Category: General

Photography 101: Black and White vs. Color?
Photography 101: Black and White vs. Color
Have you ever wanted to see a color image that was processed in black and white? To be honest, it's kind of a pain in the butt to go back and pull the color image just to show you what it looked like. As a professional wedding photographer, I ask you ...
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wedding photographer office ideas
The Journey Towards a Perfect Home Office for My Photography Business
Man, my home office is always a mess. From the very beginning, it was pieced together with random extra furniture (or garage sale finds) and had photography gear just laying around on the floor. Though the room is technically the master bedroom, it w ...
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The Grand Vintage Rochester
Small Business Consulting: Revival Vintage Rentals
Revival Vintage Rentals Two years ago, one of my all time fave past Brides contacted me and mentioned she was looking at getting into event coordination and design. Unhappy with her current job, Jodi was taking a break from work and looking for a di ...
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Roc Pride Festival 2016
The Gay Alliance’s 2016 Roc Gay Pride Festival
We Americans are so blessed. Yes, we have major troubles facing our nation, however in the end we are blessed to live in a country where you can express yourself and let your freak flag fly. The Gay Alliance invited me to photograph the 2016 Roc Gay ...
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Bride and Groom wedding rings
Everything you need to know about Estate Jewelry and Antique Diamonds
Today on the blog, we have a wonderful guest blog post by the Mother and Father of a 2016 Bride! I found out during the wedding planning that they own a wonderful jewelry store not far from my home and they specialize in estate jewelry and antique di ...
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Harnessing History: Susan B Anthony on Election Day
Harnessing History: Susan B Anthony on Election Day
Well, what to say about the 2016 election that hasn't already been beat to death? We all know the story... a ridiculously long and painful election season that ended up in an upset win that no one really expected. I've waited to blog these images unt ...
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2016 year end review of travel hacking photographer Heather McKay in Africa
2016 Year in Review: Travel Hacking & African Adventure
The 2016 year end has me reviewing my weddings, portraits and of my travel hacking as a self-employed photographer. What began as a bucket list item of visiting Africa ended in a year of travel hacking my way through 5 countries and 4 states, spendin ...
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African Elephants in Zimbabwe
Bucket List: My African Sabbatical
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Adventure ...
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Vintage Film Friday: The Grand
Vintage Film Friday: The Grand
Vintage Film Friday: The Grand is the new home for McKay's Photography and is a collaborative/shared space with Revival Vintage Rentals and Jane Vintage, located in Rochester's historic South Wedge Neighborhood. Here, you can see examples of my fi ...
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vintage rochester photography
Unique Groomsmen Gifts
I recently tested out very unique groomsmen gifts (*ahem* or bridesmaids): whiskey stones! If anyone knows anything about me, its that I'm in love with whiskey, whisky and bourbon. All of it. However you spell it. Yes, please. For the last few yea ...
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Singapore Super Trees at night by travel hacker Heather McKay
My First Travel Hacking Experience: Singapore
Travel Hacking to Singapore: As most people know by now, I'm taking a desperately needed little sabbatical to visit Africa. A bucket list level trip... Oh, wait, you ask, what does Singapore have to do with Africa??? What is "travel hacking"? W ...
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fine art film photographer
My Top 5 Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Baby shower gifts.... let's talk! If you are anything like me, I always try give helpful or useful gifts that hopefully will not end up in a landfill. I mean, really, when someone has a baby shower everyone just gives them cute little clothes and sho ...
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Rochester Pin-Up Photos with classic car
My Weird Experience as a Pin Up Model
Photographer, Heather McKay, shares her experience being on the other side of the camera for her vintage pin-up portrait by Roc Pin-Ups
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Inspire Photo Retreats in Maine. a workshop for photographers
My Strength is My Weakness: Inspire Retreat
Ah, the epic weirdness of life. For the past 3 years, this exact week, I have been in Maine snowboarding. I chose snowboarding over the popular Inspire Photo Retreat each time. This year it was finally the year to choose the retreat over boarding. ...
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Professional Photographer Heather McKay, CPP
What the? How in the hecko did I become a centerfold?
Well, this was unexpected.... My pal (and sometimes assistant photographer), Pat Luke (CPP) posted this cute little video from the magazine aisle at the grocery store the other day! // Post by Patrick Luke. I had completely forgotte ...
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