One of my favorite things about London: the tea! Here are a few photos from Laduree, a french tea store inside Harrod’s. YUM.
Nichole and Chris were married one and a half years ago on a boat circling Manhattan. Their had a black-and-white themed “Old Hollywood” wedding, and family and friends flew in from everywhere to celebrate with them. Last week while I was in New York, Nichole and Chris put back on their wedding outfits and met me on Roosevelt Island for some day-after photos to remember their wedding day while creating some awesome portraits of the two of them in the city they call home.
Here are a few of my favorites from their shoot. Thanks so much, guys. I had so much fun running all over the city with you! :)
Justin is a New Yorker. Alison is from Pittsburgh. And they are very in love with each other and with both cities.
Since they are getting married in Pittsburgh, I traveled to New York for an engagement session in their neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. And man, did we have a night for photos: fog, mist, darkness, and awesome city views. Thanks for being so wonderful Justin and Alison. We truly enjoyed our evening with the two of you.
I just got back to Pittsburgh tonight after a wonderful trip to New York with my friend Caryn. We had an whirlwhind visit full of photography, friends, food, reading, music, subways, talking, and walking… yes, lots of walking. And, I loved this week because not only did I get to spend time in the greatest city on earth, but I got to catch up with great old friends and make some pretty sweet new ones, too. :)
I have photos from four awesome sessions to come, but for now, a few Android highlights will have to do!
I am really excited to post these photos! Lisa and Stephen are really special people to me, as Lisa started out as a colleague and Milla C. Photography team member and has over time developed into a good friend.
I first met Stephen about 5 minutes after meeting Lisa when he ran by a job to drop off camera batteries (remember that, Lisa?). I knew he was a good man then, but honestly, he’s one of the most kind, loving, strong grooms I’ve ever worked with and he loves that Lisa like crazy!
Here are a few photos from their awesome wedding day. Enjoy!
When Maggie and Patrick first met with me to talk about their wedding plans, one of the first things that we discussed was what type of photos they could expect in March in Pittsburgh. We talked about how much I love snowy wedding photos and how we just have to be flexible and willing to have fun no matter what happens. However, as the date approached, we were hopeful that March 19th was going to be an absolutely perfect sunny cool spring day. And so it was.
Maggie and Patrick were married at the stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral and held their reception at the PIttsburgh Athletic Association. The day was perfect from start to finish, and we were so grateful to have been part of it. Here are just a few favorites from their day. Enjoy!
Special thanks to my friend Irene of Irene Smith Photography for shooting with us and contributing some of these beautiful photos!
Jade and Ken joined me at our studio in the strip for some engagement photos yesterday, and I must say… what a day it was for photos! These two are getting married in August at Nemacolin Resort and after working together yesterday, I can honestly say I couldn’t be more excited. Nemacolin is one of the most beautiful venues in this area, and Jade and Ken are so sweet and in love (which makes my job easy) :)
Enjoy a few favorites from their session:
I absolutely adore snowy engagement sessions. So, when Becky and Keith suggested taking out Becky’s awesome antique childhood sled and playing in the white powdery goodness, I was totally pumped. Thanks, guys, for being so adventurous and fun even long after your hands had gone numb! :) I absolutely love these images and look forward to working with both of you again.
Two years ago on this very weekend I woke up in a beautiful little hotel room in Tokyo, Japan, made green tea in the electric kettle, showered in the tiny shower, walked downstairs for breakfast in the lobby, and prepared for the wedding day of one of my best friends, Naoko. Two years ago on this very weekend, a group of friends and family in Japan enjoyed a joyous weekend full of laughter, food, drinks, celebration, and hope for the future.
This weekend, however, has been very different for many people in this beautiful country. For those who lived nearest to the earthquake epicenter and the resulting tsunami, it has been one of terror and hopelessness, and though I am thousands of miles away and feel somewhat helpless to know how to help in the midst of a tragedy like this, I want to do something. So, I am offering two days of 1-hour portrait sessions with all proceeds being donated to disaster relief in Japan.
I will be holding one portrait session day this week and one next week, and these portraits are for anyone – couples, families, kids, dogs, etc. The information is as follows:
Dates: Thursday March 17th and Wednesday March 23rd
Time: All day, 1-hour time slots
Location: Mellon Park
If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive more details.
Finally, though most of our lives go on as normal today, take a moment today to remember those who have lost everything. And, for my friends who know and love Naoko and Masaki, she has sent word that her family is safe and healthy and that they are grateful for your thoughts and prayers.
Laura and George live and work in Washington D.C. but love Pittsburgh and wanted to have their wedding here in the city, surrounded by family and friends. Since their reception will be held at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, we decided that Schenley Park would be the perfect place to take their engagement photos. Here are a few favorites from their session. Thanks again for being so wonderful to work with, Laura and George; I loved meeting you both and am looking forward to October!
One sweet couple. Twenty-four degrees. One PGG Place, downtown Pittsburgh. Yes, I did skate backwards while holding a camera in front of my face… but only because Matt assured me it would be okay (and it was!)
Erin and Matt, you are perfect together. Thanks for being so much fun to photograph.
It’s rare to meet a family so head-over-heels in love with each other, but that is the only way I can describe the Mitchell family! Tana and Justin are crazy about each other and in love with their two kids, Ella and Jake, and I was lucky enough to hang out with them to document this stage in their lives.
One of my favorite places to photograph a family is in their home; at home, families can play and snuggle and be themselves while I capture that natural interaction. So, for this session, we started out at home and then went to downtown Pittsburgh to bundle up and enjoy the cold weather! Enjoy a few of my favorites from this session:
I haven’t done an Inspiration Everywhere post in awhile, but today is the perfect chance to do so. Ray Lamontagne’s Hold You In My Arms has has been a long-time favorite and inspires me today as always. Not only are the light and angles of this recording visually inspiring, but the song itself is moving and sweet.
Enjoy this video and don’t forget to dream this Valentine’s Day… it’s going to be a wonderful year full of great creativity and beautiful weddings with each of you!
I see him on the street corner, selling sunglasses and scarves, smoking a cigarette, and I move closer but avoid eye contact. I watch him silently while photographing the street, the cars, things that are easy. But, fear of the unknown is lame; if I actually learned anything last week, it is that I need to try to understand something about who he is.
Turns out he’s cold. He’s joyful. He’s a hard worker. He’s kind. He’s a Steelers fan. He’s funny.
I am grateful to have met another soul in this world.