Senate Garage is a dramatic industrial building host to a rich variety of life including photo & film, music, arts, weddings and galas. Deeply rooted in Kingston, Senate Garage draws inspiration from the city’s community, rich history and the natural beauty of the surrounding Hudson Valley. Our 8,500 SF space celebrates its industrial past with distressed brick, exposed I-beams, aged concrete floor, large steel frame windows, neutral walls and sheer curtains. Plenty of natural light. We have iconic furniture on-site and can access a much larger local inventory of additional furniture. Just out our door is historic colonial Uptown Kingston filled with restaurants & shopping. Very close by is the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains, farms and rolling hills of the photogenic Hudson Valley. We are happy to recommend some places in the area for you to explore.
Ruby Press founder Melissa McElhatton Davis got her start in fashion editorial in 1992 at Harper’s Bazaar. She followed her time at Harper’s Bazaar as a Senior Fashion Market Editor at Mademoiselle magazine. Melissa followed her eight years of experience as a national fashion editor in New York City with five years in editorial in San Francisco. She was a Contributing Editor for Lucky magazine, where she created content for multiple pages in the magazine each month and hosted bi-weekly television segments on the local NBC affiliate morning news show on the magazine’s behalf. While working with Lucky magazine, Melissa reported on local designers, retailers, and trends, which she also did while at 7x7, where she served as Fashion/Beauty Editor for two years. Melissa founded Ruby Press in 2001 and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Design Sponge, Lonny, Gap.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle, PopSugar, Glitter Guide, Coco + Kelly, Sacramento Street Blog, La Dolce Vita, and PR Couture. She has been invited to speak at top universities, including UC Berkeley, San Jose State, FIDM, and Academy of Art University, and has offered PR advice in books Craft Inc, and Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR. In 2014, she wrote and self-published the IPPY-award winning This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and was invited to be a panelist Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women.
I got my start in the photo world while working in the Art Dept at Mary Howard Studio. From there I moved into the tech role assisting a number of photographers. I left NYC in 2016 and have been enjoying all that the Hudson Valley has had to offer ever since.
I’m originally from Upstate NY but have worked and lived in NYC for the last 15years. I’m now full time in Kingston NY since the pandemic. I have two boys- 4&6 and my husband is a touring musician-who’s also home now due to Covid. I started Le Shag directly out of college while simultaneously working on and off Broadway and in various print work as a hair and makeup artist. Le Shag is a beauty collective of around 25 stylists. We focus on guiding artists from the start of their career into an “easier lifestyle” (aka retirement/maternity leave, etc) through our 3 part business plan. We offer training, placement, salon ownership/partnership opportunities through our capsule program and Le Shag Academy educator opportunities and connections.
Chris Eckert began his professional career as a photographer after graduating from Duke University. His passion for imagery and easy going manner have made Chris the choice photographer for a wide range of clients. His powerful point of view and ability to tell the client's story have made him a leader in the event, technology and corporate sectors and his discerning eye has let him to create content for some of the world's leading fashion brands and magazines. CLIENT ROSTER: Imagination, Uber, Bollinger Motors, Rolls Royce, Micheal Kors, Aeropostale, Avon, Macy's, Target, Lands End, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Virgin, Esquire, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar, Facebook, Hearst Digital Advertising, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Snap Chat, Alibaba, Proctor and Gamble, Cover Girl, Pandora, Pantene + Wanderlust.
Bobby Fisher was born in Virginia, the grandson of a four star General, U.S.M.C. ‘You either surfed or joined the military, I chose the ocean.’ Post Punk sonically pushed him to Manhattan and The Hotel Chelsea in 1985. It was here in the late 80’s that he was offered an assisting job, the launch pad for his own career in photography. Bobby’s work has appeared in: ‘T’ New York Times Style Magazine, G.Q., Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Gather Journal, InStyle, Travel & Leisure, Departures Magazine, W Magazine and more. His commercial clients include: Samsung,Blue Moon Beer, Avon, Transitions Lenses, Eddie Bauer, SAP, Pepsi, Bank of America, and others. "Working with Bobby on my book, APPETITES was a great joy. I was always a fan, but smartest thing I ever did was tell him to "run wild" , to shoot in a way that no one else had given him the opportunity to do previously. The results are amazing. A book I'm very, very proud of, largely because of Bobby's pictures. He far surpassed my wildest expectations." ANTHONY BOURDAIN, Chef, Author, Television personality. "I thank Bobby for bringing my neighborhood alive on the page, his bold vision, patience and keen eye have taken this book to the next level." MARCUS SAMUELSSON, Chef, Restaurateur "Bobby’s work travels through time and many dimensions, but it is always modern, humane, and eternally beautiful." ARTURO VEGA, Artist, The Ramones creative director "He slid right into the rhythm of home and studio here in Bali, while shooting a story on me and my studio for T New York Times style Magazine. Bobby was a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging compatriot. I was only vaguely aware of him actually wielding a camera. This understated approach made it all the startling when I finally confronted the very vivid and penetrating results of his quiet labor." ASHLEY BICKERTON, Artist "You look like Gary Oldman’s younger, better looking brother." JULIA ROBERTS, Actress "Who the fuck are you?" MARY J. BLIGE, Singer-songwriter
Richard Gary is a commercial photographer who recently relocated to the Hudson Valley from NYC. His editorial clients have included German Harper's Bazaar, Amazing Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine. Advertising clients have included BBDO, Skinnygirl, Tea's Tea, Our Man In Havana and Zimmer Design.
Shannon Greer was born a poor hillbilly in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas then raised on the mean streets of 1970's New York City. He is one of the few Americans to have a European airport and a river named after him. He loves Indian Cuisine, Napa Valley Reds and Dark Chocolate. When not photographing, he likes nothing better than body surfing in the ocean and training for his future black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.