I am so behind on my blog! First on the catch-up list is Annie. A beautiful senior at Seton-La Salle that I had the pleasure of photographing before all the leaves blew off at the end of fall. Annie was a great model and the images turned out to be some of my favorites of the year. Round Hill Park is getting to be one of my favorite places to shoot. So many beautiful places and options!
Meet Brayden. He’s a beautiful 3 yr. old boy that loves tractors and the Bubble Guppies. Brayden has MLD. His mother contacted me about getting some pictures of her little guy and gave me some background of the situation. I was so incredibly honored and could not wait to meet him. Brayden does not have use of much of his body but is very much aware of everything around him. He loves his mother, father, brothers and sister and you could see it in his eyes, expressions and smile.
Unfortunately kids with MLD do not have a very good prognosis. Currently there is no treatment for MLD, only medications to help maintain comfort for this progressive disease. Due to the rarity of this disease you don’t see many, if any, fundraising en devours to fund the research necessary. However there is The MLD Foundation. If you would like to spread or gain awareness, meet other families with the disease, find current fundraising events or just want to donate you can visit their site here.
The Rain held out long enough to have a great session down in White Oak Park. This session was filled with very active kids that were FAST! It was hard to keep up and keep everyone happy and smiling but in the end we came away with some great pictures. Thank you Dibernardo’s and Thompson’s, it was a blast!
Some friends of mine and their 8 month old baby stopped by today on their way through and I couldn’t help but take some pictures of their baby boy! This kids eyes are awesome. He’s so friendly and loves to smile. It was great seeing you all!
I was very excited the other day when the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) contacted me to do another portrait shoot for their magazine: American Motorcyclist. When I did Chris Bithell’s shoot a few months ago I thought, man, I’d love to do that again. But what are the odds the AMA, a national organization, will need another portrait taken for their magazine in the Pittsburgh area? As it turns out, they’re pretty good! They are doing a feature in the May issue about being able to get out on a bike on a budget. A local rider by the name of Sue Sinka caught their attention by acquiring two sport bikes for less than $2500 each! If you’re a subscriber, be sure to check out the article. If not and you love motorcycles, grab a copy of American Motorcyclist.
As I’m sure most of you have gathered from the work on my portfolio I’m not much of a studio-type-pictures kind of photographer. But I do have a small studio in my home that I use for my kids, family and close friends when necessary. I’ve been taking pictures of the Dibernardo’s since their daughter was first born. I’m thankful for the opportunity to record the various age milestones she has had and now I get to photograph their son, Mateo (italian for Mathew), as well. Starting with his 1 month pictures which we did the other night. He was NOT happy! Luckily mommy & daddy got him calmed down and we were still able to get some great shots of those gorgeos Dibernardo blue eyes! Since it is currently the off-season I thought I would just go ahead and share a few with all of you. Enjoy and feel free to comment. I know people tell Alicia and Buddy how beautiful their kids are constantly, but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few more.
A family friend needed some last minute pictures taken of her and her family. Now that ‘daylight savings time’ is in effect, there’s not much daylight!! By the time everyone was out of work and made it to the park we had about 20 good minutes to work. We ran around, herded the boys and got off a few good shots. There were a ton of leaves to play with and still some beautiful color left on the trees. This is by far my favorite time of year for portraits! Don’t say it’s too cold out already! Get out there, play and have fun!
Wettest. Shoot. Ever…. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) gave me a call yesterday and asked me to do a shoot of Team Warnert’s pro ATV rider Chris Bithell. Chris is a bit of an anomaly in the racing circuit because he is also a successful dirt bike rider. ATV riders and dirt bike riders have a bit of bad blood between them generally speaking. But Chris seems to bridge the gap. This is why AMA is doing an entire article on him. They want everyone to know it doesn’t matter what you ride, just support the sport. The shoot was a bit of a last minute thing and they needed the images fast. As luck would have it the weather would not cooperate so we proceeded with the shoot in a downpour. Thankfully, for the most part, you couldn’t tell it was even raining when you look at the pictures and I think the shoot went well. Chris was a nice guy and I wish him luck in his next race coming up on the 21st I believe. Thanks Chris and thank you AMA.