Meghan and Jim | Pittsburgh Engagment Photos

On Friday evening I met up with Meghan and James at Mellon Park to shoot their engagement pictures. They had driven all the way from D.C. for their photos…well, OK, they had some other things to do in Pittsburgh before the wedding, too.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend time with these two sweet people. They have a great sense of humor, and they love each other–two ingredients that make for a super fun engagement session. Oh, and they had matching shirts…but more on that later.

It was HOT outside…in more ways than one!

Meghan has GORGEOUS brown eyes…and I love the way she’s looking at Jim here.

See? What’d I say–a great sense of humor.

Here are the matching shirts…this was also part of a joke.

Mmmm…love that evening light…

They thought’d it be fun to hang from the gate…

It was a bit tricky.

Meghan and Jim–I’m looking forward to seeing you again for your wedding in September!

Amanda and Tim | Wedding

Well, they say it means good luck. Rain on your wedding day.

I don’t think Amanda and Tim, though, need any of it. They have plenty of love, good friends, and a great family to get them through anything life might throw at them.

Despite the soggy weather, Amanda and Tim’s wedding was beautiful. Their ceremony was held outside at the Lutherlyn Center in Butler. And through it all, Amanda and Tim had such good attitudes, you would have thought the sun was shining with a bright blue sky in the background.

Amanda and Tim–I truly enjoyed getting to celebrate your wedding with you. Now let’s see some photos!

Amanda made this hairpiece all by herself–gorgeous! I LOVED their vintage theme.

Ok, this has to be one of the CUTEST flower girls I’ve ever seen..


This shot was taken by Jay. Looking good!

I love, love, love this shot. Even with the seatbelt.

Yes, that’s rain. And yes, Amanda and Tim are awesome.

Amanda suggested we do a Trash the Dress session after the wedding. After all, we’re half-way there!

And if you haven’t noticed, Amanda is BEAUTIFUL (and Tim, you are handsome).

Ok, so I hadn’t yet seen a real full on cake face smash…until this:

Tim and his sister are quite the dancers!

Actually, the whole family is.

And they had lots of toys for the groomsme–er, kids.

And I think this about sums their wedding day up.

CONGRATULATIONS Amanda and Tim! Thank you so much for letting me share in the fun!

Kathy Tomick - Love these! especailly #23, the BW in the rain of them looking at each other! PERFECT!!!!

Call for Models: Couples Needed for Workshops » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] workshops in April. Some of you may remember that my wonderful wedding clients from last summer, Amanda and Tim, were the great models for my trash the dress […]

Kim S. - What a terrific day…and such a great couple! Love you guys!! Kimmie

Amanda and Tim - Thank you for all of your votes, but Please vote on the bottom of the main page with all of the other brides listed! not sure if these ones will count…

Amanda Gilliland - Amanda and Tim!!

Hayley - Amanda and Tim

Katey - Amanda and Tim!

Ann English - Amanda & Tim! Beautiful photos :)

Christine Sandy-Hughes - I vote for Amanda & Tim!! Congratulations to you both and may God Bless you from this day forward!!

Jason Robeson - Amanda & Tim!

Jason Robeson - Tim & Amanda

Jason Robeson - I vote for Tim and Amanda!

Michelle - Tim and Amanda without a doubt.

Debby Solari - I vote for Amanda and Tim….Beautiful wedding

Ken Brown - I vote Amanda and Tim! Awesome photos!

Diana E-B - I VOTE AMANDA & TIM!!! Such GORGEOUS photos! Every single one brought a smile to my face! What an AMAZING photographer you are!

Mary Robeson - Amanda & Tim

Jason - Amanda & Tim!!!

Lisa - Kara showed me your pictures. What a beautiful couple!

Grandpa and Grandma Franko - Enjoyed the entire wedding ! We were grateful to be a part of it. Tim and Amanda’s love for one another was so apparant.

Dave Bish - Awesome! We had a great time sharing in your day.

Glori Smith - Amanda & Tim

Kara - When you are with Amanda and Tim you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I am amazed that the photos translate that warm and fuzzy feeling…wonderful job Mary!

I vote Amanda and Tim!!

Peg Shingleton Hamas - the purest of love , the simplist of joy , THE most PERFECT day ! You both gave warmth to my heart ! love Aunt Peg

Becky DeGregorio - Tim & Amanda…..what a great wedding day. One BEAUTIFUL couple!
Aunt Becky

Milla - Oh my goodness… what a BEAUTIFUL ceremony!! Wow! I've never seen a venue like that! Beautiful photos Mary… I especially LOVE the ones in the rain!

Lisa Piellusch - What a fantastic wedding!! (Well at least that's what it looks like from the photos) :)

That venue for the ceremony was gorgeous!

Looks like you did a great job of capturing the day for them.

Amanda and Tim | Pittsburgh Engagement Photos

This past Saturday I photographed Amanda and Tim’s wedding, but before I share their photos, I wanted to introduce them.

Last fall, in ye ol’ pre-blog days, I met up with Amanda and Tim at Hartwood acres for their engagement pictures. It was easy to see then–and it was still true on their wedding day–that they are totally head-over-heels in love with each other. We had a lot of fun roaming around the fall foliage at Hartwood, and Tim kept me (and Amanda) laughing the whole time.

What truly fun, kind, sweet, generous, and the list could go on–people they are. I can’t wait to show you their wedding photos…coming up..right after this:

Mmmm…yummy fall light…

Hartwood Acres Engagement Pictures | Lindsay and Aaron » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] Yes! This shot has become a famous one for me–all thanks to Amanda and Tim. […]

What’s my Favorite Lens? | F.A.Q. Number II

I often receive questions like this–what’s my favorite lens, what’s the best lens to buy, what equipment do I recommend for someone starting out, etc. Of course, there’s not really an easy answer to this.

It all depends on what you intend to do with your photography. Shooting a sports event will require something different than shooting macro shots of flowers in your backyard. And believe me, I’m not an expert on every lens out there. I can only speak for what I’ve used. And Nikon lovers–I’m afraid I haven’t used Nikon at all, so I really can’t offer any opinions there.

However, if I had to choose just one lens to recommend that Canon photographers buy, it would be the 50mm 1.4 lens. This is for several reasons:

1. It’s moderately priced–right now about $400 on Adorama.
2. It’s incredibly fast–1.4 aperture means great for low light.
3. It produces clean, sharp images.
4. And it’s lightweight–an easy walk-around lens to keep handy.

Now, Canon also offers two other 50mm lens models. There’s the 50mm 1.8 II that sells for about $120, and then there’s the 50mm 1.2L, which sells for about $1,450.

I also own the 1.8, and there is a vast difference between it and the 1.4. The 1.8 is completely plastic (except for the glass), and it’s not nearly as sharp as the 1.4 when stopped down to 1.8 aperture. If you’re going to get a 50mm lens, I would really recommend just going ahead and buying the 1.4. (I bought the 1.8 first and later bought the 1.4). As for the 1.2, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, but I haven’t actually used it. I’m sure you can find plenty of reviews about it on the web.

And, since a post isn’t any good without a photo, here are a couple of my willing model, Astin, taken with the 50mm 1.4 lens.

See the nice bokeh it produces?

Astin: “I’m sure I saw a cat out there…”

My New Favorite Lens | F.A.Q. #2 Addendum » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] long after I blogged about one of my favorite lenses, the Canon 50mm f1.4, I actually stopped using it on a regular basis. It’s not that I didn’t like it […]