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Sofia turns two! Erie Canal Portraits

Sofia loves to smell the flowers and feed the ducks at Schoen Place in Pittsford, right along the historic Erie Canal. So for this special session celebrating her second trip around the sun, she donned a pink tutu and we had some fun along the water!

How cute is this little girl??

She is so loved, happy birthday Sofia!

~Lori

Musical Membership Event: Fairport Photographers

Approximately 20 kids and their parents, tambourines, shakers, drums, scarves, and a ukulele. Sounds like chaos right?

Not with Missy Reed in control of the class. Our latest membership event was so much fun. Missy led our members and guests in songs about springtime, and the kids loved it. And their parents loved seeing their kids having fun, and sang along too. She did such an amazing job, you should go see her or sign up for one of her classes!

I loved watching them all interact, dance and sing together - it really made my heart happy to see so many smiling faces, including my own little family.

I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, our Portrait Membership Program is the place to be. If you want to be part of the action with your kids and have the pictures to prove it, get in touch.

Or better yet - come to our next event. It's on May 9th at Lucas Greenhouses. We're going to get our hands dirty and plant some spring flowers for Mother's Day!

Pretty please RSVP here or by email to hello@lorianderin.com - we can't wait to see you!

~ Erin

The 365 project in May: Rochester Family Photography

The nice days are here, the flowers are in bloom, and my 365 project keeps on truckin'. I'm loving being able to get my family outside to enjoy the sunshine. It adds so many new activities for us to experience as a family, and to watch as Lucas experiences for the first time.

He's growing and learning, but not too fast. He's definitely taking things at his own pace, so when he finally figures something out - it's monumental. I never thought, I'd be so excited to watch a baby learn how to pick up his own food.

A lot of outdoor fun has also been had this month, including festivals, gardening, and getting back on the softball field.

But let's not forget, wedding season's just beginning and we're getting busier by the minute! Not only are our clients getting engaged and married, but our families are as well. Along with that comes family gatherings of all kinds as the preparations continue!

I'm thrilled that I've made it this far in the project. At this point, it feels like it has become a routine to find that photo of the day. When I find it, I feel accomplished and ready to find the next one. I can do this!

So enjoy the recap of my photos from May! Bring it on June! ~ Erin

Family of 3 at the Eastman House Gardens

Meet Liam and his parents. We hit up the Eastman House gardens to celebrate Liam at 9 months. He is standing and leaning like a big boy, and oh so handsome! He was a trooper through the heat and and a few outfit changes, and loved showing off his crawling skills at the end of the session. The Eastman House was a perfect backdrop for this wonderful family's portraits. I hope you enjoy this little man's smiles like I do! blog_0128.jpg blog_0127.jpg blog_0130.jpg blog_0129.jpg

Until next time, Lori

Lori's 365 Project Part 6: June!

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Halfway through! This is another month of randomness in my photo-a-day project. However, looking back at these images makes me realize just how fast life goes by. Looking at this set, each captured one day throughout the month of June, I see so much STUFF that happened. If you don't journal or do a project like this, it's easy to blink and not see time passing. Using this month as an example, here's what the last 30 days looked like: a wedding, canal days, a new haircut, softball, dinner with family, drinking with friends, trying new food, watching the garden grow, a new backsplash, hiking, biking, boating, learning, reading and, of course, photography.

Phew. Some days it doesn't seem like much happens, but when you look at it like that, we sure do a lot in one month! How are you keeping busy this summer? I sure hope you are having some fun!

Thanks for following along on the adventure... Lori blog_0094.jpg

Jessica & Keith: The Lodge at Welch Allyn Wedding Photography, Syracuse NY Wedding

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Wedding season began with a bang for us this year! Jessica and Keith's, oh so beautiful day was every bit as wonderful as I knew it would be. And honestly, what can I say about these two, and their families? We've enjoyed getting to know them all over the past two years, from engagement session to family sessions, to now the wedding day. They now hold a very special place in our hearts - we are so grateful for their kindness and generosity as this day came to be. A threat of rain hung over the week before the wedding, but on that day - not a cloud in sight. It couldn't have been more perfect. We arrived to find the girls relaxing and enjoying lunch - while the makeup artist worked her magic on each lady. It was so relaxed, we felt right at home with everyone! As we neared the moment where Dad got to see his little girl in her beautiful wedding dress, the emotions started flowing. It's so touching to be a part of that for a family.

So, we had a beautiful spring day, gorgeous girls in bright pink dresses, with spring colored flowers and a beautiful bride. Now, we head to the church, where the ceremony went smoothly and our groom gets to finally marry his girl. Then after some time with us at Skaneateles Lake, taking some photographs over looking the lake scenery, we were off to the amazing Welch Allyn Lodge reception. Everything from the centerpieces to the lighting showed nothing but bright colors and elegance. What a remarkable job everyone did in bringing all of those details together.

One of my favorite moments of the evening, came during the toasts. I'd say the only thing "wrong" with this whole day - was that Keith's best man, Carl, was unable to take leave from the military to be there for the day. Two weeks before the wedding, they learned that he wouldn't be able to make it. However, as the toasts were wrapping up, the DJ announced one more special surprise for Keith. Carl, had recorded a message for Jessica and Keith, which they played on projector for them. I know, it meant the world to Keith.

What a perfect day for two wonderful families to join together. And what a perfect wedding to kick off our season. Lori and I were honored to capture it. Jessica and Keith, congratulations on beginning your married life together!

All the very best, now and forever. ~ Erin

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The Vendor Lineup

The Ceremony: Holy Family Church The Hair: McKenzie Elizabeth Salon The Makeup: Riki Lebied, Syracuse Makeup Artistry The Florist: Whistlestop Florist, Kim Hayes The Transportation: Big D's Limo The Reception: Welch Allyn Lodge The DJ: DJ By Design The Videographer: DJ By Design The Stationary: Creative Assistant, Kathy Colvin The Photographers: Lori Coleman and Erin Perrotta Photographers Assistant: Adrian DeJesus

Thank you to everyone who made this a great day!

shoot. learn. party. the Shutterfest 2014 conference

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In our time as business owners, we've learned a lot and we've come a very long way. That being said, we know there's always more to learn and there's always room for us to grow. On top of that, there's nothing like learning from some of the best minds in the photography world. We recently had the chance to attend the first (and now annual) Shutterfest conference in St. Louis, MO. The slogan of the conference was "Shoot. Learn. Party."  Between the amazing variety of class options, the stand up comedian, and the live bands at night, the organizers were true to their word. We learned so much and met some great new people along the way. We can't wait to start putting our newly acquired knowledge into action soon!

Whenever we travel, we like to explore. So we allowed ourselves a day to wander around St. Louis, to enjoy the sights and the gorgeous weather. We visited the animals at the St. Louis Zoo, then stopped in at the nearby St. Louis Art Gallery for some quality time with Van Gogh, Monet and other famous artists on display. Both of these activities were located in the beautiful Forest Park area of St. Louis - if you've never been, it's a beauty of a park! Don't tell Mom, but we ended our afternoon with some killer root beer floats (before dinner) at Fitz's, a local stop in the Delmar Loop area. St. Louis Arch, Shutterfest Photography Conference

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I won't lie, coming back to a rainy, chilly Rochester wasn't the highlight of our week. But because of educational conferences like these, we're energized and ready for our busy spring and summer season. Bring on wedding season 2014! Some slightly warmer temperatures wouldn't hurt either...

Until next time! ~ Erin

Family Portraits at Sawyer Park, Greece NY

Brianna and Madison are incredibly sweet, smart, and playful. If they could bottle their energy, they'd be millionaires! A bottle of 5 hour energy has NOTHING on these two sisters.From the creek to the slides, we raced, picked flowers, tackled dad and played on everything. The park offered us a beautiful setting where the girls could run and play and be themselves. Even Mom and Dad got in on the fun! Here are a few of our favorites:

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While they may not admit to being sisters, they did say they were best friends. And Momma's girls, that's for sure. Hope you enjoyed this peek inside a session. To schedule your own, call us today!

Kelley & Jim: Finger Lakes Wedding Photography

There's nothing better than when a groom sees his bride for the first time. Sometimes, it's hard for me to hold back some tears - because when he sheds a tear, I always tear up too. Sorry, sometimes I get ahead of myself... let me back up to the beginning.

In the blink of an eye, fall arrived and brought with it the middle of our wedding season. When we arrived to the hotel in Geneva to cover Kelley's bridal prep, we were greeted with a party in the hotel room. Excitement was in the air, everyone was ready for a great day.

Ok, now let's talk about the ceremony. It was a perfect outdoor ceremony, short and sweet - but full of true emotion. When Jim saw Kelley walk toward him, he held it together, but I know it was hard to do.

The reception was inspired by nature. It was decorated by beautiful D-I-Y centerpieces on the tables to the card box carved from a tree trunk! It was also so much fun - they definitely knew how to rock the dance floor!

I know that they'll agree with me on this - love like theirs is worth the wait. Congratulations Jim and Kelley! Thank you for sharing your day, and your story with us. Bride getting ready, makeup mom and bride, finger lakes wedding photography geneva ny wedding, finger lakes wedding photography geneva ny wedding, finger lakes wedding photography

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Our Fellow Vendors: The Flowers: Hopper Hills, Victor NY The Officiant: Kristophor Larson The Baker: Sweet Times, Victor NY The DJ: Whirlin' Disc DJ's The Venue: American Legion Club, Geneva NY

Kate : Senior Portraits : Mercy High School

The moment I met Kate, I was transported back to my high school days. As she described to me what clubs she was in and what sports she plays, I started reminiscing about my own. We had so much in common, even down to the music-- yes I'll admit, I know the words to far too many Weird Al songs. She is even considering attending my alma mater, RIT, for film and animation. In the time we shared together, I found it so easy to talk to Kate. That must have been a big help to her in winning the election for Senior Class President, along with her message of "Let's just all be friends." I think that is such a great message for all parts of life, not just high school. Kate didn't want to focus on all of her activities for her portraits, so instead we focused on her and just had fun around the house. Here are a few of my favorites from her session.

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Kate, I wish you good luck this year, I know you will kick butt in all you do! -Lori

Courtney + David: Rochester NY Wedding, Edward Harris House

Courtney and David met in high school, and have been together ever since. Finally, after three years together, David spelled out "Will you marry me?" in rose petals. I think it's safe to say, she said yes. Last weekend, they gathered their closest family and friends, and were married in the garden at the Edward Harris House. I loved their sweet and quiet moments together throughout my short time with them. It was as if the world fell away, and all they could see was each other - priceless.

Courtney and David, congratulations - and may you have the best of everything in your lives together. Enjoy this glimpse into a few of our favorites from your day!

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