Photography is my passion, a way of expressing myself 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 very basic camera that was little more than a roll of film in a box with a plastic lens. Using the camera was a wonderful, transformative moment. I remember shooting 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. I photographed for the school newspaper and yearbook. About that same time, I created my first darkroom where I developed many rolls of film and spent many hours crafting black and white prints.
After high school, I attended New York University and took a portrait class with a photographer in Manhattan. I then transferred to the University of Chicago where I majored in philosophy. At Chicago I also studied photography, aesthetics and the history of art. I then attended Cornell Law School where I earned a J.D. degree. While at Cornell, I photographed various events and had a solo exhibit of my fine art photography. After law school, I worked as an attorney for 16 years. I am still licensed to practice law in NJ and NY, although I’m officially registered as non-practicing.
Over the years, I attended many photography exhibits and lectures, including talks by documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado and John Szarkowski, then the Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2001, I was inspired by the work of Denis Reggie, the photographer who transformed wedding photography by promoting a more natural style known as wedding photojournalism. Denis Reggie photographed the weddings of Oprah Winfrey, Vera Wang, John Kennedy Jr. among 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 professionally part-time. In 2004, I left law practice entirely and have been a full-time photographer since then.
I live with my wife and two sons in northern New Jersey (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.
- Brides New Jersey
- Manhattan Bride
- The Knot New York Metro
- The Knot Weddings New Jersey
- The Knot Pennsylvania
- Modern Bride New York
- Modern Bride New Jersey
- New Jersey Bride
- Greenwich Magazine
- Hollywood Soapbox
- Contributor to Milk.xyz, an online showcase of innovative talent in fashion, music, art and film
- WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2014
- 10 Amazing Photographers Who Use the Olympus OM-D E-M1 2014
- Brides New Jersey Editor’s Choice Award
- Four Seasons Hotel New York Preferred Vendors List
- Morven Museum and Garden Preferred Vendors List
- The Knot Best of Weddings 2007
PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED
“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.
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 & Spa, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, The Downtown (Red Bank), Ramsey Country Club, Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club, Essex Fells Country Club, Maritime Parc.
New York: The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel New York, Oheka Castle, The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, Colony Club, The Apawamis Club, Cipriani, 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 Club, Wainwright 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 Studios, Glen 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 Club, Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Renaissance Westchester Hotel, Eleven Madison Park Restaurant, New York Botanical Garden, Winged Foot Golf Club, Danford’s Hotel & Marina.
Washington, D.C.: Ft. McNair Officers’ Club.
New Hampshire: Searles Castle.
Italy: Villa Cuiano (Tuscany).