An Open Letter to our Couples: Rochester NY Wedding Photography

As we conclude another amazing wedding season, I have to admit, I am a little sad.  

It's an interesting thing being a wedding photographer. It is way more than just a job. It's an emotional investment in our clients. They become our family, and sometimes, we become theirs.  

Before every wedding, we get to know our couple. Often times, we also get to know a parent or best friend that is helping with the planning as well. We learn about their love for each other, and the family and friends who will be celebrating with them and/or who will be standing by their side in the bridal party.

On the wedding day, we meet all of the people that are so special to our couples. We get to see the family love, and occasionally a touch of family drama. (Don't worry, everyone has some.) We capture both raw emotions and family portraits. We also photograph the little details that otherwise might go unnoticed, like Dad making sure that everyone's ties are straight.

By the end of the day, I know who is who, learned many new names and faces, and heard beautiful stories through out toasts and casual conversations with guests. I feel like I know my couple that much better, and now I know the people they love the most. 

This past weekend, the groom's sister invited me to dance with her. A random friend complimented us, and as we left, the hugs we exchanged were so tight, I really felt like we were part of the family.

It was after that I realized, this wasn't the only time I have felt that. With every wedding, our family grows.  So when we call you "our couples", we really mean "our families". And with every wedding, I wish the same thing for the Bride and Groom - happiness, friendship, and love forever. 

So to our couples, thank you for being part of our family, and for welcoming us into yours. We treasure you.  

~ Lori & Erin

Lori Coleman

The daughter of filmmakers, Lori may have been predestined for a life in the creative world. She met her husband, John, while studying photography at RIT. When not creating heirlooms for her friends, family, and clients, she can usually be found in the woods or on a yoga mat. Either way, her dogs Molley and Mouse are never far away.