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Meet Nikkie

Nikkie contacted me a while back about shooting some lifestyle photos! So after going back and forth for a while, we finally nailed down a date and went out for some fun.

Nikkie is vivacious, funny, and a great person. It also turns out that she is the event coordinator for Heinz Field and does all the club level events during the Steelers games, and from everything that I’ve heard and seen, does an awesome job.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

I love her laughter!dds_4942blog




I love this green dress against the green door.



I love the fashion feel of these next two!




I love this photo. Its definitely one of my favorites from the day.


“They call her bubbles!” (Thanks Nikki, I totally watched Zach and Miri when I got home)


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Life has ben crazy hectic, but I am alive. I have a ton to talk about but lets just say that since my last post, I have been to Panama City Beach with an awesome group called We Minus ME .

My buddy Russ started this group. This group is such an awesome college ministry! The whole goal is to build relationships and share our thoughts on faith when we have a good repore going. WE MINUS ME strives to challange students and get a conversation started about the world, politics, pop culture, and how God is present in all of that.

So check out some of the photos from the trip.

dds_7183dds_7593dds_7525dds_7864dds_7555dsc_0253dds_9165dds_9189dds_9168dds_7268Being in PCB with the warm weather, awesome light, and water, I couldnt resist taking one of the couples from the trip and shooting a  life session for them. The shots came out awesome! Here are some of my favorites.











Katie and Ed, I hope that you like these! Thanks for being so awesome! I had a great time, even though it was WAY TO EARLY! lol. talk to you soon!

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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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On December 30, 2008 between 10:30 and 1:30 am, my car was broken into and my entire camera bag, and GPS were stolen.

Thus the reason I havent posted on the blog much, but you can still follow whats going on in my life via TWITTER.

It is a violation that still stings and to be quite honest, angers me just thinking about it.

Someone felt entitled to the things that I have worked long and hard for, so they decided to throw a brick through my window. Now I’ve already gotten the “it should have been in your trunk” from the police, my parents and friends, but when you are driving home from a birthday party, and decide to make a stop to see a friend who is in town for a short time– you don’t really think about rearranging your car to ensure safety.

So I did what I normally do. I put my gps out of sight (but didnt take down the holder) slid my backpack onto the floor and locked the door. I even parked a little bit farther away because it was in front of an ATM with street lights right there.

Needless to say, when I walked out of the resturaunt I saw glass on the ground and kind of freaked out. I called the cops, filed my police report, and gave them as much information as I could.

So far insurance has been awesome. All my equipment is insured under my policy, but I’m still waiting for the response from the claims adjuster.  The cool thing is that my window was replaced the next day; the bad thing is they got hard drives as well as DVD’s I had just burned at home while celebrating 21 years with my youngest sister.

Here is the hardest part for me. I know if I had parked 2 block back,my car wouldn’t have been broken into. Please pray for me. I ask this because it is really hard not to be angry at everyone who lives in the area where my car was stolen. Two block on the same road and I go from affluent Shadyside, to Ghetto East Liberty. Two block and my car is broken into. Two block back and I could have left it unlocked and nothing probably would have happened.

Anyways, I’m kinda down at the moment. But I have had awesome friends helping me out so I will have awesome equipment to shoot this Saturdays wedding with. Thanks Guys, you all rock.

On a side note, if your equiptment is not insured, through business or your home policy, DO IT NOW. IT WILL SAVE YOU TEARS, TIME, and MONEY!

Happy New Years, and I hope to have a computer soon so I can post images and blog more often.

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Just a thought

I love Holidays. I love the time that I get to spend with friends and family, but this year is gonna be a tough one for our family. As you may remember, my cousin Jason died this summer at the young age of 25. Just weeks after getting engaged. I miss him every day, and know that our family get together will be tough on me, but I can’t even imagine how hard its going to be on his parents, brother, and sister in-law.

I bring that up cause my cousin Brian and I got together for lunch today and were talking about the family. I just want my family and friends to know how much I love you all. See ya guys tomorrow night or Wednesday morning.

Take this time to tell your family, friends, or that important person in your life, how much you love them today.

Just a random photo from a trip to Phipps Conservatory last time it was this cold, before I head to Diesel Club’s Christmas Party.


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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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