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My Passion | Rochester NY Photographers

"Passion" - A seven letter word, which is so easily thrown around by photographers. Most photographer’s bios will tell you their ultimate passion is photography. They eat, sleep, and breathe photography. I’m just as guilty of it too, five years ago I’m fairly certain that my passion was photography as well.

But today, I’m here to tell you that photography is not my passion.

I know what you’re thinking “Whoa, back the train up… Erin, did you just say that? How is that possible, I mean, don’t you tell us all the time how much you love what you do?”

Yes, I do. I truly love what I do. But let’s make one thing clear - what I do, is not just photography. So if you're looking for someone to just "take some pictures," please read no further, because I'm not for you.

Don’t get me wrong, I love photography, and I love learning and growing as a creative individual. I love the feel of a new camera body or lens in my hands as much as the next photographer, but what I actually do goes way beyond just pushing the shutter button.

Instead, it’s getting up every day, knowing that the people I photograph truly cherish each other. It's investing our time and energy in your lives, your relationships, and your story. When it comes down to it, my passion is you. 

It’s laughing and crying with you on your wedding day. It’s being awestruck by the smallness of your newborn baby together. It’s capturing your children playing with their grandmother.

Why? Because that wedding day will inevitably go too fast, and because that newborn will grow up before you can blink an eye. And if I'm being flat out honest, it's because none of us are guaranteed to be here forever.

But maybe, just maybe, my photographs will. Fifty years from now, your grandchildren won’t know who took that image, but they’ll be so thankful that someone did. 

I can’t think of a greater legacy that I can leave behind than that.

~ Erin

Friday Favorite: real moments in wedding photography

Some of my favorite wedding moments are not the most "over the top, wow" images. We take hundreds of photographs on any given wedding day. Of those, only about 100 of them will go in the couple's album. While we always strive for amazing photos, sometimes they're just a record of what's happening at that moment. These are the "in between" moments; they're all still important and worth remembering.

For example, the littlest flower girl at Kim & Matt's wedding had a little bit of stage fright before her walk down the aisle. She was nervous, understandably so.

Rather than stop shooting during this time, so as not to photograph a possible negative moment, we kept going. And with that decision, these shots of her being comforted by her favorite stuffed animal as she headed down the aisle were captured.

Was it ideal that Dumbo made the trek down the aisle? No, most likely not. It wasn't "picture perfect."

But it was real, and it was part of the story of the day. And that means everything. ~ Erin

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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

Friday Favorite : Romantic, On the Farm Wedding

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This image, taken by Lori, is one of our favorites from the 2014 wedding season. It's a great shot from Becky and Dan's wedding day, held on their own farm last June. Their amazing DIY wedding continues to amaze me even today. So any way, why do I love this particular image? Because she made a tractor look romantic, and let's be honest - a little bit sexy. I'm not a farmer, and even I want this image on my wall.

She could have easily taken this same shot while the sun was still out, earlier in the day. However it definitely wouldn't have had the same effect. The lighting used, the touch of sunset in the sky, and the silhouette of the couple work together perfectly.

I believe that this image feels romantic, while at the same time giving us an insight into Becky and Dan's relationship together. Above all the lighting, the sunset, and the tractor - their love for each other is the most important part of this image. Thus, it makes the blog today as a favorite, and hopefully warms your heart on this super cold Friday morning.

Until next time! Erin

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Our favorite moments, parents at weddings : Rochester NY Wedding Photographers

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I have a soft spot in my heart for moments between parents and their children at weddings. A bride and her father, or a groom with his mom. Or even a moment between a grandparent and the bride. Now that I'm a mom myself, it makes me tear up just thinking about all of the beautiful moments we saw at our 2014 weddings. Many years from now (emphasis on many), I'll hopefully be the one in photographs just like these.

No one knows what tomorrow will bring. So enjoy the moments with your parents, and grandparents - and not just at weddings, but every day.

And enjoy these moments too! ~ 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

Heather & Blaze: Rochester NY Engagement Session

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.

Fall Wedding Album: Rochester NY Wedding Photographers

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Putting together this wedding album took practically no time at all. From an emotional walk down the aisle, to a rockin' dance floor later on in the evening – there were so many wonderful images to tell the story with!  I loved working with Lauren and Steve to create this small yet gorgeous wedding album. It's not only beautiful, but portable too if they want it to be!

Their fall theme with oranges, yellows and browns made selecting this elegant champagne and brown cover a no brainer. The metal cameo on the cover also stands out perfectly when the light hits it just right. What great choices!

Everyone deserves a beautifully designed and printed story from their wedding day. It's the perfect heirloom to help you cherish your relationship for your lifetime together. So if you haven't considered it yet, now might be the perfect time to work on your own wedding album.

Happy Wednesday everyone!! ~ Erin

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Our Favorite Moments, Kids at Weddings : Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Weddings are so full of all kinds of emotional and beautiful moments. They also include some adorable, and light hearted moments as well. After reviewing our the weddings from this year, it became clear to us that a lot of these moments came from the kids in the weddings. Flower girls and ring bearers alike gave us some great outtakes. We captured everything from gazing at the beautiful bride to a potty training toddler "watering" the nearby bushes happened at our weddings this year. They make us smile, they make us laugh - and we hope they do the same for you too! Enjoy a few of our favorites!

~ Erin

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