Las Vegas Strip Night Shoot | Rochelle & Louis

Louis and Rochelle were born and raised in Las Vegas.

Everyone else we ran into there was from L.A.?

While on our trip to WPPI 2019 we got to do a shoot with them. We wanted to take full advantage of the night life in Vegas on the Strip. Night sessions create a totally different experience. We get to create the light and effect it exactly how we want to. Get really inventive. Shaping light however we want to. You can get lost trying to choose spots on the Las Vegas Strip to shoot. We narrowed it down to 3 spots. Mostly around the neighborhood of Aria, New York New York and MGM.

We don’t have to be in Vegas to do a night shoot! Any city any way…let us know?

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| Samantha & JP | Heron Hill Winery Hammondsport, NY |08/18/2018|

We love summer weddings in the Finger Lakes. I mean, truthfully we love all weddings in that area, but especially the summer ones. The scenery is always so amazing, especially at one of our favorite venues; Heron Hill Winery.

Samantha & JP’s wedding did not disappoint. They came to us from Los Angeles because of roots in the area and we are so glad they found us. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun and attractive Bride, Groom and wedding party! We enjoyed time at the family cottage and got some great shots there including an awesome first look on the dock.

This day would never have been even close to as beautiful without the hard work and planning of some of our favorite people at Dolce Amica Event Planning & Design and In Bloom Florals, we can always count on everything looking gorgeous and running smoothly as well as flawless flower arrangements. Not to mention delicious food from Nolan’s on the Lake catering.

Married in Boston, Wedding Photos in Barcelona | Jason & Valerie

This Spanish guy married this American girl.

They had a wedding in Boston.

We did their wedding portraits in Barcelona.

It is an undertaking deciding where to take them! Way too many choices. Both the bride and the groom really loved spots with interesting architecture and that really reminded them of Barcelona.

We chose: Arc de Triomf, Barrio Gotico, El Catedral del Centro

Oh, it's been too long! | Jenelle & Todd | Climbing Bines Hop Farm | May 26, 2018 | Finger Lakes, NY

What a busy 2018 wedding season! With all our good intentions we have fallen way too far behind in our blog posting as of late. That being the past 7 months! So over the next few days we will be posting some of Kevin’s video teasers from this past season along with galleries of Chelse and Paul’s images.

The first wedding we want to share is from Jenelle & Todd’s wedding in May at Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Brewery on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Such a cool venue to have a wedding or to just go to for a great beer! The owners and staff are awesome as well.

It was a great learning day for Kevin in so many ways. Mainly in learning, again, that drones do not love Seneca Lake for some reason. In an attempt to get a beautiful first-look shot we instead found ourselves retrieving our much loved drone out of said lake (thank you to some great neighbor friends for jumping in and grabbing it for us, and it even still works, not sure how).

Jenelle & Todd were troopers dealing with such a hot, humid day and hanging with us for all the shots we knew they’d love but having to sweat through it.

It was a day of great friends and family with hilarious as well as heart felt toasts. Adorable kids that spoke better in front of a crowd than any of us, and if we’re being completely honest made all three of us cry…just a little bit, with the things they said.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did! And if you’re looking for a great place to spend a cold winters night or warm summers day to get a great craft beer check out Climbing Bines.

We are expecting!!

If offering video is like being pregnant?

I think so. 

We are so excited to present Kevin Mattison's first wedding film. He has been working with Paul for almost 10 years. He is no newbie. BUT video is like a whole new ball game. We are crazy impressed with his first try and can not even wait to watch him grow. 

This is Coral and Glen's wedding at Young Sommer Winery. 

Enjoy! We can't wait to share more of his work!


Autism UP | Celebrate. Collaborate. Donate | July 15th | Studio 180

Come party with us for a GREAT cause!


At Studio 180, St. Paul, Rochester

We will be there with our photo booth! 

Guest bartenders John DiTullio & Bill Moran from 95.1 IHEARTradio

So many amazing items to bid on and win!

Dolce Amica Event Planning
In Bloom Floral
Heron Hill
Finger Lakes Entertainment
Haven Hair Salon
Genesee Brewery
Beautiful Birth Choices
P.S. Enjoy your Life
East Ave. Inn & Suites
Creative Inking
Living Roots
City Grill
Comedy at the Carlson
S&S Limosine
Black Button Distilling
Buffalo Sabres
Hedonist Chocolate
Guglielmo's Sauce

(The list is still growing...we can't wait for you to see all the generous donations).

Grab your tickets! (150 avaiable)

LINK TO Purchase tickets

(OR email us to purchase)
We can't wait to see you there!

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Floral Bouquet 3 ways | North Glow Photography | Editing Styles

This was fun. Same arrangement by the amazing In Bloom Wedding Floral

Lots of different editing and styling styles we play with in photography. 

Hard to even decide which to choose!

The first one is a Matte Finish. I Love the finishing this style can give an image. BUT in some images it takes away to much detail. We use this on detail shots or images that we tend to like in black and white. 

The second one (along with a light background and prop) has a faded finish. I brushed white around the image. Gives it a pastel look. This looks beautiful on images with directional light or a blown out background (overexposed sky, sometimes done to bring focus only the subjects in composition outside).

The last image has a deep, high contrast style. Usually our editing choice for portrait and wedding work. Stands the test of time. Looks vibrant and beautiful and true to life. 

XOXO, Chelse

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North Glow Photography Holiday Guide | Photography of course

Everything PHOTOGRAPHY Gift Guide

Ok, we are kinda down to the wire here. Let me help. We have gathered some ideas for you. Not a million. Just the ones we really thing someone would love. Personally, this is MY (Chelse) shopping week. I can NOT keep a secret. Like seriously I suck at lying. I find many many of our clients are big photography lovers. Not only of images of themselves and their family, but also they love TAKING photos. So CHEERS! To all our photography lovers. We love you!


I MEAN....


We put together some fun ideas for you. BUT also you can always purchase a $Amount. We can email the certificate or mail it or you can come right to the studio and pick it up!

Our clients seriously love receiving theses.  I have not yet to meet a family matriarch who does not want a beautiful portrait of the family she created. That is at the kind of gift that actually gets some tears. (I'm a total sucker for tears). 

Check them all out. 

LINK To Purchase North Glow Photography Sessions with a Gift Certificate




2. Learn? There are lots of books out there, but this one is HANDS ON. Learn by doing. 


Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas







3. ONE on ONE Instruction with North Glow. 

We get asked a LOT about this one. We decided to offer it! We have both and currently teach photography classes. This kind of learning is really the way to go. 





4. OUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE LENS. EVER. WE WANT 3. (so we can each shoot with one and then have one to just look at.).


Sigma Art Lens 35mm for Nikon



The stuff is gorgeous. I imagine you have seen it. 

Artifacts Uprising. 

Might I recommend the: Wooden Print Hanger with Print



You are welcome. Get shopping! You are almost out of time!


Chelse & Paul

North Glow Photography

Joe and Francesca's Wedding Photography at La Luna in Rochester, NY | Style & Grace

Joe and Francesca


Ceremony: St. Mary's Rochester, NY

Venue: La Luna

Floral: Stacy K Floral

After a spring and early summer full of rain threats and chill this day turned out incredible!

The ceremony was in one of the most gorgeous churches in Rochester. We took full advantage of their giant stained glass. What a beautiful backdrop for their vows.

We spent some time in the High Falls area doing portraits. Using some of our favorite spots. We get kinda into that! We love the bridge there, but we have some small spots that we couldn't even describe to you where they are! Ha! We just know them. For their light, architecture. Whatever. We get nutty like that.

La Luna is a favorite spot of ours. It is so vast and there are so many levels and details to shoot through and use. Perfect spot to experiment with lighting. A seriously stylish venue. You can make it look totally your own!

We would love to be their on your wedding day!

Now booking weddings for 2018.

Send us a note. We would love to chat with you!



Contact US

Thank you Joe and Francesca for having us there with you.


Paul & Chelse

Wedding Tips Beyond the Typical

Make a Meal Plan

     Another unforeseen expense?  Feeding your wedding day crew.  Before you sign the contracts, make sure your'e not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive.  Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails.  Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.  You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.  


Wait For a Date 

     Sometimes, last-minute planning can work in your favor.  The closer your date, the more bargaining power you have.  Since most people book thier wedding venues at least six months in advance, calling for open dates two months prior to your desired time can save you up to 25 percent.  And, Friday and Sunday weddings should cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.  

Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize

     "We wanted the whole day to be a celebration of the rest of our lives.  We wanted people to walk away saying, 'That was so much fun.'  And we were able to accomplish that.  Choose the few things that are important to you, like the photographer and DJ were to us, and then go from there.  Be flexible on the other details and remember to have fun." - Jeanae and Scott  

Remind Yourself What's Truly Important

     "My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms planning thier wedding is to never forget that it is a celebration of the union of two people."  - Stephanie and Kahn

Don't Get Too Caught up in the Details

     "Take a step back and remember what is important-you are marrying the love of your life!  The dresses, cake, flowers, food, and drinks will have no bearing on the success of the marriage, so don't sweat it and always focus on keeping a realistic perspective.  - Kelly and Matthew





The Terrible Twos. How to get through portraits smiling.

Oh Boy. 

I think you have met Oscar. He is way handsome, but way a handful. Isn't it always that way?

After the "fun" we had during his ONE year session, I was not looking forward to the TWO session. BUT I really need it to happen. I love these photos.  I love the images of I have from my other 2 and I eat, sleep and breathe documenting my family. 

I planned! I will share. 

How to have a successful photo session with a 2 year old. 

1. Pick the right time of day. In my experience this is morning. Honestly as close to when they wake up as possible. That part is harder for the parent, but the babe is in the best mood. 

2. Satisfy all the major needs, well. Fed, watered, bathed, dressed appropriately for temperature. These seem really obvious? BUT You skip one and it goes all down hill. 

3. Come armed. Snacks, Drinks, extra clothes, bribes (yes I said it, I meant it).

Oscar got chocolate cheerios. Those kept him in one spot a couple times!

A Favorite toy, stuffed animal that you would not mind in the photos.

I brought a pile of Lightning McQueen cars, a favorite lion puppet and of course, Bunny. Super colorful and I never mind that kind of thing in photos with my kids. The goal getting some without them, but the goal getting photos. 

4. How can you keep them still? I thought of my boots, Oscar loves wearing all our shoes right now. Actually he loves wearing anything of ours. I let him play with my hat too. 

I'm not going to pretend it was easy. BUT with the right photographer (Paul helped me out with these), some simple ideas and the right prep, it all turns out. AND ABSOLUTELY worth the work. 

This boy.

Mommy & Me Photography Sessions: What is more beautiful then a mommy with her babes?

I have been doing these Mommy & Me photo sessions for about 7 years now.


They are a HUGE favorite of mine.

This year we did them at Cheri' Marie Salon & Bridal Lounge! Gorgeous!

Honestly, they are easy, because how can we go wrong?

Is there a mom in existence who doesn't love a photo of themselves with their baby?

(That is a trick question)


Listen, It is me Chelse. I'm the mom in the partnership here. I get it. We as women, don't always feel stunning, gorgeous, pretty, okay looking, presentable, human...

We have to work at it?! Or so we think.

BUT, we all know, our babies think we are beautiful. For me. These photos are for me, but more they are for my kids. They tell their life story.

Short story, I was going for a walk with my 12 year old. Now 12 yearolds, they are picky. (I say that to make this sound like such a bigger compliment). I was telling her, "Claire, every time I see clients they tell me, Oh Chelse, your Claire is so beautiful." (Which she is, and I like to tell her often, along with strong, smart and all the good things).

She says: "Mom, I look like you. You are so beautiful. The most beautiful."

I die.

She and my boys make me feel beautiful. Even when I don't.

Maybe I got side tracked there. BUT the goal here is:

Mama, let me take your photo. Don't shrink out. Don't wait years and years and years. Just do it.

You WILL NEVER regret it.

Now some proof:

Look at all these Brave Moms and their little's.

BUY it, do it, stop worrying about it. Leave everything to me. I will make you feel beautiful. You will have professional photos with your babes. All will be well in the world.






Class of 2018, Senior Portraits, Yes, it is time.

We love SENIOR PORTRAITS over here at North Glow!

Already know you want to work with us:


Last year we called our Senior brand: Identity.

That took a lot of thought. Senior photography is totally it's own thing.

To us everything is about YOU.

Of course, we have a style and a method. We are totally light driven and obsessed with your personality and your story. We seek out interesting locations with major input from you.

In the end these images should represent your identity, personality, you, now.

Some things to think about:

1. Dates:  All the sudden it is April? Well, all the sudden it will be November. Seriously. Let's get this scheduled while you are thinking about it.

We take on around 15 seniors a year. We want you to be one.

Spring Senior Sessions: April 1st - May 1st: We give you a discounted session for getting it done early! $495
This includes your 2-3 locations and 20 digital files.

Early Bird Booking: Until May 1st. ($50 off!): Book any date in 2017 by this date and get the discount!

Senior Model Applications in: May 1st. What is this? Earn your senior portraits? Be a model for us? You want all the info. Email us!

PRIME SESSION DATES: June 17th-Sept. 2nd.  There are about 8 Weekend dates available in there. And weekday evenings.

2. The PREP

Wardrobe? Hair? Make up? What to buy? Where to go?

We are offering a little prep class! Seriously. Come into the studio. Chat about all these things.

Meet us:

June 22nd


1350 Pittsford Mendon Rd. Mendon



3. How do you choose a photographer?!? It is truly a jungle out there. Honestly we are super lucky in the Rochester area. There are a lot of great choices.

What we recommend:

1. Decide if you want a professional? This is someone who likely has a studio. Does photography full time. Is majorly focused on this area and has all the good stuff. Access to all the products you want and experience to get you what you want done, well, the first time.

2. Ask for recommendations. Or did you see a great photo that you like? Ask who did it.


or call: 585-489-3551

or email:



It's all in focus..or so you thought?

Picture this: It's a beautiful sunny day and your kids are playing outside together like civilized human beings..its a cookie cutter kodak moment and one you can't afford to miss capturing! You grab your camera and snap a pic..upload it to your computer and its all blurry. A perfect moment missed due to a simple (and fixable) error in judgement!

Here some tips to make sure that all your kodak moments are as crisp as they can be!

1)  As anything goes the quality of the picture depends on the quality of your equipment. Now I don't mean that you have to have the most ridiculously expensive camera and lens to make sure that its a crystal clear photograph, just making sure that the camera and/or equipment you do have is clean and functioning properly! Dust, sand, smudge marks and even finger prints are all things that effect the quality of the photograph you are trying to take! Clean it up folks.

2) Take into consideration the lighting of the area you're in! Whether its an outdoor scene or indoors any camera is going to try and focus on the brightest area in your field of view. So while you may think your kids are the main focus, your camera may be focusing on the bright white wall behind you or maybe the living room lamp. This means that you might have to move around the space to ensure that the lighting is optimal for the subject you're trying to capture! Or take a leap and try selecting your focal points? (Did I scare you there, get that manual out and look into it!)

3) Ready, Steady, Shoot! Make sure you try to keep yourself and the camera as steady as possible! if you're prone to shaky hands try a tripod or even use a table to steady yourself on! (I hold my breath, seriously, I do).

Interested in learning more tips and tricks to #ShootLikeAPro ? Click the link below!




Stay tuned for more posts like this one!

Next topic?  Which setting to use?!?! There are so many to choose from!

Let us do the dirty work?


Now available for small events as well as all your portrait & wedding needs!!


Style Shoot @ The Cub Room Rochester | Rochester Photography

What better way to warm up on a snowy winter day then a cozy style shoot at a swanky little restaurant!


 With a little Help from our friends at Sweet Honey Events and Flower Power Decor, we had the place looking quaint as ever! And it helped that we had some super stylish models thanks to Beth Roberts of Jane Vintage!

With The Cub Room as our setting it was like stepping back in time to a 1920's Speak easy!

Heather From Sweet Honey decided on the concept of Cocktail Revival. She carried it out flawlessly.

Her planning business is totally unique with a focus on sustainability her ideas are so incredible. I love talking with her.

Our models are of course a real life couple, obvious by their beautiful connection.

Style shoots are our opportunity to get out and work with favorite and new vendors in the Rochester area.

So inspiring. We get to play with light and posing and keep our wedding skills sharp during the off season.

The Cub Room absolutely does events! You should totally consider them. Super original space with such cool, chill vibe. They have different areas and coves which we loved using. The hallway to the bathroom was a favorite of ours! Ha! We tend to obsessively scope out a venue to find the best! I promise, it is always like a scavenger hunt that only we are on. BUT so worth it!


Enjoy these!

Contact us for your wedding day photography. We would love to work with you.


or visit our CONTACT page.


Wonder Sessions | Rochester, NY Children Photography

There is nothing MINI about these!

Our idea here was inspiration, experience, putting your little into a little dream world. 

We brainstormed how to make this truly an experience, fun, up lifting.

Swing? Clouds? Wardrobe? Cupcakes? Music? 

We are totally excited about these! Come experience the wonder...


Email or call to book: 585.489.3551

Email or call to book: 585.489.3551

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Wonder Sessions, Rochester ny