Shawn + Suzanne – Mellon Park Engagement

Shawn is the brilliant mind behind Creative Combustion, partnering with small businesses to shape badass marketing strategies. Suzanne is his beautiful partner. They are getting married in June so we got together with them for some Mellon Park engagement photo fun.

The weather could not have been more perfect! We ran into Ginger and her mini assistant as they were wrapping up a family session. You always know it’s a wonderful day when you run into other photographers on location.

Working with Shawn and Suzanne really didn’t feel like work. Seeing how much they love each other and laugh together, and laughing with them was just an awesome way to spend an afternoon.

We wish Shawn and Suzanne all the happiness and love in the world as they enter into a new phase of their lives together!

The New Senior Portrait – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers

Things have changed since I was a senior in high school. We won’t discuss how long ago that was – all I’ll say is that for a very long time, it felt like it was just yesterday and then one day, all of a sudden, it felt and continues to feel like a former life.


Anyway, when I was a senior in high school, the school made an appointment for you with a local studio during the summer before senior year to do senior portraits. You showed up and they shot you one two backgrounds. All the kids in the class were shot on the same backgrounds. One was very light and looked like you were sitting on the steps of some building with marble columns. The other was dark brown and had a swanky old library feel. While the look was elegant and nice, it was not at all natural for my 17 year old self, and it got tired when 40+ kids (I went to a really small school) all had to do the same thing.

They weren’t bad photos. My parents still have them framed in their house. But they make me laugh a little. I wore a button up shirt and a bunch of rings (I don’t know why) and my hair was stick straight. I know everyone looks back at old photos of themselves and laughs but this isn’t “wow, look at what I looked like at 17,” it’s “who is the girl in this picture?” as it doesn’t represent any past version of myself that I can remember.


The transition from that version of senior portraiture to what goes on now is really exciting to me. Senior portraits are all about capturing this coming of age moment when a teenager becomes an adult, becomes their own person. Sure there’s the standard yearbook photo that everyone still needs but that’s not the purpose behind senior portraits now.


Seniors can choose the background, the props and the action to collaborate with the photographer to create images that uniquely represent who they are in this pivotal moment in time. Do you play an instrument? Do you love the city skyline? Are you really psyched about where you are going to college next year? All that and more can be incorporated into the freedom that a modern senior portrait session presents!


What’s going to make your senior photos uniquely you?

You all want to see my senior photo that I described up there, huh? I’m not embarrassed – if I can find it, I’ll share it ;)

Maggie & Owen – Allegheny Commons – Engagement Photographer

Maggie and Owen are friends of Sam‘s from school.  I enjoyed getting to know them both better during this engagement portrait session.  They are an amazing couple, who are calm and collected, while still warm and affectionate with each other, and it was fun to spend a couple of hours with them in Allegheny Commons Park.


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Jon + Jamie + Abby (and Ian) – Evergreen Park Portait

The vibrant orange leaves couldn’t have been more perfect for this family session of 3 (with one on the way.) The weather was crisp but not too chilly, making it perfect for some fun in the park.
We had such fun crunching leaves under foot and capturing some beautifully real moments- look at how Abby’s eyes sparkle!