Three couples, Three Generations: Rochester NY Portraits

Three couples, three generations and three dogs! And I managed to leave without taking any of the pups home with me... that's an accomplishment!

A celebration of family... that's what this session was. What started 65 years ago between two people has brought this family together. What an incredibly friendly, easy-going group who made this session one of my favorites to date! They welcomed me into their home to document the life and memories that have been made inside those walls. And outside too! They enjoy the fire pit out back, and the custom built shed.

As the three ladies made meatballs together, I secretly wished I could be doing that with my grandmother. In a way, it was like she was there with me. (Love and miss you Grandma Dupe!)

Laura and family – Thank you for being a beautiful example of family. I hope you enjoy looking back on these memories for many years to come!

Cheers,
Lori

Megan: Fairport Senior Portraits, Class of 2018

It's been three years since I last saw Megan, when she came along for her sister Emily's senior photos. Now, it's Megan's turn.

This time, we explored a different part of Highland Park, the Sunken Gardens. Emily also tagged along, and we got mom and dad involved too! It was a beautiful night and a great way to kick off this year's senior portraits with the Class of 2018! 

Here are a few of my favorite images from the session. Enjoy!

-Lori

Brian & Sarah: Shadow Lake Wedding Photographers

Sarah and Brian grew up here, met through mutual friends and decided to move to North Carolina together, where they now reside with their two adorable kids. Having been together for 6 years now, they were more than ready to finally be married.

Their sunny, late spring wedding day was held completely at Shadow Lake in Penfield NY. On this June day it was in full bloom wherever we looked. Shadow Lake is a picturesque location to be sure.

We loved how their whole family let their happiness and emotions flow from the ceremony, through dinner and right onto the dance floor. This great party definitely had some serious dance moves worth capturing!

Congratulations Sarah and Brian - on a great wedding day, amazing family and here's to your beautiful life together wherever it takes you.

~ Erin

The Vendors:
Hair & Makeup: Simply Glamorous, Natalie Tortoretti
Flowers: Flowers by Renee
Officiant: Pastor Macdonald
Venue: Shadow Lake Events & Weddings
DJ: Showcase Sounds
Photography: Lori Coleman & Erin Perrotta

Happy Father's Day: Fairport NY Photography

We talk to a lot of moms, and we talk a lot about Moms. Maybe it's because I am one, so I can pretty easily empathize and share in how they feel on a daily basis.

But don't think we haven't noticed you Dads. We're so honored to know and photograph amazing Fathers - whether part of our Membership program, or a normal family portrait session, or even at a wedding.

We see the playful laughter you provide when you start a tickle fight. We see the way your eyes light up as your kids learn and discover something new. We see the quiet moments you share with them that otherwise might be hidden from view - the cuddles, the kisses, the bedtime stories.

We see the pride and joy on a job well done in your face as they graduate. We see the stoicism and more often than not, the tears as you walk them down the aisle as adults.

You may not have carried them in the womb, but you're there for everything else. I believe it is because you also know that these days are fleeting. Today we thank you for being open with us, and for allowing us a glimpse of the relationship you have with your children.

Happy Father's Day to all of our amazing Dads!

~ Erin

Corbett's Glen Family Portraits: Penfield NY

You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but at his latest session, this little man was tired. But Mommy and Daddy were patient, as they always are, and I pulled out as many of the tricks as I could think of that would make an 18 month old happy. Thankfully, even with the tougher moments we ended up getting smiles and laughs on the trail at Corbett's Glen.

Mommy and Daddy won't ever forget the tiredness brought on by sleepless nights. But Theo's great big smile and contagious laughs will be first and foremost in their minds as they reflect on these images in the years to come.

Love you to pieces little man (and mommy and daddy), can't wait to see you again soon!

~ Erin

The Artisan Album: Rochester NY Wedding Photography

We have been working on this album, for a very. very. long time. It's our newest sample to an already awesome lineup of wedding albums.

So why did this one take us so long? Well, it's completely customized and there were soooooooo many options to choose from. And if you desire a top of the line album, you'll have tons of choices too. This particular Artisan Craftsman option features Bill and Stacy's Rock Ford Plantation wedding.

One of our favorite things about this new album, is that it's created to be long lasting, yet environmentally friendly. The giclee books are engineered with a green footprint in mind, which as you know, means the world to us (see what I did there?).

These albums are designed to serve our couples who want to publish an iconic, one of a kind, earth friendly wedding album. I'd show you all of the options, but it's really up to you to decide what style you love.

We can't wait to see these albums in our clients homes. We love them, and hope you will too.

~ Erin

College Graduation & Family Photos at the University of Rochester

I love being on campus in the Spring; the college is beautified for graduation, and there is a buzz in the air. 

Congratulations Stephanie, U of R class of 2017! 

You may recognize her. Because two years ago we were at RIT celebrating her brother, Alex's graduation. Thanks for coming back guys! I absolutely loved spending time with you, catching up, and having fun on campus. Stephanie and Alex enjoyed being goofy together, mom gave her a lei to wear, and even Dan, her boyfriend, made his guest appearance.

But really, how fun is this? I think everyone should celebrate earning their degree with some fun portraits around the place that helped shape their future. Don't you agree? 

Hats off to you Stephanie, hope to see you all again soon at the next milestone!

Cheers!
Lori

Mud, Bubbles & Outdoor Fun: Family Portraits

It didn't take long for these kiddos to get dirty... but what do you expect when you are at one of their favorite parks?

From chalk to bubbles, and just enjoying the stream that runs through Corbetts Glen, this session was non-stop from start to finish. We were celebrating Chris and Melissa's 10th Anniversary while the kids ran around and played. 

A little love, a little laughter, and maybe at the end... well, sometimes three year olds don't do what you ask. Did you know that?  :)

But the photos tell a great story, 10 years of marriage and two kids later, congrats Melissa and Chris!

-Lori

Cailee + Jim: Ventosa Vineyards Wedding Photography

When she opened the cabin door to greet me, it was with a squeal of excitement and a big hug. How many people get to say that their clients hug them, before they've even taken a single picture? This is why I love Cailee, and her now husband Jim.

Overwhelming emotion ruled the day that they'd waited for so long to arrive. I watched Cailee's Instagram feed countdown throughout the year, so I knew how much finally being married means to them.  

And from humor to tears, the ceremony was so perfectly "them." I can't lie, every time I see a man wear his emotions on his sleeve, I tear up a little. They way she reached to him, the way he looked at her....sigh, sometimes (ok, a lot of the time) my job is pretty magical.

They love with every inch of themselves, and it showed every minute of the day. Through hugs, tears, laughter, speeches and dances - they loved. And not only each other, but every person in the room at Ventosa Vineyards that day, and in their lives together. They live and they love out loud, through good and bad.

I'm just happy that on this day, they took us along for the ride.

~ Erin

Vendor Love!
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
DJ: Fingerlakes Entertainment - Nathan Baker
Florist: Don's Own Flower Shop
Hair & Makeup: Salon A Go Go
Transportation: The Fitzgerald Brothers
 

Outdoor Spring Portraits: Victor, NY

Tammy and her family just moved into the Cobblestone area of Victor, NY. I'm so pleased to be able to create these photos for them at their new home. They have a nice fire pit to hang near in the backyard, and I just fell in love with the floor to ceiling windows (aka gorgeous light for portraits) in their living room.

With Bre in college and RJ heading into high school this Fall, they are certainly a busy bunch. Thanks so much for making time for some family portraits guys! Enjoy!

Cheers,
Lori