Rochester NY Photographer

In Between Portrait Membership: Tie Dye Night candid family portraits

Oh what a lovely, messy night we had! The threat of rain didn’t stop us from creating our new shirts with our member families. These candid family portrait moments are always different, each event changing with the season.

There are some events that are now traditions. Apple picking (which is coming up soon!) being one of them. But this was a new one for us. Tie dye is such a common “summer time with kids” activity, that it made sense to include it in this years lineup.

Big thanks to Dana Sharp (one of our awesome members) for leading the group and showing us all some tips and tricks in creating great tie dyed shirts for the whole family!

Curious as to what these “members” are that we’re always talking about? Check out our membership information, or come to our next event to find out more!

Portrait Membership Program: Swim Time in Fairport NY

So yes, technically spring is here. Technically we should have been soaking in the sunshine and warmth.

Technically.

I’m so glad we planned a swimming event for our portrait members in March, because technically - it snowed that day. So rather than complain about the snow, we hopped into the pool and captured our families splashing around.

The best part of this event, was that some of our families were at our last swimming event two years ago, when their littles - were super little. We’ve captured their growth for years. Even my own little has grown. In two years, he’s changed from a nervous toddler who wouldn’t go past his ankles in the water, to finding the deepest spot where he can still touch the ground on his tip toes.

I may not have been soaking in the sunshine, but I was soaking in the memories while my fingers got wrinkly.

We’ve grown together as a group, always welcoming new members with arms open. The kids are all becoming friends and forming bonds. Towards the end, they were playing water basketball as one big group. It’s becoming the thing we hoped it would be - a community.

If you’re still wondering why we keep talking about this membership - stop wondering, and start asking. We want to capture your family throughout the year! We promise, you won’t regret it.

~ Erin

New Product: Portfolio Box now Available

Have you ever found yourself thinking…

“I love photos, but don’t know where to hang them.”

“I wish I could swap my photos more easily.”

“I want to keep these photos safe and beautifully preserved, but also easy to access and appreciate.”

You are not alone!

Last year we had multiple requests for this particular new product, and of course,

We listened!

We are excited to launch the newest addition to our catalog, and along with it this gorgeous Portfolio Box.

Subtle embossing on the cover

Subtle embossing on the cover


What is it you ask?

This stunning, hinged black box is home to your favorite matted images. Choose 10 to 20 images, or pick a few now and add to it over time. The possibilities include:

Child/Family: Growth of your child over the years

Senior: Showcase your personality, style and hobbies

Wedding: Highlight your favorites!

Display one at a time, while the others are preserved in the box

Display one at a time, while the others are preserved in the box

How to enjoy it:

You can store the images in the box,

take them out and frame them,

or place them on an easel and rotate the image throughout the seasons.

The possibilities are endless, and we think you’ll love this new display option. So stop in to see it in person, add it to your next session, or if you’ve been waiting for just the right way to display those photos we’ve already created, give us a call and let’s get his heirloom in your hands!

You’re going to love it!

Your choice of black or white mats

Your choice of black or white mats

Voluntourism: Why you won't see Lori in March

As I do the paperwork to validate our commitment to 1% for the Planet, I realize, we’re doing a heck of a lot more than donating 1% of our profits. We’re donating our time too! Lori here, and ya’ll know that the environment is important to me.

I’ve written about this before…once or twice.

So this year, we’re taking it one step further.

My husband and I will be taking a few weeks in March to volunteer at Albufera Natural Park, near Valencia, Spain via GOAT Volunteers.

The journey is the destination

The journey is the destination

València’s Albufera Natural Park is one of the most ecologically important areas in all of Spain.  Its biodiversity and economic impact on the region are significant reasons to preserve this incredible collection of wetlands.  It has been declared as a place of special protection by the European Union due to the wide range of wildlife; specifically water, wading, and migratory birds including several in danger of extinction.  Albufera also supports intense agricultural (cultivation of rice), industrial, hunting, and touristic uses whose consequences have resulted in significant pollution and encroachment on the wildlife’s natural habitat.

The Environmental Conservation in Spain project focuses on helping the local teams with their recovery plan and park management & maintenance activities.  Natural “green” filters were planted to clean the water of Lake Albufera to help improve water quality and promote growth of aquatic plant and animal life.  Your days will be spent either in the water or along the trails that run through the park.  You’ll be tasked with clearing waterways, eradicating invasive plants, picking up rubbish, planting various plants to increase biodiversity, and assisting with research tasks performed by the local teams. -GOAT Volunteers

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

So if you need anything photographed in March, Erin will be here to help you. And if you want to follow along on my and John’s adventure in Spain, find me on instagram @adventureswithlori

People I have mentioned this to have been really interested, so I asked to be an ambassador with GOAT. If you are interested in this type of voluntourism, use my name when you apply and save $25 on your application fee!

So what do you think? Is this something you would do, or are you happy to follow along from the comfort of your home? I’d love to hear your feedback now, and during the trip, so chime in on social or in the comments below!

Cheers!
-Lori

Norvella and Cindi: Anniversary Session at Durand Eastman Beach

They’ve been married now for five years, but this was the first time they’d seen each other in their wedding attire. You see, five years ago they went to City Hall and eloped - no photographer, just them, and officiant and witness. They never really got the chance to have the wedding day they had always wanted.

So for their anniversary, they decided to gift themselves this evening together. They got glammed up and we set up a special “first look” for them at their portrait session.

These two make me smile. A lot. They’re fun and sweet and a little bit sassy together, and I loved every minute of their session as the loved on each other at Durand Eastman Beach. It was a well deserved moment for the two of them, one which I was thrilled to play a role in. Cheers Norvella and Cindi on your anniversary!

~ Erin