Shira's and Ed's Wedding

A few photos from Shira's and Ed's amazing wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Shira, Ed and their families and friends are such amazing and warm people - they really made me feel like a part of the family. I wish you guys all the happiness in the world!

Huge thank you to Jonathan Ch Diaz for helping me photograph this wedding - I couldn't have done it without you my friend!

Morning Service @ Beth Shalom | Communities Project

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to photograph the morning service at Beth Shalom temple in Squirrel Hill.  As part of my "Communities" project, I would like to document as many different Pittsburgh communities as I possibly can.  That being said, I have special interest in the Jewish community.  Having grown up in the Soviet Union, religion has always been a taboo topic at home or at school.  Also, given the ever-present antisemitism, I did not find out that I were Jewish until I was 12.  I've been learning more about my heritage and culture in the recent years thanks to my kids, but having an opportunity to observe and document a religious service was a welcome experience.  Many thanks to Rabbi Adelson and the Congregation Beth Shalom community for welcoming me.

Stuart Day Guitars

A few days ago I had the privilege to photograph Stuart Day at his Allentown shop for my "Communities" project. 

Stuart Day has been working in high end lutherie for over a decade; he is formally trained in the construction, repair and period correct restoration of all stringed instruments. He's gained notoriety in north America, Japan and some parts of Europe for his hand crafted acoustic arch top and flat top steel string guitars and offers professional level repair and restoration services out of his shop in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.