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ABOUT DIANE

Your wedding photographer is the one wedding vendor that you hire, who will spend pretty much the whole day with you.

It’s good to know a little bit about your photographer.

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ABOUT DIANE

Hudson River Photographer is me really, Diane Stredicke.



My last name is pronounced STRED • i (the i sounds like the i in itch) • KEY (like the one you open doors with). Not an easy name for a photography business, so I decided to call my business Hudson River Photographer. So when browsing through my website, just know that one of your photographers will be me on your wedding day!



I live in Rhinebeck, a small village about 100 minutes north of New York City. I have 3 acres which overlooks a forever green area which is now part of Creek Ankony Cattle Farm. I live in Rhinebeck, with my wife and my two dogs, Fig and Zoey. If you haven't been to Rhinebeck, it makes a great weekend trip. It's a super cute town with a fantastic movie theater - The Upstate - a great independent bookstore, Oblong, and a ton of good restaurants from Indian to French Bistro. The town has some history: a Dutch settlement, George Washington slept here, Chelsea Clinton got married here and Paul Rudd owns the local candy store.



I have a studio on Montgomery Street above the Liberty Restaurant where I meet with clients and photograph portraits and dogs... and, yes, if dogs did get married, I would definitely be a dog wedding photographer!

PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS WAS NEVER MY CAREER PLAN

If you would have told me a decade ago, that I would be a successful wedding photographer I would have laughed and asked you what planet you're from.

In 2007, I was a freelance graphic designer. I had studied theater, film and graphic design in college. I'd had various jobs working in documentary film, working for a large non-profit, working on the side as a wanna-be screenwriter. What's missing? Photography!

Well not really. I have had cameras since I was a teenager. My dad had a darkroom in our garage. I was always taking photos. But I never thought about a career in photography.

I sort of fell into wedding photography.

So what happened? I photographed a family member's wedding. Yes I was an uncle Bob, or, in my case, Aunt Diane. It was an eye opening experience to say the least, but it awakened a sleeping photographer inside me. I started taking workshops and reading and studying everything I could about photography. Then I jumped off the cliff, and started photographing weddings. By 2009, I had a full time wedding photography business.

Photographing weddings basically drew upon almost everything I had learned in my other jobs: storytelling, working with people, design, and business. And, 10 years later, I am still excited by the start of each new wedding season.

FUN FACTS ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHER

She’s from Seattle… okay Renton, Washington to be exact. #HAZENHIGHLANDERS
She loves eyewear. #WARBYPARKER #SWISSOPTICS #OLIVERPEOPLES #LAEYEWEAR
She is a serious movie buff. #TOOMANYFAVORITESFOR10BESTLIST
She loves 10 best lists.
She wrote a horror screenplay. #LETSMAKETHEORCHARD
She loves popcorn, red vines. She doesn't like Twizzlers. #REDVINESBEATTWIZZLERSANYDAY
She made an award winning documentary film about garage sales. #THEGREATAMERICANGARAGESALE
She can’t imagine living in a household without a dog. #DOGSAREGOD
She majored in theater.
She loves craft beer. It's in her family in a serious way. #SUBVERSIVEBREWING #SLOOPBREWERY
She once delivered pizzas for Dominos.
She loves Hamilton. She loves musicals. #TAKEMETOBROADWAY
She likes driving in Los Angeles. #LETSGETLOSTINLA
Brooklyn will always feel like home. #ILOVEBROOKLYN4EVER

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