Mary Elliot- O’Haire Photography
Peace, Beauty and Joy….Never Knowing what she may find or see. That’s just some of the things that inspire Hudson Valley landscape photographer Mary Elliott-O’Haire. “I love the journey involved in landscape photography, the changing light and colors.” This full time nurse finds nature and the beauty of the Hudson Valley and it’s changing season very comforting and peaceful.
The photography brings a balance that she needs after or prior to a hectic day! Mary began her admiration of photography as a young child and received her first camera at age 8. Some of her fondest memories are sitting on her grand parents sofa, going through old photographs and being mesmerized by the photographs. She drove her grandparents crazy with questions. She wanted to know where each photo was taken and went as far as to write notes on the back of each photo. In high school, she took a photography class and got her first 35mm camera. The rest you could say is history!
A Hudson Valley native living in Westchester County as a child and in Rhinebeck the last 30 years she has come to love the Hudson River. She is in awe of the beauty of the river. The river that flows both ways, has a tide and is home to so much life and beauty. She is equally captivated by barns and all the critters that live in them, especially horses.
She calls her self a Sunrise Girl. “I love heading out into the darkness with a headlamp on my head as I hike, climb and walk the perfect destination. I love the darkness, the stillness and the silence which slowly wakes up and paints a unique portrait of the promise and beauty of a new day. “
Mary keeps active in other areas in photography with weddings, engagement photos, anniversary and birthday celebrations, reunions, proms and family portraits. She is also very active with her church photographing religious ceremonies on High Holy Days as well as baptisms and funerals. One story she recalls is how a bride said having photos with her dog was important to her. The day of the wedding her dog was not present. Mary went and got the dog which was across the street from the occasion. She says “listening to details like that is what makes photographs special and unique to the couple.” Mary has photographed many weddings along the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound and has gone as far as Ohio and Michigan for destination weddings. This July she will be going to Indiana for a wedding.
She was also privileged to photograph a 150 Anniversary of a convent in Peekskill where Cardinal Dolan would be the celebrant of Mass. There were Nuns present from 26 countries. It was a beautiful Mass filled with joy and thanksgiving, followed by a lovely banquet.
Mary’s goal is to continue to be amazed by the beauty of the area and photograph it. She enjoys meeting new people and capturing special moments in their lives. Some of her work is featured in local stores and coffee shops. She is looking for more new places to display her landscape work which is available for purchase. One of Mary’s photographs will be featured on the cover of the 2016-2017 Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce Guide. She has also donated prints to local fundraising auctions at Rhinebeck Science Foundation, Southlands Foundation and Rhinebeck/Rheinback Exchange.
You can see daily updates of her work on
She has had shows in January 2016 at the Newburgh Library, Rcan in Red Hook last winter and 8 large prints are currently hanging in Ten Broeck Commons Coffee Shop and Library.
All Photos By Mary Elliott- O’Haire Photography