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.

Are you looking for a specific venue?? Use the good old search field to find past wedding photos of my favorite event venues in and around Rochester and Western NY.

When you find a post you love, please leave a comment and share your thoughts! I love love love hearing from my followers!

how to become a wedding photographer and sell wedding albums
Eco-friendly wedding albums and books: an interview with Artisan Craftsman Books
Recently, I sit down on Facebook Live to interview my favorite wedding album manufacturer, Lawrence Crandall,  to discuss his eco-friendly wedding albums and books! Larry and I met in person years ago at a convention and have kept in touch over the years. I adore his fine-art wedding albums and his attention to detail. The books we ...
engagement photo ideas for wedding photographers
What on Earth do we do with Engagement Photos?
Did you have engagement pictures taken and are now wondering what in the world you can do with all of the beautiful pictures?? Over the years, I've created a plethora of cool and unique photo products for my Bride and Grooms and have a lot of engagement photo ideas to share. From custom photo Save-the-date cards, custom wine bot ...
Ashli and Logan’s day in the life portraits at Corbett’s Glen Park
Ashli and Logan planned the perfect elopement in Brighton and wanted to photograph their normal day-in-the-life with portraits at Corbett's Glen Park. Their beautiful son, Magnus, was there too. How wonderful to be there on your parent's wedding day? I've always dreamed of being able to see images of my parents on their wedding day ...
family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY
The Mathews Family: Fall Barn photos on Seneca Lake
Oh, the Finger Lakes in the Fall. Drooooooooool. Barns! Lakes! Wineries! Winding roads! Fall foliage! Yes, please! When the Mathews family asked me to capture their growing family on Mom and Dad's lake house property, I quickly said yes. Scheduling the Mathews family portrait session was another matter all together, as Satur ...
Fall outdoor wedding venue in Letchworth State Park at the Glen Iris Inn
Fall Wedding Venue: Glen Iris Inn with Laura and Joe
This stunning wedding at the Glen Iris Inn was a last minute addition to my lineup this year, as the happy couple just hired me a few weeks ago! It might have been the shortest booking to shooting that I've ever scheduled. We actually met in the Spring, however these two are so laid back and not into wedding planning that they neve ...
documentary Rochester wedding photography at High Falls La Luna Restaurant with Jeri and Aaron by McKay's Photography
Rochester Wedding Photography at High Falls La Luna: Jeri and Aaron
Friday's urban downtown wedding at High Falls' La Luna Restaurant was one for the history books! Aaron and Jeri threw an emotional ceremony overlooking Rochester's High Falls gorge with a coffee themed wedding reception featuring Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. Check out this sneak peek at their documentary wedding photography at High Fa ...
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 ...
couture wedding gown by Jaclyn Jordan of NY for modern wedding photos
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY
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 ...
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 was packed to the brim with everything that I needed to run my wedding photography b ...
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 ...
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 images for the South Wedge Quarterly Magazine, live in walking distance and formerl ...
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- ...