Kiara: Rochester NY Urban Senior Portraits

She may live in the suburbs now, but Kiara is a city girl at heart. She grew up near Park Ave in Rochester NY and has many fond memories there, so it seemed like a great spot to start her Rochester senior portrait session.

When we got to Parkleigh, we were pleasantly surprised by colorful gum balls lining the street. There must be a story about how they got there, but we don’t know what it is. Regardless of the gum balls’ origin story, we used them for the color and the fun, life-in-the-city vibe!

Our next portrait location in Rochester was High Falls. Kiara was joined there by her younger sister and best friend for some fun images in the cobblestone street. We ended after dark with her favorite dancing outfits and a beautiful night.

This is what summer nights are made for... exploring the area we live in, soaking it all in with friends. Thanks for a fun session Kiara! Enjoy some of my favorites below!
 -Lori

Apple Picking at The Apple Farm: Portrait Membership Program

Wow - what a night we just had for our Apple Picking membership event. The craziness of chasing families through the apple orchards was so much fun! When I say chasing, I mean some of the kids were literally racing through the rows of trees. And yes, mine was one of them.

This is our second year of this particular event and it was also our most attended ever. The Apple Farm in Victor is a great stop for apples and pumpkins, and we took advantage of a great Sunday afternoon with each one.

At one point I heard my husband say “wow, this is actually kind of surreal.” and I asked him to explain. He went on to talk about how we’ve watched not only our own child grow and change from year to year - but each of the other kids and other families as well.

We know more than their names. We know their favorite stuffed animal’s names, we know which ones love to run and which ones love to snuggle and be shy. We know how to get some of them laughing, and we’ve watched each one come out of their shell a little more each month.

It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of so many families lives. We’ve watched them let their guard down and share real, unposed moments in front of us. It’s a privilege that comes with time and a growing relationship because of our membership program.

Thank you to our families for coming out, and enjoying time with each other, and letting us be part of the fun too.

~ Erin

PS - if you want to see what this program is all about, join us at our next event on October 28th at Wickham Farms!

Brooke: Marion High School Senior Portraits

This is our second time photographing Brooke, but her one and only High School Senior Portrait session. When she’s not swimming or taking her own photos, she’s getting ready to study graphic design in her college adventures.

She is a country girl at heart who loves to swim and take her own photos. So we spent our time together in a natural setting, chasing the sunset light at the Webster Arboretum.

It was a gorgeous August night, perfect for catching Brooke’s smiling eyes. Here’s to you Brooke, enjoy the year ahead!

~ Erin

Finger Lakes Wedding Photography: Sara and Larry

What I love about Sara and Larry could fill an entire book. They are the kindest, most genuine couple. They’re sweet together and super fun to be around. They’re individuals and also equals.

I only wish they lived closer so we could continue to be around them all the time. They each have a sense of humor that matches ours perfectly. Every time I think of them, I smile a stupidly happy grin.

I haven’t even gotten to their wedding yet, which was perfect in it’s own Sara and Larry way. We’ve spent a lot of time at Ventosa Vineyards this year. Each time we’re there, it gets better and better. No two sunsets on Seneca Lake are the same which is why we love being photographers in the Finger Lakes (and Rochester too for that matter).

From first look to the wine cellar, to the dance floor and sparkler exit - the day was filled with amazing moments for a truly amazing couple. Congratulations Larry and Sara and thank you, for coming into our lives. Enjoy Italy!

~ Erin

Vendor Team:
Hair & Makeup: Isabella Spa, Belhurst Castle
Officiant: Jim Gerling
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Florist: Don’s Own Flower Shop
Bakery: Bagels and Cakes
DJ: Paradise Entertainment
Transportation: S & S Limo

Teddy: Adventures in Family Portraits on Lake Ontario

This is my favorite way to capture a family portrait session: a few smiling portraits with the family, then play time! 

Teddy enjoys staying at his grandparents house where he can play on the shore of Lake Ontario. It’s made even better when his cousins are in town!

Whether it was throwing the ball for Orzo, the Goldendoodle, jumping in the water or having splashing contests, it wasn’t hard to capture natural smiles on this kiddo.

Teddy loves life, and I love documenting his enthusiasm for the world. It helps that he has a pretty great family as well!  

Long live summer fun, 
Lori

Wild Wood Country Club Wedding: James and Sarah

James and Sarah had one goal for their wedding day - they wanted to keep it simple.

When I say that, I don’t mean that it was boring. Rather the opposite, it meant so much more to them because they could focus on what was important - their marriage to each other.

I arrived at Wild Wood Country Club to greet them both just before their ceremony. They had no bridal party to worry about and a small group of the most important people in their lives. There was a casual feeling to the day, as if this was any other moment in time.

They laughed and cried their way through the ceremony together, surrounded by family and friends. We then headed by golf cart for some time alone, both on the course and also near the edge of their own home.

You could tell what was important to them, and they had achieved that goal. Their love is real and true, and it was a pleasure to showcase that for them in photographs.

Congratulations James and Sarah!

~ Erin

Joshua: Churchville Chili High School, Volleyball Senior Portraits

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Joshua. We share a love of photography, so he appreciates what we do and how we do it. Besides that, he is a great kid with many interests and an easy going personality.

For his senior portrait session, we incorporated his love of volleyball with his enjoyment of the outdoors. We were also able to get in to the auditorium at Churchville Chili High School for some images with his clarinet, and had a few guest stars as well. Josh’s “nephew” is starting kindergarten this year, so it was special to have a photograph of the two of them together. And his girlfriend of three years, Maddy, was also not going to miss out on the fun.

Some rain clouds tried to ruin our night, but everyone stuck it out and we were able to get great images despite the clouds. Thanks Josh for being a fun subject and bringing all of your ideas to the session. Can’t wait to work with you again soon!

Lori

Tips for Planning a Spring Wedding in Rochester NY

1) Weather happens. So naturally you’re worried and wondering - what do we do about that? Answer? Go with it. Gather cute umbrellas and galoshes for the bridal party. Get shawls and be prepared. If you haven’t picked a date yet, be aware that it does still snow in April. Technically Spring begins in March, but we don’t start seeing flowering trees until late April and sometimes even not until late May. (We wrote a whole blog post devoted to rain here!)

2) Venue Selection: If you don’t want to play in the rain, have a gorgeous indoor location planned so we won’t need to. Use the church you’re marrying in, or head to somewhere like Village Gate if that’s your style. You can even use your reception location for photographs, like we did here at Arbor Loft.

Choose a venue that allows you to go outside if you want to, but be inside if necessary. There’s so many Rochester NY wedding venues that can accommodate this. Strathallan’s rooftop, Wintergarden’s skylights, Genesee Valley Club. There’s also great wedding venues in the Finger Lakes such as Ventosa Vineyards, Casa Larga Vineyard and The Wadsworth Homestead to name a few.

3) Photo Locations in Rochester NY: So you have a venue, but you want to stop somewhere along the way for pretty spring wedding portraits. We love the spring flowers at the Eastman Quad, Eastman Museum, and obviously Highland Park. Spring is beautiful anywhere, so the options are endless.

4) Color and Style: When it comes to picking attire and flowers - to me, spring always feels like happy and bright colors. Your version of that might differ from mine, but if you’re choosing colors I think of anything that goes well with the colors you find on the trees. Bright combinations with blues an oranges, or pale pinks, white, and purples. Your florist can give you all kinds of great ideas.

5) Maybe your wedding isn’t in the spring, but there’s nothing saying you can’t have a gorgeous spring engagement session. Many of our couples who are having a fall wedding often choose to have a Spring engagement session to showcase their love in more than one season.

Lastly, photographers book up early, so contact us now to get on our calendar for your spring wedding.

James: a true McQuaid High School Senior

As a high school senior photographer, there are two types of seniors we typically see. A: Those excited to have special portraits made to celebrate where they are in life and B: Those who are smiling because mom asked them to.

I am so pleased to say that James went from a “B” to an “A”.

Last time I photographed James, he was approximately two feet shorter. It was such a pleasure to get him in front of the camera again and see how he has grown. Not just physically, but as a thoughtful, caring young man. He is an eagle scout, varsity football player and drives a cool truck, but what really sets James apart is his leadership and volunteer commitments. He spends his spare time on the Executive Council at McQuaid, showing new students around and also working at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake.

When I asked how he wanted to be remembered, he easily replied with the McQuaid motto, “A man for others”.

James, I see big things for you in the future and am proud to know you. Enjoy your senior year!

-Lori

Extended Family Portraits at Eastman Museum: Rochester NY

With 18 people to gather it can sometimes be a chore to set up a family portrait of the whole family.

But not for this family. Even with a last minute time change because of the weather, they were all ready and willing to make these portraits happen at the Eastman Museum. The cloudy skies made it easy to set up a portrait most anywhere on the grounds. 

This is the type of family portrait that only happens once in a blue moon, especially with large families. So when it does, we love to be able to be there with you. And if the family is as easy going as this one was, it'll be a piece of cake!

~ Erin

Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn: Amber & Jason

They are sweet and quiet together, but also seek out adventure. I'm currently pretty jealous of their adventurous honeymoon out west visiting places like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

It was an honor to capture and witness Amber and Jason's emotion filled wedding day. It's been a very long time since I've seen so many happy tears from nearly everyone in attendance. What a blessing to be loved so hard by so many people! It was so special.

Their sweet ceremony at Greece Assembly of God felt so inviting and warm. When they each saw each other at the end of the aisle, there were so many emotions. Naturally, I love, love, love capturing real emotions.

It's their story, and it's full of happy tears. The emotions continued to flow freely at Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn in Caledonia. Lori and I could have spent hours upon hours photographing Amber and Jason on these grounds. There are soooooooo many unique places and beautiful spaces to be used.

But alas, they had a party to enjoy, and enjoy they did. The toasts were lovely, dinner delicious and dance floor rocked all night. It was an amazing event for an amazing couple joining their families together.

Congratulations Jason and Amber!
Erin

Vendor Love
Ceremony Venue: Greece Assembly of God
Florist: Pittsford Wegmans
Wedding Dress: Bridal Belle, Morielle
Reception Venue: Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn
Caterer: Colby's Catering
DJ: TrueLife Sounds

Sean: Penfield High School Senior & Family Pictures

Part family session, part senior session, all fun! What's better than hanging out in your backyard with your sisters and parents?

For his senior portraits, Sean wanted to keep it simple. He selected his favorite shirt, his favorite tree, and a beautiful summer night. I loved creating images for this gang of easy going people for them to cherish as Sean heads into his senior year at Penfield High School and beyond.

Say hello to Sean and family!

-Lori