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 would highly recommend John for any of your photography needs! He was very professional and is great at what he does.

    Ryan DeCory Avatar Ryan DeCory

    Professional, quality headshots. John is fantastically talented!

    Patrick Case Avatar Patrick Case
  • John did a great job with my headshots and even came up with some great creative ideas for how to make them stand out. Highly recommended!

    Robert Mostyn Avatar Robert Mostyn

    When I got my picture back I was amazed with the nice quality. It was the best picture experience I have ever had.

    Michael Grosodonia Avatar Michael Grosodonia
  • 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 Schlia really is the most outstanding photographer I have ever worked with. When I first met him I instantly felt comfortable and was able to ask any questions I had. John was able to answer all my questions and concerns and helped me pick the package that I needed for my wedding. For our wedding package, John offered a free engagement shoot. Even though my husband and I do not live in Rochester, John worked on our schedule during our Christmas visit in December to make sure we received our engagement photo shoot. He even went to the zoo with us in freezing cold snowy conditions so we could get the pictures we wanted. The results are fabulous! After our engagement session I knew there would be no problems with the wedding pictures. At the wedding we were surprised by a heavy downpour all day. This didn't stop John from being able to get amazing shots! We took some extra time in the church, took a few shots with umbrellas out side, and then grabbed some amazing shots inside our hotel before the reception. During the reception, John was able to capture many candid photos of our family and friends. I love having all the candid shots so I can really remember how everyone felt during the ceremony and the reception. Being a bride is stressful enough without having to worry if you are going to get all the exact shots you want. With John, I didn't have to worry about this at all! I knew I would get all the pictures I wanted and even more! The photos came out beautiful. I ordered many pictures as gifts for my parents and God mother, and am planning on ordering more in the future! If you're looking for a photographer who is relaxed, listens to your concerns, gets to know you on a personal level, and truly makes your day fun and enjoyable, look no further than John Schlia!!

    Amanda Kim Avatar Amanda Kim
  • 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

    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
  • John did an amazing job shooting our wedding. He captured photos I didn't even know he was taking, he was like a photographing-ninja! I would definitely recommend hiring John for your big day!

    Kerry Avatar Kerry

    We could not have asked for a better photographer to share our wedding day and party with! John is creative, collaborative, and a joy to work with all around. He made us and our guests feel at ease, which you can absolutely see in our pictures. He made sure to get to know me and my wife and checked in often to ensure we were all on the same page. We had a similarly wonderful experience taking family pictures with him, he picked out a beautiful location and made even the most awkward of our family members comfortable. Truly a wonderful photographer and human being, we cannot recommend him enough!

    Mariana Frantz Avatar Mariana Frantz