Summer has started (unofficially)

Summer in Pittsburgh is a crazy time for photographers. With nearly every weekend booked with a wedding or a shoot between now and October, a few open weekends are time best spent with family and friends, fishing, brewing, biking, and cooking.

We started the weekend in Pittsburgh, and then headed up to the family farm in the Laurel Highlands, for some fly fishing, and cooking out.

Then ended back in Oakmont on Monday so that I could cover a few Memorial Day Parades for the Valley News Dispatch (CLICK TO SEE THE PHOTOS AND READ THE ARTICLE)


I hope you had a wonderful long weekend, and are ready for the adventures ahead.

Krista and Jonathan-Rustic Farm Wedding

My little sister has grown up. It’s hard to believe that the youngest Speicher is now married, holds a masters degree, and will be teaching at a local college starting this fall. To top that off, she is now going to be spending her life with her best friend Jonathan.

I couldnt be prouder of her.

Usually I would want to just participate in a families wedding, but the desire for strong photos for them won out. So to help me out I brought my friend and fellow photographer Kristi Jan Hoover along to cover our immediate family photos, have a fresh set of eyes, and allow me to really engage during the emotional moments that were sure to happen.

The wedding took place on our family farm in the Laurel Highlands. Its a bit rustic, and for now, the barn is a barn, though one day it may become an incredible venue. The morning was perfectly foggy, but the sun was warm and the mist burned off quickly.

The day began with the girls getting ready, and a private ceremony at a beautiful clearing with a well, on the property next to ours. After the ceremony and formals, we headed back for a light lunch and waited for the guests to arrive.

This was truly a family event. My father and I had weeks of work into the farm to bring it up to where it needed to be. My mom put more work into planning flowers, decorations, and preparing the gardens, farm, and house than is imaginable. Our sister Elle, helped keep things on track, and planned a great bachelorette weekend. My Aunt Missy (and Uncle Scott) and Aunt Sherri, along with Kelly (my wife) made sure flowers were ready, and decorations were finished, and Krista’s friend from grad school Brooke, a wedding planner with a solid future, came in Thursday night to help pull everything together. If you need a wedding planner, get her while she is just starting. She is incredible to work with.

The details matched K&J perfectly. Centerpieces of books and cigar boxes aptly describe them, while burlap covered hay bales for the ceremony, and runners for the tables.

The Supper Break String Band provided the music for dancing, and they had the guests dancing late into the evening. Four Seasons Brewing provided a great IPA, Brown Ale, and Hefeweizen.

Krista, it was a pleasure to be a part of this day. There were moments during your vows that I had a hard time making photographs because my eyes were teared up. Jonathan, welcome to the family. I am looking forward to many cigars and bourbons on the porch with you.





All the vendors were amazing to work with.

Tent tables and chairs: Windswept Rentals
Food viaPittsburgh BBQ
Music: Supper Break String Band
Wedding Planner: Brooke Driver (Harrisonburg Virginia)
Photos: Dan Speicher | photographers
Beer: Four Seasons Brewing



Snowy Weekend

I love winter. I love being a photographer. This time between wedding season ending, and the next season beginning is a relaxing time for me. A time to reflect, plan, and execute the plans for the new year. While I love being based in Pittsburgh, I need time away from the city.

Growing up I spent nearly every day at 7 Springs (the local ski slopes). For a number of years I taught there. But for the years before and after, days were spent enjoying the brisk air, the board beneath my feet, and a few times per year, some fun floaty powder.

The past few years have been a bit more low key, and I am ok with that. My parents still live in the mountains, and my wife and I get a chance to go up there fairly often. This weekend was one of those chances.

We spoke to the church I grew up in, about India. Took a detour on the way back and headed up a snow covered logging road.

Relaxed and read. Played with our dog Willy, and ended with an evening out bowling.

I love these weekends.

Life at 30-Spring

The cold fades

flowers bloom.

Out of dormant winter

comes life renewed.

I just celebrated my 30th year on this earth. I am incredibly grateful for the past year and all that is has brought with it.

I married my best friend, moved into a new part of pittsburgh, built my first Farm Table, and visited India with said best friend.

I have filmed some great stories over the past year, been a part of incredible weddings and festivities, and I am so excited for what 2013 has in store for us.

I love being a photographer, and I cant wait to listen to, and watch, more stories unfold.