Adam and Adrienne-Early Morning Coffee Session-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

It was a late night, and a long weekend. Sleep was cut short by the sound of my alarm. Normally this is where the hand snakes out, hits snooze, and nudges Kelly. Its my way of sleeping and trying to get her up for work. Ava our lab, jumps onto the bed, and kisses Kelly while whining for me to take her out. This Monday morning, it was so early that even Ava wanted to stay in bed. I took a cold shower to wake up, and made my way outside. I was heading into Regent Square for an engagement session that by most standards was taking place way to early.

Leaving early means I missed all the traffic. With time to kill, I headed to Square Cafe, ordered 3 cappuccino’s and enjoyed the realization that mornings are beautiful. Most people hate mornings because it signifies another day at work. For me, its when I take care of the dog, then grind some coffee as the water boils. Its a morning ritual. Wake up. Nudge Kelly. Turn on the shower. Take care of Ava. Make Coffee. By the time I push the plunger on the French Press, Kelly is getting ready for work. Im watching the news.

This morning was different. No Ava. No waking Kelly. No time for coffee.

The sun was low in the sky when I pulled up to Adam and Adrienne’s new home. We had shot an engagement session in December, and a miserable winter mist had covered Pittsburgh. At one point, I had to put my camera under my jacket because mist had turned to a freezing rain. They were troopers and we kept shooting. Finishing inside for a few more photos while they talked and enjoyed a cocktail. On this Monday, it was perfect. Their neighborhood was quietly waking up, as I handed them their coffee. We headed onto the porch to shoot. All the images were shot within a block of their home. Great light, and love are all that are required for great photos. I can supply the light in the event of bad weather. The rest is up to you.

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Chelsea and Phil-Springdale Veterans Association-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Penn State, and the Little Mermaid. Two things that couldnt be further from each other, but for Chelsea and Phil, they are the two themes that ran deeply through their wedding. Chelsea and the girls prepared in her childhood home with her mom and puppy, while Phil and the guys prepared for the big moment over at Our Lady of Victory Church in Harwick. One of my favorite things about being a photographer in Pittsburgh, is that I get to photograph weddings in lots of small communities. With our hills and valleys, each community is uniqe

After the ceremony, and a beautiful dove release and bubble exit, we headed to Oakmont to a beautiful covered space beside the train track for some portraits. After a quick stop at teh beer distributor to refuel, we headed to the Springdale Veterans Association Banquet Hall for the reception. The banquet hall had a beautiful vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and The Chef and I Catering, provided a great meal. Music and Entertainment was provided by Party Times Productions DJ Steve Lebo.

Thanks so much for having me as a part of your big day.

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Four Seasons Brewing-Latrobe Pennsylvania’s Newest Brewery

My buddy Christian, and his friend Mark took a chance on their own American Dream, and started a brewery.

Pittsburgh already has a lot of craft breweries, but with the recent resurgence, America is going back to its roots where every town had a local brewer, and kept things local.

Once well known as the home of Rolling Rock Beer, Latrobe has since lost its edge as a brewery town. At Four Seasons Brewing they are attempting to bring that back by producing great local craft beer, while reaching for their own lofty goals.

As a photographer, I love photographing small startups, and enjoy it even more when its started by friends.

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