Vineyard Wedding Venues Series, Skaneateles NY: Anyela's Vineyard

We’ve worked at so many wedding venues in the Finger Lakes and the Rochester NY area. So many in fact, that we thought it might be helpful to engaged couples to show you a series of some of the vineyard wedding venues we’ve had the pleasure of working at in the area. In the next few weeks we’re going to show you one at a time - so if you’re on the hunt for your perfect Finger Lakes vineyard wedding, follow along!

We’re going to start with Anyela's Vineyard in Skaneatles, NY. It’s a beautiful setting for a wedding. There’s a great gazebo space for a ceremony on a beautiful garden filled lawn. The view is spectacular.

What’s great about Anyela’s is that there’s a separate space for each portion of your wedding. From the ceremony, you head inside to the winery for cocktail hour and then from there, into the beautiful pole tent where the reception will take place. It’s been a bit since we’ve been there, but we remember the meal like it was yesterday.

We love that there is a huge variety of photography options on the grounds of Anyela’s. The flowering beds, the view, the vineyards, and the cellar doors all make for great photo locations. And the sunset scene was to die for. Gorgeous. Enjoy a tiny glimpse of what we loved!

~ Erin

Senior Graduation / Announcement Cards

Hey there soon to be high school graduates and parents! Looking to use those awesome photos we created for you on a Graduation Announcement or Graduation Party Invitation? It’s about that time, and we can help with that.

We can create custom layouts using your favorite photos and your personal text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your photo(s). We usually feature one large photo on the front. Your choice of text could include your senior’s name, class year, and/or school overlaid on top. Additional photos can go on the back side.

  2. Send us your text. This could be details for graduation day or your grad party info and RSVP.

  3. Review your proof. We’ll take the information provided and put together a proof for you to review digitally. Make sure everything is spelled correctly, and let us know how many you need. Cards come in sets of 25.

  4. Send them out! We provide thick, high quality cards with envelopes. (Bonus: they are printed on recycled paper!)

It’s as easy as that! Want more input on the design? Get in touch and we can show you templates for inspiration and create the card while you watch.

So what are you waiting for? Reach out today to get started!

-Lori

Portrait Membership Program: Swim Time in Fairport NY

So yes, technically spring is here. Technically we should have been soaking in the sunshine and warmth.

Technically.

I’m so glad we planned a swimming event for our portrait members in March, because technically - it snowed that day. So rather than complain about the snow, we hopped into the pool and captured our families splashing around.

The best part of this event, was that some of our families were at our last swimming event two years ago, when their littles - were super little. We’ve captured their growth for years. Even my own little has grown. In two years, he’s changed from a nervous toddler who wouldn’t go past his ankles in the water, to finding the deepest spot where he can still touch the ground on his tip toes.

I may not have been soaking in the sunshine, but I was soaking in the memories while my fingers got wrinkly.

We’ve grown together as a group, always welcoming new members with arms open. The kids are all becoming friends and forming bonds. Towards the end, they were playing water basketball as one big group. It’s becoming the thing we hoped it would be - a community.

If you’re still wondering why we keep talking about this membership - stop wondering, and start asking. We want to capture your family throughout the year! We promise, you won’t regret it.

~ Erin

2019 Intern Position Available

Our business is always growing, and we want to share our experience with the next generation of photographers again this year.

We are looking for a motivated individual aiming to gain experience in the business of portrait and wedding photography. You’ll learn tips and tricks while shooting with real customers, as well as many of the back end tasks that  most people don’t think about. The position would begin in May and run through October. We expect a weekly commitment of 5-10 hours. Pay is based on experience level and can be discussed after the official internship is complete.

You’ll get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to run a photography business. We’ll review your portfolio (if you’d like) and address any specific areas you may want help with. You can pick our brains about what we have learned in our 6+ years of running a full time business!


Photo Tasks May Include:
Assisting on Portrait Sessions/Weddings
Editing with Lightroom/Photoshop
Placing Print Orders
Packaging Print Orders


Business Tasks Could Include:
Social Media updates
Compiling blog posts
Other odds and ends as they come up

Congratulations Class of 2019: Rochester NY High School Senior Portraits

First, I want to wish the Class of 2019 happiness and success. Second, I want to say thank you! Thank you for sharing your smiles, your stories and your laughter with us.

It has been our pleasure to get to know each of you over the last year, and to document your personality, style, and interests.

This year, we worked with dancers, golfers, baseball and volleyball players. We also worked with musicians, animal lovers, and even some with political ambitions. We visited parks, beaches, schools and farms. We played in the flowers, the rain and even in Rochester City Hall.

Yes, it was a fun year and one for the record books. Thank you to each high school senior and their family for taking us along on the ride! If you want to relive it with us, you can find blog recaps for each student below.

Please join me in congratulating the Rochester NY Area Class of 2019!

-Lori and Erin

Ventosa Vineyards Wedding, Advice for Wedding Couples from Sara and Larry

Sara and Larry’s Ventosa Wedding was like being at one of our own family weddings. These two and their families made us feel so at home. So when they said they wanted to write up some advice for wedding couples I was so excited. But when we saw what they wrote, I swear it put us over the moon with happiness. We’re so, so honored and I swear to everything, we did not solicit these exact words.

Read on to find their advice for engaged couples:

I have so many favorite pictures, but I  wanted to share the one I attached because I love how it captures so much happiness and fun! I honestly believe that the most important part of our wedding was having you guys share the day with us. 

Sara's advice: Do not, under any circumstances, skimp on having the BEST photographers.  This is the most important decision you can make for your wedding. Having an amazing venue is certainly extremely important, but even with the best venue, if you and your photographers don't mesh, or if they don't share your wedding day vision, you will miss out on so much you didn't know was happening throughout the day. 

Larry's advice: Take time and enjoy the day because it really does fly by!

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Thank you, Sara and Larry, for your amazing words. Are you one of our past couples? Would you like to share your favorites with us? Just get in touch - we’d love to hear in your words what your favorites were!

Now Booking: Personal Brand Photography in Rochester NY

Hey there friend! Erin and I are super excited to announce the launch of a new area within Lori and Erin Photography: Personal Brand Photography!

You asked for it, and we are finally ready to fully deliver. This may seem like something we’ve always offered. You’re not wrong.

We’ve just made the process better, clearer and tailored to growing businesses and their owners. We didn’t realize until now that we could actually give it the name and category it should rightfully have.

We have always placed on emphasis on showcasing your personality, whether it’s a family, senior or business portrait. When folks come to us for headshots, we ask the question:

“What do you want people to see when they look at this?” And I then tell them, we don’t do boring head shots here.

Ok so what’s NEW about Personal BRAND Photography? It takes commercial headshots and business portraits to a new level.

If you are an entrepreneur, chances are yours is the face of your business in a fast paced online world. With the importance of social media to a consumers buying behavior, and whether they realize it or not, customers want to know who you and your brand are.

That’s where we come in. We’ll work together to really discover the essence of your brand, then create a library of images for you to use on your website and social media pages. Whether it’s 10 images, or 50, you’ll elevate your brand with quality images that speak to YOUR client in a way that selfies and snapshots cannot.

When we decided to step into this new space, we did our homework. Lots of it. As business owners ourselves, we have real, every day experience with social media. And while our business revolves around creating images every day, we know that most businesses do not. So how do you have a presence on Instagram, an image heavy platform, when you don’t have a steady stream of new images?

We’re going to help with that!

If you’d like to learn more, click here to read on. We’ve created a whole magazine full of information to help you determine if Personal Brand Photography is what you need to grow your business.

And if you’re ready to jump in with both feet, contact us now and let’s get you on the path to a thriving, relatable brand in your community!

Cheers!
Lori

Joe: Class of 2019 Senior Portrait

His mother told me that it’s rare to see Joe without a hat on. She just wanted some simple photos to remember her son at this stage, before he heads off into college and then the real world.

For Joe’s senior photos, we returned to the same location where we photographed his sister just a few years earlier: the always beautiful Eastman Museum.

It was one of those mornings where I drove through a passing rain shower on the way to the session. Uh oh.

But it held off for us to make some images. Joe chose the very first portrait for his yearbook photo, a nice casual close up. Then we had fun using some of the different backdrops and textures available to us on the grounds. Rochester NY has so many great options for senior portraits.

Here are a few of my favorites. Say congrats to Joe in the comments!  

Have a great year!
 -Lori

Arbor Loft Wedding Photography, in Steph and Paul's Eyes

When we put together a blog post from an awesome Rochester NY Wedding, we tend to use the photos that speak to us the most. They’re the ones we felt pulled to share and also tell a great story about a couples’ wedding day.

But we also love to find out which of your wedding photographs you love too. Sometimes they’re the same as our choices, sometimes they’re not. Steph and Paul shared a few of their favorites from their Downtown Rochester NY Arbor Loft Wedding with us, and why they loved them.

It was a rainy day, so we had to make use of every inch of space The Arbor Loft had available, as well as every ounce of creativity we had. If you’re wondering how we did it, you can do a lot with a simple window and hallway when you need to.

So here’s what they shared with me, and why they’re their favorites - from angles and composition, to showing true personalities all the way to capturing the most authentic and memorable moments.

“We loved the location and the series was a perfect representation representation of Paul's personality.”

“We loved the location and the series was a perfect representation representation of Paul's personality.”

“During our ceremony, when it was time for Paul to repeat his vows he had a moment of uncontrollable nervous laughter which in turn triggered Steph to laugh. It was an absolutely real moment that we found to be endearing and raw. It was so spontaneously unexpected and we both just ran with it. We'll never forget it and it will always be one of my favorite memories from that day.”

“During our ceremony, when it was time for Paul to repeat his vows he had a moment of uncontrollable nervous laughter which in turn triggered Steph to laugh. It was an absolutely real moment that we found to be endearing and raw. It was so spontaneously unexpected and we both just ran with it. We'll never forget it and it will always be one of my favorite memories from that day.”

“I really loved everything about this photo - the angle with the wall, the white fluffy rug and blue couch, the city building in the background, and the texture of the wall - I just found everything about it to be beautiful and interesting.”

“I really loved everything about this photo - the angle with the wall, the white fluffy rug and blue couch, the city building in the background, and the texture of the wall - I just found everything about it to be beautiful and interesting.”

Thank you Steph and Paul for sharing your thoughts with us and allowing us to share them with the world.

Are you one of our past couples? Would you like to share your favorites with us? Just get in touch - we’d love to hear in your words what your favorites were!

Fairport NY Senior Pictures: Kristen in the Sunflowers

Kristen came to us all the way from Rome, New York for her senior portrait experience! She had read all about the Sunflower Festival at Wickham Farms and knew that was what she wanted for her senior photos. We hit up the Thomas Creek Boardwalk first to fit her barefoot country vibe, then enjoyed a sunset in the sunflowers. 

Who knew there were so many varieties of sunflowers? I sure didn’t. Tall, short, yellow, orange. They were all beautiful and fun to play in. Kristen was fun to work with and up for anything. I hope you enjoy her Fairport senior portrait session as much as we enjoyed capturing it!

Thanks for choosing Lori and Erin Photography, hope you’re having an awesome Senior year! 

-Lori

FAQ: Our Wedding Photography Style, Rochester NY

What's our Style? It's very a common question. It's a question that every wedding website and bridal magazine in Rochester tells couples to ask.  A common answer from a wedding photographer might simply be: "photojournalistic” or “candid.” I mean, those are the buzzwords couples want to hear, right?

They’re great answers. However, we feel that there's a bit more to a photography style, and a wedding day than strictly photojournalism. Which is where we come in, because we believe that our style is composed of two distinct roles as a photographer. One where both of us are fully able to fill both roles.

Our wedding photography is a beautiful blend of the romance you want to see in each other, and the documentary style of photography that tells the real story as it's happening. All the while, our focus is on the very real relationships that matter to you.

As you look through our wedding portfolio page, you'll see what we mean.

You'll also notice that our images are clean and timeless. Do we offer black and white? Yes, because it's a classic look. That said, we purposely choose NOT to use faded filters and effects on our images. Why? Because we don't follow fads. Because when you look back at your wedding album in 25 years, you don't want to say "Oh look, the Instagram Era." Your album will always look timeless and real.

Because a wedding is more than just one style of photography. Between the two of us, we each have an eye and a love for both!

Two viewpoints, to tell one timeless story - yours.

Emma Kate: Mercy High School Senior Portraits

Emma Kate’s senior portrait session took place in two parts.

First, we had a bright windy day in the sunflowers where we laughed and laughed. Part two took place almost two months later so we could include her dad. They certainly have a special bond, because they were still smiling throughout the cold, rainy day. Love it!!

Pittsford Dairy was a great backdrop for this session, and we enjoyed warming up with hot chocolate after!

Thank you for trusting me in the rain, and rocking your senior photos Emma Kate! It has been such a pleasure photographing you. Good luck with the rest of your year at Mercy, and see you again soon!

-Lori