Being called a unique wedding photographer in Pittsburgh is my favorite compliment… because who wants to be boring?? I am happy to toss out all the vanilla (unless it’s ice cream. I will take ALL of the ice cream).
I am a photographer the way my eyes are hazel; there was no a-ha moment for me but rather a gradual acceptance that this is what I do. I just can’t help but see stories and pictures everywhere, even if there isn’t a camera handy.
I had a crush on photography long before I realized I could make a career out of it. While I worked a 9-5 I pieced together an education with college credit, freelancing at the local newspaper, and hours and hours of practice in the darkroom.
In the past 15 years my heart has been in being a wedding photographer for unique Pittsburgh couples in love, but I have also been lucky to photograph families and for non profits and corporate events, as well as having images selected for art exhibitions and awards. You can see more of my current personal art projects on my documentary photography website.
I am happily married with 4 wildly independent children. I spend my free time much like I do with my camera, people watching and exploring and testing my limits.
I love to connect with people and am looking forward to chatting with you about YOUR own unique wedding story!
Your wedding photos should be so bursting with memories that you don’t need to retain your own vision of the day; the pictures do all the work for you.
You should feel no obligation to me on your wedding day, to spend endless hours making portraits. I want you to feel like your day happens naturally and joyfully, with the freedom to focus on your family and friends.
Every couple deserves to feel celebrated and safe while planning their wedding, and I support every couple inclusive of culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, body type, age, nation of origin, disability, religion, and color.
My partner Mark and I are a team. He is the beer to my wine, the country to my city, the mellow to my adrenaline. Yet somehow we work! Good thing, because we are raising four kids together.♥
We got engaged in New York City then married at an art gallery right here in Pittsburgh, the weekend after I photographed another wedding downtown. That was over 10 years ago, and we still pull out our wedding album every year on our anniversary… we just don’t let the kids touch it. 😝
I have long been an advocate of being different, valuing AUTHENTICITY and PASSION above conformity. In my personal life I go out of my way not to be like everyone else, and these values definitely translate into my photography work as well. The mainstream wedding photography industry has a tendency to push wedding story after wedding story that look alike: conventionally attractive young, wealthy, white brides and grooms in elegant portraits of traditional wedding days. These are beautiful pictures! But they hardly represent the entire community, certainly alienate individual groups, and don’t seem to dig much deeper than the surface of that couple’s wedding day.
The authentic nature of documentary wedding photography means your photographs are 100% unique to you: nobody else’s grandma pulls out moves quite like that on the dance floor! Your favorite pictures (and mine!) are those that are full of real emotion and brimming with memories. Most importantly, I do not photograph your wedding with a goal to share it in a magazine or wedding blog. In that way I very much pride myself on being a unique wedding photographer in Pittsburgh.
Regardless of what my couples look like or believe or how they celebrate their marriage, the common thread is that THEY VALUE PEOPLE. Does this sound like you? We should talk. 😊