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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.

  • Chris and I were lucky enough to win Johns Winter in Love contest! He was such a pleasure to work with! I would recommend him hands down to any bride who is looking for a photographer who takes time to get to know you and what you are looking for, has a creative side and cares about details! And of course takes amazing photographs!!! 🙂 John Schlia Photography will impress!! Eva and Chris

    Chris Robbins Avatar Chris Robbins
    09/18/2013

    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
    01/01/2019
  • My husband and I are really glad we went with John as our photographer for both engagement photos and our wedding. He is very professional and takes his art seriously, but is not afraid to have fun. He was even able to get some people who don't normally smile to look happy in the photos. He was willing to customize his photography packages for us and we are extremely satisfied with the photos.

    Emily Tuttle Avatar Emily Tuttle
    09/18/2017

    Great Man and great service. Made the experience that much better by making suggestions and putting you in in position to look your best. Thank you, John!

    Raymond Ezell Avatar Raymond Ezell
    07/14/2022
  • My husband and I are extremely satisfied with the way our wedding photographs turned out. They are absolutely beautiful and they will be a constant reminder as to what a wonderful wedding day we had. About a month or so before our wedding day, John contacted me asking about types of pictures I was interested in and what locations I had in mind. Up until the day of our wedding, John was very accessible and easy to talk to about any ideas I had. John is a very detail oriented photographer. Before taking 90% of our pictures, he always made sure the lighting was just right and there weren't any shadows. He is an artistic photographer and always knew the perfect places to take each and every picture. Throughout our entire day, John was easy going, professional and passionate about what he does. John was able to capture every moment, including things me and my husband were unable to witness from interacting with guests. At the end of the night, I had so many guests telling me how great our photographer was and how professional and talented he was to be able to capture so many moments and engage with the guests. I couldn't have picked a more phenomenal photographer to be a part of our special day. I would HIGHLY recommend John Schlia to anyone wanting professional photographs taken to capture life changing experiences. You will not be disappointed. John we cannot thank you enough for all of your help in making our day perfect! Our perfects were breathtaking and we thoroughly enjoyed working with you!

    Lindsey Steinwandel Avatar Lindsey Steinwandel
    09/18/2014

    We live in Northern Virginia but our wedding was in Romulus, NY. Since we're not familiar with any vendors in the Finger Lakes area, it was a little challenging finding/trusting people to pull off our winery wedding. Though I don't think this particular program is being offered anymore, we arranged our photography through David's Bridal and they assigned us John Schlia. I consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work someone as talented and professional as John. He took hundreds of amazing pictures of us for upwards of 8 hours. They were very lovely and people are still raving about them even though our wedding was 6 months ago. He got the pictures back to us very quickly and the quality was impeccable. He's very patient and clever and works really hard for the shots he thinks will work well. I normally hate looking at pictures of myself, but you know it's a good sign when you can't stop flipping through them. I wish we lived closer to him so he could document all our major moments. I would highly advise everyone to work with him if you have the opportunity. You will not be disappointed.

    Courtney McComber Avatar Courtney McComber
    09/18/2014
  • My husband and I are extremely happy with the photographs we received from John. They are absolutely beautiful and will forever remind us of our wonderful wedding day. John captures each moment and arranges his photographs in an artistic and unique way. Not only is John’s work exquisite, but John was so much fun to work with. John’s easy-going professional demeanor made us feel comfortable right from the start. He is enthusiastic and passionate about what he does. We met John in 2011, less than a year until our wedding day. He was very flexible and accommodated our busy schedules. My husband and I had engagement photos taken in addition to our wedding day photographs. John was willing to travel to various locations on the day of our engagement photos and our wedding day. He put us at ease every step of the way and we cannot thank him enough for the phenomenal work he has done for us. We were referred to John by a couple who had just gotten married in 2010. We are so thrilled that John was able to be a part of our special day. I would highly recommend John Schlia to anyone who wants professional photographs taken. John, we can’t thank you enough! We have certainly enjoyed your work as well as your company.

    Shannon O'Mara Avatar Shannon O'Mara
    09/18/2013

    Very accommodating! He was able to take my head shots on a tight schedule!

    Hernan Garcia Avatar Hernan Garcia
    04/04/2022
  • I first hired John as an event photographer for a gala. We had struggled to find a photographer who was capable of working in the low light of the event, and in John we finally found the one! He captured the flavor of the event with candids and lots of detail shots of auction items and centerpieces and was able to also get more posed shots of VIPs and other guests with a simple shot list and a quick point from organizers showing where they were. He was very independent and professional, as well as fun and engaging with the guests. He delivered quickly and easily and the photos were beautiful. We went on to hire him for other jobs, including environmental portraits of families who had struggled through illnesses, and he was so kind of lovely with them all, no matter the age. He had great ideas for how to honor the families as well as our organization through posing and location choice. Even since leaving that position, I've gone on to hire him for professional portraits, which he did an amazing job with. Thank you, John!

    Heather Hare Avatar Heather Hare
    09/18/2019

    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
    09/18/2019