1. Old Buildings. I love old buildings… whether they’re fully intact and functional or falling apart and creepy. They’re just cool. Old barns, old brick buildings, and old houses are the best. Old warehouses and old factories creep my out the most though.

2. Lakes. We have 11 of them here. There’s always that question of “can you name all the Finger Lakes?” I always like to follow up with “but can you spell all the Finger Lakes?” We’re all pretty lucky that anywhere you go “in the Finger Lakes” you’re not too far from an actual Lake.

3. Photographers. Does this ever happen to you, where someone on Facebook posts something about needing a photographer, and 50 people reply with a name of 50 different photographers? I have dozens photog-friends, in real life and online. Some do babies, some do weddings, some do landscapes, some do aerial, some do portraits, some do it all.

I enjoy photography as well, and I thought I had mastered the fancy-camera-remote-shooting-selfie pretty well, at least as far as selfies are concerned.

But something I always wanted to have done is professional portraits. Like, portraits by a professional, not portraits of me looking professional. You know what I mean.

So when my new friend Lyndsi from LYNDSI PHOTOGRAPHY asked if she could shoot some portraits of me for my blog(s), of course I said YES!

Photo Credit: Lyndsi Stoltzfus

And you know what’s really awkward? Modeling out front of a liquor store (Water Street Wine & Spirits in Penn Yan is a beautiful building, outside and inside).

Photo Credit: Lyndsi Stoltzfus

To be honest, trying to smile naturally for long periods of time is generally awkward as well! But Lyndsi is great and relaxed, and it wasn’t stressful at all. It was tons of fun! Here are some of the shots:

Photo Credit: Lyndsi Stoltzfus

Photo Credit: Lyndsi Stoltzfus

Photo Credit: Lyndsi Stoltzfus

If you’ve ever thought it would be nice to have real, non-selfie photos of you taken, call Lyndsi. She also does an exceptional job with weddings, couples, babies… you get the picture.

Lyndsi Stoltzfus