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Jen and Jack were married this weekend at a beautiful overlook in Berlin, PA. This was an incredibly special day… Jen was stunning, Jack was handsome, they were so emotional and sweet, the ceremony was genuine, and their family was so kind and welcoming.

Here are a few favorites from the day. What a view, eh?

p.s. the hill where the ceremony took place overlooks the field where flight 93 went down, and the owners of the land were witness to the whole thing. They were wonderful people to talk to…

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the view was breathtaking (and the rain stopped just in time)!

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A few sweet looks…

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the reception was decorated with beautiful wildflower arrangements. Incredible!

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The stunning Jen!

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the sunset was beautiful…

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a sweet moment by the hayride tractor

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sitting around the fire at night

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  • August 17, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    Mary Schwarz - Milla, these are beautiful…I love, love, love the close-up shots of Jenn. Gorgeous location, too!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    Caryn - So beautiful, Milla! They are a gorgeous couple and you photographed them with such creativity. You rock, as always :)ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2009 - 5:12 am

    alison - i like the last campfire one a lot because I think it is the most natural and uniqueReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2016 - 7:30 pm

    http://www./ - Well put, sir, well put. I’ll certainly make note of that.ReplyCancel

Meet Kelly and Ben!

They are sweet, funny, and artistic. She teaches English; he teaches art. They love each other, and we loved hanging out with them. Kelly and Ben are getting married at St. Paul’s cathedral next year, and we are SO pumped to be part of it!

Thanks so much guys for such a fun time together. Here are a few of our favorites!

Gotta love this field of wildflowers… mmm…

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Ben is an artist, so we had fun with this amazing graffiti wall!

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Playing with a little LIGHT!

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  • August 16, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Mary Schwarz - Milla, these are BEAUTIFUL! I especially like the close up one with their faces slightly out of focus–it is DREAMY and so romantic. Love the wall, too. Was this also in Schenley??ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2009 - 5:59 am

    Milla - Yes, totally! Ben told me there's another cool one on the south side, too! Thanks Mary!ReplyCancel

Jen and Todd are a couple who Brad and I met through these wonderful people. Their wedding is coming up in October, and we recently went out to Hartwood Acres, the place where they first met, to take some pre-wedding engagement photos!

Brad and I had an absolute blast working with these two; they are totally in love, and it was very fun to be part of. Now we are even more excited about the wedding in a few months!

Here are a few of our favorites. Many more to come soon!

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Todd is hilarious!

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The mansion grounds are beautiful…

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love that late-afternoon sun!

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we were playing with a little off-camera lighting in these four…

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  • August 10, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    Mary Schwarz - Gorgeous use of the lighting…and you managed to avoid that strange telephone box…really lovely set!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2009 - 4:48 am

    Milla - Haha! So you've been there! Thanks Mary.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Bonnie - Just lovely, Milla! You have a wonderful eye for composition and light. Next time you are in Tavares I definitely would like you to take some pictures of my girl before she gets too big. <3
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  • August 12, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Caryn - Gorgeous! I'm shooting there this weekend – and now I'm even more excited :)ReplyCancel

Meet Caryn Azure of Caryn Azure Photography!

Caryn is a beautiful, creative, amazing photographer who I have enjoyed beginning to get to know recently!

A few months ago, Caryn organized a lunch for Pittsburgh photographers which allowed me to meet some great photographers in the area (including this wonderful gal!). And, after that meeting, Caryn suggested that the two of us get together and shoot bio photos for each other’s websites.

Here are a few favorites from my half of the shoot; I can’t WAIT to see Caryn’s photos of me and Brad! We certainly don’t get in front of the camera very often, and I can’t wait to see what her creative eye came up with.

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I love the flare in these… (and what an amazing field of wildflowers!)

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Caryn’s boyfriend Chris even hopped in for a few!

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Thanks Caryn and Chris! We had a wonderful time with you two!

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  • August 7, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Caryn - Oooh – we love them!! Thanks so much, Milla – you're amazing! (Yours will be up soon! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Mary Schwarz - These are amazing! I really love the flare…out of curiosity, where did you find that field?? I'm actually looking for one like that…ReplyCancel

Tonight, Brad and I had a great time hanging out with Shawna and Cam in Oakland!

We looked through the photos quickly after the session and are thrilled with the results. However, since we are in the process of moving and won’t have time to get all the photos out this week, I wanted to send a sneak-peak of what’s to come!

Thanks again Shawna and Cam. We had a great time and can’t wait for your wedding in a few months!

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  • July 28, 2009 - 5:26 am

    Mary Schwarz - I love it! I really like the look with the softbox. Very nice!ReplyCancel

This past week, I had a wonderful chance to take a short break and head down to Florida for a few days. While I was home, mom, dad, and I went over to the beach one afternoon for some fresh seafood and reading. And, I brought along the camera to get some pictures of the two of them on the beach.

I love these photos because they’re so natural. For my entire life, these two have loved each other honestly and sweetly before my sister and me, and I am so thankful for their example of marriage.

It was wonderful to be with family, and it was HEAVENLY to feel the sand and the waves under my feet! Here are a few favorites…

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  • July 24, 2009 - 7:05 am

    Rachel - what GREAT photos of such great people!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2009 - 7:13 am

    chrissie k - oh my! these pictures had me tearing up. you are such a beautiful mix of these two.ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2009 - 8:51 am

    Amanda - Aww I love your parents! They are an example to me as well even though we haven't spent a huge amount of time together. But, they always graciously welcomed me into their home the few times we did take the road trip to Eustis! Please tell them I said hello :)ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    alison a - i like the one of them kissing – mostly for the strength and safety i see in their arms and hands.ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    Krisan - oh i love these! i teared up today at work looking at them. you captured them perfectly. funny how the tables have turned – dad spent his whole life trying to take pictures of us, and now you are taking pictures of them! love you!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Bonnie - Milla…I love your Dad and Mom. What beautiful emotion and grace you have captured. Your parents are the epitome of God's love. I am so glad you shared these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2009 - 6:24 am

    nancy h - Milla!! I absolutely love these pictures! I got all teary eyed looking through them!! Your parents were an incredible example of honesty, sincerity, and genuine love and respect and these pictures capture everything that they are. I love the pictures and your parents!!ReplyCancel

Hello all! I realize is has been a VERY long time since I have updated the blog…. shame shame!

Lots of things have been going on over the past few weeks, including a wonderful trip to Florida and the beginnings of a move across Pittsburgh to a new house. I will certainly be back to post pictures from those adventures soon!

Today I wanted to post photos of a new friend and wonderful Pittsburgh photographer Mary Schwartz. Mary and I met at a Pittsburgh photographer’s lunch, and when she asked me to take some new professional photos for her website and blog, I was thrilled!

She and her husband Jay met me and Brad in the Strip District, and we had a great time chatting and taking some headshots. Here are a few of my favorites…

Thanks again Mary! Next time I’ll have to brave getting in FRONT of the camera! :)

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  • July 23, 2009 - 7:46 am

    Mary Schwarz - Thanks again Milla! I hope your move goes smoothly! We'll have to get together again after you're all settled.ReplyCancel

I just finished editing Sunny and Chrisian’s session from last Monday, and I wanted to post a few photos as well as their music slideshow!

Sunny and Christian were so much fun to photograph. They have been married a while but wanted a few more photos to remember the day, so we spent time in Schenley Park, the Strip district, and Mt. Washington as they enjoyed champagne, climbed monster tires, and re-enacting their proposal. Thanks, guys, for everything. We had such a blast!

To view the slideshow, hit the “play” button in the middle of the first photo and wait a few seconds for it to load! It can also be found here.

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  • July 13, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Mary Schwarz - These are breathtaking. So much fun! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    Anonymous - These pictures are unbelieveably awesome. What is the song attached to the slideshow?ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Milla - Thanks so much! The song is from triple scoop music – mike schmid "to show you my love"ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 6:25 pm

    Anonymous - Any idea where I can download it?ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 6:41 pm

    Milla - yes, you have to purchase it from http://www.triplescoopmusic.com, and unfortunately it's expensive because it's licensed for use online. Maybe you could get it from his personal site? I don't know…ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 6:43 pm

    Anonymous - Really? ugh, you guys are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Sadaf - Wow, you look beautiful…Amazing…makes me miss you guys…*tear*ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2009 - 11:53 am

    JWW - Wow. That brought a small tear to my eye and I don't even know these people! Can only imagine how moving if I did.ReplyCancel

I am now back in Pittsburgh after a wonderful few days at the OneLight workshop in Atlanta. I feel like my head is going to explode, though. Not from all the wonderful information that has been shoved into it, but from Pittsburgh bug that has hit me since I’ve returned. I mean, what is UP with this place?! I’ve been sick for about a month!

Anyway, I wanted to give a quick post on this great workshop hosted by Zack Arias, an Atlanta music photographer who is well-known for his artistic lighting techniques. I highly recommend it to all my photog buddies (no, dave, that’s not a buddy who photographs hotdogs) and would encourage everyone to try to make it at some point…

Anyway, Zack started the workshop by hosting a mixer at his studio Tuesday night for Atlanta photographers and workshop attendees, and then we started the next morning with a lecture/demonstration of how one simple off-camera speedlight can improve the quality of your photographs (hence the name OneLight). That afternoon and evening, we were given the opportunity to practice; we first shot in-studio and then headed out on location to use varying lighting conditions (including a cloudy sunset and then complete darkness). There were about 12 photographers at the workshop, and we were in groups of 3-4 shooting and workshopping until about 2:00am. After the hands-on practice, Zack showed us some of his post-processing techniques in Lightroom and then finished up with a talk about business and marketing.

Everything about the workshop was wonderful including the people and the food (Chick-fil-a biscuits, Moes, and Mellow Mushroom all in one day… holla!), and I feel like the benefits will be long-lasting, as now I more fully understand the relationship between flash and ambient light and I feel more confident controlling it in different environments. I am very grateful to Zack for his clear explanations of these very technical topics, and I can’t wait to put this knowledge to work.

Anyway, here are some photos I took during our long day of practice…

Zack demonstrating the softbox set-up:

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Location practice:

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Our group’s attempt at creativity at 2:00am: Julia rocking Wes’s truck in the studio parking lot

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  • July 10, 2009 - 9:04 am

    Amanda - Great photos and glad you learned some new fun things. Question: Do you have carry that balloon /tent light thing around with you now?ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Milla - haha… yes, but don't worry, it pops down small and is easy to carry around. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Caryn - Looks like fun! I'd love to talk with you about what you learned there. Maybe on our shooting date :)ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Wes - "Hey, lemme see what you just got….did you get some good ones?" LOL….what a blast it was. You've put up some great shots here…..wow, I love your new lens….lens envy here! Awesome website y'all have. Can't wait to see more great images with your "lights".ReplyCancel

Good morning everyone! I am sitting in the Pittsburgh airport about to leave for Zack Arias’s One Light Workshop in Atlanta. Wielding camera, pocket wizard, and a playlist including Fleetwood Mac and CCR, I am set for a day of traveling. I’ll be back with updates on the workshop; it should be a great few days full of Atlanta humidity and intense instruction from one of the absolute best in the business.

Also, before I leave, I wanted to stop by and post a preview of our latest photo shoot… Sunny and Christian! Brad and I hung out with these two last night, and we are so excited about the photos. For now I’ll post a few photos from Mt. Washington, but stay tuned for champaigne, wedding dresses, and monster truck tires! :)

Thanks again Sunny and Christian. We had such a blast with you guys and now just wish you’d move back to Pittsburgh! More will be coming soon…

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  • July 7, 2009 - 7:00 am

    alison - really like the blurry city shapes and colors in the backgroundReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2009 - 7:05 am

    alison - oh my! just realized what i said… the couple is cute too! i was looking at these for the photography aspect of the shots.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    Julie Corral - What beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2009 - 7:51 pm

    Caryn - Gorgeous shots! They look so in love :)ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Karla - Thanks Jill! Yes there are good people out there still. And I’m sure we didn’t look the least bit threnteniag to him . We hope to be able to finish the room this weekend!ReplyCancel

Karen and Dave were married this weekend at the Succop Conservancy, and Brad and I were there from start to finish enjoying the festivities and documenting the event.

I have to say that this was one of the most special weddings we’ve witnessed. The emotions were sweet and the people were loving.

Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day, Karen and Dave. We were blessed by it! To see their wedding slideshow, click here.

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  • July 6, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Mary Schwarz - These are wonderful!ReplyCancel

Remember Elyse and Boris from their sneak peek here? Well, these two came to Pittsburgh this past weekend for us to take their engagement photos, and Brad and I really had such a blast with them. We worked in Oakland at the Carnegie library, in Schenley Park, and in the Cathedral’s Israeli room to commemorate how they met: on a Jewish student trip to Israel.

I have been working to finish their music slideshow, and I have also been trying to figure out how to post these slideshows directly into the blog. I am still trying to figure out how to make it bigger and how to make the controls black so you can see them; however, here it is to enjoy in the meantime! Just hit the white play symbol in the middle of the last photo or visit this link to make it easier! It takes a few seconds to load before it starts playing.

Thanks Elyse and Boris for such a great time. We can’t wait to photograph your wedding this fall! Enjoy!

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click “play” for the slideshow. It takes a few minutes to load…

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Today Brad and I got to hang out with the wonderful and oh-so-fun Elyse and Boris! Elyse is a fan of the blog (not “the block” as I thought she was saying!), so Elyse, even though I haven’t been through all the photos yet, I couldn’t resist sending you a sneak-peek of a few we liked. There are many more to come!

Thanks again guys for being awesome to hang out with.

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  • June 28, 2009 - 7:11 am

    A. - sweet couple. this third photo is an especially nice capture. beautiful colors of her eyes, hair, and the green in the background.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2009 - 8:20 am

    Amanda - Beautiful pictures. Also, I want her hair!ReplyCancel