Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer


Mike Wake

Client Love

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Mike for our engagement party, engagement photos, and wedding day! Right from the first zoom call, we knew Mike was going to be the perfect fit to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments. He was clear and concise about what exactly he was going to deliver all while being so authentic and personable. He truly made my husband and I feel as though our vision for each day was not only heard, but he genuinely cared about helping us achieve it as well!

We knew we could trust in Mike to be well organized and prepared, but we were still overwhelmed at the lengths he went to scope out our locations prior to the events, offering multiple spots for gorgeous pictures with breathtaking scenery and views. He’s also incredible at making you feel so at ease in front of the camera and finding ways to let your personality shine through in photos. We can’t commend him enough for his professionalism on the big day, from his choice of a second shooter to his time management that kept us right on track (which is a tough thing to do with our families!)

If you need a photographer, there’s no better choice than Mike! He cares about the art and the person - you’ll have beautiful pictures and even better memories. We can’t wait to work with him again :)

-Ashley & Kyle

I cannot say enough about how wonderful Mike was as our wedding photographer! Don’t research anymore - if he’s available, book him!!

Mike was easy to communicate with leading to the wedding and organizing the day. Day of, he was fantastic and ran the show with the ease. His energy was great and really captured the candid moments we were hoping for! He was 100% there to make our day special and was out of the dance floor with everyone as well during reception - he’s awesome! 💃🏽

We loved the album he put together afterwards and was so patient with type A person that I am with edits 🙃 He gave timely sneak peeks and then the final pictures too! We were so thankful to have him as our wedding photographer!

-Dana & Craig

Mike is an absolute dream to work with! I knew his photos would be stunning from his website, but what I really needed was someone calm, easygoing, and organized for such a chaotic and emotional day. Mike absolutely fit the bill here. He kept everything smooth and simple, and helped make our day even more perfect. We can't recommend Mike enough!

-Nick & Rikki

...My fiancé & I  were so afraid of having super staged or cheesy photographs taken of our wedding, and had heard horror stories about pushy, overpriced photographers doing anything to get their shot. Enter Mike, the most professional, kind, and talented photographer I’ve ever met. Mike photographed my best friends wedding and I remember thinking how elegant, genuine, and well crafted their pictures came out... At our first meeting Mike was deeply engaged and committed to not only capturing the moments of our wedding day, but the love story that lead to it. I realized that what made Mike so special as a photographer was taking the time to really understand each couple he photographed... One of the first questions Mike asked us was, “How do you hope to feel when you first see each other when you walk down the aisle?” I told him I envisioned it being one of the most spiritual moments of my life. Well flash forward to day after our wedding when Mike sent us a preview of our wedding album that he spent all night editing on no sleep because he was so excited to get us our photos. There is a photo of my father walking me down the aisle and while I am not facing the camera, you can see my husband looking at me with tears in his eyes, as he sees me in my wedding dress for the first time. I cried when I saw that photo because I thought no one would ever be able to describe that feeling I described to Mike in our first meeting. Somehow he did though and now I get to show my children that. There are a million reasons to hire Mike but I’d say the biggest one is that it’s really rare to find a talent like him with the heart he has. He is beyond humble, and hardworking. Mike is a true artist.

-Lacey & Andrew 

I don’t know how to put into words how brilliant Mike is. My husband and I got engaged and planned our entire wedding in one week from that day...From the moment I spoke to Mike through Zoom I knew that I wanted him to be a part of our wedding. He was enthusiastic, friendly, and professional. Mike edited our entire album and delivered it in less than two weeks of our wedding...He was unobtrusive, friendly, and fun, and put all of our guests at ease too – We LOVED and were blown away by the entire album. He then wrote an entire blog about every detail of our wedding. It was eloquently written and he managed to capture all the sentiments that I felt that day. His blog made me cry like a baby while reading it. One of my guests that read it asked, "Your photographer is one if a kind. Where is this guy from, we need to find husbands that write and think like him!" Lol it was perhaps my favorite complement of Mike. Honestly, Mike is incredibly amazing at what he does, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to capture our day. Mike is the BEST choice.

-Suzue & Derek

Mike was absolutely amazing! From our pre- planning meetings to the actual wedding to a fun photo shoot after the wedding, he made us feel comfortable every step of the way. He went above and beyond to make sure we got every picture we wanted and even had fun ideas for unique poses. Our wedding day felt like having a friend walk around with us and take pictures. We can not recommend him enough and we look forward to working with him in the future.

-Victoria & Braxton 

Mike proved to be an exceptional photographer to work with on our wedding day. His calm and professional demeanor helped us feel comfortable in front of the camera, resulting in memorable and natural photos. He understood our vision and captured every detail with precision, without disrupting the flow of the day. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for outstanding wedding photography.

-Lina & Dustin

Mike was the best to work with! He listened to exactly what we wanted, the pictures are gorgeous and so much fun! We all felt at ease and had so many laughs along the way. My husband and I would recommend Mike 1000x over! Thank you Mike!

-Lindsay & Alex

My husband & I were so nervous to take professional pictures for the first time but Mike is super nice & it was so easy for us to become relaxed around him. Our wedding photos came out so perfect, it was more than we could have hoped for! absolutely love the work Mike does & we will definitely be hiring him again for more work in the future!

-Mika & Chris

Mike is amazing. He was recommended to us by a mutual contact in the wedding industry and we knew from the time we first inquired about his services that he was definitely our choice! He’s laidback but extremely professional. Our photos from our engagement shoot and wedding were beyond stunning and he made us look incredible and feel totally comfortable in front of the camera. We would recommend Mike a thousand times to any couple looking to book photography for their wedding!

-Sara & Kevin

Mike is so friendly, helpful, prompt to respond and a joy to work with. I still have wedding guests messaging me about how much they enjoyed his presence at our wedding. Exactly the professional you'd want to hire for your special day.

-Kimberly & Collin R

If you need professional photos taken, Mike is 100% the go to photographer. The first time around I was nervous it would be awkward, but he makes you feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. I've had 2 shoots with him, and will definitely be booking again.

-Jordan & Selena C

​Mike was incredibly professional at all times, and made sure my boyfriend and I were always comfortable. He directed us in every shot so we didn’t feel awkward, the photos came out stunning and his platform for selecting photos was so easy to use. Can’t recommend him enough!

-Ange B

Mike is an amazing photographer and super talented. He offered great local suggestions of where to shoot and has great pricing. He knew how to pose us so the lighting and picture quality would come out perfect. We received timely and quality photos that we will cherish for a lifetime. He is a very versatile photographer and I will definitely be pursuing his services in the future.

-José & Nikky G

Getting photos done with Mike was amazing! My fiancé surprised me with a photographer for our engagement, I had no idea that Mike was there to capture that moment in our lives, but I am so glad he did! He also took our family photos with our son, what a great guy to work with! My son is 4 and easily distracted, but Mike was able to capture the best photos of him and us without my toddler even realizing that he was posing. Mike is definitely the guy you want to hire if you want great photos for your memories!

-Cody & Erica G

Mike is such an awesome photographer! My fiancé and I used him for our engagement shoot and he made us feel so comfortable and took BEAUTIFUL photos!! He knows how to make it feel natural and fun at the same time.

-Stephanie & Kyle