Pittsburgh skyline photos are really fun for me to take. I like picking different locations in the city and different times of day to capture our beautiful city. Here are a few from the last weekend after dinner at southside works.
Melissa and Jon met at a Steelers game. And they bought their first house together on Mt. Washington. And, their wedding will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Church on Grandview Dr., overlooking the city. So, we tried to incorporate all of this into their engagement session!
Melissa and Jon… you guys are awesome. I am really looking forward to your wedding day! Thanks again!
One thing I love about Pittsburgh is that it’s a very neighborhood-focused city. Each neighborhood has its own personality, peculiarities, and loyal residents. Ever since we moved here 2 years ago, I have been saying that I wanted to try to walk/photograph many of the neighborhoods, but I didn’t start until… well… two days ago!
Late is better than never, right? So, Brad and I took off Monday night to photograph the south side slopes.
Pittsburgh’s southside slopes neighborhood is nestled in a steep hill just south of the Monongahela river. I LOVE this neighborhood because every home is so unique, and every street holds surprise views of downtown! My favorite part of the slopes is that staircases are actually labeled as streets (as I tried to capture in a few photos)! Imagine how confusing this is for two newbies who are aimlessly walking with a map, making our way to the top of the hill!
Here’s what the beginning of our walk sounded like:
Me: “Okay, now turn on St. Thomas Street”
Brad: “hmm… I don’t see any streets intersecting here.”
Me: “that’s weird. It’s supposed to be right here according to the map.”
Brad: “well, there’s a staircase… oh. It’s labeled St. Thomas Street”
Me: “strange… well let’s climb and see where we end up!”
But, after awhile we got used to the unique streets and staircases, and we really enjoyed visiting a new area of our city. Here are a few photos of this beautiful neighborhood. Enjoy!
Hannah and Dave were married last weekend at Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill. It was an absolutely beautiful day (despite the rain!), and since they are leaving Tuesday morning for their honeymoon, I wanted to post a few of their portraits before they head out!
You probably can’t tell, but it was definitely raining in many of these photos. But, they were troopers and enjoyed taking photos anyway!
Thanks Hannah and Dave! More photos to come after you return!
Nina and Brian are past clients who contacted me recently with the happy news that they were having a second little boy! So… meet sweet little Sam and his big brother Jack.
Thank you, Nina and Brian. I so enjoyed spending time with your precious family.
Justin and Erin… you are beautiful people inside and out. Thank you for let us be part of your lives and your wedding!
One of the most fun parts of my job is taking photos of families over time. I have been privileged to document a few families as their children grow older (and grow in number!). And, this is one example.
Thank you Cami and Andrew (and Amelia!). I had a blast!
Here are a few favorites from the session:
i love when engagement sessions show the interests and hobbies of the couple. And that’s one of the reasons why I love Lisa and Stephen’s session so much. They love the outdoors, they love animals, they love fishing, they love hiking. And most importantly, they are very in love with each other.
This session was held at Armstrong Farms. And while I absolutely loved the property and cool old barn, they definitely should have told us to watch out for that mean ole’ goose! :)
Thanks Lisa and Stephen for your creativity and fun on the shoot! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the session…
I am very excited to post Aliza and Chanan’s wedding from a few weekends ago. This wedding was a beautiful orthodox Jewish wedding at the William Penn Omni Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.
Brad and I had the privilege of being part of this wedding because our friend Mary is a friend of the bride’s family. It was our first orthodox wedding to photograph, and I can honestly way that it was one of my favorite weddings for many reasons. First, the entire day is focused on faith and family. Each ceremony reflects a facet of Jewish faith, and I was deeply moved by the love so unreservedly shown between friends, family members, and Aliza and Chanan.
Additionally, on a more selfish note, the whole day was simply a BLAST to photograph. There was lots of singing, lots of dancing, lots of eating… lots of CELEBRATING. :)
Thank you for everything, Aliza and Chanan. We truly celebrate with you as you begin your new life together. Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.
Brad and I traveled this past weekend to photograph the beautiful wedding of Justin and Erin. But, since I don’t want to post wedding photos until they return from their honeymoon in Jamaica, I wanted to post a few photos of our little mini-vacation in Amish Country!
Brad and I stayed in a small town called Strasburg for the long weekend. We found a country inn that allowed dogs (of course!), and we just had a great time away from the city and work. Strasburg was actually Erin (the bride)’s hometown. It was a beautiful little town – founded in 1733 with many historic homes and American-flag lined streets. It was surrounded on all sides by miles of Amish farmland, which we enjoyed exploring more than anything.
Here are a few photos from our trip.
We walked from our hotel to a small covered bridge where Turk could swim and Tuco could watch! :)
and we found a friend in the grass on a hike! :)
I loved the horse and buggies everywhere.
… and the historic homes with adorable flower-filled yards!
And then… the countryside. Brad kept saying he would move there in a heartbeat! And I kept saying “yes but what would you DO there?!” :)
Beautiful wheat fields at sunset. Love it!
Photos from the beautiful wedding to come soon!
I just got home from tonight’s engagement session at Armstrong Farms and uploaded the photos, only to find the most hilarious photo.
This goose did NOT want me getting too close… it kept trying to peck at my camera! But I was not afraid. (well maybe I was, but just a little!)
:) More to come soon from this awesome shoot!
Lindsay and Vinny were married at Heinz Chapel with a reception following at Soldiers and Sailors Museum.
Here are a few photos from their day. Thanks Lindsay and Vinny! We loved being part of your beautiful wedding!
Since it’s mother’s day, I thought I’d post a surprise mother’s day session I did a few weeks ago! A sweet friend of mine was surprised today by her husband and son with updated photos of her boys. I just love this little guy.
Here are a few favorites from this mother’s day session!