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.

Enjoy the photos.
























In Review-January 26-February 4-Pittsburgh Photojournalist

I recently started freelancing for the Valley News Dispatch, and I had no idea how much I missed working as a photojournalist.

Enjoy the photos.

Austin Dedert (20) of the Plum Mustangs, sinks a free throw against the Fox Chapel Foxes, on their way to a 71-67 win over the Foxes in Fox Chapel on Tuesday February 4, 2014.

NASCAR owner/driver Norm Benning taking a moment to sit down before heading off to Daytona for Speed Week.

Members of churches around the Alle Kiske Valley come together to celebrate the 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. service, at Abundant Life Fellowship in Arnold Pa, on Sunday January 26, 2014

Members of churches around the Alle Kiske Valley come together to celebrate the 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. service, at Abundant Life Fellowship in Arnold Pa, on Sunday January 26, 2014

Brian Campbell of Shaler takes a break from work to enjoy the milder weather at the Riverside Park Ice Rink in Oakmont on January 31, 2014.

Laura Cable of Oakmont takes her golden retrievers Finley and Sydney, for a romp in Dark Hollow Park in Oakmont on Friday Januar 31, 2014.

Jeff Pinney of Cheswick, owner of Super Saw Chanisaw Carving, carves a dog out of a log at Oakmonts 125 anniverary “Punxy in the Park” celebration on Sunday January 2, 2014.

Delaney Lyons (14) of Oakmont paints the face of Liam Johnston (4) of Verona, at Oakmonts 125 anniverary “Punxy in the Park” celebration on Sunday January 2, 2014.