Alex | AJL Studio |

The Upstatesman

Spontaneous. Jovial. Energetic. Colorful. Bold. Moody. Candid. Silly. Intimate. Positive. Professional. Adventurous. Hilarious. Sometimes Bearded.

That up there is a stream of consciousness to describe myself, how I shoot, and my decorum and demeanor on your big day of nuptials / first day of the rest of your life together. These words depict my work ethic, my aesthetic, my language, my vibe. They're the promise and the credo of The Upstatesman ... but who or what exactly IS the Upstatesman? The Upstatesman is Alex, me! This guy --->

Here's me talking about myself in the third person: The Upstatesman takes it easy, as will you when working with me as your wedding photographer. The Upstatesman is a gentleman, a wedding pro for sho, always available to answer questions, have a therapy session, or make great coffee before we set off into the Catskills for your engagement session. The Upstatesman is my ideal life in photography in the Hudson Valley, in the beautiful rich naturalism of New York State. The Upstatesman is an ideal. It's a promise to all my couples: that I bring my whole heart and soul to our relationship in picture taking, and it's truly a wonderful experience.

My joy, my WHY, my need, my driving force is to take photos of people in love, and the family and friends who surround you to celebrate that big huge undying indelible and incredible love. This day should be stress free, un-crazy, relaxed, and fulfilling. With The Upstatesman, there's no "worry". No no, that's not a thing. I'm here to help you enjoy every moment of it by being a fly on the wall, a wedding crasher of sorts, a confidante.

So give me a holler if you're looking for someone to make your big day and everything leading up to it just a little easier, and dare I say, a little sillier? There's a reason why my couples are guffawing in photos - I'm a pretty funny guy if I do say so myself ; )

One of my favorite movies is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, hence the red beanie.



“THE BEST PHOTOS! If you're looking for someone that will go above and beyond what you expect from a photographer and your wedding photos, Alex is your man. Everyone who saw my photos said he really captured the spirit and energy of our celebration. My brother, who had his wedding earlier in the year, said he thought Alex’s were the best wedding photos he'd ever seen. He was quick to answer emails met with me a handful of times to determine what I wanted (cont...)”

The Upstatesman & Co.

My lady Meg and I moved to Poughkeepsie, the Queen City of the Hudson Valley, by way of Manhattan and we never looked back. We ventured north along with our two hound dogs, Chief Brody & Charles Bradley, and Monty the ball python (yup, true story).

We both work in the industry (Meg makes magic with flowers and she's so nice too!) and what better place to celebrate and help create peoples love stories than the HV?

We've can't wait to meet you and see how your wedding story unfolds!

~Alex & Meg

Hudson Valley | c: 914. 497. 4279 |