Category: Living

Event and Commercial Photography by McKay’s Photography

Real Estate Photography Rochester NY
Commercial Real Estate Photography: South Wedge
Recently, I was hired for real estate photography in my fave neighborhood: The South Wedge! As many know, I'm sort of a South Wedge Neighborhood adoptee since I spend a ton of time in Rochester's crown jewel, contributing and photographing editorial ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Mayan Riviera vacation rentals near Puerto Morelos
Mayan Riviera Vacation Rental: how I ended up in Mexico for a photo shoot
Sometimes, I have a pretty exotic and excellent job as a photographer. This year has taken me all around the world and last month, I was stoked to be hired to photograph an authentic Mayan Riviera Vacation Rental near Puerto Morelos, just 20 minutes ...
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 ...
Artist Carolyn Probert in Africa
Auntie Carolyn’s African Journey
Film Friday: remembering my late Auntie Carolyn. As I head off to my bucket-list / trip-of-a-lifetime sabbatical to Africa this month, all I can think about is my Aunt Carolyn. She was my Mom's only sister, an artist, a very free spirit and she ca ...
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 ...
1000 Island family photography
Film Portrait Friday: A weekend in the life of the Reeve family: 1000 Island family photography
Vintage Film Portrait Friday: The Reeve / Backo family, 1000 Island family photography! For the last few years, I've switched back to film for my portrait work and at the same time, added in weekend destination day-in-the-life photography experien ...
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
Downton Abby Themed party photos
Downton Abbey themed New Year’s Eve Gala for WXXI
Eek! My two passions, combined into one! Vintage decor, film photography and 1920's era fashions! Yes!McKay's Photography was hired to setup a vintage photo studio in the Century Club for the Downton Abbey themed New Year's Eve Gala for WXXI. The gla ...
The Duffett family Christmas vacation photos in Canada for by traveling lifestyle photographer Heather McKay on Lake Heron.
Duffett Holiday Vacation on Lake Huron
Ah, Christmas, the most magical time of year! This year was a special one for me, first my younger brother came up from Brooklyn to visit and snowboard, then I got to see one of my sisters. Two siblings and two countries on one day! Score! On Chri ...
fine art film photography of the Oregon Coast
Film Friday: Oregon Beach Wedding Photos
Vintage Film Portrait Friday:  The Oregon wedding! A mini reunion with friends that lived in Rochester while getting PhDs at the University of Rochester. What a treat to be able to capture some friends on my fun film camera while at Emily & Ch ...
fine art film photographer
A Bramble Berry Luncheon at Hurd Orchards with Moms
Vintage Film Portrait Friday: While my Sister Grace was visiting from TX, Katie and I planned a little play date for our Moms and Gracie.... a Bramble berry Luncheon at Hurd Orchards fruit farm in Holley, NY (and my favorite wedding location!). So ...