"What a wonderful thought that some of the best
days of our lives haven't even happened yet..."

meet jesse

meet rebecca

rebecca & jesse live in historic hudson, ny with their three sons, finlay, peyton & sylas

they have been photographing and filming memorable occasions of fantastic people since 2008

who we are:

our family photos:
Erin Witkowski 

-my boys (all 4 of them)
-Romance movies
-the Beach 
-Rain boots 
-Summer & raspberries
-Red Wine & cheese
-Cozy sweaters & slippers
-All things Anthropologie
-sigur ros
-lilacs & wildflowers
-old architecture & antiques
-a cup of hot tea (harney & sons-paris, thank you)

there is nothing in the world i would rather be doing than documenting weddings! it may sound cliche but i honestly love all things weddings. if it wasn't for my love of photography, i'd probably be a wedding planner. yes, i love them that much!! being a wedding photographer is the perfect meld of the romantic sap in me & my love for photography.

when i'm not working, being a mama to my 3 amazing boys is honestly the best job ever! they are what drive me to do better & continue to make this career of ours endure so we can have the best life with our boys. we love traveling & being able to give them the experience of seeing more of the world. 

things i love:


-my family
-belly laughs
-craft beer
-my dog #casperthewonderpup
-peanut butter pretzels and trail mix
-weddings (yup, i do love them)
-stand up paddleboarding
-running & cycling
-meeting new people
-last but certainly not least, my beloved san francisco giants (we would still be living in Nor-cal if we had the opportunity to go back--"let's go giants!!!")

it's never lost on me, the fact that i'm documenting the most important moments of people's lives. apart from the births of my sons, there are few things in my own life that i've found more gratifying. thankfully i usually have the pleasure of hiding my tears of joy behind the camera.

born and raised in idaho, our family didn't travel much beyond our favorite camping spots as a kid, which was perfectly fine with me! since those simpler times, i've fallen in love with traveling and am in a constant state of looking for what's next on the horizon. my favorite place we've ever lived together is easily our 5 years spent in sonoma, california where finlay & peyton were born. i'm not one to dwell too heavily on the past, i say with certainty... the best in life is yet to come.

things i love:


"...i got a little close & that is all it took. i was captured.
because sometimes that is what happens when
the heart recognizes home!"

frequently asked questions




our approach to:

We believe visual documentation of the extraordinary,
alongside the ordinary, is essential to happiness.
it is our greatest joy to artfully
capture all the moments that matter to you.

why choose us

your wedding day will most likely be the best day of your life. it may also,however, be a whirlwind of emotions, and many people claim that the fun and excitement passes by all too quickly.

choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make while planning your wedding. it is important to match your ideas of how you want your day documented with the capabilities of your photographer.

throughout your day, we want the focus to be on you and the experience of having all your closest friends and family surrounding you, not on us. we will document the fleeting moments of emotion and excitement without unnecessary interference or distraction.

we are here to perfectly document your stunning wedding, to help you and your family remember everything accurately with real emotion, to help define the rest of your lives together in imagery.
we will treat your day as though it was our own.

why we love weddings:


as you can see, we are parents of 3 children ourselves. we understand all too well how quickly time passes when it comes to our own family. hours turn into days, days into weeks...you get the point! we take our fair share of snapshots with our phones, as you probably do too...but it's just not enough sometimes.

remember as a kid when your parents would drag you out to the stuffy portrait studio in the mall? the smell of the musty props and cheesy backdrops to go with the extreme discomfort, all turned out embarrassing photos that we would all like to forget, right?? it's hard to blame our parents...their options were limited.

living in the beautiful hudson valley, we are surrounded by so many amazing & beautiful locations. we prefer to capture people in comfortable surroundings, in flattering natural light while creating a memorable experience. we have a few favorites we prefer to shoot at but are willing to consider options you may have.

if you aren't genuinely having a good time during our session, it will show in the end product. we do our very best to capture you in a genuine way and therefore create photos you are proud to display in your home.

why we love portraits:


implementing cinematic films into our toolbox didn't happen right away, but it did happen for good reason. we are suckers for a good love story. all too often we found ourselves shedding tears of joy behind our cameras while capturing stills of important moments of a wedding. speeches, the vows, incredibly moving parent dances...all once in a lifetime events.

photography freezes these instances in time and there is a distinct dignity about it that we of course love. however, we wanted to document these special moments in motion...to memorialize the carefully crafted words of the best man or father of the bride, to capture mom in the front row holding back tears as she hears her son's vows.

we do our best to film you as unobtrusively as possible throughout the day, recording these moments as they occur organically. we celebrate the uniqueness of your love for each other and want you to have a film you will be proud to share with your grandchildren.

why we love cinema:


dan + stephanie

"The photos are incredible. I can't tell you enough how much we like them, as do the family and friends we've shared them with so far (direct quote: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ALL OF THESE?! you're probably going to have to wallpaper your house in wedding pix!).  You captured perfectly the beauty of the venue, all of the special moments, and the spirit of the day and party - as well as how much fun everyone was having! Can't thank you enough... And I can't wait to keep going through these - every time I do, I find new pictures I love."

jonathan + julia

"Jesse and Rebecca were fantastic! From the moment we met them we felt a warm connection and a sensitivity to our personalities and vision. Our engagement shoot was fun and laid back and yet we were astonished with how beautiful the pictures came out. On the day of our wedding, Jesse and his assistant were a calm and quiet presence, yet somehow managed to capture thousands of real moments with skill and artistry. I know my family and friends will be talking about the photo booth pictures for years to come! We will certainly be coming back for a baby shoot (!)."

jared + emily

"We cannot thank Rebecca and Jesse enough for every part of our wedding photography experience! They kept things calm and moving along, were awesomely fun to hang and shoot with and the pictures are INCREDIBLE! Everyone keeps telling us how gorgeous they are and we were like, "We know, the Turnquist's are amazing! Best decision of our whole wedding experience." Hire these two stat!"

mike + kellie

"I can't give enough positive feedback about Jesse! We used Jesse/Turnquist Photography for videography for our wedding in Sept 2015. From the very first email interaction, to the day of our wedding, Jesse was so kind, friendly and patiently answered all of my 100 questions :) We were all on the same page and my now husband and I trusted him with creative freedom. He was timely, professional and very personable. We absolutely could not be happier with the moments he captured, his artistic editing and his ability to summarize and highlight the amazing parts of our wedding day. We are so grateful for the work Jesse put in to our video that we now get to cherish forever. We look forward to watching over and over again, sharing with our family, friends and hopefully someday, our future children!! We look forward to using Turnquist Photography again for either their art of Photography or Videography for another exciting life event. Thank you so much Jesse!"

david + cassidy

"An amazing photographer duo. I made sure to fly them out to California for my wedding because I didn't trust anyone else to do my wedding photos. And they didn't disappoint! It's great to work with people who are so down to earth, fun, and whose passion for the art only seems to be increasing throughout the years!"

charles + annaliese

"Anyone who is having any sort of special event in their life should absolutely use Turnquist Photography to capture that time in photos. We used them for our Engagement and Wedding photos. From our first meeting with them in their home, we knew that they were the perfect people to help us during this very special time in our lives. I can honestly say that throughout the entire process, Jesse and Rebecca became like our close friends and family. They made everything so easy and fun. Their pictures are phenomenal... They always post sneak previews of their sessions with you the day of or the next day which we LOVED!! They are so down to earth, friendly, and exactly who you want to be around during that Time in your life. We will definitely have our pictures for a lifetime and we are so thankful that we found Jesse and Rebecca to help us look back fondly. We love you guys!! Xoxo

maria & jason

"We absolutely loved working with you. Rebecca was incredibly flexible in a situation where we weren’t exactly familiar with the area, so finding a location on the fly,
w/o stress was really nice. Everything that we spoke about on the phone in terms of what we were looking for in our photo shoot, she captured. The engagement photos you shot are so perfect that we have been asked if they were staged after the fact. It’s unbelieveable that you had your camera put away, and had no warning that Jason was planning to propose and you got THE moment and every moment thereafter. So beautiful. 
We are forever grateful for your gift to us. 

We are so looking forward to seeing you again when you shoot our wedding."  


"I really appreciated the personal service we received, the communication prior to and after the shoot was always quick, easy, and convenient. Rebecca was really wonderful working with our newborn, Parker, and we loved the experience overall. we had a really positive and professional experience, will definitely use Turnquist Photography again!"