Hudson River Photographer is a fine art wedding photography company with a unique style that's based out of Rhinebeck, New York. With a background in documentary film and graphic design, the lead photographer, Diane, maintains an unobtrusive style of shooting so that your most candid moments are captured on film. She believes that these moments are truly what show off your uniqueness as a couple. Having won many photography awards, Hudson River Photographer has the clout to show they are one of the best companies you can choose from in the Hudson Valley, New York City Metro, and New England areas.
Hudson River Photographer offers wedding photography packages to a variety of couples and budgets. Some services offered in these packages include wedding albums, proofs, and a slideshow/montage. Other services offered include:
Recommended by 100% of couples
Meghan · Married on 09/22/2018
Money Well Spent
Diane is a total pro and a joy to work with. As a lesbian couple, we were looking for either a lesbian photographer or a photographer who’d shot lesbian weddings in which both brides were wearing dresses. (We weren’t interested in being put in butch-femme poses that mimic heterosexual couples’ traditional wedding shots.) With DIane, we got both. She was truly everything we were looking for—and she defied expectations.
What stood out to us in Diane’s portfolio were her candid photos—the way she captured the emotion and feeling of an event with a still image. When we look back on our photos, we can hear the music and laughter and feel the warmth and joy of the day. Diane really did an incredible job.
The day of the wedding, we were off to a bit of a late start with figuring out a two-bride first look, but Diane got everything back on track. She moved quickly and gave good direction, without being too demanding. She was assertive, but also managed to make the experience feel laid back. We were truly grateful for our moments with her away from the crowd that day. She made us laugh and helped us take a breath. But during the ceremony and reception, we barely remember seeing her, which is exactly what a good photographer does.
Diane was also very accomodating. We have large families and wanted to do family portraits before the ceremony. Though she was initially worried about time constraints, Diane killed it. She commanded a group of 60+ people, and got every photo we asked for... and in record time. She was also willing to work with one of our mother’s, who wanted table photos. And even though it wasn’t what we hired Diane for—and it’s an outdated wedding photography practice, anyway—she did her best to get them.
Also, we highly suggest doing an engagement session. Doing that months before the wedding helped us get comfortable with Diane and with being in some intimate/awkward poses in front of a camera. By the time it came to our wedding day, we were pros—whispering “look at each other,” “look away,” “look in the distance,” “heads together,” etc. to each other, which made our portrait sessions move quickly. We couldn’t have been so prepared without Diane’s guidance at the engagement session. Also, she was willing to reschedule that shoot for us multiple times when the weather wasn’t on our side, even though she had to come from Rhinebeck to New York City for it.
We’d said if we liked two of our engagement photos, we’d be happy. We ended up “favoriting” dozens. We were blown away by how much Diane captured us, without making us look skinnier or more flawless. It was us, but the best version of us—and we were overjoyed.
The short of it is, Diane is a dream to work with and the results took our breath away. At the end of the day, you only have the memories and photos from your wedding to look back on, and they’re in the best hands with Diane. Whether you’re a gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, or trans couple, you want her to capture your big day. We couldn’t recommend her enough.
Jaclyn · Married on 06/30/2018
I cannot say enough good things about Diane and team! Diane operates with such energy and ease - she made our wedding day and engagement shoots seamless and fun. Diane can find beauty anywhere and came up with such great, creative ideas for our photos. She had us stand in front of a puddle (it sounds weird), and then showed us this incredible photo where my husband and I were reflected in the water... we were amazed and so excited! She was such a pleasure to work with and the photo results are incredible!
Sean · Married on 11/04/2017
Once in a lifetime moments, captured forever
It's difficult to put into words the immense gratitude we have for Diane. As a gay male couple, we'd had some disappointing conversations, feeling like anything from just another job, to a portfolio novelty. When we found Diane, she made clear that her only point of view and priority was to capture the beauty and truth of our day.
Meeting Diane for the first time in Rhinebeck, she immediately put us at ease. We could brainstorm and discuss, but also felt comfortable leaving some decisions in her hands, and trusting that she would guide us in the right direction. Diane conveyed a respect for our day; we weren't just another client, she understood the importance of the moment we were asking her to capture for us. All of the preparation beforehand was guided, measured, and manageable, and one of the least stressful parts of planning our wedding.
The day of our wedding, Diane and her team were a dream. She guided us through the traditional shots she knew our families would want, but gave us freedom to capture moments that were unique to us. And during the wedding and reception, she was a photographic ninja! Almost invisible to our guests, but she captured the biggest and smallest moments. The moment during our dance when my mother said the most touching thing and I broke down, Diane captured it. The moment my husband and I arrived on the dance floor and the entire room erupted, Diane captured it. While everyone was dancing and my husband's parents were off to the side, admiring the family photos we'd put out, Diane captured it.
We now have a set of photos that aren't just posed portraits, but they truly tell the story of the most important day of our lives. We are eternally grateful to Diane, and couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Diane is such a wonderful person! Such a relaxed, calming personality! She puts a smile on everyone's face! I have had the honor of working with her this past year & I'm looking forward to many more!
It is always a pleasure to work with Diane from Hudson River Photographer. She has a unique style and vision that she brings to documenting a couple's big day. Highly recommended! -- DJ Bri