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Ira Lippke

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Ira Lippke

Photographer

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As the founder and creative force behind The Day, Ira Lippke brings 20-plus years of experience creating compelling images to every wedding he documents. “One of the best compliments I’ve ever received,” he says, “was from a planner who said I was the only photographer she knew who had so much experience but whose heart and soul was still so strongly in their work.”

Raised in a converted school bus by hippie parents in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, Ira developed an eye for beauty by spending time in the mountains, forests and orchards of his childhood. Having developed a passion for photography at an early age, Ira went on to study literature and philosophy at university in order to understand the soul of a great photo beyond f-stop and shutter speed. He began shooting weddings in Los Angeles in the 1990s for musicians, designers and artists who desired a fresh perspective to documenting their lives. A subsequent move to New York in 2007 led to the establishment of The Day and a further refining of his award-winning fine art photojournalism.

With a zen disposition that imparts a sense of calm to everyone involved, Ira is able to sensitively hold space for moments of connection in which his subjects feel like they can be truly themselves, yet he can also confidently organize large groups of people amidst the swirl of a tight timeline. No stranger to wedding-day nerves, sudden thunderstorms and even persistent paparazzi, Ira adapts to each circumstance with grace and humor.

Ira lives in an 1830s farmhouse on the East End of Long Island with his wife, the cultural critic Andrea Codrington Lippke, and their two children, Rye & Soren. When he’s not photographing events around the world, Ira enjoys surfing, mixing cocktails and challenging his five-year-old son to light-saber duels.

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”

Eve Arnold


About Ira Lippke
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Growing up in a family that had an emphasis on relationships, combined with the experience of working with a fine craftsman at an early age, have led me to a specific vision for my work.

Ira Lippke
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Wedding

Ali & Marc
Ira was not just a photographer for our wedding, he became a friend. We really felt that his heartfelt investment in our day was palpable from the beginning. It was important for us to work with a photographer we liked personally, since we knew they would be there for some of the most intimate moments that day. Ira made the entire experience not only comfortable, but truly enjoyable.  Ira was able to capture the most nuanced moments of our day.  Ira's talent is undeniable, but it's the heart that he puts into his work that separates him from the rest.

Photographed by Ira Lippke

Wedding

Joan & Porter
You and your team did a magnificent job of capturing many of the most memorable moments. It's so moving to see it all again. It's whetting our appetites for all of the others that will come. The delicacy and sensitivity of so many of your shots and the manner in which you framed the photos has all of the artistry of a painting. We are incredibly indebted to you for being here to share this important occasion with us. …Your work is sheer perfection! - Joanne

Photographed by Ira Lippke

Wedding

Jordana & Jonathan
Working with Ira was everything that we ever dreamed of for someone capturing our love story. He is a true artist and an amazing photographer. From our engagement shoot to our wedding day, Ira made us feel so relaxed knowing that he was truly capturing the perfect moments from our special day. We cannot thank him enough for the amazing photos that we can share with our family and friends and cherish for the rest of our lives.

Photographed by Ira Lippke