Rochester Photography

great images from the birthplace of film

John’s Mission

to make you comfortable and have a good time

I have been a photographer serving satisfied clients in Rochester, Fredonia, Buffalo and The Finger Lakes for over 20 years. My fun and funky personality combined with my first rate technical knowledge and professionalism ensures that your photos will be everything you dream of, and more.

  • I got some professional headshots done with John. He made me feel really comfortable and took a nice pace while photographing. We had fun! I'm really happy with my new headshots: his editing was very nicely done. Also, ordering prints was really easy on his website.

    Madeline Cain Avatar Madeline Cain

    If you want wedding photography that reflects YOUR style, and not just what the photographer thinks is best, then John is your guy. He listened to what my husband and I are passionate about (wine, food, and each other!) and took breathtaking photos that reflect US! His photo-journalistic style captured our little moments and made them big memories. We are a military family that is stationed across America, and John came up with a package that fits our crazy clan. But all this comes with a price, and John was upfront about how much it would cost, and we never encountered hidden fees. Even my cheap-scape husband appreciated the value of John's expertise. I highly recommend John Schlia Photography, and if I had to do it again, I would choose him every time.

    Elizabeth Lynn Bollinger Avatar Elizabeth Lynn Bollinger
  • Very accommodating! He was able to take my head shots on a tight schedule!

    Hernan S G Avatar Hernan S G

    I enjoyed working with John. I especially liked that he took the lead in directing the shots and offering suggestions on various poses. He had a clear vision of how the shots would turn out and it showed in the final results.

    André Avatar André
  • Love John! He is a TOP photographer for Rochester. We are very lucky to have him.

    Eric Johnson Avatar Eric Johnson

    As a wedding planner, I love recommending John to my couples! We have worked on many events and projects together and he always delivers excellence. He is a talented photographer and works to build a genuine relationship with all of his clients. He has a postive attitude, even through the most challenging events. Not only will John capture beautiful photos, but he will also deliver professionalism with a side of fun!

    Pauleen Murphy Avatar Pauleen Murphy
  • Very accommodating! He was able to take my head shots on a tight schedule!

    Hernan Garcia Avatar Hernan Garcia

    John did an awesome headshot session for me in NYC. He has a great eye for capturing interesting and unique backgrounds, no matter what the surroundings are, and using them to make his subject look their best. In addition to being a skilled photographer, he is also just a fun and easy-going person to be around, which makes for a completely relaxing environment. John comes at a completely reasonable rate and churns out wonderful photos in return that you have the option of selecting. I highly recommend John Schlia & Watermark Photography!!!!!!!

    Kirk Stevens Avatar Kirk Stevens
  • We hired John for our wedding on July 7, 2018 in Rochester, NY. We couldn't be more happy with his service! From the very first interaction, he was accommodating; none of the packages on his website were exactly what we wanted, but he was flexible and made us a custom package that was perfect for us and for a great price! Leading up to the wedding he kept in touch and made sure he knew the whole schedule and everything. On our wedding day, John just took the lead and made sure he got every shot we could want. We didn't have to worry about anything! e.g. when it was time for sunset pictures, he came and got us! He didn't miss a single moment!

    Eric Ressel Avatar Eric Ressel

    John was great! Always capturing moments and not getting in the way. He was good at being where he needed to be and yet not being visible, like a distraction. Also, he made everything really easy for us! He even came early to fetch me and my new husband early morning! And got us arranged in such a way so that we saw each other at the right moment. And gave clear directions and always was available to take even more pictures when needed. He made us feel well at ease! John was a great photographer for our special day!

    Jennifer Kim Avatar Jennifer Kim