SkySight Photography: Blog http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog en-us (C) SkySight Photography skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:29:00 GMT Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:29:00 GMT http://www.skysightphotography.com/img/s6/v148/u311550004-o341593969-50.jpg SkySight Photography: Blog http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog 96 120 Coffee table album options for wedding and portraits http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/7/coffee-table-album-options-for-wedding-and-portraits COFFEE TABLE ALBUMS

We really believe that seeing, touching and opening these albums is truly the best way to choose what you like best. But we understand that sometimes you're just shopping or want to get an idea of the options, so we've put together this blog with more information and photos on the most popular choices we have available! 

 

METAL - gold, color and silver 

Metal albums are one of the most popular because of their unique, elegant and sleek look. They are not as scratch resistant as the leather or crystal below, so just take extra care by not laying other books on top of your album. A custom made box to keep it in (shown below) is also an option. The metal comes in a silver or gold base, and can be a bold color or subtle image which may show more of the metal color. 

 

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CLASSIC LEATHER, PREMIUM LEATHER & DICUT

Leather comes in a few options. We have regular leather, two options for premiums, as well as square and triangle dicut in the leather. There are different color options for each type of leather. If you're considering a leather upgrade, make an appointment to come see/feel/touch the differences! You will be pleasantly surprised by quality!


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Sample shown above: Classic leather swatches, dicuts shown bottom of left page

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CRYSTAL

A crystal cover is essentially a photographic print, overlaid with a high grade plexiglass. It's a great option if you want a detailed large image as your cover, as well as very scratch resistant. These also make great covers for portraits and family session albums. 
 

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HARD COVER IMAGE WRAP

Hard covers are the lowest priced, but still extremely durable and really fun. We can take any horizontal image and wrap it around the cover from front to back. 

 

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COUTURE MAGAZINE WITH RECYCLED PAPER 

A couture magazine wedding album is an awesome trendy album that will fit the most images of any type of album we offer. They come in 100,200, or 300 pages, with one image per page - thats a lot of photos! They are made with recycled paper and surprisingly really durable for paper. This is one of Autumn's personal favorites!   *Inquire for pricing, prices begin at $500 for 100 pages.
 

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HARD COVER WITH LEATHERETTE SPINE, IN CLEAR DISPLAY BOX

This album comes in 8x8, 8x12 and 9x13 and has a really interesting way of being displayed inside a box with a clear lid, which affixes with four magnets on the corners. We absolutely love this option, since it puts your album on display while keeping it well protected. The sample shown is with a hard cover front, and a leatherette spine. But this album now has the option of upgrading to a crystal cover, inquire for more details. You choose the color of the box, spine, and ribbon!


 

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DESIGN PROCESS

So where do you begin when designing your album? Well, we just need to know your preferences of the style of the book, then some of your favorite images that you'd like in your album. 

 


We will need the following information: 

Type of cover _____________________ 
If leather, do you want embossed? _____________
If embossed, which color? ______________
If embossed, how to print names and date: ________________________ 
If image on cover (metal, dicut,hard cover, or crystal), which photo #? _________ 
If image on cover, are we photoshopping names/date into the photograph? _________ 

Size of your album_______

Vertical or horizontal orientation?________

Type of paper (we can make a suggestion or you can come see and touch the paper swatch samples in person) 

Thickness of paper (thin, thick or extra thick) 

How do you like your layout?
-A lot of white space
-No space / full bleed
-Little space, with black backgrounds 
-Little space with white backgrounds 
-Mixture of whatever the photographer/designer suggests will work best

 

How do you choose the images for your album? Well, there's a few ways to do that. 

1. You can simply choose your favorites, and average about 2 per page. So if you would like 30 pages in your album, you'll want to choose 60 images, give or take a few. 

2. You can let us (photographer & designer) choose the images we think are best. This is a good option if you literally love every photo and just can't decide. Keep in mind, you'll get a limited # of changes, so if we choose images you don't like you may only be able to swap a certain number of them photos out before getting charged additional fees. 

3. Design your album by spread. We personally really like this. Here's an example of an album that was 30 pages, with 44 images.  As you can see, there are several spreads with one full bleed image, which makes for some really great wide panoramas.  To do this though, they were not able to choose the 2 average per page (60 images) for this 30 page book. Below you will see 15 spreads (A "spread" is two pages, left and right. So what you see below each will have the book folder right down the center). What you see below are the digital proofs after we designed the album, before it went to print.We'll also show a few examples of actual photographs after this album was printed so you can reference the look of a spread in the physical book.

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Spread 1  - bridal details, Photo #'s 4, 19, 29, 102

Spread 2 - getting ready girls, Photo #'s 56, 92, 104 

Spread 3 - getting ready guys, Photo #'s 35, 72, 99, 172, 184

Spread 4 - ceremony, Photo # 249 (obviously with just one photo per spread, we'll know you want this full bleed)

ETC! 

So basically you're designing your album, by the parts of the day, rather than blindly choosing a flat # of photos. When doing this, it helps a lot to figure out how many pages you really want/need. I suggest just doing this on scratch paper and see what you come up with. It does not matter how many images you pick on a spread, we'll make a design that fits with that number of shots. Just keep in mind more than 10 is typically getting a little too busy, but we've done some busy spreads that look great (like a dancing reception page with a bunch of crazy funny images of guests!) - so feel free to try and challenge us! 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/7/coffee-table-album-options-for-wedding-and-portraits Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:28:02 GMT
Tracey & Andrew - Charter Oak Church & DiSalvo's Station http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/tracey-andrew---charter-oak-church-disalvos-station Andrew and Tracey said their wedding vows on May 20, 2017. Their day couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was amazing, so many loving guests came to shower them with celebration and joy and most of all their love burned brighter than anything that day, including the hot sun. You could see the excitement between them spark with every glance and touch of their hands as they said I DO, posed for countless portraits, visited guests at their reception and danced the night away. Their locations were special as well... their own church, Charter Oak was the perfect place for the ceremony to take place. Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve was a gorgeous stopping point for a few photos to be taken of the bridal party as we arrived into Latrobe, and finally their reception was held at DiSalvo's Station.  Andrew's love of trains led them to that location and wouldn't you know it... we had a perfect train appearance at the reception just as we were taking photos on the platform. Check out a glimpse of their day here to see the special touches they incorporated and the great moments that were captured! 

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Tracey's mother handmade her entire wedding dress from scratch. Some of the remnants of fabric laid on the floor in the sewing room while Tracey took it from the dress form, to her own body the morning of her wedding. I heard her mother say while holding back tears  "from all those Easter mornings with homemade dresses hanging next to your Easter basket that I stayed up countless nights to make, to this moment right here!" Koleck_022Koleck_022 Koleck_040Koleck_040 Koleck_047Koleck_047

Andrew gave Tracey her pearl earrands she put on as one of her finishing touches. Koleck_062Koleck_062 Not too far away, in the hotel Andrew was dressed in a fine suit with his groomsmen and best men by his side. His anticipation was exciting to watch.

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In her mother's house in Ligonier, Tracey was simultaneously having a few quiet moments alone as we photographed her throughout the home and front porch before all zipping off to the church.
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Andrew's face when he first heard the music that Tracey was coming into the church was extremely emotional, but the second that he saw her face and she smiled to him as she walked down the aisle, he burst into a huge smile. They locked eyes with each other for their entire long moment until she reached the front.  Koleck_357Koleck_357 Koleck_359Koleck_359 Koleck_389Koleck_389 Koleck_373Koleck_373 Koleck_446Koleck_446 Koleck_447Koleck_447 On the way to the reception, we stopped at one of my personal favorite locations in this area which is the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.  It is quiet and gorgeous, in fact we had the entire reserve to ourselves while we were there.  I hold a yearly required permit to be a photographer on site there, and shoot portraits there often so I was already aware of a lot of great photo spots. 

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As Tracey and Andrew danced their first dance together, guests gathered around in a large circle and the energy and love was just beaming from all around.  Koleck_761Koleck_761 Koleck_771Koleck_771 Koleck_766Koleck_766 Inside of DiSalvo's Station is an amazing old train car, which some of the guests actually sit in for dinner. As they looked out their windows they could see the head table and the rest of the guests sitting around the venue listening to the bridal party members give a few toasts.

If you haven't been there, its quite an amazing location and restaurant. A lot of Saturdays are reserved for weddings, but check their schedule and hours for a night that you're free to have dinner there for sure! If able, request to sit inside the Prima Classe car! 

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Family members actually played live music during the anniversary dance, where many couples revealed that they had been married for over 50 years, several of them even over 60 years!! The final couple was actually a tie between two couples for 62... or 63 years.... (*when the DJ asked the one couple how long they had been married, SHE said 62, HE said 63. lol.... Eh, who's counting anyway!?  ---> it was adorable!!!!) Koleck_833Koleck_833 Koleck_853Koleck_853

The traditional western Pennsylvanian bridal dance (or "shot" dance) took place, but Andrew jumped in to help Tracey greet all the guests and partake in the dancing fun.
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Before the end of the evening I made sure to capture a few shots of just the bride and groom inside the train cars at the venue.  Koleck_943Koleck_943 Koleck_946Koleck_946

Congratulations to Tracey and Andrew! It was such a pleasure to be a part of your day! I will end with a quote from Andrew that I saw on Facebook a few days after the wedding... when a friend said he looked "so happy" at the wedding, he replied... "I am! I have Tracey as a wife! Of course I'm happy!"  

The end. :) 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/tracey-andrew---charter-oak-church-disalvos-station Wed, 31 May 2017 21:58:16 GMT
Sample photography from Autumn's favorite Pittsburgh wedding venues http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/sample-photography-from-autumns-favorite-pittsburgh-wedding-venues There are endless options for weddings in the Pittsburgh area. Although there are far more than we can show here, this is a collection of a few of my favorites that we have a lot of experience shooting in. 

 

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Carnegie Museum, Oakland/Pittsburgh PA 

 

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Disalvo's Station, Latrobe PA 

 

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Greensburg Country Club, Greensburg PA 

 

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford PA 

 

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Lingrow Farms, Leechburg PA 

 

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The Lemont, Mt Washington Pittsburgh PA 

 

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Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh PA 

 

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The Pennsylvanian, Pittsburgh PA

 

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Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh PA

 

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The Priory, Pittsburgh PA 

 

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The Summit Inn, Farmington PA 

 

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 Green Gables, Jennerstown PA 

 

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 Springwood, Penn Hills PA 

 

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Jay Verno Studios, Pittsburgh PA 

 

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 West Overton, Scottdale PA 

 

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 Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh PA 

 

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 PNC Lexus Club, Pittsburgh PA

 

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 Succop Conservancy, Butler PA

 

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 Waterworks, Greensburg PA 

 

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 Phipps Conservatory, Oakland/Pittsburgh PA 

 

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Morning Glory Inn, Southside, Pittsburgh PA 

 

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Clemente Bridge

 

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The Mellon Institute Columns 

 

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Mellon Park

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/sample-photography-from-autumns-favorite-pittsburgh-wedding-venues Thu, 25 May 2017 17:02:07 GMT
Kristina & Justin McCarty http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/kristina-justin-mccarty Kristina and Justin's special day on May 6, 2017 was the perfect Pittsburgh wedding day with so many great locations! It began with both the bride and groom getting ready at the Sheraton Station Square, a ride on Molly's Trolley to iconic St. Mary of the Mount for the groomsmen, a ride up the incline to St Mary for the girls, then some portraits on Mount Washington and Phipps Conservatory, and an awesome reception at the historic Longue Vue Club

Congrats Kristina and Justin on an amazing wedding day and thank you for the honor of being the one to capture your memories in photographs!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/kristina-justin-mccarty Tue, 16 May 2017 19:44:32 GMT
Five generations http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/4/five-generations-photo-shoot-pittsburgh Five generations does not happen very often.  When April first emailed me about photographing her son with her grandmothers, I assumed two of the same generation, maybe her grandmother from each side of the family... No way she meant her grandmother, and HER mother!? Through our conversation, I learned that she wanted me to photograph five generations of her family and I was thrilled about the opportunity to do so. Its always an honor to capture a special moment in a person's life/family, which is why I absolutely love my job. I probably do not admit it enough to myself, because lets face it, I've got daily struggles like anyone else... plus the stress of owning a business. It is easy to get caught up in the worries of the business, making appointments, answering emails, executing contracts, editing images, delivering orders, faxing my accountant, paying bills... Ok ok, you get the picture. But, every moment that I get to pick up the camera and create something magical for someone is my favorite part of the day. And, especially, on days like this one getting to meet five generations of a family in one place, I feel pretty grateful for photography being my job.

 

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April, her son Max, and her mother, Wendy, live in Florida. They came back to Pittsburgh for a visit and to have this photo shoot done with the grandmothers when all five generations would be in the same city at the same time. We decided on Station Square for the shoot. A location outdoor with wheelchair accessibility, and also with fun "Pittsburgh" elements like views of the city, The Smithfield Street bridge, Grand Concourse, trains rushing by, and giant equipment left from the steel days.

 

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The oldest generation with the youngest.

Max and his great-great-grandmother Ruth. 

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April suggested we photograph each parent with their child... So we started at the top. Ruth with her daughter Lynn. It almost brought a tear to the eye watching how their mother-daughter relationship glowed as strong as ever, and was evident that that type of bond just never fades.

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No one can deny Max's cuteness. I admit, he stole the show.

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Wendy and her mother Lynn

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April and her mother Wendy 

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Max with his great-grandmother Lynn

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Max and mama, April 

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The iconic, Smithfield Street Bridge in the distance... one of my personal favorite Pittsburgh bridges

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I told Ruth when we finished... "you know you're responsible for all of this beauty here. Look what you've created." I hope she had a moment to reflect on this group of family members around her and know what a special woman she really is. 

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Special thanks to April for the opportunity to photograph her family! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Pittsburgh photography five generations station square http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/4/five-generations-photo-shoot-pittsburgh Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:16:12 GMT
SkySight's new album and display box combo http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/3/Skysights_new_album  

SKYSIGHT CLEAR DISPLAY ALBUM

 

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COVER:
Front panel in matte, laminated, or photographic paper.
Spine and back available in 40 high quality leatherette colors. Option for front panel in color leatherette as well (color can be different from the one chosen for the spine and back)
 
BOX:
40 colors to choose from, transparent or semitransparent plexiglass lid with closure assured by 4 sets of magnets. 
 
Sateen ribbon available in 28 colors.
 
SIZE CHOICES OF ALBUM:
square, horizontal, or vertical 
8X8, 8X12, 12X8, 9.5X9.5 (larger sizes available at upgrade price)
 

PRICES

BASE MODEL BOOK AND BOX WITH CLEAR LID, PHOTO ON COVER, LEATHERETTE SPINE, AND 20 THIN (bendable) PAGES $450

TO MAKE THICK (non-bendable) PAGES, ADD $25

TO MAKE COVER ENTIRELY IN LEATHERETTE:  ADD $25

TO ADD COLOR OVERPRINTING AND RAISED VARNISH ON COVER: ADD $30 

 

ADDITIONAL SPREADS $15 EACH (1 SPREAD = 2 PAGES, 5 SPREADS = 10 PAGES, THEREFORE TO MAKE THE BOOK 30 PAGES IT IS ADDITIONAL $75) 

 

EXAMPLE

ALBUM, DISPLAY BOX, 30 PAGES, UPGRADED TO THICK PAGE, AND PHOTO COVER = $550

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/3/Skysights_new_album Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:03:16 GMT
Mia Z at the Westmoreland Museum for Whirl Magazine http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/3/Mia-Z-at-the-Westmoreland-Museum-for-Whirl-Magazine I've recently began working with young up and coming singer, Mia Z for several photo shoots. Mia's voice graced the TV show The Voice when she was just at the age of 15. These days Mia resides in her hometown in Westmoreland County, and is busy working on original projects with a number of different people.  She writes and performs with her mom, Lorey Zanotti, as well as currently is writing and co-producing a project with musician Bill Stankay. 

One of the recent shoots we've had the pleasure to partner on was for a spread in Whirl Magazine, highlighting three local businesses and boutiques in the area. Katwalk, Pure Barre, and Bare It Boutique. The Greensburg Community Development Corporation organized the photo shoot and intern, Victoria Draovitch, put together a several page spread for Whirl magazine's March issue.  Hair and makeup artist, Jacki Demario, who I work with often was also part of the shoot to help make Mia look fabulous.

It was so exciting working with the unbelievable artwork in the exhibit, Opposites Attract featuring the artists of Kathleen Mulcahy and Sylvester Damianos. Not only was it inspiring to me to visually, but it also could not have been better backdrops to the shots. The dimensional pieces of art added drama and texture with breathtaking lines and architecture. Speaking of... We used the interior of the museum's architecture to our advantage throughout the shoot. The museum had a major renovation in the past few years (you can check out some of my commercial shoot of the interior and exterior of the museum mixed into the commercial gallery).

At the bottom of this blog you'll see links to the credits of everyone involved! If you enjoy this post, be sure to follow the boutiques and artists! 

To see the online version of the spread, check it out here! http://whirlmagazine.com/explore-greensburg-works-of-art/

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2016 Feature in Pittsburgh Magazine - "Finding Sunshine"
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2016 Feature in Pittsburgh Magazine - "In Memory: How these Brides Honored Late Loved Ones"
2016 Feature in Pittsburgh Magazine - "Finding Sunshine"

A sample of the spread in the print magazine

 

Below is a summary from the entire shoot, including images that were not used in Whirl! 

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Kathleen Mulcahy, artist www.kathleenmulcahy.com/ 

Syl Damianos, artist  www.facebook.com/syl.damianos 

Katwalk INSTAGRAM: @katwalkllc

Pure Barre INSTAGRAM: @purebarremurrysville

Mia Z INSTAGRAM: @miazanotti

Bare it Boutique INSTAGRAM: @bare_it_boutique

Jacki DeMario   INSTAGRAM: @jackidemario 

The Westmoreland Museum- INSTAGRAM: @westmorelandmuseum

Greensburg Community Development Corporation- INSTAGRAM: @thinkgreensburg

 GCDC Intern: Victoria Draovitch

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Furniture makeover: Fantasy moss couch fit for a fairy in a story book http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/2/furniture-makeover-fantasy-moss-couch-fit-for-a-fairy-in-a-story-book I love vintage furniture. Most of those who have been to my studio know that I have a slight obsession with cool chairs and sofas.  I've recently counted all of my chairs in storage & studio and came up with over 60! Several of which I've learned to let go to make some room, and keep only the best of the best.  

A few weeks ago I came across the opportunity to purchase a couch from Maureen from the Velvet Big Top, a furniture dealer who specializes in buying/selling props, because she also happens to be a photographer. The couch she was willing to part with was one she used for an Alice in Wonderland photo shoot.  When I saw her photos from that session, I emailed her to claim it first for the day she would decide to sell it.   

I knew the couch needed some love, as it had no seat cushions and was well worn. IMG_1849IMG_1849

 My thought was to take the idea she had as well, and elaborate. The idea that this couch lived in a storybook and came to life was so intriguing to me.   Like Adam Sandler's Favorite Chair Song, I believe that old furniture has personalities. And this couch clearly had a BIG one. I already started referring to her as a "she" and just had yet to figure out her name.  

And so I began to work some magic, bringing her back to life with new "clothes".  She needed a cushion, so I created that with foam and stuffing. And my vision was that she lived many many years in a secret garden, and had perfectly grown into a furniture fixture that was difficult to see where the flowers ended and the sofa cushions began. So, next we lined the cushion with moss. I shopped at several stores for the right faux flowers, in the color palette of purple and teal.

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I stopped at my friend Carrie South's floral shop, Bloomin Genius (*the day before Valentines day when she was crazy busy so Im sure she totally appreciated me dropping in to ask for enough moss to cover a couch!)  And she happily handed me an entire box of dried moss.  My friend Stacey came over to give me a hand and help me visually place the colors appropriately throughout and we were beginning to see the vision come to life. 

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After a full day of fussing with glue sticks and which tiny flower would go where, we finished. 

So as soon as I finished it, I couldn't wait to try it out.  Luckily, I had just worked with model, Bella Salem, a few days prior that was absolutely perfect. In fact, her hair somewhat inspired my color scheme for this project.  The shoot was for Jen Retassie, an amazing hair stylist at Contempo Artistries. In our initial shoot earlier that week, I worked with the model immediately after Jen created a very powerful artistic blend of color using Pravana Vivids

 

So I called Bella to see if she was interested in coming back to be photographed on my new secret garden couch. She was as excited as I was. The images that follow are a sample of what we created that day.

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Shades of masculinity http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/1/shades-of-masculinity-with-jake-emmerling I recently got a chance to work again with one of my favorite collaborators, Broadway actor and dancer Jake Emmerling. It's always a great experience shooting Jake and creating interesting thematic ideas together. For our last session, A day in the life of a bachelor, we wanted to capture the essence of a single man in the prime of his bachelor years. This time, Jake, Jacki (our makeup artist), and I decided to explore the perceptions of male identity through a sequence of interconnected images. If a face or expression falls outside of our standard definition, is it a mask? Or a new truth to be discovered and appreciated? Who and what defines masculinity? If my true self ends where your true self begins, can we see each other through the fog, without judgement? 

 - Autumn Stankay 

 

 

With this series, there's the initial face value of what you see: someone becoming more unlike themselves. But which way is it? Do we cover ourselves in clothing, makeup, and character that we lose ourselves and who we truly are? Or do we hide behind what society declares what "You" should be?      

 - Jake Emmerling

 

 

Hair & Makeup by: Jacquelyn Demario

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Boudoir-Glamour Photography special: Valentine special 2016 http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/1/boudoir-glamour-photography-special-valentine-special-2016 Boudoir-Glamour Photography

Valentine Special 2016

Boudoir photography is an extremely fun and empowering session. There is almost nothing quite like it. The nerves will quickly turn to confidence, and you'll radiate with excitement when you see the final photos. Want to also do some beautiful glamour images you can share with friends or use on Facebook & have the best profile pic ever? Awesome... we've got a package for that too. Here's a little bit of info on the specials we're offering this month, but feel free to call me and talk more. 

PS... Schedule with a friend and both receive a free 8x10 print!


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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2017/1/boudoir-glamour-photography-special-valentine-special-2016 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:09:53 GMT
Santa Day http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/10/santa-day  

 

Santa Day

November 19th 11am-2pm

10 minute time slots

 

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Please contact us below to secure your time slot

skysightphotography@gmail.com

 

 

-Session Fee is your choice of the donation amount that you wish to give

 (All proceeds goes to charity)

 

-Santa Day Specials-

$50- 1 Digital

$200- All Digitals

$275- All Digitals + 11x14 Christmas Collage

 

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Session Fees 100% donated to charity! We are taking a maximum of 20 appointments only. First come, first serve. Please let us know 48 hours in advance if you cannot make your appointment so we can fill your slot from our waiting list.

 

Cash is preferred for all transactions and donations on Santa Day!

 

If you have taken part in our Santa Day in the past few years, you'll notice that we change our set theme each year. This year we've decided to do a cozy living room scene for the kids to comfortably hang out with Santa. The color scheme will be black, white, gold, and of course a pop of red from Santa's suit.

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/10/santa-day Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:07:02 GMT
Beauty and the Beast: Family Session http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/10/beauty-and-the-beast-family-session Beauty and the Beast Inspired

Karrisa and Jimmy were inspired to try a real-life Beauty and the Beast photo shoot with their daughters, in preparation for their upcoming 2017 wedding which will have a similar "enchanted forest" theme, slated to take place at Seven Springs in August. I knew my good friend Rose Angel, from Design By Occasion would be able to help me style the props, along with Karrisa's creative help and the items I already have in my studio. The three of us put our heads together and came up with this amazing shoot! Karrisa wanted to use a white rose instead of the famed single red rose under glass, to symbolize their upcoming wedding. She also wanted to include their two daughters, who were very excited about it as well since they've seen and love the movie. If you look closely, you'll be sure to find the characters of the movie on the table! Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Chip, and Lumiere were all present for the "Be Our Guest" photo shoot. We also added a few wedding elements, a two tiered cake and the champagne flutes that Karrisa and Jimmy will use next year at their wedding. Their outfits were inspired by the maroon jacket that the Beast wears in the movie, with the remaining outfits just their everyday fun/casual family style. I hope you love the shoot as much as we did, and find inspiration to try your own enchanted love story photo shoot as well!

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Beauty and the Beast Engagement session, Greensburg, PA 

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2016 Fall Exclusive Sessions http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/9/2016-fall-exclusive-sessions  

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*Only 8 slots available*

Oct 18th & Oct 21st

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THE DETAILS....

 

  • SESSION DETAILS
    • We will have TWO dates of sessions this year! Oct 18 and 21st 
    • 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, likely to the weekend following your session (22nd-23rd) but we will not know exactly until the week of based on the forecast for your appt day and the rain dates. (will try not to reschedule the rain date on another day with possibility to rain). 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! 
    • 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. You will likely have anywhere from 24-30 proofs from this session.

 

  • SET & COLOR SCHEME 
    • In the past we've done some amazing antique sofas for our fall sets. Two years ago, we had a living room setup with a coffee table and flower arrangement, then last year we had the chandelier hanging from a tree. This year I've decided to do three small sets, but keep them each a little smaller and classic for variety from the past prop-heavy sets. They will be color coordinated, so the entire session will flow nicely in an album or a collage on your wall.  We will have several Victorian chairs and a chaise lounge. The three sets will follow the color scheme of cream, tan, gold, maroon. I think it will be a welcome change from the years past! 

  • $  PACKAGE OPTIONS
    • ​I am excited to offer a few options for packages this year! Just let us know the day of your session which you'd like to purchase. 
      • ​Basic package $425 -includes session fee with ten digital files, and a copyright release to print. 
      • Deluxe package $550 - includes session fee, 24-page 5x5 album of your session, and ten digital files, and a copyright release to print. 
      • Exclusive package $750 - session fee, 24-page 5x5 album of your session, 16x24 canvas, and all of the digital photos from your session, and a copyright release to print. 

 

  • 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, or if you prefer, we welcome you to do 50% payment the day of your session with remainder due at pickup. 
    • 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. 
    • 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!) 
    • Cash or check is always appreciated for outdoor exclusive session days since our turnover between appointments is quick...  We will not be taking credit cards at the outdoor location, but if you prefer to use credit please call the studio a day before your session to pay by phone. 
    • We are not requiring that you pay a deposit to hold your time slot. However, please understand that we will be turning away others for this amazing session day due to getting fully booked, as well as have a waiting list.  If you can not make it to your session, PLEASE inform us as far in advance as possible, or transfer your session time to another family member who will utilize your slot. Any cancellations less than 24 hrs, or no show's, will be subject to a fee of $100 applied to your next SkySight Photography session. 

  • LOCATION AND CLOTHING:  
    • The location will be sent to you closer to the shoot date, based on my assessment of the leaves. I will visit two potential locations the week before the shoot to determine which has more color. Most likely this year, our location will be in the Greensburg area near our studio, with backup location in Jeannette. 
    • Need some clothing ideas? check out our outdoor portrait gallery of past clients and my fall pinterest page!  
      • http://www.skysightphotography.com/outdoor
      • https://www.pinterest.com/autumnstankay/fall-photography/  ​

 

 

Here's a few photos for your inspiration!

Keep in mind this year will be a new set! (see above for description of colors) 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Greensburg photographer SkySight Photography greensburg, Pennsylvania, pittsburgh, Pennsylvania http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/9/2016-fall-exclusive-sessions Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:31:35 GMT
Livia Rose http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/9/livia-rose  

Livia Rose

When a young girl has a birthday and loses her two front teeth in the same month, what better way is there to celebrate (other than a visit from a special fairy) than a photo shoot to capture that special time? In a few months, those adult teeth will arrive and she'll never look the same again.  

[Heart melting!!] 

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Suzanne and Mike 7.15.16 Omni Bedford Springs Resort http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/8/suzanne-and-mike-7-15-16-omni-bedford-springs-resort Suzanne and Mike

7.15.16 | Omni Bedford Springs Resort,  Bedford PA

 

Suzanne and Mike came to me about 6 months prior to this date and told me they were looking for a photographer who can capture the special moments of their day.  I was so excited to shoot their wedding, as Suzanne and I had been fellow Rotarians for several years and I was honored to photograph her now as a bride. Their relationship was the most important aspect that I wanted to showcase in their collection of photos, because they clearly are not just in love, but are best friends.

Congrats to Suzanne and Mike on your amazing day and best of luck for a very bright and happy future together! 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/8/suzanne-and-mike-7-15-16-omni-bedford-springs-resort Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:40:50 GMT
When Crazy Meets Exhaustion Meets Skysight Photography http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/7/when-crazy-meets-exhaustion-meets-skysight-photography ​I had SO much fun glamour-shooting the incredibly funny, talented and all-around-lovely woman and blogger, Stephanie Jankowski.  Her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion can absolutely crack me up and make me tear up at the same time.  You've got to absolutely follow her website newsletter, Facebook and Instagram

Stephanie said that she had no idea she could be so glamorous, but I KNEW she would rock it.... and ROCK IT she did! As soon as Jacki revealed the finished hair and makeup to Steph in a mirror, I saw an instant transformation in her body language.  If makeup and some slight changes on the surface can affect our confidence that much, maybe that's the key to unlocking it all the time.  Once in a while, we can use a pick-me-up to take our tired minds and overworked bodies, and remind us that we really are absolutely the most beautiful woman in the world. Loving yourself is #1, because we can't pour anything on to others if our own cup is empty.  

This reaction Stephanie had to her reveal (and later when she saw her photos) is why my makeup artist, Jacki, and I started the glamour campaign for photographing women in this way. We want to remind women that they can take a day away from work, kids, husbands, responsibilities, and be pampered & photographed. And especially - not feel bad for it! We should never have to say "I am going to be selfish and pamper myself today"... Ugh, that word! selfish. It makes me shudder. Instead we should say "I am going to give myself what I deserve today!"  Do it for yourself, for your spouse, for your children. I was so happy to be able to give this opportunity to Stephanie who is such a hard working mother of 3 (and writes about the ups & downs of it in such a hilarious way!) 

As always thank you so much to Jacquelyn Demario (Jacki!) for making Stephanie's inner beauty shine outward with your amazing hair and makeup talents. For anyone who hasn't already heard me talk about Jacki in past blogs, follow her Facebook page for up to date photos on a regular basis. 

Drumroll please... It is time to take the tour of Stephanie's absolutely gorgeous glamour session!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/7/when-crazy-meets-exhaustion-meets-skysight-photography Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:06:41 GMT
Amanda and Matthew 6.11.16 Heinz History Center http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/7/amanda-and-matthew-6-11-16-heinz-history-center Amanda and Matthew

6.11.16

This wedding at the Heinz History Center was full of excitement and happy jitters from the moment I arrived. We scheduled a first look at the Clemente Bridge, with lots of fun bridal party photos to follow.  After riding around the city on a limo bus with the bride, groom, and bridal party for photos at multiple locations, we got to Heinz History Center for the wedding festivities to begin. Their ceremony was in a comfy, intimate space lit by candles. The cocktail hour was on a different floor, with exhibits open to the guests to roam.  Then the reception began on the first floor, nestled among historic elements from Pittsburgh's past. A truly unique venue I'm sure the wedding guests will never forget! Congratulations Amanda and Matt, on your gorgeous day and what an even more beautiful marriage I know will be ahead of you.   ~Autumn

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Pittsburgh wedding photographer SkySight Photography heinz history center heinz history center wedding pittsburgh wedding wedding photography, http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/7/amanda-and-matthew-6-11-16-heinz-history-center Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:48:29 GMT
Dancing with the Celebrities http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dancing-with-the-celebrities Last month I had the pleasure of being chosen as a dancer in "Dancing with the Celebrities" of Pittsburgh to help raise money for The Animal Friends of Westmoreland. No, I don't have dance experience but I had lots of help learning this dance, and several months of practice! You can check out the video of our dance here, and photos below (Thanks to Savvy Shots Photography)! Big thank you to everyone who came to support me, my fabulous dance partner Paul, instructor Luanne (owner of Integral Ballroom), Candy Nelson, founder of Animal Friends, and congrats to the other dancers and winners! It was such a fun event, I was so happy to just take part in it and try to compete for the trophy. Even though we didn't win, I had so much fun & we raised money for the animals... which is all the reason for doing it! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dancing-with-the-celebrities Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:16:13 GMT
The Acupuncture Photography Project... Part 2 http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-acupuncture-photography-project-part-2 The Acupuncture Photography Project 

PART 2!

As a follow up to my first acupuncture photography blog, Emily and I have teamed up again to create more images! We really wanted to showcase the many aspects of the art of acupuncture beyond just needles this time, while still keeping with the calming theme that we focused on in the first images. Personally, I learn more and more every time I get a treatment from Emily. Simple things like how my tongue can tell how stressed I am... to how my pulse can dictate how my Spleen is functioning. So we decided to incorporate it all in this blog! Diagnostics, ear seeds, essential oils, incorporating yoga, facial rejuvenation, pediatric treatments, and more...

I certainly can not explain as well as Emily Andrews can, so I'll let her guest blog from here on the explanations of the photos below!

 

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Tongue diagnosis has been used for thousands of years as a way to see what is happening internally. Acupuncturists look at the shape, coating, color, and texture of the tongue to help support their understanding of a patient's pattern. acupuncture project2_021acupuncture project2_021

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Acupuncturists feel for different qualities in the pulse to assess the status of Qi, Blood, and organ function. There are different positions  and depths on the radial arteries that correlate to different organs and organ systems.

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There are many microsystems within acupuncture including auricular acupuncture. Ear seeds apply pressure to different areas of the ear that correlate with different organs and areas of the body. When applied following acupuncture, ear seeds help to prolong the effects of the treatment.

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Acupuncture and yoga have a similar goal, balance.

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Acupuncture can be very helpful in treating sports related musculoskeletal conditions. truhealthfit_acupuncture_017truhealthfit_acupuncture_017 truhealthfit_acupuncture_043truhealthfit_acupuncture_043 truhealthfit_acupuncture_049truhealthfit_acupuncture_049 truhealthfit_acupuncture_055truhealthfit_acupuncture_055 Cupping is a type of cutaneous stimulation that is used to treat muscle tension, stress, and inflammation. You may have seen more of our cupping photos in the previous acupuncture blog. truhealthfit_acupuncture_010truhealthfit_acupuncture_010

LR3 is an acupuncture point that promotes the free flow of Liver Qi.

When the Liver Qi is stagnant it can cause symptoms such as pain and anxiety.

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Essential oils can be very effective in activating acupuncture points. Aroma AcuPoint Therapy(TM) uses Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to describe the indications and functions of essential oils. Here Blue Tansy is being used to move and soothe Liver Qi.

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YinTang is a favorite point among patients because it relaxes the mind by calming the thoughts.

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We hope that you enjoyed taking this photographic journey through the art of acupuncture.  If you haven't had a chance be sure to check out our first blog as well! 

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Maggie & Harry engagement session http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/6/maggie-harry-engagement-session Maggie & Harry are going to be married this fall, and have hired Bill and I as their wedding photographers. I had the pleasure of helping them announce their wedding date to their family & friends by shooting the engagement session, and helping them with their Save-the-Date cards. I absolutely loved that they chose to incorporate studio photography with our vintage furniture into their session, as well as some gorgeous sunset shots in the woods & field at Bushy Run Battlefield. Couples often opt for outdoor only, but I really am excited about how we were able to capture some intimate studio images that had a simple, modern look by using our natural light room's large tan walls. The combination of indoor and outdoor images made one heck of an awesome engagement session! Congrats to these two lovebirds... cant wait to shoot their big day in late 2016!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) http://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2016/6/maggie-harry-engagement-session Sun, 05 Jun 2016 21:42:07 GMT