Portrait Membership Program: Small Fry Art Studio Rochester NY

Oh my gosh this event was so much fun. We have to give a huuuuge shout out and thank you to Small Fry Art Studio for hosting a Valentine’s themed art night for our Portrait Membership families. It was easy to see how much fun the kids and their parents had. They painted, created valentines and gorgeous Valentine’s wall art that only a child could create.

Messy, smiling kids interacting with their families while creating mostly unprompted, unposed moments for us to capture. It was pretty much the best thing ever.

See for yourself, and then stop waiting for your personal invitation to join us at our next event. We can’t wait to capture your family in motion.

~ Erin

Home Based Family Portraits in Fairport, NY

The youngest just turned one, not that you need an excuse to celebrate your family! These guys invited me over, and we played inside while it snowed like crazy outside. Each of the kids showed me their favorite toy, they read me a book and played a little piano too.

I may not have kids of my own, but I sure feel blessed to be able to spend so much time with them anyway. Kids have this ability to take the mundane and make it magic. I hope they, and all of us adults too, hold on to that forever.

Say hello to some of my Fairport neighbors! Thanks for inviting us into your lives. We really do love it!

-Lori

New Product: Portfolio Box now Available

Have you ever found yourself thinking…

“I love photos, but don’t know where to hang them.”

“I wish I could swap my photos more easily.”

“I want to keep these photos safe and beautifully preserved, but also easy to access and appreciate.”

You are not alone!

Last year we had multiple requests for this particular new product, and of course,

We listened!

We are excited to launch the newest addition to our catalog, and along with it this gorgeous Portfolio Box.

Subtle embossing on the cover

Subtle embossing on the cover


What is it you ask?

This stunning, hinged black box is home to your favorite matted images. Choose 10 to 20 images, or pick a few now and add to it over time. The possibilities include:

Child/Family: Growth of your child over the years

Senior: Showcase your personality, style and hobbies

Wedding: Highlight your favorites!

Display one at a time, while the others are preserved in the box

Display one at a time, while the others are preserved in the box

How to enjoy it:

You can store the images in the box,

take them out and frame them,

or place them on an easel and rotate the image throughout the seasons.

The possibilities are endless, and we think you’ll love this new display option. So stop in to see it in person, add it to your next session, or if you’ve been waiting for just the right way to display those photos we’ve already created, give us a call and let’s get his heirloom in your hands!

You’re going to love it!

Your choice of black or white mats

Your choice of black or white mats

Savannah: Fall themed Senior Portraits in Fairport, NY

Savannah loves all things fall… so we headed to Chase Farms for her senior portraits. The pumpkins and corn stalks were the perfect setting. It was a windy day, but Savannah took it all in stride! We made a couple other stops including this abandoned greenhouse down the street - which she rocked with that jacket.

We finished up at the Fairport High School track, where she has spent many hours. A double jump gets her pumped before each race, so we made it look like she could jump over the trees!

We laughed, took some great images, and we got photo bombed by a caterpillar… basically, it was everything you can hope for in a senior portrait session. :)

Thanks for the adventure, and enjoy the photos Savannah!
-Lori

The Playhouse, Swillburger Rochester NY Engagement Session: Helen and Tim

Their perfect evening is a good beer and sitting home together playing video games. Everyone has their thing together, and for these two it’s gaming. Naturally, the first idea that came to mind for their engagement session was heading downtown in Rochester for an engagement session at The Playhouse. Conveniently, this was also where they had their first date.

It was super perfect - from skee ball to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They laughed and played and fake pouted when the other person beat them in a game. Along the way, we photographed who they really are as a couple.

After a drink and some games, we headed outside to Highland Park for a quick outdoor portion to their session. It was cold, but the light was perfect and they kept each other warm. We’re loving these Rochester winter engagement sessions lately. It seems to be making a come back, and we’re all for it!

Enjoy!

Erin

Extended Family Portraits at the Lamberton Conservatory, Rochester NY

Last time I saw this group, Emerson was Preston’s age, and Preston didn’t exist! My how time flies. It was so wonderful to catch up with everyone again, this time enjoying the warmth and greenery of the conservatory while it snowed outside.

The boys are definitely the stars of this show, and it’s obvious they love their parents and grandparents. I know these photos will be treasured now, and as they grow older.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy this winter holiday celebration of three generations!

-Lori

Voluntourism: Why you won't see Lori in March

As I do the paperwork to validate our commitment to 1% for the Planet, I realize, we’re doing a heck of a lot more than donating 1% of our profits. We’re donating our time too! Lori here, and ya’ll know that the environment is important to me.

I’ve written about this before…once or twice.

So this year, we’re taking it one step further.

My husband and I will be taking a few weeks in March to volunteer at Albufera Natural Park, near Valencia, Spain via GOAT Volunteers.

The journey is the destination

The journey is the destination

València’s Albufera Natural Park is one of the most ecologically important areas in all of Spain.  Its biodiversity and economic impact on the region are significant reasons to preserve this incredible collection of wetlands.  It has been declared as a place of special protection by the European Union due to the wide range of wildlife; specifically water, wading, and migratory birds including several in danger of extinction.  Albufera also supports intense agricultural (cultivation of rice), industrial, hunting, and touristic uses whose consequences have resulted in significant pollution and encroachment on the wildlife’s natural habitat.

The Environmental Conservation in Spain project focuses on helping the local teams with their recovery plan and park management & maintenance activities.  Natural “green” filters were planted to clean the water of Lake Albufera to help improve water quality and promote growth of aquatic plant and animal life.  Your days will be spent either in the water or along the trails that run through the park.  You’ll be tasked with clearing waterways, eradicating invasive plants, picking up rubbish, planting various plants to increase biodiversity, and assisting with research tasks performed by the local teams. -GOAT Volunteers

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

So if you need anything photographed in March, Erin will be here to help you. And if you want to follow along on my and John’s adventure in Spain, find me on instagram @adventureswithlori

People I have mentioned this to have been really interested, so I asked to be an ambassador with GOAT. If you are interested in this type of voluntourism, use my name when you apply and save $25 on your application fee!

So what do you think? Is this something you would do, or are you happy to follow along from the comfort of your home? I’d love to hear your feedback now, and during the trip, so chime in on social or in the comments below!

Cheers!
-Lori

Personal Branding Photography: Natalli in Fairport NY

Bright, airy. Professional, but real. Her style is classic, and she enjoys flower arranging in her spare time. How do you incorporate all of this into a “headshot”?

If you didn’t know, every single session we photograph comes with a planning consultation to make sure we know your goals and aesthetic. Any photographer in Rochester can take a picture, but together, we can make images that tell your story and relay your brand (and who you are) in a fun and visually pleasing way.

Say hi to Natalli, and if you need to refresh your personal brand photography, reach out to us today!

-Lori

Winter Family Pictures: Mendon Ponds, Birdsong Trail with the Portrait Membership Program

Snowmaggedon nearly threatened to cancel this member event on us. But with quick thinking and moving the date up we just beat it out. We’re so glad we did.

I loved watching and capturing our families (of all ages) playing in the snow and whenever possible feeding the birds from their hands. What a joy it was to see the looks on their happy faces as a bird snatched food from it.

And to know that we’re giving these memories back to them - that’s everything. If you’re still wondering what this program is about, it’s about letting you be you, and enjoy life. And we do our part by giving it back to you.

~ Erin

Family Portraits in Fairport NY at Blue Hour

With 3 girls in college and 1 in high school, it’s rare to have them all in one place. In fact, it had been more than a year!

After discussing what mom wanted in these portraits, we both agreed it would be fun to incorporate the holiday lights in the village of Fairport. We created a few different looks along the Erie Canal path, then warmed up a little bit at Fair Pour while we waited for the sun to drop down below the horizon.

Golden hour gets a lot of love from photographers, but have you ever heard of blue hour? It is just as magical. It’s that time after sunset, before the sky goes black, there is a brilliant blue that contrasted perfectly with their bright red hats.

I had so much fun with this group, braving the chill for some memorable images. See you soon!
-Lori

Three Reasons We Love Elopements: Rochester NY Small Weddings

We love weddings. All weddings. It’s not a secret.

Every shape, every size, even small ones. Even ones where there’s just a couple and an officiant. We love being elopement photographers in Rochester just as much as any other wedding.

If you think eloping is right for you, you could be on the right track with your wedding planning. Here’s three reasons why we love photographing these small weddings in the Finger Lakes or close to home here in Rochester.

1) More time for what YOU want: From the very start there’s more time. Before the wedding day there is more time to spend dreaming of the future together rather than wedding planning. There’s more time on your wedding day to spend with each other, loving on each other and relishing in the moment together. Or, if you invited guests, cherishing more than a minute with them.

And - (yes, shameless plus) if you have placed importance in an elopement photographer, you have more time to create beautiful portraits that celebrate your story. Because even though you eloped, you still deserve to remember this moment in photographs years from now.

2) You can focus on what’s important: The most common thing we capture when we’re photographing an elopement is the ceremony itself. To us that means you’re focusing on what’s important to you. In this case, the actual process of becoming a married couple. The words you say and the meaning behind them. You’re focusing on each other’s emotions and what that person means to you. That’s the good stuff right there. We love capturing these moments.

3) It’s perfect, no matter what: When there’s a lot less to plan, there’s a lot less that can “go wrong.” This equates to a lot less work and a more relaxed “you” on your wedding day. We love that relaxed feeling because it really shows in your photographs. And if something does go wrong, just remember that at the end of the day, as long as you got married - everything went perfectly.

So if you’re thinking of eloping, it’s ok. We hope that you’ll still consider hiring a professional photographer to document your day, because your family history is worth it. In the end we applaud whatever decision you choose, whether a large affair or just you and your spouse to be. We love your wedding, because it’s about you.

~ Erin

The Wedding Highlight Reel 2018: Rochester NY Wedding Photographers

What an amazing year 2018 was for our wedding couples. Normally our wedding season begins in the spring, but not last year. In 2018 we actually had our wedding season start in January with a windy 50 degree day for Ryan and Stephanie. So you can imagine how many amazing moments we were able to capture.

The thing you’ll notice most about them, is that they’re full of emotion, love, family and friends and fun. Nothing makes us happier than capturing these real moments for you.

The emotions shared are real - tears of joy, laughter and excitement. The moments are real - they won at the casino, they danced and played air guitar with broomsticks, the flower girl chased the flower petals that blew away. The bridal parties were always fun and supportive.

It was truly an amazing year, filled with wedding couples that we believe we were meant to meet and share their day with. It’s always an honor to be asked to photograph these moments that truly cannot be replaced.

So if you were one of our 2018 couples - thank you for your trust and for being amazing human beings. We’re honored and grateful for you every single day.

~ Lori and Erin