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JAIMIE + MEGHAN | RED MAPLE VINEYARD WEDDING

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 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 And even though it wasn’t what we hired Diane for—and it’s an outdated wedding photography practice, anyway—she did her best to get them.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.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.

~ Meghan & Jaimie

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ANNIE + GEOFFREY | THE GARRISON WEDDING

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.

~ Annie & Geoffrey

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JACLYN + HEATHER | FULL MOON RESORT WEDDING

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!

~ Jaclyn & Heather

Hudson New York Gay Wedding

SEAN + ERIK | HELSINKI HUDSON 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.

~ Sean & Erik

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CATHERINE + CHENG | MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE WEDDING

DIANE IS THE BEST!!! Where can I even start? Diane is so good at capturing emotions and documenting the love and atmosphere (and of course tears too). These are the ideal wedding images I have been picturing every single day in my dream before my wedding and these are the best wedding pictures I have even seen. Every single time when I look through these wedding images I am impressed once again and again and again. The color, lights, emotions… everything is perfect.

Let me start from the beginning – as a perfectionist, I spent months going through all vendors trying to find the best one possible. The second when I saw one of Diane’s wedding albums I burst into tears – this is how well she’s able to capture emotions. I can feel the mood of the day and the happiness in the air. Diane has such a warm and friendly personality that calms me down and helps me be myself on my wedding day. To be fair, my husband doesn’t like cameras at all even before mine, but Diane captured so many amazing moments of me and my husband because she blended in the guests and knew exactly when would be the best time to bring up the camera.

In addition to being able to capture emotions, she is a true artist in finding perfect lighting, color, and location. The structure of her image is perfect too. I could go on and on for days talking about how much I love her images and how amazing they are – but to summarize – I am so happy to have Diane be my wedding photographer on my special day and couldn’t thank her enough for giving me and my husband such a great memory. If you are trying to find the BEST photographer – Diane is the one!

~ Catherine & Cheng

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MATTHEW + EDWARD | CROTON-ON-HUDSON WEDDING

Diane is the best of both worlds: a consummate, client-focused professional, and a truly extraordinary photographer. From our very first Skype session, she made every effort to “get” us (and our vision for the wedding) and move forward from a place of deep generosity and love. This translated into an easy, joyful experience working with her and her assistant…. on our wedding day and, most importantly, into photographs that we will treasure for a lifetime. Before we got them, it felt like the wedding had been but a dream — but seeing them brought the whole day back to life in absolutely glorious detail. What an incredible gift.

We can’t recommend Diane highly enough. Thank you for everything!

~ Matthew & Edward

Northwood A Private Estate Wedding

REBECCA + MICHAEL | A PRIVATE ESTATE WEDDING

Diane was wonderful. We so enjoyed having her photograph our wedding. She listened to what we wanted, stayed true to our vision, and created fabulous memories. We highly recommend her.

~ Rebecca & Michael

Blenheim Hill Farm Wedding

JADE + MATT | BLENHEIM HILL FARM WEDDING

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

You really captured the magic of our wedding weekend – we couldn’t be any happier with all the great photos you caught!  We had the time of our lives and it’s so amazing to relive it all through your beautiful art.

~ Jade & Matt

MARILYN + MARK | RHINEBECK WEDDING

Not only was Diane easy to work with but she is a true artist.  Her photography is amazing – it’s the perfect combination of unposed but perfectly curated.  She gracefully captured all of the guests, the ambiance and all of the decor.  She has an incredible eye – we would recommend her to EVERYONE.  She will create wonderful memories for you.

~ Marilyn & Mark

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JORDAN + CHRIS | GRASMERE BARN RHINEBECK WEDDING

The photos exceeded our expectations even after the amazing engagement session.  While most of the wedding day remains a blur, having your pictures has actually helped us to slow down the day and get to re-live each moment.  Thanks for documenting the specialness of our day.

~ Jordan & Chris

JESSICA + BARRY | LIBERTY WAREHOUSE WEDDING

There are so many beautiful shots it’s overwhelming!  I think I’m going to frame so many – people will think I’m a complete narcissist!  On top of that, you completely captured the feeling of the day, all of the memorable moments and the story of our wedding.  For that, we are beyond grateful.  We not only loved working with you, but love the final product.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

~ Jessica & Barry

BRIAN + BRAD | HILLSDALE NEW YORK WEDDING

Thank you so much for giving us a remarkably beautiful and moving collection of wedding day memories!  We honestly cannot express to you, just how much we appreciate your talent, your thoughtfulness and your commitment to our special day!  You gave us our best and most cherished wedding gift:  perfectly captured moments from the best day of our lives.

~ Brian & Brad

JESSICA + BRIAN | TARRYTOWN HOUSE ESTATE WEDDING

The moment we met Diane we knew we made the right choice. We picked her based on reviews and her website and didn’t meet her until two weeks before our wedding. After our initial photos with her, and our bridal party/family photos, we didn’t see her for the rest of the night….  that’s because she is awesome at letting you enjoy your night without feeling you have a camera in front of your face.  She’s so talented, kind and professional.

~ Jessica & Brian

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SARAH + TRAVIS | SUNNY HILL GOLF & RESORT WEDDING

I knew from the moment I saw your website that you were “the one.” I knew you were perfect and I knew only you could do exactly what I wanted…capture the day!

Absolutely beautiful!! The albums are amazing and perfect in every way imaginable. Each page tells a piece of our wedding day story and truly emits the raw emotion felt throughout the day. You captured all the nerves, tears, and smiles in such a way that I was brought back to that day as if it were yesterday. You have frozen a piece of time and invaluable memories for us that are beyond priceless. From the bottom of our hearts…thank you.

I literally started crying within moments of opening and looking through the album. I know…for a girl with a sailor mouth and tough exterior….I am a sensitive sap!  And, the surprise box was beyond beautiful and thoughtful. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I plan on having all three framed for our home.

Again, thank you so very much for being a part of our wedding.

~ Sarah & Travis

Brotherhood Winery Wedding

SAMANTHA + DAVID | BROTHERHOOD WINERY WEDDING

As the mother of the bride, I wanted to thank you for the amazing pictures you took of Sammie and Dave’s wedding at Brotherhood winery.  Not only were they beautiful pictures but you truly captured their essence and the love that emanates between them. In spite of the rain and the tent you were able to make every part of the winery beautiful. Thank you again for the amazing memories you captured for us all.

Sylvania, Mother of the Bride

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MAEVE + ERIC | THE GARRISON WEDDING

We knew we wanted Diane to photograph our wedding as soon as we saw her work. Her photographs are absolutely beautiful, and she truly has an artistic eye. We had such a blast at our wedding, and we feel that it really shows in the photos. She was professional and a joy to work with.

~ Maeve & Eric

Crane Estate Wedding

MARK + BRETT | THE CRANE ESTATE WEDDING

Diane is an incredible photographer. She captured our wedding exactly how we imagined she would! Not only are here photos incredible, but she went out of her way to come all the way to Ipswich, MA to photographer for us – We could not be more thankful to have had her as our photographer. She’s an incredibly lovely person to boot!

~ Mark & Brett

MARY + BEN | SOUTHWOOD ESTATE WEDDING

Simply put Diane was a fabulous photographer and wonderful to work with. She was attentive, listened to exactly what we wanted and responded in kind. Her eye for great shots, angles and lighting is incredible and she produced absolutely gorgeous photos. From the start we wanted to find someone who would capture the love and excitement in the room during the candid moments, and Diane didn’t just meet those expectations but exceeded them beyond anything we could have hoped for. We had multiple meetings before the wedding weekend both to discuss scheduling and what we wanted, but also so she could see the grounds, get a sense for the location and lighting, and to make recommendations. She and her team photographed the rehearsal dinner and our wedding day. She caught the big moments as well as the details, with exceptional lighting and framing. Our friends and family, some who are professional photographers, were equally impressed. She was also a calming voice during a hectic day – she is easy going with a great sense of humor combined with a real talent at communicating and moving quickly yet seamlessly. She made herself invisible but present at the same time. We can’t recommend her strongly enough and consider ourselves lucky to have her photos to last a lifetime.

~ Mary & Ben

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DON + MARK | SHADOW LAWN HIGH FALLS WEDDING

Diane gave us beautiful pictures that we will look back on fondly for years to come. Even more, my now-husband and I are a bit camera shy but Diane got us to open up with her patient demeanor and manner. I could not recommend her enough! You won’t regret it.

~ Don & Mark

SHAYLA + VANESSA | NEWBURGH NEW YORK WEDDING

It’s the most professional service you’ll receive and the photographer is extremely talented.

~ Shayla & Vanessa

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TANIA + AMY | FEAST ROUND HILL WEDDING

Diane Stredicke at Hudson River Photographer is one of the best vendors/photographers we’ve ever worked with. Not only is she professional but she is kind and warm. She put us at ease when we were running behind schedule during our wedding prep. Diane has an uncanny knack for making people feel comfortable when taking photos. What we enjoyed most about working with her was that she takes her time to look around the wedding venue, observe the guest and soak in the vibe of the day, then with that, just like a true artist, takes that energy and uses it to inspire her photography. She worked with us to provide the most ideal line-up for the series of photos that we had previously discussed we wanted. Not only did she do a great job at providing us with wonderful family and wedding party photos, she was brilliant at capturing the most beautiful candid moments of our wedding day. She is brilliant at taking photos that tell a story. We were more than impressed with our wedding photos. Diane’s work is as authentic as you can get. We cannot say enough good things about her and her team. If you want not just great, but amazing photography and team of warm and thoughtful photographers, look no further. We highly recommend Diane Stredicke and Hudson River Photographer. We cannot wait to book her again to capture other beautiful moments in our life. Thank you so much, Diane! We’ll be booking you again.

~ Tania & Amy

Thalassa Tribeca NYC Wedding

AMY + NOAH | THALASSA TRIBECA WEDDING

Diane (Hudson River Photographer) is not only a client-focused professional, but also an extremely talented artist and photographer, who is clearly dedicated to her craft. After reviewing the online portfolios of several other experienced photographers, we opted to engage Diane because of her remarkable eye and her uncanny ability to capture human emotions in her photos. And when we saw the final product, we knew we had absolutely made the right choice.

~ Amy & Noah

Stone Tavern Farm Wedding

TERRY + MIKE | STONE TAVERN FARM WEDDING

Diane and…. her assistant photographer, are very talented and extremely easy to work with. My husband and I were both nervous about being photographed ahead of our engagement shoot, but Diane made us feel comfortable from the start and it was a great way to prepare for the wedding photos.

On the actual wedding day, we had a few timing issues crop up with the ceremony which ate into our photo session time, but Diane and Tatiana managed to remain calm, cool, and collected while ensuring we got all the family photos we wanted. We also loved the natural look and creativity of some of their shots.

I’m a firm believer that hiring a good photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning, and I couldn’t be more pleased with our choice.

~ Terry & Mike

KRISTIN + DOUG | BUTTERMILK FALLS WEDDING

I don’t know where to begin….Diane is the absolute best. My fiancée and I could not be more blessed to have her capture all the special moments of our wedding day. Besides being an overall fantastic person – Diane is a true professional. Our photos are beyond gorgeous and we re-live our special day every time we look at them. Thank you Diane.

~ Kristin & Doug

KRISTOPHER + ED | COPAKE COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING

Diane and HRP was everything we were looking for in terms of a photographer for our werdding in NYC. We reqested more informal behind-the-scenes capture of our ceremony and celebration. Diane was able to translate our request and create a portfolio that we will cherish forever.

~ Kristopher & Ed

JESSICA + DOUG | CRABTREE KITTLE HOUSE WEDDING

We contacted Diane after seeing the beautiful photos she took at a friend’s wedding and we could not be happier with our decision! Our wedding photos were not only gorgeous, but she was truly able to capture the story of our day. There were moments that Diane captured that we missed during our actual wedding day and looking back at the photos allowed us to relive the day and fully experience it all over again. We can’t say enough good things about her or her work and have already recommended her to two other couples.

~ Jessica & Doug

MOLLY + JEFF | BALLYOWEN GOLF CLUB WEDDING

I don’t think I need to write a review for Diane’s photography. One look at her photos and you will see just how breathtaking and unbelievably beautiful they are and what an amazingly talented photographer she is. Her work speaks for itself.
I found Diane when I was looking for small venues in the Hudson Valley. I found her blog and instantly fell in love with her work. I actually contacted her to find out her availability even before I had a venue. I told her I was looking in the area, but hadn’t found a venue because we were having a fairly small wedding (80-100) and all the venues I could find were much larger. She promptly sent me a list with previous small venues she had worked at in the area, even though I had not asked her to do so. I thought that was pretty impressive for a vendor who I had never met and had not booked with her yet. Right from the start, she was so helpful and very quick to respond. When we finally did meet, she was so down to earth. I booked her as soon as I booked the venue.
We used Diane for our engagement pictures, and immediately she helped us to feel at ease. She was also very flexible with her schedule, as we ended up having to change our engagement session last minute due to weather. Both our wedding and engagement photos turned out to be beautiful! I felt really badly for her on the day of my wedding because she was rushed to get all our pictures in on time and the locations were limited due to rainy weather, yet somehow, with her magic eye, we received stunning photos! Every one of my friends has commented to me about how wonderful our photos are! I don’t know if I have another vendor I would recommend as highly as her. Needless to say, I was extremely happy with my decision of using Hudson River Photographer for my wedding.

~ Molly & Jeff

RACHEL + JASON | STONE TAVERN FARM WEDDING

Diane’s service is impeccable. Her photos are beyond beautiful and she is just wonderful to work with. She has various packages to work from and is very keen on getting to know you both so she can really grasp your personalities. She also takes more candid pictures than pose’y pictures which I think is the way to do it. Capturing those special moments that last for a split second is so important and special, and Diane and her team do that beautifully. She is the best wedding photographer out there!

~ Rachel & Jason

STEPHANIE + MIKE | HUNTER MOUNTAIN WEDDING

I have nothing but positive things to say about Diane and Hudson River Photography. When looking for a wedding photographer I fell in love with Diane’s portfolio. Her pictures speak for themselves, they are clearly excellent works of art, her eye is spot-on and execution impeccable. I don’t believe I need to sell anyone on her pictures, just look at them for yourself.
There are other things to look for when choosing a wedding photographer, besides the quality of the photographs, and that is the professionalism of the photographer. Diane is exceptional in this regard as well. From the moment we starting inquiring about hiring her as our wedding photographer, she was prompt in returning e-mails or phone calls and was able to provide us with all of the necessary information we needed to go ahead with signing a contract.

We had wanted a good amount of family portraits and Diane was able to get everyone in and out for these portraits in a timely fashion and the portraits are GORGEOUS! The whole family is ecstatic with the results and the only problem is that there are TOO MANY great photographs to choose from. This is not something you might initially think about when hiring a wedding photographer, but, trust me, it is very important, and we were able to appreciate Diane’s professionalism in getting it done with very little stress and with great results.

Best decision we ever made when picking a photographer. She was a little out of my price range initially, but her work is priceless and soooo worth it.

~ Stephanie & Mike 

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