Photographer John Leavy

When John Leavy opened River Photo Studios on Main Street in Tarrytown, he felt he was not just filling a local void, but one present in all of Westchester County.

imagesThat void is the need for high quality unique photography in an intimate and professional atmosphere. John tries to capture what’s special about each of his clients. His photography is about the subject, not about the props. "I have an idea tailored for each client before they come in, but we don’t lose spontaneity because that’s when you get something really special," said John.

John graduated with a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has been immersed in the world of photography ever since. Prior to opening River Photo Studios, John worked as studio photographer in New York and for several years was in charge of the Photo Unit of the New York City Fire Department.

In April 2001, John and his family moved from Manhattan to Sleepy Hollow. He continued his photography career in Westchester for his client-following, working primarily on location. John wanted to open up his own studio, but it had to be just the right place. That place was 11 Main Street.

"It is a great spot…it has a great vibe…an energy," he said. River Photo Studios was opened in December 2005. The location above the Tarrytown Music Hall has been advantageous for the studio. It is easy for people to remember and find the studio because it is located in a landmark building. The studio also draws a lot of business from the Music Hall. John shoots photos for the many shows at the Music Hall and is becoming known as an excellent stage photographer. After seeing the great photos from the various shows, many families of the young performers seek out John’s services for portraits and event photography. "Karina Ringeisen and everyone at the Music Hall have just been so great," said John.

This December, John and his wife, Jennifer, will be celebrating River Photo Studios’ one-year anniversary as a full service, state-of-the-art digital photography studio. River Photo Studios can be reached for all your portrait, holiday and event photography needs at 914.332.0028 and

1 Comment

  1. I knew John Leavy after he graduated RIT. I would like to see his photo now.
    Eloise Pennington
    Cape Coral, FL

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