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Pittsburgh Wedding photography: Wedding venues and NEW BLOG and Re-designed Website

I now have a New Blog @ http://www.danspeicherblog.com

and I updated my Website @ http://www.danspeicherphoto.com

Please check them out, and if you’re getting married this year (hurry up and call me to get some great photos of your wedding), and if you are getting married in 2010, I hope to hear from you. Lets get together and you can tell me what you are looking for and I how can help preserve your dream day forever!

Here are some of my favorite venues to shoot in, and I hope that it helps you out:

The Grand Hall at The Priory Hotel

Bella Sera

Marriott City Center

Nemacolin Woodlands

The Willow Room


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Grace and Brian: Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Grace and Brian were married a couple of weeks ago and were so much fun to shoot with!
After the ceremony, we took the group over to South Park for some group photos, and a few timeless portraits of the bride and groom!

Check it out!

Some early hanging out.
Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

The lovely ladies
Grace and Brian

I love this moment with Grace and her father.
Grace and Brian

The church was beautiful!
Grace and Brian

The guys at the park.
Grace and Brian

The whole party. The light isn’t very good, but we found a great area with enough shade to cover the whole group.
Grace and Brian

I love these of Grace and Brian: Timeless portraits!
Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

Grace and Brian

This was the moment right before the reception at the Bradley House. I love it!
Grace and Brian

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Kelly and Matt

Kelly and Matt were married back in April on the Gateway Clipper Princess.

Kelly and Matt met while in college, and their relationship has developed into an awesome love.

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding.

Kelly started the day getting ready at the Station Square Sheraton and then moved the party onto the boat.



It was an emotional ceremony with the beautiful city skyline in the background.



A nice quiet moment between Kelly and her brother.





What awesome dancing!


Im truly blessed to get to shoot in this awesome city I call home. I really love Pittsburgh.

More weddings coming soon, I promise I’ll catch up soon, until then, enjoy these.

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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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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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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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