New Orleans on Film

It's been a while since I shot film. Having the luxury of being able to take my phone anywhere/everywhere made me lose the patience that film requires. I do, however, keep my old Nikon FM-10 sitting on a shelf in my bedroom, so when I was packing my bags for my Halloweekend trip to NOLA with two great friends, I knew I wanted to bring it along and give it a shot again (plus - that meant I didn't have the hassle of lugging my DSLR and lenses)! These shots were scanned and processed by indiefilmlab.com - I can't recommend them enough!

I love, love, loved New Orleans. I'm a total house geek: I browse Zillow on the reg, love touring home gardens and discussing curb appeal, so strolling down the residential streets in New Orleans was really a treat. I would go back to this amazing Louisiana city in a heartbeat. Most of these photos were taken in Uptown and the French Quarter. Comment if you want to know where any of these were shot, or for anything else. Thanks for looking!

Katie + Joe

It's always a pleasure to photograph people who are truly in love. Katie and Joe are two of those people. Last week, on the heels of Katie's upcoming move to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, Katie, Joe and I headed to North Park for a golden hour shoot with their darling pup, Chloe. The photos are for Katie to print and keep with her in LA to remind her that home isn't as far as it seems. We had such a fun time, check out the photos below!

Inside Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Last year, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh opened up in a century-old YMCA building in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. The interior is casual, comfortable and filled with natural light. I've been there for brunch and coffee a few times, but today I finally snagged some pics. Enjoy!

The Start of Spring

The Start of Spring

I was SO happy to see a row of bright pink cherry blossom trees on my walk home this evening. For me, cherry blossoms signal the start of spring: my favorite season. While I'm not the biggest fan of the pink, I can't help but take....

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A Little Visit to Phipps

One of the greatest things about living in Shadyside (and Pittsburgh in general) is being so close to one of the best conservatories in the US: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. For Christmas, I got the wonderful gift of membership to Phipps, so I decided to make my first visit as a member today! I took my camera (and Kelsey) along with me and wanted to share some photos with you all — check them out below!

Jennifer & Jared | 9.19.15 — State College, PA

I was thrilled when Jen — a friend from my college journalism program — and her fiancé (now husband) Jared signed me on earlier this year to photograph their beautiful September wedding in State College.

Jen had mentioned prior to the big day that they were planning a laid back wedding, which included a small guest list, a short outdoor ceremony and a quiet evening of drinks and dinner with their families at Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center. Luckily, the State College weather Gods had mercy on us and the happy couple received the best wedding gift of them all on their big day: perfect weather. 

I've been to quite a few weddings and this was easily the most relaxing one I've ever attended. Jen and Jared did a wonderful job of keeping everyone entertained while skipping out on a lot of the cheesier wedding reception traditions (no electric slide for this bride and groom!). I'm happy to report that the night went off without a hitch, and I'm so thankful to the newlyweds for having me be a part of it! 

Take a look at a few of my shots from the wedding below. Congrats, Jen and Jared!


A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog

I'm really enjoying having some extra time off this month to explore great outdoor spots in Pittsburgh before it gets too cold. Luckily, the weather has been on my side: since my move I've been able to take long walks/runs through Highland Park, Schenley Park and Frick Park...

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Early November

Sharing a few iPhone snaps from my morning run/walk today. I did about four miles circling Shadyside and Chatham University (see map at the bottom of the post). Enjoy!  

 

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Shadyside

Even though Jake and I only moved to Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, it's safe to say that I've already fallen in love with our new neighborhood, Shadyside. This delightful community in Pittsburgh's East End is home to a mixture of young professionals, families and plenty of college students. The neighborhood may be known for its great shopping — I can practically see the Apple store from my window — but we chose it because it's quiet, walkable and charming. 

I could (and do) spend hours walking around Shadyside's residential streets. I'm a sucker for a beautiful old Victorian, and it seems like every day I've found a new favorite house. I decided to take my camera with me on my walk today. Enjoy some photos from this morning below!

Pro tip (can I say that after living here for two weeks?): there's a historic, picturesque block called Roslyn Place just a stone's throw away from the center of Shadyside. The charming little cul-de-sac is Pittsburgh's only remaining wooden street. The road, located off Ellsworth Avenue, is paved with pressurized oak blocks and lined with red brick homes. It's absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit. Here are a couple snapshots I took of Roslyn Place this morning:

I'm in the process of unpacking and decorating our apartment. Expect a post with photos of that soon!

Brooke & Eric | August 15, 2015 | North Wales, Pennsylvania

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing Brooke and Eric's wedding at the William Penn Inn. After meeting them, it's easy to see how much they love each other and their families. They also have three wonderful (adorable) children, and it was a joy to see them share in their day. Enjoy a few of the photos from their special afternoon wedding below, and thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, Jake, for assisting me!

Beauty Portraits for a Professional Makeup Portfolio

In my last post I mentioned that I live with a professional makeup artist. Yes, she's awesome, and yes, she sometimes does my makeup just for a night out—perks! To complete the circle, our mutual best friend happens to be a model. So now we've got a model (Becky), a photographer (moi) and a makeup artist (Kelsey)—all within three miles of each other.

Naturally, we've teamed up for "fun" photo shoots in the past. Usually, there's no rhyme or reason to them, and the photos just end up disappearing into the world of social media. Recently, Kelsey asked that we do a shoot again, but this time there was a reason: to fill in her makeup portfolio so that she can get a new site up-and-running.

So, on a gorgeous evening (I really can't emphasize how perfect the weather was) Kelsey did a bold look on Becky and I packed up my gear to head out for a quick shoot. We chose a tight ballerina bun for Becky's hair so that it didn't interfere with the makeup, and we decided to have her wear an off-the-shoulder sweater for most of the shots. For the location, I called up our good friend, Lauren, who lives in a beautiful, old home located on a preserve just up the road. She and her family were kind enough to let us wander around their home and yard to find a fitting setting. After some photos around the exterior of the house and in the garden, Lauren mentioned that she thought their large, unused barn would be a perfect place for some shots.

She was right. Golden light poured in through the weathered windows as we walked through the old barn doors. Honestly, it was like someone had styled it for us. There was a perfect iron chair sitting in the pool of light and Becky and I were giddy with how perfect it was. We were able to get a few "keepers" just before the sunset that we are all super happy with. You can check out my three favorite images from the shoot and a couple behind-the-scenes iPhone shots below. Cheers!

And here are the BTS shots:

Thanks again to Becky, Kelsey, Lauren and the Lynches!

Chestnut Hill Portraits with Alison

Alison Mohn is a wonderful up-and-coming wedding and portrait photographer in the Philly area. When she asked if I wanted to shoot portraits for the about page on her new site, I was more than happy to help her out!

We were originally supposed to shoot on Tuesday evening, but had to reschedule due to the crazy summer thunderstorm that came through Southeastern PA. We ended up shooting yesterday instead, and unfortunately got caught in the rain again! Huddled under overhanging trees and a tiny umbrella, Ali and I were able to get some nice shots off before the downpour. Check out a few of my favorites below!

UPDATE: Ali and I decided to shoot again last week, since our shoot got cut short the first time. Guess what? It rained again! Luckily for us, my roommate is a fabulous makeup artist, and we have a beautiful, weathered teal garage in our back alley. Ali got a quick makeup application from Kelsey, and we headed outside to get a few shots in front of the garage. For the last image, we decided to have some fun with a heavier vsco filter, since Ali was planning on using it for her social media. I love how they turned out! Thanks again Kelsey for the beautiful makeup and on-the-spot photo assistance. 


My Favorite Instagrams of 2014

I took a little walk down memory lane (aka my Instagram feed) and picked out my ten favorite posts from this year. Check them out below!

Snowstorm // King of Prussia, Pa

Snowstorm // King of Prussia, Pa

Flowers // Philadelphia, Pa

Flowers // Philadelphia, Pa

Taxi Cab // Philadelphia, Pa

Taxi Cab // Philadelphia, Pa

Co-op veggies // Fort Washington, Pa

Co-op veggies // Fort Washington, Pa

Trim Castle // Trim, Ireland

Trim Castle // Trim, Ireland

Colby // Ambler, Pa

Colby // Ambler, Pa

Wedding // New Hope, Pa

Wedding // New Hope, Pa

Gravel // Wayne, Pa

Gravel // Wayne, Pa

Dog and the sea // Cape Cod, Ma

Dog and the sea // Cape Cod, Ma

Ben Franklin Bridge // Philadelphia, Pa

Ben Franklin Bridge // Philadelphia, Pa