Meet My Parents: Finger Lakes Family Portraits

Photographing your own family can sometimes be the most challenging task. When I walked into my parents house, the first thing my mom said is, "I don't want my photo taken." Mind you, this is after months of harassing me to update their portrait. 

We had one of those rare, sunny and warm November days to explore my parents' property. Growing up there, I've been both the photographer and subject of many a photo in that yard. However, I find it interesting that the locations we used are ones I had never worked in before. I see things differently now, and I know to look for the best light FIRST... then the background. Lucky for me, the cream colored siding made an amazing reflector, and we had just enough color in the trees for a nice backdrop too.

We created dozens of images, and I was surprised how many my mom liked! (We're all our own toughest critic.) And now I am so thankful to have these images. I know they are ones I will treasure. So while these photos may have been taken to update their business website (which by the way, you should totally visit:, they are now also a family heirloom. Don't these two look stunning? 

I love you mom and dad!

Your favorite photographer, 

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.