About Cliff Mautner
Philadelphia & New Jersey Wedding Photographer
Photographing Your Wedding
As a photographer serving Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City, I'm perhaps best known for my authentic, dramatic, and timeless photography. I use light, composition, emotion, and relationships to create inspiring and timeless wedding photos.
My experiences as a newspaper photojournalist provided me with unparalleled insight into how to tell a story through images. Now, the story I tell is your wedding story. I'll be there to photograph and anticipate both planned and unplanned moments— from the obvious to the inconspicuous.
I approach the day journalistically, capturing moments as they happen, but I also help pose or place my subjects in the best light to ensure they look their best.
I will discreetly document your ceremony, but I will take charge when direction is needed. For family formals and portraits of the couple, I work efficiently to capture a variety of images that will best tell the story of your day.
I promise to work hard to deliver photographs that you will cherish for decades to come— photographs that will make you laugh, sigh, and cry.
Over the last twenty years, I've had the privilege of documenting nearly 1,200 weddings, creating moving photographs of couples, families, and friends through honest wedding stories— and I'd love to photograph your event.
If you're celebrating in the Philadelphia area or anywhere in the world, and you're looking for a wedding photographer committed to capturing your real story, I hope that you'll consider me. I'd love to meet you and your partner soon, and talk about your wedding!
Bringing Photojournalism to Wedding Photography
Before my wedding photography career, I spent fifteen years as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Working locally and abroad, I photographed over six thousand photo assignments and created over a million photographs.
In 1998, I entered the wonderful, wacky world of weddings, and I haven't really looked back. Some may believe that wedding photography would be an easy transition after a career in photojournalism. Contrary to that belief, it took some time to adjust. Rather than just telling a story with an interesting image, my new goal as a wedding photographer was multifaceted. I needed to become a better photographer, not just a photojournalist. I had to become proficient in all areas of the craft – not just photojournalism. I had to learn to make the bride look beautiful, how to make everyone look their best, and still be able to make visually interesting, compelling images that told a story.
When it comes to capturing these moments during the wedding day, nobody will ever outwork me. I pride myself on that. As a wedding photographer today, I do my best to manipulate the scene as little as possible. I may help the light along in a given situation, but I still prefer to allow things to occur organically. I think brides prefer it that way as well.
The energy I give for every event is spent on anticipating and reacting to real moments in time. I'd rather wait for the moment than make the moment. Every once in a while, a gift is given to us right before our eyes. Capturing images like these keep me motivated to continue my pursuit of moments at every event.
Heather Bilek, Studio Manager
My studio manager, Heather, keeps everything running smoothly and handles most post-wedding client communication at Cliff Mautner Photography. Right from your initial inquiry, our focus is on supreme customer service. As you begin your journey with me, I’ll take care of all of your questions, concerns, help build a timeline, and everything else you’ll need through your wedding day. After your event, Heather will step in and make sure every question is answered and will hold your hand throughout the entire album design and ordering process, all while providing the very best service possible.
In addition to refining and retouching your images, Heather creates unique designs for your wedding or portrait albums, runs the blog and social media accounts, and fulfills print and product orders. With a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from Montserrat College of Art, Heather is proficient in all areas of production and album design, and my clients love her attention to detail and easygoing personality.
Awards & Accolades
Over the years, I've been honored by the photography industry, receiving recognition from the most prestigious organizations in the world. In addition to being named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine, I was named International Photographer of the Year by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).
I've also received the International Photographic Council Leadership Award at the United Nations, and I'm a Nikon Ambassador (National Spokesperson). I'm the only photographer to win the Wedding and Portrait Photographer's Grand Award for Photojournalism twice. In 2014, I was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from WPPI.