Modern Senior Pictures Pittsburgh | Jessy

Can I just tell you, dear Reader, how completely over the moon I am about this senior session?  Gorgeous girl, awesome vintage style clothing, amazing light–everything about it was a dream come true.

vintage inspired senior session at an orchard

senior session at an orchard
vintage inspired senior session

vintage inspired senior session


Jessy’s lace cap was actually worn by her grandmother on her wedding day.  You are simply stunning, Jessy.

vintage inspired senior session
vintage inspired senior session
vintage inspired senior session

Thanks so much Jessy–I had an awesome time working with you!!


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Amanda - Beautiful light! I love anything with a tractor tire :)

Taryn Boyd - Every one is more beautiful then the next! LOVE them, so creative!!!!!!!

Jenny - WoooooW!!!! I love every single one of those photos.

Aaron - Oh my goodness…these are crazy good! That light is just incredible and I love the variety you were able to get. Awesome!

Sonia - Amazing pics! you are sooo very talented!

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Featured! | Whirl Magazine

One of my wedding couples, Heather and Brian Pellegrini, were featured in this month’s issue of Whirl Magazine!!  Along with the details of their wedding, there is a really cute story about their engagement.  To see the full article, click here.  Congratulations, Heather and Brian!  (((Hugs))) Sandy

Here are a few more favorites from their wedding:

Taryn Boyd - Sandy!!!! Congratulations! so awesome… you deserve it!

Sandy - Thanks, Taryn!! :)

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Snow Time Like the Present

Remember that crazy day when it snowed two days before Halloween?  There were autumn leaves on the trees at the same time as there was snow on the ground.  The first snowfall of the season is like magic, and at this time of year, it was a fun surprise.

Our dog, Happy, likes catching snowballs.  He looks like Jaws with his mouth wide open like that.  At age 15, he is still pretty spry for an old man!

Sometimes, you just have to drop everything and frolic in the snow. :)

Jenny - Love the action shots of Happy!

Aaron - Oh my goodness, your kids (both of them :)) are so adorable! I absolutely love the photos of Happy catching snowballs…they make me, well…happy :)

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Newborn Photography Safety | TLC Tuesdays – #2

Ok, so it’s not actually Tuesday–but this post couldn’t wait.  I received a request from a reader who just commented on one of my older posts, asking to see a before and after of my ‘baby on a Harley’ shot.  I love hearing from readers, and I am really passionate about the topic of safety when photographing newborns.  I think it’s important for photographers and parents alike to see what it really looks like behind the scenes, and to understand how important Photoshop skills are in ensuring a beautiful end product without risking the safety of the baby.

So here is the before.  You can see that grandma is behind the motorcycle, with her hand on the baby, spotting the entire time.  At no time does she take her hand from the baby.  And standing just outside the frame is the baby’s father spotting as well.  This was a while ago, but if I remember correctly, I used a composite of two images.  You see how the grandma has her hand on the lower part of the baby’s back?  For the second shot I had the father come in behind the motorcycle, but this time he positioned himself to the right and held the baby on his upper back.  The reason I did this is because I wanted a clean shot of the baby’s head and back against the gray backdrop; I then merged the two photos together to make one uninterrupted line.

newborn photography pullbacks
Baby on a Harley

I hope you found this post to be helpful.  Thoughtful comments are always welcome, so leave me some blog love if you’re so inclined.

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Aaron - Great post! It’s really easy for peeps to think that babies just lay perfectly still during these types of photo sessions and won’t fall off whatever cute thing we have them lay on :) Thanks for showing the right way and that the little tike’s safety should come first, THEN followed by ridiculously adorable photos :)

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Mattress Factory Museum Wedding | Molly & Matt

I just loved everything about Molly and Matt’s wedding, which was as unique, stylish, and amazing as they are.  We started the day getting ready at the Renaissance Hotel downtown, took a ride on Molly’s Trolley , and ended with a ceremony and reception at an über-cool venue, the Mattress Factory Museum.

Makeup artist Debbie Maker
Makeup artist Pittsburgh
Molly, you are simply stunning.
I had my good friend, the talented Aaron Varga, shooting with me that day.  Love this image of the guys looking so cool hanging out on the steps.
Molly and Matt decided to do a “first look” in one of the empty galleries, and it was so intimate and perfect.  These next two images were taken by Aaron, while I captured the moment from a different angle.
As if things couldn’t be any more perfect, Molly and Matt began to rehearse their first dance…the room was quiet, the sound of their footsteps and the soft rustle of her dress sweeping across the floor as they danced…nothing to distract from the moment as their eyes locked…so sweet.

This next image by Aaron.

They had a beautiful self-unification ceremony out in the courtyard.

I loved so many images from this wedding, but I think these next two may be my favorite.

 So, I thought it would be really neat to do a sort of time-lapse photography thing so you could get a behind-the scenes look at what goes into getting ready for a wedding reception.  Through the course of the day I would stop at the same spot and take a shot of the action:

And the gorgeous fruits of everyone’s labor:

unique wedding cake toppers

Molly surprised Matt with the most fabulous groom’s cake ever.  Wow!

cake for movie buffs

Aaron and I were working very hard that night, pinky swear.

And one last kiss goodnight…

Molly and Matt, it was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your completely awesome wedding day!  Congratulations and thank you!!  (((Hugs))) Sandy

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Makeup: Debbie Maker

Hair: Sognatore Salon

Dress: Ann Gregory

Venue: The Mattress Factory Museum

Florist: George Weber, The Botanical Emporium

Bakery: Rania’s Catering

Caterer: Rania’sCatering

Entertainment: Steven Vance Strings (ceremony), Ortner Robers Jazz Trio, Andy Huttlemeyer DJ (412-427-1207)

Aaron - LOVE IT! Wow these are so great! I love the shot of her with her hands on her face from high up, the first-look dancing photos, the 2 in the weeds right after the ceremony, and that sweet reception time-lapse the best. Ha, and those photo booth pics of us are…well, awesome :) We totally rocked this wedding; thanks for letting me tag along!

Taryn Boyd - YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME????? Sandy!!!! THESE ARE RIDICULOUS!!!! You are so talented!!!
What a beautiful couple…wedding….I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST!!

Cool time lapsed image too!

Sandy - Thanks Aaron and Taryn! You know how to make a girl smile. :)

Amanda - Ahhh love the time lapse – so neat! Almost like a vendor reality show!

Tiffany Bender - OMG!!!! You are just ahhh- mazing! Blog Stalker - Wow! The photos are beautiful. I love the bridal portraits… S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.
Gorgeous work!

Jenny - WoooooW!!! Amazing! What a cool venue! You totally rocked this wedding! Love the portrait with her hands on her face! So many gorgeous photos!

Katia - OMG Sandy!!!I am totally in LOVE with these!!!they are so beautiful!!!The dancing shots in that white empty room are beautiful, they really inspired me! Beautiful job as always!!BTW I love the booth shots of you and Aaron…you guys are too cute!

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Wexford Baby Photography | Introducing Blake

I am so lucky, dear Reader.  I mean, come on–look what I get to do for a living!  Commencing cuteness overload…

Ben is a Boston native and a die-hard Patriots fan.  Baby Blake is a little all-star in the making. :)

Missy and Ben, thank you so much for letting me capture all the cuteness of your little pumpkin!


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Aaron - Oh my goodness, how CUTE! I’m in love with that first photo and the hats are just too adorable. With the exception of that Patriots jersey I’d say it was a perfect session :)

Sandy - Thanks, Aaron!

Taryn Boyd - LOVE! Sandy you are a rock star!

Jenny - Wow! That is so beautiful Sandy! I love the first photo. If I were the client I would make a HUGE canvas out of that one.

Amanda - YES gold reflector ! Love the color shot of the mickey hat :-)

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University Club Wedding | Eva & Sam

Eva and Sam celebrated their wedding at the Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, followed by a reception at the University Club.   Although it rained a good part of the day, it stopped long enough for us to get some beautiful pictures at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.


Favorite from the day.


Image by Jenny.



I hope I can still dance with my husband someday like this.


I have to give props to my friend Amanda who gave me the idea for a ring shot in water.  And it was a good thing, too, because it was getting dark really fast–the water added that extra sparkle that the shot needed.

Eva and Sam, it was wonderful working with you again!  I wish you all the best in your new life together on the West Coast!

(((Hugs)))  Sandy


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Ceremony:  Church of the Redeemer

Reception Venue: University Club

Flowers:  Dragonfly Florist

Entertainment:  DJ Rockin Bob/DJ Frank

Cake: Fenoglietto’s

Aaron - Another awesome post — I LOVE the detail shots. You have such a knack for capturing the whole story and all the little things. AND, I’m totally going to steal…er…borrow Amanda’s ring-in-the-water shot. Great idea :)

Katia - Sandy what a beautiful job…there are many favorites. The last image is exquisite, so beautifully rich and creative and I agree, that ring shot is really cool. I LOVE the image of them looking back while getting married. Gorgeous as always.

Amanda - LOVE the shot of the pearls ! And a great ring shot!

Tracy - Love your work! Excellent composition, sharp images, and beautiful editing! Very inspirational!

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Succop Conservancy Wedding | Butler Photographer | Jen & Chris

I had the opportunity to photograph another awesome couple at the Succop Conservancy recently.  I don’t know what it is about the Succop Conservancy, but when I go there, for some reason it feels like coming home.  It is such a beautiful setting with the perfect blend of rustic elegance and country charm.

Couples who wed at the Succop usually hold their ceremony outdoors near the pond or in front of the Mansion.  I have always wondered what it would be like if it rained on someone’s wedding day, and this time, I got my answer.  Rather than moving the ceremony inside the mansion, Jen and Chris  held their ceremony under a tent adjacent to the pavilion.  And despite the weather, it was wonderful!

The rings were passed around to each one of the guests so that they could be blessed by everyone.  Such a sweet ceremonial tradition.

After dinner we slipped away from the reception for some more photos.  Extra photo time?  Woohoo!

Jen and Chris, it was such an honor being a part of your special day.  I wish you all the best that life has to offer!    ((Hugs)) Sandy


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Venue: Succop Conservancy

Officiant: Reverend Mark DeNuzzio

Entertainment: Pifemaster Productions

Bakery: Boldy’s Bakery

Catering: Medure’s Catering

Suzanne - A-MAZ-ING! As usual Sandy you rock! I want to marry my husband again just so that you can shoot the wedding. :-)

Sandy - Lol, thanks Suzanne! :)

Amanda - I want to marry my husband again too, can we do that?? Killer ring shot and the black and white silhouette is my favorite here!

Aaron - Seriously, how is EVERY single photo of yours perfect? What a beautiful venue and wedding. I love the outdoor portraits of the bride and groom, and the first dance photos are wonderful. Great job!

Sandy - Girl, we need to do a rock the dress session! It’s the closest thing to doing it all over again! :)

Jenny - What a gorgeous fall wedding. Such vibrant colors. The b&w is awesome!

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