Saturday, May 31, 2008


I have a problem and I'm bringing it to the blog for help. I have too much stuff. There, I said it. Some things I haven't been able to let go of in spite of my rapid and early embrace of all things digital. Now is the time, I hope. What I'm referring to is darkroom equipment. Yeppers, I have professional grade enlargers, stainless steel processing tanks, dozens of 35mm and 120 film reels, film washers, print washers, trays, timers, etc. Basically, the works! If ANYONE is interested in setting up an off the hook home darkroom to experience the magic of seeing a print develop PLEASE CALL 724.266.2411. Pick up is required, but everything is FREE!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Pittsburgh skyline

It's been said we have the only city in the world with a front door. It's so fun to hear visitor's gasps when they see our city for the first time as they come out of the Ft. Pitt Tunnel.

How ever you see the Pittsburgh skyline, once you do, it never leaves your heart -- which is possibly why Pittsburghers are unique in having so many pictures of their city proudly displayed in homes and offices. I asked a friend who lives in San Francisco how many photos of SF hang in his office. He looked at me oddly and said, "we don't need photos, we have windows!" How boring! As I told him, "we have windows too, of course, but from our window we only see ONE view, with pictures we get to see many views all the time!" He didn't get it.

Thursday evening was so nice I had to take advantage of it by photographing our skyline. It also helped that one of my commercial clients recently asked if I had anything new of the city (we're changing the skyline rather quickly these days!). So a little before sunset up I went to one of my favorite spots. I thought you'd like to see the view, in case you didn't make it out.

PS. In case anyone is wondering, yes, I do sell stock for commercial use as well as prints for home or office decor, custom greeting or post cards.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

University of Pittsburgh eSession!

I love to shoot engagement sessions. First, it gives me the chance to get to know couples I'll be photographing at their wedding. Also important, they get to know me and how I work so, on the day of their wedding, nobody is surprised when, without warning, I throw myself to the ground to get an cool angle! But mostly, they're fun!!! We have a great time exploring an area (or areas) that are important to the people I'm photographing.

Teresa and Eric are an awesome couple and asked to be photographed at their Alma Mater, the University of Pittsburgh. We wandered, we shot lots of pictures and afterward, by chance, I asked if they would like to have dinner at LuLu's Noodles. Teresa almost teared up -- that was where they had their first date! A perfect ending to a perfect evening. But not until we did just a few more shots at the Carnegie Museum on the way back to our cars. When the light is that "juicy" as it was Tuesday, you just have to make one more.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Janelle and Christopher

First off, to all the Veterans out there, thank you for your service and dedication to our country. God Bless.

My Memorial Day weekend started with the uber cool wedding of a great couple, Janelle & Christopher. They were married at St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland and held their reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. It was truly a picture perfect day with temps in the low 70's and an occasional puffy cloud to provide just the right amount of shade (especially for the large group shot on the church steps).

Hope you enjoy the show!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bethany and Jet -- Fox Chapel Golf Club reception

Hi folks! It's been a LONG time I know for one simple reason -- the busy season has begun! But (thankfully) because of a last minute schedule change I found myself with a rare, non-shooting weekend. Woo Hoo! So what did I do with this time of leisure you ask? I stayed inside and caught up on my digital processing, of course!! I know, not very exciting, but I managed to complete five commercial jobs along with several wedding orders. Oh yes, and blog again!!

Two weeks ago I shot a fabulous wedding for a great couple, Bethany and Jet. His name isn't "really" Jet, but he's from Norway and Bethany started calling him that shortly after they met. According to his Viking friends who were attending, the name fits.

And if you're wondering, yes, the couple lives in Norway. Oslow to be exact.

Hope you enjoy the show.

And PS. I'll be photographing Bethany's sister's wedding in a couple of months.

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