I love my weekends. Whether I am shooting a wedding, portraits, or like this weekend- a bat mitzvah, I love weekends. As a photographer, they are usually my busiest time. Every once in a while though, they start in the evening, and that gives room for time with my family during the day. Saturday started with helping my father in law plant potatoes in his garden, and ended relaxing with a beer and a cigar. In between those two events, I spent time with Kelly and Ava, and photographed my first bat mitzvah with my friend and fellow photographer Dmitriy. As soon as those photos are edited, I will be sure to post some. Needless to say, I had a great time. Sunday was race day in Pittsburgh. Kelly had to be up very early to work at the Pittsburgh Marathon, and by the time she got back, she was in need of a relaxing afternoon. How perfect, that we just happened to have a standing invite from my parents to join them and my sisters for a low key cookout. After Kelly relaxed a little, we loaded up the car, and Ava (our black lab) and hit the road. An hour and 15 minutes later we were relaxing on the farm, with a cold drink, family, and dogs.
Being that it was Derby weekend and all, mint juleps were ordered up, and to mix things up a bit, my mom, the chef that she is, made violette infused simple syrup for the juleps. Nothing says spring like mint and violettes.
If you make your way to Seven Springs, and havent tried the Pie Shop, it is a must stop. Its not that the baked goods are incredible. Most are not. But they have these great creations called snails and they are one of Kelly’s favorites. So Monday morning, while she was still asleep, I ran out and brought her a few back.
Here is my weekend in photos rather than words.
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The cold fades
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.
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I love motion. It helps to bring a sense of place. On a train it gives you the movement. On the ground it can be a way to show the business of life on the streets.
In this seriesI look at moments throughout the trip where as busy as things are, i find some solitude
To see Part 1 of the story click here
For India Part 2 here
and through an iphone here
All these photos were shot with the Nikon D600. The two at night were shot at 6400 ISO. This is a great second camera for me. 24megapixels and full frame make it a great camera, but it doesnt have the autofocus that I am used to, so for now, the D3 is still my go to. For anyone looking to get into a full frame camera on a budget, or looking for video, this is a great camera.
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