from BEST FRIENDS to HUSBAND & WIFE to BUSINESS PARTNERS
Our story began in the fall of 1999 in Staten Island NYC. I was 16 and Melissa was 14. We were introduced to each other one day when a mutual friend put us on the phone together. From there we continued to talk on the phone and on AOL (Google it), getting to know each other until one day we decided to meet. I walked to the train and took it six stops to her station where she met me at the top of the platform. Over the years, we were always each other’s go to person and best friend. My family and I eventually moved to FL and Melissa was still in NYC. We kept in touch over the years, always available to listen and give advice. In 2011 Melissa mentioned needing a vacation. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, so I told her to take a trip down to FL and she did. Since then we have been inseparable. We got engaged in April of 2012 and were married on August 19th 2014 in San Francisco.
Lenny has been in the wedding and events industry since he was 12 years old. He started his first company at 18 and was doing event production with entertainers, DJ’s, photographers, and event film makers. Melissa has always had a life-long love for the art of photography, watching moments unfold, and making time stand still. She began her professional career in 2009 shooting newborns & families. In 2012 we decided to collaborate and create the L&M Experience. In a short time, we were providing our boutique, one-of-a-kind photography experience to couples all over the country and beyond. We’ve won numerous awards at image competitions as well as for our dedication to customer service. We have been educators at the national level, and also as writers for the largest photography education magazine.
As a married couple, we understand our client’s wedding day is one of the most important days in their lives. The L&M Experience was created out of our love for storytelling, our love for moments, the art of wedding photography and providing couples with the ultimate experience and service as our top priority.
Why do we do this? We both come from very big and loving families. Lenny’s family lives in Florida and mine in NYC. Ideally we’d love to have everyone in one place, however, that’s not our scenario. It’s important to us that we are able to spend equal time with our families. If we were in one place all the time, we would have to choose a family and that’s not our style. That’s why we’re based out of both NYC & South Florida. We have a bit of a deeper connection with our couples because capturing their beautiful families during this milestone is what allows us to spend time with each of our families and make our own new memories. This is something we are extremely grateful for.
What it’s all about? It’s about you. It’s about who you are together. It’s about capturing who you are together in this moment in time. It’s about giving you those timeless images to remember and relive your journey together forever. Getting married is about joining the two of you and committing to the journey you are on together. There are many other beautiful things that are involved in wedding planning, but without the two of you and your unique story, those things wouldn’t exist. For us it’s not simply about taking a beautiful picture, although we will take a lot of them! It’s about telling your story, enjoying this time in your life together and creating your first family heirloom full of genuine moments, unique details, family and fun. Your authentic story to be celebrated and live on for generations to come.
Our mission was to create an environment that allowed us to deliver the ultimate experience, one with the outstanding storytelling and a level of service we knew our clients deserved on one of the most important days of their lives. We are both passionate visual storytellers, deeply committed to capturing our couple’s stories as they unfold with a mixture of elegant, classic and stylish imagery. The best story telling is the result of collaboration between our couples and us. This is why when we sit down with potential clients we take the time to get to know them and their story. Each couple is different and unique. The relationships we forge with our couples are an essential part of the story telling process. It’s in these meetings too that couples can sense our commitment and excitement about creating a timeless legacy for them. We truly love what we do and the fact that we get to share this joy with so many wonderful people. Creating the beautiful, custom designed, hand crafted album delivered after the wedding day is an equally gratifying part of the process for us! This album will be a family’s first heirloom, it’s something we take great pride in creating. We create these albums not because it’s another product to offer, but rather because of what our own album, our parents’ albums, and our grandparents’ albums mean to us. We believe in the power of printing your legacy.
We have succeeded in creating something very special and we invite you to come in and meet with us, we’d love to hear your story!
Lenny & Melissa