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.
How do you do an bird's view shot of a large crowd of kids during a balloon fight at a Bar Mitzvah party? You climb a 10-foot ladder. Don't try this at home, kids... Photo of me on the ladder was taken by Jenny Karlsson of Jenny Karlsson Photography.
I decided to go to the North Side at 6 AM to get some night shots of Pittsburgh on black and white film. All these photographs were shot on Kodak 400CN film with a Canon Elan 7E camera and a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Some of the exposures were as long as 15 seconds. All photos are straight out of the camera - I did not edit them at all.
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 weeks ago I had the privilege to photograph Jen's and Will's wedding. Both Will and Jen are naturals with the camera - it was almost impossible to take a bad photo (or a photo without Jen laughing). As always, Jenny Karlsson was an amazing second shooter - she took all the photos of the groomsmen getting ready. She also saved the day during the ceremony - I had a little mishap climbing down from the wall at the Aviary and it took me almost 10 minutes to get back to the garden.
Jen and Will - thank you guys for being such easy-going, awesome clients!
When I met Yana and Michael for the first time, I was amazed at how well they clicked together. It was truly my privilege to capture their day and their love story. Huge thanks to Dan Speicher for helping me with this wedding and for taking so many amazing photographs. And, of course, couldn't have done this without my sister Olga, who diligently lugged bags, lighting equipment and even had her debut shooting video:)
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!