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Photo sessions that are easy

Professional Rochester photographer shooting business headshots, family and pet portraits, event and commercial projects.


John’s Mission

to make you comfortable and have a good time


I understand that people rather get a root canal than get their picture taken. I hear it all the time. “I hate having my picture taken” or “my kid never smiles in photos”. I pride myself in helping you feel relaxed in front of the camera so that I capture natural expressions and you end up walking away saying that was easy.

  • We used John for company head shots for my agency. We needed really sharp professional photos that also showed personality. John delivered! He did a great job putting people at ease and getting a lot of options for each person to choose from. We love the output and would definitely use John again. I highly recommend him!

    Alyssa Weir Avatar Alyssa Weir
    09/18/2014

    John took my professional headshots, and he was excellent. I really enjoyed my time working with him; he was professional, yet laid back and relaxed. He easy to reach as well. Would definitely recommend him!

    Antonio Calascibetta Avatar Antonio Calascibetta
    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

    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
    09/18/2012
  • John's great. Professional and very accommodating. Also great communicator coordinating and preparing you for the session. Headshots came out great and will use him again.

    Daniel Diefendorf Avatar Daniel Diefendorf
    04/11/2022

    Easy, comfortable experience. Very professional, great results

    Danny Krebs Avatar Danny Krebs
    05/18/2023
  • I met John in 2014 for a work event. I knew after seeing those photos and his personality, he had to be my wedding day photographer! He's done family portraits, our engagement and wedding photos now and each time he takes the time to know exactly what we are looking for, he goes out of his way to make sure he knows the venues we want to take photos at, and works with us on the whole process. I never felt more comfortable with a photographer and never more confident in knowing he will get the pictures we want. I highly recommend John!

    Jenny Aman Avatar Jenny Aman
    02/06/2017

    I can't say enough good things about John. Not only is he personable, funny, and kind, he is super professional. He takes his time to make sure you are happy with your photos and provides you a easy to navigate gallery with proofs you can choose from. His studio is well equipped, clean, and welcoming. He puts you at ease, which is nice when you're not a person who loves having photos taken of you! Great with kids. Affordable! I highly recommend John for all your photography needs. Photo below is John photographing my daughter recently. 🙂

    Jes Karakashian Avatar Jes Karakashian
    04/12/2024
  • John was wonderful to work with. We did headshots for our office staff, and John got everyone signed up for a time slot so the morning went completely smooth. He made everyone feel comfortable and at ease and the shots were great! If you need headshots, reach out to John!

    Cathy Craft Avatar Cathy Craft
    04/13/2023

    I LOOOVE working with John! John is talented, friendly, professional, and so much fun! I will give him extremely vague instruction on what I'm looking for, "Whatever you think works" and he provides EXCELLENT photos EVERY SINGLE TIME. 10/10 I ALWAYS recommend John!

    Jessica Marie Avatar Jessica Marie
    04/12/2024