Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm Off to Scotland

So the last few days have been great--on Tuesday we drove to York and ate at a lovely tea shop named Betty's and walked around the city walls. On Wednesday we drove to Wales near Mt. Snowdon and climbed around a neat castle and hiked along a path and discovered a little village. Well, I imagine that it was well known but we hadn't expected it.

Yesterday we drove back to Durham and toured the town, including the local castle/university. Today we're going to climb the tower in the cathedral--which should be quite an endeavor. In the afternoon, Jay and I are bidding goodbye to Martha, Ben, and Liam and taking the train to Edinburgh. We'll meet up with some friends from Pittsburgh, and go on a tour of Scotland. So far, everything has been great, and we seemed to have avoided the dreaded English weather.

Sorry I don't have any photos--I just don't have the software I need on my own computer. But, I promise there will be plenty of photos when I get back!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We made it!

Well we made it safe and sound to Durham yesterday without too much trouble. We flew into Edinburgh and then took the train to Martha and Ben's little town. We've been having fun playing with Liam--he's so big now--and hanging out with some of Martha and Ben's good friends.

Today we're off for York, and I'll try to get a photo or two posted soon. I'm afraid this post is just plain boring. Oh well...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I'm Off to England and Scotland!

Yay! I'm so excited! I'm flying today to visit my sister in England and to take a little vacation around Scotland.

I haven't seen my sister and brother-in-law and my sweet little nephew Liam since LAST JUNE! Ack! Liam's grown so much, and I just can't hardly wait to "squeeze the little bits out of 'em," as my mother would say.

To compare how much he's grown, below is a photo I took of him last June (Jay's in the background)...and check out recent ones on my sister's blog.

Now, I'm going to try to post on here as often as I can, but I'm not making any guarantees for when that will be. I promise to give a full recount (with photos!) when I return. So, if you need to get in touch with me--email is best because I'm not taking my phone.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Leeanna and Jeff | Pittsburgh Engagement Photography

I must say I had fun, fun, fun shooting Leeanna and Jeff's engagement photos in the Strip District of Pittsburgh yesterday. Or as Jeff used to call it--the fruit shards. Ok, Ok, inside joke not funny to everyone else.

Our original plan was to shoot on Wednesday, but as many of you know--we had quite the deluge (and supposedly a tornado warning) that day. So, I was glad when the sun finally came out, and we got some deliciously excellent photos I must say. Of course, this has a lot to do with Leeanna and Jeff being so carefree and "we'll-do-what-you-ask-even-if-we-think-it's-crazy" for me.

I just love my clients! I can't hardly wait 'till their wedding in October.

Leeanna has the sweetest smile!

Uh, yes, this was my crazy idea--why do you ask?

Um, are you zeroing in on Jeff's biceps, too? Or maybe Leeanna's sweet smile again?

Beautiful eyes.

No parking, got it?

Yay for fun red brick.

Yeah, they're gonna ask me to take this one down. But it's so fun I had to share.

Thanks for being such sports!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Karen and Ross | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Last Monday, I received a phone call from Karen--she was getting married that Friday and wanted to know if could I take some photos at their small wedding. Of course I could--I was honored she had chosen me, especially as she was coming all the way from Florida.

Karen and Ross chose to have a simple ceremony at Peters Creek Baptist Church with just the pastor and his wife present. It was fresh and pure, and I think it was just perfect for them. We managed to grab a couple of shots outside the church before they were off for lunch and the rest of their new life together. Congratulations Karen and Ross!

Karen is beautiful.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Boy oh Boy! (x2)

I haven't heavily marketed myself as a Pittsburgh baby and children's photographer, but I've been dying to start taking more portraits.

So, introducing the two cutest brothers you've ever met! (Ok, I'm a bit biased--they're the children of good friends of mine, Julie and Eric). But, really, these kids are cute with a capital "C."

Without further ado, introducing...

Luke--a.k.a. Big Older Brother

And Ben--a.k.a. The Baby

I just love the drool.

Ben loves his older brother.

Luke likes trains. (That's grandma with him)

Mmmm...yummy feet!

Happy baby.

They weren't keen on sitting together.

What can I say? Cute, cute cute.