Jacek Dolata 

I am a photographer based in Connecticut, and I live in the small village of Riverton, almost next to the Pleasant Valley Drive In.  This is a very cool place to raise my two sons with my wife. Among us we have a small dog, and two cats and plenty of wildlife just a few feet away from our living room. I am a really down to earth guy, always smiling and enjoying life.

I focus and specialize in Documentary Weddings and Lifestyle Portraiture. I love to interact with people. That is why I am very good at capturing the biggest as well as the smallest moments, which happen during the wedding day or while photographing families in their surroundings.

Not only are the photographs I will create for you important, the most important to me is you. Yes, you, my clients, people who believe in my vision and trust my skills. If my clients ever have concerns or questions, I will be always for them. Customer Care is very important to me. I treat all my clients like Royalty.

I am a perfectionist and always strive to deliver the best images. I pay attention to the background, composition, and direction of light. Simply, Photography is my passion and I do this with pride and heart. I know how to use natural light, but after sunset or in dark indoor venues I setup my portable, battery operated lights and create high quality images.

I describe my style as Documentary-Romantic Photojournalism with a touch of Modern. My photographs are not only images - they tell a story. I focus on human emotion and observe people’s reactions in the moments that are happening around me. I have experience photographing a diverse array of weddings from couples who practice many different faith and community traditions, and I enjoy capturing those wonderful, romantic moments of brides and grooms from around the world as well as right here in Connecticut.

I do everything to get the perfect shot. I climb the tree or lie down flat in the dirt. Last year I tripped while taking creative portraits of the Bride and Groom, broke my 2 fingers, finished photographing their wedding at midnight and started my next wedding early in the morning of the following day, not even thinking about the pain. I love my work, I love what I do for a living, and I love couples who give me their trust to capture their day.

So how did I start taking photos?

I started photographing back in Poland in the early 80’s. That was black and white 35mm film all developed from start to finish by myself in the darkroom. In ’90, I started experimenting with color negatives but my college education in the IT field took priority. The opportunity to rediscover photography came when I arrived in the U.S. in 1996.

In 2009, my family and I finally settled in CT, and I decided to pursue my dream career as a Professional Photographer.

I took Fine Art classes at Northwestern CT Community College and got my Photography Certification in summer of 2011. I joined PPA Professional Photographers of America and CTPPA Connecticut Professional Photographers Associations, and I won Awards for photographs I created within associations and Juried Shows.

In 2015 the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) , Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association (AG|WPJA) and International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) accepted my application based on my portfolio review  and I am a proud active member of these professional associations.

Best contact email: me@jacekdolata.com
Phone: 860-689-6670

The pictures are absolutely breath taking. We are also thankful for you. Thank you for all of your passion, hard work and your unforgettable personality that made this experience that much better. Now we got to relive and will continue to relive our love through your eyes.
— Sarai and Andre Wedding at the Cascade Fine catering, Hamden CT
Jacek they are amazing!!!!!! I am in tears!!!!I can’t believe you captured this moment!!!! It was one of my favorite of the entire day!!!!!! Thank you!
— Katja & Shaul NYC
I love these!! You are are amazing! I’ve already been recommending you to others!!!
— Christine & Denis Boston, MA
Jacek is a cut above the rest!! He is extremely talented & very passionate about his work. For our outdoor wedding reception, he captured the most beautiful photos that had a magical quality of light. He took all of the family standard shots in such an efficient way that my husband & I even got a chance to enjoy our cocktail hour! He was not in our face or intrusive during the wedding at all, yet he still got all of the shots. He was so well organized & he always returned my calls or emails very quickly. Jacek loves to photograph & the proof of that is obvious in the stunning photos he takes. He is an artist & was a joy to work with. My husband, my family, and I are so glad that he was our photographer. I could not be happier - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JACEK!
— Andrea & Jerzy - Private Estate Winsted, Connecticut
Jacek was absolutely amazing throughout the entire process! He was my sister’s photographer at her wedding and he was fantastic so when my husband and I got engaged we asked her for his information. Jacek responded within hours of us emailing every single time. He was so flexible about everything. He and his assistant, Conrad, made us feel so comfortable while doing pictures and got genuine laughs out of us with their hysterical comments. He even gave me his jacket because it was cold and snowing on our wedding day! Additionally the pictures are absolutely amazing and we cannot wait to order photos and make a photo book. From black and white to creative to romantic pictures, he does it all. Also, just one week after our wedding Jacek had put up albums on his website so we could see it all again. We could not have imagined a better photographer and are so thrilled we chose him. We are already trying to figure out the next time we can utilize his services again! If you live in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, or New York area there is no better, more wonderful, more responsive photographer you could ask for. He is very reasonably priced and worth every penny.
— Nadia & Tom - Hudson Valley NY
Jacek photographed our wedding in 2012 and it was a true pleasure working with him. He is very friendly, has a good sense of humor, but most importantly he takes really amazing shots. He managed to capture the best moments of the day in a very creative manner. The shots are very natural and he truly captures the atmosphere of the day. We were very happy with the photos he delivered and on top of that he delivered them in a timely fashion. We have also worked with Jacek for other family events and were just as happy. I would highly recommend working with Jacek!
— Bart and Gosia - Berkshires, MA
Jacek Dolata was the photographer we choose on our NY wedding because of his alternative , modern and photo realistic style. He captured our special day perfectly. Jacek is very well organized and has knowledge of how to create special effects using lighting, camera angles and different lenses and techniques. It is really inspiring the way he works to take high quality photos. We could tell that he enjoyed his job and he had great ideas for shots. Jacek captured tons of footage and covered everyone on our day. We are so glad we choose him. Our pictures came out great. We couldn’t be more happy. I would highly recommend Jacek Dolata to any bride and groom for. He is very passionate about what he does.
— Janusz & Agnieszka - Brooklyn NY
There are no words sufficient enough to describe this man’s talent! Absolutely blown away by the incredibly wonderful job he did shooting my wedding.
— Melissa & Dan - Riverview Simsbury CT
Any bride who doesn’t use Jacek doesn’t know what they’re missing. He was fun to work with. He didn’t miss anything. He captured every minute of our special day. For the price we paid, we received a lot more pics than expected. There were no bad shots, took 8 months just to pick my favorites. He kept my husband and I from being nervous, and the rest of the bridal party he made them laugh and we all had a good time. I would recommend Jacek Dolata Photography to any and all couples looking for a professional photographer for their special day
— Marcie & Rob - Aria Prospect Connecticut
This warm and friendly photographer created the most incredible wedding photos of our special day. His eye for the perfect shots left my husband and me breathless. He captured all of the classic shots every bride dreams of having, but also the little moments I’ll never have to forget. I still get teary when I look at the photos. I couldn’t be happier.
— Bonnie & Jerry - The Society Room of Hartford, CT
Jacek is so professional and an amazing photographer. I am actually a phortographer myself a chose Jacek to be my photographer. The pictures are perfect and flawless.
Seriously a Master Photographer who knows his art..!!!
Choose him & book him asap if he’s available.....
— Rachel & Josh - Marquee Events & Catering featuring The Gershon Fox Ballroom, Hartford CT
From the start Jacek kept in contact with us not with just his responsibilities, but also in the other aspects of our wedding planning making sure everything was coming together. On the day of the event I didn’t need to go looking for him. He was already snapping shots. He fell right into the background of the event and managed to get the most memorable shots we could imagine without being in the way. After our wedding Jacek sent link to sample photos while on our honeymoon and a few after till the entire project was complete. The pictures exceeded our expectations, he has taken some awesome shots of friends and their families. Friendly, easy going and works great with people. Helps find the perfect shot for that special moment! Since this was our first experience with a professional photographer we were not aware of the cost that relates to something like this. After seeing the pictures we felt like he was worth every dollar paid! Suffice to say we are MORE than simply satisfied customers.We hope to use Jacek for future events in our life together. Thanks!
— Andrzej & Ania - Aria Banquet Prospect CT
I am so thankful that my Father hired Jacek Dolata as a photographer on our wedding. My Mom is so impressed with photos that she is carrying our luxury 12X12 wedding album with her every day. She has been showing our wedding photos to everyone she knows. We are all fascinated how memories could be preserved in photographs that Jacek took. He is an artist with amazing work skills and talent. I didn’t realize how important it was to get really good photographer until I saw the photos of our wedding.We have albums in every room in our home. I even found it in my Father’s car. He told me that he was showing our photos to the guys in the golf club. We agreed that Jacek will be our family photographer for a future.
— Joshua & Beth - The State Room, Boston MA