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Pittsburgh Engagement Session Point State Park

Engagement Session Point State Park

This was such a fun Pittsburgh engagement session  at Point State Park! Vanessa and Micheal were so easy to work with, I love when my clients are super easy going and relaxed… Actually, I think all of my clients are like that! YAY for awesome, chill, and fun people! 🙂

The lovely couple got engaged over the holidays. Micheal’s sister was sweet enough to gift them their engagement session with me. We started the shoot at the tunnel/bridge walkway in Point State Park and from there, worked our way through the area. I had to tell them where I wanted them to stand and what they should do beforehand because they’d be too far for me to give them direction. It actually worked out as a nice warm up for them before the rest of their engagement session.

Like most Yinzers (a term Pittsburgh locals refer to themselves and other locals as, which is new to me and I’m not 100% sure I’m using it correctly, but you get the point) they are huge Pirate’s fans. From Point State Park you get a great view of PNC Park. We went over and they slipped into their fan-gear and posed in front of the stadium. We also got some great shots in front of some of Pittsburgh famous yellow bridges!

The weather originally said it would rain but luckily it turned out to be a perfect day. Luck was on our side and we had partially cloudy skies for their session. I love the photo of them near the pink flowered trees. I love spring time here, so many beautiful flowers everywhere! Another favorite is the photo of them lookin’ all cool in front of the bridge. Lol! Here’s a few of my favorite photos from their Pittsburgh engagement session.

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Rita and Greg’s Winter Engagement Session

Had a great time photographing Rita and Greg’s engagement session at Frick Park in Pittsburgh last weekend! This was the first session I ever shot while it was snowing outside!! Brrrr, it was cold! But I LOOOVE how the pictures turned out! For some reason I tend to only blog about weddings and I skip over the engagement sessions altogether, but I really wanted to share this one since I love snow and I loved working with Rita and Greg! They brought their 1 year old adorable pup Wally along for the session and it was great getting some with him too. 🙂

Check out their pictures from the day!

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Santa Barbara Buddhist and Greek Orthodox Church Wedding

Satomi and Joshua’s wedding ceremony was at the Santa Barbara Buddhist Church and their reception at the Greek Orthodox Church. I met with them for the first time over Skype only a couple weeks before their wedding day. Their first photographer cancelled on them unexpectedly and they were running out of time to find another photographer. Fortunately one of my brides from a wedding earlier this year works with Joshua and gave him my number. I’m happy I was still available that day so I could be apart of their uniquely amazing wedding!

The day started with Satomi getting ready at a private estate in the hills of Santa Barbara. She first got dressed with the help of her mother into her vibrantly colored, traditional Japanese Kimono. All of her bridesmaids wore a traditional obi for the ceremony and changed into a simple gold sash for the reception. She also had a gorgeous wedding gown to wear after the ceremony for the reception and some more portraits.  It was such an interesting wedding, mixing Satomi and Joshua’s two different family traditions seemed effortless. One of my absolute favorite parts of the day was immediately following the ceremony. All of the guests gathered around the couple and showered them in rose petals! It looked so beautiful! We were greeted with an amazing sunset after we finished taking all of the group and family portraits and right before we went inside! Everything at the reception was perfectly complete with speeches, dancing, and cake. Want to see some of their wedding photos? Here’s some of my favorites from Joshua and Satomi’s wedding day!

Wedding Coordinator | Ann Johnson Events

Ceremony Venue | Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara

Reception Venue | Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

Catering | Martino’s Catering

DJ | KM Productions

Bride’s Gown | Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture

Bride’s Shoes | Jimmy Choo Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Tuxedo | Mission Tuxedo

Wedding Rings | Premier Fine Jewelers

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Fur Wedding at Point Breezeway Pittsburgh

I did a dog wedding at Point Breezeway in Pittsburgh! My life may official be complete!

If you see on my About Me page I say “I love animals, sometimes more than people. If animals got married and they chose me as their wedding photographer, my life would be complete.” When Jennifer from FurKid Rescue asked if I would be the wedding photographer for Vita and Roddy at Point Breezeway in Pittsburgh I was super excited to help! I came out to her house about a month earlier as well to get some of their engagement pictures. Here’s one of their engagement photos I got to help promote their wedding day! I love the flapper theme Jennifer decided to go with!

pittsburgh wedding engagement photography dog rescue photographer

I love animals. Particularly dogs. I’ve found that if I see puppies I almost become catatonic and I can’t stop staring at them, the cuteness is just too much! While in Pittsburgh I volunteer to take pictures of the foster dogs for FurKid Rescue. They use the photos I take to help find these pups forever homes. Jennifer is the owner of the organization and she takes in so many dogs it’s amazing someone can have that big of a heart, let alone a home to house them! One of the dogs she took in was Vita, a beautiful girl who suffered from a terrible heart condition. This baby needed daily medication and constant care and Jennifer took the time and was able to get a donor to help with the expenses. A few months ago she put together a beautiful wedding fundraiser, not just for Vita but to raise some money for all of the foster dogs she takes in. The bride to be was Vita herself.

The wedding was at Point Breezeway – a popular wedding site that’s perfect for the more intimate weddings. It has lots of charm and a great outdoor space. They had a cake for the human guests, and a cake for the doggy guests, and lots of delicious vegan cupcakes and treats for both humans and pups compliments of Sweet Alchemy Bake Shop, Leslie’s Cupcakes, Doggy Delights, Kivas Canine Cookies, and yummy vegan and vegetarian foods for the humans to eat all donated by Kaleidoscope Cafe, Fortuitea Cafe, and Spoonwood Brewing Co. Flowers were from Cassandra’s Florals. They had live music from LocaL and Carlton Leeper. It was quite the event for these two love pups and I was happy to capture it all!

Sadly Vita passed away in late August. She had a fun-filled last day with bike rides and a visit to the park, and she was with the people who loved and cared for her the most. I feel so fortunate that I was able to capture photographs of her for Furkid Rescue and anyone else she touched. She had the most beautiful eyes and would look at you in such a sweet way you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with her.

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Tootsa & Jeff Camarillo Ranch Wedding

A few weeks ago I photographed Tootsa and Jeff’s wedding at Camarillo Ranch. First off, that is a great venue for photos! There are so many areas to go and the variety is awesome. Everyone loves the red barn and I love how it makes any picture pop, but I’m a sucker for trees and it has a HUGE tree that has amazing roots you can climb on and get some beautiful pictures.

Tootsa and Jeff are such a cool, laid back couple. They were both so at ease the entire day and I can’t remember a time where they weren’t smiling. They had Tiana from Exotic Green Gardens helping them out with the flow of the day but they were on top of everything from the start and it showed with how smooth their wedding went.

Tootsa’s wedding gown has some special little details… the back of it has three buttons, and those three buttons are from three generations. Her grandmother, mother and sister all donated a button from their wedding gowns to put on to Tootsa’s gown. Wedding dresses always have a special meaning for the bride but adding a personalized element really makes the gown a cherished keepsake. You’ll see the photo below of the three generations pointing to their buttons. 🙂

Venue | Camarillo Ranch

Coordinator | Tiana at Exotic Green Garden

Bakery/Dessert | Jamie Cakes

Caterer | Martino’s Catering

DJ/MC & Lighting | DJ Jerry – GTZ Entertainment

Florist | Exotic Green Garden

Hair | LaRouge Hair & Artistry

Makeup | Karima Fuentes (818) 426-1978

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Styled Cigar and Wine Bar Same-Sex Marriage

Here’s a styled shoot I did earlier this year. I wanted to create a wedding for an awesome same-sex couple that had recently been married. I worked with some amazing wedding vendors to help pull the entire look of the wedding together. Melissa at Engaged to Be Wed helped with the vision, organization, and planning. The finished shoot turned out even better than expected and it has already been featured on three different wedding blogs! Here are some of my favorites from the wedding shoot.

Coordinator | Engaged to Be Wed

Venue | Cantara Cellars

Florist | Passion Flowers

Rental Company | Ventura Rental

Stationary | Umama Online

Signage | Splendid Expressions

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Jessica and TJ’s wedding at El Paseo in Santa Barbara

Jessica and TJ’s wedding was a few weeks ago at El Paseo Restaurant in Santa Barbara. They’re a super fun couple, quirky and cool, and interestingly nontraditional. Check out some of the photos from their wedding day! And when you see the two little kids standing in front of them – those were their officiants! They had a dessert table rather than a wedding cake, dry ice was put in the fountain and their unity goblet. They were able to enjoy the cocktail hour since we planned the first sight and formal portraits all before they even said their vows. Their wedding was different than the usual but still fun, personal, and filled with love. This was probably one of the lowest stressed weddings I’ve ever shot, and from the bride herself, she was “Bridechilla”!

Venue & Catering | El Paseo Restaurant

DJ/MC & Lighting | Elite Disc Jockeys

Photobooth | Elite Disc Jockeys

Florist | The Twisted Twig

Gown | Lili Bridals

Groom’s Suit | Macy’s

Hair & Makeup | Carlyle Salon

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Rescue Dog – Cleo’s Portrait Session

I recently started volunteering my time at two different rescue organizations here in Pittsburgh, PA. I am now an official dog walker for the Animal Rescue League. It seems like a trivial way to help but without volunteer dog walkers, those poor little pups would be cooped up in their small cages all day and night with no place to relieve themselves other than right by where they sleep and eat. It’s nice being able to help them in any way that I can. There’s another rescue organization I also started volunteering with and for this one I get to use my photography experience to help find these animals forever homes. FurKid Rescue is always taking in dogs and they have a group of amazing volunteers that open their doors to these homeless pups, fostering them for weeks to months and sometimes longer. Some dogs are lucky to find their forever home right away, but some stay with a foster for much longer. Now meet Cleo… she was the first foster dog I was able to help. I met with her and her foster mom, we had a mini session right outside their home. Cleo is a Potcake it’s a breed that originated in the Bahamas, she was with her foster family for almost a full year before I met her for her photo op. About a week after these photos were posted Cleo was adopted! I was so excited to hear the news! Here’s some photos from her mini session… she has such a beautiful coat on her! She’s super friendly and a bit hyper – but she is still a puppy. I’m sure she’ll be happy with her new family!

Laila & Dee’s Charming Backyard Wedding

Laila and Dee are friends of mine and when they asked me to be the one to capture their day I was happy to do it! Sometimes when it’s a friends wedding I prefer to not photograph it but instead sit back and enjoy the festivities, and sometimes I prefer to do both! Their wedding I did both, I was able to photograph all the main events but I was much more relaxed and was able to mingle with the guests during the reception. It was a really fun wedding and they did an amazing job pulling it all together. We got some great photos in the Santa Monica mountain range which was just a short 5 minute drive from their fun backyard wedding! They had a tight budget but managed to have such a cute and charming day! Enjoy the photos, there’s a lot of great ideas for you DIYers out there!

Venue | The couple’s home in Newbury Park

Florist | The lovely bride!

Catering | Wood Ranch

Photobooth | In the Pix

DJ/MC | In the Mix Events

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Beautiful wedding at the gorgeous 1909

ast week I photographed the wedding of someone I knew as a model and a makeup artist. Someone who vowed she would never get married. That day changed when she met a boy at a bar. The actual story is much more interesting than that but I’m not sure she wants the world to know so I’ll leave it simple.

Liz and Travis’ wedding was amazing. I know I say that often but it really was. The entire bridal party was super fun to work with, everyone was in a great mood, the venue was beautiful, the florist made it even prettier, and the couple is super cool, smokin’ hot, and their chemistry made it so easy to photograph them I may as well have set up a tripod with a remote control trigger and sat back and relaxed. Well, maybe not but they really did most of the work by just being them.

I’m gonna get to the pictures now… Here are the highlights from their amazingly beautiful day. 🙂 Enjoy!

Venue & Catering | The 1909

Florist | Unique Floral Design

Cake | Carrara Pastries

Videographer | Tim & Co

Photobooth | Oh Snap Studios

DJ/MC | Amit Sharda

 

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