wedding photography in rochester ny

FAQ: Our Wedding Photography Style, Rochester NY

What's our Style? It's very a common question. It's a question that every wedding website and bridal magazine in Rochester tells couples to ask.  A common answer from a wedding photographer might simply be: "photojournalistic” or “candid.” I mean, those are the buzzwords couples want to hear, right?

They’re great answers. However, we feel that there's a bit more to a photography style, and a wedding day than strictly photojournalism. Which is where we come in, because we believe that our style is composed of two distinct roles as a photographer. One where both of us are fully able to fill both roles.

Our wedding photography is a beautiful blend of the romance you want to see in each other, and the documentary style of photography that tells the real story as it's happening. All the while, our focus is on the very real relationships that matter to you.

As you look through our wedding portfolio page, you'll see what we mean.

You'll also notice that our images are clean and timeless. Do we offer black and white? Yes, because it's a classic look. That said, we purposely choose NOT to use faded filters and effects on our images. Why? Because we don't follow fads. Because when you look back at your wedding album in 25 years, you don't want to say "Oh look, the Instagram Era." Your album will always look timeless and real.

Because a wedding is more than just one style of photography. Between the two of us, we each have an eye and a love for both!

Two viewpoints, to tell one timeless story - yours.

Toganenwood Estate Wedding: Daniel and Lyla

Together, Daniel and Lyla created a book themed, fall barn wedding in the Finger Lakes. They included a beautiful mixture of culture and heritage, both traditional and non traditional. They created a wedding that displayed who they were, both individually and as a couple. It couldn’t have been more perfect for you.

Well, I mean it could have been warmer and with less of a threat of rain - but not even love can control the weather forecast. Despite the looming clouds, the day flowed perfectly for them.

Traditional touches filled their unplugged ceremony while more non traditional elements filled the barn during their reception. Thali of India provided a fantastic dinner. Rather than a traditional dance floor, Contra dancing (line dancing) as well as the Horah was a huge success for this group of family and friends.

They did everything their way, and it was a fantastic day to end this year’s wedding season. Congratulations Lyla and Daniel!

~ Erin

The Vendor Team
Venue: Toganenwood Estates, Lyons NY
Wedding Coordinator: MaryAnna Digancci, Stardust Events
Caterer: Thali of India
Reception Band: Wild Root Band
Rentals: Spatola Party Rentals

Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn: Amber & Jason

They are sweet and quiet together, but also seek out adventure. I'm currently pretty jealous of their adventurous honeymoon out west visiting places like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

It was an honor to capture and witness Amber and Jason's emotion filled wedding day. It's been a very long time since I've seen so many happy tears from nearly everyone in attendance. What a blessing to be loved so hard by so many people! It was so special.

Their sweet ceremony at Greece Assembly of God felt so inviting and warm. When they each saw each other at the end of the aisle, there were so many emotions. Naturally, I love, love, love capturing real emotions.

It's their story, and it's full of happy tears. The emotions continued to flow freely at Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn in Caledonia. Lori and I could have spent hours upon hours photographing Amber and Jason on these grounds. There are soooooooo many unique places and beautiful spaces to be used.

But alas, they had a party to enjoy, and enjoy they did. The toasts were lovely, dinner delicious and dance floor rocked all night. It was an amazing event for an amazing couple joining their families together.

Congratulations Jason and Amber!
Erin

Vendor Love
Ceremony Venue: Greece Assembly of God
Florist: Pittsford Wegmans
Wedding Dress: Bridal Belle, Morielle
Reception Venue: Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn
Caterer: Colby's Catering
DJ: TrueLife Sounds

A Winter Military Elopement: Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Both Ken and Brayden just recently graduated from their military training together and then shortly after that, wrote and said their vows to each other. One of the two, I was blissfully able to capture for them.

I've said it at least a dozen times now, a wedding is a wedding - no matter how big or how small. Tears of happiness are still shed, vows are still recited and rings are still exchanged. The love the couple has for each other is just as big, no matter the size of the wedding.

These are two of the sweetest people I've ever met. The nerves Brayden showed instantly relaxed when she saw Ken for the first time. It was a beautiful thing to witness. I'm so happy to have been there with them and their family as they shared this moment in time.

Congratulations Brayden and Ken - here's to many adventures and a lifetime of love!

~ Erin

For Photographers: How to survive wedding season...

This one goes out to all of our fellow photographers and wedding vendors!

We got into this job because we love the people, the moments, and the excitement of a wedding day. However, it doesn't take long to start feeling the effects of the long days. Aching shoulders, bad backs, tired legs and thumb blisters (yes, that's a real thing). Oh, and let's not forget to mention sun burns, bug bites, and grass stains on every piece of clothing we own.

But if you are like me, you still love it! Through all the aches and craziness, I still love capturing this once in a lifetime day for the amazing clients we have the privilege to serve.

We need to take care of our bodies

So, if we want to stay in the industry more than a few years, we need to take care of our bodies, right? So, how do you do that? Everyone has their own method. And if you don't have one, you need one! I have found mine in yoga.

When I did my very first photography internship with Neil Sjoblom years ago, I learned about everything from lighting, to editing and people skills. But I still remember the day he told me to take care of my back.

I believe he had just come back from the chiropractor. Even though I was young and pain free, I took his advice and purchased a rolling bag to prevent future shoulder pain. I later invested in the Spider Holster system to take the weight off my shoulders and move it to my hips. These two pieces of equipment are some of the best investments I have ever made.

Step two for me, has become yoga. My path to daily yoga was not a straightforward one.

My first experience with yoga was in college, and as much as I wanted to like it, I thought it was strange and uncomfortable. I drifted away from it for a few years, and then tried again at a handful of different local studios.

I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but this is my best guess:
 One day, I didn't want to leave the house to go to class, so I searched online for yoga classes. I did one with Jillian Michaels, and a few others whose names I have since forgotten. Then I found Yoga with Adriene. I instantly connected with her personality and yoga style and subscribed to her channel. I mixed at home yoga with classes for quite a while. 

Yoga on the beach!

Yoga on the beach!

The Game Changer: Daily Yoga

Then, two January's ago she announced a new program: 30 Days of Yoga. This was the turning point for me. As someone who still only practiced 1 or 2 times a week, this was a challenge to do yoga 30 days in a row.

It was truly a game changer. Never had I ever felt so flexible, so confident and just plain good about myself. Since then, I have become much more dedicated and try to practice every day.  At this point, I am a 5-6x a week yogi. I like to start my day with yoga, and sometimes practice before bed too! When I don't practice, my body reminds me. I've learned to listen to my body, and give it what it needs. 

 

Yoga for Photographers

Somewhere along the line, I tried the Creative Live Course: Yoga for Photographers with Vanessa Joy. She put things into photographer terms, and offered some ideas specific to our field.

Now, yoga is a must for me before and after a wedding. I do lots of stretching which gets my body ready, and the slow pace and meditation gets me mentally ready. At the end of the day, I'm usually wound up from the excitement, so yoga calms me back down and stretches me out so I can sleep.

I have even been known to do some stretching DURING a wedding! If I can sneak off for 5 minutes and find an out of the way spot, I can stretch my legs, do some forward folds and feel energized for the rest of the night. It is seriously transformative, and I cannot recommend it enough.

If you have tried yoga in the past and didn't like it, maybe you just need a different instructor. There are so many styles and forms of yoga, I believe there is something for everyone, you just have to find it. 

For me, yoga is my secret weapon for surviving wedding season.

What works for you?
-Lori