High School Senior Interview

Early last fall I met Molly for her senior photo session at one of my favorite rural locations. As we were parking I noticed the magical sunset for our golden hour shoot and couldn't wait for our session to begin! It's been a joy to watch Molly mature into such a beautiful and intellectual young lady. She's super creative and a real natural in front of the camera. Thinking back over the last few years, I realize we've had a total of five sessions and she literally nailed every single one! Best wishes in all you do, Molly, your future looks as bright as that magical sunset from your senior session! What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? I like how connected Pittsburgh is; very rarely have I ever felt limited by my location. It's definitely something I've taken for granted growing up here! In your opinion, where…

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How can I Look my Best at my Senior Photo Shoot?

How can I look my best at my Senior Photo Shoot?  Check out these 5 Great Questions to ask yourself! As you begin to plan for you Senior Portrait session, I know one main concern you may have is how to look your best and fall in love with your photos! I recommend putting in the time and effort before your photo shoot to make sure you look your best the day of the senior photo session. From hair to makeup, outfits to poses, I’ve put together this blog to help you feel confident and prepared before your session.  Here are some checklist questions to ask yourself before your epic senior session!  Location: Dual Devils Garage 1. What’s my style? Do you love getting dressed up? Do you prefer natural shots? Or do you love flowers and all things pretty? Are you more grunge? Do you love your pet? Or do…

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High School Senior and Family Interview

South Park Mary and I first met while we were sitting on the field watching our kids play on the same T ball team. Quickly I began to look forward to spending our afternoon afternoons together because of her warm personality and welcoming smiles. Soon I learned that she was an actress and her family recently moved to Pittsburgh. I have enjoyed running into Mary over the years at anything from walks in the neighborhood to Odyssey of the Mind competitions. Her family is full of unique and creative individuals that were a joy to photograph! Be sure to view to the bottom to see how we ended our session! What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? We enjoy the museums, the hills, the schools and most of all —the people in Pittsburgh! Write 3 adjectives that describe your family. Our family is friendly, creative, and outdoorsy. What…

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It was an exciting moment when I was contacted by a high school friend that she was getting married and she'd like me to photograph her wedding! I couldn't wait to connect with her again, meet her future husband, and hear their wedding plans! I think we laughed through their entire engagement session while we explored downtown Pittsburgh together. After their engagement session, I couldn't wait to photograph their beautiful wedding! These two have so much love and passion for life that they make life more enjoyable by simply being around them. I was impressed to see love from their friends and family poured out onto them throughout their wedding day. I hope you can see it in their wedding photos below as you read their interview. Are you from Pittsburgh? Yes, Carey grew up in the South Hills and Gary grew up in Lawrenceville. How did you two meet? We…

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Newborn Family Interview

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How did you and your spouse meet? We met during our senior year at Penn State! What are your family’s favorite things to do in and around Pittsburgh? We love to be outside as much as possible, whether it's hiking, live music, the zoo, taking our daughters to a new park (or splash pad during the summer), or finding somewhere with an outdoor patio to get a drink and a bite to eat. We also try to take advantage of events happening locally whenever we can! We really love living in the city and try to capitalize on all the opportunities that affords as often as we can. What was your baby's height and weight at birth? She was 8lbs 5oz and 20.5" long. Describe how your life has changed once you brought home your newborn baby. It's so cool experiencing life with a newborn the second time around! I honestly…

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Why schedule a Branding Lifestyle Photoshoot?

Why schedule a Branding Lifestyle Photoshoot? Are you a small business owner/entrepreneur who wants to up scale your marketing? Do you want to come across to your audience as memorable, personable, and relatable? You don’t need to waste time chasing every new marketing trick or automation tool. You don't have to run digital ads or hire video production companies. Honestly, it is as simple as planning a two hour photoshoot and it do wonders for your marketing! If you haven't already guessed, I'm talking about photos of YOU, through the surprising fun experience of a branding lifestyle photoshoot! What Exactly is Branding Lifestyle Photography? A branding lifestyle photoshoot is a relaxed session that captures you naturally and beautifully. I'm not talking about a classic headshot, a lifestyle branding shoot is something between a documentary session and a magazine feature. What are the Benefits of a Branding Lifestyle Photoshoot for Your Small…

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5 Reasons Senior Photos are Important

5 Reasons Senior Photos are Important  As you near the time for senior pictures, it’s important to note the importance of having professional senior portraits. After years of hard work, you’re finally ready to complete this chapter of your life before you begin to prepare for the next. No matter what that looks like, it’s important to bring a sense of closure to this portion of your life. Graduation, senior prom, and senior pictures are all a part of that celebration!  Below I’ve included five reasons why senior pictures are important.  1. Celebrate this Time in Your Life  Through extracurriculars, grades, and friendships you’ve put in the work. Now is the time to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished as a successful, unique, and strong individual! Through the highs and the lows, you’ve persevered through the experience of high school and are now ready to embrace the future.  2. Reward Yourself  Senior…

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Including Your Pet During a Senior Session

Including Your Pet During a Senior Session As you near the next chapter of your life, it’s natural for you to want to include your close furry friend who was with you through it all! A proud pet owner, I remember including my own cat, Calico, in my senior pictures. When she passed away, I loved having those portraits of us together as a way to commemorate the years we spent together. As you plan how to include your dog/cat/alpaca in the best way possible, it’s important to follow these tips! Animals can be hectic, but no need to worry as I’ve worked with countless animals and incorporated them in senior portraits.  1. Give your photographer a head’s up!  Before the session, make sure to inform your photographer that you plan to invite your pet to your session so they aren’t taken off guard. When you fill out the proposal, tell…

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Tips for the Best College Graduation Photo Session

Tips for the Best College Graduation Photo Session  Let’s normalize college grad sessions! I love photographing the excitement and joy that comes from receiving one’s college diploma. As you plan out your next steps, let me capture this exciting moment in an authentic way that captures your emotion!  Check out this recent interview with Delilah, who is planning on pursuing her passion of writing. I’ve included some tips and ideas for your upcoming graduation photo session as you plan what location, outfit, and style is best for you! 1. Take pictures with and without your cap and gown Make sure to grab some pictures with your school colors and graduation outfit in order to memorialize this special milestone you’ve accomplished! It’s also fun to grab some pictures in more casual outfits that make you feel confident.  2. Bring along family members or your significant other I definitely recommend bringing along the…

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Family Photo Session Location Series: Rustic

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Family Photo Session Location Series: Rustic  As you and your family decide on the best location for your family photo session, I recommend checking out my portfolio and blog to learn more about all the locations I’ve tried in the past. In addition, I’m always open to trying a new spot that you and your family would like to use!  The rustic location is perfect for those who love the natural beauty of the outdoors and live for golden sunsets. I love finding the best rustic locations and trying out new fields and trails in the Pittsburgh area. Families should choose the rustic location if they are looking for a laid back session in a beautiful place that’s private and more secluded.  Why are Rustic locations such a great choice for your family photo session? 1. Gorgeous golden hour lighting  As trees and bushes filter the golden hour lighting, your family…

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