Ventosa Vineyards Wedding Photography: Lum and Mark

It’s been a long while since one of our couples has decided not to do a first look on their wedding day. So when Lum and Mark told me they preferred not to for their September wedding at Ventosa Vineyards, I was a little surprised, but not overwhelmed.

With years of experience at planning timelines with couples and vendors like Ventosa Vineyards, we knew exactly what the plan would be - and that we were perfectly planning for their golden hour portraits in the vineyards. And as you may have noticed, it all went beautifully.

Their reception was stunning - amazing designs by Bradley James throughout the room, mixed with their family and friends was the most beautiful setting for the party to come. Their specially coordinated first dance was a crowd pleaser, the food and fun spectacular, and the end of the night sparkler exit all made for an amazing wedding day!

Congratulations Mark and Lum - here’s to you!

Meet The Vendor Team
Hair: Rachel RIzzo
Makeup: Christina Monti
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Floral and Decor: Bradley James Designs
DJ: Turner Music Productions
Wedding Cake: Holy Cannoli

Apple Picking Family Pictures: Victor NY Family Photographer

It’s one of the quintessential fall family activities. Go to the apple farm, chase your children around the field and while you’re at it, pick some of New York’s finest apples straight from the trees. Honestly, it’s a little bit chaotic for us to photograph each of our member families that day (because the farm is huge!) but it’s the best kind of chaos ever.

Hayrides, petting zoos, and laughing kids spoiling their dinner with apple cider and donuts. It’s childhood at it’s finest. And it’s such a privilege to give these memories to them. When our families look at the book we’ve created for them at the end of the year, these particular pages always give them (and us) a few chuckles.

If you still don’t know what our portrait membership is all about - there’s an easy way to learn more. JOIN US at our next event on October 27th, at Chase Farms. Come in costume, get a pumpkin and chat with us about it!

Artisan Works, Rochester NY Wedding Photographers: Carol and Jeff

Carol and Jeff created a wedding day where fun was the top priority.

We began at Corn Hill Landing for their first look with the city skyline behind them. It was sweet, and fun and included their bridal party towards the end. From there we moved on to Highland Park and the Sunken Gardens in Rochester for bridal party photographs and time together with each other.

After the fun and festivities of photographs, we headed to Artisan Works for their ceremony and reception, which was nothing short of lovely and full of real emotion.

There were a few bumps in the day, as there always are - but we’ve learned that these two are capable of pivoting with style and grace. And in the end, the day was fantastic - because Carol and Jeff, got married.

~ Erin

Carol and Jeff’s Vendor Team
Venue: Artisan Works
Caterer: Madeline’s Catering
DJ: Stage Productions, Mike Bonanno
Wedding Cake: Something Delicious Bake Shop
Florals: Wegmans, Penfield NY
Transportation: Esteem Limo
Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride
Bridesmaids Attire: Katherine Patricia, Fairport NY
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Finger Lakes Wedding Photography, Ventosa Vineyards: Christine and John

There are very few things we cannot control on a wedding day. The weather is top on that list. And while it wasn’t a heatwave, or raining - it was incredibly windy on Christine and John’s wedding day. But as all weddings do, the show must go on and so it did.

From the first look to the last dance, John and Christine were all about sharing their love - both for each other, and for everyone that came to celebrate the day with them. Their bridal party was super fun, and their families were the absolute sweetest, handling the windy atmosphere with laughter and grace. It was a beautiful day for the sweetest couple.

Congratulations Christine and John!

~Erin

Lockport Locks Wedding Photography: Jen and Dan

Jen and Dan left no aspect of their wedding untouched by their own hands. Even down to their jewelry - which was made using sand from beaches on their travels, and their wedding bands created by themselves. They included the love of their lives, Scotty the cat. They had planned every detail perfectly.

Except for the one thing they had no control over - the weather. Thankfully the weather cooperated well through their super duper adorable first look, portraits and even for most of the ceremony.

But then as cocktail hour on the canal at Lockside Locks/Erie Canalside began the skies opened up and it rained - hard.

They could have been disappointed. They could have stayed inside and skipped doing portraits on the topside of the boat and stayed relatively dry with their guests. But Jen and Dan threw caution to the wind (as well as their slippery shoes on the boat deck) and played in the rain with umbrellas and ponchos. They embraced and enjoyed every piece of what the day gave them. Nothing was going to dim their happiness.

They were just so stinking, happy to finally be married - and we were just as happy to have been there to capture it. Congratulations Jen and Dan!

~ Erin

Family Portraits in the Eastman Museum Gardens

This amazing family is part of our portrait membership program. Seeing them grow each year and watching the kids grow into their fun (and adorable) personalities is a major perk of the job of a Family Photographer in Rochester.

They played hide and seek, peekaboo, and they laughed and hugged. Their family pictures at the Eastman House went swimmingly. It was a great day for a beautiful family.

Genesee Valley Club, Rochester NY Wedding: Kyra and Alex

I wish I had copies of Kyra and Alex’s wedding vows, because they not only fit them perfectly, but they were real. They referenced clogged drains and real life situations and the every day life that real couples experience. They saw this day as a beautiful moment, but also saw the future before them too.

Together with an amazing team of Rochester wedding vendors they created an amazing Rochester NY Wedding day. We’d like to give a huge thank you to Lisa from Limedrop Events, the staff at The Genesee Valley Club and florals from Wisteria Flowers for helping this day run seamlessly.

And after dinner, Twilight Entertainment kept the dance floor fired up! The energy and happiness was on high all night.

I say it all the time, but it’s always true - we really do work with the most amazing people. Thank you Alex and Kyra for the opportunity to capture this one day in your story together. Congratulations and cheers to you!

~ Erin

Rochester NY Proposal Photography: Jenn and Steph

Jenn called me a few days before in hopes that we were available to capture this momentous occasion in their lives. A scavenger hunt was afoot - and Stephanie had no idea it was about to happen.

Jenn had selected locations based on moments in their relationship for Stephanie to find her next clue, as well as their parents. She had gathered everyone together so that she could propose to Stephanie in the most romantic way possible.

The scavenger hunt ended at the Strathallan in Rochester NY, where Jenn got down on one knee and proposed to Stephanie. It was truly a beautiful thing to witness and share in this time of their lives.

Jenn and Steph, I wish you nothing but the best for a future of adventures together. Congratulations on your engagement!

Personal Brand Photography: Sarah Heppell Photography

Branding Photography has been an exciting challenge for us. Building this area of our business has taken time and a lot of planning. Thankfully, we haven’t gone it alone. We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate and work together with Sarah in our own think tank of sorts.

But photographing another photographer, man that can be scary. We recently traveled to Syracuse to capture personal branding images of Sarah and her team. Our session had a few goals - but mainly we wanted to show them as fun, playful and colorful in both their office and at home.

It’s safe to say that working with them was anything BUT boring and colorless. See what I mean?

Ventosa Vineyards Wedding: Jesse and Kristen

From the start, working with Jesse and Kristen has been amazing. They’re the kind of couple that exudes genuine happiness together. It was refreshing to witness and capture their Finger Lakes wedding at Ventosa Vineyards.

Because of all of our work together in advance, everything had been perfectly planned. We felt relaxed and at ease all day which created a great atmosphere for their celebration. Their first look was just one of the highlights of the day for me. Jesse’s reaction to seeing Kristen for the first time was priceless.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking now, but congratulations Kristen and Jesse. Thank you for showing us your real selves and for allowing us to give these moments back to you in our photographs.

~ Erin

The Vendor Team
Hair & Makeup: Studio Salon
Wedding Gown: The Bridal Belle
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Floral: Don’s Own Flower Shop
Officiant: Rev Marjorie Smith
Videographer: Luxe Reel
Entertainment: DJ Dale

Senior Pictures, Victor NY Class of 2020: Meet Connor

He told me he was just a simple, casual guy. He loves his truck, chemistry, yard work and hunting.

Oh, and he’s also into woodworking and has a little shop in his basement. He was very modest about it, but I saw what he’s made— and don’t let Connor fool you, he is very talented!

It was a pleasure exploring Boughton Park with Connor for his senior portraits. We utilized the natural settings of water and trees but also found a broken down bridge that made a cool backdrop. Check ‘em out and say hi below!

-Lori

In Between Portrait Membership: Tie Dye Night candid family portraits

Oh what a lovely, messy night we had! The threat of rain didn’t stop us from creating our new shirts with our member families. These candid family portrait moments are always different, each event changing with the season.

There are some events that are now traditions. Apple picking (which is coming up soon!) being one of them. But this was a new one for us. Tie dye is such a common “summer time with kids” activity, that it made sense to include it in this years lineup.

Big thanks to Dana Sharp (one of our awesome members) for leading the group and showing us all some tips and tricks in creating great tie dyed shirts for the whole family!

Curious as to what these “members” are that we’re always talking about? Check out our membership information, or come to our next event to find out more!