Anthony Ziccardi parlays nearly two decades of experience as a photographer with his eponymously-named company, Anthony Ziccardi Studio. Originally starting out as a solo wedding photographer after a career in design and education, Mr. Ziccardi largely grew his company by word-of-mouth testimonials. He was asked by a former student to capture her wedding, and when the photographs began making circulation, calls for his craft soon came pouring in. Now after more than 17 years of launching his career in wedding and special event photography, Mr. Ziccardi manages a staff of more than 35 professionals.
Mr. Ziccardi is driven by his passion for the art and for making someone’s day the most special celebration. He credits his success to hard work and perseverance, as well as his wife Sarah’s support and shared a desire to meet new challenges. Mr. Ziccardi isn’t afraid of taking a risk and knows that his experience enables him to get back up. He was always passionate about photography and recalls asking for a camera as a child while his contemporaries wanted video game consoles. He later pursued his interest in the arts by earning a bachelor’s degree in visual communication. He was then asked to introduce a photography program at his former high school and instruct graphic design. While building his photography studio, he continued teaching for an additional 10 years. In 2008, he made the decision to expand his small studio, and in 2012, he decided to focus his craft full-time in the studio.
As a testament to him and his team’s hard work and dedication, Mr. Ziccardi’s company has had five features in Contemporary Weddings Magazines, a cover feature on 201 Bride Magazine and has had 12 features in Manhattan Bride Magazine. Mr. Ziccardi is also well-known in his community due to his philanthropic work. Every year, Anthony Ziccardi Studios donates over 100 Christmas presents to foster children in Sussex County who would not have had Christmas otherwise. Also every October, the studio “goes pink” for breast cancer awareness and has donated close to $20,000 to the Susan G. Komen of North Jersey Foundation. For every wedding that the studio is hired for during the month of October, $150 is donated to the foundation. Furthermore, if a client is suffering from a terminal illness and wants a professional photoshoot done, Ziccardi Studios will perform the photoshoot for nothing more than a donation to the charitable cause of their condition.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Ziccardi endeavors to slow down as a professional photographer and focus his talents on exclusive work. He also plans to return to academia and teach photographers, as well as present at conventions.