Thursday, November 18, 2010


Samantha wins the award for model who traveled the farthest for a shoot, having driven in from Akron, Ohio. In order to cut her travel time somewhat, we decided to do the shooting in Brady's Run Park, This is up in Beaver County, roughly halfway between Akron and my place. I've never shot there before, but it was rustic and rather quiet. Unfortunately, this time of year they drain the lake which is a central feature of the park, and they had chains up at the entrances to the lake area, so we had to find another part of the park to shoot in. Fortunately the park is several thousand acres, so it wasn't too hard to find another area to work at.

Samantha was extremely easy to work with, and didn't need a lot of direction. She had no problem working in the cold. Samantha's now rockin' the dark hair, and needed updated photos for her portfolio. The dark hair provides a wonderful contrast to her bright blue eyes. For something different, we went with a picnic theme, with a blanket, basket, and the works.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2011 Portrait Gift Certificates Now on Sale

UPDATE (12/21/2010): Any gift certificates ordered between now and Christmas will be emailed as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file that you can print out on your own printer. No waiting for it to be delivered!

Just in time for the Holidays!

I now have gift certificates available for 2011 In-Home Family Portrait Sessions. These gift certificates include an 8x10 print in addition to the session itself. The gift certificates are an $82 value and are available for a special Holiday price of only $34.95, which is the lowest price I have ever offered for this gift certificate.

Samples of my portrait work can be found here.

If you would like a Family Portrait Gift Certificate for the Holidays, you have two ways to order one:

1) If you wish to pay by cash or check, please email ( or call (412-480-4698). I will make arrangements to meet so you can pay and receive your Gift Certificate.

2) If you wish to purchase your Gift Certificate using a credit or debit card, click on the button below to pay for your Gift Certificate using PayPal. I will mail the Gift Certificate to your PayPal address the same day.

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Please note that these gift certificates are for 2011 sessions only. If you need photos taken before then, please contact me as soon as possible!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Soccer Photos

This Fall was the fourth time I've done photos for the Dynamo Soccer Recreational League, and things went EXTREMELY well. I had the fewest scheduling problems this time, compared to the previous three times I did soccer league photos. In part this was due to having great weather both days of the photo weekend. There were only a few teams I missed, and we had a designated makeup weekend two weeks later to take care of those. Based on orders received, people seemed quite happen with the photos.

Then a funny thing started to happen. I was contacted by parents from a couple of the Travel League teams, asking if I could also do photos for them. This was the first time I've been asked to cover any of the travel teams. Of course, I was more than happy to oblige, getting the photos taken in short order. Because I was only photographing one team, there wasn't then same kind of pressure as I get with the rec league, when I sometimes getting 8 teams converging on me at once.

Hopefully I'll be doing more Travel League team photos in the future...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Second Shooting with Sohinee

My first shooting with Sohinee was a great success, in spite of less than perfect weather. Ironically, after that cold and rainy Sunday we had a succession of beautiful Sundays. Sohinee and I decided we didn't want to let any more great weather go to waste, so we set up a shooting the next sunny day that we got. To keep it simple, we decided to shoot right on campus, in order to minimize travel time. I met her after her classes, and we had only an hour or so to shoot before it started to get dark. The Fall colors were really great, and the low sun made for a great look. Sohinee did another amazing job modeling (as expected!).