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Heirlooms for Everyone: Rochester NY Wedding Albums

We talk a lot about our wedding albums and how we feel that every couple should invest in their first family heirloom. But one of the other things we don’t talk too much about is how we also think that your parents deserve some love too. After all, they raised you and supported you through the whole wedding process.

They deserve to cherish this moment in an heirloom too. Our custom mini albums are the perfect way to say thank you. Amber and Jason felt exactly that when they picked out their set of albums from their Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn day a few months ago.

I wish we could have shared in the joy of actually giving these books to their parents this past holiday. But knowing we created something beautiful and timeless for them - and that is the perfect amount of joy for us.

~ Erin

Check out the story inside of the pages of their 8x10 Press Album below:

Being a Guest at a Wedding: Rochester NY Weddings

A few months ago, an invitation came in the mail. John and I were invited to a wedding, as guests! I filled out that response card as though I wanted to be the first RSVP, because I did. I was going to be there with bells to cheer on one of my oldest friends and his new wife.

I know you are thinking it, so let’s get it out of the way. I knew they had hired a talented photographer, and I trusted the pros to document their day. So, no. I did not bring a camera with me. I barely even took any photos, and most of the ones I did take (with my phone) were blurry.

Don’t get me wrong, I love photographing weddings! There is nothing like documenting a wedding day. From the nervous energy we see at the beginning of the day, to the tears and love during the vows, to the unbridled dancing at the end of the night. It’s a great job, and I feel lucky every time a couple chooses us to be the ones to do it.

Throughout the night, it came up as I chatted with old friends. I have to admit there are pros and cons to being a wedding guest. I thought it would be fun to share a few of those with you!

The view from the cheap seats :)

The view from the cheap seats :)

Being a guest rather than photographer:

Pro: I could clap and participate in the wedding. This may seem silly, but for the first kiss, pronouncement as man and wife, introductions… those are all moments I am normally capturing with a camera. As a guest, my hands were free to clap and cheer, and that felt wonderful!

Con: The view isn’t as good. When I am the photographer, I get to move around to find the best angle. That’s my job in fact. Without looking through a 200mm lens, it was harder to see the bride or grooms faces.

Pro: As a guest, I could eat without feeling self conscious! It’s kinda funny really. As a guest, I wasn’t nearly as hungry, but probably ate 3x as much as I needed to. As a photographer, I am often staring longingly at the hors d'oeuvres, wondering if anyone will judge me for grabbing a carrot. It’s not to say that we don’t eat when I’m working, but we eat much faster. Often, when we have time to be seated for a meal, I feel guilty, as though I should be doing something, rather than eating.

Con: There were a few moments I wished I had a camera in my hand. Watching Mike wipe tears from his eyes as Abby walked down the aisle, I was torn. Part of me was so happy to be there as a witness, and part of me wished I could freeze that moment with my lens.

Perhaps my favorite part of being a guest though, was that I had my husband by my side. Working weddings every weekend, I get to hear lots of amazing love stories, romantic songs and see beautiful venues. They often remind me of my own love story, and make me wish I could dance that slow song with my husband. Well, this time, I did. I could hold his hand during the vows and laugh with him during the toasts.

It was such a wonderful way to end “wedding season.” So thank you Mike and Abby! I am so glad you found each other. Your love is a beacon and an example to others. Thank you for inviting us to bear witness to it on your wedding day.

Love always,

Lori

Blurry Selfies: Left with the hubby, Right with friend Kaitlyn

Blurry Selfies: Left with the hubby, Right with friend Kaitlyn

Why I threw out my wedding photos

Yeah, I said that. And yes - I really did just throw them away. As a photographer, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Your current thoughts probably range from - "Ok?" to "What the $%&*? Erin - WHY?!"

Well... because they were useless to me.

Before you think my marriage just went down the drain, step away from the phone and refrain from texting me like a crazy person. I'm still happily married. I promise.

But, I really did throw away my wedding pictures. At least - the two burned CD's that they were living on in the bottom drawer of my desk. I know, they weren't even in a safe place.

I have the files still, I moved them to three different locations years ago. But the CD's were useless to me.

I threw them away because I don't have a device in my home that's capable of reading them anymore. Which is exactly what we've been preaching to our wedding clients and families for years now.

It's also why I made a wedding album. It's why I made a tangible, printed heirloom - so that one day, I won't have to realize that I have no way to share in the joy of those memories.

If you've got discs of photos lying around that you've never done anything with, I'm not surprised. If you want help making those discs into heirlooms - give us a call.

So that one day, you won't have to throw away your memories.

~ Erin

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Colgate Divinty School, Rochester NY Wedding: Ryan and Stephanie

Lori and I photographed their Webster Park engagement session a year and a half ago. I remember that fall day so fondly, knowing that Stephanie and Ryan were perfect for each other. From the start, we blended together as though we'd known them for years. Funnily enough, now we have. ;)

No wedding is complete without a few hiccups along the journey. Steph and Ryan definitely had their fair share of hiccups. Thankfully, those hiccups didn't affect the day itself, because in the end, the cutest engaged couple ever became husband and wife.

A winter wedding can mean freezing cold temperatures and snow. But not this one. It was windy, but the temp was well above freezing for their much needed first look. You could visibly see them both relax the moment they saw each other for the first time.

They'd waited for this for so long, nothing could take the smiles off their faces as the day progressed. When time came for them to hit the dance floor, you better believe the whole party brought their A - game, all night long!

From the start, their day was smooth sailing thanks to their awesome planning, and an amazing team of vendors keeping it all together.

Special thanks go out to:
Christina Matiash Makeup, for their flawless looks
Heart to Heart Bridal, for Stephanie's gorgeous bridal gown
Flower City Nuptials, for their heartfelt ceremony
Colgate Divinity School and Special Events Catering, for all of their hard work
Something Delicious Bake Shop, for the yummy cookies and treats
Rich from Encore Events, who crushed it with entertainment all night long

Ryan and Stephanie, your love and positivity are inspiring. We're so grateful to have you in our lives and bring you these moments to cherish forever.

I've been waiting a very long time to write these words to you: Congratulations! All the best for a lifetime of love and laughter together!

~ Erin

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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