I am a Rochester-based wedding photographer but I also consider Fredonia and Ithaca my home for photography. I love to photograph in the Finger Lakes — it offers such a wide variety of settings. Fredonia is my hometown and my family always welcomes a chance to see the grand kids.

I photograph for many different clients with many different needs. My clients range from restaurants to newspapers. All of this other work informs my wedding photography. The wedding day doesn’t just consist of the ceremony and reception. Throughout a wedding I can be a food photographer, a product photographer, a portrait artist and a photojournalist.

My wedding services start at $3,200 and that includes an engagement session, 2 photographers and digital copies of your images.

I know a thing or two about weddings, I’ve been married twice. Oh yeah, and I’ve photographed over 150 weddings during my career. There are two guaranteed things that I can tell you about all of those weddings.

First, is that no two weddings are the same. They are all different and individual. I offer packages for my couples but honestly, everybody needs something different and I enjoy building on my experience to help you create something that is perfect for you.

Second, is that during your wedding day not everything is going to run as smoothly as you want, but I make it my point to help you through the day with my humor and expertise. Working with a wedding coordinator is wonderful because they really walk you through the whole process and take care of the stuff behind the scenes. Not everybody can work with a coordinator, and I pride myself in helping and acting as a mini of day-of coordinator.

"John Schlia really is the most outstanding photographer I have ever worked with."
"From the moment John was willing to hoof his camera equipment through the woods for our engagement session, we knew he was the right photographer for us. Not only was he able to make our engagement photos look as if they were studio quality outdoors, but he also kept us at ease, which is difficult to do when taking my picture...He was even able to capture the moments I didn't know I wanted...He ninja'd around our wedding and reception and we don't feel we missed a moment of our special day!"
"John was absolutely fantastic! He was extremely flexible and creative which definitely assisted in creating such beautiful photos. Johns natural approach to photography helped my husband become relaxed and truly capture his emotions throughout the day."
"John has an uncanny ability to photograph everything you want, without you even telling him. He makes everyone feel beautiful and at ease. "
"John is professional, thorough, creative, and considerate. His exposures are consistent, and his framing and focus are dead on (picky former photographer talking here). His technical prowess and creativity come together to capture your entire wedding experience in a way that tells a story."
"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! ... I never felt more comfortable with a photographer and never more confident in knowing he will get the pictures we want."