About Our Team Members

  • By thecontemporaryimage
  • 05 Mar, 2016
This is where you learn about the people that will be capturing your wedding.
EMIL BARTSCHE
No one knows their way around the wedding business as well as Emil. Having shot over 1,300 weddings in his illustrious career, Emil has helped revolutionize the industry. His technique of using natural poses combined with cinematic, documentary style shots has made him one of the most sought after photographers in the state. For over 35 years Emil has shown us how breaking with tradition brings a fresh and welcome perspective.

MARY RALEIGH
Miss Congeniality! Mary started working with Contemporary Image in 1993 right out of Delaware University. Her passion for photography is impossible to miss. Her out-going and enthusiastic approach is truly inspiring. A self-proclaimed people-person, Mary knows how to make people feel comfortable and relaxed in front of her lens. Her beautiful images balance an instinctual sense of composition but more importantly, her photos are always fun, energetic and original.
MIKE McELROY
Mike has been photographing weddings for 32 years. Before becoming one of our top team members for Contemporary Image Wedding Professionals, Mike worked for “The Studio” as a staff photographer, photo editor, computer graphic artist and album designer. He specializes in contemporary poses with a candid look. He works fast, especially with large group shots.
Mike is one of those guys everyone loves. He is always lots of fun at weddings.
MICHELLE KONDRECK
Michelle comes from a long line of photographers. In fact, her grandfather photographed my in-laws wedding in 1960. Although Michelle is the youngest member of Contemporary Image Wedding Professionals she has developed her skills and is one of our very best photographers. She is always personable and lots of fun at weddings.
DRU SUTTON
An incredibly energetic person, Dru Sutton is always on the go. Not only is Dru an imaginative wedding photographer he is also a ground breaking cinematographer and editor. He shoots a variety of subjects and assignments. From corporate videos to fashion and interiors, you never know what you will find in front of Dru's camera.
JEFF HECKMAN
Jeff is a cinematographer, editor and photographer based in the "Jersey Shore." He started his wedding career as an associate photographer and has spent the last four years filming and photographing weddings throughout the tri-state area. His unobtrusive approach and laid back demeanor allow Jeff a unique perspective that enables him to capture those truly candid moments. Beyond weddings, Jeff pulls from a strong background in film and video production. He has worked in a multitude of industries, ranging from non-profit and higher education to music and fashion. He currently works for Rutgers, The State University in the video department.
DAVID BARTSCHE
David is in charge of our photo booth services. And he is the perfect man for the job. FUN, ENERGETIC and LOTS of fun at parties!!

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By thecontemporaryimage 05 Mar, 2016
This is where you learn about the people that will be capturing your wedding.
By thecontemporaryimage 12 Feb, 2016
Our custom designed, canvas collages are really works of art. Our custom designed, canvas collages are really works of art. They look awesome hanging in our couples decor, complimenting any room.

By thecontemporaryimage 27 Oct, 2015
Although it as a bit of a drive, The Skyland Manor was such a lovely backdrop for these fall engagement photos.
By thecontemporaryimage 29 Sep, 2015
I love photographing at Allaire State Park. They keep the park in great shape and there are so many great locations for amazing photos.
By thecontemporaryimage 29 May, 2015
Emil Bartsche and Michelle Kondreck photographed Bill and Amanda's wedding. Amanda did hair and make-up at the Pasche Hair Salon in Belmar, NJ. The photo session, ceremony and reception were all held the English Manor in Ocean Township. After the wedding Michelle edited the 3500 images. Emil created the wedding album.
By thecontemporaryimage 23 Jul, 2014
The Sterling Ballroom is always such a greta venue to work. The food is the best and the staff is always friendly and accommodating.
By thecontemporaryimage 30 May, 2014
Emil Bartsche and Michelle Kondreck photographed this wedding. The ceremony was held at Winward Beach in Brick, NJ and the reception was held at The Crystal Point in Point Pleasant, NJ. Michelle edited over 3000 images while Emil oversaw the album design.
By thecontemporaryimage 24 May, 2014
Emil photographed Frank and Stacies wedding at The Radisson Hotel in Freehold by himself. All the photos were shot on the premises.
By thecontemporaryimage 16 Jul, 2013
Anyone whose ever been to a wedding at Clarkes Landing in Point Pleasant knows what a spectacular place it is. 
By thecontemporaryimage 06 Jun, 2012
Michelle and I photographed this wedding back in 2012 at The American Hotel in Freehold, NJ. It was my first time there in quite awhile. The American Hotel did a spectacular job. Great food and great service.
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