Monday, March 30, 2009

Meet me in the Kitchen

My good friend and Italy traveling companion Jason Capps of Bella Sera by Greco's has a most unique cooking class starting Wednesday, April 1st.  The class is a live, online event!  Check it out at Meet Me In The Kitchen.  Mangi mangiano!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New day new name!

As I ramp up for a whole new web debut I've made a minor modification to my blog.  No more "the buzz," what was I thinking anyway, beekeeping?  Nope, now it's simply "Pittsburgh 
Wedding Photographer."  Simple, clean and to the point, not to mention very easy for Google to read and therefore rank : )  As we all know today, if Google isn't happy, web owners aren't happy!

I heart

Found this on the way back from dinner.  So let's give this a caption, type yours in the comments field.  Best caption will get a surprise prize!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Sewickley Gallery show -- Thank You!

This is big shout out of thanks to everyone who attended the Friday night opening of my exhibit, La Bella Luce Dell'Italia.  

A thousand pardons if I was unable to personally thank you that night, I simply was overwhelmed by the response with 200 + people cycling through the gallery.  

In case you missed the opening the show will remain up throughout this week.  The Sewickley Gallery is located at 549 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA 15149.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM till 5 PM.  Special hours can be arranged by calling 412.491.7887.

Special thanks must go to the people who made this event so special:  

•  Rolland Marindino, U.S. Ambassador for Cecchi and Sartori wines.  I hope everyone had the opportunity to talk with this amazing gentleman.  His knowledge of wine, fine art and literature is incredible.

•  Matt Kulikowski, district manager for Banfi Wineries for the excellent pours.  The wine was out of this world.

•  Jason Capps, owner of Bella Sera by Greco's, for providing wine glasses and delicious hors d'oeuvres, and most importantly, being such a great friend to allow me to tag along for a week during his trip to Italy last October.  Without Jason this show would not have been possible.

•  Mark Rengers, owner of The Sewickley Gallery for hosting the show in his space.

I can't leave out a very special person, my significant other, Toni, who was there every step of the way, from helping pack my bags to calming my anxiety of editing the 6,000 initial images, to selecting the final 44 for the show.

I hope we can do it again soon.


Leaning Tower, 24x36 on fine art watercolor paper

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fun shoot

I have to admit, I LOVE what I do!  I get to meet the coolest people from all walks of life.  I laugh, joke and make people happy.  It's Goodtimes every day!

This week I had an awesome time shooting a series of ads for Robert Morris University.  I've been doing this photography since they started the campaign (maybe you've seen the billboards around town).  They're great folks and we've all become good friends -- can't ask for anything better than that!

Bringing out the personality of the subjects, most who have never stood before a photographer other than for their high school senior portrait is the challenging part.  But, with an inquisitive mind and a dash of crazy humor it doesn't take long before they open up and show themselves.  That's where the fun begins!  Finding that one moment when their guard is down and their inner self glows is priceless.  

Here's a wide outtake from our shoot showing my lighting set-up.  The main light is hand held by my assistant because I kinda move around a lot with the subject when I shoot.  Sort of my own little dance.  

Friday, March 06, 2009

Website is up!

Whew, after almost a week without either a website or an FTP site I'm finally back up and running.  My main service provided decided to move me to another server last week, which isn't a bad thing IF they would have told me their plans.  Yeesh.  Just glad it's over and I can keep cranking on other things... like albums and a line of commercial work ready for final output.  

That's about a wrap for me this week.  I'll leave you with a photo I made Wednesday night.  About 5:00PM one of my favorite clients emails with a request -- do I have / could I shoot a reflection photo for the cover of a publication she's working on?  I didn't have one on hand but was more than happy to shoot.  Pack, dash and run into town to catch the last breath of twilight (best time of day).  This isn't the frame she selected, but it's one of my favorites.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

website down!

Apologies to anyone who has attempted to view my website the last few days.  The site went down sometime between last Friday and Sunday night and so far is still out of commission.  My web tech folks are working on the problem but can give no estimate as to how long it's going to take to restore the site.

Thanks for your patience,



Happy Square Root Day!  03-03-09.  

The next time we'll have a square root day is 04-04-16

Enjoy the moment, every day.

Monday, March 02, 2009

iPhone phun

Resistance is futile.

If you own an iPhone (I do) then sooner or later (usually sooner) you'll be seduced (suckered) into the world of apps.  Today I downloaded (OK, bought) a fun little ditty that allows me to emulate film (remember that stuff?) thus giving your tiny 2 megapixel (nearly useless) images the effect of being created 'old school.'  

Seriously, it's a neat program and super cool considering it on your phone, err, portable communication device (these things haven't been just a phone since we hauled them around in a bag).  Anyway, I've been playing with some phone pix while my G5 (Mac) has been grinding away, processing real photos.  

Hope you like this one.  It's suppose to look like an old Polaroid SX-70.  Does a pretty good job actually.  Although, sadly, the resolution is only good enough for the web.  I'm sure that'll be different in future iPhones, especially since Samsung already has an 8-megapixel camera phone in England.  Darn Brits get the good stuff first.

Here's the same photo in "Helga" mode.  Helga, if you don't know, is the name of a plastic camera available from various retro shops and art stores.  The original camera, the Diana, is still available (last saw it at Urban Outfitters).  The camera's claim to fame (?) is a plastic lens that distorts and a plastic body that leaks light.  It leaks so much light that you must seal the camera with black tape before use.  It's funky and very fun.  Now if they could only make it digital...