5 Things I’ve Learned about Frank Lloyd Wright

5 Things I've Learned about Frank Lloyd Wright When my mom, daughter and I had an unexpected free weekend in March, we decided to visit the four Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Laurel Highlands. We visited Polymath Park, featuring the Duncan and Mäntylä Houses, Fallingwater, built for the Kaufmann family in 1939, and Kentuck Knob, built for the Hagan's in 1956. In addition to exploring the homes we also had time to grab a delicious bite to eat at Treetops in Polymath Park. At the time of our visit, it was possible to tour each of the houses with the exception of Fallingwater due to COVID restrictions. At Fallingwater it was only possible to explore the grounds and around the outside of the home. The Duncan House 1. Usonian Usonian comes from USONA or United States of North America. Usonian homes are sophisticated yet simple. These houses typically feature native…

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Creating an At-Home Greenhouse – Pittsburgh Photographer

Since I grew up in a home full of beautiful houseplants, I thought I'd create a similar at-home greenhouse for my own kids. Even though I hate to admit it, until November 2019 I thought I had a black thumb! Hana's Houseplant Advice My husband is from the Czech Republic and his family still lives there. It seems every Czech home we enter contains beautiful green plants. On a recent visit with my sister-in-law, Hana, I decided to ask for help! She gave me simple yet wonderful advice. She explained that I needed to look at the plants leaves, the dirt, and study the window light. Every week when she waters her plants she takes mental notes on how her plants look. She may give them more or less water based on the color of the leaves. She may move them closer or farther away from the window or even move…

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Personalized Party Invites – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

I am excited to share about a new company I came across called Basic Invite. As a photographer, I'm always looking for great card companies from which to order our family's Christmas cards and party invites. Every fall I start looking for beautiful card designs to feature our family's photos to send during the holidays. I not only want great design from our cards, but I also want the colors to mesh with the colors in our family portraits. It's usually a frustrating experience because I typically find either great design or coordinating colors. That's what I love about Basic Invite, I can customize the colors to any design! If you are like me and order a lot of cards, you may also want to check out Basic Invite for Christmas cards, wedding invitations, 1st birthday invites for your child or 70th birthday invitations for your parents. My Top 5 Features…

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25 Ways to Experience Iceland

Three things make me incredibly happy... spending time with my friends and family, capturing amazing photographs, and traveling to new places. In the fall of 2019 I was able to experience all three in Iceland. On my 39th birthday my friend turned to me and said "Let's celebrate our birthdays next year by going on a girls trip. I'll go anywhere. You pick the destination." That's literally how our plans got started for our epic Icelandic girls trip. We didn't know before we left but we quickly decided that exploring Iceland together was exactly what was missing in our lives. Our girls trip gave us a chance to relax, refresh and recharge. We were free to be "us" again. All of our daily responsibilities and roles were striped away. We were also able to reconnect and reminisce of our childhood days. All this while reveling in each new experience. At one…

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15 Things to do with your Family in New York City

Looking for a weekend get away with your family? With so much to offer, the Big Apple is a great place for a family to bond, experience new things, and create memories that’ll last a lifetime! Labor day weekend, my family traveled to NYC to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Our weekend was filled with laughter and fun even though I wish we could have spent a little time there. Below I’ve included 15 of our favorite activities that our family enjoyed.

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10 Travel Tips for an Epic Family Vacation – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

10 Travel Tips for an Epic Vacation! 1. Pack Light I know this might be counter-intuitive because I know we all want to be prepared, and bring everything we might possibly need for a trip, but trust me! From my extensive travel experience, the best memories are never made because of the stuff you brought. Simple packing lends to a cheaper trip, and it’s easier to manage your belongings, and reduces the chance of losing something. 2. Pack Clothes you can Wear Multiple Times in Multiple Ways In order to pack light, I bring multipurpose clothing, simple colored shirts, and easy-to-wear shoes. Wear simple, solid colored clothes and plan to wear layers. For example, overalls, and jean jackets are great ways to spruce up an outfit. Bring a couple plain t shirts, they are perfect because they don’t take up much space, and you can wear it with skirts, pants, shorts,…

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Lessons from Vincent – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

My favorite subject in school was art. (I also liked going on field trips to downtown Pittsburgh.) But the most exciting days were the days I got to create something unique. I also loved learning about famous artists. Vincent Van Gogh has been a favorite of mine since elementary school. It was so sad to learn that Vincent had cut off his ear. It didn't make any sense to me, why couldn't a creative genius find peace and happiness? I have always loved Vincent's use of vivid colors, everyday subjects and his big, bold, colorful brush strokes. In my early college years I enjoyed sipping coffee in quaint bookstores while reading books filled with inspirational quotes. I'd copy my favorite quotes into my well worn black moleskin journal. Below are some of my favorite quotes from Vincent Van Gogh. Moral near the outside entrance to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amersterdam…

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Best Things to do in St. Louis – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

St. Louis is a great place for a family vacation. We stayed in an AirBnB in West County. We prefer AirBnb to hotels, because we like the extra space, having outdoor living space and a kitchen. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks while exploring all that St. Louis has to offer! Check out our recommendations below.

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My Story · Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

My childhood was a whirlwind of concerts and symphonies. I was raised by musicians who encouraged me to pursue my own creative interests. At an early age I developed a love of art and travel. Many days I was lost in a historical fiction novel. One day my friend, who knew my love of reading, was excited to show me her dad’s collection of countless yellow magazines.

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