A 16 Year Old’s Rite of Passage

I eagerly brought my camera with me to my son’s driver’s exam.  As a Photographer – and being predominately a wedding photographer, it’s fun to shoot something completely different once in a while.  HOWEVER – I don’t think my son appreciated me acting like his personal paparazzi while trying to concentrate.  SO out of respect to him, I quickly snapped one photo as he drove away and that was it.  I do, however, really like the two photos I took of his keys to the card on the Green Day key chain I made him.  He’s a huge Green Day fan and had been pricing key chains on Ebay.  I once again tested out my new Canon 85mm 1.2 lens and must admit – this is absolutely my favorite lens in my arsenal.  The bokeh is amazing!  This weekend we will be shooting the wedding of Holly & Eddie so be sure to check back for some “preview pics” and surely there will be some great ones with this lens…

Spring Has Arrived!

On Saturday I ordered a brand new portrait lens that I will use extensively for engagement and wedding photography, senior portraits and any other kind of portrait work I’ll be doing.  Much to my excitement and surprise it arrived in just a mere 4 days!  I could barely contain my childlike glee as I unwrapped my new Canon 85mm f1.2 lens.  Although it was pouring rain outside, I immediately attached the lens and headed out for a “mini” expedition in search of bright colors.  One of my favorite things about spring is how (in what seems like overnight) the leaves burst from their buds, the flowers explode in an array of color and suddenly the male birds begin their continuous competition to win the females over with their beautiful songs.  Enjoy the pics!

Senior Portraits-Paris PA

This past weekend I hardly put my camera down!  Senior Portraits and Engagement Portraits in the same weekend – once again – kept me hopping.  Below are some of the portraits from my session with Kayla – a senior at Burgettstown High School.  Kayla brough her friends Katie and Nicole and the three of us had a lot fun together.  My favorite feature is Kayla’s beautiful smokey hazel eyes.  Great job Kayla!!

Engagement Photos – PA

Last weekend we had the priviledge of shooting engagement photos for Jackie and Jeff.  We enjoyed our afternoon with them and were very lucky the rain held off until the end of the day!  Jeff’s a volunteer fire-fighter for Findley Township (I believe since 1996 or 1997).  Jackie’s a Vet Tech – I feel a connection to both of them since my dad was a firefighter and we LOVE animals!  We had an awesome shoot with them and look forward to shooting their wedding in October.  Here’s a few pics from their session.

Dance Portraits/Weirton WV

I had the fun task this week of photographing dance portraits for two sweet 4 year old girls.  A little shy at first, they quickly got the hang of the “Photo Session” and gave me the “work-the-camera-girl” attitude!  What I love about my job is the variety of different photos shoots I get to do.  I had a lot of fun with this one – maybe years down the road I’ll shoot their senior portraits and weddings!

Event Photographer/Weirton WV

I was fortunate and honored to photograph an 89th birthday party yesterday for the purpose of a family portrait.  A big thanks goes out to my friend Cindy for hiring me to document the birthday of her dad, Frank.  What an amazing guy!  Frank and I got some “one-on-one” time while setting up my equipment and I enjoyed hearing him speak of his military career 70 YEARS AGO!!  He laughed when telling me he started out in the Airforce but crashed a plane so he decided to join the Army instead (what perseverence!!).  Frank told me several times that I would not be able to get him to smile so it became my goal to catch him smiling when he didn’t realize it.  I spent two hours with the family and as I looked around the room, it was really sweet to realize that all the people around me were there because of Frank and his wonderful wife, Betty.  Betty, Cindy and I sat together looking at old photographs and Betty giggled when I told her she really resembled Liz Taylor when she was younger.  Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am to be able to be included as a guest at special events like this – for the sole purpose of documenting a very happy time.  When Cindy and her family look back at the photos, they will remember a wonderful day in the life of Frank, Betty and their family.  Betty and Frank have been married for over 50 years – since I am a “newlywed” in Frank’s eyes (almost 21 years for us) I decided I should ask Frank the secret of a happy marriage.  It was shocking to hear him say almost the exact same words my grandfather told me just before I walked down the isle on my own wedding day!  Frank said, “Well, I’ll tell you what (he took a big long drink of his Budweiser) — marriage is all 50/50 – sometimes you’ll get along, sometimes you won’t but you just have to stick together!!”  Great advice Frank….spoken just like my grandfather.

After we all sang “Happy Birthday” and Frank blew out his birthday candles, he enjoyed a toast of jello shots with everyone.  I want to be just like you when I’m 89, Frank!  Beer, cake and jello shots!!  Congratulations and I hope to be there on your 90th!!

Busy Weekend Shooting Photos!

CindyWow!  This is one of those weekends I know will fly by.  I have the pleasure of shooting family portraits [here in Weirton, WV]  for the family of the lovely lady in this photo – and the following day dance photos and Engagement Photos (we call these photos sessions “e-sessions”).  I have really enjoyed shooting Engagement Photos and this weekend’s couple is from the Pittsburgh area.  We will be shooting their wedding later this year.  Doing this gives us a great opportunity to get to know the couple a bit better and helps create a relaxed atmosphere.  Check back on Sunday evening for some sneak previews of all the photos we’re shooting this weekend…