Pennsylvania’s very own Brandrew is back on the blog! Well, Ohio’s very own I guess. Brandrew (Brandy and Andrew, respectively, although I’ve given up trying to call either one of them by their correct names because for whatever reason my brain has decided to run the two permanently together) used to live in Pennsylvania, but have since moved to Ohio for Andrew’s job. During the session at Andrew’s parents’ house in Pennsylvania, we had a conversation that went like this (Brandy and I went to high school together):
Me: Brandy, I miss youuuu!
Brandy: I knowww, I miss you too! I wish you still lived here.
Me: But Brandy, you don’t even live here.
Brandy: … (really sad face)… I know. :(
:) I don’t normally do maternity sessions, but Geoff and I shot Brandrew’s engagement and their wedding, and instead of a traditional maternity shoot, they really just wanted pictures of the two of them and their pup Cody while Brandy just happened to be pregnant. Cody likes to growl at anyone who comes near Brandy now, but I quickly won him over by talking to him about squirrels and chipmunks, and then we were best friends. Brandy and Andrew are having a baby girl, named Eliza, in March. I’ll then have to think of another name combination. Maybe Brandriza. Or Ebrandrew. I’ll think about it.
Brandy and Andrew met while she was a server and he was a cook at Johnny Rockets. They didn’t like each other. Brandy thought Andrew was stuck up. Andrew thought Brandy was weird. Eventually they ended up together and have been ever since. It turns out that what Brandy took for stuck up was just Andrew being kind of shy. But it also turns out that Andrew still thinks Brandy is “kind of weird”. :D ;) Bahahaha. But despite their differing views on the Harry Potter movies (Brandy loves them and Andrew politely puts up with them), they are fantastic together and laughed the whole time. They’re sooo sweet, but I already knew this about Brandy. We were in show choir and drama together for 3 years in high school… high-kicking our way to the top in our ridiculously sequined blue dresses. ;) Brandy has a beautiful singing voice. She met Andrew after we graduated (he went to another high school), so I just now have met him… and he’s wonderful! I’m so excited to see them together again on their wedding in June.
Photos taken at Johnny Rockets in Pittsburgh Mills (where they met) and Deer Lakes Park (behind the Mills). Special thanks to the Johnny Rockets crew for letting us shoot there before they opened up, and for the Deer Lakes Park fog for being so awesome and conveniently timed. Here is our wonderful Brandy and Andrew!
P.S. Brandy – you’re a fine girl (you’re a fiiine girl!). What a good wife you would be (such a fiiine girl!).
I am so happy to finally be posting a beautiful portrait session of my dear friends and lovely couple, Greg and Matt. Greg and I were partners in crime in college, meeting one Halloween when he painted himself white, dressed up like Michael Jackson, and approached me in the school cafeteria, saying something to the effect of, “Why hello there, little girl.” We’ve been friends ever since. I also credit Greg with the start of my real passion for photography, as he was and is an excellent photographer in the DC area.
When Greg first told me about Matt, I was so excited. And of course I was not disappointed when I met him. :) Matt has always been so kind and nice to myself and Geoff, and makes a perfect other-half for Greg. They are a beautiful couple together and very close to my heart. Matt wanted pictures of the two of them as a couple for Christmas, as they’ve been dating a few years and need a good picture for their wall. Greg bought him a session and they both came up to visit me in Pittsburgh while I was home for vacation, where we took the pictures in and near our old alma mater, Point Park.
SPECIAL THANKS to the Point Park library staff. Specifically, thank you to William Cameron for giving us permission to photograph inside the Point Park library on a bitterly cold and snowy day in Pennsylvania when the library was closed for Christmas. And thank you to Chris Hill for meeting with us, showing us cool places in the library we hadn’t been before, and being supportive and hilarious. Thank you!
This picture cracks me up no matter how many times i look at it.
We found an awesome (abandoned?) phone booth that was really old school on the roof of the parking garage where I parked. :) Bonus points!
Props to Greg for showing me this sweet staircase! This is probably my favorite from the day:
Of course we’d have this funky wallpaper in a secret room above the library accessible only by rickety bronze elevator. Go Point Park Pioneers! ;)
The Point Park Library used to be an old bank and we’ve kept the batman-movie-looking giant vaults in tact. :)
We wanted to take some shots on the North Side and parked across from my and Geoff’s old apartment where we took this picture. :) It used to be white with baby blue window sills, but they’ve painted it. I like it. :) I miss living there, minus the occasional shootings up the street. The North Side has become a pretty dangerous area of Pittsburgh, but the Mexican War Streets (pictured here) is a little beautiful neighborhood of awesome old houses and is (relatively) danger-free.