Ithaca NY Documentary Photographer



It’s great to meet you.

Hello everyone! My name is Hayley and if you happen to find yourself here, I hope to hear your story too.

I’m a documentary style photographer with a focus on weddings, portraits, business branding, and events. I’ve returned to NY and am now based in the Ithaca area of the Finger Lakes in upstate, and am available for projects worldwide.

Growing up I was always interested in the arts. For years I focused on performance arts, which gave me a life long interest in the relationship between all things and the beauty of movement. Often there was a camera in my hand on travels to document the nature around me, always with a fascination for animals, plants, and the interconnectedness of the planet as a whole. I received my first camera at age 4 and have adored photography since then, it’s been a committed pursuit since 2010. Film was my original love, the Canon AE-1 my first SLR, there’s a certain magic in the chemistry of film and I strive to re-create that in my digital process. While living and spending most of my career in the Bay Area, CA I also worked in portrait studios and did non-profit work.

I’m about authenticity over perfection, real emotion, real settings, and real interactions. My style captures candid moments through hands off direction in a very artistic documentary way, while incorporating each environment we’re in for its intrinsic beauty.

Huxley - the philosophical party cat

Huxley – the philosophical party cat

  • I live in the Finger Lakes, NY with my partner, and with my cat – Huxley; he likes to meow a lot and chase bugs
  • I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years and have photographed 300+ weddings
  • burritos are my favorite food, I can probably survive eating only these… or Thai food…
  • I’m a down to earth and easy going person
  • love nature, travel, yoga, gardening, art, and the night sky
  • believe all people, plants and animals deserve respect
  • farmer’s market frequenter and vegetarian eater
  • my photographic style is very artistic documentary
  • love adventuring to photograph in beautiful places – if we need to hike up a mountain before dawn, I’m totally down to do so

I have backpacked and photographed in Morocco, Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, Latvia, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, and Germany. What’s next? You tell me :)

I am inclusive of all humans, all are welcome here.

Interested in knowing more?

Kind Words

Let me share the story of your day. Every moment counts.

Kathryn & Charlie –

“I am so happy that we chose Hayley to photograph our wedding! She did an incredible job and was very easy to work with. While searching for a photographer, I was drawn to her beautiful, natural and candid photos. I then contacted her, and was impressed with her professionalism and friendliness. Throughout the wedding planning process she was very helpful and prompt to respond to emails. Her prices are also quite reasonable. On the day of the wedding, she seemed to blend in seamlessly, as she moved around the venue taking photos. She had a sense of calmness to her, but also took charge and directed us to pose as needed. We got the photos back within a month of the wedding, and are very happy with them. They are absolutely beautiful and perfectly captured the spirit of the day. I would highly recommend Hayley to anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer!”

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