Wedding and Portrait Photography in Upstate New York. Serving Albany, Troy, Saratoga, Hudson, and beyond.


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about Kristen


I dream about photography. Literally. (I have the dream journal to prove it…)

My two earliest memories of photography are still clear in my mind and both include my father: the first, when he used a telephoto lens to capture the image of a deer in the field behind our house, and I couldn’t believe how close it looked in the picture, almost like I could touch it; the second, watching The Parent Trap (1961) and asking my dad, “How did they do that?” {How did they make it look like there was two of the same person?} His answer… “camera magic.” From that moment on I was instantly obsessed with the idea that cameras were magic.

I still believe that today. When I click the shutter down and capture a child’s expression, I believe that a little magic has happened – I have stopped time! That moment has been saved forever. And with the exceptions of my family, my dog, and yoga, few things in life give me more joy than sharing a little bit of magic with those around me.

This is what I strive to do in all of my photo sessions with clients. Whether you need a professional head shot, portraits of your child, special moments from your wedding day to be captured, or just want a whimsical portrait of your dog, I am more than happy to share a little camera magic with you!

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Kristen Renee Photography, founded in 2011, serves Albany and the surrounding Capital District of New York, including the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley. She has an easy-going, photojournalistic documentary style and creates natural images of her clients that capture the true spirit and emotion of their wedding day. Kristen is a fully licensed and insured business owner.

My Philosophy + Beliefs About Photography
1. I believe it is important to remain unobtrusive on a wedding day whenever possible. The day isn't about me; it's about you!
2. I believe that parents should be included in at least one portrait with their children during every "kids" session. It's important to be visible. When your children look back at photos from their childhood, they will want to see their parents present in those special moments, too!
3. I feel that children should not be made to smile in every portrait if they do not want to smile.
4. I believe that photographs should be tangible and it is important to have printed copies of them, for posterity. I help all my clients to preserve their legacies for future generations by providing them with proof of their images. #preserveyourlegacy
5. I truly believe that every human being is beautiful.

Five Facts About Me
1. I'm allergic to cherries.
2. I took my first photograph when I was three years old and my first camera was a Where's Waldo 110 film camera that I got from a Scholastic book order in elementary school.
3. I am a geek and a gamer. I love sci-fi and fantasy. I have too many fandoms to list, but my absolute favorites are Mass Effect, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel.
4. I taught myself to knit by watching videos on YouTube.
5. I was a public school English teacher (mostly middle school) for 10 years.



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Kristen is an absolute gem! We live a few hours away, which could've made our working relationship very difficult, but she was incredibly flexible and was happy to work around our travel schedule. Plus, she is super down to earth and very open to collaboration. It was a lot of fun to see her creativity at work on the day of our wedding (and even beforehand in our meetings). Also, my husband and I had quite a boisterous wedding party, but Kristen managed to wrangle them with equal parts patience and humor. To top it all off, we just received our photos back (turnaround was only 1 month!!) and they are absolutely stunning. I can't say enough good things about Kristen!


We hired Kristen to do the photos of our wedding, and could not have been happier with the result! She brought a second photographer with her, and between the two of them, they captured everything we had wanted to see! We were hoping to find a photographer who could get us all the pictures we wanted, but who also wasn't all over us all day, which is exactly what we got. Kristen was there without being overbearing, she was great during group shots with family and friends, and helped us during the first look too. Also, we got our pictures SO fast! She sent them to us with in a few weeks and we were able to start ordering images right away. They are all gorgeous, and exactly what we had hoped for. We loved working with her, and would hire her again if we could! You'll be missing out if you don't choose her as your photographer!


Loved having Kristen as our wedding photographer. Not exaggerating, every single picture came out great, I want to frame them all! She had a great, laid-back personality and really got the job done in an unobtrusive way, which gives you one less thing to stress about on the big day. I really appreciated that I didn't have to worry if the shots came out right, she showed us a few on her camera and I knew they would be great. We also wanted a second shooter for the day which I definitely recommend, just for that extra peace of mind. We got the photos back pretty quickly but the quality is really what blew me away. Highly recommend having Kristen photograph your wedding day, all of the work she does is beautiful.


We are so happy we had Kristen as a photographer for our wedding! We never have had professional pictures, so we didn't know how photogenic we would be that day. But Kristen made our day so fun and it felt so natural when we were being photographed. She was very professional and friendly it was almost like we've know her for a long time! Our pictures are better than I ever could have imaged them to be, it's so hard to choose one! Thank you Kristen for joining us on our special day and capturing all our special moments!

Kelly + Matthew

Kristen was absolutely amazing, I could not have asked for a better experience. First of all, the pictures came out great. Just stunning. Kristen was extremely professional from the first contact to the last time we saw her, even getting our photos to us on time, as promised. She was very clear and easy to work with, very accommodating. Her package includes an engagement session, but because we had contacted her only a few months before the wedding day we opted to instead use that part of the package for after the wedding day to get our formal shots taken (we got dressed up again and met her at the hotel the wedding took place at). This enabled us to make the formal family shots move along quickly so we could go right in to our reception and dinner. PERFECT.

Her organization really helped the day move along. She was the most non-intrusive photographer I have ever experienced at a wedding, I did not notice her at all during the ceremony or the reception, though from the photos it seemed like she was everywhere getting all the best shots. I have been to weddings where the photographer seems to be right in the middle of everything, and this was not the case with her.

Kristen definitely exceeded all my expectations. I am so happy with the results and would recommend her for any occasion.

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Coverage for up to 8 hours.
Two photographers.
Fully edited hi-res digital images.
Password protected online gallery for downloading files and ordering prints.
Timeline creation and consultation.

Custom/hourly rate packages available upon request.


Average session of 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Location of your choice.
Minimum of 25 fully edited hi-res digital images.
Password protected online gallery for downloading files and ordering prints.


All members of the military and their immediate families receive a discount of 10% off their package price and any add-ons that are agreed to at the time of contract.

Repeat clients receive a $25 discount off their session price.

Past clients who refer my services will receive a gift for each new client who books a session or wedding with me - either: $25 off their next session OR $25 off a wall mounted print from a previous session.

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