erie canal

Mother and Son Portraits by the Erie Canal

Allyson has been running since she was 11, and has completed several international marathons in her career. Some of her favorites have included New York City, London, Mumbai, and of course, the Rochester Marathon!

During our session, her son enjoyed putting the medals on, taking them off and then repeating the process. He was also a fan of climbing on everything he could find. He was just a happy two year old who enjoyed exploring the canal path in Pittsford.

When I caught the moment in the black and white photo below, at first I thought I had missed it -a protective mom holding his hands to keep him safe as he jumped and played. But when I gave it a second look, it's really about transition. It's about how he's almost to that point where he will be more independent, and less reliant on mom. Isn't that what toddler-hood is all about? 

It's only a split second, but it kind of sums up parenting. So parents - take the pictures, and hold on while you can, because one day they let go with both hands.

-Lori

2017 Wedding Review: Finger Lakes NY Wedding Photographers

When your wedding season begins with a couple stopping for pizza and ends with a dozen adoptable dogs at a cocktail hour - you know you're doing something right.

Simply put, 2017 was an amazing year of weddings.

Here's just a few reasons why:

1) They were unique: Our first wedding of the season, and we're stopping for pizza. Cristin and Michaela also threw the most amazing reception at the Rochester Museum and Science center, including an epic bridal party dance off throw down.

2) Vineyards: Whether it was a sunset ceremony at Knapp Vineyards, or quiet time together at Casa Larga, Ventosa Vineyards or even Becker Farms. The grapes were a gorgeous, prominent part of many of our wedding images this year.

034_333_20170923_6019.jpg

3 Sunsets: Because oh golden hour magic, how we love thee so.

4) Relaxed elegance: Our couples added so many fun, relaxed touches to their elegant wedding days and portraits. Like s'mores, campfires and hanging out with very friendly horses at The Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo.

5) Cocktail hour on a boat? Why yes, please! Amanda and Vince's Lockport Locks boat cruise was one of the most unique ways to host cocktail hour that we've ever experienced.

6) New Venues: We were so lucky to capture weddings at some new places this year. The Wintergarden by Monroe's, Becker Farms, Shadow Lake, Statler City and so many more. From Rochester to the Finger Lakes to Buffalo - it felt like we were always experiencing somewhere new!

045_667_20171007_B253.jpg
013_715_20170610_P569.jpg

7) Puppies! Matt and Ellen killed it with hosting Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions during their cocktail hour at the Port of Rochester. Because who wouldn't want to play with puppies at a wedding?!

051_424_20171021_P423.jpg

8) Playfulness: We loved that our couples were up for fun. You might think being silly can seem out of place at a wedding - but what better way is there to enjoy the day?

9) Realness: Above all the rest, what an honor to see real emotions, true friends, love and so much joy from our couples and their families. Soooo many genuine reactions in wedding day photographs. It reminds me of how much trust is put in us on such a beautifully important day. I mean, really when a groom cries, my heart melts.

016_070_20170624_B102.jpg
039_389_20171006_P319.jpg
007_312_20170528_B267.jpg

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our favorite moments of 2017. Did yours make our list? Share yours with us in the comments if it didn't!

Erie Canal Family Portraits: Pittsford, NY

After three years photographing this little lady, (another one of our awesome portrait members) it's possible she's finally warming up to the idea of me being around with my camera. Or maybe it was the ducks on the canal. Ok fine, it was probably the ducks.

Whatever the reason, I had a fun evening with her, and her mom and dad, on the Erie Canal. They fed the ducks and the pigeons, played hide and seek and ran around barefoot (my kind of girl).

Laid back and relaxed, it's always better to let the three year old be a three year old at a portrait session, isn't it? 

What's better than watching your daughter's face light up as she feeds the ducks? Or running around minus her shoes? What more can you do but enjoy it? Because this is who she is, and I love it.

~ Erin

Family Session at the Butterfly Trail in Macedon, NY

We are having such a beautiful Autumn, and this morning was gorgeous. It was my pleasure to walk the butterfly trail with this awesome family of four.

It's hard for us to believe that Mom and Dad are celebrating their 5th anniversary this year. We've been photographing weddings for that long? 

And their two beautiful kids keep them on their toes!

As challenging as toddlers can be, I hope you remember how they only wanted mom to hold them. These memories of throwing rocks in the water (endless entertainment for toddlers) are small, but beautiful. How sweet and loving those kids are, and how dirty they ended up at the end there. :-D

Happy anniversary you two, and thanks for letting us witness your love and share in your joy all of these years later.
-Lori

Extended Family Portraits by the Erie Canal

What better way to celebrate your 50th anniversary than surrounded by the people you created (and their families)? Richard and Lori's children honored them with this photo session and a weekend of fun events together. It's not often you get all 18 people in one place, and we were honored to help them capture this milestone.

Getting all 4 kids and 8 grandkids in one place was no small feat and took months of planning. But it was all worth it, and we had a gorgeous summer day. Being by the water was important to them, so when they sun came out, everyone (i.e. - anyone taller than Erin) was helpful in making sure we got the shot! 

Thanks to all of our extra assistants that day! (see the outtake below) The diffuser and umbrella allowed us to shoot in the sunny areas by the Erie Canal.

Happy 50th Anniversary, here is to the next 50 years!

-Lori and Erin

Vince + Amanda: Lockport Canalside Wedding Photography

When we first met with Amanda and Vince, they told us they wanted their wedding day to be different. After being wedding guests countless times, they wanted their day to be something unique.

Amanda looked stunning in her gold trimmed gown as she walked up behind Vince for their first look. I typically encourage a first look if I can, but it was even more helpful on this day - as rain began minutes after we finished up their portraits. It was such a relief to have all of our important photographs completed in the nick of time.

It rained through their (covered, thankfully) ceremony, but stopped just in time for a super fun, boat cruise down the canal for cocktail hour. We traveled through the Lockport Lock system on the Erie Canal and back to the venue for dinner and dancing. It was such a great way to start their celebration.

Amanda and Vince, it was so much fun to capture this day for you. Thank you for being you, and for planning a day that was not only beautiful, but fun for everyone involved.

As your cake topper so perfectly put it - and so the adventure begins! Congratulations!

~ Erin

Thanks to these vendors who helped complete this day!
Hair: Tiffany Torres
Makeup: Tiffany Ramos
Florist: Stacy K Floral
Venue: Lockport Canalside
Officiant: Pastor Dan Brown
Bakery: Rachael B Cupcakes
DJ: DJ ET Music, Evan Tavelaris
Transportation: Q Tours

Angela and Joe: Pittsford NY Wedding Photography

They had it all planned, a big wedding day, back home in Massachusetts. A bridal party, a venue, a reception - all of it.

But then, they moved to Rochester and canceled the whole thing. And I have to be honest, I whole heartedly applaud them for it. Because after all was said and done they knew that all of that wasn't them - it wasn't who they were.

Instead, their wedding day was perfect for them. It was just them, one witness, their pastor, a piano player and me. It was simply beautiful.

What a huge honor, and a big responsibility for me to be able to capture something so sacred for Angela and Joe. It's been a very long time since a wedding ceremony gave me goosebumps. It was that amazing.

And once the ceremony was over, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with them, taking beautiful portraits. We had no hurry, as there was nowhere important we had to be.

So we got in the limo and headed to Pittsford Dairy, obviously. Because on a 90+ degree day, when no one is waiting on you, and you just got married - you go get ice cream!

Joe and Angela: I wish you a lifetime of love as beautiful as the two of you are together. May you always remember the emotions you felt this day. My hope is that these images will do that for years to come. God Bless!

~ Erin

Dana, Khalil and Eric | Pittsford Family Portraits

What's cuter than a 2 year old in orange pants playing in the leaves? I can't think of much! Eric was a ball of energy and Khalil was a good big brother, letting Eric tackle him and hold his hand. The whole family was just a joy to work with, and the Fall weather cooperated nicely. Fall just goes so quickly! Well, enjoy the colors and meet Dana, Khalil and Eric!blog_0254.jpg blog_0253.jpg blog_0255.jpg blog_0251.jpg blog_0252.jpg

Love the over the shoulder look. See you all soon!

-Lori

Mom & Kids: Rochester NY Family Portraits

I met Carla and her four kids down at the canal in Pittsford for their casual portraits. Maia, Siena, Roman & Adrian were a pleasure to photograph! They all brought their own personalities to the group, but all fit together as a family as well. It helps that the girls are very fashionable too! Check out this fun group and leave them some love in the comments! -Lori

blog_0236.jpg blog_0234.jpg blog_0233.jpg blog_0235.jpg