A Walk in the Park

Sometimes you just need to take a break. And for me, there’s no better way to do that than to take a walk! Thankfully, Pittsburgh has a lot of nice parks, and Frick Park is just a short ride away for us…or a long walk, whichever I feel up to.

Growing up in Moscow, Russia, I used to take a lot of walks with my family, especially with my sister and our dog, Texas. Yes, we had a Rottweiler named Texas! There’s something freeing about being able to step away from the computer, the internet, yes, facebook, and just enjoy God’s creation. Not to mention, it makes for a great time to catch up with your husband!

So, last Thursday Jay and I enjoyed a nice walk in the park…much to Astin’s delight, who of course was included in the walking activities. I decided to take my camera along because I wanted to get some shots of the fall before it was all gone. This season goes by so quickly!

I asked Jay to pose for me in front of these lovely fall leaves..

Astin, doing what he does best: running like a crazy dog.

Jay posing again…I just couldn’t get over the colors!

The noble mutt.

Check out these funky shrooms…

And yes, I asked Jay to make a silly pose by this funny-looking vine-thing. Nice, huh?

Heather - I love your dog. hes so cute!

Pittsburgh Engagement Photos for Heather and Dave

On one of the sunny days last week, I met up with Heather and Dave at the lovely Hartwood Acres for the engagement pictures. Heather and Dave are actually getting married in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011, but as newer “transplants” to Pittsburgh, they wanted to get their engagement photos done here. Plus, it’s hard to beat the fall in Pittsburgh (if the weather cooperates!).

I had a lot of fun getting to hang out with these two, who both met at the University of South Carolina (and are both uber smart…hello chemical engineering!). And with Heather being a “Southern gal,” I didn’t have to explain my use of the word “y’all.” Sweet!

Pittsburgh engagement photos

Wow…you two are hot!
Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Ooh…a favorite…but I really have lots of favorites…
Hartwood Acres engagement photo

Heather and Dave changed outfits…and I must say I love Dave’s pink shirt! And Heather matched it so well with her charcoal gray sweater–perfect.
Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Pittsburgh engagement photo

Heather, did I mention this already? You are beautiful!

OK, I have to say I love EVERYTHING about this photo! It really makes me smile.

And we had to get photos in front of this gorgeous tree.

Thanks guys, and I wish you happy wedding planning!

Jennifer - Gorgeous photos! I really need to get over to Hartwood Acres soon. I want to take some pics of my girls there. We might want some photos done as a family..perhaps Sept or October.. would love to contact you to set something up!!?

I Won First Place! | I ♥ Faces Week 45: “Autumn Beauty” » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] to say that I only composed and snapped the frame…the beautiful tree was already there, and Heather and Dave were such an awesome couple to photograph…so, really, I can’t take much […]

Autumn Beauty– I ♥ Faces Entry » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] that would work perfectly for this challenge, but in the end, I decided to go with a photo from Heather and Dave’s engagement […]

Ashley Parsons - WOW! I LOVE THESE PICTURES!! (MY FAVORITE IS THE ONE OF THE TREE BARN AND FENCE ON THE LEFT!) You just recently did my cousin Brads wedding and ive been looking at your site ever since. I LOVE THE WORK THAT YOU DO! I would love to be this good some day!!

Laura Hasty - Heather and Dave you guys look beautiful in every single shot! What a beautiful setting and day. Great photography. I love them all!!

Heather - Thank you so much Mary! these turned out wonderful! You are such an amazing photographer. I wish I could steal you and have you hop on a flight to Atlanta….

Allie Burrow - OMG Heather these are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys look amazing!!!!!

Donna McKerrow - OMG! EVERY single one is amazing! Just gorgeous people and places! Mary you captured them perfectly. 🙂

Lauren McManus - GORGEOUS PICS GUYS! I love and miss you both!! =)

Great Hall Pittsburgh Wedding | Leeanna and Jeff

What can I say? After having a blast photographing Leeanna and Jeff’s engagement session in June, I knew their wedding would be super fun. I am absolutely in love with the way these two people love each other…seriously. Jeff is so considerate of Leeanna, and she him. They are always making each other laugh, and I don’t think anything could have ruined their wedding day.

Not even the rain!

Leeanna and Jeff held both their ceremony and reception at Pittsburgh’s Great Hall, and they decided to see each other before the ceremony to take photos ahead of time. It was a good thing because right as we finished it started to drizzle! After a beautiful ceremony, they spent the evening laughing, dancing, and enjoying the company of their guests. Leeanna and Jeff–many thanks for letting me share in the story of your day!

pittsburgh wedding photo

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

pittsburgh wedding photo

We didn’t plan any dramatic first look–Leeanna and Jeff just had an impromptu one as they finished getting ready. I just love the authenticity of this moment.
first look photo

We went to a nearby park for some group shots…and this was one fun group! (Jay captured this photo)

Leeanna–you are stunning! And Jeff–you’re handsome!

Definitely one of my favorites…

Love this, too.

This shot was taken by Jay…

The best man had everyone laughing with his toast…

Things started innocently with the cake cutting…

But they didn’t end that way…

TRS - Really great pictures! LOVE the cake shot with the napkin in mid-air! Sweet capture!!!

Judy Jim - You look gorgeous!!
Seriously, both of you!! These are incredible photo’s~~~!


Andy Shissler - I was privileged to be there providing the music for this beauiful ceremony with Jeff’s brother, and I HAVE to say… I know Jeff and Leeanna very well, and you actually managed to capture their PERSONALITIES in these pictures, which just astounds me!

Beautiful, beautiful work!

Jessica - I love the first one with the umbrella! Perfect! What a beautiful wedding.

Lisa - LOVE it! Really, Mary amazing shots! The buckling her shoe, kissing under the umbrella, and the formal with her in focus and him out of focus are probably my favorites, but it’s hard to choose a favorite!

Milla - WOAH look at that chocolate cake!! I want some!! Beautiful job as usual Mary…