Kirchhof Photography is a New Jersey based company that specializes in wedding photography coverage. We consider our photography style to be modern, artistic, & timeless. We focus on booking limited dates per calendar year so we can deliver the best possible experience to all our of clients.
The pictures we capture will stand the test of time and serve as a snapshot into one of the most important days of your life for generations to come. Our goal is to capture these special, fleeting moments big and small, so you and your families can fully remember this special time.
We provide services to clients regularly in...
New Jersey | New York City | Philadelphia | Miami
Owner & Lead Photographer
I was born in Hackensack NJ on July 12, 1988. I grew up in Paramus, NJ until the age of 12 when my parents decided to make the move to Howell Township, NJ to be closer to family. My father was extremely hard working while my mother was a stay at home Mom. In 1996, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and was only given 5 years to live at the time. As a young boy, I spent most of my days in the hospital and grew close with my Mom.
After making the move to Howell Township, I attended Howell Township schools until sophomore year of high school when I made the unconventional decision to leave school and pursue my dream of becoming a photographer. After leaving high school, I quickly learned that making a full time career out of photography wasn’t as easy as I thought.
Until I opened up my business in 2016, I worked many different jobs while pursuing the dream. NYC construction worker, pool service technician, valet attendant, club manager, restaurant server, and tons of odd jobs. You name it, I most likely did it until I was able to support myself with photography full time. Five years later, I have worked with over 500+ clients and delivered well over 1 million images to my clients and have never looked back.
The question I get asked all the time is what made me choose wedding photography rather then anything else with photography. It’s a pretty easy answer. I love the satisfaction from being able to capture one of the most important days in someone’s life. There are not many other days in people’s lives where there will be so much positive energy and raw emotions. Happiness, excitement, nervousness, joy - whatever the emotion, I love just being along for the ride and capturing it all.
I married my wife Azahria on January 15, 2018. We got married at The Park Chateau in East Brunswick NJ. We now currently live in Wall Township NJ with our 3 dogs who are all boxers. My wife and I very simple people. We enjoy being at home spending time with our dogs over a good home cooked meal.
On May 25, 2021 after a 25+ year battle with my mother passed away from cancer. I contribute my photography career to my Mother. She was my best friend and person who supported me when nobody else gave me a chance. She was always in my corner to leave high school and pursue my dream.
Chris was born on September 2, 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ. He lived with his parents and brother in South River, NJ until moving to North Brunswick, NJ around the Kindergarten year. After moving to the new house, the family would have another brother added in to the mix. Chris has always been extremely close with his family... especially his parents. Having 2 best friends by your side all your life is something special. For those 2 best friends to be your parents is a huge plus. After high school, Chris moved around most of NJ and worked in several different industries.
Music, Entertainment, Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Wallpapering; those are a few of the fields part of his Renaissance Man type resume. He would soon find an interest and passion in the Fitness Industry. He spent almost 2 decades working for LA Fitness as a Senior Manager and Vice President until leaving the industry in late 2014. From that time forward, Chris got himself back into the Entertainment Industry where he would eventually cross paths with Matt Kirchhof. Their relationship would soon grow both personally and career wise.
Chris is a Freelance Photographer - who has worked and trained with the best. Growing up with a professional photographer in the family, Chris quickly caught the passion of looking through a lens, just like his father. Holiday’s, birthdays, a snowy day or a bright sunny summer day… his father always had a camera in hand or one ready to capture any moment. His father, Steven, literally has been a photographer and worked in the industry since the late 60’s. He started working at Fotomat in 1972 where he would meet his future wife (Chris’ mother) Joanne. The close relationship and bond between Chris and his father would eventually lead Chris to making Photography his life.
Chris loves shooting a wide range of photography; Sunsets, Landscapes, Night Photography (Lunar and Galaxy), just to name a few. Being a musician and lover of music, shooting concerts has become a huge passion of his. After shooting a show, he would come home and share his work with his father… asking his thoughts and for advance on what could be done better for the next concert. Shooting side by side with his father… that was something that is special to the both of them. There was nothing specific to what they shot together... it was simply the fact of them both doing something they loved... together.
Several years ago, after Chris and Matt met through a mutual friend, Chris would start working for Matt as an assistant. After learning the ways of how Matt operated his business and how amazing his work ethic is with his clients, Chris expressed his interest in working with Matt for the long run and bringing Kirchhof Photography to the next level. Matt would spend not only the time during an event, but personal time as well sharing his knowledge and expertise in shooting with Chris. Shortly after, Chris started shooting events for Matt as well as becoming a Second Photographer for Kirchhof Photography. Both of their professional attitudes and styles would make the 2 a perfect match with working not only together, but side by side. On a personal level, their friendship would soon become more than just a friendship... best described as brothers.
Chris’ father had his own studio and professional photography company. Steven shot weddings from the late 70’s until the mid 90’s. As Chris started shooting weddings on his own, and then eventually becoming Matt's Second Photographer - Shooter... this would become a special bond shared between him and his father... one that isn't easily explained, but best seen through Chris' work. Having the passion within, as well as being proud to be following in his father’s footsteps... his love for photography truly shows as he works with clients and once the final product is seen.
Life, as we all know, takes some unexpected turns completely out of nowhere. This past October 2021, Chris’ father passed due to complications of COVID-19. With Matt losing his mother a few months earlier, and Chris’s tragic loss of his father, the bond between the 2 would become even more cemented then before. This would lead both of them to put the pedal to the floor and come together to help bring this company to the top of its game and beyond.
Knowing how much Chris’ father absolutely loved his family and photography, Chris has never been more driven to pursue his career in Photography and carry on the legacy of his father.
“The objection is to capture all of these special moments... and create a visual memory that lasts a lifetime and beyond. My father did that… and I want to continue that and make him proud.”
You can view some of Chris' work by viewing his Instagram account - @chrismichaelphotography.
When someone asks to see your wedding photos, the last thing you should ever do is take out your cell phone and start flipping through them. As photographers, we cherish prints more than anyone and want our clients to feel the same way. Besides printing some large canvas to hang around the house, an album is the best way to show off a variety of your wedding photos.
Our albums come in many different sizes, textures, and finishes that will fit anyone's style. Albums are a beautiful statement piece to compliment your home on display or as a coffee table conversation piece. Our standard album is a 12”x12” genuine leather album with approximately 15-20 spreads, which includes a matching presentation box. There is an option to add on additional pages if needed for a small upgrade fee. This finished album will serve as a family memento from a very special moment in time that will be cherished for years. Something tangible to represent your big day.
Our Timeless Edits are an amazing opportunity to show off your wedding or engagement photos in a creative way. Anyone that sees the final edited image will see the definite “wow” factor that has been pulled from one of your favorite photos from the shoot. This service is for anyone that plans on printing their images to be put on display, which is where a work of art like this can truly be valued and admired.