There's not much that is more special than standing next to your best friend when she marries the love of her life. Lucky for me, I was given the honor to not only stand next to Ashley and Kimmy on their big days, but also capture their special memories so that they could treasure them forever.
It takes one minute in the same room as these two to see the love that they share. I have to admit, I'm not sure I've ever seen a couple like Tony & Kaitlin. They are both so in tune to each other, that its as if no one else is in the room, but somehow at the same time, they make everyone around them feel welcome and loved.
Amber & Nick chose to celebrate their love in front of their very closest friends and family. In front of the Eva K. Bowling Library in Waynesburg, PA, these two vowed to love one another through all their adventures, multiple Subaru's, and as many dogs as possible.
With such a small wedding ceremony, it was easy to focus on all their happiness and the emotions of everyone involved.
One of the parts of my job that I love the most is getting to work and collaborate with wedding clients again and again over the years. Usually I have the chance to catch up with a couple for family portraits, anniversaries, newborn portraits. In this case, I had the pleasure of spending an evening with this couple's fur daughter for her cake smash!
There are few things I love more than a couple just being absolutely ecstatic to have their engagement portraits done. These two made my heart absolutely happy when they told me that they were struggling to pick a location for their portraits .... because they wanted to include their love for ice cream. Luckily, I knew just the place in Pittsburgh for these love birds to snuggle up and eat ice cream sundaes!
I always long to capture a snowy, portrait session in the winter. Snow photos can be so much fun and add so much more to a session.
For some reason, we always wait until its freezing out to capture Olivia's portraits. We always have a blast though. Being able to capture Olivia's portraits every year gives me some time to reflect on the amazing woman she is turning into.
Its hard for me to believe that in just a few weeks, she'll be turning 16. I haven't decided if I'll be driving after that or not. lol. It may not be safe to do so.
Freezing our butts off for this session was well worth it. We even took some time to include a few smoke bombs. They may not have all been successes, but it made for a lot of laughs, which makes it worth it in my book.
Timing is everything. Gretchen & Alex are no strangers to perfect timing. When these two met, they were both in the right place but maybe just at the wrong time. They lost touch after Alex switched jobs and years went by before they were reconnected. As fate would have it, these two would meet again, this time in the right place at the right time.
Since the two have reconnected, they have been attached at the hip. I'm sure realizing what you almost missed out on makes you want to never let go. Let me tell you, these two are absolutely inseparable and adorable. They're actually so cute together that, well, some think its disgusting ;) I'm not one of those people though.
Johnny turned one! I've been luckily enough to capture this little guy's portraits every few months since he was born. I've been able to watch him grow from behind the camera, and I've loved every minute of it.
This past weekend, I spent some time chasing him around while he played with balloons, balls, and took a few steps! Johnny loves his singing balloon, his dog brother Pickle, Mickey Mouse, and most of all, cake!
Johnny was lucky enough to get to smash a second birthday cake and eat every little bit just for pictures. I'm very positive that not only did he enjoy every minute of it, but so did his Mommy & Daddy. Johnny made sure to get that green icing in every little space possible.
Adam & Emily, thank you so much for trusting me with Johnny's photos time after time!
On October 1st, 2016, I woke up crossing my fingers that the rain that was supposed to hit us would miss us or at least not last long. Luckily it cleared up while Rachael and her girls prepped for her big day at her parents' house. Rachael's parents house made the perfect setting for her photos. Not only did the house have windows that filled the rooms with natural light, but I'm sure her parents loved having the house filled with all of Rachael's friends one more time.
Let's face it, we all have those few people on our list that are next to impossible to buy for. Sometimes its because they buy whatever it is they want on their own, sometimes its because you just don't understand their hobbies. In my case, not everyone really understands what random coffee product it is that I want or how I want a specific Ethiopian blend or why I need yet another coffee grinder. If you have a few people like that on your list, I have good news!
For the rest of December AND for the entire month of January for those real slackers (again, me) you will receive a $50 gift card with every purchase of $150 gift card for CHP. This means you receive $200 in gift cards for the price of $150. You can also break the $150 up in increments of your choice so that you aren't limited to 1 $150 gift card. Let's be honest, we all end up buying gifts for ourselves while we're out shopping so why not do the same here! Buy a gift card for a few people on your list and keep the bonus gift card for yourself.
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