Archive for November, 2010

The Little Mountaineers | Family Portrait Session – Morgantown, WV

I have been incredibly lucky lately! Today, I traveled to WVU where I got to meet another great family. The little girls were very excited to get their pictures taken! They were complete naturals and beautiful too. Mom and Dad made it fun for them by telling silly stories. We had quite a chilly morning, but not one of them complained even once. Thankfully, we got a break from the cold for a little while and we got some great photos while warming up! Once we were all feeling a little better, we went back outside to explore a bit more. Although we all kept slipping on acorns and the poor little one bumped her cheek, everyone managed to keep smiling!

Enjoy a sneak peek of this adorable family.


Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chad Smith | Peters Township, PA

I had an exciting day! I was given the opportunity to photograph Chad Smith, drummer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chad was brought into Pittsburgh by the Percussion Marketing Council. PMC had a contest to win a Chad Smith Clinic for a local school. The contest was won by Vincent Nemeth, owner of U Rock Music Center (

Chad was at Peters Township High School for the day. He worked with some of the student percussionists and then later performed at an assembly for the entire school.

The day was really fun and very loud! I think that everyone had a good time. I’m glad I was able to be a part of such an awesome event.


Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

World Diabetes Day | November 14, 2010

For those of you who did not know, today is World Diabetes Day. I’m sure many of you have someone in your lives who has diabetes.  Here is a brief description of what the day is all about (thanks to Wikipedia)…

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Today is important to me because this year I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Every day I must check my blood sugar at least 8 times. I also wear an insulin pump called an OmniPod, because my body no longer makes insulin (a hormone that regulates your blood sugar). Thanks to modern technology, I am alive and am able to live a fairly normal life.

In support of all other diabetics, I wore blue which was part of the campaign awareness. For fun, I made some sugar-free chocolate cupcakes! I bought some blue candles and arranged the cupcakes to appear like the diabetes symbol (the blue circle).

Check out a photo I took before eating one!

To learn more about World Diabetes Day and Type 1 Diabetes please visit the following websites:

The Little Guys | Family Portrait Session – Venetia, PA

Today, I also met up with two cute little guys and their mom and dad. The boys were such good sports. We tried to make it as quick and painless and possible. The promise of a Kit-Kat Bar, if they were good, kept their interest just long enough. They played football, checked out some cool vintage toys (and a vintage car!), and went for a little hike up the hill. I hope mom and dad like their little sneak preview!


A Little Paint with Lots of Love | Couple’s Portrait Session – Beaver, PA

Today, I was lucky enough to photograph a sweet couple and their two best friends – Barley and Stella.  We had a chilly and damp morning, but the dogs didn’t seem to mind.  We explored some of the nature trails at the park, played on the playground, and crossed some treacherous bridges. With a little patience, a few dog treats, and the distraction of the giant frisbee (AKA the gold reflector), we had a great time.

Enjoy this sneak preview!

Trick-or-Treat | Halloween 2010

I hope that everyone had a fun and festive Halloween weekend. I had fun! Friday night I went to Kennywood’s Fright Night. It was a bit on the cold side but there was hardly anyone there! I was able to check out the haunted houses, go on a few rides, and eat some “Potato Patch Fries.” Saturday I went to a family Halloween party dressed as Olive Oyl (Scott dressed as Popeye)!  Yesterday, Scott and I carved a pumpkin and I baked some pumpkin seeds, yum! Check out some of the shots from my weekend.

Here is the pumpkin…. (hint: it’s a camera)

Here are Olive Oyl and Popeye…