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Highlights from Valencia & Barcelona, Spain

There was a request for photos from our trip to Spain, and well, twist my arm!

Most of our trip was spent in Valencia - the Tancat de la Pipa to be exact. That’s where we volunteered, working to restore Lake Albufera and it’s surrounding areas. Our group was specifically working to clean up the lagoons, which supply lake with clean water.

Every day, we traveled down the bumpy dirt road to our project site. Each day we received a different assignment which brought us all around the lagoons. We moved plants, weeded, monitored water levels and waded in to plant aquatic grasses, and it felt great to be making a difference. There are only three full time staffers working this large area, and without volunteers, they simply wouldn’t be able to get it all done.

We weren’t alone. We met volunteers from California, and also local college students getting hands on experience. We traded stories about our cultures while we worked, learned new words and developed friendships. If we had traveled from place to place on a tour bus, we never would have made these genuine connections. This was by far my favorite part of the trip. We got to make an ecological difference while enjoying the sunshine and making friends.

While we were there, Valencia was celebrating Las Fallas. This festival, dedicated to St. Joseph, is several days long. While I had read about this in advance, I truly had no idea how BIG it was. Our volunteer hosts going out of town for the long weekend should have thrown up some red flags, but we had no idea.

Las Fallas is not just a four day festival like I had read - but a month long one. We arrived the week before the festival officially began and were greeted with daily fireworks in the streets. We saw hundreds of ninots (large sculptures) get assembled. And as the festival drew near, we were treated to concerts outside of our window from 12-4am. And on the last day, they burn down all the sculptures!

Despite the noise and festival crowds, I always felt safe. We walked or took the subway around the historic city. We saw mile-long parades of people in traditional dress, carrying flowers to a create a several story tall living monument. (Think Rose Bowl Parade.) We saw the holy grail, the beach, and the largest aquarium in Europe. In Valencia, we were both travelers and volunteers.

Leaving Valencia, we spent a weekend in Barcelona before coming home. Here, we did a 180 and became tourists, taking the open top bus to see all the city highlights. We took a day trip to Montserrat in the mountains and finished with a guided tour of La Sagrada Familia. If you aren’t familiar with Gaudi’s famous structure, go Google it right now. Seriously. I have been in the Vatican, and I would say this church is far more stunning.

We certainly enjoyed our time in Spain and the Tancat de la Pipa! If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering abroad, I highly recommend you check out Goat Volunteers. They have over 60 projects to choose from in 14 countries. And, if you mention my name when you apply, you can save $25!

So, if you have been to Spain, what was your favorite part? And if not, where should we go next!?

Talk to you soon,
Lori

Family Fitness Day: Portrait Membership Program

Being active is important, even if it's just getting out there for a bike ride with the family. So teaming up with local fitness vendors for this month's membership event was such a great experience.

The event brought us to Fellows Road Park for Perinton Rec Center's: Walk, Bike, Play, Family Fitness Day event.

We played fun games that got us moving with Joe from Next Level Athletics. We also did yoga with Allison from Butterfly Kids Yoga (some of it in our own special toddler way) while Bach to Rock motivated us with their musical talents.

Doug from RVE was there to get our bikes ready for the summer, and they used the basketball courts to create the perfect track for our bikes and scooters to follow. Then we played on the playground to finish up the morning.

Our families just got to play and do a little yoga together, while we captured their time to give back to them in the form of memories. It was a great Saturday spent being active together.

If this wasn't your cup of tea, our next event is going to take us to the beach - so sign up and join the fun!

Announcing: Mental Pictures! New Product Offering

We all know that prints fade and hard drives get corrupted. But what type of photography never fails?

Mental pictures.

 

Lori and Erin Photography is proud to introduce a new product line completely void of any physical manifestation.

Mental pictures!

Don't let the limitations of your wall space or cloud storage stop you from reliving life's greatest moments. Close your eyes and relive that memory in vivid 3D, imax, technicolor with unlimited pixels!

How is this possible you ask?

When you don't have to worry about fixing an image physically, anything is possible! Literally, anything! We'll help you dream up the most incredible experience of your life, and bring it into the sharpest possible focus, all in your mind.

Always wanted to see the Earth from the moon? We'll make it happen.

Always wanted to swim with sharks, but afraid of sharks? We guarantee they won't bite!

Always dreamed of the view from atop Everest, but think the couch is just so darn comfy? We'll take you there!

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Sample Mental Picture

Surgeon Generals Warning: Mental pictures may only be viewed by the person they were created for. Others may experience a blur or dizzying effect.

What you get

With multiple, thorough planning sessions, we will get to understand your deepest desires. You tell us exactly what you want to see, and we will tell it right back to you.

By channeling our endless creativity, and exactly what you have told us, we will create the most vivid mental picture you've never seen!

We'll deliver the image to your brain through our soon-to-be-patented process of BWT*, or Brain Wave Transference. 

*Ask your doctor if you are healthy enough for BWT.**

**As this is a soon-to-be patented system, you may not tell your doctor until after you have placed your non-refundable deposit.

People who love mental pictures

Source: Second hand mental picture. Data may not be reliable.

FAQ

How much is it? Mental pictures take time and skill to perfect. While there is no expensive equipment involved, it has taken many minutes to develop the skills and process you see listed here. Therefore, we are pleased to offer this breakthrough product for seven easy payments of $995.

How do I share my mental picture? Since all brains are inherently unique, we are only able to produce one pristine mental picture at a time. Sharing will result in the degradation of the experience. You may attempt to describe your mental photo to another, but doing so may result in self-destruction. We are not liable if your brain explodes.

How far out are you booking? Mental pictures are a labor intensive process. We recommend booking as soon as possible, or last week.

Is this for real? All I can say is, well, it isn't not an April fools joke...

Be the first to own your very own Mental Picture!

Then, tell your friends, so they too can be on the ground floor of this revolutionary, game changing, no, LIFE changing, new product!

Copyright 2018 Lori and Erin Photography

The Value of a Portrait: Rochester NY Photographer

I want you to go find a photo - maybe it's you and your parents, or your parents wedding album, or you with you deceased grandmother.

Look at the people in it. What do you see? How does that photograph make you feel?

Now, imagine never having that image. Was it 5 years old? 10? Can it be retaken? Do you still have the story behind that image? Imagine how you would feel, if that photograph was taken away from you.

Or rather, try this scenario. Imagine holding that image after 40 years. Are the people in the image all still with us, or have you lost a loved one over the years? Does it mean more to you now that time has passed? My guess is, it does.

For all of these reasons - that's the value of a portrait. 

I can tell you from first hand experience that the photos of my son with his grandfather are some of my most valued possessions. You can have my tv, my computer, heck, you can even take my camera. But if I ever lost those photos, I'd be a wreck.

Those photographs are how I'm going to teach my son who his grandfather was. They're how I'm going to hold on to him when I need to hear his voice. They're part of our story, and serve as a reminder to our history.

But had they never been printed, or worse, never been taken at all, I would have only have the pictures in my ever fading memory to rely on.

Moral of the story - take pictures, and then also print them. Because to me they're one thousand times more valuable than any of the most expensive gifts you'll ever receive.

If you don't understand the feeling right now, trust me, someday you will.

~ Erin

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Internship Available: Fall & Winter 2017

Our business is always growing, and we want to share some of our experience with the next generation of photographers!

We are looking for a motivated individual aiming to gain experience in the business of portrait and wedding photography. You’ll learn tips and tricks while working with real customers, as well as many of the back end tasks business that most people don’t think about. The position will begin sometime in late September and run through November, with an option to extend through the end of December. We expect a weekly commitment of 5-10 hours.

You’ll get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to run a photography business. We’ll review your portfolio (if you have one) and address any specific areas you may want help with. You can pick our brains about what we have learned in our 5+ years of running a full time business!

Tasks Could Include: Assisting on Portrait Sessions/Weddings • Packaging Print Orders • Social Media updates • Compiling Blog posts + other odds and ends as they come up

To Apply: Send an email to hello@lorianderin.com with the subject line: Intern Application. In the Body, please include all of your contact information and answer the following questions:

Tell us about yourself - what are your passions? (Other than photography) • Will you get school credit for this internship? • Are there any requirements to receive this credit? • What is your availability? Days/Times • What is the number one takeaway you would like to get from this position? • What is your favorite photo or blog post on our website? Why? • How familiar are you with Lightroom and Photoshop? • Do you have your own laptop?

Deadline to Apply is midnight on September 30th. Thank you for your interest!

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Photo Hike at Tinker Park: Portrait Membership Events

The first time my husband and I took Lucas to Tinker Park, I knew it would be a great place for one of our Portrait Membership events. There are so many opportunities for cute portraits and play everywhere. There's the fairy houses, and an educational nature trail, and even a playground.

We set up these events, not only so that we can create portraits for our families, but also so that they'll have time to be together.

I know that I want to be on the trail with my child encountering frogs and deer. (We saw both!) I want to knock on the fairy house doors to see if they're home. I want to watch them run down the trail, their little legs going as fast as they can exploring and adventuring.

At the end of the day, we hope that you feel there's so much more to our Portrait Membership than just the pictures.

Living life and being together. Because isn't that where the memories are really made?

Thanks to the few families who joined us on this fun little adventure! We hope you'll join us for our next member event in September - apple picking!

~ Erin

Katie, Tyler and Ollie: Rochester NY Engagement Session

So we've spent a lot of time at Cobbs Hill Reservoir in downtown Rochester lately. Coincidentally, most of our visits there have been to photograph an engagement session. It's always a pretty busy place, so we're getting pretty accustomed to dodging runners on the path or picnic goers out for a night to watch the sunset over the city. That part always tends be the same. What I love, is that even though it's a familiar location, the people and the session is never the same.

For Katie and Tyler, the Reservoir made perfect sense as the backdrop to their engagement session. Their first apartment together was in the Upper Monroe area, so they visited Cobbs Hill regularly. It became one of their favorite spots to be together.

Together, they're comfortable, full of big smiles and laughter, even if they have differing opinions on baseball teams. (We'll forgive Katie for her life choices on baseball - just this once).

Oh, and can we talk about their rescue pup, Ollie for a minute? That little guy has such a personality; you can see it all over his face. He's so lucky to have been rescued by two of the sweetest, kindest humans.

After spending just a few short hours together, I know that their wedding day (and beyond!) will be amazing. I also know, that I can't wait to be part of it. Thanks you two!

~ Erin

Portrait of a Grandmother: Rochester NY Photographers

So many things about who I am have been cultivated by the women in my life. I'm ridiculously lucky to have had the chance to grow up knowing and loving them all. From my own mother to aunts and all the way to my great grandmother, who passed some years ago.

I'd like to think I follow in their footsteps, collecting each of their similar traits. We're all worriers and maybe a little neurotic. None of us have a green thumb or a penchant for cooking dinner. But we are also loving, hard working, independent and strong when we need to be.

So many of these traits are learned, taught and handed down. I've been so lucky to have grown up with not only a wonderful mother as an example, but my grandmother's example of love as well.

While she's now a great grandmother and grandmother - she's also still a mother. She has the same wishes for her own children that every mother everywhere has. She's still there as a mother to my parents, even when it's hard. Just like my mom is for me.

Because from what I've gathered, you don't stop being a mom when your kids have kids.

Recently my family celebrated my grandmother's 80th birthday, so naturally my camera was at the ready. I took a few minutes to just capture a portrait of her alone. Looking at it now, I see more than just her likeness. I see the matriarch of the family, supportive and strong for us all. I see love, warmth, happiness, family, history.

I see all the other moms of the family in her.

I see me.

Hugs, love, and a Happy (Belated) Mother's Day to you all (especially to my own Momma),

Erin

Artist in Residence: Rochester NY Portraits

I stepped into their home, and was instantly struck by beauty all around me. Renee Mendler is an accomplished artist here in Rochester. If you haven't yet heard of her - a) you have now and b) you should really check out her work.

When she's not spending time with her two kids, Renee creates stunning pieces in her home studio. She is inspired by the world around her as a contemporary abstract artist. She paints on various media - everything from canvas to tiles for coffee tables.

To see more of Renee's work visit her website at: www.reneemendlerart.com or visit her work in person at Whitman Works Co. in Penfield NY or at Nosh Restaurant in downtown Rochester.

Jardin Terrariums and Lori & Erin Photography

Were you there? Or did you miss our best event yet? If you did, we're sorry - but we had fun without you. Life must go on after all! 

Our most recent member event had something for everyone at Jardin Terrariums in Fairport NY. Plants, fairy houses, lions and tigers....and that's just in the terrariums themselves.

There was also fun together, meeting new friends, catching up with old friends donuts, coffee and a sandbox for the littles. It was a very fun event! A great big thank you goes out to Kathleen for hosting our great (and growing!) group of member families.

Check out the fun we had, then check out Jardin Terrariums as well! And next time - join us!!

~ Erin