Magda, Henry, and Diane – Frick Park Family Photographer

I don’t think everyone can say that they are friends with the people they bought their house from. It’s such an unusual and often awkward process. But when we met Diane and Ed at the closing, they were immediately warm and friendly. And, it turned out we had mutual friends! Once they gave us the brief history of the house as they knew it, plus a run down of the neighbors, we were glad to learn they were only moving a couple of neighborhoods over. When we needed a family to come play with us in the park for our video shoot, we immediately thought of them. For the video, this shoot was ostensibly “fake” so it wasn’t a big deal that Ed couldn’t join us. But ultimately, if I have my camera in hand, I see no real point in pretending to take photos when I can just take photos. And as it turns out, I’m thrilled with some of the shots I captured of these energetic kids with their mom. I remember in the days leading up to the shoot that Diane said something like, “I can’t promise that they’ll stay still.” And I thought, “Awesome.” I love capturing kids being kids! When they showed up at the park, the kids bolted to the slide immediately, and I’m not ashamed to admit it was a challenge to keep up with them. We had a blast, and I’m looking forward to a fuller session with the whole family later this summer.

Lunar New Year Parade – Squirrel Hill Event Photographer

When the folks at Uncover Squirrel Hill approached me about photographing a parade in late February, in Pittsburgh, well, I was skeptical. “What if there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground?” I thought. “What if all the performers bail out because it’s 20 below?”
But part of Mother Nature’s weird on again off again, mild winter this year presented an absolutely perfect day for a parade when the time came. It was cool, but not cold and the sun was shining.
Crowds lined the streets to see amazing performances from local cultural organizations in celebration of the year of the monkey.

Heather & Travis – Friendship Garfield Portrait Photographer

I love working with clients that make photographing them difficult. No really! Heather and Travis are so funny and full of life that I couldn’t help getting carried away with them and their energy, so it was sometimes difficult to take photos while laughing along with their goofy antics. It’s a good problem to have! They were the kind of couple that I could ask to do some crazy action to evoke a response, and they would take it to the next level and crack me up.

Heather grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and went to school here before working in North Carolina for a hot minute before boomeranging back to The Burgh for her master’s program. She is now a clinical social worker spending her days coaching young adults with autism spectrum disorders through a few different programs, namely her non profit, Evolve Coaching. She also volunteers at the Joey Travolta Film Camp in Pittsburgh, which is a camp for kids and young adults with ASD. “It’s amazing!”, says Heather.

Travis was first drawn to Pittsburgh after a friend suggested he move here. He is a glass maker and tinkerer who works at the Pittsburgh Glass Center as a Studio Technician. Travis also teaches glass classes in the fall and spring. He recently started a business continuing to make glass ducks, called Duck Duck Glass. His hobbies include working. When he has the extra time or deadlines he makes it to Tech Shop in order to make things like airplanes, mammoths, and dinosaurs. When he is not working on creative projects, Travis is usually working on the house.

Heather and Travis were brought together over karaoke at Nico’s Recovery Room, and continue their relationship with lots of laughs, remembering to stay grounded, and good communication. Also, Travis has agreed to put his belly button lint into the trash, which I am sure we can all agree is a great foundation to any long-term committment. They are both busy working on their house in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and share a dream of purchasing a second home to rent to young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

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Emma senior portrait – Pittsburgh photographer

Emma is a talented and vivacious young woman who has taken classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center for a number of years.  Recently, I had the opportunity to work with her to capture some high school senior portraits, and what better way to show her love for the PGC than hold the session there?!  Having photographed numerous events there, I had a bunch of places in mind to use, including working with some of the displayed artwork.  We used stained glass mosaics by local artist Daviea Davis, as well as Therman Statom‘s Indagare exhibition.  Of course, most of Emma’s work involves the Hot Shop, so we had to make sure to get in there for some shots, too.  Her flowing red dress perfectly suited her free spirit as well as the Hot Shop, in which artists are in constant motion.

We both had a lot of fun during this portrait session!  It was truly a testament to the fact that great photography happens when a subject is in a place that they love, is open-minded and enthusiastic about trying new ideas, and the photographer is equally as inspired in the space.

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photo courtesy of Nathan J Shaulis | Porter Loves Photography

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