Pittsburgh Wedding Photography… Erika + Justin|Weddings

Erika & Justin tied the knot on a beautiful sunny Saturday at St. Phillips Church in Crafton, PA.  (http://www.saintphilipchurch.org/)  This beautiful church is steeped in history and had some wonderful spots for photos!  The reception was held at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Canonsburg, PA (http://www.hiltongardeninn.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=PITSPGI)  What a great couple and again, we have been so lucky to work with fabulous families as well and we had a great time with everyone.  Erika was very elegant in her halter-style gown and had all the support from her Magee-Women’s Hospital friends.  Justin, who we’ve been lucky to know for three years now, was the  perfect groom who wears a tux well!  We offered to photograph their Cancun, Mexico honeymoon but I think they preferred NO paparazzi on their getaway…..ONE of these days a couple will take us up on our offer!!  Here are a few photos from their special day.  Congrats to the happy couple!

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…

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…