ICELAND March 2018

This post took me a while to finalize. It's not for a lack of trying - I sat down many times in the last few months to finish sorting through photos and write this post - but it was so hard to choose the words and photos that sum up our trip.

To keep it short and sweet: Iceland is stunningly beautiful. Book a flight.

Below are some (I really did try to narrow this down) of my favorite images from our 4-day trip along Iceland's Southern Coast and the Golden Circle. I've included extended captions on this post to help anyone who is planning a trip in the future. I can't express how helpful it was to get recommendations from friends who have gone before us to help plan out our days - special thanks to Carolyn, Dan, Amanda and Mandy!

Photos shot on a Fujifilm x-T1, Canon 5dMkii and iPhone 7+.

P.S. If you can make it to the bottom of my post, I shared our Google Map that has most of the locations and other points of interest flagged. This was our lifeline while we were there!

Amsterdam & Belgium | March 2018

Ever get that feeling when you arrive home from vacation and are totally overwhelmed by the amount of photos you have to sort through, edit and share? That's me right now.

A couple weeks ago, Jake and I arrived home from an amazing family trip to Amsterdam, Belgium, and Iceland. My father and I had been planning a trip to Belgium for years, following a "we need to go there" moment while watching the 2008 black comedy "In Bruges." Seriously - we planned a trip to Europe because of some scenes we saw from a Colin Farrell movie (which was ironically centered around how much Farrell's character disliked the city!)

This trip has been a father/daughter bucket list item for a while, so this year we finally made it happen! When planning, we decided to tack on a visit to Amsterdam, before heading to spend a week with my brother and his wife in Bruges and Brussels. Jake and I added a stopover in Iceland on the way home, too (I'm saving those photos for another blog post - there are just too many good ones!).

I feel so fortunate to have been able to take a trip like this. Here are some of my favorite images from the Netherlands/Belgium portion of our trip. These were shot on a Canon 5D Mk ii and iPhone 8+.

Note: This first gallery includes images from our time in Amsterdam. We stayed in a lovely hotel on the Herengracht canal in a beautiful part of the city. We were a bit too early for tulips, but enjoyed some great weather anyway! The last three images in this gallery are from a day trip to Giethoorn, a tiny Dutch village that is accessed by canals instead of roads - it was super charming!

This next set of photos were taken in Bruges, Belgium. This delightful city is filled with amazing, old homes, canals, and monuments to history around every corner. We stayed in an airBnB in the center of town and enjoyed walking everywhere. We also enjoyed lots of beer and chocolate - Belgium is great! :D

Tim, Caroline & Callan

I am always so honored whenever a close friend asks me to photograph them. I've known Tim and Caroline forever, so I was over the moon when they asked me to take pictures of the new addition to their family: 2-month-old Callan James.

They hadn't gotten much sleep the night before we met up (and we mostly just wanted to spend time together), so we kept the photoshoot casual with a quick stroll around their current neighborhood, Newtown, and a few photos by the window in the nursery. It was such a joy to finally meet Callan and see what a beautiful child Caroline and Tim brought into the world.  

Thanks again to Tim and Caroline for asking me to be a part of this. Enjoy the photos, and check out those bright blue eyes on their baby boy!

Film Scans - July 2017

Just a quick post to share some film I shot in July. First set is from a trip to Promised Land with friends, second set is from a Sunday afternoon tour of Manchester: a quant, historic neighborhood in Pittsburgh's North Side.

Shot on a Nikon FM10 / Kodak Portra 400

Thanks for looking!

If you're from Pittsburgh and haven't ever strolled around the streets of Manchester, you're missing out. This neighborhood is super unique and filled with tons of architectural gems. Thank you to the Manchester Historic Society for organizing the tour!