Ty & Walt|Wilmington, DE engagement

It’s always a roll of the dice going through with a shoot when the forecast calls for rain. Where is spring this year anyway? Fortunately last weekend worked out perfectly for Ty & Walt’s engagement session in Wilmington.

We had planned to meet in Brandywine Park near the zoo, but little did we know it was the date of the Delaware Marathon… and the route would be going right through the park and all the roads would be closed off. I had scouted another location so it was easy to improvise and we headed up the road a bit – to a perfect little (sort of hidden) garden spot in the city.

I always encourage couples to do a pre-wedding engagement photo session if possible. It’s great to spend some time together before the wedding day and I inevitably learn quite a bit. Some information is helpful, some surprising and some is just plain fun.

I already knew about Ty’s devotion to the Dallas Cowboys and Walt’s affinity for the San Francisco 49ers , and I discovered their shared affinity for irreverent, animated TV shows.

I knew that Walt’s father, a minister, would be performing their ceremony. What I didn’t know, however, is that they went through their pre-marriage counseling sessions with him!

Ty and Walt were super comfortable and natural in front of the camera. They will bust out dance moves at the drop of a hat. And they believe a game of rock, paper, scissors is a perfectly acceptable way to settle disputes! I love it.

Thanks for an “amazing” day. Enjoy…

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Dogs of The Watsons

Recently spent some time with the amazing creatives at The Watsons. I love offices where you can bring your dog to work!

We were photographing portraits for a great non-profit campaign, and after we finished, in wandered the dogs. We had the lights, the white seamless, the camera and very willing models. How could you pass up photographing these adorable faces?

 

 

Liz & Josh – Philadelphia wedding

With the crazy weather we’ve been having this spring, I was keeping my fingers crossed that we’d be free of rain on Liz and Josh’s wedding day. We were hoping to spend some time photographing around the Philadelphia Art Museum but we weren’t so lucky. (The downpour was so bad – as we learned on our drive home – it caused mudslides that closed down the Schuylkill Expressway!) But our back up plan was in place and we headed to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station for the portraits. Liz and Josh are a pretty laid back couple and the rain didn’t seem to faze them a bit. Check out the photos below.

Liz’s makeup was done by Russell Borns…

Love the color and flower choice in the bouquet by The Bouquet Shop in Bryn Mawr…

Liz looking stunning before heading to the church…

Mom looking on and dad doing the rainy-day-wedding umbrella shuttle service to the limo…

A wave to grandma on the way down the aisle at Holy Family Church in Roxborough…

Liz’s giggle – because she was initially putting the ring on Josh’s right hand…

Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station made a great spot for portraits. I especially love this first one…

Touching and humorous toasts at The Hilton Philadelphia on City Ave…

Gorgeous cake by pastry chef (and friend of the bride) Nicole Endrikat…

And what’s a wedding without grown men in sequins and funny hats? The Mummers – members of the Fralinger String Band – make an appearance and the strutting on the dance floor begins…

Liz and Josh thanks for a great day!

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RISE – to support U.S. Figure Skating

Last year I had the opportunity to photograph figure skating legends Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan when they gathered for the filming of the documentary RISE.

The film commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in Prague and will premiere nationwide in a one-night-only event Feb. 17, 2011. Proceeds will benefit U.S. Figure Skating’s Memorial Fund – established on Feb. 23, 1961, as a living legacy of those who lost their lives. You can check here to see where the film is playing and purchase tickets.

Brian Boitano was a hoot…

It’s always fun shooting candid images behind the scenes, and it was great to have a little time for portraits with the athletes!

They were fantastic to work with as were the amazing teams at Lookalike Productions

and The Watsons.

Jean’s equestrian bridal photos|Bucks County bridal shoot

A beautiful bride, beautiful location and beautiful weather. Couldn’t have asked for more last weekend for Jean’s post-wedding equestrian photo shoot. A special thanks to Dr. Leah Garland for all her help!
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