Posts Tagged ‘pa’

Jill & Travis were just recently married at the Foxburg Inn.  What a gorgeous location!  Who knew Pennsylvania had their very own destination wedding location.  But that’s not what’s being blogged today (soon, though 🙂  ).  Before that we went to another gorgeous location, Westminster College, for their engagement session.  They’re such a sweet couple and we got lots of great captures while we talked about the coming wedding and  Jill and I talked a little about being Twilight fans.  It was very reminiscent of my first engagement session there with Stephanie & Ron (Stephanie being a Twilight fan, also).  It always makes me laugh how the guys just roll their eyes when we girls start talking Twilight.  🙂

Found this little bridge on campus with all these little berry bushes in front of it...loved it!

Thank you both for everything!  Wedding images are coming soon.  🙂

Most of you know, that a few months back I set a goal for myself.  I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Professional Photographer.  Some people asked me why?  To me it was simple, in our modern day when these amazing cameras have become so affordable and there are now so many new “photographers” turning up everyday, how do you set yourself apart?  How do I prove to my clients that I have worked hard studying, learning new techniques and spend a huge amount of my time trying to consume every bit of knowledge I can to take my passion to the next level?

So, during the summer I submitted my images to the panel of judges and did a big happy dance, when they notified me that I passed – that was 1 of 2 parts to becoming a CPP.  The 2nd part was an exam.  A really, really tough 100 question exam which I drove to Akron to take in the early morning hours about a week ago.  I was sure I didn’t pass and when I got home that morning, I was already checking their site to see when/where I’d be taking the exam next.  The testing sites usually aren’t very close and are few and far between.

Yesterday, I ran out to get the mail and in their waiting for me was this gold tube – and I mean, really shiny gold – and it was from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).  I knew what it was before I even opened it…what else could it be?!  I passed-yay!  Inside was a brand new certificate and it read – Michelle M Galazia, Certified Professional Photographer.  Wow – I’ve got a little tag at the end of my name now.  No, it’s not MD, but to me it may as well be.  I’m such a photo geek, I know – my husband reminds me everyday, but I’m loving every minute of it.  🙂 🙂 🙂

I met Erica & Mike at their alma mater in Pittsburgh for their e-session.  Wow!  My first time on Pitt Campus – what a gorgeous place to photograph such a beautiful couple.  The images speak for themselves and I’m super psyched for their wedding in Pittsburgh next Fall.  Sounds like it’s going to be fabulous and I’m happy to be a part of it!

The Cathedral of Learning is one really tall building.

We went inside to grab a few shots, since these two used to spend late nights studying there.

This wall was part of Forbes Field...

Thank you, Erica & Mike!  You were both great and I’m really excited for next year!  🙂

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!

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