Monday, December 22, 2008

Genny & Jake l Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Genny and Jake called me soon after they returned from a global trek, and lots of pictures, and said they knew that they wanted a photographer who would be able to capture something real for their wedding. They're a couple who clearly want to experience life, not watch others have all the fun. And so, we were a perfect match for each other.

Their ceremony and reception were held at the Loews in downtown Philadelphia, the renovated historic 1932 PSFS building, the nation's first modern skyscraper.. The ballroom is a reminder that banks were once serious places. A very swank location for a swank couple.

From Genny's mother:
"You have captured the real spirit of my girl. There are shots of her that touch my heart because the little girl she was appears in her grown-up body. I just can't thank you enough for all of the beautiful prints, you caught every special moment, yet I don't even remember seeing you! thank you so much for being so good at your craft, I'm so glad she found you. "

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Betsy & Geoff l Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Betsy and Geoff's wedding brought me back to the Union League to continue this fall's run of great weddings and couples. After their ceremony at St. Augustine's we all got to walk around the Independence Mall area. One of my favorite times to photograph is dusk, in the fall, on a cloudy day. There's this beautiful period of time where all the shadows go blue and everything is super saturated and rich in tone.

I would've gotten the post of their wedding up sooner but I've been toiling away trying to get all their Christmas prints done in time. It's always awesome when a couple or their family orders lots of prints. It's a whole other level of enthusiasm when they start ordering prints within a few hours of seeing the images online. I love it!

So a few weeks before their wedding, I get a call from Geoff asking if I would have some time to shoot a picture of Betsy's favorite spot in Philadelphia along Kelly Drive. They do their daily run along the river here, as do many of my clients along with half of the under-40 crowd in the city, and this view is Betsy's favorite. It just so happens that Geoff's timing couldn't have been better as the leaves were at their peak of turning color which made for an amazing contrast of red against the blue sky at the end of the day. We did a canvas print, which arrived Friday morning in the nick of time for Saturday's wedding. You can see below as Betsy shares the print with her bridesmaids after Geoff had it delivered to her hotel suite on the wedding day.

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It's one thing to say a couple is nice and good hearted because you get along with them. It's a whole other thing to see them in action against a really unexpected and possibly unpleasant situation. So after doing the portraits around Independence Mall the wedding party hopped into their small chartered bus to head over to the reception while Geoff, Betsy and I waited for their car service to pick us up. And we waited, and waited and waited. The car never came. So after walking the streets for a bit looking for other possible places where the car and driver could have gotten off to, below, these guys didn't let it get to them, didn't get angry or flustered. They just rolled with it, and we hailed a cab back to the Union League. Now this is keeping what really important at the top of the list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Angie & Chris l Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I got a chance to revisit the Glasbern Inn this year with Angie & Chris' wedding in October. This was my second time to the Inn up in the almost mountains of PA. The surrounding land is amazing particularly at this time of year. As you can see, the leaves were just beginning to change and the light had that awesome Fall snap to it.

Even though Angie and Chris live in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, they really wanted to celebrate the unique and beautiful rural landscape of the Inn in Fogelsville. So we spent some time walking the grounds, including taking a trek up to their chicken pen area. The whole event just felt and looked all shades of orange. From the flowers to Angie's hair (ok, it's blond but it's in the same family as orange) to the changing leaves to the chickens to the lighting I used for the reception.

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I'm a veteran photojournalist with 20 years of experience telling stories with pictures.