Bio

With my family while on vacation in Croatia (2015).

Photography is my passion, a way of expressing my thoughts and remembering  special moments. I photograph almost every day, whether I’m working or just having fun!

Hi, I’m Zlatko. I’m originally from Dalmatia on Croatia’s coast — where the Dalmatian dog originates. When I was little, my family lived in Sweden for a few years before moving to New Jersey.

Before photography, my greatest passion was drawing — I loved drawing people and things. In elementary school I got a primitive camera that was little more than a roll of film in a box with a plastic lens. But it was a wonderful, transformative moment. I remember shooting bad photos on 110 film, trying to capture action and learn composition while peering through a tiny viewfinder. From there I started borrowing my father’s camera, an all-manual chrome Pentax from the 1960’s. In high school, I worked part-time at a dry cleaner and saved enough to buy a Nikon and three prime lenses, which I would use to photograph for the school newspaper and yearbook. About that time, I created my first darkroom where I developed many rolls of film and spent many hours crafting black & white prints.

I attended New York University for a year and took a portrait class with an NYC photographer. I majored in philosophy at the University of Chicago where I also studied photography, aesthetics and the history of art. I’m also a graduate of Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, I photographed various events and had a solo exhibit of my fine art photography. After law school, I practiced law and I’m still licensed in NJ and NY, though now registered as non-practicing. Over the years, I’ve attended many photography exhibits and lectures, including talks by Sebastião Salgado and the late John Szarkowski.

In 2001, I bought my first digital camera and was inspired by the work of Denis Reggie, the photographer who transformed wedding photography by promoting a more natural style known as wedding photojournalism. He photographed the weddings of Oprah Winfrey, Vera Wang, John Kennedy Jr. and many other celebrities. In 2002, I traveled to Denis Reggie’s studio in Atlanta for a 4-day workshop on digital wedding photography. After the workshop I began photographing weddings part-time, and have been a full-time photographer since 2004.

I live with my wife and two sons in northern New Jersey (Cresskill in Bergen County), about 10 miles from Manhattan. For some insights into my photography, please read “What makes your photography different?” [link] — on the Information page.

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A family portrait we made with our shadows on the street (2008)

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SPECIAL PRAISE

“Wonderful wonderful photos…  I’ve looked at about 100,000 photos this week (week is still young) and these are clearly the best!  By far.”

— Ira Berger, Photo Editor at PEOPLE magazine.

“Well, I felt like transported to a world of dreams and pure beauty. I never saw our building in this out of this world light and atmosphere…  If you created such beauty and purity it means that there is a transcendence there.”

— Al Orensanz, Director of the Angel Orensanz Center.

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A wedding published in Brides New Jersey.

LOCATIONS AND VENUES

I’ve photographed weddings and special events at many locations, including —

New Jersey: Princeton University Chapel, Prospect House, Whitman College, Forbes College, Palmer House, Morven Museum and Garden, Kirkpatrick Chapel at Rutgers University, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Laurie House, Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center,  Grounds for Sculpture, Baltusrol Golf Club, Congress Hall Hotel (Cape May), Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Laurita Winery, Alpine Country Club, The Tides Estate, The Manor in West Orange, Pleasantdale Chateau, The Ridge at Back Brook, The Estate at Florentine Gardens, Park Avenue Club (Florham Park), The Park Savoy, Highlawn Pavillion, The Chart House, Crystal Springs Resort, The Grand Summit Hotel, Skylands Manor, The Molly Pitcher Inn, Crossed Keys Inn, Bretton Woods, The Palace at Somerset Park, Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Westmount Country Club, Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, The Crystal Plaza, Lambertville Station, Dolce Basking Ridge, Valley Regency, Season’s, The Nassau Inn, Knickerbocker Country Club, Women’s Club of Glen Ridge, Locale Cafe & Bar (Closter), Grissini (Englewood Cliffs), Sear House (Closter)Hackensack Golf Club, Bonnet Island Estate, Windows on the Water, Oyster Point Hotel, Lake Valhalla Club, Meadow Wood Manor, Indian Trail Club, Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, Brooklake Country Club, Ocean Place Resort & SpaReeves-Reed Arboretum, The Downtown (Red Bank), Ramsey Country Club, Sea Shell Resort & Beach ClubEssex Fells Country ClubMaritime Parc.

New York: The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza HotelFour Seasons Hotel New YorkOheka Castle, The Loeb Central Park BoathouseColony Club, The Apawamis ClubCipriani, Studio 450, Tribeca Rooftop, Ritz-Carleton New York – Battery Park, New York Athletic Club (City Club House and Travers Island), Yale Club of New York, The NoMad Hotel, The United Nations, Elaine’s, Daniel, Astra, Battery Gardens, Bridgewaters, Essex House, W Hotel, La Grenouille, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Shenorock Shore Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Westchester Country ClubWainwright House, American Yacht Club, Tappan Hill, Tarrytown House, Old Field Club, Angel Orensanz Center, The Thayer Hotel at West Point, Fordham University Church, The Woodmere Club, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, Harold Pratt House – The Council on Foreign Relations, New York’s Central Park, The Foundry, Studio Square, The Surf Club New Rochelle, Locust Grove – The Samuel Morse Historic Site, The Grandview, NeueHouse, Milk StudiosGlen Island Harbour Club, Lyndhurst Castle, Union Square Ballroom, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Grand Havana Room, The Garrison, Doral Arrowwood, The Inn at New Hyde Park, The Tuxedo ClubMamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Renaissance Westchester Hotel, Eleven Madison Park Restaurant, New York Botanical Garden, Winged Foot Golf Club, Danford’s Hotel & Marina.

Connecticut: Florence Griswold Museum, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Union League Cafe, The Inn at Longshore, Dauntless Club, Candlewood Inn, Madison Beach Club, Capellaro’s, Mason’s Island Yacht Club.

Pennsylvania: Aldie Mansion, Center Bridge Inn, Holly Hedge Estate, Bucks County Playhouse, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm.

Washington, D.C.: Ft. McNair Officers’ Club.

New Hampshire: Searles Castle.

Italy: Villa Cuiano (Tuscany).

A wedding cocktail hour at the Angel Orensanz Center — one of the many locations at which I’ve photographed. This photo was in the couple’s wedding album.