I come from a crazy Italian family. I like to dream I am a character from The Royal Tenebaums (my most favorite movie) but my family is more Bronx Tale. I assure you that your family is not crazier than mine. Nope, not ever.
My ideal afternoon is spent traveling the countryside exploring the many food and drink producers with friends. Hit me up for some touring advice, I know the area well.
I prefer beer to wine. IPA, please! Sloop Brewing Company is my favorite local flavor.
I love people. All types of people. I am an includer. There is not a pretentious bone in my body. This is my essence. How I am without even thinking. People remark about this aspect of me all the time.
Hi, I’m Christine. I’m a wedding photographer based in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I have the immense privilege and complete honour of bearing witness to some of my couple’s dearest moments – their wedding days! Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by how lucky I am. To me, the ability to make people feel comfortable, to allow them to be themselves without judgement, is the greatest asset a people photographer can possess. Having mad photography skills also helps too!
Whether I’m shooting as-it-happens, candid images or family and couple portraits, my goal is to always capture photographs that reflect the authentic emotion of the day. Sometimes that means capturing all of the energy, laughter and impromptu moments as they unfold. Other times, it means putting you in lovely light – sometimes found, sometimes masterfully created – and helping you feel totally yourselves in front of the camera. No awkward posing or cheese allowed here. We want those joyful celebrations and natural expressions.
I haven’t always been a photographer, in fact I majored in History and Anthropology at NYU. But when I picked up a real camera for the first time I suddenly felt like I’d come home… and I never looked back. My great grandfather was a portrait photographer in 1930’s Manhattan, so I guess you could say it’s in the blood.
I’ve been lucky enough to live all over the place, from the Bronx, to New Jersey, Colorado, Texas, California and Alaska. Now I call the Hudson Valley home.
I love the Hudson Valley and when I am not shooting a wedding you can find me exploring it, camera in hand, for Chronogram and Edible Hudson Valley Magazines. A book of my work was also published by the Hudson Highlands Land Trust entitled, “Connecting: Celebrating the People and Places of the Hudson Highlands.” You can view my editorial work here: www.ChristineAshburnPhoto.com
On Your Day
Not only do I care tremendously about creating the best memories and photos for you, but I also want your whole experience, on the day, before and after, to be the best it can be. Your wedding day is sacred to me – a celebration of your histories coming together and forging a new path. It is a magical thing to be swept up in. I know when to jump in to get the shot but also when to step back and give you space. I am told over and over that my presence is comforting and that I somehow manage to fit in, like a welcome guest, at every wedding I shoot.
Most importantly, my second shooter and I are also there to help – with your timeline, carrying your dress, helping you remove that darn false eyelash glue that got stuck in the wrong spot, and anything else that allows you to be calm and present on your wedding day.