Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ben & Jackie

Ben & Jackie moved to New York City about 9 months ago, which is why we decided to do their engagement series there. This was also a great break from my grind in Pittsburgh. I love Manhattan.
I got news for you, Jackie is made for this town!
Ben really loves Jackie, its in his actions and she responds to it affectionately...
Of course, a tree : ) Its everywhere I go....Ben and Jackie are both actors, so what better way to shoot them than a studio set up? I love this shot because it PERFECTLY fits their personalities. Special thanks to Ben & Jackie for having me up and taking such good care of me!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Funland at Warhol

Last Friday was the opening called, "Funland" at the Andy Warhol Museum. The exhibit was about the lost art of pinball. Modern makers now slap digital photos on them and that's it. Gone is the glory of hand painted and custom design. This exhibit took 2 very accomplished Pittsburgh designers (mike Budai & Brian Holderman) and gave them vintage pinball machines recreate in their own style. They hired me to shoot the machines and the opening...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kaitlyn & Barry

So Kaitlyn and Barry tied the knot at Armstrong Farms. What a beautiful setting for a country wedding! When you book this venue, the wedding party and guests can stay from Friday til Sunday...That's an awesome idea.

Kaitlyns gown was very elegant and looked amazing on her.

The reception was held in a beautiful barn which was totally cool!

I LOVE this cake and the colors of this wedding! Thanks to Autumns cakes

I have learned in this business that some of the best moments come at the very end of the night. Here the wedding party and remaining guests sing to my camera...

I really had fun at this wedding and I love Kaitlyn and Barry deeply! They have been my close friends for years. Thank you for letting me share in such a beautiful day and congrats!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Student Workshop / Gallery Crawl

I am at the end of a long day. I had the honor of teaching some seriously talented students about digital photography at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Its exciting to see people respond to your passions, because they have it for themselves. Thanks to Rosemary and Sylvia at the Silver Eye Center for Photography for the opportunity!

It was also a dream come true to have my work appear on the Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl which is by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Thank you to Allison Hoge for inviting me and hosting the show. Special thanks also to Caitlin for getting me in!

Now off for 4 days in NYC with Jackie and Ben on their engagement shoot!
Photos to follows...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jessie & Melissa

Had a great Engagement session with Melissa and Jessie yesturday and I wanted to post something for them before I leave for NYC. They are such a fun couple to work for. Here a few from the shoot that I love...more to come.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Justin & Jessie Wedding

Talk about your fairy tale weddings, Justin and Jessie's wedding was one people dream of...First off, the church was incredible! Calvary United Methodist in the beautiful old city of Allegheny (Pittsburgh’s Northside). The church opened somewhere around 1899 after a fire destroyed the previous one. The Heinz and Mellon families were the primary contributors to the rebuilding. The amazing fact is that Louis Tiffany himself came to Pittsburgh for 6 months and personally made the stain glass windows in this church. Some of the stain glass is up to 3 inches thick and up to Nine Thousand pieces of glass! Check this out:

Jessie and Justin had a secret rondevu before their ceremony at the Carnegie Institute in Oakland. Jessie loved the shot from Courtney’s wedding and wanted one of her own. I do love that space, no matter how many times its used, its always gorgeous...Do they look AMAZING or what? Is her gown is breathtaking or what? Justin had a few surprises up his sleeve. He totally surprised her with a horse and carriage when they came out of the church.

...and a romantic ride through the historic West Park!

There was so much beauty in the church, it was hard to leave...I love this back spiraling stair case in the back of the church.
Look at their figures against a sheet of blur as Justin and Jessie take their first dance. At the reception, everyone came ready to DANCE! The entire dance floor joins hands...

I didnt catch this girls name but man was she fun!
Needless to say, thanks to alot of planning, this wedding was a total success! Congrats to Jessie and Justin, enjoy your honeymoon and see ya when you get back!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jeff & Jessica

I had the pleasure of second shooting Jeff and Jessica Wedding for the lovely Kimberely Reed. Their wedding was at the beautiful outdoor garden at Phipps in Oakland.