reviews & feedback

Aside from social media, I don't rely on advertising to promote my work - my business relies almost entirely on word of mouth.  This makes happy clients the core of my business - it's their referrals that allow me to have my dream job.  Here are some of the beautifully written thank you notes and testimonials I've received from brides, grooms, and their parents. 

katie finnerty rochester wedding photographer
"Love and light as Katie always says. WOW! My now husband and I could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding. We knew the second that we met her that she was the one! We were blown away when we saw our engagement photos and couldn't wait to see the photos from the big day… Needless to say, when she sent them we were speechless. We so enjoyed reviewing all the photos and reliving the wedding together through these beautiful captured moments. I keep looking through them and they bring tears of joy to my eyes. I can't even put into words how I feel about these pictures. They are absolutely stunning.….the light, the composition, the love and happiness that is exuded! I've never felt so beautiful. These are photos that we will cherish for a lifetime. Katie is amazing to work with. She is fun, professional and poised. She’s always prepared, has great recommendations and made everyone feel relaxed in front of the camera. I didn’t even worry about giving her a list of photos I wanted taken. She has amazing instincts, captures incredible candid moments and knows how to give great direction so that the photos don’t seem too posed. We also loved that we got to keep ALL of the images that she takes! We didn’t have to pick and choose like many other photographers make you do. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Katie. We can not say enough good things about you! Pictures are such an important part of the big day and we couldn't be happier! I would recommended Katie to anyone (and I do) who wants someone that does a phenomenal job, is fun to work with and delivers STUNNING photos!!!! WE LOVE KATIE! - Emily + Stephen | Canandaigua, NY Wedding

- Emily + Stephen | Canandaigua, NY Wedding

"Katie is an absolute joy to work with and a true professional. She has a passion for love and life so strong and bright that it shines through everything she does. She traveled a great distance for our engagement shoot and was thrilled to be there with us that day. Her energy is contagious. It's almost like you've known her for years even though you've just met. She's great at making you feel at ease and like a "natural" during all the different shots. Her intuition is spot on, too, allowing her to capture that perfect photo. Katie was very organized and helpful leading up to the day of our wedding. She made sure we discussed all of our "must have" photos and prepared a well-planned timeline for the day. She was patient, accommodating, flexible, and really made me feel relaxed every step of the way (especially important on the big day). Her second shooter and assistant were amazing and so helpful, too (bringing umbrellas so we could brave the big storm that you'd never even know we had by looking at the photos!). Katie has an artistic eye and captured so many raw, honest moments. She was able to portray personality and emotion so perfectly, you can almost hear the laughter while looking through the photographs. The shots that she captured during our engagement session and on our wedding day were so beautiful and unique that they actually left us speechless (and in tears!). Every time we look back at them, those magical moments come right back to life. Katie genuinely loves what she does and you can just tell that she wants to make your day as special as possible. We were so lucky to have Katie with us on the most enjoyable and memorable days of our lives. Thank you for the lasting memories, Katie. We will cherish them for a lifetime"

- Kristine + Dan | Troy, NY Wedding

"Words cannot even describe how thankful we are to have had you on our wedding day! You were a true professional, yet also a great friend! We were so comfortable with you and everything was amazing! Your photos came out beyond anything we ever dreamed of! I wish we could get married every year and have you take our pictures! We wish you all the best of luck and will continue to recommend you!  We love you!

– Kelly + Garrett | Long Island, NY Wedding

"I only had two months to plan the entire thing. From day one, when Katie arrived at my door to go over the schedule and lighting, I knew we were in perfect hands! Her smile and easy to work with nature put my bridal worries at ease. On the day of our wedding she made everything just as stress free as our previous sit downs. We never felt like we had a camera pointed at our face the entire day, but at the same time she didn't miss a thing. Her eye and creativity gave us the perfect shots to remember the best day of our lives. I could not have asked for a more professional and sweet person to join us to make our dream a reality. The pictures she captured were not only amazing they were our vision that she was able to captured in her artistic and talented way. I recommend Katie not only as a reliable professional capable of putting a bride at ease as she wants everything to go perfect on that special day. I recommend her as a true artist that with make your day both beautiful and special and your pictures flawless."

- Renee + Ornick | Saratoga, NY Wedding

"I just wanted to write to say how much Brian and I LOVE all of our wedding pictures. We got them the end of last week and have been looking at them since! You really helped make our wedding day go by so smoothly and captured all the details and events of the day perfectly. You are so talented and we feel so lucky to have had you shoot our wedding! All of our friends and family have been commenting on how amazing our photos are! We definitely agree with them and are so happy that we have these photos to look back on and remember that day. Thanks for being so flexible with all the craziness we threw onto you, and for taking amazing photos despite the rainy weather! Knowing the weather forecast before the wedding, I was most nervous about not getting a lot of shots outside of the whole wedding party due to the rain. You calmed my nerves by being so confident about still getting good photos and by bringing all the umbrellas. Looking at our photos now, I feel like they are so unique and different and I love that. All of our wedding party commented on how great you were with directing the large group of us, and getting us all into places before shooting. Again, thank you for everything and for capturing our wedding day in such detail."

- Anne + Brian | Honeoye Falls, NY Wedding

"When we went through the blog, our wedding day came back to life. You could not have captured our wedding more perfectly. We literally felt like we were there again when going through the photos - they were beautiful and filled with so many details. We love your style of photography - the sunshine shots were just stunning. Beyond your amazing talent, we want to thank you for your flexibility and understanding throughout all of our changes, your positive, upbeat and energetic personality and your extensive planning - even going out to the site to check it out ahead of time. When we starting the planning process, the most popular advice was to choose the right photographer because photos will be the one thing you can keep forever. We are extremely happy to have chosen you - you surpassed all of our expectations! Thank you again!"

 - Casey + Ricky | Rochester, NY Wedding

"Katie's pictures of our wedding are beautiful beyond what we'd imagined. And frankly we had high expectations. We've known Katie and admired her artistic talent for years, and when we found out she was starting her own photography business we said to ourselves, "I bet she'd be really good at that!" That was an understatement. Katie's ability to capture the most important moments, her presence in the high energy-high pressure situation of a wedding day, from getting ready to the first look to dancing and cake cutting, was incredible. When we had to revert to Plan B because of rain, Katie was awesome at going with the flow and making it all work. She even hiked up and down mountains for seven hours for our engagement photos! We sincerely and enthusiastically recommend Katie Finnerty Photography."

- Laura + Doug | Starlight, PA Wedding

 “Katie Finnerty did a beautiful job photographing my daughter’s wedding.  She gave us gentle guidance without distracting us from what was most important to us on that day. Her blend of professional and personal skills fit in seamlessly with the mood of our event.  With a quiet presence and creative eye, Katie framed a wide range of photographs, such as the intimate space where the bride and her attendants dressed, the groom’s first look, the reverent ceremony from back row to up close, the family and friend group shots, candid dynamics during toasts, and spontaneous spins on the dance floor.  Whether she worked invisibly or caught our eye for a fleeting blink, Katie worked her magic without imposing herself on our celebration. The finished photos reflect Katie’s calm and confidence that put her subjects at ease.  In my favorite photo, the bride and groom are walking in step, heads close, eyes on the horizon. After the wedding, we were thrilled to pour over the photos she sent and had difficulty selecting from many winners. Katie added final edits and finishing touches to our orders and produced beautiful gifts which we were able to give loved ones to remember this special day.  Ultimately, Katie captured the spirit framing the wedding our bride and groom had envisioned: relaxed and reverent.  Thank you, Katie!”

- Melissa Hopkins (mother of the bride) | Geneseo, NY Wedding

We were planning our wedding from a distance and Katie made the photography process so easy! A majority of our interactions were via email or phone but she knew immediately what my husband and I were looking for. Katie made us feel so comfortable on our wedding day which I believe made our pictures even more wonderful! We absolutely love all of our pictures and look back at them and remember in detail the best day of our lives. All of our family and friends comment on how beautiful the pictures are and how professional Katie was. We are so happy we chose Katie as our photographer! Thank you so much Katie!

- Shannon + Mitch | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie was an absolute pleasure to work with - she was professional, excited, fun, and welcoming from our very first meeting with her.  She made us feel comfortable, was efficient, and captured our special day perfectly. Her creativity was amazing and the pictures turned out great! She did a phenomenal job of making the guests and the bridal party feel special without being intrusive.  We loved working with Katie and would recommend her to all of my friends looking for a wedding photographer.  We couldn't be happier! Thanks again!

-Michelle + Andrew | Syracuse, NY Wedding

 “We were referred to Katie by a friend, and are so happy we chose her to shoot our wedding. Working with Katie was fun and relaxed, and she made us feel so comfortable. When we got the photos soon after the wedding, we were blown away by how beautiful they were and how she captured the joy and emotion of the day. Thank you Katie!!”

- Larkin + David | Syracuse, NY Wedding

“Michelle & Andrew’s wedding day exceeded our expectations and you played a big part in making it a huge success.  We received several compliments regarding how hard you worked and how you never got in the way.  The pictures you took were fantastic and they showed great creativity… Thanks again for the fabulous photos that captured a very memorable day!”

-Tom + Anne (parents of the bride) | Syracuse, NY Wedding

“We had the absolute pleasure of having Katie as our wedding photographer. Katie has an amazing eye for a beautiful shot, she was able to capture all of the excitement and romance of our wedding day. Even though the weather wasn't great, Katie's photos were so creative and artistic, you couldn't tell that it had rained at all! We highly recommend Katie to anyone looking for a photographer, she is extremely talented and we are forever grateful that she was there to capture all of the beautiful moments of our big day!”

-Kaitlyn + Michael | Rochester, NY Wedding

"THANK YOU!!!! Your professionalism, flexibility, and calming presence was nothing short of amazing and made our day that much more perfect! We cannot wait to see the finished products (especially because we know how amazing they are going to be :) )!! It was an absolute pleasure working with you!"

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"I am speechless in the best way possible. These pictures literally took my breath away! Words cannot express how wonderful Katie Finnerty Photography was in capturing all our big AND little moments!"

- Bella + Brian | Long Island, NY Wedding

"Tim and I just wanted to send you a quick email to say we love our engagement photos! The photos are absolutely beautiful. You captured the essence of our relationship perfectly and gave us the chance to see ourselves and our love from a different perspective. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! We CANNOT WAIT for you to capture our big day! "

- Alexa + Tim | Rochester, NY Engagement Session

"Not only was that fast- these photos are breathtaking! I am truly speechless. Looking at these is bringing back every amazing feeling we had on our wedding day! I don't know how you did it...But we are forever grateful we have these memories to hold on to! You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!"

- Charise + Michael | Skaneateles, NY Wedding

"We have relived that fairy tail of a day over and over in our heads the last couple of weeks but your detail and skill has given it new life. It's hard to put into words how much both your work and your presence meant to us. Becca and I are sitting on a the most beautiful beach imaginable on the final day of our honeymoon and as we see these for the first time we can honestly say that for us nothing else, even this beach, comes close to the fun and beauty you captured on our special day. Becca and I are eternally grateful and thrilled you were a part of it. Thank you!"

- Becca + Jay | Sodus Point, NY Wedding

"On our second to last of our honeymoon, Koby and I came back to our room after dinner with a million messages saying "your photos are beautiful!" I could not contain my excitement to see them. To say that I absolutely love them, would be a serious understatement!! Thank you so so much."

- Jordan + Koby | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie Finnerty is such a beautiful, talented, kind-hearted human. Chris and I are beyond amazed at the way she captured our day perfectly. I'm crying with joy reliving every moment.

- Jackie + Chris | Finger Lakes, NY Wedding

"Katie is a breath of fresh air. She is small but mighty. This girl worked her magic and captured the absolute best day of our lives. She never made us feel awkward and never made our pictures seem staged. She is fun, creative, easy to work with and overall a fantastic human being. We could not have been happier with her as our photographer. If you want your wedding day photos to be spectacular you must work with Katie Finnerty!"

- Kasey + Max | Geneseo, NY Wedding

From the second me and Tom got engaged, we knew that we wanted Katie to be our photographer for the big day! We have followed her work for years and have always been so impressed with her attention to detail. When our wedding day came, she exceeded our expectations. Katie has such passion for what she does and she is extremely thoughtful and considerate of the entire bridal party, family and of course the bride and groom. She has such a calm demeanor and is extremely organized, so everything goes off without a hitch and you can enjoy every little bit of the day. When we got our pictures back, we fell in love with them. Katie not only has the ability to capture beautiful artistic images, but to capture emotions. Every single picture we looked at came alive and we relived that moment. These pictures are truly a gift, because for years to come we will be able to look at them and experience it all over again. Its true what they say, the day goes by in the blink of an eye, but when you have pictures that capture exactly what you felt that day, you will live with those memories forever.

- Cristina + Tom | Long Island, NY Wedding

Where can I even begin? Katie Finnerty is an artist and captured our fall wedding better than we could ever have imagined! Her attention to detail is unmatched and this shows in her final product. My husband and I love to relive each moment of our special day by looking back at the pictures Katie took. She is professional, fun to work with and sweet as can be! We had countless guests come up to us at the reception, complimenting Katie’s personality and the fact that she photographed each guest! I’m already planning to book Katie for our one-year-anniversary photo shoot and I can’t wait to see what creative details she will come up with next! 

- Brittany + Brett | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie was beyond fantastic to work with for my wedding. She is very accessible and open to any changes that came up. Katie made sure that we stayed on time and all the photos were taken. The photos themselves are incredibly beautiful! I can't stop looking at them! I would highly recommend Katie to anyone I know getting married. She really puts her heart and soul into the photos! She is a wonderful photographer and I don't think you could find someone better for the job!

- Sarah + Jonah | Buffalo, NY Wedding

It's been months since Mike and I got married but feels like lifetimes ago! There's so much leading up to a wedding and when that day comes it happens so fast! Today I looked at our wedding photos, and it's like we get to relive our wedding over and over again! Katie you did such an amazing job capturing our precious moments that we won't ever get back. The pictures are breathtaking; from the scenery, to the small details, to the emotional moments of our wedding!  Katie you are truly amazing and so wonderful to work with! You really do get what you pay for and to be honest I would do it all over again and pay you triple knowing just how amazing your work is! You really only have pictures to look at from your special day and I truly cherish these keepsakes and I am thankful someone recommended Katie Finnerty Photography to me!!

- Lisa + Mike | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie was recommended to us by friends who had hired her for their wedding the year prior. From the moment we met, I knew Katie had a passion for her work and capturing the happiness of others. She was extremely professional, creative and thorough when planning both our engagement and wedding shoots. She made us feel extremely comfortable and captured the subtle nuances of our relationship. Words cannot express how much Drew and I LOVE Katie’s work. Our wedding day was truly a fairy-tale, and now we have the photos to relive the magic for years to come. I would recommend her to anyone looking for phenomenal photos! Thank you, Katie!!

- Clare + Drew | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie Finnerty is the WHOLE package when it comes to everything you could want in your photographer and wedding photography! Her professionalism, flexibility, and calming presence was nothing short of amazing and made our day that much more perfect! Between her organizational skills and critical thinking, there was nothing left to worry about. Our other vendors gave kudos to how well-prepared Katie was. We were blown away by her ability to be everywhere without even realizing she was there! Guests are still raving about how fantastic and sweet our photographer was. It was an absolute pleasure working with her!!!

- Bella + Brian | Long Island, NY Wedding

Wow!  We are SO impressed with your photos!!!  You are everything that we could have asked for in a photographer - artistic, talented, personable, friendly...the list could go on.  We couldn't be happier with our experience!

- Stephanie + James | Rochester, NY Engagement Session

We absolutely loved working with you! I have referred many people to you and I hope some of them get the chance to experience your talent like we have!! Thank you for everything.

- Lisa + Evan | Rochester, NY Wedding

We found Katie through word of mouth! Come to find out she did my cousins wedding, her best friend, several people I went to high school with & several other beautiful and unique weddings. The day I met Katie I knew she was the perfect person to photograph our day! She made my husband smile, made us feel incredibly comfortable, incorporated our puppy & braved outside photos in the snow! She took every photo I asked for and more. I can't wait to see the day she captured, and truly can't wait to use her again for every other special event in our life. Thank you Katie! You're amazing.

- Lauren + Nick | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie is incredible - we could not have been happier with having her as our photographer! She has a great personality and we enjoyed spending time with her during our engagement shoot and on our wedding day. Katie is passionate about photography and she helped us to feel comfortable with being in front of the camera. She is very detail-oriented and walked us through every step of the process of planning our photography for our wedding day. Katie met with us ahead of time and helped us to create a wedding day timeline, and she was very patient with us when we were unsure about our plans or changed our minds. She came up with a list of combinations of people from our families and bridal party that we wanted to make sure we had pictures of during the formal wedding pictures. Her assistant helped to make sure that we stayed on schedule so that we did not need to worry about this on our wedding day. Our engagement and wedding pictures are INCREDIBLE, we couldn't be happier with Katie's work. She took beautiful pictures of almost every single one of our wedding guests, and our guests were thrilled with her pictures as well. We highly recommend Katie as a wedding photographer! She is very talented, and is a pleasure to work with.

- Chelsey + Luke | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie, I just had to send you a note!  With a giant THANK YOU--- I saw all of the wedding pictures you did for my son and Brit!  They are awesome, and I am not just saying that because they are my kids--- you have a talent, and it truly comes out in your work.  I am blown away by what you captured, and I can honestly say, I didn't see you 'taking' pictures that day, but you were able to get everything.  Thank you so much for the work that you do, we will have these pictures/memories for years to come, all because of you.  It was an honor to have you capture their day!  

Jule (Mother of the Bride) | Lockport, NY Wedding

Your enthusiasm and professionalism took a big portion of stress away on our big day, and kept us laughing and smiling the entire time. We cannot thank you enough for capturing such unique and incredible wedding photographs, that we will truly cherish forever!

Brittany + Scot | Lockport, NY Wedding

Katie the absolute best wedding photographer! She is organized, has great energy, and goes above and beyond to get all the right shots. Tom and I, along with our family and friends, were blown away by Katie's photos of our special day!

- Justine + Tom | Long Island, NY Wedding

I cannot say enough good things about the amazing job Katie Finnerty did with our engagement and wedding photos. Knowing Katie's work, I knew I did not have to worry about anything with her as my photographer. She captured every special moment of the day, dealt with a difficult bridal party, and made sure that I was happy all with a smile on her face. She sent our photos to us within a couple of weeks and I was blown away by how beautiful they turned out. Katie's photos are one of a kind. Her natural creativity and ability to capture the perfect lighting is impressive. Katie is truly a talented photographer.

- Sarah + Mike | Rochester, NY Wedding

Katie is an incredible photographer. Within just a few hours she had photographed for us in sun, wind, rain, and rainbows & through it all the photos are incredible. Her style is striking & it is timeless. Katie wasn't just a photographer on our wedding day, she was a gentle hand in guiding our day. She helped to make sure all key people were where they needed to be when they needed to be there, she helped keep the events of the day on schedule & if it weren't for Katie we were so wrapped up in the festivities I would have missed our father/daughter dance! She is an absolute doll, a pleasure to work with & one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding day! 

- Jessica & Nick | Canandaigua, NY Wedding

Katie was absolutely amazing for our wedding! She was easy to work with before, during and after our big day. Katie was very thorough and organized before the wedding, that I didn't have to worry at all about the photography on the actual day - she had it all under control! She helped to move things along without being overbearing, which can be challenging! She was very open to our ideas and brought great ideas of her own, which turned out to be some of my favorite pictures. I never felt like Katie was missing a moment. The turn around time to get our photos was super quick! I had friends who had weddings before mine and they still hadn't gotten their photos when Katie sent me mine! Her editing is amazing and photography style is romantic, artistic and modern. Overall, Katie was professional, warm and fun to work with and I continue to recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer! 

- Jamie + Dylan | Canandaigua, NY Wedding

Katie is absolutely amazing. Professional, approachable, flexible, organized, and so much fun! Her enthusiasm is contagious. Multiple guests at my wedding commented later about how hard working she was--laying on the ground or standing on chairs to capture the perfect shot despite the fact that she happened to have had a sprained ankle that day! I had 100% confidence and trust in her, allowing me to relax and fully enjoy my wedding day without having to worry or think about the photos. Her work is beautiful and we absolutely love the images she captured for us. I would recommend her without hesitation!

- Carli & Matt | Geneva, NY Wedding

My husband and I are so thankful we chose Katie to capture the best day of our lives. We had so many compliments once our wedding album came out, and we couldn’t say more good things about her work; we’ve referred a few of our newly engaged friends to her. Our pictures were absolutely beautiful, they captured the day so perfectly and Katie’s enthusiasm throughout the day really meant so much. 
Knowing Katie from high school helped in our decision-making process way back before our engagement pictures, as we knew we’d be comfortable with her. Watching Katie’s talent and business grow since our original session (over two years ago) is admirable. Not only is she good at what she does but her passion for her work and her endearment for the couples she photographs really makes her one of a kind. She takes genuine pictures, captures your happiness effortlessly and is a delight to work with. 

- Samantha & Casey | Albany, NY Wedding