Formed out of friendship, creative collaboration, and a mutual love of nature and the Flower City, Dear Blossom Studios is the proverbial community garden tended by photographer and writer Emma Rizzo and performer and blogger Sammi Cohen.



Their shared affinity for the written word and dedication to getting the perfect shot inspired the duo to realize their dream of opening their Rochester-based photography and content creation space in August of 2019.


Although many of Emma’s and Sammi’s favorite shoots have been seasonal in nature, Upstate New York doesn’t always provide the picture perfect backdrop throughout the entire year.

This carefully curated indoor studio serves as a way to bring the outside in and ensure clients are always surrounded by beauty, while the team’s philosophy focuses on providing the encouragement that subjects need to truly blossom in front of the camera.

Above all else, we’re here to support you and allow you to express the truest version of yourself in your portraits. We believe that everybody (and every body) will bloom in the right environment.


So, dear, blossom with us.

Meet The Duo

Emma Rizzo


Since she first picked up a camera as a teenager, Emma Rizzo has been passionate about engaging with others through imagery. Specializing in portraiture, Emma strives to create natural photographs that capture everyday magic. She believes that everybody and every body deserves to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and puts personal connection at the center of her craft. 

Dear Blossom Studios is the manifestation of these artistic values, and Emma is proud to partner with Sammi to create a beautiful and nurturing environment for clients to thrive.


While most of her work is behind the camera, Emma commits to breaking this barrier and interacting with her clients through each session. Through playful collaboration and steady encouragement, she provides a secure environment overcome insecurity and bloom into your truest self. 

Emma is proud to invite you to join her in front of the lens and looks forward to creating lasting friendships within the walls of the studio.

Sammi Cohen

creative director

An actor, singer, vintage style blogger, and digital marketing content writer, Sammi relishes any opportunity to tell a compelling story and to take on different personas through a variety of creative mediums. Whether she's developing a new character on stage, exploring another side of herself through fashion, or delving into the unique messaging of a particular brand, her distinctive voice manages to be both genuine and fanciful at once. 

With her keen eye for design, Sammi has brought her vision for a highly curated (yet completely comfortable) studio space to life. Using a mix of natural elements, a bit of vintage glamour, and a healthy dose of encouragement, she'll ensure that clients feel relaxed, confident, and like their truest selves during their sessions.


From personal styling and lighting assistance to posing ideas and shoot conceptualization, Sammi's attention to detail and vivid imagination helps to create unforgettable images for all kinds of clients – from photography subjects in Rochester to well-known brands from across the nation.

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Emma Rizzo // Rochester, NY Portrait Photographer