Archive for July, 2010

I had the pleasure this past week to photograph two of America’s finest.  Stephanie & Ron serve in the Air Force together.  Texas is their current home, so I shot their engagement and their wedding in the same week while they were in Pennsylvania.  Both were awesome!  We had a great time walking around Westminster College campus talking about the wedding (and a little about Twilight – which Stephanie and I are both fans of – Ron is not so much  🙂  ).  Their love for each other was not hard to miss and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to capture it.

The old church is gorgeous, but so is the couple.

 

The red, white and blue seemed appropriate. 🙂

 

The wedding post will be coming soon.  You don’t want to miss this one!

I know I’m going to jinx myself by saying this, but the weather has been so perfect lately for all of our weddings.  A little warm – yes, but I’ll take heat over rain anyday.  Congratulations to Molly & Tom who were married on one of those gorgeous days this month!  The details from their wedding were absolutely amazing and what a great couple.  We stopped at Niles McKinley Memorial to shoot their formals – awesome location.

Their church was so pretty.

Two of my favorites from the day.

Love this one of the girls' flowers - the little one on the end totally makes it. 🙂

Their cake was great, but...

The Groom's cake totally rocked. It was an exact replica of the bride's family dog. 🙂

I loved all the orange and pink details!

So glad to be a part of your day!  Thank you!

I met Kristin & Steven recently at Millcreek Park for their e-session.  My first words to them about their session were just relax and have fun with it.  Easier said then done, Steven told me.  He’s right, I’m not normally on the other side of the lens, but when I am – I know just how hard that is to just forget the camera is there.  These two were great, though.  Their candid moments were my absolute favorite.  They seem to laugh a lot together and I’m glad I was able to capture that.

Had a great time with you both and looking forward to the wedding next year!  Thanks!

You may remember Rachel & Justin from a few weeks ago on the blog.  Their engagement session was shot in June along the river and at the top of Mount Washington in Pittsburgh.  They were so cute and I couldn’t wait for their wedding at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.  They are an awesome couple with equally awesome friends and family.  We had a great time that day!  Congratulations, Rachel & Justin!  We’re so glad you chose us to be there.

What a gorgeous day it was for them!

The dress - I imagine a lot of ballerinas have looked into this mirror over the years.

We had some fun with the guys before the ceremony began.

The little guy was so cute and cooperative!

The looks on their faces when they saw each other, says it all. 🙂

Rachel's father sang a song for them that he wrote - it was beautiful.

Love these moments...

The gorgeous girls having some fun.

As tired as our little girl was when we got home, it didn't stop her from having a lick. She thanks you guys! 🙂

Of course, I cried...

Justin and his mom - so sweet.

The dance floor was not empty the entire evening.

xo – Michelle

Recently I was inspired to begin the journey of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer.  Currently there are fewer than 2500 Certified Professional Photographers (CPP) in the world.  There are two parts to passing this certification – an image submission and a written exam.  The written exam is to cover your technical knowledge of photography.  The image submission included 20 of my images from 20 different clients/sessions and had to show my knowledge and application of correct lighting, lens selection, and composition.  I also had to provide a Statement of Purpose for each image.  These images were then reviewed by a panel of 5 judges – all with the PPA designation of Master Photographer.  Not an easy task I was told to become a CPP (especially the image submission), but worth the designation – as my clients will know that I am dedicated to being the best at what I do.

I was thrilled when I received my letter last week congratulating me on passing the image submission (my daughter and I did a little happy dance 🙂  )!  Since then I’ve had some questions from others (who are also attempting the same designation) about my images.  Following is the portfolio that I submitted.

Thank you to all of my amazing clients for helping me create such awesome images and for trusting my artistic vision!


I will be taking the written exam mid-September and hope to be a CPP shortly after that!