The Grandview Wedding Photos: Rita + Alex

Rita and Alex’s wedding at The Grandview was nothing short of one amazing day!  When we met the bride and her mom in studio a while ago, we knew that this wedding was going to stand out- and did it ever.  Rita was relaxed, had fun, couldn’t care less about the rain that threw us for a loop, and was one big smile.  It goes to show you how much the attitude of the bride sets the tone of the day.  Just as we pulled  up to FDR the rain started.  We were only there minutes, then headed to the Poughkeepsie train station (3rd time this year so far there) and waited out the storm.  From there, headed to the Grandview ballroom where the rest of the night was great live music by Sound Image Entertainment who kept everyone on their feet.  When I talked to Rita today, she’s exhausted from their honeymoon in Barcelona, and could not wait to see these pics… So, here you go, and for every future bride out there, remember to just let the day unfold!

Mohonk Mountain House Wedding Photos: Morgan + Max

We had an absolutely gorgeous day at Mohonk Mountain House for Morgan and Max’s wedding.  They are so laid back and fun together- they were one of the easiest couples we’ve ever photographed.  Their ceremony was in the garden, and the reception was in the pavilion, which was a nice change!  It’s completely private from the main house, all open, and has a vibe unlike any other location.  We just love shooting at Mohonk, we’ve been there countless times, and it is always good to be back there.  Congrats to this very sweet couple!

Wedding Photography for Red Maple Vineyard: Megan + Damian

Red Maple Vineyard is such a great location for a wedding!  We’ve been there quite a few times, and look forward to going every time.  The grounds are beautiful, and the building and tent are great, especially with the trees and string lights in the tent.  We started off at a hotel in Poughkeepsie for prep, and then headed over to the venue for everything else.  The weather wasn’t looking too good, but that didn’t dampen Megan or Damian’s moods!  Megan had an emotional first look with her dad, which was very sweet.  After a little shower earlier in the day, the rain held off and we got to do the ceremony on the hill, which is epic up there.  The party was rockin’ all night thanks to The Ronald Reagans.  Natalie had an idea to take the couple out at night in the vineyard and nailed that shot!  Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks for having us be a part of your day!

Headshot Photography in the Hudson Valley

I’ve been lucky enough to have photographed some very interesting people these past few months for headshots: Dr. Roxanne Partridge of embodyperiod.com, a couple of aspiring actors, real estate guru Colin Seitz and his team at Remax, Blue Angel pilot John Decker, some of the regular yoga instructors at Sportsplex, a former bride of mine Christine and her colleague Jackie who run Global to Local, long time friend and personal chef Kristin Hatfield, financial planner Mike Pine from Mass Mutual, and my good friend James Gagliano a former FBI agent who is now on CNN Law Enforcement Analyst. Recently I’ve been mixing it up a little at the studio regarding lighting, for no reason other than staying on my toes.  I still of course use my signature style, and I cannot escape that nor do I want to.  But doing something different is exciting for me which only benefits my clients, and I’d like to share some of my recent work.  Thanks for checking it out, and if you follow me on Instagram, I try keep up with headshot stories and posts.

Grandview Wedding Photography: Alicia + George

We say this all the time- The Grandview is like home to us, even though there are far more venues closer to our home and studio, but it’s just one of those great locations for any wedding that consistently provides premium service to everyone involved in the wedding- especially the bride and groom.  The day started at their parents’ friend’s house, which was amazing.  We ended up doing the first look there because of the backyard being so nice.  Alicia’s makeup was done by Nina from Hello Gorgeous, and her purple eyeshadow really popped!  From there we shot over to the Poughkeepsie Train Station for some more portraits and some group shots.  Then to The Grandview for an outdoor patio ceremony, and the weather was perfect.  Alicia and George were so sweet at the alter, and by being themselves, it set the mood for the rest of the night.  Natalie helped dress Alicia, which is not a first, but George fed Jimi cake, which absolutely WAS a first!!  Props to the guys at Vargas Productions for keeping the party going, and congrats to this great couple!  

Destination Wedding Photography in Aruba: Liz + Shane

It was 5 years ago when Natalie and I went to Aruba at the Stellaris Resort for Liz and Shane’s destination wedding.  We were so excited to go, and the whole trip was amazing!  The night before started out at the infamous Papiamento restaurant where the family opened gifts, gave some toasts, and indulged in really good food.  The wedding day started off very relaxed with everyone in a great mood, followed by ceremony on the beach, and perfect weather for the reception.  You couldn’t ask for better weather.  After the party, we convinced the remaining guests and bridal party to do a  jump in the pool- fully clothed.  One of the best things about this trip was that we met Liz’s sister Melissa.  Her and her fiancé Elias took us to the Dominican Republic last year for their destination wedding, where we also photographed a sunrise shoot for the first time.  Happy 5 year anniversary! est

Newburgh Waterfront Wedding at Blu Pointe: Lorraine + Tyler

Weddings come in all sizes, and this is a perfect example of a small wedding with big results.  I’ve know Lorraine for a few years now, and when she called me about her wedding she didn’t think I would be interested, but of course I was- I love all weddings, all sizes!  The preparation started perhaps 1/8 mile from my home, and the church was not only closer but the one I grew up in, and where I walked to grammar school.  Lots of great memories there… Anyway, we all headed over the awesome Blu Pointe restaurant by the Newburgh Waterfront, which is so cool: lots of restaurants, great views, boat rides- you can be there all day.  It was a great day, and I certainly hope to return to Blu Pointe for another wedding.

Hudson Valley Wedding Photography: Gina + Adam

Natalie and I were back again at Anthony’s Pier 9 for a Gina and Adam’s wedding, and what a sweet couple!  We started the day with plenty of time for preparation for both the boys and girls, which is always good.  Gina was beside herself with excitement and just couldn’t wait to get that dress on and start her wedding.  We did first look at Plum Point, just across the street from the venue, and the weather was perfect.  Back at Pier 9, the ceremony was very emotional with personal readings.  They asked all the guests to be unplugged (no cameras, no phones) which of course we love, mostly because our images will show faces, not backs of phones.  Afterwards we wrapped up the formals with family photos, and off to the reception where Vargas Productions kept the party going to the very end.  Overall, one great wedding! s

Mohonk Wedding Photography: David + Gustavo

Well, it was 5 years ago this week that Natalie and I had the fantastic wedding of David and Gustavo at Mohonk Mountain House.  We stayed overnight the day before so Natalie could cover the rehearsal party, while I was off shooting another wedding there.  I remember the wedding day vividly, and how much fun the whole weekend was.  David surprised Gustavo and all their guests by flying in Pentatonix to perform a few songs, and I don’t know if we’ve seen anything more cool at a wedding!  If you’re thinking, “I know that name from somewhere…” they are the leaders in the A Cappella band genre.  Their performance was nothing short of amazing.  The rest of the night was more fun, dancing, and perhaps the best wedding any of the guests attended.

Locust Grove Wedding Photography: Ashley + Tristian

Ashley and Tristian are such a sweet, laid back couple!  Their wedding at Locust Grove was nothing less than a perfect day: weather was great, the guest were friendly, and Ken at LG was extremely helpful.  We do love shooting there, they have so many elements we can work with.  The day started with a little prep, then right into a first look, some portraits, and a little break before ceremony.  Major props to Lisa Zaro who is a fantastic officiant and naturally commands everyone’s attention.  After ceremony, the rest of the day was fun and laughs.  Tristian is in love with old VW buses, and his bride surprised him with an awesome mini one that is actually a Photo Booth!!  Here are some of the hits!

Poughkeepsie Grand Wedding Photography: Chelsea + Kevin

It’s been while since we photographed a wedding at The Poughkeepsie Grand, and we missed it!  Despite being cold and rainy, Chelsea and Kevin’s day was awesome.  Natalie took the reigns on being the lead photographer on this wedding, which meant I came along as her you know what ?  Her makeup was done by the amazing Karen from LaV Beauty (her and I go way back) and from what I understand, those are Chelsea’s real lashes.  They rest of the day was all planned out for me to go to the guys, then meet at the Poughkeepsie train station were I met our videographer Taylor, and Natalie with the girls.  From there, a first look took place and all of the portraits.  We had DJ Bri Swatek there keeping everyone on their toes and having a lot of fun, and if you were lucky enough to be a guest at this wedding, you certainly remember all the great speeches.  Thank you so much to Chelsea and Kevin for having us there to capture your day, and we’ll have video to post soon!

Hudson Valley Wedding Photography: Stagecoach Inn

For anyone in the Hudson Valley area, I highly recommend the Stagecoach Inn for lunch or dinner.  They have amazing food, a really cool little bar, excellent decor, and once you walk in the front door, you don’t want to leave.  This was the perfect setting for this mini wedding with just 9 people- 10 including me.  When weddings like this come our way, we absolutley welcome them!  It’s a nice change of pace.  I’ve known the bride’s mom for a while now, and I was very flattered to hear that the only thing Theresa wanted for her wedding was me to photograph it 🙂  Here are some of the highlights, and forgive me for so many food pics, but I just had to!  We rarely get to eat exactly what the guests eat, let alone at the head table. We

Kittle House Wedding Photography: Michelle + Demetrios

Happy anniversary to this awesome couple!  It was 5 years ago this month when we all graced the property of Crabtree’s Kittle House for their wedding.  I remember this day well, and it was one of the first weddings Natalie removed her photographer hat and wore a wedding planner hat.  She was needed all day to fix a dress, organize something, or photograph where I couldn’t be.  Anyway, we love the grounds there, and look forward to the next Kittle House wedding!

Wadsworth Mansion Wedding Photography in Connecticut

What a day!!!  Seriously, what a wedding this was at Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill!  I met this super cute couple when they came in for their engagement session back in February in the studio.  We talked a lot about the upcoming wedding, and I was so looking forward to it.  Natalie and I drove up the night before, spent a little time at the post rehearsal party where we could not have been more welcome.  Their whole family and treated us like guests. The wedding day itself started with prep right in the hotel.  In fact, we had the longest commute ever from our room to the prep rooms- directly across the hall, and down the hall 🙂  The girls were already tearing up along with the bride, and we knew then, it was going to be an amazing day.  The bride was stunning in her custom gown, with a detachable skirt that basically made it two different dresses, which was very cool.  The weather was perfect, the mansion was beautiful, the staff was more than helpful, and Natalie Newman Locke kept everything running on time.  It was just a photographer’s dream of a day!  We’re so happy for this couple, you can clearly see […]

Hudson Valley Wedding Photography and Videography

It’s a girl!!!  Welcome the new addition to J.Ferrara Photography Inc: Taylor Del Villar weighing in at 100lbs and standing 5’2″  We’re very excited to announce that JFP is now offering wedding cinematography and other video needs, all in house.  The benefit of having both photography and video under an experienced studio is that we work together, share equipment, and help each other out.  We all plan out the wedding schedule and our needs, which only makes the day run smoother.  Here are some pics of us hanging out in studio with our main assistant Justin Soudant, and Court Jester too- he does entertain us!  You can find links to her work here: wedding cinematography  and we’ll be posting more to come.      

Studio Engagement Session: Pam + Sean

I had Pam and Sean come in studio this week for their engagement session, and they were really fun and so easy to photograph.  It was my first time meeting Sean, and him and I hit it off right from the start.  He does lighting!  I can talk lighting all day!  Anyway, I’m looking forward to their wedding this year, and here are some of the hits.

Hudson Valley Lifestyle Photography in Cornwall

When a family from out of town asks me where to go for a lifestyle shoot, and they’re not looking for anything elaborate, my little hometown of Cornwall NY works great.  The normal hits I go to is the park and the river, and maybe one other spot in between.  We didn’t got to the river because it far too windy, but surrounding area of the pond worked perfectly fine!  Here are just a few from this mini session.  

Waterside New Jersey Wedding: Midian + Lamail

Kicking off the season with a wedding in NJ at The Waterside.  Unfortunately the entire east coast was hit by a major rain storm, but that did not matter to this very cool couple and everyone there as well.  The whole day was full of laughs and a LOT of crying- mostly from Lamail 🙂  We started out at a nearby hotel for prep, and this was our first time at The Waterside.  The staff was very helpful thanks to Shantal running the show, the food was great, and they have the same white tufted benches we have!  The couple even had an artist on site,  painting throughout the ceremony into the reception, which is another first for us.  The rest of the night was nothing but a party!  

Monteverde Wedding Album: Jessica and Jeremy

Jessica and Jeremy’s wedding at Monteverde was a perfect day!  From prep, to ceremony, to cocktail hour, to reception- it all took place at this amazing location.  I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a wedding venue.  They went with what I call my Signature album, made by Finao, and it’s a big hit!

Sweet 16 Party at The Darkroom

We’ve hosted quite a few Sweet 16 parties at the studio, but holy crap none of them like this!  If you know Cornwall, you should know Fiddlestix Cafe on Main St.  It’s a great place, and has amazing food and specials.  The owners’ daughter turned 16 this month, and she HAD to have the party at our studio we call The Darkroom.  The furniture is moved to the back so the kids can dance under the disco ball where the music is the loudest, and boy did they dance!  They also backflipped, cartwheeled, and backflipped again.  It was nuts!  They had the microphone in hand as if they were on stage, it really was a great time.  And a great mess to follow….  Here are the hits!