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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!

Gina & Dave live in North Carolina, so their wedding day was the first time we met.  What a sweet couple.  Congratulations you two!  We had a great time!  Lots of great images.  These are some of my favorites from the reception at the Holiday Inn in Boardman…

The groom and his daughter danced...and I cried.

These raspberry tarts were soooo yummy!

The bride and her nephew...adorable.

We’ve been returning to Steel City to shoot quite a bit lately.  Each time has been so amazing – partly because it is such a great city and the other part is definitely that our couples are even better than the city itself.  I loved the session we did with Johanna & Patrick.  It’s obvious they are very much in love and that they make each other laugh.  Some of the candid images both Mike and I took of them were my favorites.

You’ll see more of these two when we capture their wedding at Succop Conservancy in the Fall!

Thank you, both!  🙂

So, I have tons of catching up to do.  It’s been an incredibly busy summer, so far.  We met Rachel & Justin in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago and had a great time with them.

Their wedding will be this weekend and we are super excited as they will be doing what we call “The Reveal”.  What is “The Reveal” you say?  Well, you’ll have to check back next week for the answer to that one.  😉

For now, here are a few of my favorites from their e-session.

This and the next were taken by my wonderful assistant (and husband) - David.

This was in the sneakpeek, but it was too gorgeous not to post, again.

Thanks, again, to both of you!  See you Saturday!