Any time you can knock out some cool engagement photos and snag some cold cuts along the way, it’s been a pretty good day in my book.

Ok, what the hell am I talking about? I’m talking about Michele and Kelvin and we’ll get to the cold cuts soon enough.

We’re asked to do some engagement photos in pretty unique places. Actually we really encourage unique places, but the Weis Market, formerly Mr. Z’s in Hamlin, was a new one. But it made perfect sense to Michele and Kelvin. They met there when they were teenagers. That’s right, teenage sweethearts about to get married. I love that story. And honestly, I love their photos from the grocery. I love that it has special meaning to them. I love the uniqueness of it. I love shopping carts. And as it turns out, so do they. Now, I go into most jobs with a pretty good idea of what we are going to do, some nice ways to pose a couple and ideas of how to use the light … that type of stuff.

I had no friggin’ idea what to do in a grocery store. Bunch of long aisles, fluorescent lights.  I don’t want to say I wasn’t optimistic because that would not be my nature. Concerned? Hell yes. Which brings me to my next point. How the heck did I not think about shopping carts when I was getting a game plan together for this? Fortunately it eventually occurred to someone in our group that they would be a damn good time. So we raced around the aisles. Kelvin hopped in the cart while Michele pushed. Michele hopped in the cart while Kelvin pushed. They had races down the detergent aisle. At one point during one of the races, we threw Bob in a shopping cart while I pulled it backward as fast as I could as Michele and Kelvin raced down the aisle. It was like a rudimentary steadi-cam.  Anyway, we  loved our time with these two and wanted to share just a few shopping cart photos. There will be more to come!

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Bridal shoots are pretty common. Hop in the dress and we’ll will grab some photos at the studio and get something sent to the newspaper. Yes, people still do that and off we go.

Jenn’s bridal shoot was a little different and the way I’m going to recommend every bride do it from now on.  She did hers a few weeks after the wedding. Now I know, some brides might not exactly relish the idea of throwing the dress back on. Sweatpants on a Sunday probably sounds a whole lot more appealing. But there are benefits and the biggest might be not having to worry as much about the dress getting dirty. There is a whole bunch of photos that can be done in a wedding dress after the wedding that I wouldn’t try before for fear of it getting dirty. Plus, the bride has already worked with us for engagement photos and her wedding, so her comfort level is really high in front of the camera and that can really show in the photos.

So Jenn and her mom and her new husband Joe met us at Spring Hills Farm. We did a wedding there last year for Mark and Jess – it’s their family’s farm and a wonderful place. It has a grove of trees that is spectacular for photos and a barn that can be really cool too. So we wandered around for a couple of hours, trying to stay warm and taking photos. We told stories about their engagement session in Long Beach Island  and the great time everyone had at their wedding.

We also decided afterward that we had something really special in her photos. So you’ll notice they had a little different look. We really wanted them to be pieces of art. The setting just worked perfectly for this kind of treatment, and we are really happy with how they turned out. And so are Jenn and Joe. They got to see them a few days ago. We even produced an album with the bridal session and their wedding combined. I’ll share that another time. So here are the photos we’d love the chance to produce for every bride. Enjoy!

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The directions went a little like this. Take a right at the light, go a little while and you’ll see the castle.

OK, so that’s a right and then look for the castle. Got it. Seemed simple enough. I’m in the middle of New Milford. How hard can it be to find a castle. Harder than you might expect. Bob was in front of me as we were driving and looking for it, and he missed it. I seriously only caught it out of the corner of my eye. But there it was in a backyard – a replica of a Scottish castle called Valhalla built by Ron Hall. Now Ron’s an interesting cat. Turns out his ancestors are from Scotland and at some point he got the idea that he wanted to build a castle in his backyard as some type of nod to his ancestry. It also turns out the mountain behind Ron’s house has a lot of rocks. So for the 27 YEARS, Ron would take his wheelbarrow up the mountain and he would pick rocks and bring them down to his house. One at a time, he built Valahlla. Now you might ask, why didn’t he use a tractor or something along those lines to haul the rocks. In my brief conversation, I learned Ron is no dummy – crazy maybe – but not dumb. He would have preferred to use a tractor but the hill was too steep. So a wheelbarrow it is. I should also point out Ron didn’t use anything other than rocks. This place is just one stone stacked on another, stone, stacked on another. He repeated that process about a billion times. It’s freakin’ amazing!

But there is a point to this story – as if you needed more. We were there to do engagement photos for Emily and Jordan. Emily was actually the one who said, let’s do the photos at the castle. I had no idea what she was talking about but what the hell, let’s do it. Sounds cool. It totally was. Nice call Emily. We had a great place to do the photos and hang out for a couple hours and we met maybe the most interesting guy I will meet all year in Ron. All in all, a pretty great day.

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I guess I can’t really call him a wedding crasher. I mean he was dressed nicely, with a good suit. He didn’t really cause any problems. The sneakers were a little bit of a weird thing. The blue fur was definitely odd, but I like odd so that was OK, too. And hell, he could dance! Welcome to Jennifer and Andy’s wedding, Champ! The Scranton/Wilkes-Barres Railriders‘ lovable mascot dropped in for a dance with the bride and groom and pretty much everyone else over the weekend at the Radisson. It was awesome! I’ve been doing this long enough to know that when a seven-foot -tall pile of blue fur hits the floor, the party is about to get real.

This dude can work a room. Champ cut it up for awhile with Jennifer and Andy . He posed for some selfies. (Apparently mascots like selfies too.) He danced with all of the kids. It was such a cool moment in a day filled with them. Here are a few shots of Champ bringing the party to a whole new level!

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Somewhere laying around my house is a book that was really really popular like 20 years ago. It’s called “Men and from Mars, Woman are from Venus.” I haven’t read it but I can only assume it talks about the differences in the sexes and how to better navigate them. I really wonder if the author spent a day with a bride or a groom getting ready for a wedding. You could do a case study on that.

First, the guys. Guys tend to be cool and relaxed. Not all of them, mind you, but most of them. Their responsibility a lot of times is to make sure they get into their tuxes, get the tie on reasonably straight and BE ON TIME. The rest of the time is usually spent watching college football, maybe having a beer and chatting with the boys.

The girls can be a different scene. Usually there’s a bit more chaos and more taking care of last-minute details. And let’s face it, getting into the dress is a bit trickier than throwing a tux on. Plus, mom wants to be there to zip up and dad gets to see his girl in her dress. Those are unbelievably great moments. They are also moments that are unique to the bride’s day. For me, I love the  energy of photographing the girls. I love the details of last-second makeup touches and the moment when the flowers show up. I love getting shots of the bride against some beautiful window light just moments before she walks out the door to head to the ceremony. I love the chaos that often accompanies all of it. The excitement and adrenaline of those times is addicting.

And that’s the way it was this past weekend for Melissa and Will. The guys relaxed and told stories and laughed. The girls did all those things too. They also went to the salon, touched up make-up, tweaked their hair, helped Melissa get ready, made a bunch of phone calls and everything else you can imagine. And both were great. So here are a few shots form everyone getting ready for the ceremony. We’ll post more photos from their day later. A huge thank you to Melissa and Will for letting us be a part of it.

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So what do you do when you just run out of light and the bride and groom only have a few minutes until they need to be introduced for the first time as husband and wife?

Panic?

Well yeah maybe, but that’s not doing anyone good. If you’re Bob, an eternal optimist who believes there is always a way, you head for the edge of the lake and hope it’s reflecting enough light to give you  a cool background. That tiny crescent moon be damned; we can make that work too. So facing a tight deadline, Bob and our terrific couple, Nil and Jay, walked verrrry carefully through the dark to the water’s edge for just a couple more portraits Saturday night at Woodloch Resort in Hawley. I really like what Bob did here. He didn’t try to fight the elements. Instead he used them to his advantage to create a couple of really striking shots in less than ideal conditions.  In the end, they are a couple of really nice shots that I’ll admit I had my doubts about when they headed to the water. And Nil and Jay got back to the reception in plenty of time for introductions and a great party. We loved working with you guys, and we will post more photos soon. Until then, enjoy!

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At some point I’m going to write a tip section for our website. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do now for awhile. I’m putting it on my list of stuff for this winter. We can put stuff on there like how to plan a wedding with less stress, how to pee in a wedding dress (yes we know) how cuff links work, the best way to attach a corsage and maybe some stuff on how to dress for an engagement shoot! Maybe we’ll even have a guest blogger or too. I can invite Kaitlyn to do the “how to dress” section.

As a little background, Kaitlyn is Kaitlyn of Jim and Kaitlyn. So that should clear that up,  and we just did there engagement photos. Kaitlyn nailed it! Now, I sent Kaitlyn an email that morning to say, “Hey, it’s pretty effin’ cold out, make sure you dress appropriately. Don’t pretend it’s summer outside or you will freeze.”   And then she ignored me. She had her stuff picked out and weather be damned. I was worried about her but then she showed up and put on a clinic of how to look great and be yourself during photos. She was comfortable, mostly warm and it showed in her photos.  We absolutely loved spending the afternoon with them. They are fun to be around and had a good time during the shoot. god bless them,  they were patient when we kept saying, hey how about one more photo. It was pitch black when we finished. I should mention again that we just love our clients. All of you, seriously, put up with all of our, “Hey let’s take just one more shot. I think this will be cool.” It could be competely dark or minus 10 and every single one of you is like, “yeah, sure let’s do it!” We love you guys!”

Anyway here are some photos from Kaitlyn and Jim’s engagement session. Enjoy!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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.

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!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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.

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  • 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

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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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

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.

 

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.

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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