Weekend on the farm-Relaxing after a Bat Mitzvah-Life of a wedding photographer

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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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.




Summer in Ligonier- Ligonier Portrait Photographer

As some of you may know, I have recently opened an office up in beautiful Ligonier, Pa. I have done this for a number of reasons, but the most important is that I miss getting into the country, and being able to relax away from the city. I have also recently joined the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce, after seeing their amazing new Visit Ligonier website. So with that in mind, and to thank them for their hard work, as well as say thank you to everyone who has supported this effort, I am announcing new mini sessions, for the summer months. This is for seniors, families, friends, etc. and I look forward to working with you all.

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