From their nonstop smiles to their impeccable style, I adore everything about Joelle + Erick and I’m so grateful they’ve picked me to capture such an exciting time in their lives! We had a gorgeous summer evening in Rochester for their engagement session, and we kicked it off walking around downtown. I’ve definitely mentioned my love for the color red before, and I especially love how Joelle’s skirt adds a colorful pop to the urban setting! For our second location, we headed north to Ontario Beach Park for some photos on the water, and the light couldn’t have been more beautiful! With the boardwalk, pier, sand, and grassy area, this location definitely gives us lots of variety! Here are a handful of my favorites from their session – enjoy!
If you follow my work on social media, you might have noticed I’m not blogging most engagement sessions this year – I wish I could but there are just SO many things that I feel I should be spending my time on instead. However when a couple is THIS adorable, and the light is THIS incredible, (and I can find the time!) I can’t resist sharing some of my favorites!
Caitlin + Patrick drove to Rochester all the way from Scranton (3 hours + EACH way!) for their engagement session, so I definitely wanted to go the extra mile for them! I am so thankful that the weather turned out to be absolutely perfect. There’s nothing wrong with photos on a cloudy day, but when the sun is out and casting that magical golden evening light over everything, it adds another dimension to the images (and I completely geek out the entire session). LOVE + LIGHT, right?!
On top of the gorgeous weather, Caitlin + Patrick’s personalities made this shoot a dream. When Caitlin first wrote me she said that after seven+ years together they’re still in the honeymoon phase because they’re just as crazy about each other as when they met as teenagers (these two are high school sweethearts)!!! After photographing them, I could see that this is absolute truth. These two light each other up, and the non-stop genuine smiles and laughter made my job a breeze. I feel SO lucky that I get to capture loves like theirs, and I cannot wait to have these two in front of my camera again when their wedding rolls around next year!
Loved getting to hang out with Megan and Tom while I photographed their winter engagement session! They are so adorable together and they were all smiles despite being FREEZING! Even though it was cold, it was absolutely beautiful out and we wanted to take advantage of the white fluffy snowfall happening in Saratoga Springs. We started off in Congress Park before heading onto Broadway to wrap up the session, and I love this whole area of Saratoga so I’m a happy gal anytime I get the chance to photograph my couples here! These two are so incredibly sweet that they somehow managed to not laugh at me EITHER of the times I wiped out on the ice during this session. And these weren’t little slips, they were full out sprawled-on-the-ground-in-the-snow falls. Full disclosure; this isn’t even close to the first time I’ve fallen during a shoot (and I fully encourage everyone to laugh at me). Regardless of my new bruises, I had so much fun photographing these two and could not be more excited for their Saratoga wedding later this year!! Here’s a few of my favorite photos from this session - enjoy!
2018 was another fantastic year at Katie Finnerty Photography! I had the privilege of photographing so many incredible couples for their engagement sessions, or just because! You really don’t need a special occasion to get photos taken with your significant other, because it’s ALWAYS a good idea to document moments and memories with the person you love! How many couples have been together for years and still have NO photos of themselves besides crappy quality cell phone shots that we eventually have to delete to clear space on our phones!?
I have so much fun at these sessions, hanging out with and getting to know my clients, and photographing them in some truly beautiful places. I photographed engagement sessions in all of the various climates Rochester, NY has to offer (and the weather is most definitely all over the place here!!), from heavy snowfall to hot & sunny summer nights! I kept it mostly local this year because there are so many gorgeous places in the Rochester area and nearby in the Finger Lakes and Buffalo, but I also got travel to Syracuse, Central Park and the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and Saratoga for some of these sessions!
So thankful for every single person in the photos below who gave me the incredible honor of photographing them this year, and I couldn’t be more excited for those who have weddings coming up this year!! Loved looking back and picking out some of my favorite images from 2018 to share with you here – enjoy!
P.S. Best of 2018 Weddings post is coming soon!!
Vicki and I went to college at Geneseo together and I LOVE HER! She’s an all-around incredible person and I was so excited when she asked if I could photograph her and her fiancé’s engagement session! We did this shoot in early November and we really lucked out with the weather considering it was just a fews days later that snow came to Rochester, and it’s pretty much stayed since! This was one of the last days that really felt like fall, and although a lot of the leaves had already fallen we were able to find a few perfect spots where the trees were still full of color! We started in the village of Pittsford, where Vicki and Justin have spent a lot of time together, and then we headed to Mendon Ponds Park for the second half of the session! These two are so laid-back and fun and photographing them was a breeze!
Kerri & Derek’s anniversary session was definitely one of my favorite shoots of this year and I’m so excited to share some of the images!! Kerri is a fellow photographer and she shares my love of beautiful light, so I was honored when she reached out about this shoot! When she and Derek tied the knot last October, it ended up raining all day so although she has beautiful images to remember their wedding by, she didn’t end up with any of that golden hour light that we obsess over! They even decided to change back into their wedding day attire for the second half of the session, which I was SO excited about!
Kerri and Derek live in Cazenovia so both locations were local to them and new to me, but I knew Kerri would choose some spectacular places and I was right! We started out at Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia where we strolled around among the fall foliage, flower gardens, and vine-covered walls and I had so much fun capturing the love and laughter between these two, they’re completely adorable!
When we finished up there, we made our way to Red Barn 20, Windridge Estate and I immediately fell in love!! This location has everything I could ever want - from the red barn that inspired it’s name, to an old historic estate, incredible views of the sprawling hills and lakes below, grassy fields, etc! When we arrived, Kerri & Derek changed back into their wedding-day attire (Kerri’s wedding dress is STUNNING) and they looked incredible!! I was so happy when I learned that they planned to renew their vows, and I’m honored that I had the privilege of capturing such special memories for them! Here are a handful of my favorite shots from the session - enjoy!!
With so much beautiful scenery in and around the Rochester area, it’s pretty hard to say what my favorite location to photograph my clients at is, but the George Eastman House is definitely up at the top of the list! The gardens are so picturesque, and I love the mixture of lush greenery, flowers in bloom, and the architecture of the building itself! You might find it hard to believe that these pictures were taken in September and not in the Spring, but some of the gardens were still in bloom even as fall arrived in Western NY.
Kristen & Chris are most definitely one of my 2019 wedding couples that I am most excited about!! They are so easy-going, adorable, and fun to be around, and they have great style as you can see from their engagement session outfits! I had such a great time taking their engagement photos while they were in town last month, and was thrilled we ended up with a day as perfect as this one! The light was absolutely gorgeous! Here are a handful of my favorites from their session!
Ashley & Justin are so sweet and I’m thankful to have lucked out with another incredible couple as my clients! They’re getting married in Albany next Fall (I can’t wait!!) but they live in New Jersey so they wanted to do their engagement photos closer to home, in NYC! We lucked out with a lovely September afternoon and I had a great time wandering around the beautiful brownstone lined streets of the Upper West Side with them, and then into Central Park! I especially love shooting in Central Park, there’s just so much gorgeous scenery and architecture to work with! These two were SUCH a pleasure to photograph and hang out with for a few hours, and I cannot wait to have them in front of my camera again when their wedding day arrives! Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session – enjoy!
Melissa & Oscar are SUCH a pleasure to be around, they’re so laid back and easy to chat with that photographing their engagement session felt like anything but work! They’ve known each other for over a decade, as they constantly ended up at the same parties and get-togethers since Oscar was good friends with Melissa’s sister and her husband. They typically ended up chatting and cracking each other up at these gatherings, and eventually realized that they never wanted to stop making each other laugh! I’m so glad that I got to photograph some of that joyful laughter during their engagement session last month, and I’m honored that they’ve chosen me to capture this exciting time in their lives! I could not be more excited for their wedding next summer!! Here are a handful of my favorite shots from their engagement session at Durand Eastman Park and Beach! Enjoy!
Loved photographing this sweet couple’s engagement session along the canal in Pittsford a few weeks ago! Michele & Steve are adorable together and they were so much fun to photograph! We lucked out with a gorgeous evening, not too hot or humid and the light was lovely! We took our time walking up and down the canal and exploring all the surrounding scenery that Schoen Place has to offer. These two live right nearby, which made this location perfect as its right in the area that they call home. So happy they chose me to document this happy time in their lives!! Here are some of my favorites from their session; enjoy!
I was back at the beautiful Bristol Harbour Resort again about a month ago for Haley & Matt’s engagement session! It was a Monday night so we basically had the place to ourselves, and it was great to wander all over with these two because there’s so much incredible scenery there! The weather had been a little crazy that day (it was POURING when I left my house in Fairport) so I was relieved that we ended up with such a great night! I had a blast photographing these two and I am THRILLED that they chose me to be their wedding photographer; I can’t wait to have them in front of my camera again on their big day!!! They’re super sweet, laid-back, and love to laugh and have a good time! My favorite images might be the last few, where they popped a few bottles of champagne which sprayed EVERYWHERE and made for some really fun photos that fit their personalities perfectly! Take a look below to see those and more of my favorites from their session! Enjoy!
I had the HUGE honor of photographing the engagement session of one of my favorite couples in the whole world a few weeks ago; Skylar and Greg! Skylar is the whole package. She’s incredibly beautiful on the inside and outside. She a smart, kind, hilarious, fun, all-around wonderful human being and one of my very best friends. We were all living in Rochester a few years ago when Skylar + Greg’s relationship started off, so I got the behind-the-scenes scoops from Skylar as their story unfolded and a few dates turned quickly into being head-over-heels crazy about each other! After meeting Greg I could tell why they hit it off so effortlessly, he is a complete sweetheart and GEM of a human and they really are perfect for each other!
MUCH TO MY DISMAY, these two moved to Chicago where they now live (although I am so happy for them that they’re loving life there I would selfishly love them to move back to Rochester right this moment and be neighbors for the rest of forever). On the plus side, I now have a great reason to visit Chicago! Earlier this year, they made the trip back to Rochester for a weekend visit, and little did Skylar know, Greg was planning to propose! He popped the question at Schoen Place by the canal (they had their first date there as well!) and how he got her down by the water in the middle of Rochester’s frigid winter really shows how much he knows Skylar, he told her there was a mural/tribute to women’s rights that he wanted to show her! Obviosuly, she said YES!
I am ecstatic to be part of their wedding this winter, and since I won’t be able to be their photographer as I’ll be a bridemaid (YAY!) I’m thrilled that I was able to take these engagement photos for them along the canal where they already had such wonderful memories! Here are a few of my favorite shots of these cuties!! Enjoy!
These two make each other completely light up, and there never seems to be a dull moment between them. They’re constantly making each other smile and laugh, and to sum it up; it’s freaking adorable and so refreshing to be around! I had so much fun capturing their chemistry during their engagement session earlier this month! We had a perfect night in Rochester, and we started off surrounded by the greenery at Highland Park before switching up the scenery and heading to the water at Durand Eastman for some photos on the beach at sunset. I could not be more excited to photograph them tie the knot soon!! Love love love my wonderful clients!
I had so much fun getting to know these two and photographing their engagement session a few weeks ago! They are so incredibly sweet and easy to be around, and we had an absolutely perfect spring night in Rochester! We did their session in Mendon Ponds Park, which I love because there's such a variety of scenery to work with. I always recommend doing engagement sessions during the hour or so before sunset because the light on a sunny day is just INCREDIBLE at that time. It's probably my favorite thing to do to just explore a location in this type of light and see how it's falling, and photographing a happy couple in love within it, especially when that couple is as great as Katrice & Chris!! Here's a handful of my favorite images from their session - enjoy!
It feels like spring came and went in the blink of an eye this year, (I guess it’s not technically over but it’s 92 degrees out today so I’m calling it summer) so I’m really glad I was able to photograph some sessions while all the flowers were blooming in full force! It’s been such a busy month and I’m so excited to share images of all the sweet couples I got to photograph over the past few weeks!
Katie & Seth were in college at SUNY Geneseo when they met, and as Katie put it in her first email to me, “there hasn’t been a dull moment since!” I’m always so excited to receive inquiries from fellow Geneseo alumni because I know right off the bat that we have that season of our lives in common and it always ends up being a great fit, and I was especially excited to hear from these two because they’re close friends with a bunch of my friends and previous clients whom I absolutely adore! I loved photographing this session for them and can’t wait for their winter wedding next year!
They live in Washington DC so I was thrilled that we were able to fit their engagement session in while they were visiting Rochester, and I’m extra thankful that we ended up with such a gorgeous evening! We debated heading over to Highland Park because it is just insanely gorgeous in the springtime, but Lilac Festival was going on so we opted to avoid the traffic and crowds (which was very wise judging on how packed it was went I went later in the week – totally worth it for the tacos though YUM!). I think we ended up with an even more beautiful setting at the gardens of the George Eastman Museum. I seriously could never get enough of this location! Here are some of my favorite shots from the night!
I always have so much fun photographing engagement sessions, so when it’s for one of my best friends I’m basically in heaven. Emily is one of the most kind, thoughtful and fun to be around people that I know and I’m so happy she found a guy as wonderful as Ian! When I got the news of their engagement I was at a party where I only knew a few people, but that didn’t stop me from bursting into happy tears! Couldn’t be more excited for these two and am SO looking forward to celebrating with them at their wedding!!
We got together for their engagement session on a chilly February afternoon here in Rochester, but the cold didn’t stop these two from constantly making each other laugh and smile, and basically being the cutest humans in the world. We started off at Mendon Ponds Park, and finished up downtown at High Falls! Here are a handful of my favorite images from their session – enjoy!