What's it like to work with me? More about my creative process and what to expect when you hire me for a project.

Tanya is a Rochester native living in the Finger Lakes with her Husband and two boys. She has a passion for food photography, portraits, design, baking & home cooking. She received her first film camera in high school and went on to college to obtain a degree in graphic design with a minor in digital photography. When she became a mom, her love for storytelling through photography grew. She is constantly documenting the life around her and has a desire to capture genuine emotions, creating memories you'll cherish for years to come and share with future generations. 

{Styled Menu Sessions}

Building Brands Through Imagery 

Menu Session for Roux on Park Ave, Rochester, NY

Menu Session for Roux on Park Ave, Rochester, NY

Let me start by stating...I LOVE FOOD! I mean seriously, there are so many beautiful colors & textures. And it's not just the final dish, I appreciate the process. Let's face it, as a chef or restaurant owner you have a passion for creating. You enjoy making something that's both pleasing to the eye and the pallet. (Clearly...I could go on and on here) Long story short...Over the years, I've worked for some very talented Rochester area Chef's all of whom have sculpted my love of fine cooking, quality ingredients, flavors and plate presentation. It's from this background that I started honing my skills to building restaurant brands through engaging imagery. 

Menu session for Warfield's Bistro, Victor, NY

Menu session for Warfield's Bistro, Victor, NY

So what's it like working with me on a project? I plan out each project in depth, starting with the initial discussion and client expectation for of the project and final product...from there I can create a custom estimate.  We schedule a date and time that works for you and book a session, if possible in advance I like to see the space where the photo shoot will take place so I can determine lighting and any need for external equipment. We will discuss the menu items that will be photographed and I will storyboard for the photo shoot. The day of the shoot I'll set up where I see the most flattering lighting conditions (a table next to a window) and we'll get started! After the session, I will head back to my office and edit the shoot. Finally, you will receive high quality JPGS for your promotional use on websites, social media outlets and advertising for your business.



{Portrait Sessions}

Engagement Session, Highland Park, Rochester, NY

Engagement Session, Highland Park, Rochester, NY

When I book engagement sessions, I prefer to shoot in an outdoor setting. Think about your goal for the final images...will you be using these for a save the dates, wedding website or as a slide show during your wedding reception?  For family sessions, I find kids are most comfortable at home so when possible, I like to book at your home or a park near by. When you contact me we will have an initial conversation either by email, phone or in person (rochester/finger lakes area). From there we can discuss the overall look and feel of the photos you want. (Pinterest is helpful here) 

*Keep in mind, your photos will not look exactly like the Pinterest samples because each photographer has their own unique style, however it can work as  inspiration. Providing a list of picture styles you would like (example: all kids, parents with each kid, etc.) is also very helpful!

Then we can talk about locations you have in mind and I will put your package together depending on number of locations and outfit changes. We'll meet up the day of your shoot and get started! I like to just start walking together awhile so I can seek out the best light and composition. Every couple/family is unique and I'll do my best to direct you on posing that feels comfortable for you. After the shoot I'll head back to my office and start working on editing photos for final JPG delivery. Some of my favorite images are when I catch the moments in-between...when your most relaxed or "candid" shots. (see image below) 

Family Session, Private Residence       

Family Session, Private Residence



Ox & Stone, Rochester, NY

Ox & Stone, Rochester, NY

Looking for some new promotional shots of your business? Maybe your just opening or recently remodeled...whatever your needs, capturing the look and feel of your space is my priority. Pricing is based per square feet. Then we can take other factors into consideration. For example, If you're a business, maybe you want new headshots...putting a "face to the business"; with photos of yourself
and key staff members.

Sutherland House B & B, Canandaigua, NY     view my commercial photography portfolio     /      hire me for commercial     photography

Sutherland House B & B, Canandaigua, NY

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{Social Media Marketing}

To busy running the day to day aspects of your restaurant, brewery, specialty grocery, retail store etc...I'm here to help! Contact me to set up a consultation and let me help you make your products visible on the social media scene. These platforms are incredibly useful, and in most cases underutilized due to lack of time by the business owner. Together we can gather content, tell your story, showcase your products and drive traffic through your doors! Once we've determined your business needs we can set up a schedule and budget that works for you. 

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Baby & Bridal Showers, Graduation Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings...All of these life events are so special and they represent the moments in your life you'll want to look back on for years to come and show future generations. 


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Styled shoot for Dolce Cupcakery, Pittsford, NY     

Styled shoot for Dolce Cupcakery, Pittsford, NY


Tanya is a great photographer with attention to detail. She has an great eye for poses and different locations that would be the most beautiful shots in the end. We were not very good at modeling for her, but she made us feel comfortable and also had communicated and used great directions to maximize our time with her. Highly Recommend her!
— Jenny Z.
Our photos of my sons wedding are simply beautiful. They truly captured our special family day!!
— Robin B.

Some frequently asked questions...

Q. What can I do to get ready for my session?

When planning your session,  if you know before booking what you want the end results of having your portraits taken. What kind of theme you want, location and what setting works best for your personality(s). You want these pictures to be a reflection of you and your loved one(s). Prior to our session together, we will carefully plan all of the details in an effort to truly capture the essence of who you are.

Q. How should I plan for kids?

Feel free to bring props if you have something special or specific in mind (wagons, balloons, signs etc.) As a parent we know kids are most happy after a nap and once they have eaten. I suggest brining a few favorite toys, and any treats that you think will provide incentive. Don't worry too much if your kiddo gets antsy, sometimes if you let the them explore and share ideas it can usually make for some cool photos!

Q. What time of day will provide the best lighting?

As a general rule the best natural light is early morning and late afternoon. Typically I like to schedule 2 hours before sunset.

Q. What are your prices regarding prints?

Print prices start as low as $5. There are plenty of options to choose from and range from traditional prints, metal prints, canvas, albums and more! Or you can order prints on your own with your preferred print vendor after purchasing your digital images. Not all printers are the same, I can recommend a couple of print labs that I trust.

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Very easy to work with! Felt comfortable talking to Tanya and asking her questions about our photo shoot. Pictures turned out gorgeous!

Margaret P.

Once we get all the details I will put your custom package together. Initially we will have a discussion, by phone, email or in person (rochester/finger lakes area) to go over the full scope of your project. From there we will set up a date and time that works for you.