Beach Fun with Family: Portrait Membership Program

I honestly don't know how else to say it - our members ROCK. They get it, they get us and every time we see them it just gets better and better.

The photographs we take at these events are of real life. These kids are real, and their parents let them be that real because way back in the back of their minds, they know that these are the moments they'll forget over time.

They'll forget that big excited grin as they run to the water fully clothed. They'll forget collecting shells and feathers and rocks along the shore. They'll forget how watching their kids play makes them feel, no matter how crazy the day was up to that point. They might even forget that sticky mess of an ice cream cone, melted all over their face, clothes and shoes (though, not anytime soon.)

Except - This night they won't forget, because these photographs will be there to remind them. This moment in their children's lives is now captured, preserved, and forever cherished in photographs.

This event might have been one of my all time favorites - a perfect night for sand, sun, waves and ice cream.

If you want to remember that messy but happy face, if you want to remember the moments in between the dressed up portrait sessions - you should be here, with us.

Durand Eastman Beach: Elizabeth's Senior Portraits

Like her brother Christopher, Elizabeth is very easy going, relaxed and also has a perfect smile :) {Link to his post}

She will join him at RIT, but for accounting – which fits her exacting personality very well!

However, unlike her brother, she wanted more of a natural setting for her Rochester NY senior pictures, so we hit Durand Eastman Park for the best of both forest and beach.

What's better than golden hour on the beach? Answer - nothing.

As we were shooting, I thought wow, Rochester could almost be mistaken for someplace tropical. The golden sky, the blue water, Elizabeth rocked everything from the fallen logs to the waves on the shore.

Elizabeth - I hope your senior year is memorable and fun!

Feel free to leave well wishes for Elizabeth in the comments! 

Cheers,

Lori

Rochester NY Senior Portraits: Christopher in the City

Christopher is the kind of person with a plan. Currently a member of DECA, he plans to study marketing at RIT and eventually get into politics. He'll start local, but hopes to work up to senator or maybe even a cabinet position someday. I love his ambition and easy going nature. And also, look at that perfect smile!

Rochester City Hall set the perfect background for his session. The marble columns, the flag, and he looked so comfortable in that board room. We also headed outside to enjoy the architecture of the city, and ended up over at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Christopher definitely projects a strong, confident personality, and you'll see that in his senior portraits. Best of luck, Christopher, in all your endeavors!

Cheers,
Lori

PS: Stick around, his twin sister Elizabeth is next up on the blog!

Active and fun two year old portraits: Webster NY Photographer

Alaina and her family have been part of our membership program since Alaina was born. It's been amazing to watch her turn into this bubbly little girl. Witnessing and capturing growth, not only in Alaina's size but as a family is a beautiful experience. 

Picking flowers, climbing benches, playing peek a boo - really, is there a better way to spend a morning with a two year old? I think not.

Her eyes light up with happiness when she's playing. And that laugh, I swear you can almost hear it in these photographs. 

Check them out, you'll see what I mean!

~ Erin

Kurt : Fun, Emotive Personal Branding Shots in Fairport, NY

Like son, like father, that's what they say, right? If Kurt looks familiar, it may be because his son was just featured on our blog a few weeks ago.

Also a voice actor, Kurt was due to update his look. He brought a different microphone to play with (a Fentone, vintage RCA look alike) and several outfits from casual to semi-formal. We played off of those options to create a variety of looks - from fun and silly to a more "traditional" head shot. However...

What's really neat about being in business these days, is that no longer is "boring-headshot-in-front-of-boring-background" the norm. Today's customers want to know the person behind the product (our voice in this case) so we really get to showcase our clients' personalities.

Kurt very easily switched from selling cars and mattresses to telling stand up jokes against the classic brick wall. He's a great guy, so if you're in the market for some voiceover work, you should check out his team at The Write Creative.

Enjoy!
Lori

Proposal Photography Rochester NY: John and Nicolette

If you're about to propose to your significant other, take notes. John Luke has that milestone mastered. I mean, wow.

Photographing a proposal was new to me until now. It's been a bucket list session type for me, so when John Luke called and told me his plans I could not wait.

He reserved the space at the Sunken Gardens, and planned an "art show" called Grounded Garden for his fiance to be, Nicolette. He had created seven paintings, which follow along the seven Chakras, and also were significant moments in their relationship. He had music, mimosas, and even a fake brunch reception that made the whole plan believable. I have to admit, playing my role as the "event photographer" was a little scary, but my minimal acting skills were on point that day.

Even as Nicolette commented on the the artwork, she never saw it coming until he got down on one knee. It was soooo beautiful.

Despite the 98 degree weather, it was a beautiful moment to capture for these two. I can't wait to see where their love takes them next as they plan their future together. Congratulations Nicolette and John Luke!

~ Erin

Seneca Lake Wedding Photography: Laura and Patrick

The heatwave that had been lingering lessened for one day, as we met the bridal party getting ready at the stunning Del Lago Hotel & Casino. It was a gorgeous start to another great Finger Lakes wedding day.

The groom and his guys were up for anything, even a quick trip into the Casino, while the bride and her ladies finished getting gorgeous.

And then, off to Ventosa Vineyards we went where it was the most perfect day for Laura and Pat to have all of their loved ones gather together to celebrate with them. It's such a beautiful and rare moment in life to have all of your favorite people in one place at one time.

I have so many memorable moments from their wedding day - from reading and writing their vows, their sweet first look, the cutest flower girl ever, some stellar dance moves and the feeling of love surrounding them.

And that SUNSET though...seriously, sailboats and everything! It was goooorgeous - just like Laura and Pat. Congratulations you two!

~ Erin

Kiefer: Voice Over Actor Head Shots

Meet Kiefer. He has been a voice actor since he was a child, thanks to his father who is also in the industry. In recent years, you may have even seen him on one of Rochester's many stages. After growing a mustache to play Albert Einstein last month, he was excited to shave it off and get in front of the camera.

We hit the studio to update his headshots and had a ton of fun! He brought his trusty mic and we made a variety of images. From action shots to the guy next door to the guy next door staring on a reality TV show with his friend "Mic". 

If you can't tell, there was a lot of laughing during this session. 

Kiefer, it was my pleasure. Can't wait to see what you do next!
-Lori

Summertime Family Portraits: Victor NY

This adorable family loves to spend time outside together when they can, whether they're hiking, riding horses or around the neighborhood on the golf cart.

I caught up with them, and their two cats for a Cobblestone Living portrait session. For a little something different, we even included some time on the golf cart, which really mades this preschooler happy!

I had a blast chasing around their 3 year old and getting to know them while I did. What a cute and fun family portrait session! :)

~ Erin

Maggie: Headshot Portraits with a Librarian

Our business is heavily relationship based. You can see that in the images we create. Working with Maggie to update her headshots was unique to her personality, but just what I always strive for in a session. Fun, outdoors, good lighting, natural expressions. 

She choose one of my favorite locations in the city to shoot: the University of Rochester campus. We met at the library, and planned to shoot near the quad. We quickly discovered much of it to be under construction, but not to worry, we altered the game plan slightly and still found lots of unique locations with great lighting to use.

Maggie, thank you for bringing your beautiful smile and helping me learn a little more about you and your journey to this moment. It's been a pleasure getting to know you, and laughing with you when we got photo bombed by the balloons. :) 

Until next time,
Lori

Brighton Couples Session: Rochester NY Photographers

These two are beautiful people, with a wonderful home and love for wine and gardening. Also, they have the cutest little dog, Cocoa, who did NOT want to be left out of the session. A few pets from me and we were fast friends.

This was such a relaxed, easy going session. Howie and Jona made it so easy to see how happy they are together.

It doesn't matter how long you've been married. What matters to me is when you look at each other, your smile changes into something real. You can't help but get closer to each other. And you laugh.

And it's beautiful - every. single. time.

~ Erin

Finger Lakes Wedding Photography: Melanie and Chris

I've never met someone quite like Melanie - she's sweet and playful with her own brand of confidence. When she was told they had to use the rain plan on their wedding day, she was downright happy about it.

That's what it's all about - even when she could have been disappointed, she smiled and danced and still felt all the feels on their wedding day. Because at the end of the day, she had exactly what she planned for - she was married to Chris.

But here's the thing... it didn't really rain. Not during their emotional first look at White Springs Manor. Not through their family and bridal party pictures. And it barely sprinkled during their ceremony and reception at Ventosa Vineyards.

Whenever they looked at each other, it was with love - usually followed by laughter.

As Finger Lakes NY wedding photographers, we're so lucky to know and work with the best couples. They roll with the circumstances and always with love and grace. Melanie and Chris are no exception.

As they celebrate their Italian honeymoon, we're happy to share the story of their day with you. Congratulations Melanie and Chris!

~ Erin

Vendor Love
Hair & Makeup: Bombshell Salon
Wedding Dress: Allure / Xenas Bridal
Accommodations: White Springs Manor
Wedding Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Florist/Decor: In Bloom Florals
Officiant: Judge Frank Geraci
Bakery: Bagels and Cakes
DJ: Paradise Entertainment