Our Amazing Year In Review – 2015

Before we get too far into the new year, let’s take a quick look back at what made 2015 so special for us at Porter Loves. We met and photographed a bunch of cool new people, attended some inspiring events, and learned a ton of new tricks.

One of the biggest things we are proud of is launching Porter Loves Creative. Combining the talents of my lovely partner and myself,  we empower creative people to thrive.  Whether you need your artist statement tweaked a little, a flattering new portrait for your website, new images of some artwork, or a total social media makeover, Porter Loves Creative offers the tools and experience to get you back in the studio making art.

We covered the Pittsburgh ReelAbilities Film Festival.  Their film series always inspires us with stories of real people living with disabilities.  One particularly inspiring film, “On Beauty” showcases the work of photographer Rick Guidotti and his Positive Exposure organization.  I was excited to meet him, as well as a local photographer, Martha Rial, and discuss both of their work in highlighting the beauty that is in all people.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Dan McCoy and his father, Mark, speak with Kathryn Spitz Cohan, Executive Director of JFilm, during the ReelAbilities Film Festival in Pittsburgh.

Rick Guidotti at the RealAbilities Film Festival

Rick Guidotti sharing his experience and photographs at the RealAbilities Film Festival

I’ve lost count just how many years I’ve been involved with the JFilm Festival, but it never ceases to amaze me just how many wonderful films they show.

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This year, the Pittsburgh Glass Center introduced an interpreter to facilitate communication with visitors whoa are hearing impaired.  Not only was I excited that more people will now be accomodated, but watching an interpreter added a new visual element for me to capture during special events.  For one of their Hot Jams, the Pittsburgh Glass Center staff collaborated with the Speak Life Storytellers, a multi-talented duo of performing artists.  They wove tales of mystery and wonder, including music and audience participation, all while a team of glassblowers demonstrated their art, and Jason the interpreter explained all that was going on for the hearing impaired present.  Jason said that he had never before had to try to interpret beatboxing.  It was honestly one of the most amazing choreographed pieces of performance art I have ever seen!

Speak Life Storytellers spittin truth at PGC

Speak Life Storytellers spittin truth at PGC

Speak Life Storytellers on a journey

Speak Life Storytellers on a journey

Jason interpreting

Jason interpreting

Another awesome exhibition a the Pittsburgh Glass Center this year was the ABC@PGC exhibition, by Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert.  The highlight was an entire wall filled with refurbished sign letters that could light up and be carried around.  It was a total hit with the kids!  Kids (and parents!) loved spelling out their names, writing messages, and taking photos of their creations.  There were surprisingly few naughty words made, too!  After the exhibition was finished at PGC, it was moved to the Children’s Museum, so kids can continue to enjoy it.  I loved the playful nature of the art, and was inspired to use it as a location for a special family portrait.

Ryen and Callen read a book at the ABC@PGC exhibition

Ryen and Callen read a book at the ABC@PGC exhibition

I had the pleasure of working with a student at the Pittsburgh Glass Center to capture a fun high school senior portrait for her.  We had the opportunity to incorporate Therman Statom‘s amazing artwork that was in the gallery at the time.

Emma

Emma

If you haven’t guessed by now, we love the arts and helping people.  So when approached to cover the Arts for Autism benefit, we jumped at the chance to be involved.  It’s a great organization that is doing so much to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We were honored to help, and met some cool new people through our involvement.

Acrobatic performers at the Arts for Autism benefit

Acrobatic performers at the Arts for Autism benefit

And let’s not forget all of the fun portraits!

Abby and Ian in North Park

Abby and Ian in North Park

The patented Nairobi Staredown

The patented Nairobi Staredown

NO CHEATING!

NO CHEATING!

Jayson

Jayson

Jenn

Jenn

We had some fun weddings, too!

photo courtesy of Nathan J Shaulis | Porter Loves Photography www.porterloves.com

My personal favorite wedding bouquet this season. :)

An intimate moment in the garden

An intimate moment in the garden

Young love <3

Young love <3

Rain did nothing to dampen spirits!

Rain did nothing to dampen spirits!

All in all, we had a wonderful year.  Thank you to all our clients and friends!  We are looking forward to making 2016 even better.  We welcome you to join us!
2016, here we go!

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Erin + Bill – Tender Bar + Kitchen – Wedding Photographer

Erin and Bill got married during an incredibly intimate ceremony in the midst of polar vortex weather in Pittsburgh. They were total troopers to even entertain the notion of outdoor photos given those circumstances. The ceremony and small party after were both held at Tender Bar + Kitchen in the Gold Room. We grabbed some shots down the street at New Amsterdam, where the couple had their first date. The guests were almost exclusively immediate family. Delicious snacks and craft cocktails were served and everyone had a blast celebrating and staying in from the cold.
Erin and Bill followed up this chilly wedding with a summery BBQ with more friends and family several months later, and photos from that fun event will be featured in an upcoming post!

Anna + Matt – Friendship Couples Photography

Anna and Matt are a married couple of extremely talented glass artists. They live in the Bay Area but visited Pittsburgh recently to teach summer intensive courses in glassmaking at Pittsburgh Glass Center. PGC hires me to take action shots of their intensive classes every summer. While I was there shooting Matt and Anna’s classes, they mentioned that they didn’t have any photos of them together. Naturally, we set up a quick couples portrait shoot with Pittsburgh’s beautiful East End as the backdrop.

 

Alexander – Family Portrait – Regent Square Photographer

It doesn’t get much cuter than Alexander, and his loving parents, Deb and Devo!  Though Alexander was at first wary of who I was, and why I was carrying a big bag of camera gear, we quickly bonded over our mutual love of trucks and music.  It might not be my favorite song, but “What Did the Fox Say?” really got him moving, and dancing along with him was a great icebreaker.  After a short time, he got a little more chatty, and although I wasn’t able to understand specific words, I got the gist of what he was trying to tell me.  I recognize that it can be frustrating for kids to be at that age where they want to express their ideas and observations, but are not yet able to articulate themselves.  I make the extra effort to listen carefully, even if I have no hope of understanding, because all kids deserve that attention.  Alexander saw that I was listening to him directly, and it gave him the confidence to be himself around a complete stranger.  It’s that confidence that results in some awesome photos that I know Deb and Devo will treasure forever.  Alexander is such a sweet, creative boy, with amazing parents who nurture his natural curiosity and talents.  I had a wonderful time hanging out with this adorable family!

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