My Name is Alex, and This is AJL Studio

I'm a professional wedding crasher and love story capturer.

I've lived alongside the Mighty Hudson River at various points throughout my entire life. I grew up in Ossining, moved down to Manhattan after graduating from college, then left the Big Apple for greener pastures up here in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York. Photography is my lifeblood. It's what keeps me going, the fuel for my soul. The privilege of being able to photograph gorgeous weddings in the Hudson Valley and beyond is truly staggering. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember that this is all really happening - that I get to take photos of two beautiful people with insane amounts of swagger, with stellar locales as the backdrop, dancing their faces off to music bumping, eating crazy dope cake, all the while surrounded by people celebrating your love for each other during the craziest most incredible celebratory night of the beginning of the rest of your lives.

This is why I stand on chairs during the reception. It's the only way to really capture all those moments to remember. WOO!

On that note, let's get started!

AJL Studio's Mission Statement

My joy, my "WHY", my compulsion, 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 There's no "worry". No no, that's not a thing. I'm here to help you enjoy every moment of your wedding experience by being a fly on the wall yet present and attentive, a wedding crasher of sorts which is rad, a confidante, a beacon of happiness.

Your wedding day is the first day of your marriage. YOUR marriage. The first day of the rest of your lives together. Never lose sight what you want in this magical beginning because it truly is about the two of you living your love story to the fullest (while I take pretty pictures of it ;) With family and friends in your ear waxing poetic about how they planned or styled their own weddings, never forget to stay true to the vision in your head and heart. How YOU see the first day of the rest of your life's journey together unfolding. Always follow that gut feeling above all else.

Choosing the photographer that's right for your celebration is vital. They'll be the capturer of those moments inside the moments. The ones you didn't know were even happening until you see them in your album and exclaim out of pure shocked happiness "oh MAN he actually GOT that SHOT!?!" I capture these real, intimate, extraordinary moments with a candid, honest, and compelling eye blind the lens. As the photographer, I'm with you for almost the entirety of your wedding journey, both before and after, and play a big role in scheduling a timeline of the day.

This connection, our relationship, it's the key to photographic success. If you get a great feeling from looking at my work and our first phone call or meetup, that feeling is channeled right into the photographs, letting me capture you in all your glory. Taking pictures that tell your love story is an incredible experience for all of us - I get a rush just thinking about the possibilities!

These photos - they are forever because you're both forever. I want you to not be able to stop yourself from looking at these photos all throughout your lives. That's why this investment is so important, for myself and my clients. There's a budget that fits just right for every couple in balance with your every wedding vision, so you achieve the wedding day you're dreaming about.

Wedding Photography Investment Collection

The Occasion

8 Hour Base Wedding Coverage
Alex as the single shooter at your wedding
High Res Digital Online Gallery
Full Image Rights


The Soirée

10 Hour Base Wedding Coverage
Engagement Shoot
Alex + 2nd Shooter at Wedding
High Res Digital Online Gallery
Full Image Rights


The Gala

10 Hour Base Wedding Coverage
Engagement Shoot
Alex + 2nd Shooter at Wedding
High Res Digital Online Gallery
Full Image Rights
20 Large Fine Art Prints


Elopement, Intimate, & À La Carte Items

The Trio

3 Hours Coverage
Alex + the Couple
High Res Digital Online Gallery
Full Image Rights


The Intimate

4 Hours Coverage w/ Alex
High Res Digital Online Gallery
Full Image Rights
* For Small Weddings: 1 - 20 guests


À La Carte Items

Engagement Shoot: $1,300.00
A la Carte Hourly Rate: $925.00
20 x Large Fine Art Print Box: $850.00
8in x 8in Canvas Album: $850.00
12in x 12in Canvas Album: $1000.00

Add Any Item to Any Package!

A Few Testimonials...

Kelly + James

“We cannot say enough great things about AJL Studio and our wonderful experience with Alex on our wedding day. Choosing Alex as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made. He made the whole process enjoyable, natural, and most of all fun, even my family members were raving about his energy and his ability to make everyone laugh. Upon our initial meeting we discussed the key elements that we felt were important to us in our wedding photos and how we envisioned the day panning out. We really wanted to have photographs capturing the 'real' moments and emotions of the day and not just the standard 'posed' pictures. Alex was so attentive to our wishes and was able to capture every special moment that we were hoping for in the most beautiful way. The photographs surpassed our expectations and it is so wonderful to look back at them and feel like we can relive the day and all the emotions and joy that went along with it. Alex was also very easy to communicate with, if we had and questions or concerns, we had no issue reaching him. We have the most authentic, unique, and fun wedding photos and we couldn't be happier!!”

Lysee + Michael

"Working with Alex to plan and shoot my wedding was an absolute joy. He was incredibly communicative and very helpful with the planning process - we relied on him to help determine the start time of our ceremony (for best lighting) and overall timing of the day. He worked with us to determine if we should do our first look prior to the ceremony or down the aisle. We ultimately chose to do it before so we could enjoy the cocktail hours with our family and friends. Planning the wedding and working with Alex was stress-free but inevitably my husband and I were both pretty anxious the day of the big event. To say Alex helped calm our nerves is a complete understatement. He made us feel SO comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. He helped stage us when we needed to set up a shot but then captured candid natural moments as they were happening. Him and his team were so professional and captured every moment perfectly while blending into the overall day. I could not recommend Alex and his team enough. Planning weddings can be annoying but do yourself a favor and hire Alex and make your life easier."

Amanda + Tim

“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. He was willing to change with the day (and the rained all day long). Alex gave us so many options, spent so much time with us and really worked hard to get the shots we wanted. He spent all day with us and as a result our wedding is documented from beginning to end in vibrant, gorgeous colors from every angle. I couldn't be happier!! Everyone asks who my photographer was and I am always happy to pass on his information. Book him QUICK before he's booked up!!!"

Little Info Tidbits from Alex That Are Great FYI's

Official Booking

After we have thoroughly enjoyed chatting it up with each other either over FaceTime, Zoom or in person over coffee and decided we simply must work together to make wedding magic happen, 1/3rd of the contracted total is due to officially hold and book your wedding date. We both sign a contract via Honeybook, my online CRM of choice (SUPER user friendly), and BAM we're a match made in heaven. FYI - AJL Studio typically books 10-18 months in advance.

Photography Style

I'd like to think that if you've made it this far, you really like my photography portfolio which means you like my style! Thanks for liking it! I take a photo journalistic approach to wedding photography, with an eye towards natural composition and organic tableaus and portraiture. I try to use natural light whenever possible, and shoot in locales that are unique, dynamic, and colorful. I'm always edged with anticipation - something amazing is about to happen, and I aim to capture it!

Stickler for Logistics

Whether you're planning your wedding with your wacky aunt, a wedding planner, a week-of venue coordinator, or just you flying solo, I stay up to date on details every step of the way. Planning the best light for portraits in tandem with ceremony, getting my insurance to the venue, adjusting for shifting timelines - I take part in all of these logistics because photography is part of every aspect. I create my own timeline for you to best serve the day's flow in tandem with the schedule to ensure smooth sailing through and through.

On the Day

Once the schedule has been solidified, I arrive when scheduled (probably a bit early because that's just me - I like to have a coffee and prep gear without rushing) and begin shooting as planned. I'm ready for off the cuff changes, but try to stay on target, stay organized, capture candid imagery, organize family portraiture, make sure we have enough time for the first look, and help work with planners and event staff to move everything forward according to plan. I capture the day as it happens. As you remember it.

Payment Schedule

Photography package payment installations are broken up into 2 parts - 1 of 2 at signing to secure and hold the date (or dates), 2 of 2 due no later than 30 days prior to the event date!

We're in this Thing Together. I'm Right There With You, Every Step of The Way. Rain or Shine. Straightening Boutonnières, Holding Bridesmaid Bouquets, And Making Sure The Bride's Hair Always Looks on Point.

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