Kip and Kate get married in New York!

Kip and Kate came over from Wales with a few close friends and family, and had the most remarkable mid-January Central Park wedding.

When Kip first contacted us last October about their wedding plans, as you can imagine, as long-time New-Yorkers Brenda and I were terrified about what weather they might find when they arrived here in the middle of January.

We shouldn’t have worried. Along with their friends and family, they brought enough warmth to fill the entire city, and they had an absolutely perfect wedding at the pool of Bethesda in Central Park. I’m sure they’ll never forget their January wedding in New York City — and the truth is, neither will we. Want to see more of Kip and Kate’s wedding? Click here.

We love your style, Kip and Kate. Here’s wishing you years and years of joy and happiness!

Business Headshots for Upstate NY


All photos © Paul Grupp/Brenda Rose. All rights reserved.

For bookings please call (518) 526-9970
Studio: 169 River Street, 2nd FL
Troy, NY 12180

Have you noticed how over the last couple of years, business portraits (“headshots”) have become far more important than they used to be? On company web sites and social networking services like Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter and all the rest, clients have come to expect to see fresh, recent photographs of the professionals they work with. Seeing a picture is a vital step in building an enduring relationship, whether a client or customer is considering a first time meeting, or maintaining a long-term relationship with you.

Over the years, Paul and Brenda of Upstate Photographers have developed a reputation in the Capital Region of NY for being the “go-to” photographers for creative business portraits that clearly communicate confidence, friendliness, professionalism, trustworthiness, integrity, accessibility, intelligence — whatever the specific qualities and personality traits you need to project in your headshots.

We have an established track record creating effective business headshots and related imaging for a wide range of professionals at both the local and national level, including:

  • CEOs, Small Business Owners and Senior Management Teams
  • Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists and all other Health-Care Professionals
  • Attorneys and their Staff
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Sports and Athletic Figures
  • Writers, Journalists, and On-Camera Talent
  • Insurance Agents
  • Realtors
  • Political Figures, Appointees and Elected Officials
  • IT Professionals
  • Military and Law Enforcement
  • Clergy and Religious Organizations
  • Business and Financial Consultants
  • Non-Profit Organizations and NGOs
  • Professors and other Academics
  • Lobbyists
  • Employees, Contractors and Staff

We Can Work For You, Or For Your Management Team

While much of our work is commissioned by the subjects of our photos, we also work directly for corporations and organizations. We have worked side by side with doctors on the clinic floor, flown with CEOs in their corporate jets, worked within the halls of state and local government, and prepared countless headshots and other imaging for press kits announcing corporate mergers, grand openings and facility moves, political appointments, bill signings, product launches, and staff promotions. We can interface professionally with anyone, maintain absolute discretion and total confidentiality when necessary, and get our job done with speed, relentless attention to detail, and a minimum of turbulence and interruption to your busy schedule.

It can be very tempting to whip out your iPhone and have someone snap your picture standing in front of an office wall. Another mistake is to try to use a photo from a family portrait studio for professional purposes. Either approach typically produces grossly inappropriate results, and can be a surprisingly expensive decision in terms of lost business credibility and missed opportunities. It’s so easy and inexpensive to have a proper, professional business headshot created by Paul and Brenda, there is simply no excuse for using anything less!

Typically, a headshot session can be completed in our studio in 15 minutes to half an hour. Add another 45 minutes if you are planning to have an on-set makeup artist. We also can shoot on location or on your business premises. This can be especially helpful when you want to create headshots of several members of your staff or team, without requiring them to take time out of their busy day to travel to our studio. For the most time-constrained subjects, with proper preparation we can successfully complete a session in less than five minutes.

To make an appointment, call us at 518-526-9970, or email paul [at] upstatephotographers [dot] com

Pricing and Options (revised 8/12/2014)

We understand that every business has unique needs. Whether it’s a classically conservative portrait, an edgy business headshot or something in between, we’ll craft your headshot to precisely match your messaging and positioning requirements. One of the options below should fit your needs, but if you or your company need something not listed here, give us a call at 518-526-9970.

In-studio Professional Headshot Session $99 to $199*

Our business headshot sessions are quick and painless, and you can make your selections and have your images the same day**:

  • A relaxed photography session shot in high-resolution professional digital in our studio, and outdoors as well (weather permitting)
  • Weekday, evening, and weekend sessions available. Same-day appointments are often available
  • We shoot between one and four different looks (a “look” is a wardrobe, lighting, background, or location change). A one look shoot is $99, a two look shoot is $124, a three look shoot is $149 and a four look shoot is $199. For additional time or looks, we charge $99/hour.
  • No fixed time limit or number of frames – we shoot until we are confident we’ve created some great headshots for you; typically we shoot around 30 frames, and most sessions last around 30 minutes. Again though, we don’t have fixed “rules,” we shoot until we are confident that we have a good selection of headshots for you. For additional time or looks, we charge $99/hour.
  • Before you leave the studio, you pick the three best images from each “look” from your session We then immediately upload your selections to an online gallery at high resolution. Your pictures are ready to share, download and use the same day!
  • You can download any or all of the images from your gallery at hi-res any time you like for any purpose (see the Usage License we provide for specifics). The images will remain in your gallery for at least one year.
  • If you choose to have one or more of your images professionally retouched (including hair straightening, blemish removal, wrinkle softening, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, etc.) we can do this for $24 per image. Retouching usually takes 48 hours, same day rush turn-around is available for an additional charge. You can select the pictures for retouching at the time of your session, or you can take however much time you need to show your gallery to family and friends, and then order the retouched images days, even months after the session is over. 
  • You can order prints in a range of sizes from wallets to 8×10, even huge canvas wall prints directly from your gallery. For your convenience, we even allow you to download the images and have them printed at another lab. Volume discounts are available.
  • If you require a physical copy of the image files, we can provide you with a USB thumb drive of your images. This isn’t usually necessary since the hi-res files are available for download at any time from your gallery, but we can provide files on digital media if you need them. A USB drive is $10 if take the drive with you or pick up later; or we can ship it via Fed Ex Ground (signature required).
  • Payment is due after you select your images at the end of the session; we accept cash, check, and major debit and credit cards. Orders for retouching, prints, or digital media are payable at time of order.

Makeup and Hair

Makeup and hair styling is not included. For business headshots, especially for men, makeup is not always necessary. For our clients who choose to have their makeup done, we suggest an in-studio makeup artist who is familiar with the important differences between makeup for a headshot and salon-type glamour or bridal makeup. The typical cost is $75 for one application in the studio. If you want a makeup artist at your session, please let us know when you make your appointment so we can make the necessary arrangements.

On-location or In-Studio Business and Professional Headshots $199 for first person, $25 for each additional person

Don’t have time to come to our studio? Have a group of employees or associates you’d like to photograph at your business or meeting location? Whether on location or at our studio, if you have several headshots to get done, this is the perfect package for you!

  • We bring our professional studio to your plant, office, conference center, or other professional location. We shoot one “look” per person. We can shoot any number of people, from one, to your entire staff. Also available at our downtown Troy studio.
  • When we return to our studio, we immediately upload the two best images for each person to a password-protected online gallery at high resolution. Depending on the number of people included, your pictures can be ready to share, download and use the same day!
  • You can download and use any or all of the images from your gallery at hi-res any time you like for any purpose (see the Usage License we provide for specifics). The images will remain in your gallery for at least one year.
  • If you choose to have one or more of your images professionally retouched (including hair straightening, blemish removal, wrinkle softening, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, etc.) we can do this for $24 per image. Retouching usually takes 48 hours, same day rush turn-around is available for an additional charge. You can take however much time you need to show your gallery to family and friends, and then order the retouched images days, even months after the session is over.
  • You can order prints in a range of sizes from wallets to 8×10, even huge canvas wall prints directly from your gallery. For your convenience, we even allow you to download the images and have them printed at another lab. Volume discounts are available.
  • If you require a physical copy of the image files, we can provide you with a USB thumb drive of your images. This isn’t usually necessary since the files are available for download at any time from your gallery, but we can provide files on digital media if you need them. A USB drive is $49, which includes Fed Ex Ground shipping and handling.
  • Within a radius of 60 miles of our Troy studio, the cost for the on-location session is $199 for the first headshot; additional headshots of other staff members or associates are only $25 each. It’s easy and inexpensive to have us shoot your entire staff. (Contact us for pricing for NYC, Boston, and other locations)
  • Payment in full for the photo session is due before we leave your premises; we accept cash, check, and major debit and credit cards. Orders for retouching, prints, or digital media are payable at time of order.
Weekday, evening, and weekend sessions available. Same-day appointments are often available. Call 518-526-9970 to book your session.

*8% NY State Sales Tax is added to all purchases which include delivery of a tangible item (prints, USB drive, etc.). We are not required to collect NYS sales tax if the sole method of delivery is via online gallery.

** Unretouched digital images uploaded to your gallery. Retouching, delivery USB thumb drive, and print orders require additional postproduction and shipping time.

Important Notices: Turnaround and delivery times are conservative estimates, but are only estimates unless explicitly guaranteed to you personally in writing. Actual delivery time depends on workload and other factors. All offers are limited and subject to availability.

We keep our fees extremely low by forgoing the costly overhead of an invoicing and accounts receivable system. So without exception, payment in full is due on the day of your session, before any delivery of images. We accept cash, check, PayPal, and most debit and credit cards. Prices and offers are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Upstate Photographers is a service. Therefore, once the service is rendered, there are no refunds. In the case where you are not happy with your performance in front of the camera (this means that there are no photos which are acceptable to you), in-studio reshoots are available at the discretion of Upstate Photographers for $25 per look. No other costs or services (such as travel time, hair or makeup) are included in the reshoot price.

Actors Headshots

Our Actors and Performers headshots show you at your very best!

We understand how important it is for your headshot to accurately but attractively communicate your individuality and personality. Your headshot is your calling card, and is what agents, clients and casting directors see first. Over the years, Paul and Brenda of Upstate Photographers have built a reputation in the Capital Region for being the “go-to” photographers for commercial and theatrical Actors headshots that consistently are met with approval by agents, casting directors, and other decision makers, not just within the Capital Region, but in major markets like NYC and LA. And while we are proud of the large number of working actors who come back to us again and again for their updated headshots, we love working with student actors of any age.

It can be very tempting to whip out your iPhone and have someone snap your picture standing in front of a wall. It can be especially confusing because for individuals submitting to major modeling agencies, that’s exactly what many of the big agencies want from prospective models. But that’s not the case for actors. Another mistake is to try to use a photo from a family portrait photographer or studio. Either approach typically produces results that have nothing in common with a true actors headshot, and can be an expensive mistake in terms of lost work and opportunities. It’s so easy and inexpensive to have a professional actors headshot created by experienced and proven headshot photographers like Paul and Brenda, there is simply no excuse for using anything less!

Typically, a basic headshot session can be completed in our studio in a half hour or so. This can stretch to an hour or more if you want to shoot several different looks (wardrobe, lighting and/or setting changes) or add outdoor locations (weather permitting). Add another 45 minutes to an hour if you are planning to have an on-set makeup artist.

To make an appointment, call us at 518-526-9970, or email paul [at] upstatephotographers [dot] com

Want to see more examples of our actor headshot work? Click here!

Pricing and Options (revised 08/12/2014)

In-studio Professional Headshot Session $99 to $199*

Our actors headshot sessions are quick and painless, and you can make your selections and have your images the same day**:

  • A relaxed photography session shot in high-resolution professional digital in our studio, and outdoors as well (weather permitting)
  • Weekday, evening, and weekend sessions available. Same-day appointments are often available
  • We shoot between one and four different looks (a “look” is a wardrobe, lighting, background, or location change). A one look shoot is $99, a two look shoot is $124, a three look shoot is $149 and a four look shoot is $199. For additional time or looks, we charge $99/hour.
  • No fixed time limit or number of frames – we shoot until we are confident we’ve created some great headshots for you; typically we shoot around 30 frames, and most sessions last around 30 minutes. Again though, we don’t have fixed “rules,” we shoot until we are confident that we have a good selection of headshots for you. For additional time or looks, we charge $99/hour.
  • Before you leave the studio, you pick the three best images from each “look” from your session We then immediately upload your selections to an online gallery at high resolution. Your pictures are ready to share, download and use the same day!
  • You can download any or all of the images from your gallery at hi-res any time you like for any purpose (see the Usage License we provide for specifics). The images will remain in your gallery for at least one year.
  • If you choose to have one or more of your images professionally retouched (including hair straightening, blemish removal, wrinkle softening, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, etc.) we can do this for $24 per image. Retouching usually takes 48 hours, same day rush turn-around is available for an additional charge. You can select the pictures for retouching at the time of your session, or you can take however much time you need to show your gallery to family and friends, and then order the retouched images days, even months after the session is over. 
  • You can order prints in a range of sizes from wallets to 8×10, even huge canvas wall prints directly from your gallery. For your convenience, we even allow you to download the images and have them printed at another lab. Volume discounts are available.
  • If you require a physical copy of the image files, we can provide you with a USB thumb drive of your images. This isn’t usually necessary since the hi-res files are available for download at any time from your gallery, but we can provide files on digital media if you need them. A USB drive is $10 if take the drive with you or pick up later; or we can ship it via Fed Ex Ground (signature required).
  • Payment is due after you select your images at the end of the session; we accept cash, check, and major debit and credit cards. Orders for retouching, prints, or digital media are payable at time of order.

Makeup and Hair Styling

Makeup and hair styling is not included in our base prices. For women, we usually recommend makeup; for men, makeup is rarely necessary. For our clients who choose to have their makeup done, we suggest an in-studio makeup artist who is familiar with the important differences between makeup for a headshot and salon-type glamour or bridal makeup. The typical cost is $75 for one application in the studio. If you want a makeup artist at your session, please let us know when you make your appointment so we can make the necessary arrangements so we can arrange to have one here.

Prints, Comp Cards, and Digital Media

Prints

  • 4×6  print. $1.99
  • 5×7 print. $3.99
  • 8×10 print. $4.99
  • 9×12 print. $8.99
  • 11×14 print. $15.99
  • 16 x 20 print. $34.95

Volume Prints

  • Fifty (50) 8.5×11″ photo prints, carefully printed and color corrected on professional-grade paper, checked and approved by our staff, and then available for pickup at our studio. $99.  Add $15 for shipping to you by Fed Ex.
  • One Hundred (100) 8.5×11″ photo prints, carefully printed and color corrected on professional-grade paper, checked and approved by our staff, and then available for pickup at our studio. $175. Add $20 for shipping to you by Fed Ex.
  • Photo Business Cards. 250 2 x 3.5″ business cards on premium paper with your full-color photo on one side, and name, contact info, and stats on the other side. $69 (no additional charge for layout and prep).
  • Comp Card. Industry-standard 5.5 x 8.5″ double-sided, 110lb cover stock, glossy both sides. No additional charge for layout if from our photos, using one of our standard layouts.  10 copies: $49.   100 copies: $119.    Add $15 for shipping to you via Fed Ex.

Digital Media

*8% NY State Sales Tax is added to all purchases where a tangible item such as prints or USB flash drive is delivered. No sales tax is collected for electronic delivery of your images.

** Unretouched digital images uploaded to your gallery. Retouching and print orders require additional postproduction and shipping time.

Important Notices: Turnaround and delivery times are conservative estimates, but are only estimates unless explicitly guaranteed to you personally in writing. Actual delivery time depends on workload and other factors. All offers are limited and subject to availability.

Payment in full is due at the end of your session. We accept cash, check, PayPal, and most debit and credit cards. Prices and offers are subject to change without notice or obligation.

No Refunds

Upstate Photographers is a service. Therefore, once the service is rendered, there are no refunds. In the case where you are not happy with your performance in front of the camera (this means that there are no photos which are acceptable to you), in-studio reshoots are available at the discretion of Upstate Photographers for $25 per look. No other services (such as hair or makeup) are included in the reshoot price.

Actor’s headshot Q and A

Should I get B&W or color Headshots?

This goes in cycles. Years ago, after color prints became widely available, the theory was that black and white was timeless, and gave you legitimacy. Then color took over. A couple years ago, a few agents and managers started favoring B&W again, because it makes your headshot stand out from the rest. But that was yesterday. Today, virtually everyone recommends color only. And generally speaking, you should go with natural color. Avoid heavily tinted, manipulated or filtered color – most often, it just ends up making your headshot quickly look passé or dated. Very rarely, a specific look WILL look great when the color is treated, but most often, it suggests that the photographer is just trying to show off their skills,and now the headshot is more about them than you and that’s never good!

Should I get a commercial or theatrical headshot done?


You should get both, and any competent headshot photographer can give you both from a single photo session. A commercial headshot is what you use when going for a print job or some other activity where you will be repping a brand or selling a product or service. Most often, a commercial headshot will show you smiling, preferably showing your teeth. A theatrical headshot is used for casting for motion picture, TV, or the theatre, and is more about you as a character. It may be dramatic, comic, or neutral, with a smile or without, depending on who you are and the type of roles you are seeking.

Horizontal or vertical?


Headshots are traditionally vertical. A few photographers favor horizontal images, arguing that they are more interesting visually, and will make your headshot stand out from all the vertical ones. But be careful! When placed in a set of thumbnails such as on a casting site, that horizontal image may end up not showing your face. So we still recommend vertical for theatrical headshots, with a little more leeway for commercial.

All the advice online says a good headshot should cost $300 to $500. If you guys are so good, why do you charge so much less?

Because most good headshot photographers are located in big cities like NYC and LA. Almost everything in those cities, from studio space to transportation costs four times what it does here in the Capital Region. We have a nice 2000 square foot studio loft with both natural window light and studio flash, just like the best Manhattan headshot studios – but we don’t pay ridiculous Manhattan rents, so we pass the savings along to you. Honestly, anything else would just be greedy.

Which is better, natural or studio light?

There’s no easy answer to this one. It depends on a huge list of variables, including your skin tone, features, hair type, the photographer’s skill (or lack thereof!). . .you name it. So we almost always shoot in both types of light, and you can decide later which works best for you. If weather permits, we also shoot a look or two outdoors.

I’m a guy — do I need to have makeup done for my actor’s headshot?

If you routinely wear makeup, or if your roles or activities in front of the camera require you to wear makeup (on-camera news staff, for example) than yes, you should have makeup done for your headshot session. For the rest of you, we say no.

Case study: Headshots for OrthoNY merger and new website

In the fall of 2012, Brenda and I were approached by a brand management firm with an interesting project: two major Capital Region Orthopedic Surgery firms were in the process of merging. Northeast Orthopedics and Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga were to become OrthoNY, and part of the project was a new website with new images of some 50 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practicioners, and management team members.

The requirements were a little daunting — because the merger was still unannounced and in the process of negotiations at the time, absolute secrecy and confidentiality was required. We knew from previous experience that doctors’ busy schedules and heavy workload would make them intolerant of anything other than a fast, professional session that took them away from their duties for the minimal time possible. In addition, the visual requirements were highly specific: The client wanted the photos to have a high degree of uniformity in terms of lighting, cropping, pose, and expression, and yet they wanted each person’s individual personality communicated in an approachable and attractive manner.

We quickly discovered that the biggest challenge was scheduling: just getting everyone in front of the camera in time for the target web site launch date in early January was an aggressive plan. And then, achieving the visual goals added another layer of stress.

Ultimately, we ended up completing the headshots in four separate on-site photo sessions. We essentially brought Upstate Photographers to one of their office locations, and set up a makeshift studio in some unused office space. We used four studio strobes and a 9-foot white seamless background, with all distances, heights and equiment settings carefully recorded in Brenda’s notebook to allow exact repeatability on subsequent sessions.

We selected the full-frame Nikon D700 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom for the camera. Two radio-triggered Elinchrom BX500ri studio strobes with large Elinchrom softboxes served as the main and fill lights, while Alien Bees AB-800’s lit the background through a pair of Creative Light stripboxes. We shot tethered to a 27″ iMac, allowing the client to see the results in real time, and facilitating the minute adjustments necessary to achieve the strict level of uniformity required in the final result.

To keep up with the sometimes unpredictable flow of subjects for our camera, on the second day we decided to add an additional makeup artist — professional makeup artist Barbara Whitchurch was joined by the unflappable Erin Marzilli, and we were able to move the physicians and staffers through the entire process of makeup, wardrobe selection, photography, and image selection rapidly, so they could return to their duties as soon as possible. Because the doctors sometimes arrived in groups of five or six, we set up an ad hoc waiting room with borrowed chairs and dunkin’ donuts coffee. We couldn’t help smiling at the reversed roles — now WE had the “chairs area” and the doctors were waiting there for US! Funny stuff. . .

The project was a great experience, and we learned more about the ins and outs of lab-coat steaming, tie selection and adjustment of neckties, and expression management than we ever thought possible! Here’s a screenshot of the new OrthoNY website, “Our team” page that features our headshots:

OrthoNY "Our Team" page featuring Upstate Photographers headshots

If your small business, corporation or practice is contemplating an image makeover of small or large scale, please consider retaining us for your photography needs. We have the experience, resources, and scale to get it done on budget, on time, in a smooth and professional manner, causing as little turbulence for you and your employees as possible!

Fashion Shoot for Some Girls Boutique

Some Girls Boutique, just a couple blocks up River Street from our studio, needed some images for their online catalog. We have been finetuning our studio processes to allow lightning fast turnaround on fashion photography. What a great opportunity for us to showcase our fashion photography chops, and for Some Girls to get the pictures they need! Now get over to the Some Girls Boutique website and buy some clothes — you know you want to! You can check out their Facebook page by clicking here.


Want to see more from this fashion shoot? Click here!

Randi and Alpha’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

We wrapped up the 2012 wedding season with an off-the-hook New Year’s Eve wedding at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. Randi and Alpha have been together for 12 years and decided that a New Year’s Eve wedding was the perfect way to celebrate their decision to (finally:) tie the knot! Their family and friends couldn’t have agreed more, so they took over the hotel for the night, and had a crazy fun party which was fueled by DJ Andy Pratt and the Upstate Photographer’s Photo Station. We absolutely loved working with this couple and their family and friends who kept us smiling happily the entire night. Here’s to a New Year filled with love to Randi and Alpha–Congrats!

Vendor Roundup

Hair and Makeup: Studio 71 Salon and Spa, Glens Falls, NY

DJ: Andy Pratt

Florist: Parkside Flowers

Paper goods: Gourmet Invitations

Photographers and Photo Station: Upstate Photographers

Want to see more of Randi and Alpha’s wedding? Click here!

Alyssa and Robert’s Saratoga Springs Wedding

Alyssa and Robert planned their late November evening wedding at Longfellow’s Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Alyssa’s choice of a silver bridal gown with matching silver Doc Martens was the perfect compliment to Robert in his black Doc Martens and tux. A StarWars LEGO cake topper added to the whimsy: a unique touch for a unique couple! Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music entertained with music that kept the dance floor busy all evening. We wish Alyssa and Robert all the best in their new life together!

Vendor Roundup
Venue: Longfellows Restaurant
DJ:
Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music
Makeup: Lipstick N Lashes

Want to see more of Alyssa and Robert’s gorgeous wedding? Click here!

Colleen and Mike’s November Wedding!

Colleen and Mike’s wedding day was filled with joy and warmth despite the chilly November weather! After a beautiful ceremony at Colleen’s family church in Fort Ann, Colleen and Mike were driven to the reception in style in Colleen’s dad’s restored Chevy. This was our first time shooting at the amazing Jimbo’s on The Point, and it was a perfect location for the reception. The huge ballroom is decorated in warm adirondack style, and the wall of windows overlook Brant Lake and the Adirondacks. Colleen and Mike and their bridal party, being really good sports, braved the below freezing weather for a portrait session on the beach while the guest enjoyed cocktail hour by the fireplace inside. The evening ended with a bonfire on the beach; a perfect way to end this couple’s wonderful wedding day! Congratulations to Colleen and Mike!

Vendor Roundup

Venue: Jimbo’s Club on the Point
DJ:
Greg Frasier
Hair and Makeup: Lipstick and Lashes
Ceremony:
St. Ann’s Church, Fort Ann NY
Photographers: Brenda and Paul of Upstate Photographers

Want to see more of Colleen and Mike’s Wedding? Click here!

Georgie and Brian’s Saratoga Springs Wedding

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Just ask Georgie and Brian and they will tell you…”All you need is love!” These Saratoga Racing aficionados chose their favorite places in Saratoga Springs to celebrate their late-October wedding day. They exchanged vows in the backyard of their new home with Saratoga Mayor Scott Johnson officiating, then took the trolley to the track for a fun photo session (with a quick stop at 9 Maple–the spot where they first met!) The National Museum of Racing was the perfect location for the reception–surrounded by all things horse racing. Table designs by Brendan Flanigan integrated the racing theme with beautiful lighted centerpieces, making the room look spectacular. Topping everything off was the great entertainment by Bluz House Rockers–they had everyone on the dance floor! It was an evening to remember for this lovely couple, and we wish them all the best!

Vendor Roundup

[box_green]Venue: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Florist: Brendan Flaningan Design
Girls getting ready location: Gideon Putnum Hotel
Band: Bluz House Rockers
Photographers: Paul and Brenda of Upstate Photographers[/box_green]

Want to see more of Georgie and Brian’s wedding photos? Click here!

 

Gabrielle and Scott’s Autumn Wedding at Saratoga National

Gabrielle and Scott win the prize for the having the rainiest wedding day in Upstate Photographer’s history! But they also win the prize for the most wonderful attitude towards their a rainy day wedding! It was such a pleasure to work with this couple — they smiled all the way through the constant rearranging of locations for the first sighting, bridal party pics and family portraits caused by the weather. No doubt we will be telling their story for years to come to anxious brides worried about rain on their wedding day! Gabrielle and Scott knew that they were marrying the person they loved most — come rain or come shine. If tradition holds true, they will have a long and successful marriage. Congratulations Gabrielle and Scott!

Want to see more of Gabrielle and Scott’s wedding? Click here!

[box_green]Vendor Roundup
Venue: Saratoga National
DJ: Jeff from Piano Man DJ
Flowers: The Flower Garden
Day of Coordinator: Tracy
MUA: Andrea of Amy Elizabeth Makeup Designs
Video: Brett Wasserman
Photography: Paul Grupp and Brenda Rose for Upstate Photographers[/box_green]

Laura and Cody’s Glen Sanders Wedding

Laura and Cody exchanged vows under the gazebo at Glen Sanders Mansion overlooking the historic Mohawk River, on another fabulous autumn day (October 14, 2012) in Upstate New York! Great family and close friends helped them celebrate in the beautiful Mansion ballroom, with music provided by DJ and performer Mitch Frasier. We wish Laura and Cody all the best!

Vendor Roundup
[box_green]Venue:Glen Sanders Mansion Scotia, NY
DJ: Mitch Frasier
Flowers: Dawn Decker
Hair: family friend janine
Officient: Jim Manuel
Photographers: Paul and Brenda of Upstate Photographers
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Meghan and Ryan’s October 13, 2012 wedding!

It was a brisk and beautiful mid-October day for Meghan and Ryan’s Upstate NY wedding, with both ceremony and reception held at the beautiful Hiland Park Country Club. Aubergine and green were the colors of the day, highlighted by sweet apple decorations at the place settings. It was a fun-filled reception with love to spare for the happy couple! Congratulations Meghan and Ryan!

 

Want to see more of Meghan and Ryan’s Wedding? Click here!

[box_green]Vendor Roundup

Venue: The Hiland Park Country Club, Queensbury NY
MUA: Jen McCarthy Norton of True Grace Makeup
DJ: Tom Silva and All Around Sound
Hair: Styles Salon Queensbury
Officient: Rev. Laura Mitchell
Photographers: Paul and Brenda of Upstate Photographers, Troy NY[/box_green]