Caitlin and Derick | Pittsburgh Engagement Photos

They first met on stage–and perhaps with a twist of fate, she played his fiancée in “House of Yes”. Though, it wasn’t the stage kisses that sparked her interest–it was a scene where they were sitting quietly together.

Of course, I’m sure the kisses couldn’t have hurt! And, obviously, she said yes.

Caitlin laughed as she admitted she much prefers being Derick’s fiancée than playing it. And I’m sure Derick wholeheartedly agrees!

I met up with these two sweet people last Friday at Point Park in Pittsburgh and then Station Square for their engagement session, and I had an absolute blast getting to hear their story and photograph their love. I cannot hardly wait for their wedding in January!

Derick was telling the proposal story here. It involved multiple boxes…and eggs (sort of)..on Christmas morning. I love creative proposals!

I love Caitlin’s smile! So cute.

I asked them to show me some of their acting skills…this is what I got…

Love, love, love her shoes! And, you can’t see it here, but they are gray. Do you know how hard it is to find decent gray shoes?? Trust me, I spent awhile finding mine..

And yes, that dress has POCKETS! This is a girl after my own heart…

A big favorite…though it’s hard to choose.

Can’t wait to see you two again in January!

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EmmaLou2484 - i think they are beautiful and they capture the whimsical spirit of derick and caitlin
i especially like the acting ones :)


The Mad Baker - Wow what breath-taking photos! You guys make a beautiful couple. So happy for you both. :)

Anonymous - Mary,

Thank you so much! Your photos are wonderful and we had a great time talking with you! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon and these incredible pictures!


Caitlin - Mary,
Derick and I could NOT be any more thrilled. Thank you so much for telling our story with such great photos. Your use of color is something we've always loved and your ability to capture moments that we can call ours is something we'll always treasure!

Thanks so much!

Anonymous - these are so incredibly beautiful- caitlin & derick are very good friends of mine- and i just have to say, you captured them, their deep love for each other, beautiful faces and ridiculous humor perfectly! their kids will love these!


Milla - Mary these are so natural and fun! I love them! Both locations were great… I love the ones on the fountain and lying in the grass at the park. Beautiful!

Anonymous - There are so many choices!!! How will they choose…LOVE LOVE LOVE your work

Kateri and Mark (+Rosie) | Engaged

They met in high school at the lunch table. Though, Kateri jokes Mark couldn’t have remembered it much because he slept through most lunches. Nonetheless, she must have made enough of an impression on him despite his naps because lunches eventually led to dating and finally to being engaged.

I met up with Kateri and Mark at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh–definitely one of my favorites for taking engagement photos. I knew we were going to have fun when the session started like this:

Um, are you kidding me?? I think this is now officially a puppy session…

Mark’s mom breed’s Boston Terriers, so as Mark put it, “Rosie” is an early wedding present to themselves.

Well, somehow we did manage to break away from Rosie for some photos while “Grandma” babysat.

But, we had to bring Rosie back because she’s just so darn cute.

Ouch, Rosie’s a feisty pup, and she has sharp teeth.

But who could really be mad at this girl?

I seriously wanted to take her home with me…(by the way, I think Mark’s mom has a few puppies left if you’re interested)

A fav…

I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding in November…

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Anonymous - Veary nice!

theProvidentWoman - Those are great pictures!

Amy and Ian | Wedding 8/1/2009

I think Amy and Ian get the title of being my first blog couple–I introduced them to you way back in January. Then I got to post Amy’s bridal shoot here and here.

Well, last Saturday Amy and Ian exchanged rings in a beautiful ceremony at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Corsica. Amy was gorgeous–but you’ve already seen that. They celebrated with friends and family at the Holiday Inn in Clarion, and DJ Jeremy Ganss kept the party dancing all night long.

I love the look on Amy’s mom’s face when she sees her in her dress.

Does it get any more sweet than this?

Um…YUM…the sky is even coordinating here!

This isn’t their church, but it sure is pretty.


So, not only did Amy have a bridal portrait, but they also had a groom’s cake–another lovely Southern tradition. (FYI, a groom’s cake is traditionally chocolate–yummy!)

Love this series…

Congratulations Amy and Ian–it was truly a pleasure getting to know you and photograph your wedding!

Sharon - Amy & Ian – my vote is in. Thanks!!!

Nicole Salvo - Love this wedding the best….!

Eirlys & Gary - What a beautiful wedding, and of course the flower girl was a beauty too…she is my grandaughter…many years of happines to you both.

Nancy Hettinger - Amy & Ian

A simply stunning couple

Pamala Speidell- Arnold - Congradulations!!! May God Bless every moment. Your pictures are so beautiful.

Elaina - Amy and Ian what a wonderful wedding was so glad to be a part of it :) May God Bless!

Bunny Conant - I have seen many a wedding photos even once working for a photographer.. These are truly the most beautiful photos and bride with her handsome groom I have laid my eyes on…. Thank you so for making this couple one of your top works…. Looking at your other works you are truly an artist of your gift.. I feel Amy and Ian are your best work.

Anonymous - Mary, Amy searched long distance from NC for her PA Photographer, I couldnt understand why she didnt just go with a local one. I am so happy her diligence found you. As Jess said, you were not only professional but personable and just felt comfortable to be around; not a stiff pose in the bunch. You captured the joy and happiness of Amy and Ian's dream day. Thank You.
Julie Simpson, Mother of the Bride.

Jess Simpson - Mary! Your pics are amazing and cant wait to see the rest! You did a great job and being there when you did amys bridal portraits as well you are so much fun to work with as well. You are very personable and professional yet when people are around you, you are like a friend!!! I love your work and everything you do…keep up the good work and I will remember you in the future if I know someone looking for a photographer!

Jess Simpson (Amys sister in law)

Milla - Mary, you are ROCKING that off-camera light! Amazing! I love it! Perhaps you should give me lessons, not vice versa? :) Also, I love the portrait of the bride and groom in that beautiful field. Beautiful!

Ashley Howard - I am wondering if you tell people about your grooms cake?!?!?! :o)

Lisa Piellusch - You've captured some fabulous moments. :))

Falkirk Wheel Etc. | UK Adventure Part IX

As I watched Glencoe slowly roll away from view out my passenger window, I felt the gray clouds matched my mood.

There’s always a bit of sadness on the last day of a good trip–but it’s also mixed with relief. There’s nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed with your own sheets to make returning home that much easier.

Our last day in Scotland proved to be a strange mixture of sights, with really nothing in common but the fact they were along our way back to Edinburgh.

The morning began with another tour of a local distillery–this one, though, seemed rather sad and had fallen on hard times.

We lunched in this quaint town. I think the tour bus had just pulled up before us.

Then we hopped out of the car for a photo only of Doune Castle, which Monty Python fans will recognize as the one used in the Holy Grail movie. There were loads (literally) of tourists here (trust me, they just moved out of view of my camera).
Doune Castle

Next up was Stirling. Again, we just went up to the castle but didn’t tour it. By this time we were castled out.

Sorry, these illustrations always amuse me.

And finally we came to the highlight of the day–and the title of this post.

Yes, it’s the Falkirk Wheel

If you read the wikipedia article, it will explain how this was built to replace several locks along the canal.
Falkirk Wheel

We were fortunate enough to get to watch it in action.

We made it back to Edinburgh.

This sign would be ideal for the college dorm room.

And lastly we celebrated Jay’s birthday–pub style.

Goodbye, dear Scotland.

Well, that’s all she wrote, folks. Hope you enjoyed viewing my travels!

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Nicole - Mary! I super enjoyed reading about your trip through your words and pictures!

It looks amazing and you are an amazing photographer!

love ya!

Kara - that's a pretty cool wheel