10/30/16: Was contacted by Jake with Hive Ukuleles to photography this amazingly gorgeous instrument! If anyone is in need of a beautiful Ukulele please check them out!
10/02/16: Jessica is having her third child and is beautiful! The sunset and the location were perfect.
09/19/16: Met my Sister, her husband, and their children for some pictures at their family farm in Ohio.
07/23/16: Met up with a few photographer friends to photography St. Stephens church in Sewickley. Old church architecture and attention to detail is interesting!
07/16/16: Took the kids to another Honey Party hosted by Beefuddled Farms again this year. We had a great time and got some very tasty honey!
07/09/16: Wondered around my parents property this evening with my youngest, Claire. She helped me find all the bugs!
05/28/16: This was my first wedding themed shoot. The ceremony had already occurred but they wanted a few picture around Pittsburgh so we met up at PNC park on a very hot and sticky day. Had a great time meeting all the family and then getting to experience the reception afterwards.
05/23/16: Took my oldest two children, Ethan and Liam to the National Park - Assateague Island. Aside from the ever present mosquitoes, it was a fantastic trip!
04/23/16: Had the pleasure of attending this Instameet with my oldest son, Ethan. Enjoyed getting the chance to observe his enthusiasm and what he chose as his subject matter.
03/23/16: Visited Kansas City for a work related conference. This particular evening started off rainy but finished with a bang right at dusk when the rains stopped and the skies began to clear.
03/20/16: Joined the Wheeling Shooters for another fun, albeit cold and rainy, day of shooting. We were on the north side of Wheeling. My cover picture of the Victorian home actually won first place during the event!
03/08/16: Meet Travis! His Grandparents met me at Brooke Hills Park. He had a bit of a runny nose this day but we were still able to get some great shots.
02/27/16: My brother Luke overtly recruited me to make a trip to Phipps Conservatory - little did Hillary know what was about to happen. We roamed the beautiful scenery for a while then came to a wonderful location to pop the question. He went down on one knee, the tears started streaming, and I "just happen" to be able to capture it all! Thank you for letting me be a part of this very special moment - something I will never forget!
02/14/16: I had the pleasure of getting to meet this little bundle of joy. Mia is 2 months old and cute as a button. Thank you John and Darla for giving me the opportunity to take some very cute pictures. Made me really miss my own children being this little!
1/14/16: These little figurines took a walk with me down to the river on a cold snowy evening to enjoy the water and the sunshine. Fun times!
12/13/15: Feeling a bit of nostalgia as I was driving home Sunday morning. Had to pull over and capture the beauty of the vapor rising from the river.
12/6/15: On my way to Cannonsburg and had to stop by this field to take a few pictures. Very happy with the results!
11/5/15: My very first pet shoot. I had the pleasure of meeting Kaiser, Stella, Maggie, and Lily and their owners for a rather active evening rolling around on the ground and plenty of attempted kisses (I am somewhat adverse to dog kisses). Although, I don't judge those who enjoy it!
11/01/15: Spent a Sunday afternoon on the farm taking pictures of the Henline Family. Loved the left over colors of autumn still lingering in the shots.
10/26/15: Met up with Kayla and Eric for some fantastic Autumn inspired engagement pictures. Had a fun afternoon with this couple. Best of luck to the both of you in your future together!
10/14/15: I had an opportunity to visit the Krupinski family at their farm in Windsor Heights. I was a little nervous about taking pictures as the sky wasn't exactly "ideal". However, I think the pictures turned out great. It truly looks like autumn! I was able to wonder around a bit and photograph a few of their animals.
10/04/15: A great fall day for pictures. Had a nice time with Brent and Erica and their five children - each with their very unique personalities! Although it was a bit overcast I loved getting out in the cool autumn air to see a preview of what is in store for the colors this year.
09/27/15: Had a great time at my first #instameet with the Wheeling Shooters. I've not previously spent much time in East Wheeling but quickly found the charm. For those who are asking what an #instameet is, it's a photography scavenger hunt of sorts with categories of photos to obtain. You then post your photos to Instagram with the provided hashtags. The best thing about this type of meet is it attracts every level of photographer from the professional with all the high tech equipment to those with a budding interest photography to those using their cell phones to capture creative and interesting images. Getting to see all the different perspectives as they slowly filter onto Instagram has been enjoyable. I am already looking forward to the next one! Thank you Adrew Croft and Jason Foose for the invite!
09/23/15: I was given the great honor and opportunity of being asked to be one of five photographers invited into the closed off period rooms of the Oglebay Mansion Museum last night. Although we were unable to touch anything, it was amazing to see the details of the artifacts up close. These are just a few of the amazing pictures I was able to capture. If you've never toured the museum, I would highly recommend the experience.
09/23/15: This large family is all somehow related to the Rujak's. We had cousins, siblings, aunts, uncles, mams, paps and I'm sure some others in there. What a great down to earth group of people!
09/21/15: I had the wonderful opportunity to work with this gorgeous little girl and her fantastic family. All these pictures were taken in Colliers, WV on the Panhandle Trail which extends for 29 miles from Weirton, WV all the way into Carnegie, PA. Great for biking or hiking. I would highly recommend the portion that runs through Colliers and into beginning of PA.
09/20/15: Spent the day taking pictures in and around the Strip District in Pittsburgh. The 31st and the 16th Street Bridges are both unique and charming.
09/16/15: Had a great hike today at Settlers Cabin Park. For a quick hike with a great deal of natural diversity, I would highly recommend the 2 mile green loop. There is an excellent wet area of the hillside that is blanketed with a thick green carpet like moss which creates a feeling of fantasy - original inspiration for bringing along my little angel. There is also an interesting little creek with a waterfall at the bottom of the hill and an abundance of mushrooms throughout. I was there hiking in the early summer when it was still wet and saw an amazing variety of mushrooms and moss, but what really surprised me was when I returned in September and still found several different mushroom varieties. Can't wait to take someone there for pictures.
09/04/15: My youngest daughter and I took a walk through the woods. She is a lover of nature and gets easily excited about all the discoveries along the way. Taking her picture is easy and comfortable for me.
07/27/15: Something about the old headstones and other well crafted structures in an aged cemetery interests me. Enjoyed quietly walking around inspecting the hidden artistic works and gathering these images.
06/09/15: Meet Hillary. Hillary is a beautiful woman with a wonderful attitude and the most amazing red hair that matches her eyes creating some very dramatic shots. It was an honor that she allowed me to take her pictures! Brother, you have chose well!