I'm like the proverbial shoemaker without shoes. I spend my time documenting other families' lives, but rarely do I have the opportunity to photograph my own family. This is one of those rare times when everything came together - weather, free time, hanging out with the family, and having a camera in my hand.
My grandmother Olga is 93 years old, soon to be 94. She is an amazing woman and one of the most important people in my life. Even though I talk to her on the phone about 3 times a week, I only get to see her 2-3 times a year. Every time I take the drive from Pittsburgh to Norfolk, I promise myself that I will take a ton of photos of her; when I get to Norfolk I get caught up in shuttling my kids between my mom and my dad, doing family things and essentially not taking any photos of my grandmother. This time I actually managed to stick with my intentions and over the last week I shot over a thousand digital frames of my grandmother and 4 rolls of film. About half of the photos below were shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and processed with VSCO presets. The rest were shot on Kodak 400 CN pushed to 800.
We ran the Help-Portrait Pittsburgh event for the 4th year in a row on December 7, 2013. As always, it has been an amazing experience! In this day and age it is hard to believe that there are people who have never been photographed! Huge thanks to Kevin Lorenzi for doing 99% of the organizational work, Allegro Hearth Bakery and Whole Foods of Pittsburgh for donating food to make the event more pleasant for everyone. As a side note, these are cell phone snapshots of the original printed images:)
A few photos from today's trip to Soergel Orchards in Wexford. They brought in an antique fire truck and the kids had a blast climbing all over it for about two hours. I used this trip as an opportunity to shoot a few rolls of film. The ones in this post were shot on Fuji Reala 100.
My good friends Dilyara and Alexey are having a baby in a few weeks and they asked me to photograph a mini pregnancy sessions.
I October of 2012 I had the privilege to help my good friend Katia Forero of Katia Forero Photography to photograph Heather's and Chris' beautiful wedding. Chris and Heather are probably the most relaxed and easy-going couple I have ever met. Their ceremony was at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church - it was interesting to photograph a Serbian ceremony and to observe all the similarities between Serbian and Russian cultures. During the reception Heather sang to Chris, and I gotta say - this girl has an amazing voice!
Last night I gave this presentation to an amazing group of Pittsburgh photographers at the Pittsburgh Pictage User Group (PUG). I am a huge geek and found a great niche for myself and my business - combining photography with engineering and becoming a cross between a photographer and a mad scientist. I build things because I can, because it is interesting and because some of what I build is actually useful to my clients. And because in my spare time I am Batman. Don't tell anyone:)