Kelly’s Graduation Party – Mohawk Bend Event Photographer

My favorite part of being an event photographer is capturing the unplanned moments that happen without prompting or posing. The posing and the smiling is always important of course, but the genuineness of a real spontaneous moment is what really excites me about what I do. It’s a challenge to hang back and anticipate the meaningful moments as they happen, and it’s a challenge I love! Events provide a unique opportunity for honing my skills as a fly on the wall.

Sam’s sister Kelly recently accomplished the Herculean feat of graduating from law school! Her party was a great event and it was my honor to celebrate with her and help her remember this momentous occasion at one of my favorite spots in LA, Mohawk Bend. Aside from delicious food and drink, the room the party was held in had gorgeous lighting.

Mackenzie Rose – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers

Prepare yourself for cuteness. There, I warned you, so you can’t complain when you squeal with delight and attract a large crowd around your computer when you see the portraits of this cutie…

Mackenzie Rose is now officially over 5 months old, but since we had originally planned on her being born so much later, these are her “official 3-month photos.” She is just growing too darn fast! And getting cuter each day!

Here she is snuggling with her Daddy, moments before the session officially began. I am so happy to have captured this adorable moment, which is one of my favorites from the whole day!

We look forward to seeing Mackenzie continue to grow and develop into the adorable, charming young lady we know she will be. In fact, we just learned recently that she is sitting up on her own. Way to go Mack!

Your Wedding. Your Way. – Swissvale Wedding Photographers

Nathan and I have pretty strong feelings about what weddings are about and advocate heavily for couples to follow their hearts rather than stress about what other people want.

In a recent perusal through Pinterest, I came across this pretty great list. I’ve been working on writing my own thoughts down on the topic, but decided to share this instead because I consider it nearly perfect.

Now, the author is calling it a Bride’s Manifesto. I don’t particularly dig the word “manifesto” as it has very strict connotations and I’m very anti-rule when it comes to the suggestions here. I also bristle at solely referring to the bride since a wedding is, at it’s core, about the coming together of two people.

My only other issue with this list is that despite the fact that they are potentially overused these days, I can’t help the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I see mason jars incorporated into wedding decor- I just love them! But that brings me back to my point. Follow your heart and do what’s right for you. Think outside the mason jar or not- it’s up to you!

bride's manifesto shared by swissvale wedding photographer

The Professional Difference – Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

There are a myriad of benefits to hiring a true professional to capture your wedding. Perhaps one of the most important and least showy is executing a proper contract and following through on it. It’s so important to sign a contract with a professional photographer. It’s also important to read that contract! (I sign things all the time without reading it and I need to follow my own advice.)

A friend with a nice camera may take nice photos but without a contract nothing stops them from backing out at the last minute (sadly, this happens more often than you think.) Perhaps more important than the legal obligation a contract provides, a true professional is in the business of capturing memories and making people happy. They don’t only care about the check you pay them – as professionals, they get to know you, your family and have a vested interest in your future happiness. The best, most experienced and professional wedding photographers truly love the couples they work with and making art out of their wedding memories.

That’s more than can be said for big package companies like David’s Bridal. News broke this weekend in the wedding industry that the bargain wedding gown shop is shuttering it’s photography offerings, partly due to its recent acquisition by yet another private equity firm.

Now, I’m no huge fan of companies that offer photography like this because they don’t do a great service to photographers or couples. Just a quick google search yields terrible reviews. So, in short, I’d be lying if I said wasn’t a little happy to hear this news.

What I am not happy about is that David’s Bridal Photography is backing out of contracts nationwide for weddings after October 12, 2013. What I am not happy about is that some couples contracted with them don’t even know this yet.

A small business owner, a true professional honors a contract no matter what. Leaving couples in the lurch mere months from their wedding date is not an option.

We will be honoring any DB pricing for jilted couples for wedding dates through the end of 2013, provided we have the date open. We love weddings and don’t believe wedding photography should be a source of stress.

If you or anyone you know is in this situation, please contact us. Even if we don’t have the date available, we’ll help find someone who is, because we are professionals.

Clay and Erin steal a quick kiss in the park before their wedding reception