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Saturday, May 5th

$300

Mother/child (photos together only, no singles of child alone), 30 mins, 2 backdrops

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, in person proof appointment post session, and $200 print or digital credit included.

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) greensburg photographer pittsburgh pennsylvania skysight photography wedding photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/4/mothers-day-sale Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:08:26 GMT
Elopements & Courthouse Wedding Photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/4/elopements-and-courthouse-wedding-photography-Greensburg-pittsburgh-pennsylvania Elopements, courthouse weddings, civil ceremonies in the backyard, or however you choose to exchange vows, can all be amazing events - even if only the two of you + officiant and photographer are present. I've photographed a great deal of smaller weddings in the past, and I have to say that every single one is as special as a large wedding with hundreds of guests. The marriage of two people who love each other is a beautiful thing to witness, and I love to photograph it. I've photographed some that choose to have not one person in their family aware they were exchanging I Do's (A true elopement!), and sometimes when they are aware but still the bride and groom choose to keep it an intimate affair with just their children or a best friend as witnesses. The Westmoreland County courthouse located just a few miles from our studio is an absolutely beautiful building with opportunities for photos inside and outside. The alley way streets of Greensburg make for some really fun backgrounds if you wish to extend your portrait session a little longer after your courthouse wedding ceremony ends. The Diamond at Ligonier is also a very popular public location for a midday wedding on a weekday, just get the appropriate approval needed, an officiant and marriage license... not much left but to show up and exchange rings! Pittsburgh parks, such as Point State Park or West End Overlook have also been locations I've witnessed elopements, and make for some beautiful photographs as well with the city as backdrops.  No matter what your location choice is for saying I DO to your loved one, it will certainly be a special moment if you feel it in your heart.

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/4/elopements-and-courthouse-wedding-photography-Greensburg-pittsburgh-pennsylvania Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:13:59 GMT
Jessica & Greg Omni William Penn wedding in downtown Pittsburgh PA http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/jessica-greg-Omni-William-Penn-wedding-in-downtown-Pittsburgh Jessica and Greg had the winter wonderland wedding of any bride's dreams! There was just enough snow to feel extra special, but not too cold that we couldn't sneak outdoor for a few photos. Their venue, the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh is just the epitome of glamorous historic charm! Their day was full of friends, family, lots of love, and a celebration of dancing and laughter. Our best wishes to Jessica and Greg on a beautiful marriage in your future!

Jessica and Greg... Thank you so much for having Bill and I photograph your amazing day! We loved working with you and your family, who we have come to know so well through the weddings and events in your family we've been so honored to be a part of! Looking forward to the next Meyer wedding later this year! :) 

All our best! Cheers! 

~Autumn & Bill 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/jessica-greg-Omni-William-Penn-wedding-in-downtown-Pittsburgh Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:15:58 GMT
photography convention tips for photographers http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/photography-convention-tips-for-photographers  

Dear Photographers, 

Wanted to post some photography convention tips for you! 

While every season seems to be impossibly busy for those of us in the photography business, never forget to take some time to learn something new. Before wedding season is upon us and in full swing, sit down and consider what new skills you’d like to learn this year. From conferences to one-on-one workshops, there are opportunities to further your photography education around every corner! It’s always beneficial to learn new ways of doing things and remind yourself how beautiful the basics of our craft are. Whether you have new techniques to offer others, or see that one of your favorite photographers is hosting a session near you, collaborating with fellow photographers is a great way to enhance your skills.

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These collaborations and workshops are great ways to spark inspiration that you would miss out on by pigeonholing yourself into the monotony of routine. Not to mention the mutual benefits that come along with being a part of an active network of artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. Get involved in both local and national communities online and in person to keep things fresh and never stop learning. One of the greatest gifts these communities provide is sharing knowledge and collaborating organically!

We do know that first getting involved can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled some tips to help navigate your way through the workshop world.

Choosing the right event to attend

The first question to ask yourself before planning or attending a conference is “what do I want to learn?” Different events serve different purposes, from education to testing out new products. Determining exactly what you want to achieve helps you narrow down selections. The most common reasons for attending a conference include learning new techniques, professional networking and checking out new products. No matter your goals, a workshop serves as a useful and fun place for professional development.

After your main goal for attending a workshop is established, choose between small or large, local or destination, themed or general and hands-on or more informative. Big scale conventions tend to be too large to offer an intimate, hands-on approach, so opt to leave your hardware at home for these. If your goal is to learn a new technique, smaller-scale workshops are just the place to bring your camera along and practice new techniques. On the other hand, if you want to do a lot of networking and listen to the leaders of your industry, consider choosing a larger event such as Imaging USAWPPI or Photo Plus Expo. Keep in mind, however, that these events tend to be in big cities and attract a huge audience so navigation can be challenging, but the presenters tend to be the best of the best in the industry!

When you’ve made your decision and the day arrives, remember to pack comfortable shoes, a small backpack and everyday essentials – water, a portable snack, notebook and pen (or ipad with portable keyboard for taking notes!), phone charger and business cards. Chances are you’ll make a lot of connections so business cards will keep you time and convenience! As the event goes on, keep an open mind and allow your plan to change if a spot in a previously full class opens up, or you find yourself with some extra time to mingle with peers. I’d recommend pushing yourself to take a class you weren’t originally interested in, as you might just find yourself with a new perspective you never imagined you’d learn! Some of the best speakers might primarily shoot landscape, while you shoot weddings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have nothing to learn from them. Sit in on a new speaker from a different specialty and leave your bias at the door!

Plan a workshop in your area

If you’ve mastered a skill or got your hands on a new product early and want to help others get up to speed, consider planning and hosting a workshop yourself! It doesn’t have to be the most lavish event of all time, and you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to attract a crowd. Opt to register and promote your event online to reduce advertising costs and quickly spread awareness. Be sure to utilize social media channels to spread the word in the right groups and demographic. Create a public Facebook event to reach people you may not know directly, and encourage them to invite friends. Also consider formalizing an agreement with vendors and talent involved in planning the event to cross-promote on their social channels and with their networks as well.

When the day of the event arrives, be sure to line up plenty of help. Planning and hosting an event doesn’t always come easy, and having a reliable assistant and staff can make all the difference. Ensure you have a schedule planned out to keep things running smoothly, and always leave some wiggle room just in case things don’t go exactly as planned!

Whether you want to host or simply attend, there is no time to stop educating yourself. And what better way to improve your skills than to get involved with fellow photographers? Let’s show everyone that you CAN teach an old dog a new trick. Happy learning!

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Focus on the Groom http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/focus-on-the-groom  

Sometimes during the wedding day photos Grooms get lost in the shuffle, but not at SkySight Photography.

We make sure that your Groom is in the spotlight, also.

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) greensburg greensburg photographer pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photographer skysight photography wedding photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/focus-on-the-groom Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:58:38 GMT
Best of 2017: Bride & Groom http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-bridal-portraits  

Best of 2017: Bride & Groom

 

2017 was an AMAZING year for weddings! We had the opportunity to work with so many amazing couples and on top of that... photograph some gorgeous locations!!

 

Bridal Portraits are one of my favorite parts about weddings days -- spending time with the couple alone is so fun and it provides a time where I can capture special moments between just them.

 

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Whether it is capturing the Bride alone or the couple together, Bridal Portraits are truly an amazing part of the wedding day.

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) bridal portraits bride greensburg greensburg photographer groom pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photographer skysight photography wedding photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-bridal-portraits Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Timeless Portraits http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/1/timeless-portraits Timeless Portrait Mini Sessions

Timeless Portrait Sessions are simple sessions with minimal props or furniture. 

They are a time to focus on the innate beauty of each of you.

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Our Timeless Portrait Sessions are the perfect time to capture the still & tender moments that sometimes go unseen both in childhood and between a Mother and Child. These photographs are meant to capture expression, therefore we highly suggest that children under three years of age get their photos taken with their mother. Children three years and older are welcome to have their photos taken either alone or with siblings. Although we may capture a few smiles, this session is focused on the quiet moments that define the beauty within. Single shots alone are highly recommended for these sessions so we can focus on that individual, but you can choose among the options below for singles and/or parent with child portraits. DSC_4190-EditDSC_4190-Edit

We are offering special packages, available on the below mini session dates only. Rates are for a limited time, and based on availability (maximum number of sessions will be accepted each date).

You can check out more details below, or contact us, about the outfits we will be providing free of charge in the sessions.

Both parents are welcome to take part, but keep in mind the style of these sessions is focused on intimate one on one relationships, single child photos, or you with your child, not necessarily a full family portrait. However that could be arranged as well if you prefer this style for a full portrait of the whole family, but the session will likely take longer therefore not fit into a mini session slot. If you're still interested or unsure if your family is a good fit for this, just feel free to call and ask about it. Each family is different and can take more or less time than others based on the age of your child, etc. DSC_2865-Edit-EditDSC_2865-Edit-Edit

 

CHOOSE A SESSION OPTION...

 

Option 1.

Parent/child (together only, no singles of child alone), 20 mins, 2 backdrops $300

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, in person proof appointment post session, and $200 print or digital credit included.

Option 2.

Single child only, 20 mins, 2 backdrops  $300

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, in person proof appointment post session, and $200 print or digital credit included.

Option 3.

Two children (Single portraits taken of each child), 30 mins, 2 backdrops  $350

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, in person proof appointment post session, and $200 print or digital credit included.

Option 4.

Three children (Single portraits taken of each child), 40 mins, 2 backdrops  $400

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, in person proof appointment post session, and $200 print or digital credit included.

 


OPTIONAL - ADDITIONAL TIME TO ADD PORTRAITS WITH PARENT OR SIBLINGS TOGETHER:

- Poses of siblings together, additional 15 mins to any session above - $25
- Parent/child poses together, additional 20 mins to option 2, 3, or 4 above  - $50

 

Professional Hair & Makeup Artist: 

Optional, must schedule in advance & subject to availability.  +$150 additional to package

 

Mini Session Dates:   

Feb 17th

Feb 20th 

*A third date may be added if these dates sell out.

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It is your choice on the style that you would like me to photograph of you and/or your child. You can choose the clothing (styling provided), backdrop color/style, or leave it all up to me. 

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We can provide dresses for both mom and girls (inquire for sizes), as well hats, suspenders, bowties for boys. And you are more than welcome to style your own session with personal clothing as well. Be sure to inquire about what is available, sizes, etc so you can be prepared on if you'll need to bring anything extra. For mothers, be sure to plan for proper undergarments for a strapless dress, for example. 

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A changing area and vanity are available for your use.

And a hair & makeup artist is optional by request (in advance) for an additional fee.

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pennsylvania greensburg photographer mother and child pittsburgh portraits skysight photography studio portraits http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/1/timeless-portraits Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:09:24 GMT
Some of my favorite wedding details of the last few years http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-detail-shots  

Weddings are full of a million tiny details that make a magical day. Special touches like fancy shoes, sparkling jewelry, or crystal champagne glasses are like the icing on the cake of an already amazing day (pun intended!) Here's a few of my favorite detail shots from this past wedding season, as well as a few from years prior that are still some of my greatest hits! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pennsylvania greensburg greensburg photographer pittsburgh skysight photography wedding photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-detail-shots Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:15:00 GMT
Andrea and Robert's winter wedding at the Mansions on Fifth, Pittsburgh PA http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/1/andrea-and-roberts-winter-wedding-at-the-mansions-on-fifth-pittsburgh-pa  

Andrea and Robert planned a December wedding at the Mansions on Fifth in Pittsburgh, PA and the day could not have gone smoother. The weather was brisk but absolutely beautiful with a glowing sunset, and the Mansion was decorated beautifully for the upcoming holiday season. Their suites were stocked with food and drinks as they got ready for the day just down the hall from one another.  And their guests packed the house to watch their intimate ceremony on the staircase.  Check out the story below of their amazing day at the Mansions on Fifth!  Smith_D'Alessandro_0001Smith_D'Alessandro_0001 Their florist, GreenSinner, suggested adding the sheer curtains to the gorgeous stained glass at the top of the stairway landing to add some softness to their ceremony space. 
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A crowd of nieces and nephews filled the getting ready suites with lots of love, laughter and sillyness. 

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Their ceremony was sweet and personal, and took place right on the stairway.  Smith_D'Alessandro_0602Smith_D'Alessandro_0602 Smith_D'Alessandro_0614Smith_D'Alessandro_0614 Smith_D'Alessandro_0629Smith_D'Alessandro_0629 Smith_D'Alessandro_0642Smith_D'Alessandro_0642 Smith_D'Alessandro_0645Smith_D'Alessandro_0645 Smith_D'Alessandro_0673Smith_D'Alessandro_0673 Smith_D'Alessandro_0707Smith_D'Alessandro_0707 Smith_D'Alessandro_0722Smith_D'Alessandro_0722 Cocktail hour, dinner and dancing were scattered among the main floor rooms of the Mansion, where beautifully decorated tables were scattered for guests to enjoy amazing food and drinks while warming by the fireplaces. Smith_D'Alessandro_0762Smith_D'Alessandro_0762 Smith_D'Alessandro_0767Smith_D'Alessandro_0767 Smith_D'Alessandro_0783Smith_D'Alessandro_0783 Smith_D'Alessandro_0799Smith_D'Alessandro_0799 Smith_D'Alessandro_0808Smith_D'Alessandro_0808 Smith_D'Alessandro_0819Smith_D'Alessandro_0819 Smith_D'Alessandro_0822Smith_D'Alessandro_0822 Smith_D'Alessandro_0829Smith_D'Alessandro_0829 Smith_D'Alessandro_0852Smith_D'Alessandro_0852 Smith_D'Alessandro_0872Smith_D'Alessandro_0872 Dj Sosa got the dance floor packed immediately and it didn't slow down all night!  Smith_D'Alessandro_0889Smith_D'Alessandro_0889 Smith_D'Alessandro_0892Smith_D'Alessandro_0892 Smith_D'Alessandro_0912Smith_D'Alessandro_0912 Smith_D'Alessandro_0914Smith_D'Alessandro_0914 Smith_D'Alessandro_0934Smith_D'Alessandro_0934 Smith_D'Alessandro_0939Smith_D'Alessandro_0939 Smith_D'Alessandro_0956Smith_D'Alessandro_0956 Smith_D'Alessandro_0961Smith_D'Alessandro_0961 Smith_D'Alessandro_1008Smith_D'Alessandro_1008 Smith_D'Alessandro_1012Smith_D'Alessandro_1012 Smith_D'Alessandro_1019Smith_D'Alessandro_1019 Smith_D'Alessandro_1041Smith_D'Alessandro_1041 These two were simply an absolutely joy to photograph on their very special wedding day. Their smiles and happiness were radiating from their faces all day long, an infectious feeling that spread among every guest in the venue.  Our very best wishes to the happy couple for an amazing marriage in your future! 

All our best, Autumn and Bill 

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Maternity and newborn favorites of 2017 http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/maternity-and-newborn-photographer-greensburg-pa-best-photos-2017 In 2017 I photographed a LOT of babies and bellies!! Here is just a few of them... I wish I could post them all. Wow... What a year its been! Thanks to all of my clients to helped to make this year seriously amazing!

Happy new year! & welcome to this world to all the new babies!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at SkySight! http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/happy-holidays-from-skysight  

Happy Holidays from SkySight Photography! 

 

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This season has been FILLED with amazing clients & smiling faces.

Santa visited the studio!

 

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Here's a glimpse into our Christmas Mini Sessions.

 

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Thank you all for a great year!

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) christmas cards christmas session greensburg photographer pittsburgh pennsylvania skysight photography studio mini session http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/happy-holidays-from-skysight Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:05:06 GMT
Kimberly and Kelsey's intimate wedding at Eddie Merlot's in downtown Pittsburgh http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/kim-and-kelseys-intimate-wedding-at-eddie-merlots-in-downtown-pittsburgh Kim and Kelsey had a beautifully intimate wedding in downtown Pittsburgh with their closest family this fall. Eddie Merlot's was the perfect venue for their wedding, a restaurant located just paces from the Wyndham Grand and Point State Park with a great private room.  Their cool personal style was integrated into their day, with Kim's gorgeous choice for a sage green wedding dress and Kelsey's awesome three piece navy and brown suit. They paired the colors of their flowers to match flawlessly with the sage and navy color scheme. Their wedding took place in late fall, with an early sunset time, so they opted to do a first look so we could have ample time to photograph in the daylight before their evening ceremony took place.  Inside the Wyndham, in separate hotel rooms, they dressed with just their immediate family members by their side.  Outside the hotel, in the historic Point State Park, they met to see each other for the first time.  We walked the park for photographs in the beautiful fall foliage and ended our walk just before their ceremony began in front of the fireplace at Eddie Merlot's.  Kim and Kelsey were beaming with smiles and love for each other that day, and although I had met Kim previously when I shot her sister's wedding last year, I hadn't ever met Kelsey or seen them together as a couple until this day.  I have to say what a joy it was to spend this time with them on one of the biggest days of their lives, and how much they felt like great friends I had known for a very long time by the end of the wedding day.  Congratulations to this very happy couple! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/kim-and-kelseys-intimate-wedding-at-eddie-merlots-in-downtown-pittsburgh Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:58:37 GMT
Kristen and Michael's October wedding at Noah's of Cranberry http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/kristen-and-michaels-october-wedding-at-noah-s-of-cranberry  

 

Kristen Leake and Michael Wood

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Kristen and Michael had an amazingly perfect October day for their wedding. The temps were perfect, the sun peeked in and out of some clouds, and there was not a drop of rain.  The leaves had just started to peak in color all around the western Pennsylvania countryside. In Cranberry twp, at Noah's Event Venue, they were busy at work setting up the ceremony space for these two to say I DO just after 3pm in the afternoon while Kristen and her bridesmaids were busy with hair, makeup, and dress details... and taking a celebratory shot and toast of mimosa's on the bed. Michael and his groomsmen were getting suited up with ties and boutonnieres at the same time, and also, taking a celebratory shot together!  Guests arrived and anxiously awaited the bridal entrance. A beautiful ceremony took place and the vows were exchanged. The new Mr and Mrs Wood rushed off for some photos in the fall leaves and nearby locations then returned for the party of their lives. Cake, toasting, singing by her grandfather, the limbo, and lots of dancing took place. They packed in every second of that night, they will certainly never ever forget.

Congratulations Kristen and Mike on a beautiful wedding, and cheers to an even more beautiful marriage. 

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For a list of some of their vendors, check out these links below! 

Noah's of Cranberry - www.noahseventvenue.com

Posies by Patti - www.posiesbypatti.com

Bridal Beginning - www.bridalbeginning.com

Mariana Filmworks - www.joshmarianaphotography.com

Dj Underdog - http://www.bookbrandnu.com/

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/12/kristen-and-michaels-october-wedding-at-noah-s-of-cranberry Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:22:05 GMT
10 TIPS FOR A *VERY* SUCCESSFUL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/11/10-tips-for-a-very-successful-newborn-photography-session  

10 TIPS FOR A *VERY* SUCCESSFUL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

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1. Call to schedule BEFORE the baby arrives. Most newborn photographers like myself will work around a due date as our estimate for when the baby will arrive, and will schedule you for 1-2 weeks after that appointment. In my studio, we give all newborn sessions first priority when needing to reschedule, because babies are born early or late ALL the time, so we'll be sure to move up/back your appointment a few days, as needed. 

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2. As soon as the baby arrives and you're settled, shoot an email or text to your photographer to confirm the baby's birth date. This is so we can begin to plan your session accordingly for date, time (adjusted if needed). 

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3. It is very important to have your session completed in the first two weeks of baby's life, so that they have not lost their "fetal tuck", and do not wake up when we move them around over and over into multiple poses for the photo shoot.  In their first week their days and nights are often mixed up and will sleep heavily through the day, allowing us to do just about anything to pose them in comfortable positions even if they have no clothes on. After two weeks they tend to want to stretch out straight, wake up easier, and not a fan of being naked.  

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4. I use a safe small heater to keep them warm so it helps to keep them asleep throughout their session. but it can also help to give them a bath the morning of their session, which wakes them up for the hour or two prior to coming in. So when they arrive at the studio, they are ready for a hard long nap. 

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5. Dress them in an easy to remove outfit, that zips up the front for example, so that undressing them upon arrival is not difficult and can be done without the baby waking up.


6. Most important is a good, full feeding prior to the session. If my client lives less than 45 mins from our studio I suggest that they feed at home as the last thing they do before leaving the house. After feeding and a good burp, go straight to the car and head over to the studio. The full belly plus car ride usually does the trick and we can jump right into the session. 

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7. At my studio, I provide everything needed for your session as far as hats, props, etc. And I actually suggest using what I have since I know it will certain fit a newborn size.  Often when I see clients bring homemade hats, or store bought 0-3 month outfits, the babies are swimming in them.  A true newborn size is much smaller than most people realize. If you do have your own props, try them on at home before your session.

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8. It is very important to choose a photographer that works specifically with newborns and experienced at this type of session.  It is a very specific skill to learn and know how to pose newborns, keep them safe and comfortable, and photograph them properly. 

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9. If you want to incorporate siblings, we always welcome that! Just let us know in advance and factor in a little extra time to make it work.

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10. Be prepared to be in some of the photos, especially your hands. Manicure, shave, whatever you personally need to do - make sure to do, and this goes for both mom and dad! You don't have to get a full makeover or a recent hair dye at the salon, but we'll definitely want to include some nice close ups of you holding your new baby, perhaps even just a close up of your baby's hand wrapped around your finger. Clothing is not important, it can be simple, basic and neutral. 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/11/10-tips-for-a-very-successful-newborn-photography-session Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:53:33 GMT
Kristin and Josh Susa wedding - Point State Park and Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/10/kristin-and-josh-susa-wedding---point-state-park-and-wyndham-grand-pittsburgh Kristin and Josh tied the knot at the historic Block House in Point State Park with an awesome reception in the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/10/kristin-and-josh-susa-wedding---point-state-park-and-wyndham-grand-pittsburgh Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:24:13 GMT
Holiday portrait session specials 2017 http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/10/holiday-portrait-session-specials-2017 The Holidays at SkySight Studio

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Schedule a holiday mini session now! Our special for 2017 is a half session at a discounted price, which is just like it sounds...  A 30 minute session, as opposed to a regular full one hour session, 1-2 outfits and only on the select dates listed below while availability lasts. So be among the first to schedule to be sure you get an open slot! I've opened up MORE DATES THAN EVER this year, an entire week of available sessions! 

 

Holiday Session Special 

$475

($200 off the regular price)

* Approximate 30 minute session *

* Copyright release to make your own cards/prints*

* All digitals from your session included *

* Digital download and online album *

 

 

Sessions are available

multiple times

on multiple days

throughout the month of November,

dates are booking fast....inquire for slots still open!

 

 

Here are some photos of this year's sets...

 

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Bonus!!

Green is a color that is not in skin tone, therefore we can easily "pick" the green out of a photo and change it to whatever color we want, just like "green screen" used in movies. Therefore, if you have an outfit that would look great on our new velvet green couch, but its not the right color, we can adjust to match! Here are a few variations available that we can change it too very easily! 

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Need some holiday inspiration?

Check out some of our PAST CHRISTMAS SETS 

from the last five years below!

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/10/holiday-portrait-session-specials-2017 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:39:23 GMT
2017 Fall Sessions http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/9/2017-fall-sessions  

2017 Fall Exclusive Sessions

Pittsburgh & Greensburg Locations this year!!!

For the 4th year in a row, I've decided to bring back the fall exclusive sessions and add some exciting new features this year. I'll be doing my furniture outdoor in the leaves as usual at Bushy Run Battlefield in Jeannette/Greensburg area, AND a bonus Pittsburgh location at the Walled Garden at Mellon Park in the Shadyside area. As always, only a small number of appointments will be scheduled and after they fill up, we'll only have a waiting list in the case of a cancellation. So be sure to call and schedule early!

 

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  • SESSION DETAILS
    • We will have TWO dates AND locations for fall sessions this year!  Bushy Run (near Greensburg) and Mellon Park (Pittsburgh)
    • If you can not get a session on these two dates, please inquire about booking a full session on another available date in late October. We will not have the same full set described below, but still provide some furniture pieces for private sessions. 
    • Session times will be in the afternoon. As much as I would love to have sessions available in the evening to accommodate work/school schedules, the sun setting early does not allow for that so we must work around the earth's rotation! (great excuse to take a half day from work!)
    • Please arrive to your session on time & dressed in your outfit for the session (sorry no time for outfit changes) 
    • We will do our best to reschedule in the case of bad weather, by utilizing our rain dates if needed. So although I know this makes it hard to plan for, just keep in mind we'll do everything possible to make sure your session still happens before the leaves all fall but there is no guarantee if we are rained out for several days in a row. 
    • These will not be the length of a typical one hour session, but we will still be able to get a lot of fantastic images in this session. I prefer not to host "mini sessions" (a current common trend in the industry, which are a quick 15 minute session with one backdrop typically and less than 10 proofs). I want to allow for all the time needed to capture special images of your family, especially when we need that extra time for small children. However it needs to be shorter than a full regular session so that I can fit in several families per day since the time frame for leaves changing is so short. You will likely have anywhere from 25-30 proofs from this session, but of course that is subject to how the session goes with your family and could be more or less. 

 

  • LOCATIONS, SET & DATES 
    • BUSHY RUN - TUESDAY, OCT 17th (rain date Wednesday OCT 18th or 20th on if absolutely necessary, depending on forecast that week):  This year we will be doing another settee very similar to the photos you see in this blog but a little more modern and lighter in color. We feel any fall attire works well with this color scheme. I will also photograph many "simple" images without the furniture as well.  Our color scheme I am planning for the furniture is a tan (almost cream!) settee and a red chair! so feel free to play up the holiday theme if you want to, or we can skip the red chair in your session and keep to the neutrals! These sessions will take place within a small area so we will do as usual, and schedule these sessions 30 mins apart. You'll get a full session of individuals, siblings, and family shots all packed into this time frame.  

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  • WALLED GARDEN IN MELLON PARK - FRIDAY, OCT 27th (rain date 28th or 29th depending on forecast that week):  This park is located  adjacent to Shadyside near The Center for the Arts building and Bakery Square and is amazing all on its own without needing to add any furniture or props. So we'll be doing the sessions here with the amazing scenery that park has to offer us.  There are iron gates, amazing steps and stone work, old fountains, lots of trees for color and more.  

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  • PACKAGE OPTIONS
    • ​I am excited to offer a few options for packages this year at these special rates for these dates only! 
      • Basic package $475 - includes session fee &  20 high resolution digital files and a copyright release to print
      • Deluxe package $650 - includes all above as well as a beautiful 4x6 saddle brown album with 20 pages
      • Additional digital files, prints or products can be purchased a la carte in addition 
  • ​PAYMENT & SCHEDULING:  
    • Please call to reserve your time slot (724.889.3326) or email (info@skysightphotography.com) 
    • ​​​You can pay in full at the time of your session, cash is preferred and very much appreciated for these quick paced outdoor sessions, since credit cards must be run on my processor at the studio (dont have a mobile reader) but if you must use a credit card please contact me in advance about payment and I will arrange a way to accept it. 
    • Due to the fast paced nature of this type of day, we can only do one family per time slot. Cousins can be photographed together, however each family will be responsible for their own session fee if children are also photographed alone (ie: two time slots may be required, inquire if this is questionable). If you want to do an extended family photo with several families in one large group as well as individual family shots, you also may be required to book two time slots. Inquire for details. 
    • If both dates are bad weather we will do our best to reschedule you during the fall leaves timeframe. However, the leaves change quickly so the window of time is short, and we sadly can't control the weather (I'm still working on that invention!) 
    • A $100 cancellation fee will be applied if you cancel your time slot less than 3 days before your session. 
  • LOCATION AND CLOTHING:  
    • Here is my pinterest page for suggestions on clothing!   https://www.pinterest.com/autumnstankay/fall-photography/  ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/9/2017-fall-sessions Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:34:08 GMT
Urban photo shoot in Greensburg PA http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/9/urban-photo-shoot-in-greensburg-pa Downtown Greensburg is just minutes from our studio and is a great place for family, children, and senior portraits. Its a great alternative to the classic park or nature type setting if you want to try something new for your family photos this year! 

 

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Katie and Matt wedding - First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg and DiSalvo's Station in Latrobe http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/8/katiematt_first_presbyterian_church_greensburg_wedding_and_disalvos_station_reception Katherine and Matthew (Katie and Matt!) were such a joy to photograph on their wedding day. They were both so excited to see each other as she walked down the aisle, say their vows to be married, enjoy the company of friends and family, and party the night away.  I first met Katie year's ago when I shot her and her twin sister's double-senior session when they were graduating high school.  Shortly thereafter, Katie got a job at the Greensburg pool, and met Matthew there.  The rest is history! You'll even see below, a quick 10 minute stop we made at the pool after their wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian so they can get a shot on the lifeguard stand where Katie spent those early days of their relationship! After that we made our way to the beautiful Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, to photograph their bridal party and portraits.  Then by 5pm we were off to the wedding reception at DiSalvo's Station in Latrobe, a truly unique historic train station. Their venue was a great backdrop for what was an amazing vintage inspired event. We even got lucky with a train zipping by as we photographed them on the platform! Take a look below for a summary of their beautiful wedding day!

My favorite details of the day:  The back of Katie's dress and her blue engagement ring! 

My favorite photographic moment of the day: There is a tie! First, when they exited the church and everyone threw (earth and animal friendly) "rice"! I LOVE LOVE those shots!  Then when the train flew by and her veil danced in the air for several minutes while Matt dipped her, it was a romance movie moment!! 

Congrats Mr & Mrs Thomas! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/8/katiematt_first_presbyterian_church_greensburg_wedding_and_disalvos_station_reception Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:21:51 GMT
Wedding photography tips to help you plan your big day http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/8/wedding-photography-tips-to-help-you-plan-your-big-day We have photographed almost 1000 weddings in the last decade and a half! So over that time I've developed many tips on how to make sure your wedding photography is the best it can be.  Here's a snapshot of some of my top choices. In no particular order, here they are!

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FAMILY PHOTOS. Be realistic about the number of family photos you would like to have taken in comparison to the amount of time you have available to do these. Sometimes too many group shots can take away from the time we would have to do significant amount of bride/groom photos.

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EMERGENCY KIT. Have an emergency kit on the wedding day. Tide wipes, sewing kit (full spool of white thread for bride, black thread for groom, and a color that it closest to your bridesmaids gowns, there is rarely enough in a travel sewing kit for major issues!), safety pins, deodorant, mints, toothbrush and toothpaste, powder and blotting papers for shiny skin, small and large scissors, tweezers, bandaids, moleskin for heels/toes of feet, baby powder. And umbrellas!!!

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VEIL. Brides, be careful about getting a veil with detailed edge if you have a dress with details/beading on the back. You probably won't notice it when you try on your dress but once you naturally move around for a little while (including lots of people hugging you), the beads on the edge of a veil will continually stick and catch to the beads on the back of a dress! So if you have a beaded dress, be sure your veil is simple without beading... or vice versa!

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GOLF CARTS. Simply... Be careful! These are common at a lot of venues to help the bridal party get to photo locations on the property. They can be more dangerous than you realize. Be sure to hold your dress inside the cart at ALL TIMES, and please do not drink and drive. The last thing you'll want on your wedding day is a golf cart accident ruining the chance of making it to your reception or ruining your dress or veil. (I've seen it happen!)

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COORDINATOR. Consider a day-of wedding coordinator if you don't already have a wedding planner (can be the same, but not always the case). You can absolutely plan your own wedding but still hire a coordinator to keep the day running smoothly. They are great for all the small jobs so that family and friends can enjoy every aspect of the day. They can take care of little emergencies too, so that hopefully you'll never even know they happened. They can keep in touch with vendors throughout the day, ensure no major hiccups, be your "runner" to grab things throughout the day you need, be sure your vendors are where they need to be and when as well as make sure they are fed when you are (see more below!), gather your gifts and cards and put them in a safe place during the reception, put your items like shoes and cake toppers in a safe place so you don't forget them at the end of the night. I highly suggest hiring a professional for this, but you could absolutely enlist the help of a really well organized friend. Basically, this is someone for the vendors to call if they need to, someone to run back to the hotel if you forget the rings (I've seen it happen!), and someone to make sure you're not stressed. Consider a friend getting married the same year that you are, and you can swap jobs and do this for each other. Just be sure its not a friend that is too close, that you'd want to be able to come and enjoy all the wedding festivities as a guest. 

Another great resource is this Wedding Wire checklist page! 

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MAKEUP AND HAIR.   First, make sure to get a full makeup trial before the wedding. And I highly suggest getting photographed with the makeup done. How it looks in a mirror and how it looks on camera are very different. Sometimes you'll realize through this that you want more or less drama or color. Getting your makeup trial prior to a boudoir or engagement session could be double benefit as well!

Be sure that the hair and makeup artists are realistic about the time it will take to do your bridesmaids' makeup/hair. When this portion of the day goes long, it can push back the entire day's events. I've seen makeup artists run a half hour long, which puts the ceremony late, which then cuts out the majority of the photos so that we can make up time and get you to the reception on time. Make sure to ask how long they will need to complete each person, and give them the exact # of people who will be getting their services. If you add on more girls, tell them in advance. They may need to add artists in order to get it all done in time. Make sure the time they are scheduled to finish will align with when we begin the getting ready photos. We will want you just about complete when we arrive.

As far as hair, just like the makeup be sure to get a trial and test it out on camera. Even if you just check out how it looks with a few cell phone shots. Be sure to photograph the sides and back, from near and far away.

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GETTING READY (GUYS).  Photos for the guys are usually a laid back affair. Preferably the guys should be just about ready to get dressed when the photographer arrives in their hotel room. Images of the groom putting on a tie, watch, cuff links, shoes, etc (anything special!) are all fantastic photos. Make sure these items are set aside, out of their new packaging, and ready for the photographer to shoot.

Photos with family will be taken if possible, if the family members are available. So keep in mind, if the groom wants photos with mom alone, she should be in the same area that he is getting ready at. Often times, the mother is not with the groom getting ready, so just let us know where she will be at so we can make a note if we need to capture the mom-son photo after the wedding. www.skysightphotography.comwww.skysightphotography.com

For online tuxedo rentals, check out The Black Tux! They have some great design tips that showcase which top trends best suit you for your dream wedding!

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GETTING READY (GIRLS).  Make sure your bridal items are ready to photograph. This means the stickers are off the bottom of a shoe, the tags are off your dress and veil, your jewlery does not have any price tags attached, and everything is in one place. Remember all items that you will have with you on your day – shoes, jewelry, dress, hankerchief, six pence, purse, garter, rings (if you have them, but if they are with the guys or elsewhere that is okay we can always photograph them later at the reception). Set all of these items aside somewhere (dresser, tv stand etc) so that when I arrive I can quickly jump into these detail shots and be done with them before you start getting dressed.

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FOOD for vendors. Request to your venue coordinator that your dj, videographer, and photographers are all fed around the same time that you and bridal party are fed. This is so that we can stay on your same timeline, and be finished eating when you get up from the table to begin mingling at your reception. There have been several instances when we were not fed until the end of the last table being served, and we had to skip the meal entirely because it was time for the first dance. Not only is this difficult to do when we've been working a long day, but it becomes wasted food which you paid for. The dinner break is our first chance to stop and eat often for the previous 6-8 hrs of hard labor intensive work, since our day often begins with packing our car with equipment hours before the photography even begins. So a meal at the proper time is extremely appreciated and important for our energy to finish out the wedding as strong as we started!

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PARKING & TRANSPORTATION. As photographers, sometimes it is inconvenient to valet our car at a venue considering we'll need to get possibly get in/out of our car for equipment or supplies. If possible, work with us to arrange a spot at your venue that might be more convenient. We have worked at a good majority of the venues around Pittsburgh so we're typically aware of a lot of the parking scenarios, but may still require the bride or groom to request a parking space on our behalf. In addition, some venues, such as resorts where the parking is typically far away – may also require parking arranged in advance. In regards to parking during photo sessions (especially around the city), sometimes we are not able to pull over to park at the bridge as easily as a limo could since there is a driver to stay with the vehicle. Therefore in some instances it may be easier for us to park at the venue and get on the limo/bus with the bridal party for the portraits prior to the reception. Every wedding is different so just coordinate with us on this, we have experienced a lot of scenarios and will certainly have a suggestion based on our past weddings.

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BRIDAL PARTY. They are there to have fun, sure! But they're also asked to be there for you to support you on a very busy day.

Ask them for help, and give out jobs. For example, have one bridesmaid completely in charge of makeup touchups for you. She should carry your lipstick, powder and blotting papers to be sure you're never shiny and your constantly kissed lips always have color. A great job for a guy to have is cell phone duty. Be sure he has our number, so if we get separated following the limo, he can text us. trust me - giving each person ONE job is really a lifesaver. They will be focused on it all day and not have to worry about how to help you.

Tell them that you want nothing more than for everyone to have a blast but also to please refrain from over-drinking until after the photos. The more cooperation during the photos, the better the images will be, and the process will be a lot more enjoyable on everyone's behalf. It will also allow for the session to move quicker, allowing us to spend more valuable time with the bride and groom alone... which frees up the bridal party to get to the reception.

Ask that no one leave for any reason during the photos, and please be on time for the getting ready shots prior to the ceremony.

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WEATHER. We'll want to discuss a plan for bad weather. Depending on the season, we may need just a covered spot, or possibly an indoor location as well. Umbrellas are a must if the weather is calling for precipitation, I highly suggest clear or white umbrellas. Black will cause an extreme dark shadow on the top half of your body, where as white or clear allows the light to shine through on your faces.

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FAMILY PHOTOS TIPS.  If you do choose to take posed family or group photos at the reception, I require a family member to be put in charge of monitoring those photos. I am happy to take photos at the reception, but keep in mind that they will be less formal, and I have limited ability to find and gather people at this point in the night. Remember, I do not know who they are and most people are scattered about the room (ie: dance floor, bar, bathrooms, outside). So, a dedicated family member to be my assistant for these photos will be required if you choose to do any reception group shots.

I do accept lists of photos for the church/ceremony family/group shots, but are not required. Family and group photos are welcomed on this list, with names of each person included. This helps the time dedicated to formal shots go more quickly and smoothly. I have provided you a template which you can fill in, or feel free to create your own (see family portion of this packet on previous pages). Just remember to make your list as easy as possible for us to follow. We don't limit the length of these lists and are happy to take any requests you have for family photos – however keep in mind the length of time that you will have available for photos and the longer the list, the less time we will have for creative photos of the bride/groom/bridal party. Pre-ceremony family and/or group photos cannot be taken prior to the wedding unless bride and groom plan to see each other – and are not recommended to be taken at the reception.

We will include anyone you have listed on your family photos list. However, in the case that not all family members can be found during the times we are taking the photos, we can not guarantee that the photos will include these individuals. Due to the fast paced nature of the day, we may have to move forward without them. We will do our best to locate all individuals on your list, but do not guarantee every family member will be in the photos if they are not present at the time the group shots are taken. Typically it is assumed that the family members will “know” they need to stay for group shots, but we often see people leave for the reception without knowing. For example, a grandparent who may be taken off by an aunt, or your brother's fiance who doesn't realize she is included in the family photos. The best way to avoid this issue, is to let everyone know in advance where and when they will be needed for photos. Putting someone in charge of gathering the family certainly can help as well. Weddings move quick, chaotic, and are very full of excitement, so planning ahead is always a big help.

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As a final note... We also will try our absolute best to get each shot requested – however due to the fast paced and busy nature of a wedding day we can not guarantee every shot will happen.

 

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