Michael's Senior Portraits - May 7th, 2016 - Rochester, NY and Lake Ontario

I usually don't capture senior portraits before the school year ends, because I want the subject to truly be a senior. Well, this was the exception that broke the rule: a senior portrait taken in May of senior year. Michael was content with the school-supplied portrait for the yearbook, but as the year came to a close, his parents realized that they wanted something more. Michael was game, and in the end, I think he had a great time changing outfits, personas, and locations to capture different sides of his personality. It helped that his faithful compatriot was with him the whole time, even getting in on the action for a picture or two.

- Daniel

Theo - Rochester, NY - March 16, 2016

I love new babies. Squishy faces, tiny fingers and toes...they're just perfect. So when Daniel went to photograph Theo, I was a little envious knowing he'd probably get a chance to hold him, which he did. Theo was pretty cooperative during the shoot, and big brother Marshall got a chance to participate as well.

Happy Spring!

- Beth

Charlsey and J.T. - October 31, 2015 - "Engagement" Portraits - Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, New York

OK, so that's kind of a lie. They had already been married for two weeks when these photos were taken.

Dexter.

We offer several wedding photography packages, and two of them include an engagement portrait session. Charlsey and J.T. decided to use their session for their wedding thank-you cards, hence the post-wedding photos. And this way, their dog Dexter could be a part of the action.

Charlsey and J.T. - Genesee Valley Club, Rochester, New York - October 17, 2015

Combine a 1950's vibe with a 90s hip-hop playlist, and you get a delightfully quirky wedding ceremony. Lots of personal touches - toasting the newlyweds with Maker's Mark, an assortment of wedding pies instead of cake, a medley of show tunes sung by two members of the wedding party, and a reference to "Jurassic Park" during the ceremony. The bride and groom were also really excited that it snowed on their wedding day. Ah, Rochester...

J.T.'s first look at the bride.

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse - September 27, 2015 - Mount Morris, New York

It was a busy weekend filled with music lessons and ensembles, church gatherings, rehearsals, meal preparation, homework, and the usual daily chores. I ate a bowl of popcorn for dinner at 9:30pm and got ready for bed. Daniel, however, headed out to Mount Morris to photograph this:

You don't see stars like this anymore, unless you head out to the country.

I'm sure he could spout off about apertures and camera settings and all of the technical stuff that flies over my head no matter how many times he tries to explain it to me. But when you're looking at a moon like this, none of that stuff really matters.

Here's a few more.

Keely and Michael - Grand Rapids, MI - June 6, 2015

I head across states and a province, arriving in Grand Rapids, Michigan to capture the joyous nuptials of Keely and Michael. A do-it-yourself ethos flows from every corner of this event. From the guestbook to the centerpieces, from the copper bouquet holders and metal boutonnières to the groomsmen's cufflinks, all have been made by the bride and groom.

Starting with the rehearsal I embed myself as a part of the entourage, capturing as many moments as I can; the laughs, the confusion, the utter joy.

With the big day upon us, my lens and I arrive in time to witness the setup of the gorgeous space at The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. A flurry of activity is spread across several rooms. Makeup. Hair. Centerpieces. And yet even with all of this bustling energy, there is a calm excitement to everyone's demeanour.

The ceremony is simple, short, and lovely.

Having scoped out the locations the previous day, I quickly place the wedding party into their spots for the formal portraits. It helps that this group likes to joke with one another, so smiles are genuine, and they respond well to my direction.

The reception features wonderful food, heartfelt toasts, more laughter, and dancing.

I follow the core group to the after party at bars around town.

I pose for a picture with the last remaining, and bid them adieu, as they continue on to the after-after party.

--Daniel

Emily's Senior Portraits - Corbett's Glen, Rochester, NY - July 23, 2015

It was a cool July evening, with near perfect weather and gorgeous late evening sunlight. Daniel photographed Emily at Corbett's Glen, a secluded park tucked away in Brighton. Emily was a delight to work with, and her mom was a terrific studio assistant, too.

Let it be known that Daniel did not have to work terribly hard to convince Emily that she should wade into the creek.

Kathleen - Rochester, NY - April 3, 2015

Kathleen is a writer and musician, and was looking for some headshots for an upcoming publication. These photos were taken at her home during the evening hours in early April. I love the outdoor shots, but I especially love the photograph of her perched near her bookshelf, which if you look closely, you'll see several children's book titles (and maybe a VHS tape or two).

--Beth

"Art By Day" Photo Shoot - March 11, 2015

Last week Daniel had the opportunity to photograph three found art sculptures created by local artist Bruce Day. The works are being submitted for the 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, held annually in July at the Memorial Art Gallery. Daniel worked with Bruce to capture the best angles of the sculptures and highlighted some of the intricate details in each piece.

All of the images - "Sounds of Summer," "Time After Time," and "The Bike" - were taken against a slate gray seamless backdrop using speed lights, and shot through a diffusing screen.

To visit Art By Day on Facebook, click here.

For more information about the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, click here.

--Beth

 

Frederick - Fairport, NY - February 21, 2015

At first, Frederick wasn't feeling it.

I don't think people realize how many pictures you have to take of a baby in order to get maybe one or two really good ones. Frederick can smile, but he isn't going to smile unless he damn well feels like it, which is usually right after a nap, a diaper change, some milk, and a burp (in that order). Then, and only then, he'll gift you with the most dazzling smiles you can possibly imagine, his eyes brightly gazing into yours, cooing sounds emitting from his mouth, and for about three minutes, everything is perfect in the world.

Per my suggestion, this was also a spontaneous shoot, as he had woken up from his nap in a particularly nice mood, so I grabbed a pair of overalls, stripped him of his uniform sleeper (fourth kid, sorry, buddy), and that's when the trouble began. Fortunately we got him to cooperate somewhat on the floor, and after a bit, we even managed to prop him up in the tiny armchair. And that was where we got the magic, in the last image below.

Frederick is about 3 1/2 months in these pictures (again, fourth-kid syndrome means we never know EXACTLY how old he is at any given moment in time).

 

Eleanor - Fairport, NY - February 19, 2015

Spontaneity! That's what kids are known for, right? Well, Daniel whipped out his camera on Thursday afternoon, after Eleanor's nap and snack (if you look closely you can still see the goldfish cracker dust on her mouth) to capture a few photos. Leaving one's expensive lighting equipment out for days can be problematic when you have a small house and kids, and he really wanted to photograph all four kids in succession that week. Hence the hoodie and Superman t-shirt too, because time was of the essence, and we had company coming for dinner. Nobody asked me for a wardrobe consultation, because...well, she could be wearing a paper bag and still be THIS CUTE. The joys of being two.

Connor - Fairport, NY - February 18, 2015

In this series of photos, Daniel was experimenting with high key lighting for basic headshot-style photography. The backdrop is our living room wall; he used a three flash studio setup, and the photos were all taken during mid-afternoon hours.

Our eldest son, age 11, going on 17.

Except he can't tie his own tie, and he most certainly needed assistance in the hair styling department. He likes the goofy photos where his eyes are askew, or his mouth is gaping wide open in a mock snarl. Fortunately I get to select my favorites for the blog.

--Beth