Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

…while getting a makeover, listening to loud music and dancing around the studio, trying on clothes you NEVER thought would look good on you…and being a supermodel for a day. Not a bad way to spend a morning, eh?

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She invited me…

…into her home. It’s not often that I receive a request to photograph in a client’s home but I’m always thrilled when I do. It opens up a whole new world. I know what you’re thinking: “My house? Psht. There is nothing at my house that I would want in my photos.” You’re wrong. There’s you. You are the subject, the main focus, the reason for the session. Not your curtains. As you can see from the photos below, A’s session had nothing to do with her home. A lives in a beautiful log cabin and stone-type home and the bedroom was dark and moody, with just that bit of window light coming in. It’s all I needed. All we did was walk around her home and follow the light.

What was so fun about this session was that A’s fiance had no idea that when we came up the day before for their engagement session on their land that A had put us all up at a hotel that night to come back the next day while he was at work so I could photograph her beauty session for his wedding gift.

I adore implied nudes. No clothing to take away from the subject….just skin and curves. There is something so vulnerable, not only about nudes, but nudes in a woman’s personal space. It’s so intimate, and that makes her gift that much more meaningful.

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Wardrobe, hair and makeup styling by Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified (even though you don’t see any wardrobe, hair or makeup styling…yet ;-))

Lindsay & Roy | Hall of Sculptures Wedding Reception | Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum Hall of Sculptures Wedding Photos-0010One of the cutest couples ever for you today, folks. We first met Lindsay & Roy last year for their relaxed engagement session. What a fun day it was to just take a walk, take some photos and get to know this couple. Lindsay & Roy decided to take 2 years to plan their wedding and you could see it was worth it. No stress, no craziness…just enjoying the process and letting it all come together. But they did wait long enough; Lindsay & Roy have been together for 8 years….so it was time.

Lindsay is very calm but you could see how excited she was about the day. She kept saying all day how she just couldn’t believe the day was finally here and how excited she was to get it going. And Roy was even calmer. All smiles just floating through the day. His gift to Lindsay was the sweetest I’ve seen in a long time. He had a bracelet made for her with the longitude and latitude of their wedding location. How ridiculously sweet is that?!?

And so the day finally got there. ;-) A few vows, a few giggles, lots of hugs and a dance floor that neither Lindsay or Roy left for the entire evening. What a party!

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Wedding Ceremony: Heinz Chapel
Hair & Makeup Styling: Beauty Justified
Florist: Blooms
Caterer: Parkhurst Dining
Lighting: Benack Sound Productions and Lighting

When Should You Schedule Your Beauty/Boudoir Session with Me?

Before & After Beauty Portraits-4Whoa, whoa, WOW has my inquiry rate gone through the ROOF (she says jumping up and down clapping her hands wildly)!  This, obviously, makes me super-excited because that means all you gorgeous women out there are coming to the conclusion that celebrating yo-self with me is actually a good idea….and that is just fantabulous.

Little did I know how much fun this was going to provide me in trying to squuuueeeeeeze you all in, all while carrying a full load with weddings as well. I’m the kinda gal that sees 5 minutes open on her schedule and then figures out how to use it to get just one more task done. I’m not so good at sitting still, which has been a benefit to my clients. However, there is some scheduling magic even I can’t sprinkle fairy dust on to get you ladies what you want when you want it. So I am giving a bit of advice here on when is the best time to schedule your session with me, depending on what occasion you’d like your products for.

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First, I like to have at least 6 to 8 weeks from session to product delivery. I can do it faster but I charge rush fees to do so. I’m super quick y’all, but the album/product companies are not and no matter how much I keep begging, crying and stomping my feet they simply will not speed up their process for me. Boogers.

I typically have your photos fully retouched and ready for you to view them within a week (or 2 if I’m really swamped). So it usually takes a total of 2 to 3 weeks to edit, get you in for your reveal, create layouts for your products, have you view and approve the layouts (or request changes) and then order them.  Then it’s another 3 to 5 weeks to have them delivered to me, at which time I inspect them, repackage them and then send them out to you. That’s a ton of steps to get your gorgeous products to you so it does take time. Some of my products can be delivered in 2 weeks, others are 5 weeks.

Before & After Beauty Portraits-3**I actually originally wrote this blog post a few days ago and at that time I had 6 slots left for this year. Now….

For the rest of 2014 I only have 3 slots left, as of this date today, and all in December. I cannot take anymore sessions in time for Christmas presents this year. If you’re interested in a 2015 Valentine’s Day gift then you’ll want to reserve one of the three slots left, or you can also reserve a session the first week in January for V-Day too, but I’m only taking 4 sessions that week. So if you’re in the market for a doozie of a knock-his-socks-off gift contact me. ;-)

A really good rule of thumb is to reserve your session date at least 8 weeks before you need your products. This will allow you time to enjoy the whole process of preparing for your session, the time at your session, seeing your photos for the first time, ordering your beautiful products to showcase your beautiful photos and have them delivered in plenty of time before you need them. If you do it any other way the whole thing becomes about timing rather than the experience and it’s a lot of money to toss out there to miss the experience.

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So when you’re ready…I’ll be here!

All fabulous makeovers above by Ms. Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified.

Bohemian Wedding Styled Photo Shoot | Choderwood

So, what do you do when one of Pittsburgh’s top florists and event designers asks you to photograph a styled shoot featuring flowers from her very own garden, a beautiful bride/hair and makeup stylist wearing a stunning wedding gown from the funnest shop in town, beautiful china on a table bedecked with some of the loveliest linens in the ‘Burgh at one of the most unique and gorgeous locations around? Well, you say yes.

Not only did we photograph the H-E-double hockey sticks out of it but John filmed it. Yea he did. So here is John’s 30th film in 2 years featuring April Mason, the proud owner of Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design (and introducing a new branch of her company in this very film). And what is a blog post without photos, you ask? Gotta slather this bad boy in some of those, right? ;-)

Special thanks to the folks that brilliantly came together to make this happen. Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design, Beauty Justified, Choderwood, Spool, All Occasions and Glitter and Grit! Also a shout out to Jeannie Werner for all of her incredible help (and ridiculously scrumptious food).

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Michelle & Mark | Churchview Farm Weddings

 

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You may remember Michelle & Mark from our super-fun, part “at home”, part “in the urban streets” engagement session with them last year. Well, we knew then what a fun couple they were, and we knew to expect something completely unique for their wedding and, oh my…they did not disappoint! I adore when couples step outside of tradition and make the day their own.

Ridiculous amounts of more to come!

Romantic Rooftop Engagement Session | Pittsburgh

 

Oooooooh yes. As promised I wanted to give you the lowdown on that gorgeous shoot we did atop a bedecked rooftop at the Marriott Renaissance. Take a moment to watch the short film above that John put together! WOW what a shoot that was! I can tell you that this rooftop has never ever been transformed like this! Shayla Hawkins Events did a wowza of a job designing this session and, of course, special thanks to the Marriott Renaissance, Mt. Lebanon Florals (take a gander at the floral clutch!!), Bella Christie for their sugar art, Lendable Linens for the gorgeous linens, All Occasions for those beautiful table settings and flatware, Diva Gone Domestic for the awesome stationary, Beauty Justified for the hair and makeup magic and E.F. Lighting for the glow! You all ROCK!

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