Jenn and Joe wedding at The Colonnade | Scranton wedding photographers

Anyone who has read this blog before knows we love the Colonnade! It’s a truly unique space and in a lot of ways a photographer’s dream. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies and places to find great photos. Now we have shot there plenty of times but for various reasons have not been able to take advantage of a giant mirror that sits in a downstairs hallway. Every time I walk past it I kind of drool, thinking there are some great photos that could use that mirror!

Well, we finally had our shot at Jenn and Joe’s wedding. Bob and I mentioned before we like to get one final photo at the end of the night for our couples. Well, it was mirror time. I think we probably saw it as a black and white image as we were imagining it so that’s how we have it here. I just love the mood of the images, the reflection and the light. This was the photo I was thinking about every time i walked past it. For the record, we used just one handheld light off to the side.

These end of the night photos- which I love – just don’t happen, though. So I wanted to say a special thank you to the stars of the show, Jenn and Joe. They  are just a dream to work with and always listen to our sometimes crazy ideas. They are up for anything and that’s such a an amazing attitude. Thankfully, their story with us doesn’t end at the wedding. We are so excited to be taking Jenn in her bridal dress out this weekend for another shoot. We can’t wait to share more photos!


Amanda and Brian Scranton Cultural Center wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

As we toil away and edit our weddings (OK, it’s not actually toiling – It’s a friggin’ ton of fun) I find myself stopping longer on some photos more than others. Well, I’ve been working on Amanda and Brian’s images and came across their first dance. Now first dances are special anyway. Bride and groom with the dance floor all to themselves, dancing to a song they picked together for the first time as a married couple. What’s not to love? At the Scranton Cultural Center it also usually means your initials in lights behind you. It’s splashy and beautiful and a really nice touch.

So I just thought Amanda and Brian’s shots captured a really nice moment for two great people and wanted to share them. There are a ton more photos to go through and I’m loving every minute of it! I can’t wait to see what else turns up.


Cassie and Matt wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

I honestly have no idea where to start with this one.

I guess I’ll just go to the beginning, sort of. I’ve been flipping through some images of Cassie and Matt’s wedding this past weekend, looking for things to write about for the blog. OVERLOAD. There are so many stories to tell, laughs to share and a few tears of joys. I swear I will try to get to all of them as best I can. For now, there is one thing that’s important to remember. I see a lot of people in love. It’s really a great job when I think about it in those terms. I see people in love every weekend. I meet families and hear stories that fill your heart.

Cassie and Matt are very, very special people who Bob and I consider ourselves very fortunate to know. Yes, they are in love. They care for each other. They have each other’s backs. Cassie has been through some rough times in the past couple of years. I’m not going to detail them here but it takes a special woman and a special man to persevere through those problems to get to this moment when she walked down the aisle to marry her guy. It was impossible to watch and not be moved.

So we wanted to put a couple photos up of them together. Through the tough times – together on their wedding day enjoying every single moment of a day that at some point probably seemed awfully far away.

Our most sincere congratulations to Cassie and Matt.


  • October 16, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    joyce davies - Amazing job done by TWO STICKS. They TRULY love their job and it shows when they are working with the birde and groom and the whole wedding party. So pleasant, so professional, so caring, so artistic, and soooooo much fun. If you are looking for a photographer, you will not find anyone better than BOB and CHAD. Bob and Chad thank you so much for all you did to make Cassie and Matt’s Day so special. You are the best.ReplyCancel

Jenn and Joe Colonnade wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

There is just something about being able to shoot at the Colonnade in downtown Scranton. It’s such an unbelievable place with great character. And when you get to photograph upstairs in the perfectly appointed rooms, it really gets cool.

So I was looking forward to spending time with Jenn on Saturday as she got ready for her wedding to Joe. When I walked into the room, Jenn was hanging out with a couple of friends. Now the first order of business is usually to find a nice place to hang the dress for some photos. When I got there it was already hanging in front of a window. Absolutely perfect. I wasn’t even going to touch it. All I had to do was hang out and shoot.

Now our friends Josh and Paul, owners of the Colonnade, like mirrors – maybe more than I do – but there are always a few mirrors hanging around the building. They are a photographer’s best friend sometimes because if you use the angles right, they can help produce some images that have a lot of depth. The light coming into the rooms is usually great, too. You can see why this kind of stuff gets exciting to us.  I just spent a couple hours just hanging out with Jenn, telling stories, listening and taking photos. It was great. I love the stuff that I was able to get. Even better than that, it was relaxed time getting to talk to Jenn and her friends. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

So what did Bob do with his time? He spent time hanging out with Joe – a good photographer in his own right – getting some really natural and cool portraits with some window light. I absolutely love how they came out. They’re a really good example of the kind of intimate and relaxed portraits we love having the time to do on a wedding day.

So enjoy the photos. And thanks to Jenn and Joe for trusting us to capture their day.

Amanda and Brian Cultural Center wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

I love that sentiment that every day is an adventure. Something about it just strikes me, but like most people it can be hard to live up to it when we get caught in routine and the stuff we have to do every day. But every day is an adventure with possibility and challenges and a chance to do something you’ve never done before. The whole idea marries well with photography, especially wedding photography.  Bob and I often work pretty hard with brides and grooms on their timelines for the day because we’ve been to lots of weddings and can help. It also let’s us know what kind of time we will have to do photos. Are we gonna have a lot of time for an elaborate setup or do we need to work more quickly to get our shots? Usually the answer is work quickly. Hey, there is a lot the bride and groom wanna do on their wedding day and they should do it all and love every second of it. So it’s our job to work fast and get great shots. No time is not an excuse on a wedding day! But it can be an adventure.

So this past weekend, we joined our friends Amanda and Brian at the Cultural Center for their reception. We had just gotten back from Mellow Park and some photos with the whole bridal party there and the cocktail hour was getting going. Amanda wanted to make sure we could still do some portraits at the Cultural Center. Who could blame her? It’s an amazing place to get photos done. We love it there! So while they had a quick drink, we started getting a plan together. We decided on the stage. Here’s where it gets fun.

We wanted it to have that stage look with spotlights and all the cool things that go along with being on stage and having your moment. This was gonna require more lights. So we started dropping flashes around the building like hand grenades to get the right effect. We then threw our friend Steve Serge, who was tagging along to help out, on the stage to serve as a quick model to test the light. Perfect!

The total time from idea to “go back to cocktail and enjoy your friends” is 14 minutes. The total shoot time for Amanda and Brian was 8 minutes. The first six were used to get the lights positioned properly and make sure everything was ready. We’re pretty happy with how the photos turned out. It was an adventure. We really hope you like the photos!


Kyle senior photos | Scranton portrait photographers

Normally we like to throw a bunch of photos in our blog posts, but today I’m just going to do one because it’s pretty different from the other shots we produced that day. We were lucky enough to do Kyle’s senior photos. Kyle is on the Dunmore football team. He is the third Dunmore player we have been able to shoot this year, and they’ve all been great guys. They would have to be for some of the thing we ask them to do.;)In Kyle’s case, his photos were almost done when I handed him a Solo cup full of mud.

God bless him, he didn’t say anything when I said “would you mind go smearing this all over your face? I want you to look like it’s right after a night game played in mud.”

“Sure. No problem.”

I love this kid! (We also checked with Mom. She was all for it!)

Honestly, Bob and I only had an idea what we wanted but no real clue if it was going to work. This was going to be a little trial and error, but we figured we already had some nice shots of him. No harm in a little experimentation. Step one was get mud all over your face. Step two, was make it look like it was raining. Well we don’t have a rain machine in the studio. Don’t get me wrong, I really want one, but so far no dice! Step three make Kyle look tough and get the lighting on this right. To get the rain, Bob had to use a spray bottle and hide behind Kyle. For Kyle’s part he had to hold his pose really steady while the two of us tried to figure this out and get the timing right. You’d be surprised how hard it is to get the studio lights to capture the water from a spray bottle. Occasionally, we had to do some mud touch up. But finally, we had a workable image.

We really wanted it to have that Sports Illustrated portrait look so there was a step four. I took the photo and increased the clarity and contrast and adjusted the blacks a little to get the effect. We’re pretty happy with how the photo turned out. Here it is in color and black and White. We’d love to hear your thoughts.


Lauren and Michael wedding portraits | Scranton wedding photographers

One of the thing a lot of photographers struggle with is portraits. You might be thinking, “how is that possible, you’re a photographer, shouldn’t that be your bread and butter?” Well it should. But with the number of semi-pros and photo enthusiasts out there it’s not really all that surprising that portraits have taken a back seat to photojournalism. And that’s fine, but portraits are still important and they don’t need to be daunting. I’ve watched too many photogs try to control every little part of the photo, down to the tiniest detail. While that’s admirable, on a wedding day it’s going to slow you down.

So our advice  - and it’s advice we remind ourselves to follow – is to keep it simple. It’s so easy to complicate photography, especially as you grow more confident and collect more equipment. You can start thinking well I know this technique and I have this new toy. It can get you away from what you enjoy doing and that’s taking photos that look natural and capture the person you are shooting in a genuine way. So there are two set of photos in this series, one of Michael and one of Lauren.

I did Michael’s photos. We weren’t rushed for time really, but where we were doing his photos was kind of dark and the backgrounds weren’t something that I loved. But there was a window. A window can give you options every single time. So in this case, I simply put Michael in front of the window and we chatted about the day while I grabbed some shots. Simple as that. As far as the technique, I shot on manual and underexposed by at least a stop. That let me concentrate on the light falling on his face and let everything else in the room fall away.  It’s one of my favorite ways to shoot because you can really isolate the person you are shooting and get rid of any clutter. In the end, they have a really classic look. I made them black and white to add to that feeling.

Bob shot Lauren’s images. These were done while she was still getting ready in the bedroom. Yes, that’s not all that uncommon, especially if you are looking to save a little time. Think about it. She’s already there, the light is usually decent. From there, it’s minor adjustments. So Bob snapped away as she was finishing up. He made minor adjustments to put her in nice positions for photos. Just like that a series of portraits are done that are very relaxed, beautiful and didn’t take a ton of time.

Mandy and Brian first dance | Wilkes-Barre wedding photographers

This could be a long post. There’s so much ground to cover and it’s only about first dances. Wait, how can it be a long post if it’s just about first dances?

Well let’s start with our stars, Mandy and Brian.  Do you ever watch couples dance, I mean the couples that just come together and fit together like they were made for each other. It’s really remarkable to watch. They move together and just wrap themselves in each other on the dance floor like they were born that way. Well, meet Mandy and Brian. They are that couple – and two of the nicest people you could ever hope to spend time with. So when their music started, they locked eyes, it was game over. All Bob and I had to do was push the button on the camera and voila. Check out the photos and you’ll see what I mean.

But the story doesn’t stop there.  Maybe my favorite part of any wedding is the parent dances, especially dads and their little girls. As a dad with a little girl, they will choke me up every time. So when DJ Thomas Nat pushed the button to start the song “Butterfly Kisses” and I heard Mandy’s pre-recorded voice over the speakers telling her dad that he will always be the most important man in her life, all bets were off. The emotion almost blew the roof off the place. And then they danced, her dad, Joe – a remarkable man who I had the pleasure of talking to for awhile earlier in the day – holding his daughter tight for one more dance. Are you kidding me?! Their families are just so close and so loving. You could see it in Brian and his mom’s face when they danced. You saw it with Mandy and her dad, and, of course, you saw it with Brian and Mandy.  I don’t see first dances like that  very often in my years of doing this but I hope I do again.

Lauren and Mike country wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

A little healthy fear is a good thing right? I’ve heard that before. When it comes to wedding dresses, I have a healthy fear  - a very healthy fear.  But as a photographer, one of the parts of the job is to get photos of the wedding dress. Usually that means taking it out of the wrapping and handling it and sometimes hanging it in unusual places. This is the part where I really wish I had a picture of Bob’s face when I told him I had an idea. We were at Lauren and Mike’s beautiful country wedding. Now normally, Bob gives me that “Oh, good Lord ” face when I say I have an idea. To his credit he ALWAYS listens. Sometimes he tells me I’m an idiot. Well, usually he tells me that but he’ll usually go along with my idea and find a way to make it way better. When I told him I wanted to take Lauren’s dress out of the house and hang it in a barn that had horses and chickens roaming around in it, he just kinda stared at me. I swear his instinct was to say,  “No, friggin’ way. Do you have any idea how many things can can wrong doing that stupid idea.”

He never said that.

Oh my God, were we nervous. The No. 1 rule is don’t mess up the dress before the bride even puts it on! This was taking a chance, but we really thought it would be worth it to get Lauren some really cool shots of the dress that matched the day. So we did it. On the way out of the house, with both of us carrying the dress, we ran into Lauren’s dad. Why not add a little pressure? So we asked him if could help in opening the gate and maybe keeping the horses away from the dress. Plus you can watch idiot photographers climb around a barn with your daughter’s wedding dress. What a guy. “No problem. Let’s do it.”

So there we were in the barn stepping over chickens and figuring out the best way to fasten the dress to a barn beam. Bob handled being on the ladder to hang it up. Anyone who knows me knows that was the prudent play. If I was up there, it would have ended with me in a face full of manure with a lot of explaining to do to Lauren. But it worked. We got the photos we wanted. I only fell through a stack of haybales once (a victory) and the dress was fine. Wow was it a relief to hang it back up safely in the house! Anyway here are a few of the shots we got.



  • September 25, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Eileen Kurinskas - I was very skeptical when you said that you were taking Lauren’s dress out to the barn. But, she trusted you and the results are just beautifulReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    chadsebring - Thank you so much Eileen. It was a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

Ask us! | Scranton wedding photographers

OK, so you already know that planning a wedding can be a giant pain in ass, right? There were probably things you never even thought about. Am I right? Well maybe I’m partly right because weddings these days are absolutely DIY affairs that bring more of the couple’s personality to the table.

But jeez, there’s a lot to consider. How much do you know about chair covers? Now, I know a stupid amount, but not too long ago, I didn’t know a whole lot.
But there’s good news, too. It doesn’t have to be the daunting task so many people make it. And here’s why. You have help available to you. If you are planning a wedding and starting to meet with venues and photographers, use them. Use the hell out of them. This is not their first rodeo. They know some tricks. They’ve  seen the successes. At times they have seen the failures. Don’t think because you are just meeting about a venue that you can’t ask about photographers. Don’t think because you are meeting with photographers you can’t ask about flowers or music or lighting. Any good professional who has been in the business for a while will be able to give you solid advice and get you off to the right start. This is your first wedding. Why not get a little advice from people who have been to hundreds? We always tell our clients that whether they hire us or not they should feel free to ask us questions. Of course we want your business but more than that, we want you to have your dream wedding. So please ask. We know things. Remember – I’m a chair cover expert!
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Jessyca and Sam wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

If you’re a Penn Stater, where else do you go for photos after you get married but Penn State? Well, we couldn’t get out to main campus again like we did for Jessyca and Sam’s engagement photos, so we did them at the next best place, the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus. Jess and Sam are such a fun couple. We had a blast with them at Penn State over the winter. And I think the residual effects of frostbite for Jess and Sam were worth it. I mean the pictures really came out nice. ;)

We had a much nicer day for their wedding and a great time at Wilkes-Barre getting to know their wedding party a little and having a bunch of laughs. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s no coincidence that Jess and Sam scheduled their wedding for a couple weeks before the Nittany Lions football season started. Maybe there were other reasons, but I’m guessing maybe, just maybe it was a factor. WE ARE …
Jess and Sam wedding portraits at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre


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  • September 14, 2014 - 12:48 am

    martha - Great and creative photos, good job!ReplyCancel

Maggie and her Martin | Scranton portrait photographers

The Martin guitar wasn’t the first thing I noticed on our last senior shoot. The first thing I noticed was the charming young girl with the killer smile standing in the middle of a field leaning on a guitar. She was surrounded by hip high plants and flowers.  I thought, “This is going to be incredible.” We had a beautiful day in a perfect spot with Maggie, a super cool senior. Throw in the fact that she’s a musician, and it was a perfect mix. And yeah I had a little guitar jealousy too when I found out it was a Martin.

But the Martin took a backseat to the shoot that took us from a field in Archbald to a small building with a cool brick interior to some railroad tracks.  We love the photos that came from this one. Maggie was so natural in how she moved and got set up for photos. It made taking her photos a real joy and exciting for us. We love her photos and are grateful for being able to work with such a talented girl. Thanks, Maggie.


Lauren and Michael first look at Buehler’s Idlewild Inn | Scranton Wedding Photographers

I feel like Bob and I are not too surprised by things anymore. Then we find a place like Buehler’s Idewild Inn out near Lake Wallenpaupack. First, kudos to Google Maps for finding this place. And huge kudos to the owners for offering a really unique wedding experience. Over the weekend, we shot Lauren and Michael’s absolutely stunning wedding there. We just love them. Loyal readers will remember we did their engagement photos in NYC. Talk about opposites! The rustic and homey feel of Buehlers was an amazing contrast to NYC, with big open spaces and no TV. Such a wonderful setting for a wedding that placed the highest premium on friends and family.

It as also an amazing place to do their first look. It was a great private moment for Lauren and Michael in a stunning location so we wanted to share the photos. We love how they turned out and the whole day kept the same feel. There was a closeness in this wedding that was hard to match and how much Lauren and Michael love each other just seemed to spread to the whole event. You can’t ask for anything more than that. Congrats to the new bride and groom. We love you guys.

Finishing strong | Scranton wedding photographers

Turns out we might be a bit different from other photographers.

We hear from a lot of couples who meet with us. Sometimes it’s their first meeting with a photographer, sometimes it’s not. But we consistently hear stories about the number of hours a photographer is willing to work on a wedding day. On some levels I understand it. They can be long days, sometimes 14 or 15 hours long.  Some photographers choose to limit it to 8 hours or they will shoot ceremony and the first hour of the reception and things like that. OK, fine be me. Bob and I tend to look at it from a different perspective. We are in it until the very end – and no we are not trying to make other photographers look bad.

Our reason is very simple, early on we got some of our best stuff near the end of the reception when the crowd is loose and the cameras are forgotten. Anyone who has ever been to a wedding will tell you the last dance can be beautiful. It can be raucous. It can be both. Why pass up that chance? Weddings are special. The last dance of the night is special. A sparkler exit is special. The bride giving her dad one last hug at the end of the night is infinitely more intimate than the hug at the end of the aisle. We want that shot. So we stay and hope to get it. A lot of times it’s there. Sometimes it’s not, but it’s more than worth the time to find out, don’t you think?

So we thought it might be nice to share a handful of late-night shots with you. Thanks for looking.

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Brianne and Ryan wedding at Radisson in Scranton

Jessyca and Sam cake smash | Wilkes-Barre wedding photographers

Normally we see it coming. The groom always has that look like he’s up to something. Not this time. Sam was cool. Nothing to see here – nothing coming. The planning was perfect, the timing impeccable – a sneak attack that caught Jessyca completely stunned and laughing out of control. The time honored cake smash went off perfectly. In fact, I think the cake was still being cut. There was no waiting on this one. It could have been a total cake face plant but Same was merciful. Just a  little icing on the cheek, but it was a great moment from Sam and Jessyca’s wedding – among hundreds of great moments.

So without further delay, here’s a series of fun shots from a time-honored wedding tradition. Thanks Jessyca and Sam for inviting us to be a part of your day. You guys were a blast to hang out with.





  • August 25, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Mary Beth Siracuse - You guys were awesome! Thanks so much for being part of Sam and Jessyca’s wedding day!ReplyCancel

    • August 26, 2014 - 9:52 am

      bobsanchuk - It was our pleasure. We had a great time, and Sam and Jessyca are a wonderful couple!ReplyCancel

Amanda and Brian engagement | Scranton wedding photographers

I suspect there is probably a reason I have a bar in my house. I also suspect there is a reason it’s where I feel most comfortable. I’m also guessing it’s not hard to figure out those reasons. Either way, I do get excited when our couples suggest we do some of their photos in a bar or restaurant. One, it feels like I’m not even leaving my house. Two, I love the options. I love the pockets of light in bars and the neon and cool signs and all the things that make for cool backgrounds.

So for Amanda and Brian to say they wanted to stop by Mickey Gannon’s, who we owe a great deal of gratitude, to grab some engagement photos, we were all in. First, they could not be a sweeter or more accommodating couple. You guys were just so great to work with.  And our friends at Mickey Gannon’s gave us so much room to work and were so generous with their time we could not be more thankful. We just love the photos and, of course, we went back a little later in the week for some of those wings!

Without further delay, here are some of the photos we grabbed and a few others from a stroll downtown. As always, thank you so much for looking and we hope you like them.


Denise and Chris wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

Love can be found in a lot of places on a wedding day. It can found in the the vows and the look a husband-to-be gives his bride-to-be at the altar. It can be found in the long hug from a dad to his little girl. It can also be found in the details and the extraordinary effort some couples go through to produce meaningful, beautiful and treasured little touches on their wedding days. I am continually amazed at some of the ideas and the execution of some of these things.

Then Denise showed up and took this thing to a whole new level. As Chris and others were explaining to me on her wedding day, Denise did a mountain of work to prepare all of the little touches and the beautiful style of the wedding. I’ll stop talking so you can check them out and know that the bar continues to be raised.




Alicia and Bobby wedding details | Scranton wedding photographers

There is really no part of photography I don’t love, especially wedding photography. I’ve talked about it a little before and the number of disciplines you need to master to do it really well. You need photojournalism skills, fashion photography skills, people skills and macro skills. And mastering them takes time. I’m comfortable in most of them but if I was honest, macro was probably not my favorite. I like people, so taking photos of flowers and rings and stuff was maybe not my favorite part. But I’ve been doing my homework. It’s important and now I’m really starting to see the joy in it.

So in this blog post, I wanted to offer a few tips on how to produce some of the trickier shots at weddings, the ring shots. They’re important. Don’t kid yourself into thinking as long as you have a shot of them, it’s good enough. They are as important as every other moment you capture, so treat them that way.

So how do you get good ones?

1. Get a macro lens. I hate to just tell you buy an expensive piece of equipment but you need one to really do them right. In the absense of one, use your fastest lens and open the aperture as wide as possbile. A shallow depth of field is often what puts the focus on the rings and not something else.

2. Clarity. Make sure the image or section of the ring that you want to be sharp is uncompromisingly sharp. It’s not always easy with a macro lens and it can be tough to trust the LCD on your camera. Do whatever you need to steady the camera and nail the focus.

3. Light, light, light. Nail the lighting. As a general rule of thumb, use sidelight to give your shots texture, but use whatever you have available to you and get creative. A great place to start for those just getting going in their photography is put the rings on a window sill and let them bathe on the glow of window light.

The shots below were lit with an Ice Light, which is designed by photographer Jerry Ghi0nis. It’s got a ton of uses but I get he most out of it when shooting details. It mimics window light and really does a good job.

So here are just a couple examples of some of the ring shots I got a little while back at Bobby and Alicia’s spectacular wedding.


Steve senior portraits | Scranton portrait photographers

I tend to break a lot of rules. I’m not really crazy about them, and I’m not all that wild abut being told what to do. I supposes that’s why most of the stuff I enjoy doing tends to be creative with the ability to explore a little and figure out what looks good, sounds right and feels perfect.

That can be a real gift in photography – and sometimes a real curse. As a background, I have no formal training when it comes to photography. What I know and what Bob knows has come through figuring it out as we go. When we moved into a studio space, we did so before we had any studio equipment. Forget the fact that neither of us had ever actually worked with any studio equipment. But we did get the equipment and would spend time from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.  in our new studio practicing and learning how to use the equipment. No one told us the light goes here and the other light goes there. Our experience with studio photography was basically what we had seen on our own senior shoots.

It turns out that was a blessing because we were freed from the chains of  “you must do it this way” and allowed to experiment  to see what happened if we moved a light here or shot from this angle. There was a learning curve. Believe me, there was a learning curve and probably some embarrassing moments, but we kept pushing and trying and asking questions. Now, studio work is some of my favorite stuff to do. It’s not unusal to see us laying on the ground outside of our bay doors taking a photo. I have not seen a lot of studio photographers do that by the way. Sometimes our ideas fail. No question about it. Sometimes they don’t, and those are the times that are really exciting.

So we wanted to share a few photos from Steve’s recent senior session. There are some different angles and some shots you won’t typically see in a studio. In one case, we just took him away from the background and leaned him up against a kinda dirty (sorry Steve) metal door to get a different look. For us, our favorite questions is “What happens if we do this?” A lot of times we don’t know the answer, but a lot of times we like the result.



Kim and Chuck backyard wedding | Scranton wedding photographers

Ahhhh backyard weddings. Don’t you just love them? I do. They are so warm and comfortable and just have a different vibe about them. I was just flipping through Kim and Chuck’s wedding photos from last month and I realized what an amazing day it was. First, Chuck has a few toys – like a bike and a plane – so that made taking photos a bit different and amazing. Second, the setting was just so beautiful with all these great little touches and details. Throw in the love of a big family and it’s about as close as you can come to a perfect day. So we don’t want to try to do a post that captured just parts of the day. Instead, below are a bunch of photos I think capture the feel of the whole thing. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed spending the day with our friends in the backyard.


Megan and Michael wedding at Scranton Cultural Center | Scranton wedding photographers

In a previous post we had some shots of Michael just killing it with the band onstage at the Scranton Cultural  Center. Well it turns out he and his beautiful bride Megan take a pretty nice portrait as well. Michael got ready at the Hilton Scranton. It’s a great place to grab a few portraits because there are some cool mirrors and nice light hanging around if you know where to look. I really love some of the shots Bob got there. Megan got ready at her mom’s house. Again, nice light + beautiful bride = hard to miss.

I always find it funny going back looking at portraits. Megan’s look very serene and quiet. Meanwhile to her left is her entire bridal party and parents and anyone else who was there watching the photos get done. Oh and a quick thank you to Megan’s mom who was so remarkably welcoming. I rearranged quite a bit of furniture in the house to be able to position Megan where I thought the photos would turn out the best. I tried to put everything back exactly where I found it, but I am by no means an interior decorator so if I missed anything I’m really, really, sorry.;)

Here are some of the portraits from throughout the day. Enjoy.