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Laura

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Laura is a sweet and funny girl I met at church. She often leads worship and this past summer she spent some time doing mission work in Nicaragua. You can read about her amazing adventures here: Passport Nicaragua. When she left Nicaragua, she left several things behind (on purpose), including her guitar! That’s just the kind of person she is. When I saw she received a new Martin guitar as a gift, I asked her if she would let me photograph her. We finally had time to have a little shoot earlier this week. Laura is always laughing and smiling and usually surrounded by kids. They are just drawn to her. I hope I managed to capture just a little bit of who she is in these pictures.

 

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Pittsburgh Photographer: Mallory, Class of 2014

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Mallory and her mom drove some distance to my studio in Butler for her senior portrait session, only to have an unexpected thunderstorm put a damper on things. After spending an hour or so shooting in the studio, we were fortunate to see the sunshine once again and moved the shoot outdoors. I always encourage my seniors to do a combination of urban and natural settings for their portraits. I love shooting in fields, but Pennsylvania tends to be really, really green in the spring and the summer. Urban settings offer such a great variety in color and texture, which really balances all of of that green.

 

This is the outfit she showed up in. She was NOT planning on using it for her shoot, but I thought the shorts were super cute !

 

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Ever since my shoot with Julia, I’ve been getting requests for this shot.

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My favorite shot of the evening.

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Pittsburgh Photographer: Kelsey, Model Session

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Kelsey was one of my senior portrait clients 4 years ago. I first met her several years ago during a local theater production of Annie (she was Annie!). Her mom is also my son’s dentist so I see her parents at least twice per year. They are a wonderful family and some of the nicest people I know. A few weeks ago, I asked Kelsey if she would like to come model some dresses for me before she heads of to  law school. I haven’t even had a chance to look at most of the images yet, but here are a few that jumped out at me.

 

At the studio with my garage sale vanity I found this past spring. I am always on the look out for vintage or interesting pieces I can use for portrait sessions.

 

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Senior Portraits in Pittsburgh: Hadly, 2014

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

A few weeks ago a I shot a photo session with Hadly in Pittsburgh. Ever since my senior portrait session with Paige last year, I have been getting a lot of requests for “the bridge shot”. Please note, I only photograph people on the bridge when it is CLOSED. A lot of people have asked me how I managed to stop the traffic. Please use good sense when taking pictures!

 

Hadly was a lovely person, inside and out, and she had the most amazing blue eyes. It rained the entire drive to the session and I was worried we were going to have to reschedule. But the skies cleared, and while we didn’t have any sun, I was actually in love with the overcast day. As much as I love the backlighting and fun shadow play you can get on sunny days, colors tend to be more deep and vivid on overcast days.

 



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See what I mean about her eyes?? Wow.

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One of my favorite images.

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Love the light!

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This one has an almost Grecian feel.

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Check out a slideshow of my entire senior portrait session with Hadly!

Pittsburgh Photographer: Taylor at the Studio

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I met Taylor a few years ago when she was my senior spokesmodel. She had some time over her summer break from college to come to the studio for a shoot. She only had a few days, as she was heading off to NYC for a summer dance intensive. Taylor is also a talented photographer in her own right. Check out her Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/44669293@N05/

 

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Pittsburgh Photographer: Julia in Studio

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Julia is one of my wonderful seniors from a few years ago. She came to visit me as the new studio space and we shot a few images to demonstrate some of the features of studio. Many of the seniors I work with are hesitant to have part of their shoot in the studio. They worry that studio shoots= old school or boring. But take time to look through any top fashion magazine and you will see many, many images shot in studios. I am fortunate that my studio has both a large natural light shooting area with interesting architecture, as well as an area I can use for studio lighting. Studio can be modern, fun, and fresh! I encourage all of my seniors to shoot at least part of their session at the studio. And if you happen to need a traditional picture for the yearbook or to give to your grandparents, we can accomplish that as well.

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My sweet husband found this vintage couch and had it repaired for me.

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The studio ceilings are very high and perfect for dance portraits.

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Julia is so graceful. I love this image of her in the window.

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Sweet Baby “L”

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

This little six month old was about as sweet as they come!

 

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I cannot believe how long it has been since I have blogged. I have a ton of beautiful senior portraits to share. I’m going to highlight some of them in this post and hopefully, share more from their senior portrait sessions later.

 

First up, Anna. I had been looking for a vintage bike for a while and a few days before Anna’s shoot, my husband surprised me by bringing one home. As soon as I saw Anna’s dress, I knew it was meant to be!

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Another beauty, Caroline.  I love the purple dress with her delicate coloring. So pretty!

 

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Yes, I photograph boys too! Here is Ed. Love the colors in this shot.

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Lauren is planning a career in fashion merchandising. She had a great sense of style and knew she wanted to use some funky, urban locations for her shoot.  I love the colors here, as well.

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Tracy, is a photographer. She studied in NYC over the summer and already has her own website. I was honored she asked me to shoot her senior portraits. Near the end of the shoot I had some fun playing with light.

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Ok, so Sarah isn’t a high school senior. She’s actually in her freshman year of college and needed some images for her modeling portfolio.  It rained the all day the day of her shoot, but we had to do it anyway as she was on a very tight deadline. We ended up having an amazing shoot and she is one of the sweetest girls I have ever worked with. I wish her the best of luck with her modeling career!

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Here’s Emily (on the left) with her older sister Hannah (right) who was one of my seniors from a few years ago. I love, love, LOVE photographing sisters. There is just something so special about that bond.

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We had so much fun on Taylor’s shoot! This girl just doesn’t have a bad angle. She wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of using her violin, but her mom and I convinced her to give it a try and I love the results.

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Finally, Alyssa. What a sweetheart. Her mom and I actually graduated from high school together and had not seen each other since. Alyssa’s eyes were mezmerizing.

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I have a bunch more seniors to share, but I need to get them all edited first. Be sure to check out my facebook page for the most current session updates. If you have not yet scheduled your senior portraits, there is still time for me to squeeze in a few more sessions before winter.

 

 

Teresa, Mars High School, Class of 2013

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Earlier this summer, I featured Teresa’s mini-shoot which you can view here. Recently, we had a chance to shoot her full session. Wow! The camera loves this girl.

 

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View a slideshow of all of Teresa’s senior portraits here. Please visit my Facebook page for my most recent sessions.