Upgrade and Snow

I’d seen the writing on the wall for my old trusty Canon 20D camera for about a year now, but I’d been waiting for the price to drop on the nifty 50D. Well, I finally made the upgrade, and naturally, I had to take some test photos.

Astin and Jay usually get to be the models for my test photos. Since Jay probably doesn’t want photos of him studying in his pajamas plastered across the internet, I’ll give you a couple of Astin.

He was looking kind of regal in that one.


And unless you haven’t stepped outside lately or watched the weather on TV, you’ve noticed that it’s been a bit chilly to say the least. Before the really cold came, though, I was able to snap a few photos of the snow outside our home.

Nicole - love your new blog Mary! Check out my latest post!

Amy and Ian’s engagement photos

Yesterday, I headed back to Phipps for Amy and Ian’s engagement photo shoot. This was actually my first time to meet them, as they’re currently living out of state and planning their wedding long-distance. They happened to be in town for the holidays, so we were finally able to meet. I enjoyed getting to hear a bit of their story (I love engagement stories), and I’m very excited about photographing their wedding in August. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the afternoon.


A couple of weeks ago I went to the Phipps Conservatory to take some photographs for a photography “project” that I’m working on. They had their winter flower show going on, so of course, there were lots of poinsettias. Here are some photos from the day.



green leaves

This flower was amazing at it was half red, half white. It looked like a mutation of sorts.

red and white flower

There were some beautiful orchids. I thought these looked a little Aggie maroon.

maroon orchid

yellow orchid

I will be heading back to Phipps again soon for an engagement portrait shoot. It’s one of the best places to go for good “outside” photos during the winter.

martha - Liam really likes the flowers. We were also looking at the other sections of your website and he got super excited at the children’s section and when we found our family portraits. He kept saying “dada.” He also spotted you and Albert and was excited.

First Post and Leafy Sea Dragons

Welcome to my blog!

I’ve been wanting to start a photography blog for some time now, but I have been short on just that thing–time. With the Christmas and New Year’s slow down, I’ve finally been able to put it together. Now I just have to find the time to keep it updated!

I have a lot of back-tracking to do, so be prepared for some “old” material the first few weeks. Speaking of which, a few weeks ago Jay and I headed to the
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
when they were offering free entry with the donation of a canned good. I’m afraid the zoo was not much to speak of–most of the animals were seeking shelter from the winter cold in their “habitats”–but we did enjoy seeing “dragons” at the aquarium. Yes, there are dragons that apparently swim the seas around Australia. They’re called Leafy Sea Dragons, and they’re incredible to watch as they “glide” through the water. Jay thought it would be fun to own one, until he found out that they are next to impossible to buy and also very difficult to keep. So, no sea dragons for us.