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Family by the fireplace: Victor NY Portraits

This winter portrait session was a fun mix of "let's run out in the snow" and "let's warm up by the fire!" We got the best of both worlds. We were also able to include both the new puppy, Bear, and Ninja the cat!

This session was often broken up with a little bit of wrestling as we went - because how else do you make a 7 and 11 year old cooperate? :)

All kidding aside, it was a pleasure working with this crew, so step inside their cozy little world and say hello!

-Lori

Roy & Diane: Cobblestone Creek Country Club Portraits

If your first thought upon seeing these images is, "man she looks like a beauty queen!" You would be correct.

Diane is former Mrs. Arizona, Mrs. America and Mrs. World and currently works for the Mrs. New York America Pageant. Roy was lucky enough to meet her in an airport bar and the two have settled in Victor with the cutest little Maltese Shitzu, Sadie.

Roy loves his Audi and is classically trained pianist. He is also a golf fanatic, and everyone at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club knew his name when we stopped by. It was a fun afternoon with these three, at home and on the golf course.

See for yourself!
-Lori

Barb, Bill and Rufus: Victor, NY Portraits

At the end of this session, I wanted to take Rufus home with me... he is so cute and sweet!

I don't think Barb and Bill would have allowed that though, and they are sweet as well, so I wouldn't dare. :)

Bill is a retired brain cancer survivor, and Barb works in engineering. They love having the Cobblestone golf course in their backyard! 

Of her ideal day, Barb says "A perfect Saturday would be sunny but not too hot.  It would begin by enjoying coffee out on the deck while watching early golfers.  We may head out to breakfast or maybe make omelets at home.  Perhaps we might take a drive down to the lake for a picnic lunch...several of our friends have boats and we always enjoy a day spent with friends out on the water!"

It was lovely to meet and spend some time with you all!

See you soon,
Lori

Backyard Family Portraits: Brighton, Rochester, NY

I didn't panic when mom warned me that her kids might be a little shy. That's not unusual for us, so I thought, 'okay, let's play first.'

And we did. We went to the backyard and played on the swing set.

It was the first nice day after nearly two weeks of May showers – it was so nice to be in the sun. The kids felt it, I felt it, even Daizy their English bulldog felt it! 

Part of the memory behind a particular photograph is actually having fun when it was being taken, and not just how you looked on a certain day. I hope this family, and every family we've photographed, enjoys thinking back about the fun day we spent together. The pictures are a vehicle back in time to those memories. 

And this memory? It was a beautiful spring day in the backyard. The kids played together and everyone was happy. What more can you ask for?

Enjoy, and hope to see you again soon!
-Lori

Sara: Senior portraits with horse and dog, Canandigua Academy

Sara has loved horses since she was a little girl. Now she competes in barrel races and has three horses at home on their family farm! They also have several dogs and cats. And with all of those animals, their home still felt so peaceful. I loved spending time with Sara, Becky (mom), Max (horse) and Charley (dog) before we headed to Canandaigua Lake to wrap up the session there.

I had so much fun with this super sweet family!

And to top it all off - a sunset to die for! I just loved this session. Enjoy, and what are you waiting for? Schedule your unique at home senior portraits now!
-Lori

Families in Victor NY: Portrait Sessions at Home

Susan and Brian are very peaceful people. They have a meditation area set up in their spacious backyard, a vegetable garden and a very mellow golden retriever who likes to lay by the piano. I really enjoyed my time with them, creating images for Cobblestone Living magazine. I especially loved when Roxy joined Susan for some quiet mediation. So cute! Check them out, and say hi if you see Susan and Brian out and about!

-Lori

Five years together: Our Anniversary Portraits

Nearly 11 years ago, John and I first met inside one of these brick buildings. RIT played such a huge roll in our dating lives, in fact all of our dating. It was just days after I graduated that John proposed and we became "fiancés". Now that we've been married for 5 years, I wanted to celebrate where we are now as a family, with 2 fur babies, at the place where it all started. 

My favorite from this set of images, captured by who other than the amazing Erin Perrotta, is the first one below-left. That's us, our little family, in front of our freshman year dorms. The session was so much fun. Walking around with two dogs on campus, we had some students come pet Molley and Mouse and say how much they missed their dogs. If only we could have had pets in the dorms... 

We hit up a few spots on the residential side of campus, and ended at the field house. How nice of them to paint "We ❤︎ our Alumni" just for us! After Erin left, we continued walking and exploring the academic side of campus. John hadn't been back in years, so we reminisced over what was the same, and oogled at all the new buildings. We especially love the Global Village area with all of the new restaurants and outdoor seating. 

We ended the night watching Mouse try to drink from one of the pulsing fountains. That's a mental picture I won't soon forget!

In the end, it's a really lovely memory: walking campus with the man I love and my two furry loves. And thanks to Erin, we have photos to remember it by. Happy anniversary love, here's to the next 5 years!

-Lori

Anna | Penfield High School Senior Portrait

This was my first time photographing Anna, but second time with the family dog, Cinnamon. Does he look familiar? If so, it's because you saw him last year on the blog, with Anna's brother, Vinnie. It's always a pleasure to work with repeat clients, and I just love this family.

For Anna's session, we explored the park surrounding the Town Hall in Penfield. The connection for Anna is that she has played on the stage there as part of the high school band, but it was also a beautiful and secluded landscape - which made for excellent for photos! Now that's a win-win!

Anna, you are gorgeous. Go on, rock your senior year, I can't wait to see what you do next! 

-Lori

Introducing Lauren: Rochester NY newborn photography

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I truly love our clients. But really, they're not clients anymore. After five years, an engagement, wedding, and two children with multiple family sessions in between - they are friends, amazing ones at that. So photographing baby Lauren with her big sister Katie was a joy. We got to capture just a glimpse of them forming their early bonds as sisters. And I got to catch up with their amazing mommy as well.

I'll never cease to be grateful for the trust that this family gives us, and for continuing to allow us to be a part of their lives as more than just their photographers.

With that, I'm honored to introduce, and welcome Lauren to the world. ~ Erin

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365 project in March : Rochester NY Photographer

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I love compiling my images from each month for these posts. I get to see just how many things happened each month and how many great people are a part of my life. I also get to see just how much Lucas changes in just a few weeks. That alone makes me so glad I decided to take on a 365 project this year. I can't imagine not having these images to remember all of his milestones. Family, friends and fun was what March was all about. With Spring creeping in at a snail's pace, we were lucky to get outside a few times. We are also starting to see more sessions pop up on the calendar with our favorite clients. We even got away for a conference in Buffalo, where we got to learn new things to incorporate into the business and our shooting style.

So far so good, I'm still going strong. With our busiest months of the year yet to come, I'm looking forward to more friends and more fun images to share as a part of this project. 3 months down, 9 to go! ~ Erin

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Seniors and their Pets | Rochester NY Senior Photographs

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Senior year is a pivotal time in life, and we try to capture the personality of our seniors in this moment. What are they into, and what do they love? For many, it's a no brainer to include their furry family in these portraits. You never forget your first pet. Or your second, or third, or any of them. Our pets are our family, and we love them like family. As a dog lover myself, I love incorporating pets into sessions whenever possible. Here are a few students from the Class of 2015 who did just that!

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Looking forward to capturing more fun seniors and their pets this year! -Lori

What I'm thankful for in 2014

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It's been one heck of a ride for me this year. There have been many ups and downs, and everything in between. I decided to put it down on paper, and share some of the biggest things I'm thankful for this year. So, in no particular order, here they are.

1) Lori: This year has been an amazing year for business, and it would not have been possible without Lori. She picked up the pieces where I couldn't, and went above and beyond to keep us not only afloat, but moving forward. I could not be more thankful that I have her in my life, not only as a business partner - but as a most wonderful friend as well. I only hope that I can do my best to make 2015 as awesome as she made 2014.

2) My Son: Just thinking about what I've already learned by becoming a mother, makes me tear up. I won't lie, the past 3 months haven't been easy. I never expected the mixed bag of emotions I'd end up going through. It's utterly incredible, that my 5 lb peanut could alternately make me crazy one day, but bring me such peace and joy the next. But I'm thankful for him because he's taught me to love deeper. He makes me want to work harder, and be better for him. I want him to know what it's like to love and appreciate this life - and that it's possible to dream big, like his Mommy does.

3) My Husband: It should go without saying, but I'm still inspired by what he does for our family and for me. He supports my dreams, dreams with me, and still keeps me from eating a steady diet of cereal. ;)

4) My Struggles and My Community: For those who don't know, my father has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Somehow, writing it down makes it even more of a reality. I won't dwell on the negative though, because that's not the point I'm trying to make. I guess, in a way I'm thankful for this struggle God's put in my family's path. It has made me remember what and who is most important in life.

I'm also thankful for the outpouring of support and love we've received from the community around us. It's immensely overwhelming at times. There are so many people out there, whose lives have interconnected with ours along life's journey. It's incredibly humbling because I know that everyone has their own daily battles to fight. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you who have taken the time to reach out with an arm of support for us. Some of you, I haven't seen in ages - yet you're there for me, and us still today. Wow.

This weekend, my family has put together a benefit in support of my father. If you're interested in attending, it will be a great time! Live music, raffle prizes, a photo booth and great people - there's information here on Facebook: KTK Benefit

It all comes down to this:

This year, I've never been more thankful for the help and support from others. I'm thankful for those who have taken the time to donate, or just to reach out after a lot of passed time and say hello. And I'm thankful for those keeping my head above water, for listening when I need a friend, and for helping me to be a better version of myself.

Today, and every day I'm thankful for all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving. ~ Erin

PS - This post would not be complete without some fun and cuteness...so, here it is!

Lori really rocked it this year!

Lucas at his newborn session, courtesy of Linda Hayes Photography

Love when Allie watches over Lucas.

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Even though I see this face a lot, he's loved.

Daddy and Lucas

My parents, with Lucas.