleasure to work with. When she’s not shooting weddings, Lina loves taking daily walks through Central Park, experiencing the cultural delights of New York and spending as much time as she can in her favorite European city, Amsterdam.
Dear Ira and Lina, Just wow. You captured a moment in our lives that will never be forgotten.
The presence of both of you relaxed us. At no point did we feel as though we were being imposed upon. In fact, you inspired us to give in to the moment even more. I was astonished at how my emotions got the better of me. I’m not much of a crier, and to have burst into tears uncontrollably was astounding to me. The picture of my eyes welling up at the altar captures that saturated moment perfectly. It looks exactly how it felt. Sheer elation and love, brimming over. Thank you. Somehow you helped focus our attention into what mattered the most, each other.
It’s not easy to give of yourselves that way that both of you do. It’s obvious how much you connected to us during the process. You dove right in and embraced us and the fruit of your labors is the forever documentation of that love. You weren’t tourists, you were family. It’s a gift to be able to offer someone a perspective on themselves that they would never know otherwise.
Thank you for capturing us so beautifully and immortalizing a day that will continue to inspire us for the rest of our lives.