Mark & Caitlin | Proposal!

I had the pleasure of capturing Mark & Caitlin's proposal! Caitlin was in Rochester visiting family and friends while Mark secretly flew into town. He planned with her friends to walk her down Park Ave for dinner. Or so she thought! We surprised her on the street in the spot they had their first date!! Caitlin was in total shock! Here are the highlights from beginning to end. Playing paparazzi was a total blast and I think more proposals should be captured. These moments are so special. Congratulations, Caitlin & Mark!!  

goat yoga in central new york

I took over Exploring Upstate last week while I went Glamping and played with goats for the weekend! Check out my experience over on Exploring Upstate's blog!

roc girls to know: meet emily hessney of I heart roc

I've had the pleasure of getting to know emily in the rochester community recently. She is the editor and social media coordinator for the local blog I heart roc! Roc girl gang interviewed her (here!) and I had the opportunity to take a few portraits of emily as well. 

roc girls to know: meet the january residents of the yards

The yards is a collaborative art space located in rochester's historic public market district and is the winter studio of artists emily harper, sarah peck, rose richter, and rachel farley. I photographed these ladies in their studios among their work and follow residents this winter. View the entire interview here.

going outside with nicole kazimer of hikyoga

I am the happiest inspiring others to step outside, get moving, and enjoy the the present moment. I believe being outside awakens all our senses, opens our creativity, decreases stress and allows our thoughts to become a little curious about life as we explore. Personally, being outside in nature provides so many calming yet engaging feelings and I love to see people feel this way as well.  nicole

Read the entire  roc girl gang interview with nicole of hikyoga (photos by me). 

grain is so good + reasons to shoot film

i started shooting regularly with 35mm film a few months ago and i'm not turning back (sounds dramatic). 

my first experience with 35mm film and photography in general (outside of my iphone) was last year in a dark room class at the genesee center of the arts with mark watts (take his classes!!)

i really enjoy the dark room and all but after that class session ended i jumped right into digital. which is why going back is much sweeter. 

i am less stressed.

i slow down and enjoy where / what i'm presently shooting.

i pay more attention to the details.

i spend little to no time editing (cropping / straightening). if that doesn't convince you i don't know what will.

picking up the cd / prints and pulling out the contact sheet in the car is really exciting. i could go on. 

i edit my digital photos to look like film. VSCO filters are based off film. 

let's get back to the basics. why do we need so many pixels?! grain is so good. 

 (i've been using my dad's old pentax k1000 and kodak 400 film #loyal) dm me if you have any questions! 

roc girl gang gallery

so so many talented ladies in this city. the roc girl gang gallery will be up at the rochester brainery until december 12th. don't miss it! (photo by me + lettering by @tinyrubydesigns)

pleistocene bananas and city newspaper

I photographed the rad girls of the local band pleistocene recently. Learn more about them over on roc girl gang and city newspaper. A big shoutout to a truck load of banana boxes!

bookmaking with just terrific

Back in july, I photographed rachael gootnick of just terrific for roc girl gang!

some people say books are dead, but I think they are more alive and treasured than ever. — rachael gootnick

A few weeks ago I visited lyons, new york to learn about h.g hotchkiss and how he became one of the largest producers of peppermint oil in the world. You can view my guest blog over on exploring upstate

throwing clay with lynne of hobaica ceramics

I had the pleasure of photographing lynne of the genesee center for the arts and education this past week for roc girl gang!

roc girl gang

hey! I'm in a gang! a gang? yea! roc girl gang! don't know what I'm talking about? go read here. so much fun shooting with victoria for see the blog post here. super stoked to involved with this project! #rocgirlgang

i heart roc

this month I was interviewd by maria gorre at I heart roc. It is exciting to see so many people show their love for rochester, ny. stoked to be a part of this! check out the interview here

If I had a time machine, I would go back to east ave during the 1920s.

be sure to follow maria's project on instagram and facebook

explore rochester

follow my perspective of rochester this week on @explorerochester #explorerochester

lame jokes included!!