Relay For Life 2017: Rochester NY Photography

I've been photographing these events for three years now. The passion that the volunteers and staff put into them moves me continuously. The mission behind their passion fuels them, and me as well.

While each Relay event is different, the reasons stay the same. To fight back against cancer, to celebrate those who've survived and to remember those who have passed.

This year I was asked to also photograph The Gates Chili High School Relay for Life event. It's a few weeks before the Fairport one and early in our wedding season, so I was happy to help.

The major thing I noticed about this Relay was how many children were there wearing the purple survivor t-shirts. My heart breaks for those children, for those families and the struggles they probably continue to endure because of cancer.

And so I'm putting out my annual plea to you today, please support my Relay team this year. No amount is too small - even $5 helps a child receive treatment, or research be completed. Because if they're still fighting, so am I.

To donate: Relay for Life 2017

In continued hope for a world without cancer,

~ Erin

A Plea for a Little More Self Love: Fairport NY Portrait Photography

Every day I hear the phrase "I hate the way I look in pictures." I hear -  "I hate my nose." or "I'm too fat."or "Can you photoshop my wrinkles?"

I'm here to say "Please, for the love of everything  - STOP IT."

How to Make a Difference on Earth Day

Right now in the world, there are a lot of causes out there that need our attention. So many in fact, it can be downright overwhelming. While many are important, it is hard to be passionate about all of them.

The one that is very near and dear to my heart is the environment. Without a healthy planet to inhabit, everything else is infinitely more difficult to help. 

Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it's one we can prevent. -Stephen Hawking

So I choose to start here, and am working everyday to make my corner of Earth a little bit better. For example, I use rain water and compost in my garden, donate to environmental charities, recycle everything I can and more.

My newest goal is to help others make a difference too. 

From littering to coral bleaching, over fishing to clear cutting... animals, plants, the land itself needs our help. There are many ways to get involved.

I could go on all day about the ways the environment needs our help, but there are many other websites where you can find that information

Instead, what I want to do today is make a difference. Will you join me?

I've selected some images from my travels around the world that showcase the beauty of mother nature and why I want to help save her.

In honor of Earth Day, make a donation today and I'll send you your favorite photo to use as a desktop background image.

This will remind you, every time you sit down at your computer, what we are fighting for. It will encourage you to hold onto that plastic bottle until you can find a recycle bin, or not to use plastic at all! (A fantastic goal).

How to participate and help make a difference right now.

1. Pick your favorite environmental organization (or use mine: NRDC)

2. Make a donation of any amount.

3. Forward me ( your receipt and tell me which image A, B, C or D, you like best.

That's it! You'll have helped make a difference on Earth Day and get a free desktop background as my way of saying thank you.

So THANK YOU for reading this and taking action today. We all play a part. Now go outside and get some fresh air, hug a tree or plant one! Let's leave this planet better than we found it.


On Convention and Our Photo Family: Buffalo NY Photography

Every March, Lori and I throw some clothes into a bag, grab some gear and head out of town for an important weekend away. It's kind of an anniversary trip of sorts for us. Seven years ago at the PPSNYS (Professional Photographers of NYS) Convention was when we really got to know (and like) each other. It led us to where we are today.

We do it every year, and every year we come home exhausted after two nights of 2am bedtimes. But we also come home better educated, inspired and with grateful hearts for the many relationships that keep us coming back.

A few of our less than professional (iPhone), but fun moments from the weekend with our photo family.

A few of our less than professional (iPhone), but fun moments from the weekend with our photo family.

We're educated by industry leaders all weekend. But we also learn from each other, not as competition but as a photography community, ready and willing to help each other grow. 

We're inspired by our peers. They are our photo family. There's no way to accurately describe what it feels like to be surrounded by so many talented, fun and caring people all at once. We stay up late, because we want the experience to last as long as possible.

To be able to connect with the people who get us is humbling and motivating at the same time. We are constantly reminded that we have a community like no other.

So yeah, we come home exhausted - but also grateful for the friends who inspire us, remind us who we are, and why we do what we do.

We're ready. Ready for the busy season ahead, and ready to share our inspiration with all of you.

~ Erin

PS - Below are some of the photos we took on the last day. We did a photo walk around Silo City, an abandoned factory area. There was inspiration everywhere, with textures, doorways, grit and grime. Three instructors wandered with three different fashion models, but all we could think about was getting a high school senior in that space! There are SO many options for unique photographs here.

On Thankfulness and Love: Thanksgiving 2016

For awhile now, we've all felt like the country is splitting in two. This month, we saw it divide even further. Whether you were involved in the process, deeply committed, or just a bystander, it's affected us all in some way. It's been impossible to have remained unaffected.

But today, despite the polls, and despite the outcome Lori and I remain grateful.

We are thankful to be able to get up every morning, and work our hardest doing something we love. We're thankful, that we live in a country where we have that opportunity to work for ourselves and for our families.

So whether you placed your vote for women, for the lgbtq community, for gun rights or you took your stand for any number of other reasons, I want you to know - we still love you.

Because deep down past the albums and prints we provide - love is what we stand for. Love and relationships of all kinds.

If you've ever worked with us, you are now a part of our family (whether you like it or not!), and we want you to know that you matter to us. We'll continue to work hard every day to make sure you know do.

We hope that today, we can all find a little bit of peace together. We hope that we can build and grow relationships that last and that we'll put aside our opinions for the holiday season and just love.

Because in the end, regardless of votes, politics, possessions and opinions - love is all that will ever, truly matter.

With everything we have, thank you for being a part of our family. Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Lori & Erin

Lori & Erin Present: "Lori and Erin, A Partnership!"

I think it's safe to speak for both of us when I say that speaking in front of an audience has never really been a lifetime dream of ours. We spend our time behind the camera, blending in as much as possible and letting our clients shine in their moments and photographs.

But recently, we've had the opportunity to talk with other photographers in the area about who we are, and how our partnership came to be. We also gave out some helpful tips to others who might be starting on their own path into a photography partnership.

We've now had the privilege to speak her at The Grand to the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers as well as in Syracuse to the Central Chapter of PPSNYS. We even had a Skype in attendee who wanted to join us, but was 3 hours away with her infant son. It was such a treat!

I don't think we're running away for the spotlight any time soon, but it was a good experience to have and we got to meet new faces as well as catch up with "old" ones along the way.

~ Erin

Courtesy of  Hayes Photography

Courtesy of Hayes Photography

Courtesy of  Kelvin Ringold

Courtesy of Kelvin Ringold

Spotlight on a Local Business: Eastside Fence Inc

Erin and I love to support other local, small businesses like ours. We are active members of the FPMA, but more than that, we put our money where our mouth is and shop local as often as we can! 

We recently completed a rather large home improvement project... replacing our aging and damaged fence. After asking around for referrals, a common name kept surfacing: Eastside Fence, based right here in Fairport. In fact, owner Bob Coyle and his wife live less than 2 miles away. It doesn't get more local than that!

While they were here, I documented the process before, during and after. If you are looking for a quality fence from friendly contractors, I highly recommend Bob and Eastside Fence Inc. Thank you to the whole crew who did such a nice job!


Happy Independence Day! Rochester NY Photographers

Happy Independence Day! Rochester NY Photographers

I'm thankful that I live in a country, where I have the freedom as a woman, to run my own business as well as raise and love my family. It's not always easy, but I'm grateful I get to have the opportunity.

Relay for Life 2016: Giving Back Fairport NY Photography

Relay for Life 2016: Giving Back Fairport NY Photography

It encouraged me to be more present in my own photographs, and also helped me to remember why what I do is so important. Because after it was said and done, it really truly hit me how powerful a photograph is when it's all you have left to hold on to a lost loved one.

Focus NY: Part 2, What Lori Learned

Focus NY: Part 2, What Lori Learned

Secondly, I realized that I would be nowhere without my friends in the industry. It was at this convention several years ago that I first met Erin and forged several other bonds that still exist to this day. Returning to this place year after year is like going back to school. We get to learn together, eat together, and party together. If that's not how you make unbreakable friendships, I don't know what is.

Focus NY Convention and My First Photography Presentation

Focus NY Convention and My First Photography Presentation

Was I NUTS?! The story I was about to share was deeply personal, and every single time I practiced it out loud, I cried. I was going to be a massive failure. Who cries in front of an audience?! 

So because it was too late to back out, I cried in front of a group of photographers from all over New York State.