Thursday, August 24, 2006

This is incredible; I cannot believe it’s been almost a month since I last made an entry, but what a month it’s been! With a wedding every weekend, engagement sessions and commercial assignments spattered throughout the time has flown by. Long hours and late nights have been the rule. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Cool tools. I’m an Apple guy through and through. This month, on top of every thing else going on, I added a new Macintosh G5 to my arsenal. This puppy is packed with everything possible to deliver blazing processing speed. Multiple racks of external hard drives provide more than two terabytes of storage. That should last me through this season at least! Twin LaCie monitors and a stack of Lexar firewire CF card readers round out my new workstation.

This added technology couldn’t come at a better time! I’ve had so many wonderful jobs lately it’s been a pleasure to be locked in front of my computers (well, almost). The real pleasure has been meeting so many awesome people and making so many wonderful images.

Kelly and Mike Conlon were married on Friday, August 4h in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. They are such a happy couple! I don’t think I’ve seen a guy laugh with such zeal as Mike, he just lights up a room with his joy. This was a “quiet moment” made between the wedding and reception. When Kelly’s mother saw the picture all she said was “yep, that’s our Mike.”

Kelly and Dave will be married next year. On Saturday, August 5th we all met at Station Square for their engagement session. I normally don’t schedule anything the day after a wedding but, for them I made an exception because Dave had to return to Washington DC the next morning. They were uncomfortable in front of the camera for maybe 30 seconds, if that! Once I told Dave to ignore me and pay attention to Kelly, well, let’s just say the interaction between them was quite magical. Can’t wait for their wedding!

Heather and Gino are not your typical couple. They didn’t want a traditional wedding in any way shape or form. Instead they had a garden party and at some point get married! The couple exchanged vows on a bridge over a lap pool. The pool was in Heather’s grandmother’s backyard. Very cool! Keeping in the non-traditional style, they don’t want an album; rather, several fine art black and white prints from the day will adorn the walls of their home. Awesome! Although, Heather did say maybe one color photo would be OK, the dress is really quite colorful.

I would be quite remiss if I did not mention a very special assignment I had this month. As many of you know, for many years I was a newspaper and magazine photojournalist. Most of that is behind me now, but there are a few special publications I continue to work with at any opportunity. Guideposts is one. In early August it was my pleasure to travel to Grove City, PA to photograph Josh Anderson, his mother, Sheryl, a some close friends for a special profile. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag so grab a copy of the magazine and read his heartwarming story. It should be on newsstands now.