As a brief summer stretch finally passes by, and spring with all its color and sounds slips in, wedding season is slowly gearing up. After a few scattered and beautiful weddings throughout the winter, I am excited for the upcoming nuptials that I am going to be a part of. But truth be told, my heart is really starting to beat at my upcoming trip to Nicaragua.

Yep. I am finally heading south of the border! And I am really excited to say the least. ForĀ  weeks (maybe 3 if I can work it out) I will be working with my church, as well as a friend who works for Love, Light, and Melody: a non-profit started by Brad Corrigan (Braddigan), formerly of Dispatch. I am hoping to capture the intensity of life, love, and adventure that surrounds a trip like this. But more than that, I am excited to see how our lives effect those that we will be serving, and the changes that those in the most need, bring us.

More will come about the trip as the details are finalized, and I have a chance to talk to my buddy Dan, the in country director.

Since it has been a while since I have blogged, I wanted to start with whats been going on in my life.

I had a wonderful engagement session with Jamie and Ryan a few weeks ago. We started in Schenley Park, and they brought out their awesome boxer for some of the photos.

Jamie, Ryan, I am really looking forward to your wedding at the end of May.

Before I finish for the day, on April 6th, we celebrated Nation Tartan Day, in honor of our Scottish Forefathers who helped to shape our Declaration of Independence, using the Scottish one as a model. So in honor of that day, the Balmoral Bagpipe School had a concert, and scotch tasting (supplied by Pipers Pub in the Southside) at the beautiful Duquesne Club. The next photo is of me, just to prove that I really do rock the kilt:)

Have a happy Monday! Up next this week is Matt and Emily’s beautiful wedding at Longue Vue Country Club.


Liz and Tom were married at the beautiful Oakmont United Methodist Church this fall, and then had a beautiful reception at the Famous Oakmont Country Club. In between the church and the club, we ran quickly into Oakland because it meant a lot to Liz to get a few photos at the Columns at Carnegie Mellon University.

Liz, as promised, here are some of my favorites. With such a beautiful day, it was hard to choose just a few, but here you go.


















Thanks for a wonderful night! I had a great time with you and your friends and family, and I hope that your life together is filled with life, love, and adventure.

Ceremony: Oakmont United Methodist Church: Old stone church on a beautiful side street, was beautiful for photos

Reception: Oakmont Country Club: beautiful and historic, every event I’ve shot has gone perfect there.

Florist: Oakmont Floral and Design: Amazing Flowers and decor

DJ: Joani Karaoke: They kept the party rolling all night.


Stephanie and Patrick were so much fun on their wedding day, and they made me feel like I was a friend when they asked me to come over for their rehersal luau the night before the wedding.

Thanks for the being so cool and welcoming with me, and I pray that you have a blessed life.

And now the moment that you have been waiting for: Your photos!


I love this shot of the pastor talking to them both before the ceremony! Its not often that I have a chance to capture photos like that.

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A few portraits:

Stephanie with her daughter and brother. In case you haven’t picked up on a theme yet, there was a ton of laughter this day!

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The majority of their family and friends came in from out of town so they wanted to shoot some “Pittsburgh Portraits”. Since it seems like everyone goes to Mount Washington for those photos, and the sun was still high in the sky, we decided to hit up PPG Place. You cant get more Pittsburgh than that!

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On to the reception: and cutting the cake: more laughter!

These next few have some off camera flash courtesy of Nikon D700 CLS and an SB-800

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I love trying to find unique angles that tell a story, and this tells the story of the night; guests danced till they couldn’t dance any more.


Heading out for a few more portraits when the light was really soft!

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I love this moment right before the kiss.


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