Hey there and welcome to my wedding photography blog for McKay’s Photography. My name is Heather and I’ve been a full time wedding photographer in Rochester for over a decade. What that has given me is a plethora of opinions and a plethora of wonderful weddings and families in Rochester, Buffalo, Finger Lakes, Adirondacks and around the world. Here you will find my most recent weddings photos, helpful wedding planning info, special projects, family planning blog posts, hot products as well as a bit about me as a traveller.

As Rochester’s premier wedding photographer with over 14 years of wedding photography and family portrait experience, you can find whatever you are looking for if you dig deep into the ‘ole photography blog.

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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 to just trust me and my artistic instincts. However, maybe you are curious about m ...
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Modern Vintage Wedding Venue: the Arbor Loft in Rochester NY
Happy first anniversary to Rochester's most unique, modern vintage wedding venue, Arbor Loft! Recently, Revival Vintage Rentals, McKay's Photography and Hohm Designs threw our love of all things vintage together and designed a full styled wedding at the brand new modern vintage wedding venue: Arbor Loft. Together with my besties, w ...
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Rochester wedding photography for second marriage at the Interfaith Chapel by McKay's Photography
Childhood Friends Reconnect and Find True Love: Paul and Pina’s Rochester Wedding
This week's Rochester wedding was something quite special. Pina and Paul were childhood friends, both married other people, had children, got divorced and then reconnected! One would say that they took the long route to the alter and that everything happens for a reason. My personal favorite part of the day was just after the weddi ...
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Buffalo Wedding photos at Park Country Club
Glamorous Buffalo Wedding with Cassie and Tim
Catherine and Tim threw a very glamorous Buffalo Wedding at St. Joseph's Cathedral and Park Country Club this past Saturday, with their closest friends and family in attendance. This wedding was nine years in the making for the couple and five years in the making for me. You see, Cassie and Tim passed through my lens at her brother ...
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Finger Lakes Wedding Venue: Inns of Aurora with Annie and Chris
Oh, Chris and Annie and my favorite Finger Lakes Wedding venue! I fell in love with these two lovebirds when I flew down to Brooklyn last Fall to meet them and document their 'how we dated' engagement photos. These two are infectious, loving, hilarious and {ahem} Chris talks as much as I do! So, needless to say, we hit it off right ...
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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 was packed to the brim with everything that I needed to run my wedding photography b ...
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Inns of Aurora Wedding Ceremony on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes by Rochester wedding photographer Heather McKay's Photography
Inns of Aurora Wedding Photos: Katie and Ruwan
Katie and Ruwan's stunning wine themed Inns of Aurora wedding was full of laughter, funny faces, hilarity and passionate dancing. These Cornell University Alumni threw one crazy fun party, with tons of friends and family dancing the night away. No less than 6 people came up to me at the end of the night to tell me how much they lov ...
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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 images for the South Wedge Quarterly Magazine, live in walking distance and formerl ...
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Hohm Designs offers unique recycled table-scapes and decor rentals for your rustic Eco-Friendly wedding in Rochester NY.
Unique Recycled Table-scapes and Decor for Your Eco-Friendly Wedding in Rochester
Unique recycled table-scapes and decor rentals for your rustic eco-friendly wedding in Rochester! Are you thinking about DIY-ing your wedding reception? Are you addicted to pinning stuff on Pinterest for your wedding? Or are you interested in saving money on the wedding flowers? Let Hohm Designs style and create your one-of-a- ...
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Artisan Works Wedding on in the Tap Room and Elizabeth Gallery. Rochester Wedding Photography by McKay's Photography
Artisan Works Wedding: Nerdy April Fool’s Day with Mark and Abbey
Mark and Abbey threw a small, fun, nerdy and offbeat little Artisan Works wedding in the art gallery on Saturday night. Yes, it was indeed April Fool's Day! That didn't stop these two love birds from having a really relaxed and fun party with their nearest and dearest friends and family. They had ear to ear grins and smiles ...
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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 direction that included her passion for vintage props and furniture. I mentioned t ...
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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 Pride Festival in Cobbs Hill Park this July and it felt so relaxed and inclusive. E ...
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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 diamonds! This eco-friendly part of the giant wedding machine is near and dear to my ...
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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 until now to gain distance, clarity and to gather my thoughts. On election day, I flew ...
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Adorbs Newborn Photos for little Evelynn
Oh, my goodness! Megan and Steven have done it again! They welcome their second little girl into our hearts this month with little baby Evelynn. As usual, we captured this fleeting moment in time in their home so mommy and daddy could rest properly. Added bonus was also so Sydney could be easily distracted when needed to keep the n ...
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