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5 Tips for great wedding photography : rochester ny photographers

We've been the Bride, we've been the bridesmaids, and we've also been the wedding planners. On top of that...we're in the market to make great wedding photographs for you. It's our goal to give you a great experience and awesome images. That being said, there are a few things you can do to get some great images from your big day. We've compiled a few tips that might give you some things to think about as you plan your day, from our humble perspectives.

1) Consider doing a first look on the day of your wedding. We talk a lot about them. Get all of those important photographs done in advance, while you look your best! And have a special moment to yourselves before the guests arrive. 

2) Do an engagement session. It's a great chance to practice being in front of the camera! You'll get comfortable in front of the camera, on your own terms, doing something fun together with your fiancee! Knowing how your photographers will work with you will make your actual wedding day so much smoother, and your photographs will reflect that. Besides that, it's a lot of fun!

3) Work together. We make it a point to go over the timeline of your day with you. We want to make sure there's enough time for all of the important details. We'll tell you if you have enough time planned for photography because it's important that you and your photographers are on the same page all day! From working with you on your list of family photographs, to planning driving time in between locations. There's so many things that a Bride and Groom can overlook in timeline planning.

By planning ahead with us, we'll make sure that your day is as stress free as possible because we already know what to expect! That way you'll be able to enjoy that time in front of the camera so much more!

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4) Don't rely on a pinterest "shot list." We love Pinterest for gathering ideas. It's a great place to share and learn, and to design your flowers and wedding color scheme. But when it comes to specific photographs you want taken, don't rely on it completely! It's perfectly ok to share your ideas, but it's less ok to expect that exact same photograph you found on Pinterest. You are hiring photographers based on their style, and their unique vision for your day. And while I'm on that note, be sure you know what your photographer's style is!

5) Request an unplugged wedding At the VERY least, unplug your ceremony. It makes us sad when a camera sticks out in that perfect moment of you seeing your fiance, or looking over at your dad. Let your guests have their hashtag fun at the reception, but ask them to stay in the moment with you when it counts. Your photographer is there to get the shot. We have a variety of ways over on Pinterest to help you get your point across.

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Bonus Tip - Most importantly, trust us.  If your photographers come to you with what you think is a crazy idea - trust them! Sometimes the craziest ideas create amazing artwork for your walls. Again, you hired them for a reason...let go, trust them, and just have fun with the whole experience!

Q & A with a Wedding Planner: Rochester NY Weddings

Every day we meet new people. We meet new families to photograph, new couples getting married and new vendors in the wedding and photography industry.

It's just one of the perks of our job. We love working together with everyone we meet to create something wonderful. 

Today we're excited to introduce Denise to you. She's the owner and creative brain behind Muse Coordination + Design here in Rochester, NY. Wedding and event planning are her specialty as she believes that love inspires life and everything we do in it.

She's a self proclaimed coffee addict with a love for the tv show I love Lucy. She has two talented children and believes in serving her community in whatever ways she can.

We're enjoying getting to know her better all the time, and can't wait to work on a few projects with her in the near future.

So we recently had the chance to sit down with her to work on a project of ours, and we also asked her to answer a few questions about herself and about wedding planning. 

Here's what she had to say.

~ Erin

How did you get started?
It’s something I began doing through various jobs, or for friends and family for years. I genuinely enjoyed it, and I thought ‘this is your passion, you should be doing this.' My husband Terrell and my kids have really supported and pushed me to do it, so here I am, "Denise the Muse Lady" as some of my past clients call me. (I kinda like it.)

What is your general philosophy about weddings?
My philosophy in general is that being different is not a bad thing, but a beautiful thing. I find that I have to stress this more with my wedding couples because there are so many people involved in the overall planning process. Ultimately the wedding should be a reflection of the couple.  

What do you love about what you do? 
I love the act of service that comes from working with a couple on their wedding. I am not only there to help them plan, but to be the person they can vent to when things don’t seem like they will work out the way they want, or when a family member is over stepping boundaries (and yes that happens) but most importantly I love see the smile on their faces when they see what their special day looks like all put together. 

Who is your ideal client? 
My ideal client is not afraid to think outside the box. They tend to respect classic over trendy. They’re open and they know that being themselves is the only way to be. 

What is the one question a couple should ask a wedding planner, that they never do? 
That’s a great question, there are so many I could list, but I think a question that they should asked would be “How many hours does it typically take to plan a wedding?”

Here’s why I think that’s important - because although every wedding is different, some are small and some are of a larger scale, it gives you a guide to better understanding what your planner is doing for you. Understanding all of the time, energy and love that your planner puts into making the day you have envisioned your whole life as special as you want it to be, helps you understand not only the cost associated with hiring a planner but the importance of having one in general.

To be honest it takes a planner less time to plan a wedding then it would take a couple to plan their own wedding. But that is because of our experience and the relationships we have with other vendors. So even if you think it’s a superfluous cost a planner can save you time, energy, money and most importantly peace of mind. 

To contact Denise and Muse Event Coordination + Design:
Email: inspire@musecoordination.com or Call: 585-484-9722

Katie & Matt: Rochester NY Elopement

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Nearly three years ago, Matt and Katie met at a Halloween party and started dating, officially a month later on Thanksgiving. Matt proposed exactly two years later on the anniversary of that official date. They make each other laugh all the time, and are very playful together.

This made their elopement at the Edward Harris House Inn a lot of fun for me to photograph. It was just them, which made the ceremony intimate and emotional for both of them. There really is something super sweet and beautiful about elopements. It's an awesome reminder of what a wedding should be about. The Bride, the Groom - and the love they share for each other. What else do you really need?

Katie and Matt, congratulations! - You are a wonderful couple, and I wish you nothing but the best in your new married lives.

Erin

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A Friday Favorite: Winery Wedding in Fairport NY

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Winery weddings offer so much potential for amazing images. This wedding at Casa Larga Vineyards was so beautiful. I enjoyed it so much that many of our favorite images from last year came from Brittney and Nate's wedding. I love this image in particular, because you can very clearly see how beautiful their relationship is. In this shot it's as if we're peeking in on them. Lori saw this image through her lens and knew it fit them perfectly.

I love landscape photography, it can be breath taking and awe inspiring. But it's not my favorite subject to shoot. Give me a beautiful landscape and put a gorgeous couple in love in there as well? Now, I'm interested. Here the framing of the vines sets the scene for us and the setting sun created that perfect glow – but it's the couple over flowing with happiness that truly makes the image for me. ~ Erin

Friday Favorite: Rochester NY Wedding Photographers

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It might still be bitter cold outside, but the month of March, makes me think of Spring. This makes me think of green grass, summer time... and weddings! Today's favorite image is from one of our gorgeous, outdoor weddings of 2014. Oh, I can just feel that sun on my face all over again! It's unique, and a fun reflection of our bride and groom having a kiss with the party going on behind them. We're always on the lookout for something different, whether it's a portrait session or a wedding.

At this wedding, we found something different in the VW Beatle that the bride arrived in with her father. So not only was it unique, it was also meaningful, and that makes the image mean even more to me.

See the rest of Ben and Brittany's wedding day here on the blog. And stay warm, friends! Spring is ALMOST here! ~ Erin

Kyle & Alicia, and Caleb too : Rochester NY Engagement Session

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My baby brother's gettinnnng marrrieeed! Eeee! Yay! Woo hoo! Sorry - I'll try to rein in my excitement a little bit. Woot! (Whispered).

Seriously though, in June my brother Kyle is going to marry Alicia. Together with my awesome nephew, Caleb, they kept us laughing and having fun on our way through the Lamberton Conservatory for their engagement-slash-family session. I can't believe how fast Caleb's growing up in front of our eyes, and am so excited to see where the future leads him.

To my brudder and his beautiful fiance - I'm so excited for you both, and am so honored to be a part of this time with you. Love you! ~ Erin

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Erin's 365 Project begins : Rochester NY photography

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As Lori finished up her year in photographs on December 31st 2014, mine began. Only 334 days to go, I'm just getting started. I was inspired to see so many of my photographer friends complete their project last year, and decided it was the right time to begin mine. So I guess I should warn you of three things as I embark on this photographic journey.

1) The overwhelming majority of this project will focus on my son, my family and my dog. These are the most important things in my life, and this is a milestone year for us. Lucas is going to change so much, so fast, and we're all going to change with him. So naturally, this is my inspiration for this endeavor. If you don't want to see cute pictures of babies or my dog, don't look.  :)

2) I'm not burdening myself with any rules. It's hard enough to complete a 365 project without adding rules in. Besides that I know me, I'll miss a day or two. Some days I'll use my iPhone instead of my DSLR. Some days might include an Instagram filter. Or, some might include two images. Again - it's my project, my rules, right?

3) Some of my images are probably going to be boring. I'm not sure that this can be avoided, but you can bet there will be a few days where nothing exciting happens. Not every day of a year is photographic gold.

So here we go folks, my 365 project begins. I'll need your help and encouragement to keep going. I know from watching others do it, that it's a big undertaking. I'm proud of myself for trying, and so far succeeding.

This month focused on Lucas, a fun family wedding in Chicago, and other random goodies. January is complete, bring it on February. Only 334 days to go.

In no particular order, here's January! ~ Erin

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Friday Favorite : The introductions

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I'm starting a little mini series of posts. I'll pick one of my favorite images, and share a little bit of why with you. For now, I'm calling it "Friday Favorites."  I say "for now" because it may occasionally happen on a Wednesday. So I'm going to start with this image, taken at at wedding at the beautiful Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles, NY.

It's a unique take on a very common, almost ignored, part of a wedding day - the introductions to the reception. The standard shot taken, is usually of just the couple entering the party. But we love to be able to show these types of things differently, and when we find a way to do so, it's so much fun to share it.

Ok sure, you don't see the bride and grooms faces - but just LOOK at the sea of happy guests, all there to celebrate this couple. These are the people that this bride and groom chose to begin their lives as a married couple with. They were all important enough to make the guest list right? So it's important to remember them too.

Thankfully, because there are two of us, one of us can always be on the hunt for these types of shots while the other captures the bride and groom's happy faces. To me, that's a win-win situation for everyone.

Stay tuned for the next favorite coming soon! ~ Erin

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Heather & Blaze: Rochester NY Engagement Session

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Our session took us to Village Gate and to the Edward Harris House Inn. We found the perfect locations for fun, romantic, and elegant engagement portraits.

Facebook wedding contest 2014: rochester ny wedding photographers

2014 was another amazing year, full of beautiful weddings for us. We traveled to Buffalo, the Finger Lakes, and stayed here in the Rochester area as well. Each wedding was full of great families, fun bridal parties, and wonderful couples. We are continuously grateful for each one. We want to give one of these lucky couples fun piece of wall art. So we're holding our 2014 wedding contest!

If you're one of the couples, and haven't yet seen it - get a move on! All you have to do is like your favorite photo, and share it to get more likes.

The winning couple will receive their choice of an 11x14 float wrap or metal print.

To vote go here: Facebook Wedding Contest

The contest ends on January 20, 2015 - so don't wait, check them out today!

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A few of our favorite wedding photographs, 2014 edition: Rochester NY Wedding Photography

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It's been such an incredible year for us. Lori and I are practically speechless at how blessed we are to get to be a part of so many people's important life events. Ok that's not true at all. I'm not speechless. Honestly, I really cannot thank you all enough. You trusted us to capture your day, that I would not go into labor at your wedding, and that we had everything well under control. Which we did, thanks to the help of some fabulous people.

In 2014 we photographed everything from beautiful backyard weddings to gorgeous ballroom affairs this season. Our couples as always were incredible, wonderful people, full of love to share for each other and everyone around them.

We'd like to give a huge, heartfelt "Thank you, thank you, thank you" to our 2014 wedding couples. We wish you nothing but many beautiful years together.

As we move through the winter months, I'll be sharing stories about some of my favorite images and moments from 2014 here on the blog.

To give you an idea, here are a few of the photographs. Here's to a bright and beautiful 2015 - Cheers! Erin

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PS - Stay tuned for our 2014-15 Wedding Contest! Coming Soon!

 

Laura and Kevin: Letchworth State Park Engagement Session

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If you ask me, I knew when Laura met Kevin that she'd found the right guy. There was something in the way she talked about him that gave her away. But that's just this girl's opinion. I've been honored to watch this relationship grow from "I think I like him," to "We're getting married!" He makes her laugh, and she does the same for him. Their cute and cuddly pets are koi fish. Apparently, Kevin also enjoys turtles. They're favorite things to do together include "waterfall observation" and "legos!"  They're nerdy, artsy-smartsy, and silly.

Quite honestly they're absolutely perfect together.

I'm doubly honored to get to be a part of their wedding day story, as an MOH. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect dress. One which not only looks glamorous, but in which I can photograph as well. Because, well...it's me, I don't know how to NOT shoot at a wedding. Thankfully, Lori will have us covered as well.

For their engagement session, we returned to the scene of the proposal at Letchworth State Park. It was a beautiful night, for a beautiful couple! I can't wait to see what the future holds for these two. In the meantime - let the dress hunt continue! As Kevin would say "Adventure!"

~ Erin

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