SkySight Photography: Blog en-us (C) SkySight Photography (SkySight Photography) Sun, 17 Oct 2021 03:25:00 GMT Sun, 17 Oct 2021 03:25:00 GMT SkySight Photography: Blog 108 120 Robin and Assegid's Stunning Mansion Wedding Robin and Assegid's wedding day started out with Robin getting makeup done in her childhood home where her parents live. Her colors were a beautiful blend of lavender and blue. After a traditional ceremony in her family's church, they were off to the reception.  Linden Hall in Dawson, PA is quite a diamond in the rough to say the least. If you aren't from that area and haven't been invited to a wedding there, chances are you probably haven't heard of it. And, you really would be shocked to see what a beautiful gem this historic mansion is. Nestled south of Mt Pleasant in a rural area with amazing beautiful views, this location has everything a bride would dream of.  Grand staircase, large outdoor porch, fountains indoor and out, a view of hills as far as the eye can see, historic rooms upstairs to stay overnight or get ready in, big fireplaces and more. Their families were beaming with happiness for the bride and groom all day. Smiles and laughter were plentiful during dinner and the dance floor was full of fun energy from the very first dance. 

Congratulations to Robin and Assegid on the start of your beautiful journey together as husband and wife. Bill and I were so honored to be there to capture these amazing memories for you!



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]]> (SkySight Photography) Tue, 28 Sep 2021 19:45:47 GMT
Blissman-Volek Dreamy Zoo Wedding  

Rachael and Troy had an amazing start to their relationship, with a fairytale like one you'd read out of a storybook.  Storybook Forest, in fact! 

Rachael spent her late teens working as the princess in Storybook Forest at Idlewild Park, and Troy was also an employee at the park. After a mutual friend and coworker introduced them, the world fell silent around them and their eyes never left each other again... just like any other prince and princess.  After their college years, they decided to tie the knot and what a better place for their wedding celebration to be held, than the Pittsburgh Zoo.  A place full of magic and childhood wonder, a venue that will surely wow their guests and bring joy to everyone. Although the animals were snuggled away for the day when we arrived at the zoo after the church, the Asian Lantern Festival was underway and provided some really unique backdrops for our photos. 

It was extra special for me to capture this day for Rachael and Troy... I have been photographing Rachael since she was a little girl. She has grown into the most amazing woman with a huge heart and bubbly personality, truly what it takes to be a real life princess. Troy was exactly who I imagined she would find. He is kind, loveable, has positive energy and his love for Rachael radiates. 

Congratulations to this lovely couple and best wishes for your beautiful future together! 


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Holiday Sessions 2021  

2021 Holiday Sessions









STUDIO SET 1 - Loft windows, brick wall, and pencil trees 

Clothing suggestions:  plaid, casual, sweaters, brown/cream/green/maroon, casual attire




STUDIO SET 2 - Loft windows, brick wall, deep red settee

Clothing suggested:  buffalo plaid, black, deep green or maroon 

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STUDIO SET 3 - Cream couch, wreath and cozy cream sweater accents 

Clothing suggested:  off white sweaters, holiday pajamas, jeans or casual attire




 STUDIO SET 4 - Green velvet couch with rows of string lights 

Clothing suggestions:  Dressy, black, green, red, sequins, almost any holiday attire will work for this!

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STUDIO SET 5 - Pink Christmas

Clothing suggestions:  white, pink, cream, elegant/dressy, black


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STUDIO SET 6 - Rocking moose with wreath and brick

Clothing suggestions:  (children only) holiday attire of any kind, pajamas, holiday prints, white or black sweater



 STUDIO SET 7:  ladder with green garland 

Clothing suggestions:  Green, red, tan, neutral, casual, sweaters, plaid 


STUDIO SET 8: Brown Rocking Horse 

Clothing Suggestions: Brown, Tan, Maroon, Dark Green, Neutral (Avoid bright colors) 


 STUDIO SET 9:  New Years Eve

Clothing suggestions:  Silver, sequins, dressy, black, white 

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To get a snow session you must sign up for our snow list. If the weather cooperates and we get snow sessions I'll begin calling down my wait list for those who are available on short notice to come to Twin Lakes for a beautiful magical snowy session!
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A two hour session in your home to capture Christmas activities - making cookies, decorating your tree, and photos in front of your light display in your front yard

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Nature reserve fields with holiday props - wreath and banner

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Downtown Greensburg streets, sidewalks, and alleyways

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This scene is an outdoor patch of trees which are in a public park. The way they are positioned makes it easy to recreate the look of a Christmas tree farm! You can choose to just be photographed in the trees, or bring your own ornaments to decorate a tree. Its a simple scene with endless possibilities! The lighting for this location is beautiful when it comes glowing through the fall trees in the distance. It is best between 4-5pm prior to daylight savings time and between 3-4pm after daylight savings time. I will only be photographing a minimum number of sessions at this location, and when the spots are filled only indoor studio sessions will be available.


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We have a wide variety of outfits you can use when in studio for holiday sessions. Feel free to bring your own, and/or borrow from our collection. The link below will take you to the full gallery! 

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*Rates below apply only to holiday sessions 2021. 






PRICE $1200 

INCLUDES: 2 hr session, all digital files, copyright release (approx 200-300 photos)




3 SETS / 2 OUTFITS / 60 MIN SESSION / UP TO 4 CHILDREN - $600 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files

2 SETS / 1 OUTFIT / 30 MIN SESSION / UP TO 2 CHILDREN -  $450 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files 



*LIMITED DATES, inquire for openings.

60 MIN SESSION / UP TO 4 CHILDREN - $650 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files



]]> (SkySight Photography) Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:38:13 GMT
Morgan and John's Wedding at Armstrong Farms Morgan and John's Wedding at Armstrong Farms

This beautiful couple had to wait an extra year because of COVID-19 to tie the knot! Luckily we had perfect weather and the wedding finally happened at Armstrong Farms. I first captured the love that Morgan and John share during their engagement shoot, and was so happy when this day finally came. They answered a few questions about their feelings of the day, so keep scrolling to see those answers... Congratulations Morgan and John!  


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How did you prepare for your wedding? 

 "Well considering I had an extra year (Thanks COVID) I had a lot of things that were already finished and booked, so it was a lot of minor decisions and finalizing things. But, throughout the planning process I took things one at a time and I also had a Wedding book with tips and a timeline which helped to keep things organized."



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What feelings and emotions were you having on this day? 

 I was definitely feeling anxious (in a good way) because everything was finally coming together. Relief was another big emotion, simply that the day was finally here after pushing our date back a year, and I still couldn’t believe it! Even though the year came up rather quickly!
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What was your favorite memory of the day? 

There were many, but one of the top memories was our first look. In the beginning, we didn’t want to do a first look, but after thinking about it we decided to do one, and I am glad we did. We were able to have an intimate moment and take pictures together to ease the nerves. It was a special moment. Also, being able to see our family and friends throughout the day and that we were able to all get together and celebrate!
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What was the ceremony like?

Short and sweet! The ceremony took place outside and it was a beautiful day! The scenery was picturesque and the cows were mooing, literally! John and I said our own vows so that was really special.

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What special traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?

 One tradition that took place was the Chicken Dance! All of the weddings on my mom’s side, the Chicken Dance was always played in honor of my pap. It is always a fun time to get everyone in a dancing mood and laughing together!

Is there anyone you'd like to thank? 

Of course, my parents and John’s parents for making the day possible! All of my bridesmaids and John’s groomsmen for being by our side throughout the years and standing by our side the day of. We couldn’t have done it without everyone by our side!


Overall, it turned out to be a really memorable day! Everything came together so nicely! All of the stress and mixed emotions that came with it, turned out to be a beautiful memory (a really fast memory). But, that is why we have so many wonderful pictures to look back on!


]]> (SkySight Photography) Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:00:15 GMT
South Wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres  

Wes and Kelly spent the last year before their wedding on location in Hawaii for Wes's job, and so they decided to bring Hawaii home with the theme of their wedding.  The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres was the perfect venue, allowing for amazing flower displays at the ceremony and inside the tent - which were designed by mother of the groom, Carrie South, a recently retired florist! They event ended the night with authentic fire dancers. 

It was such a pleasure to work with this couple and their amazing families. Their love is contagious, it was so much fun to capture their emotions and the beauty of their day.  Even a short thunderstorm couldn't stop their happiness!

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]]> (SkySight Photography) Thu, 02 Sep 2021 14:58:02 GMT
Lifestyle Photography Shoots Lifestyle Photography Shoots 

A unique way of capturing the ones that mean the most to you 


Hey there parents... Here's a different idea for you. If you're already a client of mine, you're definitely used to me doing a lot of family poses. But what if you want something a little more "real", or maybe your kids are currently at an age where poses are really difficult (ie: two!)  You aren't alone - heck my own 2 year old will only pose for about 5 mins at a time, I get it!  If thats the case, just feel free to ask me to shift your photo session to a lifestyle session - rather than a traditional portrait session.  What is the difference? Well, its simple. I'll pose a LOT LESS. I'll still coach you through how to look good, and give you the best places to stand for best lighting of course. I'll even slightly get you posed, but then I'll let the natural flow of life happen from there.  Here are some great lifestyle session shots to get you familiar with the style.  There is not any difference when booking a session in terms of cost, time, or location - just simply let me know you want more lifestyle and less poses! Keep in mind that lifestyle takes as much effort, and usually more images taken, so don't expect to stop and do a lot of family poses but I'll certainly try to get at least one posed family portrait, and single portraits of each child at least once.  The remainder of the session will focus on lifestyle. 

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Mohamed and Nurgül's wedding at Phipps in Pittsburgh, PA  

Mohamed and Nurgül's Pittsburgh Wedding 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA 

We interviewed the couple about their special day... scroll down for responses mixed in with the photos :)

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Do you want to thank anyone specific that helped make your day special? 

"Our parents." 

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"We had an Islamic religion incorporated ceremony. We had an Imam- a leader of Islamic Center in Pittsburgh. He gave a beautiful sermon on marriage in Islam. He highlighted key points that strengthen marriage in Islam." 

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The florist was Richard from All Events Floral Ltd... Check out his amazing work! 
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The photo below was chosen as one of the favorites by Mohammad and Nürgul!  shaaban_0263shaaban_0263 shaaban_0270shaaban_0270 shaaban_0272shaaban_0272 shaaban_0278shaaban_0278 shaaban_0295shaaban_0295 shaaban_0298shaaban_0298 shaaban_0302shaaban_0302 shaaban_0248shaaban_0248 shaaban_0247shaaban_0247

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What was unique about your wedding?

"The wedding venue, seeing people we wanted to see." 

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"We thank everyone who has been part of the wedding: Photographer- Autumn, florist- Richard from All Events Floral Ltd, parents, siblings and our dear guests." 

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What was your favorite memory or part of the day?

"Favorite part of the day was the game part where our guests competed with each other to blow up balloons first THEN POP THEM!"

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Thanks for choosing me to be a part of your special day! I loved being able to capture these sweet memories that you will be able to cherish forever!

- Autumn 

]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding photography Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:29:58 GMT
Caitlyn and Joshua's wedding at the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head South Carolina  


Take a look at Joshua and Caitlyn's Beachside Wedding!

Marriott Hilton Head Resort and Spa, South Carolina 

We interviewed Caitlyn and Joshua about their big day... keep scrolling to see their responses mixed with the photos :) 


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What was your favorite part of the day?

Josh: "finally getting to see Caitlyn walk down the aisle in that dress.... and then the party"   Koutsky_0330Koutsky_0330 Koutsky_0341Koutsky_0341

What was your favorite part of the day? 

Caitlyn: "finally getting to walk down the aisle to my HUSBAND and saying "I do"

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Check out the beautiful flower arrangements from Lauri Leber at The Flower Shoppe in Bluffton! Koutsky_0518Koutsky_0518


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What was unique about your wedding? 

"We had to postpone twice, and essentially replan twice. We went from having a 300+ person guest list in Blairsville PA, to having to cut our list down to 56 people for an absolutely breathtaking beach wedding. Covid definitely tried us, but I think we came out on top. We made the decision in the end of February to move the wedding south, and it was a dream come true!"

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Do you want to thank anyone specific that helped make your day special? 

"We would like to thank our families first and foremost for being so supportive over the years. We started dating when I was 17 and Joshua was 19; we've been through so much and our families have made such a wonderful impact on our lives. We are truly beyond blessed. Second, we would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to you. We've dreamt of this day for almost a decade. It wasn't what we originally envisioned, but I think this was even better than anything we could have had back home. You captured so many beautiful, raw moments; we tear up when we look at all of the incredible photos you captured. I can't wait to look back years down the road and have such wonderful memories. Honestly, we just want to thank everyone involved. Wedding planning can be so stressful and chaotic (especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and you have to completely re-plan), but working with the vendors we did made it a breeze and, overall, so enjoyable. The day went too fast, I so wish we could rewind and do it again, but it was truly perfect."

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Their banquet coordinator, Nestor, "did a great job keeping everyone calm and ready to party!" Koutsky_1141Koutsky_1141 Koutsky_1185Koutsky_1185

The DJ was DJ Derek Gallifa and in the words of the bride... "He was sooooo awesome!" Koutsky_1195Koutsky_1195 Koutsky_1208Koutsky_1208 Koutsky_1212Koutsky_1212 Koutsky_1359Koutsky_1359

"Random guests at the resort actually started to dance and party with us from their rooms and balconies! Some even decided to join us on the dance floor!!"  Koutsky_1365Koutsky_1365 Koutsky_1383Koutsky_1383 Koutsky_1396Koutsky_1396 Koutsky_1401Koutsky_1401 Koutsky_1403Koutsky_1403

Thanks Caitlyn and Joshua for the beautiful, heartfelt words! I enjoyed every part of your wedding and I'm so glad you'll have memories to cherish for years to come. Wishing a lifetime of love and happiness for you both! -AUTUMN


]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:08:13 GMT
Fall foliage outdoor photography sessions October 2021  

Fall sessions for 2021 are ready to begin booking! 


Dates & locations:

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeannette PA -  Oct 19, & 28  

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Latrobe PA - Oct 12, 14

Sandhill Berries, Mt. Pleasant PA - Oct 20, 24, 26

Looking for a date/location not listed? Reach out via email to see if I have availability to fit in a customized session date and private location!

Times for appointments: Time slots are one hour each, available at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (best lighting in fall in few hrs prior to sunset)


Deposit required $100 - nonrefundable if you choose to cancel or reschedule any later than 7 days prior to the session. Payment can be via credit card, venmo, paypal, or check by mail - let me know your preference and I'll set up a link for you to pay that way! 


Weather- if it is going to rain, I will decide whether or not we need to change plans and let you know if we need to reschedule. I will not go by forecast any sooner than 24 hrs prior.  I follow hour by hour forecasts and radar to get as close as possible on the weather.  Often a rain in the morning will clear by afternoon so judging a few days in advance is not always possible.  If I cancel your session due to weather, your deposit will be transferable to the new date. I will have rain date options as close as possible to your original appointment, and during peak color in late October, but keep in mind they may be weekdays, because fall foliage only lasts about 7-10 days so pushing forward more than 1-2 weeks will miss that peak window for color. If you are scheduled on a weekend, you could be rescheduled for a weekday, so you will want to keep that in mind. If you can't take one of the foliage rain dates offered to you, you can offer your slot to a friend/family member and transfer your deposit. Options to transfer your deposit to a holiday session will also be honored for a select number of appointments only.  I will make every effort possible to get you a foliage date, but these terms are also non-negotiable, because fall foliage appointments are in such high demand. Fingers crossed for beautiful sunshine October 20 through 31st! 


Peak week - There is no guarantee on what the color will look like for your scheduled appointment. There are online predictors that will help us decide when the peak color will be, and tend to be pretty accurate once we hit mid September. Obviously we begin scheduling sooner than that for foliage sessions, so we do our best to predict based on years past.  In 2020, the foliage came very early, about a week sooner than usual in fact. So we were able to offer a few appointments the option to move up sooner. In the past the peak color has been closer to Halloween. So I tend to schedule clients between 10/20-10/30 for best color. However I have had great luck with still getting beautiful fall photos all the way through the first week of November.  Sooner than 10/15 is usually still very green, so later tends to be better since you can typically still find pockets of color on a tree here or there.  When scheduling, you agree to the color as-is when your appointment is scheduled. 


To book your session:   Email me to schedule a date/time, I will also need a deposit paid (I will send you links to pay online via credit card or venmo). I will also request - First names of everyone in photos, ages of children, your cell number, and confirmation in writing via email that you agree to the deposit agreement, foliage & weather statement, all as stated above.

Clothing - there are a wide variety of fall colors that look amazing in the leaves, here is my pinterest board for fall photo outfits! These are my images mixed with some pinterest clothing pairing boards.




Option A) Session + products (with option to upgrade to digital later)


Included: One hour session, editing/post processing, online album, $300 credit code for products (prints, canvas, metal, acrylic or albums) + option to upgrade to digital package below once you view your proofs for the difference in price.

Option B) Session + all digitals with copyright release


Included: One hour session, editing/post processing, online album, flash drive, all digital files with copyright release to do your own printing. 



I will bring furniture to some select sessions/dates, inquire if interested in more details! 


Choosing a location

Take a look at the different locations below to choose your favorite option before booking! 




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Sandhill Berries Examples (leaves and stonework)

*backup location: Bushy Run (this location is subject to change, we just get approval to shoot there one day prior to be sure no events have booked the location for private events)



]]> (SkySight Photography) Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:10:17 GMT
First birthday photo session ideas!  




Planning your child's first birthday photo shoot is so much fun, and there are a ton of options! I decided to write a little blog about it to help you with narrowing down all those ideas you're probably overwhelmed with on Pinterest!  I do ask that you provide your own cake, and I suggest you test your child eating it before the session if possible in case of any food allergies.  I can provide balloons, but do have a fee to cover the costs of helium, or you can provide your own. Just be sure to inquire in advance to be sure I have helium in stock, and have time to make the balloon display on the day of your session before your arrival (or can schedule an assistant to do so).



A single giant balloon is a really simple and beautiful look! Adding some greenery or ivy to the string will help hold it down because a 36" balloon full of helium will be pulling upward with a lot of strength! You can use flowers, greenery, or ribbon too!


A neutral color scheme can be really beautiful and finding something timeless, like a handmade lace bib, can be all you need for the outfit!


If you have an outfit with a color scheme, such as pink and blue like the dress below, just let me know and I'll try to coordinate the balloons to match! 


I always like to do some photos before the cake smash too - of course! 




I also like a monochromatic color scheme for balloons! its fun, bold, and simple! 




I always do photos of the child with NO bday props (cake/balloons) in a first birthday session too.


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Don't forget ages 2 & up! I photograph children at many birthday milestones! And when photographing children year to year, I try to coordinate the colors from the years prior, so that you can hang the photos together from previous years and they will match nicely. Remember the first image in this blog at the top? That is my daughter, and below is her 2nd birthday photo. I wanted her dress for age 2 to match the bib from age 1 shoot, and the flowers in the background to match her headpiece.


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The color theme for the shoot below was simple white on white.  Her dress, balloons, backdrop and cake were all white, with a small pop of pink in the cake flowers and headpiece.  A simple, very easy to accomplish setup! 




And to carry on the white theme, I did some images of her on a white bed with a canopy and white pillows. 




For this shoot, a colorful spring look was the theme and no cake or balloons at all!


A completely bare, simple shoot is always beautiful. A way to capture expression without any distraction of clothing, hats or headpieces.


If you want to add a more personal touch to your smash cake session, custom cake toppers are a great addition! You can find them on etsy.


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This shoot was designed with the tutu, crown and pearls in mind. I wanted to keep the background all white for both floor and walls, and decided to spread the roses out in petals. Letting me know outfit choices in advance help me to plan out your session, what is needed, and what backgrounds to set up before your session.


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Outdoor is always an option too - just keep in mind that the wind will definitely affect the direction of the balloons! :)

One of my favorite ways to photograph children is simple, dark backgrounds and focus on their expression and adorable features. It is timeless and reminds me of a Gap or Calvin Klein ad in a magazine! 





Neutral backgrounds are beautiful, and allow for the color or outfit accessories to really pop.

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If a smash cake is not your style - go for a single, simple cupcake! :) 




I can't wait to photograph your little one for their big first birthday milestone! Here are a few more little tips to keep in mind. 


* Don't plan for the photos to be ready for your party invitations, they are much better utilized on thank you cards and turnaround will be easier for that as well. 

* If you want a photo from your session to be on display at the birthday party, inquire about timeline of delivery and if that is possible based on your session date and when the party is. 

* Remember that you are responsible for bringing any food items, and please be aware of any food allergies your child may have if you are giving cake for the first time. 

* Letting me know in advance of your session what you plan to have your child wear will be very helpful! Also if you have a theme/style/look that you want to capture, please don't hesitate to ask and request. 

* Family photos are always welcome in the first birthday photo shoot! this blog is dedicated to smash cake and single portraits of the children, but parents and siblings are welcome to join in. If bringing siblings, you will have to let me know if you also want single photos of the siblings. If so, the time dedicated to the one year old will be shortened to just a few singles and then smash cake, as opposed to a full session dedicated to just their photos. 

* Looking for an outfit? Try Etsy! There are some great outfits for both boys and girls. Just keep in mind, that it is very popular to get custom t-shirts made and outfits with phrases on them, but those tend to be very difficult to photograph. When you see a shirt laying flat in an online store that says "One in a melon" with a watermelon on it, you might want to click buy that instant! But remember that when that shirt goes on a one year old body with curves who is going to be constantly moving, you won't see all of those letters in every photo. You'll likely see half the letters in most photos. So i highly suggest outfits that are not word or phrase related. Instead, maybe consider a lace romper for girls or pair of suspenders with jeans or khakis for a boy. Keep it simple.  Also, I have some adorable one year old outfits in my studio, please inquire if you'd like to see what I have available! 


I am looking forward to capturing this photo shoot for you! Please don't hesitate to reach out with more questions! 










]]> (SkySight Photography) birthday photo shoot first birthday Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:38:45 GMT
Acupuncture Photography Project at Westmoreland Museum of American Art  

I was more than honored to be a featured artist on display in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in April-May of this year. The month long exhibit was a sample of photos from my Acu Photo Project. Thank you to my project partner, Emily Andrews, who has been my long time friend, my acupuncturist and best partner I could have asked for on this five year artistic journey through capturing the art of acupuncture. 


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]]> (SkySight Photography) acu photo project acupuncture acupuncture photography Wed, 30 Jun 2021 02:19:49 GMT
Kate and Calen's wedding at Ross Mountain  

Kate and Calen



A decade ago, I photographed Kate's sister's wedding at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Then a year ago, Kate contacted me and asked me to photograph her wedding. That's so exciting for me, because I LOVE when I get to capture another wedding in the same family!

You can check out the adventure of Kate and Calen's big day below! 

I decided for this blog I would love to interview them about their wedding, because they had such a personalized day in a special location, so throughout this blog you'll get to read their own point of view! 


Name of venue: Ross Mountain Club

Name of ceremony location: Holy Trinity Parish in Ligonier, PA


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Do you want to thank anyone specific that helped make your day special?

My mom was a very big help in planning our wedding! We had months of hard work planning and living far away myself, she had a very large role in helping put things together! 


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What was unique about your wedding?

Having our reception by my parents house was very special and felt like home! My grandparents were long time members of Ross and while they unfortunately passed away years ago, I really felt their presence throughout the whole day and I couldn't imagine it any other way. Their trusted physician Dr. Vinent Cosmo happened to be our cantor at our ceremony which was arranged by the parish's organist Bennett Porchiran. The deacon who officiated our ceremony was one of my father's lifelong friend and fraternity brother Deacon Scott Little. The whole day really just felt like home, even if we happen to live very far from where we got married.  


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Do you have a favorite photo (or set of photos) from the day?

I really love the pictures down by the bridge! I cannot wait to see all of the photos!

(@the time of this interview, Kate has only seen a sneak peek of her photos so far!) 


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^ Ringing the traditional dinner bell!!

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(Kate's class is seriously the cutest!!)


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What was the name of your florist, dj, or others you'd love to highlight in the blog?


Maggie Neid, our caterer, was a huge help the entire time! She was very flexible with planning in a pandemic and had so many wonderful ideas in helping the whole weekend come together! Her food is always incredible, but she really blew us all away the whole weekend wedding! She managed the rehearsal dinner, the day of the wedding breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. 


Our DJ was Bill Bara from Pittsburgh who was a lot of fun! He set a fun atmosphere and did a great job at seeing the whole venue to help us move a few things that needed it. He really took initiative to help in many ways that were above and beyond! 


Father Anthony Carbone at Holy Trinity helped us arrange our organist Bennett Porchiran who is very talented and really helped us a lot! He helped us arrange a vocalist for the ceremony and welcomed us into the church. Deacon Scott Little was our officiant who was also visiting from another parish. He really helped us plan the ceremony and he even helped us put together a beautiful program for our big day!


The ladies of Hair Parade in Ligonier did an amazing job helping us get ready for our wedding. I requested that they come to my parents house and the whole morning just felt very comfortable at home getting ready. They worked so quickly and did amazing work! Emily has an amazing staff that made our morning a lot of fun! She has a beautiful salon in the Ligonier Diamond where we did our hair trials and got our nails done days before the wedding. Haley was the makeup artist who really listened to what each girl wanted and did a beautiful job! 

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Did anything really crazy, funny, or out of the ordinary happen?

Not having air conditioning in the venue and our cake was by a window in the sunlight, DJ Bill Bara came to inform us that we needed to move up the cake cutting because the cake was starting to melt! But after cutting it, it was moved and still tasted great! 

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What was your favorite memory or part of the day?

Dinner time was a very special time. Hearing the toasts from our best man and maid of honor were very sweet. Getting time together alone at our sweetheart table was something I would highly recommend to couples. It gave us time alone together for the first time as a married couple and once we ate, we were able to walk around to every table to see all of our guests. Dancing upstairs was also a ton of fun!

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-Autumn & Bill Stankay :)







]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Mon, 28 Jun 2021 18:33:31 GMT
Senior Portrait Tips


High school students who just completed junior year are starting to peruse the internet with their parents for local photographers who might take their senior portraits.  Sure, local schools do have suggestions for students of photographers in the area they can call, but its quite common these days to seek out someone among the local photography community who fits the style the senior is looking for.  Some seniors will opt not to have photos taken at all, and some are beginning to stock their closet with the many outfits that they will wear for their photo shoot.  Below are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a high school senior photographer this summer.


You don't need to have the photos taken in summer, you can absolutely choose to have the photos taken in fall or winter during your senior year. Summer is popular because school is out of session (more time available to schedule), the weather is beautiful and the trees are green, and if you want to use your senior portraits in the yearbook at all you'll need to turn it in usually by October of the senior year. Keep in mind if you wait for spring, your photos may or may not be ready in time for your graduation party.



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Some schools require a certain photographer to take their headshot for the yearbook, but you're completely free to hire whoever you wish for the personal photos you have taken to hang on your own walls. Some schools allow you to bring in photographs taken by outside photographers for the yearbook headshot, and some have restrictions. So be sure to check with your school district on their yearbook guidelines. Even if they require a certain photographer (or just a certain color backdrop) for the headshot, often you can purchase a yearbook ad and put any photos you wish in it, along with a personal memo from parents to the senior. 


Think about the season you want to have the photos taken, and remember to schedule far in advance.  In addition to the season, decide on the type of location you like. I usually ask first if the client is looking for a nature or urban setting... then go from there on suggestions on where we could go.  Indoor in our studio is always an option for someone who likes the look of a backdrop or just want a simple session.



Clothing options are really personal to the senior. I try to suggest they choose outfits that represent their personality, and vary them throughout the shoot. So if they choose a session with two outfits, have one outfit more casual than the other. Also, maybe choose one in bright color and one more neutral. Try to stay away from small busy patterns or stripes, but large patterns like florals can work really great. The outfit should really match the scenery as well, so think about whether your images are going to be in a field or a brick lined alley way.


Ask your photographer if they provide the option to purchase graduation party invitations using one of the photos from your session, this is a great way to give a print to each person invited to the grad party. Or, on the flip side, you can use an image on your thank you cards you'll send post-graduation. 


Whoever you choose to photograph your senior portrait session this summer... be sure to look at their portfolio thoroughly and choose someone who has a style you really like! 




]]> (SkySight Photography) high school senior senior photography Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:45:23 GMT
Wedding Planning Tips  


Hello future brides and grooms! 

Your wedding day is soon approaching... what are the little things that you need to be aware of in advance, to help the day go more smoothly? Well, here are some tips that I'd love to share with you! 


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Have all of your bridal details ready to go in a box, or laid out on a dresser or table for me ready to go. Dont forget the following items in that bridal box: 



-Rings (Both bride/groom bands + your engagement ring) 


-Save the date


-Hankey, purse, or anything "special" you'll carry with you

-Charms should be attached to bouquet if you have them 




Additional tips for detail shots:

- Remove tags from jewelry, dress and shoes 

- Your bouquet should also be included in these photos, but only if the flowers are able to be delivered to you directly, if not that is okay (sometimes they get delivered to church). If you have a charm for your flowers, please attach before I arrive. this is also a good idea to have your florist attach for you if you can get it to them in advance.

- Please have your dress out of the bag, tags removed, and any special hangers on the dress if you have one. 

- Let me know if the room you are getting ready in will NOT have window light, or a nice area to use as a surface so I can plan accordingly on what I need to bring for detail shots. It may seem like they are quick and easy, but details take time and planning to shoot.

- Ask your florist if they can provide a few "fall off" flowers that otherwise would be on the floor or not used. Like a few random pieces of greenery, an extra rose, etc.  These are great pieces for me to use around your rings, shoes or invite. 

-  Think about where the dress can hang up.  For example, If you want your dress to hang in a tree outside, you may need wire or gear ties that I can attach to the tree, and someone to help hang it - or a ladder to do so. Or if you're in a hotel room with a great big window, we can hang it on the window with a command hook, so maybe add a few of the LARGE size ones to your bridal bag to have on hand so we will be able to get a really beautiful shot of your dress! 

- Have a bridesmaid in charge of getting these details prepped for you, and hanging your dress 

- Have a bridesmaid in charge of taking the rings after I shoot them and getting them to the best man or taking them to the ceremony location 

- Have a bridesmaid in charge of your makeup throughout the day for touchups - powder for shine and lipstick reapplied before ceremony, photos, and after dinner are best.





Consider the sunset time. If planning a wedding in late fall when the sunset is dropping to 6pm, you'll want to be sure your ceremony time is early enough to allow for daylight afterwards for photos. If planning a wedding after daylight savings time this is even more important, for example if you choose a ceremony time between 3-5pm in November, you may end up with all photos taken in the dark! 



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I will work with you on the timeline of your big day. Exactly how much time will be needed for each aspect of the photography will be key to ensure you are not running late to your reception. This timeline meeting will take place about 2 months before your wedding - or after you get your final details packet filled out and sent to me (which I will send to you around 6 mos prior to your wedding).




Guys should be aware of the time the photographer is going to arrive. They will want to be showered, and dressed in their pants and shirts - but do NOT need to have on cufflinks, ties, shoes, vests or jackets. These are the clothing items our photographer will capture while the guys are putting them on.  It is very important that the guys are aware of the timeline, it is often that the photographer arrives and the guys are hanging out in shorts watching football - or haven't showered. If this is the case, it will be wasted time booked with the photographer, as there will not be much to photograph. 




Check on the scheduled time for sunset. We might want to plan 10 mins to escape your reception for a few photos at sunset! If you are planning a June wedding, but only have your photographer booked through 8pm, you may want to consider extending your photography package hours to ensure you get this opportunity for sunset photos.





Inquire with your dj and/or venue about up-lighting! It can transform the space and make your photos of the dancing spectacular! 





Assign a few members of your bridal party to be in charge of communication with your photographer team.  The maid of honor and/or best man are great choices, because they will be with each of you (bride and groom) throughout the day even when you are getting ready in separate locations. Start a group text thread with your photographer and these people the day or two prior to wedding, so on the big day you can shut off your phone and enjoy your wedding while others coordinate essentials like which hotel room you are in! 

It is also a great idea to connect your vendors in advance. Send an email to your photographer, dj, coordinator, and videographer to introduce us all to each other before the big day. Provide phone numbers within the email or ask us each to reply-all with our #'s so we can all be on the same page. A well connected team is a great idea! 



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Have a backup plan for a rainy day, and plan to purchase clear umbrellas just in case. You can leave the tags on and return after the wedding if you don't need them, but it's a great idea to have them for that possibility of a rainy day. Clear are very important, as they still let light through on to your face, unlike black umbrellas which cause a very dark shadow! 


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Assign specific family members to be in charge of group photos.  One person in each family that is not in the bridal party is a good idea! Their job is to ensure that all family members are where they need to be when it is time for the family photos. They can be in charge of all those family members who tend to roam! You don't want to lose valuable time on your wedding day waiting around for that one uncle who decided to go to his car or the restroom just as the photos are supposed to begin. It is also a great idea to group email your entire family before the wedding to warn them as well. For example - we'll be doing family photos on the alter of the church immediately after the recessional!  Or - we'll be doing photos on the balcony right after we cut the cake, please be there on time!  Also a list provided to the photographer with names of the family members will speed up the process.





Clothing and makeup snafu's are a REAL THING on wedding days. Here are a few tips for everyone to keep the risk as low as possible that something will go wrong. 

-Bride: 1) try on your underwear and WEAR them for at least one day to be sure you are comfortable with them.  2) do not let go of your dress train while on any moving vehicle, such as a golf cart.  3) be sure that the garter you choose to wear works with your dress, for example a thick garter with flowers on it and a very thin hugging dress will not work.  4) be sure to get hair AND makeup trials in advance.

-Groom:  Note that you won't be able to have phone and keys in your pocket throughout the day, or you will see them while taking photos. A tote bag for all the bride/groom items to be kept together is a good idea, and have best man and maid of honor in charge of these items for you. 

-Groomsmen: be sure to try on the suit/shirt/pants when you pickup at the rental location or AS SOON as you can after if they dont allow you to. Do NOT assume the suit and shirt are the right size and put it on only minutes before the event is to begin. Also, inspect closely for tears along seams of the pants, where they may not have noticed from the last rental.

-Bridesmaids:  1) Be very clear with your makeup and hair stylist on what you want.  2) be sure your dress fits the day prior to the wedding. If your last fitting was 7 days before the wedding, but was a tight fit - you might want to be sure you didn't bloat/gain/expand in the last week. Ive seen it happen many times where a zipper just won't budge.


Have a bridal party box or tote bag! During the ceremony and photos, it is really convenient to have a large bag or box that all the bridal party can throw their phone in. Its often the one item that everyone keeps on them, but doesn't have pockets for (bridesmaids especially). So one bag that everyone throws their phones into while getting in/out of limo, taking photos, and walking down the aisle is a nice convenience. One person will be in charge of the bag.  I also like individual tote bags with names on them for all bridal party members, including the guys! There are a lot of items that the guys want to carry with them from the hotel, to church, to photo locations, then the reception (wallet, phone, keys, charger, chapstick) 





]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding planning tips wedding tips Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:42:07 GMT
Spring Blossoms 2021 Spring Blossoms 2021

Last spring, we weren't able to capture any spring portraits as COVID-19 eliminated the whole spring season! This year, we want to be able to make up for lost time and capture those stunning blossom pictures for you. Two different locations are going to be offered this year.... Downtown Greensburg and Pittsburgh! The trees blossom in mid April, so the shoots will be taking place around that time. Email me at to set up your session or feel free to ask any questions you might have.


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]]> (SkySight Photography) spring blossoms spring photography Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:32:30 GMT
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The time has come where you find yourself needing to get new headshots for work and the paralyzing thought comes into your mind: what should I wear? Getting in front of the camera can be quite stressful and finding the right outfit just adds to it. Fear not, dear reader! I am here to help alleviate some of that stress and guide you into finding the right outfit. Below are a couple categories I always direct clients towards to think about when looking for the best outfit to wear for a headshot session.

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Color can enhance, brighten, and highlight features like your eyes, skin, and/or hair as well as give an aura of who you are. It can also do the exact opposite, highlighting the wrong things or giving the wrong impression. Always start with colors that look good on you. 


The best way to figure this out are looking at 3 areas: eyes, hair, and skin. If you have green or blue eyes, cooler colors will help pop the beautiful color in your eyes. If you have a warmer or more red complexion in your skin, avoid bright, bold warm tones (orange, red). Black is always complementary with other colors and works well on every client. White shirts has been proven to make men look more attractive. You can even look for quizzes online to find your seasonal colors.

Also try to stay away from anything too crazy or complex when it comes to patterns. A bright, blue/green/yellow leopard print blouse may be great to wear out, but is a little too loud for a professional headshot. A crazy color choice may sound like a lot of fun in the moment, but this photo could stay around for a lot longer than you think.

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Layers help give a pop of color, sense of ease, or can even involve a touch of a fun pattern. They can range from a sweater over a button up shirt, a blazer over a blouse, even scarves or suspenders.


The abundance or lack of layers with clothing can give off specific vibes and personality. A gingham button up with a bowtie gives a quirky, fun energy while a white shirt with a dark blazer exudes a relaxed, professional flair.


The other great thing about layers is they can be added or removed during a shoot. Most photographers that charge by the look will be more flexible if you have a jacket or a scarf you wanna throw on or take off and not count that as one of your looks. 

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Capturing your style may seem like an impossible task whether it feels like it isn’t there or you fear it will be too overwhelming for a headshot shoot. I totally get it! So lets just back up and look at what you are getting the headshot for.


Unless you are given a specific look to go for from an employer (doctors jacket, corporate polo, etc), I always say to go for the ‘business casual’ look. To me, business casual means you’re putting your best foot forward without taking yourself too seriously. 

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However, if you’re part of a brand that is more casual, then bring more of that into the shot. You want to exude what you or your company is trying to sell so that style should come through. 

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A clean palate, pop of personality, and something that makes you feel good is a perfect combination. Find something in your closet that you love wearing - try not to go out and buy a completely new outfit. New clothes can sometimes feel foreign if you haven’t worn them enough. You want to wear the clothes not have the clothes wear you. 


This is easier said than done, but trust me: don’t overthink it! As weird and awkward as a photo shoot can feel, always remember when it comes to headshots that we, the photographer, want to make you look good. 


]]> (SkySight Photography) professional headshots what to wear Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:54:21 GMT
A photography tutorial: How my mom makes pasta If you've ventured over to my commercial side of the Skysight Photography website lately, you'll likely notice a growing food photography portfolio. I've been working a lot on food recently and decided to do a little fun project on a snowy Sunday afternoon with my mom.  

I come from a family of cooks. My mom has passed down all the ways of the grandmothers' (plural) cooking tips over the years, and making homemade pasta is one of them. We've made homemade pasta in my home since I was a kid, because well... its easy, cheap and tastes amazing.  The Italian side of my family was from Italy only a few generations back so the way we do it is how Nunny showed us.  

My mom told me the "recipe" as we made the pasta, and I photographed her hands.  I'll explain it as we go below...  Just a warning, if you like real measurements, this isn't the recipe for you LOL.  Me? I love recipes that are a little pinch of this, a dash of that, a juice glass full of this, and a "lot" of that.  Especially recipes I can learn from heart and make over and over. 

Even if you don't want the "recipe" (if I can even call this that) - I hope you enjoy this beautiful photographic journey of my mother's hands making a classic meal enjoyed in my family for generations.


Start off with some eggs, milk, salt and flour.  Mom says to keep the eggs and flour equal.  One cup of flour? Then you use one egg.  For this shoot, we used two cups of flour and two eggs.  It made about four servings for dinner that night.



You don't need a mixing bowl, but you could if you want. The way Nunny did it was right on the table.  Pour out the two cups of flour onto the table, then make a little hole in the middle like you're building a little pool.  



crack the eggs right into the "hole"  (yup, thats official recipe language)


start mixing it up with a fork, like your scrambling the eggs

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As you mix the eggs, start to fold the flour from the sides of the walls into the middle. Slowly keep going...

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Pretty soon you'll notice it getting thicker and closer to a dough you can form and roll.



Add a big pinch of salt.  We added a few big pinches. How much? Ummm... Told ya this isn't a recipe for those who need exact measurements haha.



Soon enough you'll be able to start working it all together with your hands into a ball of dough. Now its time to add the milk.  Nunny's recipe said a "juice glass full of milk"....seriously. So you can interpret that the way you want. Remember a juice glass from the 40's or so? Little things.

Mom says to add the milk slowly and you'll see how much you "need" to make the dough the right consistency and not too dry. Basically, little splashes here and there. work the dough, a few more splashes. Ok you're good.

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Form the dough in a long roll. 


Cut the roll into segments, like this...

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Add some flour so it will be smooth and roll easy through the rollers of the pasta maker.

If you don't have a pasta maker you can obviously check online, but usually Italian stores like Delallo's in Greensburg or Labriola's in Monroeville/PennHills/Wexford will have them, you can call and ask.  My brother bought this one for me years ago for Christmas, I'm pretty sure from Labriola's! 

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The segments get rolled through the pasta maker. Start with the flat roller set on the widest setting first. Roll it through, then close the gap and roll again, and again. Each segment will go through about 3 times. You want it really thin! 


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Keep adding flour generously to the pieces you are rolling through! 

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When you get them thin enough, they're almost paper thin and really long! 

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Switch your handle over to the pasta side and choose which you want - we decided to go with fettuccine. 


Dont forget to keep the dough covered in flour!



And important tip, be sure to catch it when it comes out the other side. One hand to crank, one to catch and lay flat immediately. 

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Remember - crank and catch! Its a quick moving process, so be prepared. Two people is even better/easier.

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When its all done you'll have a mess that is the stuff dreams are made of. You can let it dry out and save it, give it to friends and family, or cook it right up for dinner that night. We only let it sit about an hour and it was into the boiling water. I noticed it cooks quicker than store bought pasta, so be careful not to overcook it. I pulled it from the water just a smidge after it tasted al dente and it was absolutely perfect. 

Bon appetit!

]]> (SkySight Photography) cooking photography photography tutorial Tue, 19 Jan 2021 02:07:34 GMT
January Boudoir Sale 2021 January Boudoir Photography Sale 

For one month only ...boudoir sales are back! 


I can't wait to give the boudoir photography experience to you!

I'll help you through the entire process from planning outfits to every pose during the shoot. I promise, you'll be thrilled you did this... not just for your valentine, but for yourself as well. Boudoir is for every woman. At every size and every age.
Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear! 

One client told me, "I can't put a price on these images and how valuable they are to both me and my husband. It was the most exciting present I had ever given him, and I'm so happy we'll forever have these images to look back on at an old age. He is obsessed and can't stop looking at my album! And neither can I!  I truly feel these are the most beautiful photos ever taken of me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." 

Are you ready to begin the boudoir experience?

1. Call or email to schedule & place your deposit by phone. A nonrefundable deposit is due to secure your booking and time slot.

2. I'll explain what you should bring (clothing and accessories) & how to style your hair/makeup or if our makeup artist is available for you on the date you schedule.

3. Show up and be your confident self! I'll give you every posing direction needed and angle/light you in the best ways to flatter your figure type!



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Don't have a valentine? Why not make yourself your valentine this year?? Doing a boudoir session is not always about seducing - sometimes its simply just about wanting to capture your beauty and confidence in photographs. 

If you do have a valentine, think about their reaction when they open this album to see these photos of you! 

All of the boudoir sale packages INCLUDE your digital images with copyright release (so you can make your own prints if you'd like) but we're also running an amazing sale on our best selling boudoir album... the 5x5 black OR ivory album with gold trim. A perfect piece to sit on your bedroom dresser without anyone ever knowing what's inside.


So how do the sessions work for the January sale?   You'll choose the length of time you want to shoot and # of outfits included, price is based on the length of your session.

Boudoir Sale Pricing

(40 mins) 2 sets, 2 outfits, session + digital files   $499

(60 mins) 3 sets, 3 outfits, session + digital files  $599


Set options for 2021:

Settee on tan wall with natural light and windows

White/tan bed setup with natural light

Soft pink vintage dresser and mirror

Dark & shadowed

White high-key fashion lighting

Glamour makeup mirror


Included in every package:

Session time

Base level editing

Post processing & online album to access/download

Digital images

Copyright release




5x5 30-page album - additional $225

hair & makeup artist - $175    *if available




]]> (SkySight Photography) boudoir photoshoot boudoir sale 2021 Sun, 27 Dec 2020 20:47:17 GMT
April and Michael's September wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres
April and Michael had a beautiful wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres. We wanted to know how they felt about the big day, now that it's been a little while. They enjoyed reminiscing on their wedding day, and answered the questions below!

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What is your favorite memory from the day?
Michael: I remember so vividly seeing April walk through the secret door at the Grand Estate at the start of the ceremony. Nobody knew where she was going to be coming from but I knew exactly where to look. Then seeing her come down the aisle felt so surreal.

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What is your favorite memory from the day?
April: I loved driving around the property on the golf cart taking pictures. We had so much fun flying down dirt paths, talking and laughing before being introduced into the reception. My second favorite memory though was dancing the night away, I don’t think I left the dance floor once!

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How were you feeling on your wedding day?
Michael: I was feeling relieved that the day was finally here, excited to finally take this step in our relationship but nervous at the same time. Getting married is a big deal!

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How were you feeling on your wedding day?
April: I was mostly just so excited to be marrying Mike and to be starting our life together. I remember stressing over the weather though and staying up all night watching the radar on repeat.  

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How did you print or display your photos once you got your digital files? 
We printed a few pictures to frame and place in our bedroom and living room. But we also had three canvas’s displayed in our kitchen. Unfortunately, we recently moved and I haven’t rehung the pictures yet. 

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April says this is her favorite photo from the day.. " It’s absolutely stunning and looks like something out of a fairytale. We’re so happy in that perfect moment and I remember feeling like we were the only two people around soaking in the emotions of being newlyweds."

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Do you have any funny stories to share?
We don’t have any funny stories but have some pretty unforgettable and fun moments during the reception!

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Michael says " The photo where I was drinking a Busch beer and smoking a cigar fits my personality perfectly but I also really like the picture of April and I walking back up the aisle after saying I do with her looking at me and smiling. That picture makes me feel so lucky."


]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Wed, 02 Dec 2020 18:35:51 GMT
A veterans day post: Claude and Irene love letters 1944 A few years ago I found a box of love letters from WW2 from a husband to his wife from an antique dealer.  Claude lovingly wrote countless letters to Irene from 1944-1945 and they were so carefully kept, bound, and perfectly preserved.  So many times I wanted to unwrap them but couldn't bring myself to do so. They were so neatly put together by Irene, that I felt it wasn't my place to take them apart. Maybe if I knew Claude and Irene, or was a family member these few generations later I would have.  But I have a burning desire to find who these rightfully belong to, and have begun my search just recently.  There is a power to holding and touching these letters. The softness of the paper, the velvet ribbons and the worn edges of the tears. The stamps are an amazing piece of history and you can even feel the love in the addresses written on the envelopes. 

I decided for Veteran's Day 2020, it was time to photograph and post images of these absolutely beautiful letters.  I kept all personal information for this couple private, because I wanted to respect that perhaps these letters were never meant for eyes other than Claude and Irene's. 

On the top of one of the stacks, is a letter postmarked on my birthday, Sept 4th. I was able to wiggle it loose from its stack without harming the integrity of anything and read just the last page of this four page letter.  Because there is no personal info and I feel these words are SO incredibly powerful for us all to hear in a time like this... I decided I wanted to share that page.

"Well honey, I guess I have written all that I can think of. Now please don't you worry one bit please just take good care of yourselves.And just keep that meeting day in mind. As we all know it is bound to come sometime. Then I am sure it will be worth all that we had to go through in order for us all to have a nice peaceful place to live back home. So please do best you can and try to keep things going until I can get back there to help you. That will be the day huh?  Well honey must close will write more later and don't you forget to write. Will close with all my love as ever your loving daddy and hubby. -Claude"

In a pandemic, I found these words so incredibly powerful.  As we approach the holidays, with a sadness that we can not gather in large numbers as easily as the past, I am moved by the reminder of this man's journey.  I wonder, did he ever come home?  Did they live a long marriage together until an old age? 

As a wedding photographer, I capture love all the time. Engagement sessions and weddings are a part of my everyday life, and witnessing exploding love is a constant positive force in my life. I guess that is one of the reasons I just absolutely adore these letters and they mean so much to me, even though I do not know this couple.

To all of the veteran's who have given up valuable time with loved ones to help fight for our country, I value your sacrifice and thank you. 


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]]> (SkySight Photography) veterans day veterans day photography Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:49:48 GMT
Holiday sessions 2020  


2020 Holiday Sessions

*Indoor & outdoor options*


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The new sets are almost complete and the photos are finally revealed! The specials are listed at the bottom of this blog, and scheduling has already begun!








This set will be a black background, with stacks of red presents and black bows. We'll have options for the black/white tile floor, or dark wooden floor drop! This will be a great set to dress up and have a fun modern Christmas photo that is definitely unique!









The red presents from the black/red set are moveable and will be also used for this scene! It will have the true red and green Christmas vibe. The presents are slightly metallic and the velvet of the couch gives the same reflective look so the scene will have a great modern look to it. I would suggest dressy clothing for this set!


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I'm really excited about this simple rustic scene! It will be in our natural light room, with the large windows as backdrop and brick below windows, wooden or concrete floor, some simple non-decorated trees and a giant wreath. The beauty of this set is that there are so many different combinations to choose from. The only way to use this scene is to schedule a daytime appointment with the natural light. The options are numbered so you can let me know which is your preference before your appointment. If you have no preference, I can choose for you!





























This set will be a white and cream settee on different options for background, a plain white or gray with wainscoting style on the wall. The pillows can be swapped out so the color scheme can be your choice of all white, white/pink, gold accents, or red accents. When you schedule, let me know what you plan to wear so I can have the set prepped before your appointment with the right color scheme for your session. The combinations are numbered so you can let me know your choice!















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This is a repeat from last year, but was so loved by all I decided to do it again!


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We also have a variety of sizes of Christmas crowns that girls can wear, which will be beautiful on this or any of the holiday sets this year! There will be loose snow to throw for fun too like last year!


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This will take place at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. There will be a few fun holiday props, such as a buffalo plaid blanket, pillows, wreath and Merry Christmas banner to hold! It will be such a fun country Christmas vibe, and we'll also do a few photos in the beautiful fields there. The barn is red, so its quite the perfect backdrop.






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This is a cool urban setting, with brick and ivy walls and a few fun holiday props to add to the set! A giant wreath to hold, a Merry Christmas banner, and some holiday lights strung across the alley way (THANKS TO PHOTOSHOP!)











This scene is an outdoor patch of trees which are in a public park. The way they are positioned makes it easy to recreate the look of a Christmas tree farm! You can choose to just be photographed in the trees, or bring your own ornaments to decorate a tree. Its a simple scene with endless possibilities! The lighting for this location is beautiful when it comes glowing through the fall trees in the distance. It is best between 4-5pm prior to daylight savings time and between 3-4pm after daylight savings time. I will only be photographing a minimum number of sessions at this location, and when the spots are filled only indoor studio sessions will be available. Weather is a factor in November, so I don't necessarily suggest this set for really small children unless you plan to wear coats/hats in the shoot. Due to an overwhelming amount of holiday appointments in November, rain dates may or may not be possible. So if the weather causes a cancellation of your tree session, the studio will be the backup. Outdoor + indoor are not available in the same session.

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*Rates below apply only to holiday sessions 2020. Not full (one hour) sessions or any sessions not classified as holiday. 





3-4 SETS / 3 OUTFITS / 60 MIN SESSION / UP TO 4 CHILDREN - $625 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files

2-3 SETS / 2 OUTFITS / 45 MIN SESSION  / UP TO 3 CHILDREN - $525 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files

2 SETS / 1 OUTFIT / 30 MIN SESSION / UP TO 2 CHILDREN -  $425 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files 



*LIMITED DATES, inquire for openings.

Choice of one of the three locations listed above, total session 30-45 mins -- $500 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files 



]]> (SkySight Photography) holiday photography holiday sessions Fri, 09 Oct 2020 20:47:33 GMT
Nature Reserve Field Session Specials July 2020 Field & Barn Session Specials
& Milk bath add-on for children 6-12 mos
In the month of July we'll have a few specific dates which you can book either full, half or mini sessions at our favorite nature reserve! We only offer mini sessions twice a year, and this is one of them! If you are looking for just a few photos and want to stay budget friendly, this is your last chance until the Christmas season.  (Late summer and fall specials will be for half & full sessions only) 
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Dates currently available:
July 2, 3, 5, 8, 16, 20
Four locations inside the reserve to choose from.
Select the locations you like, which will determine the session length you'll want to book. More details on session options are below.
1. Cabin
2. Barn & fence
3. Lower fields
(high grasses with occasional wildflowers subject to blooming season)
4. Upper fields
(flowers subject to seasonal blooming which happens June-July)
*Due to the nature of NATURE ;) fields change look on a regular basis. The date you book could look slightly different from what you see above.
I will have chair and ladder props at the sessions, which will rotate on different dates! No guarantee on which props will be on certain dates, but colors will be relatively neutral to match all clothing choices.
I have a wide variety of children's clothing, however a much larger selection of dresses and female clothing than I do for boys. I do however, have vintage hats, suspenders and other props for boys. If you are interested in having me bring any attire, just request when scheduling so I can note to bring proper sizes with me the date of your shoot. Otherwise, if you need help planning the attire for your session just reach out and I can help guide you on what to wear.
Session Options:
Mini 20 mins (one location in the reserve)  $50
Half 30-40 mins (two locations in the reserve)  $100
Full 60 mins (three locations in the reserve)  $150
Extended 90 mins (four locations in the reserve)  $175
*All sessions are $25 off regular rate
*Included in session is your time with photographer, travel fees, editing and online proof album for 30 days. Digital files and products are a la carte.
Print options:
You can choose to purchase prints, canvas, metal/acrylic wall art, or albums a la carte from your session, check out our products page here!
If you purchase a digital package, you will be given the option to purchase any product in addition for 20% off. An excellent opportunity to purchase one of our very popular options like acrylic prints!
Digital package of entire session with copyright license release:
(Sale rates for these dates only, when purchased at your session)
Mini  $150 
Half  $350  
Full $450   
Extended $550 
Pricing sample:
To purchase a 30 minute (half) session with digital files, your total will be $450 plus tax.  A non refundable deposit of $50 due to book, with remainder due at session.
Golden hour guarantee:
Love the sunset glow? ME TOO. Its beautiful beyond words. If you want this golden hour glow, you must request this time slot which is approximately one hour before sunset (or less if scheduling a short session such as a 30 minute package).  Golden hour slots are subject to availability. At this location, golden hour images will be taken in the upper field only. Keep in mind, a sunny day is required for golden hour! If clouds roll into the area, golden hour may be dimmer than images shown below. We will do our best to capture this look for you, but can't predict it unless it is a very clear, sunny day. Keep in mind, true golden hour in June-July is typically too late for small children. Rescheduling will only be available for rainy days,  not cloudy, sorry
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Milk bath add on:
For children under 12 months
$75 additional fee, add on to session above (not available as its own session)
Included: extra 20 mins added to your session chosen above + all materials needed - tub, water, flowers -or- fruit in the water will be provided!
Due to allergens we ask that you bring your own milk (breast milk, cow/goat milk, coconut or almond milk) and a waiver must be signed in advance. The majority of the tub will be filled with water, and a smaller amount of milk mixed in to give the white color. For example, the images below are of my own daughter, and I used three 4oz bags of frozen breastmilk because I had not tested her on any other milk at this age.
If you would prefer to not use flowers, sliced oranges or strawberries are an adorable alternate option for both boys and girls.
]]> (SkySight Photography) field and barn photoshoots outdoor photoshoots Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:09:15 GMT
Clothing guide for studio sessions with children Clothing choices for your session with children in studio can range from white to black and everything in between. Here are some sample photos and tips to consider!


Dark on dark - this is beautiful and classic. Dark (black, navy, dark gray) colors on a dark backdrop like deep gray or black can be a beautiful combination that really draws the eye to the people in the shot.


Light on light - wearing light tans or creams on a cream colored wall is also another beautiful classic option. This makes a very monochromatic color scheme overall and blends right together. This works well for all skin tones from very light to very dark.


White on white - White clothing on a white wall is bright, fun, casual and pretty! This works great in summer months to provoke a warm seasonal vibe!



Pastels on light backdrop - light pink or light blue is a beautiful way to bring color into the photographs without being too bold or take your eye away from the subject.




White and cream mixtures - its ok to mix white and cream despite the traditional thought that they do not match! if doing this, go all out and mix the colors all throughout the clothing and backdrop.

Black on black - full black clothing can be a really bold look when photographed directly on black backdrop! some worry it will create a "floating" look but this can be adjusted with the right lighting, and also is part of the purpose of that look. It is supposed to somewhat have that vibe.


Yes, you can mix light and dark colors together! If one wears black and another wears white, its totally workable, especially when done in black and white photographs.



Grays and blues are always a nice neutral tone and can match with almost anything.


Black on light - black clothing on a light or white backdrop creates a bold contrast!

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You don't have to go without clothing, to give the effect of no clothing. It can be a beautiful way to focus on the intimate connection of a parent and child to photograph mom or dad holding baby without a shirt on.  Mom can be wearing a tube top so she is not completely exposed.

]]> (SkySight Photography) children photoshoot studio photoshoot what to wear Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:39:58 GMT
Garrett and Emily's wedding in a pandemic - Love can't wait Emily and Garrett planned every detail of their wedding for a year in advance. They planned the perfect venue, flowers, decor, transportation for guests, every detail down to the cute signs for the reception. They invited all of their closest family and friends. One thing they didn't plan for, was the uninvited guest... Covid-19.  A true wedding crasher.

Their wedding was planned for May 16th, so with the pandemic arriving in this country mid March there wasn't a lot of time to uproot an entire year of planning to reschedule. Everything was set and ready to rock & roll.  For many couples planning a wedding during this timeframe, there was no choice but to postpone their wedding to a later date based on mandated shut downs. But weddings in mid May were on that fine line of the possibility that maybe they could still have their celebration. 

So many weddings were forced to shut down, cancel, or postpone and I feel so deeply for those couples. I empathize with their difficult situation that they have been put in.  Many couples I was booked to shoot this spring and early summer were forced to make very difficult choices. A marriage should not have to start out with a stressful wedding, so the option to move their special date forward to a time when we can all be more relaxed was their best option.

However, Emily and Garrett chose a different route than postponement and I think it was the perfect choice for them. Their wedding wasn't what they originally planned with a few hundred guests in a large venue, but it was beautiful in every way. Memories were made that will never be forgotten.

A week before May 16th, the county that Emily and Garrett's parents live in went into "Yellow phase" meaning that gatherings were now allowed up to 25 guests. So in one week... Emily and Garrett's family pulled together the wedding of their dreams, in the backyard.


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This sign was created for the entrance to their original reception plans, and became the perfect welcome to the walkway to the backyard of Emily's parent's home where they will dance, laugh, and celebrate the night away with 25 guests of honor.

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Emily said that Garrett had no prior experience with woodworking, and can you believe it... he built her this absolutely stunning table for his wedding gift to her!? It is amazingly gorgeous, complete with a signature stamp on the corner with their wedding year. I joked to him, "Oh, is this why you couldn't postpone your wedding to 2021!" (wink) lol... he said "well I did have the rest of 2020 since I didn't add the month,but we just really wanted to get married without waiting any longer."  It was the PERFECT sweetheart table for Emily, Garrett and their sons to sit for their first meal as husband and wife, and will remain in their home and family for generations of future meals and conversation.

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To keep social distancing protocol, I suggested to Emily that we do all of the typical "getting ready" photos outside in the backyard.  This meant detail shots, putting on the veil and buttoning the dress up could all be done in open air and not a small room indoors. Maybe its not what we have typically done in the past, but I believe in embracing life's changes and realizing that there is always a silver lining in everything.  And truly, there were no compromises here.  A wedding dress hanging in a beautiful lilac bush over their sweetheart table couldn't have been more perfect.


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The tent was appropriately designed with social distancing of their guests. Tables were 6 ft apart, and many tables of two were set so that only family members who dwell together already will sit together for the reception.




Emily's parent's backyard was a beautiful wedding display if I say so myself. This was the epitome of getting handed a bucket of lemons and turning it into sweet yummy lemonade.




Garrett was unable to pickup his custom suit with wedding date embroidered inside which was the original plan for his attire- due to the shop being closed for business. But Garrett is a police officer, so he decided to wear his formal uniform. Another box checked off in the column for making some lemonade out of lemons!


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Garrett's parents, brother and sons were all present helping him get his uniform on and ready to go.


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Emily's mother had a family heirloom to give her to wear. Her late grandmother's engagement ring. In fact, her grandfather was present but had to keep a social distance, so he handed her this "something borrowed" across a table from 6 feet away. For a few more special touches, her mother attached her great grandmother's broach to Emily's flowers and a piece of her own wedding dress was sewn in a heart shape into the inside of Emily's dress... right over her heart.


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Some close family were not able to be in attendance, but joined from afar virtually. Many facetime calls were made, videos were sent, and as you'll see further down this page... the ceremony broadcasted over zoom. It was the most emotional part of the day for many, but so much love was sent their way even if not via a real hug. You could truly feel the love in the air.


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Garrett's family jumped at the opportunity to get technically savvy and broadcast the ceremony to everyone who could not be in attendance.  Over 100 people signed into zoom to watch them say their vows and exchange rings.


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Even though the seamstress was not open to do final hemming on the matron of honor's dress... she got an amazingly stylish mask to complete her look for the church :)


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It didn't matter if there were 10 or 200 people in that church... Garrett only had eyes for Emily when she turned the corner to come down the aisle. 




Fixing the train and veil are often the job of a bridesmaid who stands by you at the alter. True. And its a sad reality that Emily and Garrett didn't have the opportunity for a bridal party at their sides. But the silver lining in all of this is that they really only needed each other. And they enjoyed that ceremony to the fullest. They missed valuable friends and family who were not present, but they couldn't be happier at the same time.  There will be a small number of people who can say that they had a wedding during a pandemic, and truly understand what it felt like - the pendulum of feelings between happy to be married and sad that so many were not able to witness it with their own eyes.  Most of us will never know that feeling. But they were there, together, and that is all that mattered. Plus, Emily's father did an amazing job of fixing that train on her dress! I would have thought he had prior experience! That was a unique moment for me to witness, as a photographer, something I've never seen in my fifteen years photographing weddings. And I think it was adorable, special and sweet.

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Emily and Garrett's three siblings scattered about the pews in church to social distance...but also "fill" the church as if there were rows of guests all around them. 


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Emily had a grandmother not able to attend the wedding, but lived close by in a retirement community. They made time after the ceremony to visit her so that she could see them. She was waiting patiently on her porch, perfectly wrapped wedding gift in hand. It was one of the sweeter moments I've ever witnessed at a wedding.


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They reached out in air-hugs across a distance of 10 feet. Shouting I love you's and congrats to the newlyweds. 




Emily and Garrett asked me where I thought we could go to take some intimate bride & groom portraits after the wedding, and without a doubt I suggested the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. It is a location I shoot at often and so near and dear to my heart. It was well worth the trip from Greensburg to Latrobe. These were their first moments alone as husband and wife.


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Their faces didn't lie. Their happiness was beaming.


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Their ringbearers were extra special guests. Garrett's sons and Emily's new stepsons, Colton and Tucker, were with them every step of the way... and extremely excited about their first trip in a limo.


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Emily's "something blue" was also borrowed and old... A beautiful broach that was her great grandmothers, attached to her bouquet which was handmade by her family since the florist was not yet open for business.




The portraits were finished and it was time to party so everyone made their way back to Emily's parent's home. Their original plan was a larger venue that would have had over 150 people there waiting to greet them with hugs and celebratory dancing, but their announcement was just as special.  No matter what, this was their first moment being announced to the world as Mr. & Mrs.  Someday soon hopefully they will get that reception with all of their friends and family.



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The pool deck was a perfect dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.  It wasn't in a ballroom with a chandelier above their head, no... But this wedding was all about embracing the changes and finding silver linings.  Instead, this dance was on the deck of the pool where Emily spent many many years making memories with family. Now, she was able to make a memory that might just top them all. A slow dance to a special song, with her husband.  A dance she had dreamed of having her entire life... right here in her own backyard.


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A special dance with dad followed.


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And of course, a special dance Garrett shared with his mother.


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No wedding is complete without traditions like cutting the cake, or my personal favorite ... a champagne toast. There is something very special about hearing your closest loved ones say a few words about the happy couple. I've seen hundreds of toasts in my lifetime, and each one is as special as the last in their own unique ways. It is also very often the time of the wedding we get our best facial reactions of guests... laughter, tears, and genuine smiles galore.


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My title for this blog comes from a sign I saw during their drive by parade after toasts. As family and friends drove by, they honked horns and waved arms. Some handed flowers to the bride, and some had signs made from their original wedding invitation. I recently even saw on Garrett and Emily's facebook pages that some friends who watched their ceremony via Zoom even dressed up in gowns/suits at home to show their love and support for the couple while watching in their living rooms.  I was blown away by all the love from their family and friends, and felt it in my heart as well. There was something so very special about their wedding, that is hard to put into words. 


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I know so many couples who planned to get married this spring did not have the option for a wedding at all. For many, their choice to cancel or postpone was the only option. Some couples have very large families and the size of 25 & under just wasn't feasible either. But for some people, who decided that they just can't wait for a new date available at their venue (which for some was more than a year into the future), the downsized wedding was the right choice for them. Yes, of course, it may not be quite what they originally had planned for their day. But to Emily and Garrett it was still - the best day ever.

]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Sun, 31 May 2020 20:08:46 GMT
New USB branded flash drives I recently was contacted by USB Memory Direct to try out their new flashdrives for my clients! I've just received a set and they're beautiful! My portrait and wedding clients who purchase these drives will love them, looking forward to sending them out this busy season. They had a lot of options, but the wooden 8gb drives were perfectly suited for my branding. I love how they're each slightly different, since it is real actual wood. Thanks to USB Memory Direct for choosing me to represent your product!


]]> (SkySight Photography) photography purchase photography Tue, 31 Mar 2020 03:24:50 GMT
Fifteen years in business!  


Fifteen years in business & a new logo released!


I have officially been in business for FIFTEEN YEARS! But somehow, I feel like my first photoshoot was only yesterday. Celebrating this anniversary is a big accomplishment for me because so much has happened in these 15 years! I've shot over 400 weddings, won a few awards, self published a photo book, expanded to our current studio in an old school building, and photographed countless families and businesses. Personally have had so much happen as well! Since starting my business I've had the opportunity to travel internationally several times, got married to my high school sweetheart,  and welcomed a beautiful, spirited daughter named Orsaline.

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I am also excited to announce the new logo! Its been about seven years since our last logo & color rebrand, and since we're at a pretty big milestone with the big one-five, I decided to redesign with a fresh, modern look but not changing it too much from the past.


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I can't thank you all enough for supporting me year after year! My business is my life and wouldn't choose another career path even if I could! I truly love my work and have never felt like it was a 'job'.  Its my passion and my clients are why I do this! I LOVE the SkySight family I've gathered over these fifteen years - clients, networking buddies, and more. You are all important to me in your own unique ways! 


Thank you... from the bottom of my heart!

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]]> (SkySight Photography) photographer skysight photography Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:01 GMT
2020 Timeless Portrait Session Special Timeless Portrait 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.

Our Timeless Portrait Sessions are the perfect time to capture the still & tender moments that sometimes go unseen both in childhood and between a parent and child. These photographs are meant to capture expression, therefore we highly suggest that children under 2 years of age get their photos taken with their parent. Children 2 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 to do family portraits as well. We are offering this special now through Saturday, March 21st. Rates are for a limited time, and based on availability (maximum number of sessions will be accepted each date). Also, you have free access to anything in our studio closet for clothing items and we have a hair & makeup artist that you can schedule as well! Autumn will style your child as necessary, so don't stress about clothing, we'll help!


Sale Details!

The normal session fee of $200 for timeless one-hour sessions is on sale for $150, which will be due at the time of booking via a link paid online. (Your session fee does not include any digitals or products) Then at your session you'll have sales available on all products that day only - flash drive with digital files, prints and canvas will be offered at rates 25-40% off!


Professional Hair & Makeup Artist: 


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


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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.







]]> (SkySight Photography) portrait photoshoot Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:53:25 GMT
Valentines Day Mini Sessions February 2020
33 Valentines Day mini sessions - Starting at $199! 
+ Additional dates available before and after Feb 8th, please inquire.
(Sessions after Feb 8 may not have guaranteed Valentines day turnaround)
The Valentine's Day sessions for 2020 are going to be such a blast! I wanted to do a set I haven't done before, and also run these sessions on an amazing discount! Our sample sessions went awesome (as you can see here!!) I can't wait to photograph your little ones too! 
Valentines day is all about LOVE. So I've decided to focus on all the sides of your child's personality that you love.... crazy, silly, fun, serious, and sweet! We're shooting all the little moments we can in a short period of time, and squeezing ALL THAT PERSONALITY LOVE into a fun collage of nine "Brady Bunch" style squares.  This package includes your digital files and will be finalized on editing by February 10th, so you'll be able to get prints, personal valentines, or cards printed and delivered to your door before February 14th! Plus you'll have the best Valentines Day social media posts and new profile pics to post for all your friends and family. 
*Session 20 mins (per child)
*Mixture of red and pink backdrops with V-day props & sweets
*All digital files included (approx. 20 images -  suitable for printing & social media)
*Best nine digital collage (suitable for printing and great for a Facebook profile!) 
*Timeline cover collage (Sized for a perfect fit onto your Facebook cover)
*Turnaround by February 10th (with fast delivery you'll have prints in time for Valentines day)
One child $199 
Two children $299 
Three children $399 
*Each child receives their own personality session and collage will be a combination of all images in the session (both children). You can purchase additional collages if you would like one per child.
AND...   FREEBIES!!!!!
Everyone loves a bonus item! Here's how you can earn free items from your Valentines session. And best part is, there is NO LIMIT. Earn them all!

*BRING A BUDDY - book with a friend and you each get a free 8x8 print of your best-nine-collage!

*SIGN UP FOR OUR VIP TEXT GROUP - text 'skysight' to 80309 to sign up, and you'll get a free 5X7 print of your fave shot!

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]]> (SkySight Photography) valentines day valentines photoshoot Thu, 30 Jan 2020 02:50:01 GMT
Greensburg Wedding at The Westmoreland: Matt & Jackie HELLO WORLD!

I am excited to announce a guest blogger on this post! A bride (and past SkySight employee!) has written and designed her own wedding blog and I can't wait for you to see her wedding! Take it away Jackie!!



In August 2010, I started my first big girl job after graduating college, as a studio and marketing assistant for SkySight Photography. Like many first jobs, I learned the ins and outs of real-world work (plus some endlessly useful photoshop skills!). But most importantly, I saw what it took to run your own business and be a professional – all while staying grounded and true to yourself – in Autumn and Bill. They have always had a passion for their craft, a genuine love for their customers, and a big heart for their community.

After working with them and being inspired by their beautiful weddings and studio sessions, what I didn’t imagine was that almost a decade later, they’d be photographing my own wedding!


On October 26, 2019, I had the absolute joy of marrying my best friend, biggest fan, and the sweetest soul I’ve ever met (love you, Matt!). It was a full-circle kind of day, filled with all the things we love most: family, friends, good food, good drink, and our hometown of Greensburg.


Matt and I have a major soft spot in our heart for this little city. We met here, dated here, and live here. After searching high and low for a wedding venue, we knew we wanted our marriage to start here, too. We cherish the connections and friends we’ve made over the years.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art made a beautiful, colorful, and art-filled backdrop for our wedding day celebrations. From first-look to last dance, we hosted our entire wedding here. We wanted things to be as simple, easy, and streamlined and possible for our guests – and us! We also loved the idea of sharing a slice of our life with our family and friends.


This Greensburg institution was totally reimagined a few years ago, with a multi-million dollar renovation. The result is modern and light-filled, with plenty of different spaces that we could tailor to all the aspects of our wedding. We even took advantage of their kid-friendly gallery for our tribe of six nieces and nephews! Plus, big shout out to their amazing event staff, who went above and beyond to make our planning and day-of go so smoothly.


We also jumped on the opportunity to hold our non-traditional, self-written ceremony in the Museum’s cantilever gallery. We went super minimalist with decorations here to highlight the architecture and the panoramic view of downtown Greensburg. It was one of my favorite parts of having our wedding here! 


After the “I Dos,” we had cocktail time in the Museum’s lobby and then headed to the  Community Room for dinner. I have to admit, I was initially pretty scared of this room’s bold, orange color. But we leaned in and embraced the idea with funky flowers, linens, and some all-important mood lighting.


We finished the night being silly with a little dancing and a lot of wondering, "How did this day fly by so quickly?!" It was surreal and magical; it left us feeling so fortunate that we could bring all our "people" together for one day of celebration and love, and that we had Autumn and Bill with us as friends and photographers to capture our beautiful memories! Thank you, SkySight!!    

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Venue – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Dress & Shoes – BHLDN

Florist – Community Flower Shop

Linens – Mosaic

DJ – Tim Palmer, Fifth Ace Entertainment

Caterer – Sun Dawg Café

Cake – Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop

]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Wed, 15 Jan 2020 02:12:21 GMT
Recap of the Summer Field and Garden Sessions! The field and garden sessions were a huge hit! I couldn't be a happier photographer this month! The lighting, the fields, the flowers, you name it - everything to make a dreamy summer scene just fell into place. I photographed several sessions at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve this summer... A mother-daughter session, a senior, a family who was a past wedding client of mine, and a few engagement sessions who are future wedding clients booked! I have a few sessions open for the remainder of September in these fields, so if you're Ooooh'ing and Awww'ing over these pics - contact me so you can get in on this action before its winter!

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]]> (SkySight Photography) outdoor photography summer photography Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:41:16 GMT
Upcoming fall foliage sessions 2019  



We're excited to announce the fall foliage sessions for this year. We'll be photographing in two locations - the foliage in the forest as well as the soft overgrown fields! Vintage chairs included by request.

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Fall foliage reports are projecting the color to peak October 26th this year. Due to high demand, all session slots available during peak week (see below for dates) will be full sessions (at our sale rate!) If any time slots remain open for peak week, mini's will be opened up to fill those spaces no more than ten days prior. Mini sessions will be available for early fall dates prior to peak week and after peak week in early November. 







OCT 13-20  Mini sessions (half hour slots) available at $499 including digital files

OCT 21 - NOV 2    Full sessions (45-60 minutes) available at $649 including digital files

NOV 3 - 9  Mini sessions (half hour slots) available at $499 including digital files


To see some samples of early fall vs peak week, take a look below. 



Early fall, although not peak foliage, is a beautiful time to photograph in the forest. The green is still bold and beginning to darken from its bright summer hue. You can still wear fall clothing and style your family in boots and jackets.

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This year I've decided to add one of my favorite spots, the fields.  The fields in the fall will begin to turn many soft colors, rather than the bold golds and reds of the trees.  This is a beautiful spot just down the road from the forest area we'll shoot in for the forest tree color. 

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Peak week is when the colors of the trees break free from their summer greens and showcase their grand finale before they fall. The images below showcase the leaves around the week leading up to Halloween.

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]]> (SkySight Photography) fall photography outdoor photography Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:37:08 GMT
Pinterest Wedding Photography: 3 tips for sharing ideas with your photographer


Disclaimer: If you’re a Pinterest-loving bride, keep an open mind in the post ahead!

Pinterest is a great way to plan your wedding. From the dress to the invites and the décor, Pinterest has an endless stream (or flood!) of ideas for weddings of every size, style and budget. But when it comes to wedding photography and Pinterest, there can be too much of a good thing.

Based on years of experience working with brides and Pinterest, here’s the best way to use Pinterest to plan your wedding photos AND the best way to share your Pinterest board with your wedding photographer!


1) Brainstorming is better than “shot lists”

Imagine your Pinterest wedding photography board as inspiration – a general guide rather than a specific shot list. For example, if you pinned a lot of bride and groom close-ups, that gives us a sense of types of poses and shots you like. That’s great!

But when we get requests to replicate exact images, it can stifle creativity and even disrupt workflow. If we’re trying to check exact images off a list, we’ll spend more time doing that than being in the moment of your day and capturing those moments as they unfold naturally. That’s not so great.



2) Copied photos can look stuffy ☹

Along the same lines, the more photos we try to replicate, the more staged your wedding day will look. Replicating photos can be hard on the photographer and the couple. If you’re not acting natural, your photos won’t look natural.

Plus, no one likes to have their work copied! That includes wedding photographers. In general, we try not to copy each other’s work out of professional courtesy.

3) Environment matters, and each one is different

Like all photos, those enviable Pinterest wedding photos are created by a photographer who's behind the lens, working hard to capture many different elements in a unique way – lighting, location, time of day, the dress, even the height difference of the couple. And because every couple and every wedding environment is different, what you see in a specific Pinterest wedding photo may not translate to your own wedding day, simply because it’s a different environment. And that’s not a bad thing!

Remember, your photographer is there to work their own magic and combine all the elements of your day to create photos that are uniquely you.

The bottom line: Use Pinterest as a starting point – not the endpoint – of your wedding photos. Keep an open mind! You invested in a professional wedding photographer because of their own style, creativity and expertise, so give them the freedom to do their thing.

For more pin-worthy wedding photo inspiration, be sure to check out Autumn's pins on Pinterest!

]]> (SkySight Photography) pinterest wedding tips pittsburgh wedding photography Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:32:14 GMT
Priory Hotel Pittsburgh Wedding: Dakota & Nicole What’s a Pittsburgh wedding without a little rain? Dakota and Nicole didn’t let a few rain drops stop them from having the #BestDayEver during their beautiful ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral and reception at Pittsburgh’s Priory Hotel. (Anyway, rain = good luck on a wedding day!) This sweet couple celebrated with family and friends in a day that was equal parts traditional and glam. It’s not always easy to make big spaces feel cozy and intimate, but Nicole and Dakota made it look easy, thanks to a big and loving group of family and friends. And we were so happy to be along for the ride. Congrats, you two!


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See more SkySight weddings

Venue: Grand Hall at The Priory

Church: St. Paul's Cathedral

Videographer: Liam Abrigg Bently's Photography and Video LLC

Florist: Pattie's Petals

DJ: Modern Era Weddings

Dress Shop: One Enchanted Evening

]]> (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:18:44 GMT
Christine & Jonathan Christine & Jonathan’s wedding had so many details to love. Rose gold everything, a truly perfect cake, and the most incredible footwear (from her heels to light-up sneakers...and to add she works for Nike!) – all to go with the most incredible couple!

They hosted their ceremony and reception at Edgeworth Club
, one of our favorite traditional Pittsburgh wedding venues. The ornate details inside, the grand spiral staircase, and the outdoor grounds all make great settings for Pittsburgh bridal portraits. And of course, we can’t pass up a good light-filled room! We love the Edgeworth Club's
sunroom ceremony space, which doubles as a great spot for family photos.

The venue also features a big, beautiful ballroom, which Christine and Jonathan didn’t let go to waste. After a quick wardrobe change, the couple kicked-off the party with a first dance for the ages. After that, it was onto some fun and games, a little more dancing, and more than a few treats from their Pittsburgh cookie table. Thank you, Christine and Jonathan, for inviting us into your amazing day. <3


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Venue: Edgeworth Club

Videographer: Trillium Wedding Films

DJ: DJ Digital Dave

Florist: Karrie Hlista Designs

Dress Shop: Simply Luxe Bridal

]]> (SkySight Photography) skysight photography wedding wedding photography Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:08:04 GMT
Milk Bath Sessions  

Milk Bath Mini Sessions



So, I'm sure you've seen the milk bath craze on social media and Pinterest! We're jumping on the bandwagon because - these shoots really are as sweet and special and adorable as they seem! I decided to "test the waters" on my own daughter, Orsaline. On a warm day in a garden full of many flowers to choose from, we had a great time with a bucket and some milky water! At first Orsa wasn't too sure about this new bathtub, its not quite the same as what she is used to at home LOL. But once she learned the water was warm and she could play with the flowers, she didn't want to get out! I just couldn't get enough of these photos after the session of my daughter, I looked at them all night! So I want others to have this awesome experience as well.

I have the perfect location for these baby milk bath sessions at a private residence with lots of flourishing gardens. Since its the first time I've offered this session, I'm rolling it out for an special rate much lower than our typical mini sessions - with digital files included.The bath is filled with warm water and a little bit of milk.  You can bring your own - ie: cows milk, almond milk, breast milk, etc - or I can provide powdered milk for you. (we'll talk about your baby and which option is best for their age when you call to schedule). Then, you can choose from flowers, which we'll pick fresh from the garden for your session, or lemon & orange slices. Both options are totally adorable, and these sessions work for both girls and boys, so don't hesitate to schedule your little one. The age range for this is babies who can sit (approx 7 mos) through around one year. You can add on time to your session and do both flowers + fruit as well which gives you more images! All the details are summarized below!


30 minute sessions 

Approximately 20-25 digital images

Copyright release included

Fresh flowers (picked on location) or fruit (lemons & oranges)

Sitting up required (approx 7 mos)

Add on additional 15 mins (approx 10-15 additional images) to do BOTH flowers & fruit for additional $99

Various dates available in August! Inquire for openings!




]]> (SkySight Photography) baby photography milk bath photoshoot Fri, 09 Aug 2019 01:28:59 GMT
Olivia and Robert's downtown Pittsburgh Wedding Take a look at Olivia and Robert’s big day, and one phrase immediately comes to mind: Epic. Pittsburgh. Wedding.

This couple’s June nuptials hit all the downtown Pittsburgh wedding highlights, like a rooftop first-look at the Renaissance hotel (complete with champagne toast – love this!), pre-ceremony portraits around the streets, bridges, and university campuses, some stretch limo cruising, and a beautiful ceremony at the one and only Heinz Memorial Chapel.

After that, it was time to party the night away at another Pittsburgh institution – Eddie Merlot’s! Thankfully, the weather cooperated that night, which is no small feat during a western PA summer, and Olivia and Robert finished their night by dancing under the stars surrounded by family and friends.

Oh, and one more epic detail? Robert’s suit! A more stylish groom would certainly be hard to come by. 😉 Congratulations, Olivia and Robert!

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