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Tressa and Kyle Recap: Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Tressa and Kyle were married on the 4th of July, and it was one heck of a celebration.

We started off over at Tressa’s parents house, and then headed over to Seton Hill University for the ceremony. The really cool thing is that her parents were married there back in the day, and the same tree that they had there photos taken under, is where I shot some of there photos.

Tressa, Kyle, I hope you love these photos as much as I do!


I love these images inside the church

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This is where Tressa’s parents photos were taken (we think: trees grow over time lol)

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Tressa and Kyle
Tressa and Kyle
Tressa and Kyle

I love this dance photo (but I cant decide between this and the dance photo with her father which is better)

Tressa and Kyle
Tressa and Kyle

Just a nice quiet moment before the craziness really got going

Tressa and Kyle
Tressa and Kyle
Tressa and Kyle

This is the other one I cant choose between!

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Tressa and Kyle

“Just Married” (or it was supposed to be) But we had fun trying to get this anyways.

Tressa and Kyle

Thanks for letting me celebrate Independence Day with you: I wish you a blessed life together!

Before I leave you for the weekend, check out this video! Its amazing! Nothing more to say, just watch the skill and time taken to create this piece of art.


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Check out my photos on KISS ONLINE and Paul Stanley’s Website!

So today I was in Boogie Street Guitars and I found out that the newest photos that I shot of the Washburn PS5 Racing Red Guitar is on the front page of the Kiss Website, as well as on Paul Stanley’s Website!

BooYah! It’s always exciting to see my photos on a huge website like that! And the guitar really is SIIIIICK!

This past Tuesday I hosted a get together for a few local photographers out at my families farm in Ligonier. I brought out two kick ass models Rachel, and Nikkie, and along with Walt Urbina, Don Merz of Ovation Images, Leeann Golish of Diem Photography, and Dana Scheller I tromped them over the country side and into barns and fields. This was just a chance to get out of the office and shoot and hang with other photographers and help eachother out. Guys, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Goodtimes.

Now for the goodness!

I have some wedding images coming soon from the past two weddings, and am super excited to blog them, Im just gonna wait till the couples are jumping outta their skin a lil bit more (j/k). They’ll be up real soon. Promise!

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What a month

So I havent written since the Superbowl. Sorry about that. Things have been crazy busy, and also very sad. So here’s my February wrap up.

I finally got a new computer and camera and lens. I’m still not fully rebuilt, but I am able to shoot and edit so life is good. Just waiting on my Photoshop so that I can try to fix some past problems. I love Nikon, and the D700 really does make my life easier when it comes to shooting EVERYTHING!

I left for Las Vegas for WPPI (wedding and portrait photographers international) convention at the MGM Grand and experienced Vegas first hand.

A few things about Vegas that I now know.

-Vegas is good for a few things:





However, I dont do the stripper thing, and I cant afford to Gamble. I would only go back to party and see some shows. I was also there for 4 nights. I now know 3 nights is long enough for me.

Thats ok, WPPI was freaking awesome! I learned so much, shot some photos of The David Burke to update his website, he did the same for me, and enjoyed getting out of Pittsburgh for a while.

Here are a few of the Photos of David from when we were shooting. Gotta love it. This guy is a great photographer, and an awesome guy to hang out with. He helped keep me accountable when we were in Vegas, so this was a chance to get out of the casino and grab a few hours of fresh air!

This was with my new Nikon D700 and my Sigma 70-200 2.8. 320 iso,  1/500@2.8!


iso 200 1/1250 @ 2.8


iso 200 1/320@2.8


iso 320 1/800@2.8


I came home to my Grandpa in Critical Care. He passed away last Tuesday February 24th. My Aunt Judy, Dad, and myself were there when he passed away. I love him dearly, and will most certainly miss him. I lived with him for two years while I was going to school and he played Grandpa, Dad, friend, and mentor during that time. He was 87 and a devoted man of God. He was an example of living out the actions of Jesus. My Aunt was telling me that one year he recieved 60 Fathers Day cards from people whos lives he had impacted. Thats the kind of man he was. Once he experienced the salvation of God, he started living it, started acting on it. He didn’t have much to give, but he sent cards to hundreds of people for their birthdays and anniversaries, and counciled many individuals and couples.

If I can grow up to be half the positive influence that he was, I’ll have made a serious difference in the world around me.

Here he is on his 85th birthday. dds_0978crop

This past week was tough. I lost a very dear friend, someone who would just pat me on the knee after my cousin died, and give me a hug after a bad day, and give me simple, honest advice. He was a simple man with good down to earth wisdom. He will be greatly missed my his children, grandchildren, and pretty much everyone who met him as far as I can tell. When I’m finally able to gather my thoughts, I’ll put a true post out about my Grandpa. For today, this will have to work.

With the past week behind me, I head to Florida on Friday for Spring Break in Panama City with a group called We Minus Me. They are a Christian group looking to influence college students through pop culture. I’m gonna be shooting photos and video for thier new website! I’m super stoked. But how couldnt I be! Beach, warm weather, SPRING BREAK! I hope I can still Skim Board. More to come soon. I promise to not let another month pass without a post, but I’m not sure if I’ll have internet while I’m in Florida.

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SIX IN THIS CITY!!! Steelers brought it down

I just got a new computer. Actually its used, but its new to me. So that means you’ll see more blog posts, and I can finally get back to my life and editing photos the way that I planned before someone decided to steal my life.

But enough about that. I’ve moved on. I now just have to deal with my insurance agent since he sold me coverage that didnt really cover me at all.

But this post is really about the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their 6th, yep SIXTH Superbowl Ring!

So here is one of the great photos from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

ben-with-trophy1I’ll post some of my photos as soon as I can get Photoshop re-installed onto my computer. But after the game was over the Southside of Pittsburgh was shut down and the fans spilled out of all the bars into the middle of the streets. It was insane! You literally couldnt see the street and sidewalks because it as so busy.

SO in the spirit of my insane excitement, and for the sake of my hands (which are missing fingers from my insane chewing during the last 12 minutes) all I have to say is “STEELERS NATION”! We really are the best in the world. I’m proud of you guys, and Ben, I may not like you personally, but you are the perfect leader on the field, and the right man for the job. Great work Pittsburgh!

Oh if anyone knows of any good parties in Vegas next week during WPPI, please let me know.


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HOW BOUT THEM STILLERS!!!! Pittsburgh’s going to the SUPERBOWL!!!!

PIttsburgh Steelers 23- Baltimore Ravens 14

         AFC CHAMPS         —-        LOOSERS

I was at the game last night and between my feet freezing and my voice nearly being gone, I have to say it was a great DAY. The officials tried to keep the game close, they tried to give Baltimore points, and take them away from the Steelers, But the STEELER NATION overcame the adversity and We Are Headed To Tampa!

 I Bleed Black and Gold! I’ve been going to games for as long as I can remember, and have only been to two AFC Championship Games, and the second one was last night.

 I wasn’t even going to go to the game. I was exhausted from skiing Saturday, and still cold from the insane wind and snow at 7 Springs, but after nagging from every one, and my manhood being called into question, i convinced my roomate to head down to the game with me. And it was SOOOOOO worth it.

 I’ll post some pics soon from my P&S any iPhone, but I need to download those first!



So I’ve still been struggling the whole robbery thing, but with all bad comes some good, and sometimes that good is just super cool! My photos have been featured on the KISS ARMY Official Website, and on Paul Stanley’s website.

Now while I would like to think its because I am such an awesomely Badd ASS photographer, (which I am!), it’s really because the new Washburn PS5 guitar was just recently recieved at my “job” at Boogie Street Guitars. This guitar was designed by Eric McKenna (owner of BSG) using Ledgendary Kiss Guitar Player Paul Stanley’s guitar shape.  And I just so happened to photograph this guitar for us, and they grabbed the photos for thier websites! Pretty Cool!





So thats that! the pictures of these awesome guitars are shot by me at BSG! If you are a guitar player, these things scream!  And they are a USA guitar, for an import price. I swear!



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Merry Christmas

I just wanted to say  I had a great Christmas with my family this year. In fact, I got pulled in to helping cook pancakes for 50 yep FIFTY of my closest relatives by my uncle at dinner last night. No worries, I rocked that griddle like I owned it.

I hope you had a blessed Christmas, and remembered what this season is really about.

So here is my family, wishing a Merry Christmas to all of your families.


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Sometime I need a good laugh and today this gave it to me. My buddy Dave made this of us and a few of our drinking buddies. Check out Elf Yourself and see if it doesnt make your sides hurt.

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These make me laugh my butt off!!! Thank you Office Max for making me laugh so much

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