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I might be mildly regretting my recent Instagram poll that overwhelmingly requested more about me and behind the scenes at Lovely Day Photo.  Because, here I sit…a blank screen in front of me, not really knowing what to say and realizing I haven’t blogged since April 2016.  YIKES.  You see, I am more of a behind-the-camera person so this is waaaaay out of the “Melissa comfort zone”…but when I realized that I don’t even have the same name as 2016, I figured it was well past due that I reintroduce myself.


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So, HELLO!  I’m Melissa Sorrentino.  You. Read. That. Right.

I have finally changed my name from Parrish to Sorrentino, so I am literally a different person than when I last blogged.  Funny story about that…

While on a vacation in London, my husband and I walked into our hotel lobby where he was promptly greeted with: “Hello, Mr. Parrish!  What a great English name that is!”  He graciously accepted the compliment, but I noticed the side-eye glare he gave me and the sense of disappointment he felt since I had booked the entire vacation for his birthday, and it was all in my name…my maiden name.  Jimmy really wanted me to take his name after we married in 2011, but I figured “I’m a business owner…people know me as Melissa Parrish…it would be silly and a pain to change my name.”  Well, MR. Parrish didn’t find it so funny and I finally realized just how much it meant to him. I started my name change process after we got back. I definitely cried in the car at the Social Security office, it’s seriously so hard to change your name!  It’s been my identity for my whole life.  But, here I am – Melissa Sorrentino – BLOGGING again and loving my last name.  Who would have thought?!?! 

And, here’s a fun little-known and related fact: I started my business in 2006 as MSP Photography (my initials) but everyone thought my company was pronounced as “Ms. P Photography” (turns out Parrish didn’t lend itself well in this instance, either) so I set out to find a new name.  Remember your fifth-grade days when you’d doodle your classroom crush’s name on your notebook??… I did that with business names.  And, Lovely Day Photo was born. 


Portrait by Afterglow Images

The name fits me and my business perfectly.  I’ve chosen a career where I have the opportunity to celebrate my clients’ happiest life moments…engagements, weddings, maternity, newborns, growing families…these are all such magical times.  I love bearing witness to these moments and having the chance to watch my clients grow in so many different ways.  I still have a few clients from when I started my business and they have kids who are 10+ years old now.  It’s amazing!  Sounds cliché, but it really is a “lovely day” every single time I pick up my camera.

So, who is Melissa Sorrentino…beyond the camera?

 My husband, Jimmy, and I live downtown and have two dogs – Oliver, a rescue dorky (Yorkie and Dachshund mix) from the city shelter and Magdalena “Maggie” our English Bulldog pup.  If you ever stop by the studio you may find Oliver hanging out under my desk.  He’s only at the studio when I don’t have any scheduled appointments, but is always happy to entertain visitors, so let me know if you’d like to meet him when you come by!

I have a scooter and Jimmy has a Harley.  We look absolutely ridiculous riding next to each other but love every minute of it.  Beep, wave, and laugh if you see the black motorcycle and tiny yellow scooter coming your way – it’s us!  And, we’re probably on our way to one of Buffalo’s great restaurants because we are serious foodies.  We even plan vacations around restaurants and chefs we follow on social media.

When I am not photographing, I absolutely love being active.  You’ll find me kayaking on the lake, running, cycling, hiking at Devil’s Hole (a favorite spot of mine!)…basically, anything outside during the warmer months, slathered in SPF 100 because, well, red-head.  Proud ginger, here!  And, to keep me sane in the looooooong winter months, I am one of those crazy Peloton spinners.


Most of the images above taken by my crappy iphone. ;)

Jimmy and I are a no-kid family, not by choice, but life doesn’t work out perfectly, right?  And, that’s okay.  We have so much to enjoy and be thankful for.  Plus, I get to snuggle babies and play with kids every week.  It’s a pretty sweet deal.

And, there you have it.  A 2019 re-introduction.  More to come, promise!  And, if you made it to the bottom of this post, thank you – I truly appreciate it.

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Okay Mom’s, this ones for you! Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate you! Whether you’re a mom to a little one, multiples, or the grownup kind of kids, it’s time to have your portrait taken with them. I realized this year that Mom’s rarely have their portraits taken. While it may not seem important now, someday it will be important, not only to you, but to your children. Let’s make the time to show off that love.

Starting Monday, April 11th through Saturday, April 16th, Lovely Day Photo has dedicated the entire week to Moms! These sessions are limited to Mother’s and their children, whether it be multiple generations, Mom’s of adult children, or new Mom’s. (sorry, Dad’s. You’ll have to wait your turn, but this would make a nice gift.) After your session I will create a beautiful piece of art, and have it framed. Ready for you to display in your home by Mother’s Day.

Session notes/limitations. Session times are first come first served. Limited evening and Saturday appointments are available for this specific event. Up to 4 people are included in the price of the promo. Please contact me if you have more than three children or would like to organize a much larger generational session. Clothing suggestions are monochromatic, all white/light, or all dark. Payment is due at the time of booking. Promo includes time in the studio for the session, viewing appointment, an 8×10 framed in 11×14, and 1 low-res files of the selected 8×10 image to share on social media. 6 frame colors/styles to choose from.

To book your session please contact the studio.


Mother’s Day Portrait Sessions

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Saturday was Valentine’s Day eve, and the (almost) perfect day for a wedding in Buffalo. As you know, we’ve had a pretty mild winter, I was actually nervous we weren’t going to have any snow for Teresa & Jay’s wedding pictures. The week of their wedding the temps dropped, it snowed, and then temps continued to drop. I said “almost” because it was -19 degree on Saturday and it made for extreme conditions, in which Teresa & Jay braved for about 10 minutes. I didn’t dare keep them out any longer, it was too cold!

It seems like every year I photograph a wedding on Valentine’s Day weekend there is some extreme weather conditions. The last time was a few years ago in the Pocono’s during a storm which landed them 3+ feet of snow, two days before the wedding. I personally love winter weddings and my heart sings for snowy portraits, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentine’s Day weekend is cursed weather-wise. But hey, this weather definitely beats mild temps and boring grey/muddy photos! =)

I’d be happy to work in -19 degree again if it means portraits like this!

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Every year I spend days trying to prepare my favorites images from the previous year’s weddings. It’s one of the hardest things on my “to-do” list every January. I honestly dread it, mainly because every year I feel like I’ve left so many great shots out trying to narrow things down so you don’t have to see so many portraits.  This year, I’m giving up and showing you a TON of wedding portraits to look at from 2015.  I hope you enjoy! You’ll see everything from Buffalo’s beautiful sunny days, to our moody windy/raining days. Outside weddings to inside weddings, all different body types, dress colors, flowers, venues, styles, dance moves, and expressions.  Each wedding is so very different, yet at the end of the day the same thing has happened.  You’ve gotten married, had the best day ever(!!), and get to reminisce through the photos for the rest of your life.  After 10 years in business I can still say I love photographing weddings just as much as I did when I first started.  Actually I might enjoy it more because I’m not as terrified anymore.  ;)  This is part 1 of 4.


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Remember how I mentioned those rainy days in my first entry?  Well, you’ll have an opportunity to see what happens if it does rain on your wedding day here in Buffalo.  There’s nothing we can do, but Buffalo has a beautiful landscape rain or shine. Plus with the Ellicott Square Building permit* you can always have a backup spot, just in case.  You’ll also see those hot sunny days in mid-July in this entry.


*The Ellicott Square Building is available by paid permit only. If you are the type of bride that is truly worried about rain I’d recommend reaching out the the as soon as possible as they only allow 2 wedding parties in at a time.


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Part 3 of my 2015 recap contains weddings from Shea’s Theater, in downtown Buffalo,  along with a wedding at St. John’s Baptist Church, and finally ending up in Bradford, Pa. for an outside wedding at the Penn Hill Country Club. As you can tell, I did a bit of local traveling this past summer. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a year with so many beautiful locations!

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