Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer, CT Wedding Photographer and NYC Wedding Photographer
My name is Andrew Henderson and I am a documentary photographer in Hudson Valley New York and Connecticut who specializes as a wedding photographer, and family photographer. As a Hudson Valley wedding photographer, CT wedding photographer, and NYC wedding photographer, I anticipate the real story as it unfolds naturally. I have been telling stories for fifteen years with my camera and am dedicated to telling yours in a unique and creative way. While studying in school I was the coveted staff photographer intern at National Geographic Magazine and completed two stories in Europe that were published the following year and was a staff photographer intern for the New York Times completing hundreds of assignments and even writing one. I worked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as a staff photographer for The National covering stories throughout the Middle East. I have been lucky to be able to travel the world at a young age. And I mean that in the truest sense. My background in magazine and newspaper journalism and travels around the world telling stories has influenced my style in taking an honest, truthful, and unbiased approach to photography.
Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers
When I began my business as a wedding photographer I decided to focus on the Hudson Valley, New York, and the Connecticut areas. I had a camera in my hand and a dream in my heart: to be one of the best Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers. I want to give you wedding photos that will be admired by your friends and family.
I understand that you want to look at your wedding pictures some time from now. It could be a year, 5 years, or even 50 years from now. However long it takes, I want you to have the same feelings as you look at those pictures as the ones you had on that special day. I want you to have the beautiful memories floating in your mind, vivid as if you were living the moment again.
I have been described by many as having a documentary style. What I can say about it is that it is the result of my extensive background as a photojournalist. I don’t like to interfere with things too much. No instructions about what stiff poses to put on. No fuss over who stands where and what not. I let the day unfold naturally, and anticipate the right moments to take photos so I can capture your wedding day in its entirety.
Hudson Valley is a beautiful place with lots of fantastic venues where you can have your wedding. From rehearsal dinner, to ceremony, to reception; from chic, to classical, to elegant, to rustic; there isn’t a conceivable style or purpose of event you couldn’t hold in this magnificent valley. I have a few favorites when it comes to venues, and I decided to tell you about some of them below:
If you want a wedding that looks like it popped right out of a fairy tale book, then Tarrytown House Estate is the perfect choice. This estate is located in Westchester and exudes nothing but the Georgian elegance of the 19th century. There are three mansions you can choose for your wedding reception and grand entrance: the Mary Duke Ballroom, the King Mansion, and the Biddle Mansion. There are also numerous facilities on the grounds catering to different interests and themes: a tennis court, a volleyball court, and a swimming pool. The lawn is plush and beautiful and lends itself well to outdoor activities that you might want your guests to revel in. The estate is littered throughout with portraits and artifacts showing the excellent workmanship of the 19th and 20th centuries and providing beautiful backdrops for your photographs.
Lyndhurst Castle has got the wow factor through and through. From the moment you walk into the large castle doors to the kiss you share with your significant other in the blooming rose garden. This beautiful castle has a lot of spots for you and your groom to pose for timeless photos that will seem to leap right out of the frame and capture the beholder, pulling them into a world of magic and charm. The veranda on the castle offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River below. You can have your cocktail party in the carriage house or do something a little larger and more interesting in the courtyard. With a maximum outdoor capacity of 400 guests, the last thing you’ll experience at Lyndhurst Castle is a shortage of space. One thing’s for sure: the wedding photos will be phenomenal. Whether you’re taking them with the sturdy beech trees in the garden as your background, or taking full advantage of the regal visuals in the castle itself, you’ll love looking at them later. It will be a wedding to cherish.
The Benmarl Winery is pretty old, dating back to the early 19th century. It was started by a hopeful farmer looking to cash in on the wine grape industry by starting his own vineyard. What certainly never disappeared for over 200 years is the charm. It lives on to this day and rubs off of visitors whenever they enter the grounds. The winery has an associated Bed & Breakfast on the grounds that offers a lot of options to the couple, allowing for a complete wedding weekend, rather than squeezing everything into a single day. With a capacity of 200 guests and the ability to customize almost everything, Benmarl Winery is the perfect venue for those looking to have a simple dream wedding with a small number of family and friends in attendance. The pictures will have that much more intimacy in them.
Stonegate embodies the farm-to-table philosophy to its core. This beautiful farm is open to couples looking to hold their weddings on its spacious and picturesque grounds. The main venues for weddings are the orchard and the flower farm. The orchard is quite a sight, with plum and quince trees surrounding you as you celebrate your wedding reception, the sun setting in the horizon and coloring the sky gold. The flower farm is also a great option with its different blooms setting up wonderful backgrounds for your photos. You can also have an indoor party in the formal barn if you wish.
Stonegate farm prides itself in being able to provide farm-harvested food for your guests, giving an organic edge to your ceremony and promoting the health of your guests. Even the flowers for your bouquets can be selected from the many varieties grown on the farm and arranged for you by the resident flower farmer.
There are many other venues in and around Hudson Valley that I have had the privilege of taking memorable photos at. I’ve listed some of them below.
Some popular wedding venues for Hudson Valley wedding photographers are Whitby Castle, The Kaaterskill Inn, Onteora Mountain House, Gedney Farm, The Farm at Pond Lily, Bourne Mansion, Glynwood Farm, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Blenheim Hill Farm, Lambs Hill, Audrey's Farmhouse, Red Maple Vineyard, Owls Hoot Bard, Bedford Post Inn, Cedar Lakes Estate, Circa 1799 Barn, Rustic Orchard Barn, Buttermilk Falls Inn, The Pioneer Farm, Foxfire Mountain House, Bassinova-on-Hudson, Basilica Hudson, The Hasbrouck House, Barn on the Pond, Boscobel House, Mohonk Mountain House, The Barn at Liberty Farms, Caramoor Center for Music, Locusts on Hudson, The Capitol Theatre, Liberty View Farm, The Garrison, Locust Grove Estate, Blooming Hill Farm, The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, Paramount Country Club, Full Moon Resort, Powelton Club, Falkirk Estate and Country Club, Tuthiltown Distillery, Shadow Lawn, Emerson Park Pavilion, Kirby Hill Farm, and Tappan Hill Mansion.
CT Wedding Photographers
Connecticut is my home, and I have been one of the many CT Wedding Photographers since I began my career in the photography industry. The area certainly has a lot of scenery that lends itself well to photography. The parks, the water, the mountain ranges in the distance, all of these are Mother Nature’s gift and offer incredible backgrounds for photos.
But Connecticut isn’t just about the natural scenery. The artificial can be just as beautiful, and is often even more beautiful, than the natural. Connecticut is home to some great resorts, restaurants, clubs, and galleries. It is an excellent place to hold your events and revel in the New England magic that envelopes the entire state.
For me, however, nothing beats Connecticut weddings. The state offers a great destination for you wedding, no matter what you’re looking for. The seasons all have something to offer, from the blooms of spring to the fiery leaves of autumn, to the pristine white of winter. There are venues dedicated to hosting intimate affairs and others designed especially for grand affairs. You’ll also find lots of themes among the venues, from chic and artistic to rustic. I have compiled some of my favorites below for you to consider. All them have something great to offer, and you’re bound to find something you like.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills were originally a dairy barn and were built in the 19th century. Nearly 200 years later, they have been transformed into a beautiful wedding venue where dreams come to be made. Don’t be fooled by their age; they have air conditioning, central heating, and modern bathrooms. However, some things have remained the same, such as the farm to plate dining experience.
The grounds of the Barns as Connecticut as any place can get, with charming willow trees swaying in the wind on the rolling landscape. The venue holds an indoor venue that can accommodate up to 135 guests. The rustic design of the barns coupled with the beautiful views of the grounds offer a great environment with lots of great backgrounds for your wedding photos.
The Society Room of Hartford is perhaps best described using a single word: Classical. Marble, brass, bronze, and limestone meet to create the beautiful architecture of this incredible ballroom.
The Society Ballroom is one of the most beautiful venues you’ll ever visit and it is certainly a great place to hold your wedding. The balcony alone, at 3000 square feet, offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and a great place to hold the cocktail dinner after your wedding. But it isn’t only a great exit. It’s also a grand entrance, connecting to the staircase dropping into the center of the Society Ballroom. The room has plenty of space for whatever ceremony you intend to hold and offers incredible locations for your photography. If you’re looking to make a statement, both in your wedding and in your wedding photos, then the Society Ballroom at Hartford will give you the voice to make the most classical statement of them all.
The Wadsworth Mansion screams Beaux Art right from the driveway to the grounds to the indoor venues. 103 acres of woods surround this palatial mansion and give it a certain allure, as if it is a secret that is not to be known by the uninitiated. The mansion is both elegant and grand, drawing visitors in and enthralling them with its beauty.
You can hold both outdoor and indoor ceremonies at this venue, with lots of locations lending themselves naturally to whatever kind of even you’re looking to have. The mansion itself is capable of holding up to 200 guests for a sit down dinner. It can, however, hold far more if you have a cocktail party instead.
Whether you choose the tennis pavilion, the trellis in the garden, or the ballroom in the mansion, the venues all have something to offer and will leave you spoilt for choice. The staff itself consists of many Wadsworth brides, meaning they can help you plan your wedding from the perspective of a client using their own experiences as guiding lights. The mansion is both symmetrical and elegant featuring some of the best landscaping design from its time. The wedding photos you take in this location will definitely pop.
The Farmington Club started as a small swimming and tennis club and has grown over the years into a great facility for picnics, weddings, and banquets. The spacious dining rooms can collectively accommodate over 300 guests and the manicured gardens outside are perfect for cocktail parties and can hold up to 1000 guests.
The Club House itself is a grand room with beautiful chandeliers hanging from the lofty chandeliers. The bar is made of polished wood and the patio outside features a magnificent fireplace. The Aqueduct Room, the Garden Gazebo, and the Open Pergola are all great spots for holding your events and provide not only excellent venues for your reception but beautiful locations for your photography as well. The staff is well trained and will help you with every detail as you plan for your wedding, relieving you of much of the headache involved with the process and giving you the dream wedding you’ve always wanted.
The Inn at Middletown has a quintessential New England air to it. This beautiful venue started as a private home and later became a National Guard Armory. It is now a venue used to host everything from business meetings to wedding ceremonies. The architecture is very well detailed and tells a story as charming as the history of the location, offering warmth and elegance to its guests.
If you’re looking to have a classical and intimate affair, then this is the perfect venue for that. The beautiful interior décor and furniture will be perfect for your wedding photos. Be sure to look your best as the backdrops will certainly look their best.
In the Hudson Valley and Connecticut area there are literally hundreds if not thousands of photographers. Every wedding is unique and I approach each wedding this way and as you will see in the gallery of images. Most photographers come in and only see your wedding in a cookie cutter fashion – first look, ceremony, first kiss, bridal party, groomsmen, family, first dance, cake cutting and dance floor. And every wedding has the exact same pictures. I tell the story of your day because I am a storyteller. I want your guests and you to freely and fully experience your day as it happens. I love being around people, and sharing in the celebrations of life.
Other popular venues for CT Wedding Photographers are Jonathan Edwards Winery, Interlaken Inn, The Hangar at Candlelight Farms, Stonecroft, Webb Barn, Lace Factory, The Maritime Aquarium, Palace Theater, Keeler Tavern Museum, The Branford House, The Mansion at Harkness State Park, New Haven Lawn Club, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Gershon Ball Room, Wrights Mill Farm, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Guilford Yacht Club, Lord Thompson Manor, Priam Vineyards, Madison Beach Hotel, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Mystic Seaport, Tower Ridge Country Club, Connecticut River Museum, Mystic Museum of Art, Avon Old Farms Hotel, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Oronoque Country Club, Hill-Stead Museum, The Golden Lamb Buttery, Saint Clements Castle, Winvian Farm, Candlelight Farms Inn, Delamar Greenwich Harbor, Historic Lounsbury House, Fox Hill Inn, Dolce Norwalk, Candlewood Inn, Woodway Country Club, The Country Club of Darien, Wee Burn Country Club, The Country Club of New Canaan, Rockrimmon Country Club, The Patterson Club, Fox Hill Inn, The Loading Dock, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Bank Street Events, The Inn at Longshore, and Rolling Hills Country Club. Every wedding is unique and I approach each wedding this way and as you will see in the gallery of images. Most CT wedding photographers come in and only see your wedding in a cookie cutter fashion – first look, ceremony, first kiss, bridal party, groomsmen, family, first dance, cake cutting and dance floor. And every wedding has the exact same pictures. I tell the story of your day because I am a storyteller. I want your guests and you to freely and fully experience your day as it happens. I love being around people, and sharing in the celebrations of life.
NYC Wedding Photographers
The Big Apple. The City of Dreams. The most beautiful city in the world. Even that last one doesn’t attract much disagreement when you say it in public. There’s a strong following behind the notion that New York is right up there on the list of most beautiful cities in the world. It’s what I think, personally. It’s certainly part of the allure that had me pack my belongings and come to New York to set up my business as NYC Wedding Photographers. Even now, after being here for nearly 10 years, my eyes still glaze over and get dreamy when I take in all the beautiful scenery of this city.
As it turns out, NYC isn’t only a favorite among ambitious photographers such as me. It is loved and coveted by couples looking to get married from around the country. There are so many wedding venues, each offering something unique, that it is easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis if you decide to go through all of them. That’s why I’m here. I’ve worked with couples at nearly every thinkable wedding venue in this city, so I know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. I decided to prepare a short list of venues that are bound to give you what you’re looking for in terms of a dream wedding. In my book, this is the top list of venues and your wedding is bound to be fantastic if you choose to hold it at one of them. At the very least, the photos will pop for sure!
This beautiful venue has a plethora of venues within where you can hold your wedding reception and offers breathtaking scenery with its various gardens. You can have a sit down dinner in the Palm House and enjoy some of the most elegant settings for a wedding reception, or you can have a cocktail party in the atrium and take your pictures with the Cherry Esplanade as your background. Your friends and family will be saying some good things about that wedding several decades later.
The Angel Orensanz Center is quite cosmopolitan in its history. It certainly borrows the best of many worlds and the architecture is classical in every aspect. It is a synagogue, modeled after a cathedral, with a gothic style. This synagogue has been there since the middle of the 19th century and has lost none of the magic that it had to start with. Hold your wedding reception in the space where Angel Orensanz, the great sculptor, used to do his work. Have the gold-leaf altar as your background as you exchange your vows to stick to each other for better or for worse with your significant other. Whether you’re doing a small party or a lavish party, you certainly won’t feel short of space in this venue with a capacity of up to 300 guests. Don’t forget, you’ll be having your wedding in the same place where Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick exchanged their vows.
Virtually everyone knows about the United Nations, but how many cities offer you the opportunity to hold your wedding at their headquarters? NYC takes the cake with this one. The main venues here are the Delegates Dining Room and the rooftop patio. The dining room certainly has a regal and international feel to it that will have your guests mouthing oohs and aahs as they take everything in. The rooftop patio, however, is best for your cocktail party with the breathtaking views it offers of the surrounding city. There’s little that can beat a wedding photo with the Queensboro Bridge in the background.
The Conservatory Garden is the jewel in Central Park’s crown and a wonderful wedding venue for park lovers. Sitting snuggly at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, this venue is well within reach no matter what part of the city you’re coming from. It’s actually ideal for a small wedding ceremony as it can only comfortably host up to 100 people. The management prefers quiet affairs to be held here so you’ll have to keep things down. It’s great to exchange your vows in the garden. You can then hold your reception party somewhere else.
Yep, you didn’t read that wrong. It’s named after Batman’s city and has a lot of the charm you would expect to experience at one Bruce Wayne’s many lavish charity dinners. This magnificent hall used to be the headquarters of the Greenwich Savings Bank and still maintains the serious elegance of a room where big men discussed the direction of the American economy. The Art Deco Ballroom really captures your imagination with its vaulted dome. The very top is a distant seven stories away and will fill you with awe as you marvel at the beautiful architecture that went into making this building. You won’t have to worry about capacity here. With a full capacity of 1200, you could hold an after party for the Grammys at this venue. In fact, it’s been done before!
This excellent bar and restaurant is located atop the McKittrick Hotel and a lot of its allure is in relation to its vantage point since it offers sweeping views of the city below it. However, it offers even more internally than it does externally and it gets a clean ten out of ten from me. The Gallow Green has an antique vibe to it and maintains its beauty and charm whether you’re holding your wedding in the spring or the winter. With some beautiful plants, awesome furniture and décor, and incredible views of the surrounding Chelsea area, you’ll love every minute here.
There are lots of other great venues that I’ve been to, in and around New York City, which you would love. However, these 6 take the cake for New York City wedding photographers and I believe they will do the same for you. Don’t forget that the most important thing is to have fun on that special day. It’s meant to occur only once but, if you do it right, once is all you’ll need.
CT Family Photographers
What does it take to get the perfect family portrait? CT Family Photographers have varying opinions on the complete set of ingredients involved. After all, taking a good portrait, family or otherwise, is a creative endeavor. As creative endeavors go, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. However, despite the varying schools of thought, there are some core elements which seem to remain the same and everyone agrees on across the board.
Feel at Ease
It’s important that everyone feel at ease for the portrait to come out as natural as possible. Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera so it’s understandable when some of your family members feel a little uptight the first time. A good photographer will start by quickly snapping a few photographs in an environment you’re all familiar and comfortable with to get you in the vibe before taking the portrait picture.
Have some Good Lighting
This is mostly something that the photographer is supposed to take care of. However, they will definitely appreciate it if you ensure your environment has some great lighting to begin with. If you’re taking a portrait photo indoors and don’t have any professional photography lighting available, you can take advantage of a large window letting in some natural sunlight. A good photographer will make sure the light isn’t too much in your eyes so as to cause you to squint at the most critical moment. They will use diffusers and even cover any large windows with a thin material to make the light softer. When the light is too bright, not only does it negatively affect the expressions of the subjects, it also ruins the textures in the photograph and makes everything look bleached.
Choose the Right Clothing
There are many things you can use in your family portrait to communicate that you are a family. However, few will do this as powerfully as your clothes. Clothes can serve as a common thread that ties you together and makes it obvious to anyone looking at the portrait that you are, indeed, a family, even without any context. You can use your clothes to express your familial relations in a variety of ways, including matching certain colors or even matching your clothes to some aspect of your environment to help ties you together.
Use a Variety of Poses
The whole group doesn’t have to sit or stand. You can do a variety of poses to make the portrait more interesting. Half of you can sit while the other half stand. You can also split yourselves into levels to make the portrait look more dynamic. You should also try to make good use of various props available to you to give the photo a fresh edge
Unleash your Creativity
Your family portrait doesn’t have to take on a certain style simply because that style has prevailed over the years. Your family is certainly unique and different from the many others out there. You should communicate that difference and what makes you unique in your portraits. You can try different styles, different colors, and radical new environments to help your photos pop. A good family photographer will also want to experiment by trying out new things, such as a different camera lens to frame the whole family.
Try Different Angles
Other than being creative with the content of the portrait photo, you can also try to be creative with the perspective. You don’t have to take a head on photograph simply because that’s how it’s done. You can have your portrait shot from different interesting angles to find out what works best for you. A good photographer will try out different positions, shooting from the top, the bottom, the sides, and various oblique angles to get the best perspective of your family. There aren’t any hard and fast rules here. It’s really all about what works and you’ll easily find that out if you experiment.
Have all the fun in the world
Don’t hold back. You’re not doing this for some competition. You’re doing it for yourself. You’re doing it so that you can look at the portrait years from now and feel a smile growing on your face as your heart warms up and memories flood your mind of that special day when you took the portrait. Jump on top of each other, do family hugs, run around, have a pillow fight in front of the camera, whatever it takes to make you feel like you’re having fun. It will show in your portrait. I promise.
As a CT family photographer I use my background as a documentary photographer to tell your family’s story. Most family photographers in Fairfield County CT do not take this approach.
A Day in A Life is about documenting what makes your family special and unique. I spend time with your family photographing everything that happens in a given day: Playtime, naptime, meals, etc. There is so much that happens in a day that we oftentimes forget. Beautiful moments happen every day and my goal is to make storytelling pictures that show the beauty of your family’s lives.
We will shoot the standard family portraits but it is important to let things happen naturally. Your family’s story is one-of-a-kind. The way the story is told matters. Whether you are playing on the beach, having a relaxing day at home or planning a fun outing, I want to be a part of it.
Having two sons, I look back on the hundreds of thousands of photos of them. They are the two most photographed kids in Fairfield County and there is an importance of preserving our family history and in family photography. When they are older they will be able to look back through my eyes and see moments that they were too young to remember, or truly understand the magic at that time. Photographing your family as it grows is priceless. Family portraits are a great way to document the growth of your family from one year to the next and while I do offer this as a service, these pictures alone don't tell who you are. The emphasis is more on the action of making the portrait: getting the kids looking at the camera and pose perfectly, etc. Photographing your family for the day tells the real story.
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