Without question the biggest asset we have gained over the years since starting our business has been the people we have met along the way. Specifically benefiting our business have been the amazing photographers from not only the Hudson Valley region, but all over the U.S. that we now count as friends and confidants. Inspired by tremendous photographers like Justin & Mary Marantz and Carla TenEyke we began opening up and reaching out to our fellow photographers early on. By doing so we have broken down the barriers of competition inherent in a small business like ours and have gained tremendous knowledge and trust. Today we are so pleased to present the work of one very talented woman we are proud to call a friend, Diane Stredicke of Hudson River Photographer!
‘Why showcase another photographers work on our own site? Isn’t that counter-intuitive to growing your business?’ We don’t think so. Sure, we could have taken photographs of each other and plastered them all over our new site (which we are so proud of by the way). We’ve photographed each other a lot! In fact, over the years Becca and I have photographed hundreds of couples, in countless differing situations. We are ok behind the camera, trust me. The problem is, aside from our own wedding in August 2000, We have always done so from that perspective.
One of the most emphasized points we try to get across to each and every person we photograph is a connection needs to be made. That connection is important so that what is translated in the photo is a true reflection of that person. We wanted to know how our couples felt being photographed. What can we do throughout the session to help them feel comfortable and therefore gain their trust? We asked Diane to help us feel like one of our couples. Let me tell you, it was an awesome experience and we definitely learned from it! Not because we were being photographed (come on people, we aren’t narcissists!), but because we were celebrating our love for each other after over a decade of marriage we were documenting it with someone we trust.
So, what did we learn? Being photographed is not an easy thing, especially if you don’t feel attractive or comfortable with the surroundings. We chose our tremendous little city of Hudson, NY for the surroundings which immediately gave us a comfort level. What also helped us was focusing on being in love with each other and celebrating that moment together. The result? Amazing photographs that we will always cherish taken by a tremendously professional and competent photographer. Thank you Diane for capturing us and helping us celebrate our commitment to each other!