TESTIMONIALS

The Garrison wedding

Diane was great both in terms of the photos we got and her general vibe/approach. Definitely helped us to relax knowing that she was all over the details. Total pro. Thanks!

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than we have 1 million wonderful words from our wedding, thanks to Diane! We had such a terrific experience working with Diane from the very beginning. While we didn’t do an engagement shoot to “practice” for the big day, Diane spoke with us multiple times on the phone to get to know us better and to answer all of our questions – we felt so confident and comfortable that she would be the perfect fit for us.

We found Diane through the recommendation of The Garrison, and through friends whose photos of hers we saw and loved – this made her an easy choice. Diane and her assistant for our wedding, John, knew exactly how to handle our bridal party and families, and were great at giving us all direction in order to get the perfect shots. We were so thrilled to see our highlight slideshow and even more overwhelmed by the incredible online album we received with the whole day’s images.

Each and every photo was edited to perfection, and so creative. We’re looking forward to picking out our shots for the final album – but we know it will be so hard to narrow down to our favorites! Thanks again for an awesome experience.

Diane did an AMAZING job photographing our wedding. She was able to capture the love and energy we felt the night of our wedding in every single picture. Diane’s kind and easy nature made photographing the day simple. When going through the photographs, my husband and I had difficulty selecting our favorites for the album because they were all so incredible.

Diane seamlessly blended into the crowd at our wedding and by doing so she was able to capture the most incredible moments. The preview video she then creates with the photos brought us to tears! We have watched it over and over and over again! Her work is incredible! We also were lucky enough to use Diane for our engagement photos. She met us and instantly chose the most perfect location for the photographs.

Diane is the best and we HIGHLY recommend her to capture not only the photographs for your wedding but also the emotions behind them.

A Photographer Who Got Us

Hudson River Photographer was the perfect addition to our almost all women vendor team.

We were initially attracted to the style of Hudson River Photographer. Then we were captivated more by the diversity of couples in Diane’s body of work. Then, when we met Diane, the deal was sealed. We knew we wanted her to capture our day. She not only captured our energy and vibe, but most of all, I swear you can feel love when you look at our photos.

We have all the usual photos you want of your wedding but we also have all the photos of the the sweet moments, photos of our loved ones coming down the aisle looking like celebrities, folks on the dance floor looking like they are living their best lives and our pups watching their pawrents during the ceremony. Diane captured a photo of our niece admiring herself in a mirror. That’s the kind of eye and photographer who’s photos we will cherish for our lifetime.

Our magical outdoors first look was thwarted by 40 mph winds and rain but no problem for Hudson River Photographer. She found a spot inside that worked perfectly. When Diane said to me ‘Katie, this looks like a Vermeer painting’ I swear I almost lost it with pure joy.

When we were wrangling our wedding parties and family Diane stood in the mud for 30 minutes while she got the perfect shots. She kept everyone on task and was time efficient which was greatly appreciated. I also appreciate the feedback and coaching Diane provided to make sure we looked our best. She wasn’t shy to tell me to lower my head when I thought I looked like a model but looked insane.

The integrity, professionalism and pure artistry Diane and her team poses was exceptional. Absolutely worth the investment. The only negative is I can’t possibly choose a limited number of photos for our album!

roundhouse beacon wedding

Ideal in both product and process

We can’t recommend Diane enough. Artistically, the photos came out wonderfully. Diane’s work shows that she is more focused on capturing candid moments, such as a emotion-filled facial expression, than staging cheesy group shots. This is part of why we hired her, but make sure that’s what you’re after.

We really appreciated how process-oriented Diane is. In the initial interview, Diane discussed how the day would unfold, gave us topics to consider, and encouraged us what to focus on. It was clear she had a ton of experience, since she was able to point out ways that certain ideas may or may not work as well.

On the day of, Diane’s fun and relaxed energy went a long way in helping us feel relaxed. Although she was working hard, her constant smile only added to the joy of the occasion.

We also appreciated the ease of use of her software, including billing and the photo storage and selection afterwards.

Finally, as a same-sex couple, it was such a comfort to have a photographer with experience in queer weddings who made us feel special in all the right ways.

DIANE IS A TOTAL PRO AND 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 accommodating. 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.

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 accommodating. 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.

I cannot express how thankful we are for the moments that you captured at our wedding and also for putting together the beautiful slideshow of some of the best photos.  You exceeded our expectations of what our wedding photographs would look like.

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!

Hudson New York Gay Wedding

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.