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Upstate Photographers

Troy , NY
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169 River Street, 2nd FL
Troy, NY US 12180 (map)

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518-526-9970

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All the elements of your wedding day, photographed with a fresh fashionable style. Paul and Brenda combine artistic photography and contemporary photojournalistic storytelling, creating... Read more
All the elements of your wedding day, photographed with a fresh fashionable style. Paul and Brenda combine artistic photography and contemporary photojournalistic storytelling, creating a gorgeous set of images of your wedding day. We want to be your wedding photographers! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Color, B&W, colorization, filters are applied as artistically appropriate.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We work with the complete range of lighting found in wedding situations -- from candlelight through sophisticated studio light, to direct sunlight, to the magic light of sunrise and sunset.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We shoot in high-end full-frame digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
Paul and Brenda work as a team, and their work reflects both their unique artistic viewpoints and their shared love for beautiful, emotional story-telling in pictures.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Who you hire is who you get -- we never subcontract or send out less experienced "associates." We believe you should get the photographers whose work you see in the studio's portfolio. For certain options, such as a reception photo station, additional assistants or photographers may be added, but Paul and Brenda are always the primary photographers.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We never shoot more than one wedding per day. On weekends where we travel a great distance, we only book one wedding for the entire weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
In order to guarantee a replacement, we would have to hire a "backup" wedding photographer of equivalent skill and experience, and have them not book their own weddings -- instead, sit by the phone with bags packed every day we have a wedding scheduled. This would essentially double the cost of our service. It's the only way. And we know of NO photographers who do this! That being said, we have a great relationship with many other wedding photographers, and in the case of illness or some other issue, have many resources to draw on. And in all our years of shooting weddings, we have never been late or missed a wedding!
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Brenda and Paul each carry two cameras and a complete range of professional grade lenses and flashes. In addition, we bring a complete spare system in case of equipment failure. We keep our equipment new and up-to-date: for the 2013 wedding season, we are shooting with Nikon D800 and D700 cameras. We bring a complete set of studio strobes with radio triggers so we can create beautiful light in any situation.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, we bring multiples of every essential piece of equipment used at the wedding, ensuring a rapid and seamless recovery in the case of equipment malfunction.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
We are very flexible. For simple weddings we can charge by the hour. For more traditional weddings, we make ourselves available for the entire day. We have a package for every budget and need!
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, because we only book one event per day, we are always able to come early and stay late if required. Overtime charges depend on the package selected, but typically run $249/hr
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Typically, the only time we take a break is during the reception dinner service -- most people don't want to be photographed while they are eating! Since most venues require couples to buy vendor meals, we are happy to eat them. If however, special circumstances require us to bring our own food, we are happy to do so.
Do you charge for travel?
For our most popular wedding packages, there is no charge for travel anywhere in the States of NY, VT, NH, MA, NJ or RI. For destination weddings or weddings in other countries or states, there may be a small travel fee, depending on time of year, day of week, and specific location.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Generally, the proofs are available for preview in a couple of weeks after the wedding; sometimes near the end of a busy wedding season, it can take up to a month, but usually we keep it to under four weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Your images are available on our website in high resolution, with no watermark or logo. They are cropped, adjusted for brightness and contrast, and color corrected. They can be immediately downloaded or viewed by family and friends. You can also order prints in a wide range of sizes at reasonable prices, directly from our web site. We also offer hard and soft-cover preview book options.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Your images are typically available on our web site for at least one year. If you purchase a proof book, it is yours to keep forever. Every package includes a USB thumb drive with all the images.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
While we retain the copyright to the photos, we give you a usage license that allows you to print, publish, distribute, and use the photos in any way you like, forever, with no need for further payment to or permission from us. The only thing we ask you not to do is sell the images for the commercial use of a third party, without involving us.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Unless you request that we not do so, we ask you for the right to use pictures from your wedding as examples of of our work. Without this right, no photographer could legally show you samples of their work on websites like this.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, we provide high resolution digital files on a USB "thumb" drive, along with a usage license permitting you to print, distribute, and post them on Facebook, etc.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, images are available on our online website, and can be either public so that all your guests and relatives can view them, or private in a password-protected gallery.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer contemporary hard-cover coffee-table albums with beautiful magazine-style layout in a variety of sizes and page counts, as well as more traditional leather-bound and matted albums with thick pages, ranging in size from 5x5" to 16x20". We also offer book sets, with separate albums for engagement, getting ready, ceremony and engagement.
When will the client get the final album?
Usually it takes two to three months for the professional design and layout of your book. Once you approve the book layout, it takes between 1 and 6 weeks for printing, depending on the printer used.

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Recently Married
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Paul and Brenda did a boudoir photography shoot for me as a wedding gift for my now-husband. What a great pair to work with! And when it comes to getting mostly-naked in front of near strangers, let me tell you, personality makes a big difference ;) I'm not one to parade around in a bathing suit (nevermind a corset) and I hate getting my photo taken, but it was easy to get comfortable enough with Brenda and Paul to go for it. Brenda gave great suggestions via phone/email before the shoot so that I came armed with a variety of ideas and outfits I wouldn't have come up with on my own. They were able to throw a book together in a pretty timely fashion. I'm quite pleased with the result (I'm sure I'll really enjoy it in 30 years!) and my now-husband LOVES it. If you're thinking of getting a fun and memorable gift for your man, talk to Upstate Photographers!
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Jennifer
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11/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I previously worked with Brenda and Paul as a bridesmaid in a friends wedding a few years ago, and from that experience of how they worked and seeing my friends pictures, I knew that I wanted them as our photographers for our wedding. The package we decided on with them included an engagement session, our wedding day photography, and a Photo Station at the reception. Brenda and Paul were great to work with all around. They arrived on time, were communicative and made you feel at ease. Paul took pictures with my husband while getting ready, while Brenda stayed with me and my girls. I highly recommend having two photographers for capturing moments like these and other details and shots throughout the day. Our pictures came back in a reasonable time and they were beautifully shot and edited. We are so happy with the quality of the pictures. Our Photo Station was a hit and I also highly recommend having one! It was great to capture more fun from the day in these high quality shots. Paul and Brenda had our Photo Station pictures up the next afternoon. I give Paul and Brenda at Upstate Photographers my highest recommendation.
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Kerry
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
AMAZING PHOTOS!!! Quick turnaround and such wonderful people to work with! So happy with the photo memories!
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Sara
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda were AMAZING to work with! They showed up early to my house the day of the wedding and were ready to rock and roll. Brenda immediately went to work setting up shots of my dress, jewelry, shoes etc. She made they personal to us by incorporating details and things from around our house. At the reception they worked together to cover every aspect; whenever you thought "this would be a great photo" one of them were already snapping the camera. They took our photos efficiently so we only missed 20 min. or so of our reception. Finally, they surprised us by putting up a Sneak Peak of our wedding photos the following day all because they had a free moment. I can not recommend Paul and Brenda enough!!!
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Megan
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5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
They were an absolute pleasure to work with. Brenda and Paul were flexible, professional, and very accommodating. I was about an hour behind schedule for our first look and they hopped to it getting us back on track being as friendly and patient as possible. We were completely satisfied with our pictures, they were gorgeous! They took so many that you actually relive the wedding going through all the shots. We totally recommend them!
Services Used: Photography
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Randi
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Upstate photographers were the absolute best to work with. They were both professional and personal! They captured the fun and love that we had all night. If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding, look no further!! Paul and Brenda will forever leave a mark on our lives!!
Services Used: Photography
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Amber
Wedding:
12/12/2012
4.9/5.0
I would use upstae photography again in a heartbeat. They were very professional and very flexible to my needs. I am extremely happy with the pictures that they did. I am soooooo happy I chose them for my wedding photographers.
Services Used: Photography
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Amber
Wedding:
12/12/2012
4.9/5.0
Even though they were moving there studio they were very prompt in returning my emails/phone calls. They were very flexible and allowed me to do whatever I thought would make my day. I was very pleased with the service.
Services Used: Photography
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Colleen
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda were wonderful! We worked with them for both our engagement and wedding photos. From our first meeting with them to when we received the photos after the wedding, Paul and Brenda were extremely professional, friendly, fun, and responsive. Working with them on our actual wedding day could not have been better. We were confident and comfortable that everything would go well and that they would capture all the special moments of our big day with their photos, and they did! We were very pleased with our wedding photos, and our family and friends loved them as well. We highly recommend Upstate Photographers to other couples looking for wedding photographers!
Services Used: Photography
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Chelsea
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had the best time working with Brenda and Paul, and can not recommend them enough to any other brides and grooms. They're friendly and helpful and a real joy to have there on your wedding day!
Services Used: Photography
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Brenda and Paul were incredible!! They made a point to view the venue prior to the date of the wedding so they could ensure adequate lighting. They were responsive to every email and phone call. Even when I got a little bride crazy, they had a sense of humor and talked me down off the ledge. Brenda and Paul helped us plan the schedule of the entire day to make sure that we had enough time for everything.

Most importantly, the photography was amazing! Each photo was thoughtful and artistic. It was exactly what we wanted.

We also used the photo station as a favor for the guests and it MADE the party. Everyone loved it.

We love Brenda and Paul and have been using them for family photos for several years prior to the wedding. It was great to have them do the wedding! I recommend them for any event.
Services Used: Photography
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mnewell831
Wedding:
9/9/2011
4.9/5.0
Brenda and Paul were fantastic photographers at our big day. Brenda stayed with the gals and Paul with the guys for pre photos. After the ceremony, they got through our family photos really quickly and we were able to go and join our reception way sooner than I thought we would! They even went down to a separate photo location with us to do some photos by the lake where we wanted to get some pics taken. They were completely flexible with our requests, and they were able to creatively come up with some great shots in the new locations we requested.

The quality of the pictures were amazing, and they were great about getting us our photo book out. I would 100% recommend these photographers to any other bride and groom! They were recommended to us by our cousin, who also had them at his wedding, and we are so glad we took them up on their suggestion!
Services Used: Photography
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda were both wonderful to work with! From the moment we met with them, they made everything very easy for my husband and me. Not only did they show us beautiful pictures, they were also extremely easy to get along with. We were a part of five weddings this summer and for some of them, pictures seemed to take so long we felt like we missed a lot of the wedding. This did not happen with Paul and Brenda! Because they know their stuff and are so great, they knew exactly what shots to take and where so we ended up with amazing pictures and still were able to enjoy the night! We could not be happier with our pictures and have received many compliments from friends and family. They are also very reasonably priced for what you get! I would recommend them to everyone!
Services Used: Photography
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Alyson
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I started planning our wedding in August of 2010. When we set out on our search for the perfect photographer for our wedding, we had some ideas on the style of photos we liked, but had no clue about any of the other details.

Paul and Brenda are extremely professional and so fun to work with. Their personalities are wonderful. Their portfolio is diverse with much to admire and consider. They are artistic, amazing with lighting, and know how to get the most beautiful shots. They were great about laying out all options and listening to our suggestions and requests. Both were very responsive to emails and was very good at following up to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. This was especially important leading up to the wedding when I was going crazy trying to finalize all of the details!

Although working with Upstate Photographers during the preparation stage was great, it was the wedding day when their professionalism and skill really shined. They were prompt, they blended in with the background and were almost invisible, yet did not miss a thing. They were calm, composed, and most importantly, the photographs were beautiful!

After the wedding, the photos were ready in a very timely manner. We were absolutely thrilled with the results, and have received many compliments on how beautiful the photos are. We absolutely recommend using Paul and Brenda at Upstate Photographers! You will not be disappointed!! We can't wait to use them again!
Services Used: Photography
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Jenn
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I can’t say enough about Paul and Brenda. Our wedding day was wonderful and we were able to enjoy ourselves because of the thorough planning of our photographers. Paul and Brenda are extremely professional and do whatever is needed to get the right shot. Kevin and I were thoroughly impressed as to how they each had a different approach to photography but that through their different approaches, they create a relaxed environment for all involved. Within a very short time, 2 weeks!, we had a number of our pictures available for a sneak-peek and WOW. The quality is amazing. The pictures are beautiful. I would highly recommend Upstate Photographers.
Services Used: Photography
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Megan
Wedding:
7/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda were wonderful to work with right from the beginning. They did a wonderful job capturing our day, and making everything feel comfortable. We are so pleased with the photos! Their prices are very competitive, and their work is high-quality and creative. And our guests loved the photo station...definitely worth it!
Services Used: Photography
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda are fantastic! They are really fun to work with and made us feel very comfortable. Both Brenda and Paul always got back to us right away after we e-mailed or called them. They took beautiful shots and we are extremely happy with all of our pictures!
Services Used: Photography
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Teri
Wedding:
6/18/2011
4.8/5.0
Paul and Brenda were great! Not only did they take fantastic pictures of our wedding but they were on time, very proffessional and fun to work with! I received my pictures and photo book quicker than I expected and I loved that. Thank you!
Services Used: Photography
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Leah
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda are great! They really helped us out because we were affected by WeddingCombo going out of business and we needed to find a photographer somewhat last-minute. It was a stressful time, but our experience with Upstate Photographers definitely made up for it!

First of all, I feel that we were so lucky to have two photographers. Now I can't imagine weddings where people just have one. It was great having the different perspectives of everything.

Second, our pictures are fantastic and everyone keeps saying how great they are! We wanted photographers who give a little direction but mainly remain unnoticed, capturing events as they happen. And that is exactly what we got! Our guests were also impressed by the ability to download the high-res photos right from their website.

Both photographers were friendly and professional to work with, and I would definitely recommend their services!
Services Used: Photography
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jnj925
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I would hire Paul and Brenda again in a heartbeat for my wedding. I used them for our engagement shoot and wedding photography. The pictures speak for themselves. Everyone who sees the pics also say how beautiful the pics came out and how lucky I am to have wonderful wedding pics!

Paul and Brenda are very down to earth, easy to work with, and responsive to our needs. They work really well together and worked well with my day-of coordinator. They are also very flexible when it comes to packages and pricing.

They also give guidance for taking pics, such as where and how ppl should line up for portraits, and had creative ideas for our photo shoot in between the ceremony and reception. Their photography style is candid in addition to formal portraits. We just loved how our pics came out and I can't stop looking at them!
Services Used: Photography
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Wonderful to work with. I shot my boudior album with them as a wedding gift for my husband. They were so professional that I really felt comfortable!
Services Used: Photography
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Jennifer DeLaBruere
Wedding:
7/4/2010
4.8/5.0
Paul and Brenda were wonderful to work with. We used them for our engagement pictures as well. They are very down to earth and so easy to work with. I would recommend Upstate Photographers to any engaged couple.
Services Used: Photography
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withersmiths
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda are FANTASTIC! They spent the day with us, from getting ready straight through to the end of the night. They are professional, friendly, and super talented. They shot endless wonderful photos of our day and were completely unintrustive - a wonderful experience with a great team! :-)
Services Used: Photography
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athena516
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.8/5.0
Paul did an excellent job and was very easy to work with! We're still waiting for the proofs but they should be up this week, can't wait to see the pix.
Services Used: Photography
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iteachkids81
Wedding:
2/28/2009
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda are amazing. They are friendly and easy to work with but also very professional. They worked with us to ensure that we got all the shots we wanted and also had a few great ideas of their own. They captured special moments without it seeming posed or forced. And I know they were taking many candid shots throughout the night even though they never felt like they were always in our face.

I can't wait to see the finished pics. If they are anything like the B-pics I had done earlier, I will be completely blown away.
Services Used: Photography
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Paul and Brenda were wonderful to work with in the months leading up the wedding, on our wedding day, and now that our wedding is over. We were very pleased with the photos from our wedding, they did a great job capturing the day.

Their prices are very competitive, and their work continues to get better and better. Paul and Brenda are very laid back and easy to work with, and they never tried to take over and direct our day. They got formal posed photos done quickly and focused on taking a lot of candids. I highly recommend Upstate Photographers.
Services Used: Photography
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jen Locke
Wedding:
7/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Did a wonderful job. Were on time, and I couldn't ask for anything more.
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.6/5.0
Sample pictures provided were deceiving. Didn't get the quality expected for such a high price. No creativity or imagination at all, mostly point and shoot pictures. Angles were bad, bridal party shots were boring. Offered a free engagement shoot then my email to set it up got "lost in the shuffle", as did the email I sent expressing my dissatisfaction with the pictures - I never received a reply. The photographers were the most important thing to me and I thought I chose carefully but given another chance at that day I would definitely not choose this company again. I was so disappointed when I received the pictures a month after the wedding, I cried for days. I'm in the processing of editing some chosen shots myself to try to make them useable.
Services Used: Photography

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