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Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Andrew Henderson

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 Photographer

Of all the places I know on the East Coast, none has as many romantic scenes and landscapes as Hudson Valley. Having been a Hudson Valley wedding photographer for about a decade now, the picturesque spots in this valley still leave me awe-inspired.

If what you’re looking for is the unforgettable, then you don’t have to look elsewhere. In the Hudson Valley, you will find plenty of varied venues where you and the love of your life can exchange your vows. Each of them is unique in its own way and offers its own kind of magic to your special day.

You will find places that make you feel as if you just stepped out of a time machine and into a distant and romantic past. You’re either in the Gilded Age or the glorious Colonial one or somewhere in between. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you’ll still find places that are contemporary; modern in everything from their interior décor to their architecture. Whether you like green well-kept lawns or rolling pasture, or forests or fantastic views of the water, you can get it all in this magnificent valley.

Your guests are certainly going to love it. They’ll get to see the areas nearby as they drive to the wedding destination; areas that tell the beautiful history of this valley. If they want, they can also go into the country and take in the calming Hudson Valley air. New York City isn’t far at all, being a mere hour’s ride from the valley by car. And yet, despite its proximity, you’d never feel that there’s a bustling city nearby while you’re in the Hudson Valley. You might as well be in a totally different world. With so many options, you’re bound to find the perfect venue for your wedding.

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.

My Approach

I have been into photography since I was a teenager in high school. My love began when I decided to go to South Africa on a photographing trip two weeks before I graduated high school. There I discovered that something I had merely liked as a passing interest was a passion that filled me with burning desire.

My career from there was long and varied. I was a photojournalist for publications like The New York Times and Newsweek back home and The National over in the United Arab Emirates. I have captured pictures relatively serene environments and war zones alike. Over the 15 years that I have been a photographer, I have gained both the experience and the skills to be able to tell a story through the eye of a lens.

When I decided on my work as a Hudson Valley wedding photographer, I decided to draw upon my experience in photojournalism to become a documentary wedding photographer. Here the key is to capture those natural moments; the ones that haven’t been orchestrated or planned by anyone. No poses, just people and things in their element.

I also believe your wedding is as much about your family and friends as it is about you. As a documentary photographer, I want to capture the history of the people at your wedding in the moment. It’s like trying to get a formal picture but in an informal way. I want it all to be subtle. I want you to be able to look at the pictures and immediately have a hunch for what was going on in the minds of the people photographed. What were they looking at? What were they talking about? There lies the true beauty of wedding photography in my opinion. Everything is genuine and nothing is contrived.

Part of getting to tell those stories involves being able to anticipate what will happen. I want to experience the day in a way that I’m totally engrossed in what’s going on. I want to have a nose for the right kind of composition to aim for, without having to tell anyone to stand in a specific place or in a certain way. If I were to give you a dozen photos from a documentary wedding photographer and a dozen from a casual guest with a camera, you should be able to immediately tell that the professional was more in the moment than the amateur. That’s what I aim for.

Ultimately, what I want to do is to tell a story. It’s not just about taking good pictures, it’s about telling a story with your photography. People should be able to see the progression of the wedding, from the anxiety and excitement at the beginning to the peace and satisfaction at the end, all by looking at your photographs. For me, that is when you know that you have really done your job.

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 let the day unfold naturally, and anticipate the right moments to take photos so I can capture your wedding day in its entirety.

How to Book Me

If you’re looking for a Hudson Valley, New York City and Connecticut photographer and you would like to book me, please Contact Me for more information.

Andrew Henderson Photography - (203) 997-2332