About Us

Shari and Michael Laval

Welcome to Laval Photography. We are Michael and Shari Laval — a husband and wife photography team in New York City — and our goal is to capture your authentic self on camera, whether it's for professional acting or corporate headshots, family portraits, weddings, parties and other special events or celebrations in your life.

Having both worked for Disney and Nickelodeon Studios, we bring the customer service and entertainment industry experience that is expected, and we treat our guests of all ages like family. Through our combined experiences as an award-winning photojournalist, newspaper editor, former struggling actor, and parents of theater kids, we know that it takes more than just good lighting to make a great photograph. Just be yourself, and our professional yet warm and relaxed approach will bring out your best and most natural look for the camera.

If you've never shot with us before and are interested in a consultation, please give us a call or feel free to email us at lavalphotography@gmail.com.


601 E 20th Street

New York, NY 10010


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"I can not say enough how fabulous it was working with you both. When I received the link to the photos this morning I had tears streaming down my face. You caught that "moment" I had hoped for and some of the expressions on Dean's face were priceless. Throughout the flash mob and the party, the emotions that were captured in the photos were perfect. The photo booth was awesome and people loved it! "Now that I've said how great the photos are, I want to mention what to me is just as important, if not more. You both were such a pleasure to work with. I felt like I was dealing with family members who were just as eager as I was to make the evening special. I really feel that I was lucky to find you and that you were an important part of making the night the success it was. I insist that you use me as a recommendation to any future clients. It would be my pleasure to express how great it was working with such a professional and caring husband and wife team."

Sarah Prinsloo


"I really liked working with Shari and Michael. They did a wonderful job by creating a great atmosphere and they are an amazing team. Sometimes after taking so many pictures, you feel like drowning when you have to narrow it down to just a few, but they help you choosing the best ones right away and this was a big help. They really take their time with you and are open to ideas or places to shoot. A big thank you to Shari and Michael. It was really nice working with you.

Anja L. (New York, NY), AMDA student


"Thank you, Michael and Shari! You guys are more than terrific and I'm so pleased that you are both so talented and captured our day perfectly. We LOVE the slideshow and have enjoyed sharing it. You guys are awesome people and awesome photographers."

Megan S. (Staten Island, NY)


"The photoshoot was an awesome experience. Shari and Michael made me feel so comfortable, much more than in previous experiences with other photographers. The pictures were great, and given the competition and the great experience, it was a great bargain!"

Ian T. (New York, NY), NYU theater student


"Working with Michael and Shari of Laval Photography was a wonderful experience. They made me feel very comfortable throughout the process. Michael's pictures were amazing - definitely some of the best headshots I've ever received. Not to mention the great deal they give you! I highly recommend Laval Photography!"

Mollie E. (New York, NY), Marymount Manhattan College student


"Thank you so much! They look incredible! It was such a pleasure working with you guys."

Suzannah S. (Baltimore, MD), NYU theater student


"I loved working with Laval Photography. They are very positive and creative. They know how to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera to get the best shots possible. "

Erick P. (New York NY), AMDA graduate


"Michael Laval and Shari took some really wonderful head shots for me. They were very friendly and helped me to feel comfortable without ever losing a professional vibe. The pictures turned out great and I will certainly go to them for my next head shot. Highly recommend!"

Evelyn K. (New York, NY)


"Michael Laval was great! All the pictures were great and it was a very comfortable experienced. It didn't feel rushed or anything. He did a great job doing what he loves. And picking out my favorite photos was very easy. Best photographer I've ever had."

Michael P. (Orlando, FL)


"We had an excellent experience at Laval Photography. Our appointment was on time. We actually arrived 10 minutes early and they were ready to go. The photographer was very patient with my 11 year old daughter because she became fidgety. The equipment he uses is top of the line. We have already discussed having this man photograph my daughter's dance team and my son's rock climbing team. He will be doing our family Christmas portraits."

David B. (Milltown, NJ)


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