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!

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This picture cracks me up no matter how many times i look at it.

downtown portrait session

We found an awesome (abandoned?) phone booth that was really old school on the roof of the parking garage where I parked. :) Bonus points!

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Props to Greg for showing me this sweet staircase!  This is probably my favorite from the day:

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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! ;)

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The Point Park Library used to be an old bank and we’ve kept the batman-movie-looking giant vaults in tact. :)

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point park university library

north side photography

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.

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I love you, guys! Hope you enjoy them. :)

city life.

when i lived in pittsburgh i went to school downtown. my dorm was in a skyscraper and i lived on floors 13, 17, and 21 (moving day was, well, interesting). point park university at the time consisted of 3 buildings. our dorm, the skywalk-attached classroom building, and the dreaded library that you had to actually go outside and down the street to visit. i’ve heard rumors about a freshman who won a dare of never going outside for the entire semester. it was the lazy man’s paradise… all elevators and everything you needed was a floor up or a floor down.

of course, if you did go outside, point park was conveniently sandwiched between a halfway house and a busy city intersection (lots of great stories about that halfway house, by the way) in the middle of the city. i lived downtown in that skyscraper for 3 years. during my senior year geoff returned from RIT  and we had an apartment in the north side, arguably pittsburgh’s most dangerous neighborhood. there were several shootings on our street – “it’s okay – that happens a few blocks up, and nothing ever happens on this side of the street!” geoff would cheerfully remind me.

i also was born in and, later in my high school days spent considerable time in, wilkinsburg, pittsburgh’s other arguably most dangerous neighborhood. there’s an awesome little venue called roboto where we’d go see shows and hang out.


point park university.


northside door.


view from the bus window.

needless to say, i’ve spent a lot of time in incredibly seedy and dangerous places. now i’m living on a tree-lined street with a community pool in a well-landscaped suburb of raleigh and i believe i’ve lost my touch. i used to wander around downtown and the north side all the time back in pittsburgh taking photos. i became extremely good at learning when i should be afraid… and i very rarely was. i was often stopped on the street and bus (oh the public transportation memories!) and talked to, but it was rare if someone gave me a hard time. sure, there was the occasional really creepy dude who’d ask where i lived, and the really crazy woman threatening to kill everyone on the 71A, but they were pretty much few and far between.

now that i live here i have to drive an unfortunate 20 minutes to get to actual downtown. we decided to move slightly outside the city to be closer to both of our jobs at the time. i’m downtown all the time but usually at night and usually with a group of people. i don’t walk around aimlessly for hours during the day shooting like i used to. i miss that and i am going to try and start doing it again, 20 minute drive and pain in the ass parking or not.

unfortunately, like i said, i have slightly lost my touch living in the ‘burbs for the past year and have lost a lot of my “street confidence.” of course, you kind of do lose that when two incredibly creepy dudes go out of their way to follow you for several blocks shouting, “you takin’ pictures? i’ll pose for you, baby!” and you have to bust out your cell phone to call your boyfriend at work so he’ll stay on the phone with you til you get to your car which is the most isolated spot of the city you could’ve possibly parked.


so obviously my photo session was cut short today… and i started with the basics of downtown. i figure i’ll work my way up to the seedy areas where i was most comfortable in pittsburgh and stick to the well-lit paved parts of raleigh until i remember how to handle the all the shady scenarios.


the BB&T building.


the indy newsstand.


the lincoln theater (the abe lincoln looks suspiciously like the abe lincoln in ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny youtube video).


fayetteville street.


the invisible building which is so, so cool.


fountain in front of raleigh memorial auditorium.