Rachel and Karl’s Engagement Session

Last Sunday I met up with Rachel and Karl at Duquesne University for their engagement pictures. I absolutely loved hearing their story. Rachel and Karl were both in pharmacy school together at Duquesne and shared almost every class (Rachel got to stare at the back of Karl’s head everyday!). However, it wasn’t until a couple years after they both graduated that Karl ran into Rachel again when he went in to grab some toothpaste at the Rite Aid she worked at. Well, you can guess the rest by the ring on her hand! Needless to say, Duequesne is a pretty special (and neat) place for both of them. I can’t wait to see the rest of their story unfold at their wedding in August.

I just loved her red shoes!

This is one of my favorites:

This was the funniest thing–a squirrel ran right up to us apparently looking for food. It must be fed a lot on campus!

Where it all started:

Rebekah and Jason Tie the Knot–5.1.09

This month started off with a great Pittsburgh wedding–Rebekah and Jason’s. I really enjoyed getting to see their whole day unfold. The morning started early (with rain!) and with hair appointments at Looks in Monroeville. Then we headed over to the Monroeville Mall for Rebekah’s makeup. I can honestly say she looks great without it–as the photos will show–but they also did a wonderful job at the Mac cosmetics counter.

Then it was time for a bite to eat at Subway before heading back to the house to gather dresses and shoes. By this time, we were glad to see the sky had cleared up a bit. Rebekah looked absolutely amazing in her wedding dress–it suited her perfectly. Jason was Mr. Calm and Collected. One of the fun things was that the flower girl and ring bearer were the two kiddos that Rebekah nanny’s–they did great and were so precious! After the ceremony at Beulah Presbyterian Church in Pen Hills, we had some time for a few group shots outside. Then we were off to the Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg for the reception, where Rebekah and Jason celebrated with family and friends.

Posed, but cute:

It was a bit windy:


Rebekah and her father were so sweet together:

Evelyn Santana - Congrats,on your wedding.Your pictures are beautiful.I wish you Rebekah & Jason the very best of luck in your future as husband & wife.Love you.Titi Evelyn

Monica and Robert Franceschini - Rebekah you look beautiful!

Monica Franceschini - Congrats, my beautiful cousin!!! I wish you and your husband many, many years of love and happiness!!! Love you guys! – Monica

Kate Skopp - Yay Jason and Rebekah!

My New Sibling…sort of…

Well, this has absolutely nothing to do with photography, but my mom just got a new puppy over the weekend. Now, I didn’t take this picture because my mom actually lives in Texas, but I had to share it because he’s so cute! Meet Ruddy the Swedish Vallhund:

And for good measure, here’s a photo of my “puppy” looking quite bemused:

My Best Idea Yet?

Ever since I started shooting weddings and events I’ve struggled to find a good way to let everyone know where to find the photos once they’re uploaded. In the past, I would usually email the bride and groom or the main event planner, hoping they would share the link. At one time I did try printing up business-sized cards on plain card stock with the website link, but I often wondered how many of those slips of paper ended up in the garbage. I’ve seen other photographers distribute a sign-up list for people to write in the email addresses, but that just seems like a nightmare to me. Do I really have time to input a 100+ email addresses every wedding??

So, I had kind of given up, but was still frustrated when guests would ask me how they could see the photos. Well, a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a printing company when researching business card ideas–Moo. Yes, like a cow, and yet so much better. That’s when I saw their “mini moo” cards and was inspired with possibly my best idea yet…drum roll please…introducing my Share the Link Cards:

They’re the perfect size and thickness:

And on the back is the website link with password:

To top it off, they come in a sweet box:

So what do you think? As you can see, these are made with Ali and Andrew’s Engagement Photos. Just one more reason I encourage you to take advantage of the engagement session I include with every wedding package.

All that to say, I’m really pleased with Moo’s product, and I can’t wait to use these cards tomorrow at the wedding.

Now, I want to hear your thoughts!

Lisa Piellusch - I like it! Great idea. I have Moo business cards that I got to try out when they had a promo on for smugmug users and I love the quality. I think their quality and the mini’s fit nicely with your idea. :)

— Lisa P.

Mary Schwarz - Hi Arthur–you can actually view Moo’s prices here: http://www.moo.com/en/products/minicards.php

I think it’s a great deal for what you get–the product is top notch.

Arthur Scott - cost per hundred?? cost per thousand?? How many do you get and so on?? Enlighten us………..