SkySight Photography: Blog https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog en-us (C) SkySight Photography skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Fri, 29 Apr 2022 19:38:00 GMT Fri, 29 Apr 2022 19:38:00 GMT https://www.skysightphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u906324525-o341593969-50.jpg SkySight Photography: Blog https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog 108 120 Stunning New Year's Eve Wedding https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/5/stunning-new-years-eve-wedding Samantha and David's Stunning NYE Wedding

A wedding on New Year's Eve is a wedding of exciting emotions and celebration like no other! Family and friends gather to celebrate the joining of a couple, and also to ring in the new year together as a one. A combination of celebrations at once, that certainly heightens the experience of the night!  This wedding started off with joyous children running about a hotel room while Samantha sat patiently with smiles while hair and makeup artists adorned her for the occasion.  If ever any nerves, they were not visible from what I could see!  David was equally as excited and calm, making jokes and having a drink as he and his groomsmen dressed in their tuxes.  The ceremony and reception were held in one of the most unique hotels in Pittsburgh,  the Kimpton Hotel Monaco.  The decor of this hotel is one of my favorites, there are funky carpets, bright colored doors, giant floral printed wallpapers and birdcage lampshades. Perhaps my favorite touch is the Victorian furniture and wainscoting of the second floor where guests can mingle during cocktail hour.  We escaped the hotel for some night photographs in the streets post-ceremony and rang in the new year later at midnight with everyone.  I had such a wonderful time photographing this wedding and working with this beautiful couple and their family & friends! 
 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/5/stunning-new-years-eve-wedding Mon, 09 May 2022 12:00:00 GMT
Alex and Ty's Gorgeous Blackthorne Wedding https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/5/alex-and-tys-gorgeous-blackthorne-wedding Alex and Ty's Gorgeous Blackthorne Wedding

Just a week after we all rang in the new year, Alex and Ty decorated the Club at Blackthorne early Saturday morning while hair and makeup buzzed about the bridal suite and groomsmen gathered to affix bowties and boutonnieres.  Alex had an emotional moment with her father's first look, read a letter from Ty that made her cry again, and finally after a very long wait... a walk down the aisle that made everyone shed at least a single tear or more.   Alex and Ty had a day bursting with happiness in every way possible. There were tears of happiness, laughter, moments of deep thought, and dance moves that shook the room.  There was certainly a rainbow of emotions and the most amazing glowing sunset to be the cherry on top.  My favorite moment of the day was photographing them twirling in the snow while the sun glowed behind her like a giant candle.  

Congratulations Ty and Alex, it was such a pleasure to photograph your engagement and wedding photos! I look forward to more opportunities to photograph you in the future.

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/5/alex-and-tys-gorgeous-blackthorne-wedding Mon, 02 May 2022 12:00:00 GMT
Stunning Wedding at the Omni- William Penn https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/stunning-wedding-at-the-omni--william-penn Lauren and Coleman's Stunning Omni-William Penn Wedding

Lauren and Coleman had their wedding at one of my favorites venues in Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn.  After many weddings shot there, I still love every single one that I get the opportunity to photograph at this amazing hotel.  Their wedding was absolutely wonderful in so many ways. Their family and friends were a joy to be around all day long, the love between this bride & groom was bursting like sun beams, and their choice of flowers, colors and decor was classic and beautiful. Lauren was graceful with nothing but joy and smiles all day long. Not a single moment of stress was detected, although I'm sure nerves were there somewhere!  Coleman was the same - cool, calm and collected. All day long, he was just bursting with happiness and laughter.  If I could choose to shoot the wedding for these two all over again - I would do so in a heartbeat! :)  

Congrats to this happy couple and best wishes for a long life together! I hope to photograph you again in the future as the years pass and perhaps your family grows!

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/stunning-wedding-at-the-omni--william-penn Mon, 25 Apr 2022 12:00:00 GMT
Mothers Day 2022 special https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/mothers-day-2022-special Mother's Day Minis and Mimosas

We are going to be offering a few different varieties of mini sessions for Mother's Day this year- Scroll to see the different options available! You can choose to do a simple mini session or even a multi-generational once in a lifetime session with your loved ones. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 1st

WHERE: 409 Coulter Ave, Greensburg PA

WHY: Enjoy a mimosa and a mini shoot with your loved ones on May Day! 

HOW: Reserve your time slot(s) by emailing skysight.assistant@gmail.com for available times- you will be invoiced $50 for a non-refundable deposit once you reserve your slot! 

*NOTE: You will be scheduled for two back-to-back slots if you want Option 2 or 3. If all slots are filled you will be put on a waiting list for another day if demand is high enough! 

 

Option 1: Mother's Day Mini

Includes Mom and children together on bed setup: $250+Tax (Includes Digitals)

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Option 2: Half Session Special

Includes mom/child bed mini session + choose extra backdrop (couch OR dark background)  $450+Tax (Includes Digitals)

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Option 3: Multi-Generation Full Session Special

Includes Option 2+ a generational portrait session on either dark or light background: $650+Tax (Includes Digitals)

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/mothers-day-2022-special Wed, 06 Apr 2022 18:11:22 GMT
Christmas in July! https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/christmas-in-july  

  CHRISTMAS IN JULY! 

For the first time ever, we are going to be offering early Christmas sessions - in July! By getting your Christmas portraits taken during the summer, you can eliminate some of the stress of getting everything done in such a small timeframe during the holidays, you'll get it at a special rate, and you get an exclusive new set! 

If your children are over the age of 2, we highly suggest giving this a try! Babies and toddlers around 12-18 mos tend to grow so much that 6 months could be a difference in their look, so we understand if you want to photograph little ones closer to the holidays. But with older kids, it can be quite nice to get these photos done early! Other benefits? School is out - easier to schedule!  Amazon and other online sites have holiday clothes year round, so no need to wait to shop for the seasonal change in stores.  And finally, you'll have your photos ready early so when sites like Shutterfly and Mpix run their "early card specials" in Oct/Nov, you'll get your holiday cards much cheaper!  Here are the details! 

 

Who:  Open to our SkySight VIP regulars!

What:  Christmas in July holiday sessions at a discounted rate

Where:  Our studio, 409 Coulter Ave, Greensburg PA, 15601 

When: July - various dates TBD 

Why:  Because getting something accomplished easier, cheaper, and early is always a great thing! 

 

Special Rate:  $500, two sets, digitals and copyright release included 

 

We will have two sets- Scroll to see more! 

* NOTE:  IF THERE ISN'T A HIGH DEMAND FOR THIS EVENT, IT WILL BE CANCELLED. WE WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST FIVE CLIENTS TO SIGN UP IN ORDER TO SET UP THE HOLIDAY SETS. SINCE THIS IS OUR FIRST ATTEMPT, WE'RE HOPING IT IS A BIG HIT BUT WON'T KNOW FOR SURE UNTIL WE OPEN UP FOR SCHEDULING. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING! 

 

SET 1: Red Couch! 

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SET 2: Cookie Decorating!

This set will be exclusive to the Christmas in July sessions! It will look a little bit different than what's photographed below, but it will still be on a dark background with the snowflakes hanging behind. 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/christmas-in-july Wed, 06 Apr 2022 17:24:04 GMT
Stephanie and Jake's Magical Winter Wedding at Seven Springs Mountain Resort https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/stephanie-and-jakes-magical-winter-wedding-at-seven-springs-mountain-resort  

A Seven Springs Wedding to Remember! 

Stephanie and Jake truly have a love like no other. We hope you can see the love reflected in the following photographs of their special day, along with the beautiful words that Stephanie shared with us! Keep scrolling for more!

 

~ Some words directly from the bride & groom! ~ 

"We have been together for 6 years. We originally met at physical therapy in 2014, Jake was 14 and I was 16. Jake and I were both there from basketball related injuries. We were friends for a year, then officially began dating on June 10, 2015. We are high school sweethearts! We got engaged on leap day at Seven Springs on February 29, 2020. On the way up to Seven Springs, I was reading an article about Leap Year. One of the topics referenced how on Leap Day, the woman is supposed to propose to the man. I jokingly told Jake “Well, looks like I’m supposed to propose to you today, it’s Leap Day!!!” Jake played it off well and jokingly said “Fine by me, looks like I don’t have to buy a ring now!” Not sure how he played that off so cool and didn’t suspect I knew anything. 3 hours later he proposed to me on top of the Wagner Slope while skiing!!" 

The couple made the perfect choice to come back to Seven Springs for their wedding! 
 

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Q:How did you prepare for your wedding? 

A: My sister, mom, and bridesmaids were a huge help in planning the wedding. We got engaged right before COVID hit. We were lucky enough to secure the venue and all of the vendors we wanted. 


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Q: Did anything funny happen? 

A: Autumn was taking photos of me on the hotel balcony at Seven Springs. She went back inside for a minute and I happened to look down and saw Jake! I instantly dropped to the floor, laying down in my dress on the balcony so he couldn't see me. It was for sure a close call!!!


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Q: What was the ceremony like?

A: Our ceremony was so meaningful to us. Ever since I was a little girl, I imagined my wedding ceremony being in a catholic church. It was at St. Raymond of the Mountains parish, although we are members of Our Lady of Grace. The church was so kind in letting our parish priest, Father Dan, marry us there. We have known Father Dan for many years and it meant so much to us to have him marry us. Jake and I chose not to do a first look, and wait until the special moment for when I walked down the aisle. I am so glad we decided to do this!


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Q: What feelings and emotions were you having on this day? 

A: Jake and I were filled with so much love and happiness on our wedding day. We have been waiting for this day for many years now. There is so much anticipation and planning that leads up to this day. However, on the big day, I only had one thing on my mind, and that was marrying Jake. I didn’t mind if there were a few hiccups, because at the end of the day, it was still absolutely perfect.


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Q: What was your favorite memory of the day? 

A: Everything about this day was more than we could have ever imagined. One of our favorite memories from the day was our first dance in the Winterberry Room. We danced to “From the Ground Up” by Dan and Shay. It was such a special moment we shared together. Halfway through the song, snow began falling (thanks to the snow machine from Second II None)! We will never forget this moment. The room was truly a winter/Christmas wonderland. Every square inch was breathtaking. One other favorite part of our reception was a group dance to “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. The snow machine was in full effect and it was such a fun time being surrounded with so much love and support from family and friends on the dance floor!


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Q: What special traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?  

A: Our wedding was very traditional. A special tradition we will never forget is the father/daughter dance and the mother/son dance. We are both very close with our parents and to be able to incorporate these dances were so meaningful to us.


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Q: Is there anyone you'd like to thank? 

A: We would like to thank our family, bridal party, and friends for sharing this special day with us. We would especially like to thank our parents and siblings for the unconditional love and support throughout our lives. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such loving people. We would also like to thank Autumn and Bill for capturing such beautiful, breathtaking photos on our wedding day. They were so wonderful, flexible and easy to work with. When we look back at the photos, it feels like we are reliving our special day. We will cherish these photos forever!

 

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Thanks Stephanie and Jake for choosing us to capture your special day! It was great to be able to work with you and your families, and to share this amazing love filled day with you both! -Autumn & Bill

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/4/stephanie-and-jakes-magical-winter-wedding-at-seven-springs-mountain-resort Tue, 05 Apr 2022 20:30:34 GMT
Spring Blossoms 2022 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/3/spring-blossoms-2022 Spring Blossoms 2022

We want to offer stunning blossom photos this year that will brighten up any room you walk into! Various different locations are going to be offered this year.... just inquire about which locations are open on various dates... The trees blossom in mid April, so the shoots will be taking place April 15th-20th, excluding Easter Day. Email me at skysightphotography@gmail.com to set up your session or feel free to ask any questions you might have.

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photographer skysight photography spring session https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/3/spring-blossoms-2022 Wed, 16 Mar 2022 23:46:53 GMT
Jeff and Ashley's Romantic Fall Wedding at Rizzo's https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-mikell-wedding Jeff and Ashley's Romantic Fall Wedding at Rizzo's

We asked the happy couple about their wedding day and their responses are below...you can also look through some of the photos of the magical day: MIKELL_0001MIKELL_0001 MIKELL_0007MIKELL_0007 MIKELL_0016MIKELL_0016

Q: How did you prepare for the wedding?

A: "Our preparation was stressful as with any couple looking to get married. One of the more stressful things was finding a venue in 2021, being that most weddings postponed for Covid-19 in 2020 a lot of places were booked. Somehow, someway Rizzo's had a spot so we jumped on it without hesitation and hoped for the best. It turned out amazing!" MIKELL_0087MIKELL_0087 MIKELL_0120MIKELL_0120 MIKELL_0124MIKELL_0124

Q: What was the weather like? 

A: "On the week building up to our day, the forecast called for rain, rain, and rain. With our ceremony being outside this worried us the whole way up until the night prior. We had a little drizzle in the morning and the rain held off for a beautiful fall day with the perfect temperature. We couldn't have asked for better weather."   MIKELL_0130MIKELL_0130 MIKELL_0163MIKELL_0163

Q: Were there any special moments from the day?

A: "We were concerned with Michael being shy while pulling his sister Sophia down the aisle as the flower girl. With minimal practice runs and him never being in front of a crowd so large, this worried us. Once again, all of our worries were alleviated when he proudly came down that aisle, sister in tow in her little wagon. I stood up on the altar and was pretty much crying in joy when I saw them coming."

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A: "As far as our feelings and emotions, we were just so incredibly happy. We noticed this as we swiped through our pictures and mentioned how truly happy we both look. That's the stuff that you can't fake, pure love and joy. Autumn captured this perfectly."​​​​​​​ MIKELL_0375MIKELL_0375 MIKELL_0386MIKELL_0386 MIKELL_0395MIKELL_0395 MIKELL_0420MIKELL_0420 MIKELL_0426MIKELL_0426 MIKELL_0453MIKELL_0453 MIKELL_0458MIKELL_0458 MIKELL_0463MIKELL_0463 MIKELL_0560MIKELL_0560 MIKELL_0569MIKELL_0569 MIKELL_0584MIKELL_0584 MIKELL_0602MIKELL_0602 MIKELL_0649MIKELL_0649 MIKELL_0653MIKELL_0653 MIKELL_0659MIKELL_0659 MIKELL_0681MIKELL_0681 MIKELL_0748MIKELL_0748 MIKELL_0749MIKELL_0749 MIKELL_0751MIKELL_0751 MIKELL_0756MIKELL_0756 MIKELL_0788MIKELL_0788 MIKELL_0873MIKELL_0873 MIKELL_0893MIKELL_0893

Q: "What was one of your favorite memories?"

A: Some of our favorite memories were just seeing all of our friends and families, from all different avenues and times in our life all there in one place to celebrate us. I said to Ashley at one point, we are so used to being at parties for other things, take a look around ,this is all for us! The day was just too short to take it all in!"

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Q: Is there anyone you'd like to thank?

A: "We just want to thank all of our family for helping out. Ashley's mom and Grandmother were a huge help in preparing the venue for the reception. Everyone who made cookies for our ginormous Pittsburgh cookie table. DJ Larry Hornyak for coming in on an extremely late notice and being available. And of course Autumn and Bill, who we can't thank enough. Autumn is so easy to work with and the finished product just speaks for itself. We could not be more appreciative and thankful as to how our photos turned out. It's something that we can look back on for the rest of our lives and re live every moment. Her work is second to none." 

Thank you so much Jeff and Ashley for choosing me to capture your beautiful day. It was such a pleasure to work with you and your families! 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-mikell-wedding Wed, 16 Feb 2022 16:09:29 GMT
Black & White Portrait Special https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/1/black-white-portrait-special  

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BLACK & WHITE SPECIAL 

 

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What is it? 

  • We are having a two month special in studio for families for this specific style/look.
  • This is a session that focuses on two looks -  Look #1: FUN & LIGHT and Look #2: DRAMATIC & DARK 
  • Both color and black and white images will be produced from the session. 
  • Your session will include BOTH backgrounds (white and black) so be prepared with outfits for each look. 

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  • Different combinations of photos will be taken - family group shots, singles of everyone in the family (including individual headshots of mom and dad), singles of children, sibling shots, and each parent with their child alone (mom with daughter, mom with son, dad with daughter, dad with son) 

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  • Pricing is based on # of people in the family, rather than a set time, but most sessions will be around an hour to 90 minutes depending on the number of people in the family. 
  • The images are designed to be a perfect collage on the walls in your home. You might like mixing the black background images with the white background images in the same wall collage - much like the style of a checkerboard.  Or, you can separate the looks doing all the white background photos in one area of the home, like your living room. And then perhaps group the black background photos in another room such as the master bedroom. 

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JUST HAVE A SINGLE CHILD THAT YOU WANT PHOTOGRAPHED? THIS SESSION WORKS FOR YOU TOO!

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  • Why do a photo session now, mid-winter, without a "typical reason" for getting family portraits done - like making a Christmas card? There are tons of reasons! First of all, if your kids are older than about 2 or 3, you can absolutely do this session in February or March and also use the photos for your holiday card at the end of 2022 - I'd say that is a big win win to be ahead of the game next holiday season!  Second, winter time is a great season to accomplish the photo session of your dreams because there are no holidays or summer vacations to try to schedule around.  Availability in winter is much easier to get in at our studio with more slots than the rest of the year, including weekends. And lastly, special deals are always a good reason!
  • Feeling a little intimidated about what to wear? I can help guide you with clothing guides, which are below (finding black and white clothing is as simple as shopping on amazon). I suggest mixing up the textures and patterns, and NOT solid black for everyone or solid white across the board either.  Also, don't match the exact style (don't all wear a button down white shirt).  Its best to mix it up - one person in a plain T, mom in lace, and dad in a velvet jacket for example!  In fact here are a few pinterest boards to help...
  • BLACK OUTFIT SUGGESTIONS   https://www.pinterest.com/autumnstankay/all-black-outfits-for-photos/ 
  • WHITE OUTFIT SUGGESTIONS   https://www.pinterest.com/autumnstankay/white-outfit-family-session/  

 

Excited? Me too! I can't wait to photograph your family in this beautiful combination of looks. Here are more recent photos from my black & white sessions to help inspire you!

 

 

KAYLYN & PAYTON'S MOTHER DAUGHTER BLACK BACKGROUND SESSION

 

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THE ROSS FAMILY'S WHITE BACKGROUND SESSION


 

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THE ROSS FAMILY'S BLACK BACKGROUND SESSION


 

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THE VANDALL FAMILY THREE GENERATION (& DOG!) BLACK BACKGROUND SESSION
 

 

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THE STITT FAMILY'S WHITE BACKGROUND SESSION
 

 

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Your package includes the following:

Session including both backgrounds, online proof album, downloadable digital files, and copyright release

 

Family of three  $575

Family of four  $675

Family of five  $775

Family of six  $875
 

More family members? Inquire for rates.

 

Ready to schedule your session?

Fantastic! Just email me to schedule a date/time & make your deposit towards this dreamy photo session.

 

 

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2022/1/black-white-portrait-special Fri, 07 Jan 2022 21:27:13 GMT
My family Christmas traditions https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/my-family-christmas-traditions  

My Christmas season is very important to me - even though I'm busier than I am all year long, as well as have a toddler with a birthday in December, I make sure to set aside time every few days for a different tradition. Baking cookies and making gingerbread houses, decorating the tree, and putting up lights. I am sure you all  have your sacred traditions as well! Here's a little photographic story of my December with my daughter, who just turned three. I splashed in a few of her holiday photos from the studio as well! I couldn't resist adding some photos from last year as well, since we haven't had snow this year yet!

Enjoy!

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Let's take a little look at last year as well! 

2020 was just as magical for us in so many ways...

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/my-family-christmas-traditions Tue, 28 Dec 2021 20:56:33 GMT
Marty and Anthony's Wedding at Fin and Feather, Seven Springs https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/marty-and-anthonys-wedding-at-fin-and-feather-seven-springs Marty and Anthony's Fin and Feather Wedding at Seven Springs 

I had the pleasure of capturing Marty and Anthony's scenic mountain wedding, and couldn't be happier with how the day went!  Everything was perfectly smooth, on time, and stress free. They truly planned a wedding with romance, family, friends & love as the theme. The happiness was exuding from everyone's faces and capturing Marty and Anthony's love for each other was so easy to do - they made my job pretty easy! Fin & Feather is a beautiful cabin located within the Seven Springs property, the former vacation home of previous owners of the resort which you can now rent out. The ceremony took place on the porch and friends gathered in the living room and on the lawn on a perfectly warm fall day in October. Everyone stayed on the property in nearby cabins and spent the entire weekend celebrating the unity of two souls coming together.

Take a look at their photos and what they had to say about the big day!

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Q; How did you prepare for your wedding?

A: For the most part, we coordinated the wedding ourselves. We knew that we wanted to have a cabin in the woods/mountain area type of wedding. We have a place in Hidden Valley and fell in love with the area so we tried to do something local around there. Luckily, Seven Springs had a cabin resort area that we can rent out for the weekend and booked the place minutes before another person wanted to reserve that same weekend! So we lucked out in getting our reservation. Things did get a little bit stressful just because of the uncertainty of COVID but everything fell into place!

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Q: Did you incorporate any special traditions? 

A: We didn't really have any special traditions but we did try to give the wedding a kind of an Asian flair with the decorations of the Chinese lanterns. We wanted the wedding, and the weekend in general, to be about family, spending time together, and resembling somewhat of a normalcy. 

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Q: What was your favorite memory of the day? 
 A: The entire day felt like a whirlwind! But our favorite moments would have to be when everyone got together and helped us make our ceremony site a location to remember! Everyone helped with the decorations, placement, and making sure that we had the best moment of our lives. Also, the moment we exchanged vows and being surrounded by family and friends that gave us unconditional support was an emotion that cannot be described. 
 

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Q: What was the ceremony like?

A: The ceremony was intimate. We wrote our own vows in a pocket size leather journal that we gave to each other so that we will be able to reminisce about them at any time. We absolutely loved our officiant and he was very accommodating and flexible in what we wanted to do for the ceremony. 

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Q: Is there anyone you'd like to thank? 

A: Surmesur for our custom suits, Autumn for the amazing photographs, Conner for being the most perfect officiant, and really every single person there had a hand in making our wedding day/weekend one that we will never be able to forget in our lifetime.
 

 

Thanks Marty and Anthony for choosing me to capture these precious moments, it was a blast working with you and your families!  - Autumn

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/marty-and-anthonys-wedding-at-fin-and-feather-seven-springs Mon, 27 Dec 2021 16:37:24 GMT
Paige and John's Wedding at the Greensburg Country Club https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/paige-and-johns-wedding Paige and John's Stunning Country Club Wedding 

 

Photographing this wedding was a dream! These two were so easy to capture their glowing happiness and love. I decided to ask them some questions in an interview style for this blog.

Check out what Paige had to say about her dreamy wedding day below! 

 

 

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DID YOU EXPERIENCE ANY HICCUPS IN PLANNING? 

"Planning was a bit difficult as we had to switch locations and dates, but once I was able to rearrange everything the whole process went very smoothly." 

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WHAT SPECIAL TRADITIONS DID YOU INCORPORATE INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY? 

"I was able to have my grandmothers diamond band reset as my wedding ring and wore my great, great grandmothers ring for the day since they are no longer with us."
 

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HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR WEDDING?

"My husband had a very busy schedule over the past year but planning still went better than I could have ever expected."
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HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR WEDDING?

"I tried to do my research and choose vendors that were great to work with and they were all amazing!"


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WHAT WAS THE CEREMONY LIKE?

"The ceremony was perfect.  Our pastor was wonderful and we were able to write our own vows so it was very personal to each of us."
 

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WHAT FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS WERE YOU HAVING ON THIS DAY?

"I can honestly say I didn’t have any nervousness going into the day and my husband said he didn’t either.  The ceremony was definitely emotional for us both but the rest of the day was filled with a lot of smiles."
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DID ANYTHING FUNNY HAPPEN?

"We had a reading chosen that was accidentally skipped over during our ceremony and the pastor realized it once we were finished.  We all laughed but he was able to speak before dinner so it all worked out!"

 

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IS THERE ANYONE YOU'D LIKE TO THANK?

"I’d like to thank my parents for allowing us to have the perfect day and for his parents for all of their help.  We had a lot of family and friends that traveled for the wedding as well and it meant the world to us that everyone was there."
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IS THERE ANYONE YOU'D LIKE TO THANK? 

"I’d like to thank Autumn for her absolutely amazing job with the photos and Kylie from Brown’s floral for the amazing flowers.  The music was provided for the ceremony and reception via Steven Vance and Greensburg Country Club did an outstanding job with helping to make sure everything was set up and stay in touch about any limitations due to Covid and really kept us informed."

 

Thanks Paige and John for sharing this magical day of yours with me, it was such a pleasure to work with you and your families! 
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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/paige-and-johns-wedding Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:01:52 GMT
Westmoreland Museum Light Up Night Greensburg 2021 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/westmoreland-museum-light-up-night-greensburg-2021 Light Up Night at the Westmoreland Museum

I had the privilege of capturing light up night at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art to kick off the holiday season. Being able to capture real and raw emotions of excitement is one of my favorite things to do as a photographer. To make the night even more magical, snow started falling right as the switch for the lights was being turned on! It was a great evening filled with s'mores, hot chocolate, and the beautiful lights of the museum. 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/12/westmoreland-museum-light-up-night-greensburg-2021 Thu, 02 Dec 2021 18:59:35 GMT
Robin and Assegid's Stunning Mansion Wedding https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/robin-and-assegids-stunning-mansion-wedding-Linden-Hall-Dawson-PA 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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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/robin-and-assegids-stunning-mansion-wedding-Linden-Hall-Dawson-PA Tue, 28 Sep 2021 19:45:47 GMT
Blissman-Volek Dreamy Zoo Wedding https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/rachaelandtroys-wedding-pittsburgh-zoo-ppg-aquarium-wedding-asian-lantern-festival  

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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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/rachaelandtroys-wedding-pittsburgh-zoo-ppg-aquarium-wedding-asian-lantern-festival Tue, 28 Sep 2021 19:36:09 GMT
Holiday Sessions 2021 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/holiday-sessions-2021  

2021 Holiday Sessions

 

 

INDOOR:  HOLIDAY, NEW YEARS 

OUTDOOR:  CHRISTMAS TREES, SNOW IF AVAILABLE, NATURE RESERVE, & LIGHTS

AT HOME:  COOKIES, LIGHTS AND DECORATING

 


 

 

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

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

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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

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 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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VERSION IN WHITE:

 

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VERSION IN RED:

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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

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 STUDIO SET 7:  ladder with green garland 

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

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STUDIO SET 8: Brown Rocking Horse 

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

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 STUDIO SET 9:  New Years Eve

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

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 SNOW SCENES - TWIN LAKES - IF AVAILABLE

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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 IN HOME SESSIONS

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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 OUTDOOR HOLIDAY SESSIONS - LATE FALL (NOVEMBER)

Nature reserve fields with holiday props - wreath and banner

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 OUTDOOR HOLIDAY SESSIONS - URBAN STREETS

Downtown Greensburg streets, sidewalks, and alleyways

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 OUTDOOR HOLIDAY

*SNOW IF AVAILABLE!*

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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HOLIDAY CLOTHING

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! 

SkySight Photography | Holiday
 

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HOLIDAY SPECIAL RATES

*Rates below apply only to holiday sessions 2021. 

 

[AT HOME MAGIC SHOOT]

MAGICAL AT HOME CHRISTMAS SHOOT - A FULL EXPERIENCE WITH A CATALOG OF PHOTOS YOU'LL CHERISH FOREVER 

2 HOURS 

THREE SESSIONS BACK TO BACK IN YOUR HOME:   MAKING COOKIES,  DECORATING TREE, HOLIDAY LIGHTS OUTSIDE 

PRICE $1200 

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

 

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*DATES AVAILABLE NOV 1 THROUGH EARLY DECEMBER, PLEASE NOTE TWO WEEK TURNAROUND FOR PHOTOS SO SCHEDULE EARLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE YOUR PHOTOS FOR HOLIDAY CARDS!

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 

 

[OUTDOOR]

*LIMITED DATES, inquire for openings.

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

90 MIN SESSION / UP TO 4 CHILDREN - $795 +tax...  includes session & copyright license release w/ digital files
 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/holiday-sessions-2021 Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:38:13 GMT
Morgan and John's Wedding at Armstrong Farms https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/morgan-and-john-wedding 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!
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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!

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/morgan-and-john-wedding Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:00:15 GMT
South Wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/summer-wedding-at-the-grand-estate-at-hidden-acres-freeport-pa  

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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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/9/summer-wedding-at-the-grand-estate-at-hidden-acres-freeport-pa Thu, 02 Sep 2021 14:58:02 GMT
Lifestyle Photography Shoots https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/8/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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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lifestyle-photography-shoots Tue, 03 Aug 2021 23:46:23 GMT
Mohamed and Nurgül's wedding at Phipps in Pittsburgh, PA https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/mohamed-and-nurguls-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 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/mohamed-and-nurguls-wedding-at-phipps-in-pittsburgh-pa Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:29:58 GMT
Caitlyn and Joshua's wedding at the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head South Carolina https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/beach-wedding-at-the-marriott-resort-in-hilton-head-south-carolina-photography  

 

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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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

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/beach-wedding-at-the-marriott-resort-in-hilton-head-south-carolina-photography Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:08:13 GMT
Fall foliage outdoor photography sessions October 2021 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/fall-foliage-outdoor-photography-sessions-october-2021  

Fall sessions for 2021 are ready to begin booking! 

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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. https://www.pinterest.com/autumnstankay/what-to-wear-for-a-fall-photoshoot/

 

Packages

 

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

$525+tax

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

$775+tax

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

 

Furniture

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! 

 

 

 

Bushy Run Examples (deep woods)

 

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Winnie Palmer Examples (fall fields)

 

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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)

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/fall-foliage-outdoor-photography-sessions-october-2021 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:10:17 GMT
First birthday photo session ideas! https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/7/first-birthday-photo-session-ideas  

 

FIRST BIRTHDAY PHOTO SESSIONS

 

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!

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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!

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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! 


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

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

 

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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! 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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! :)

 

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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! 

 

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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! :) 

 

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Don't stop at ONE!!! Here are a few birthday photos from two & three! :) 

 

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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! 

 

-Autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acupuncture Photography Project at Westmoreland Museum of American Art https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/6/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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Kate and Calen's wedding at Ross Mountain https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/6/kate-and-calens-wedding-at-ross-mountain  

Kate and Calen

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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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CONGRATULTIONS KATE AND CALEN!

IT WAS SUCH AN HONOR TO BE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAPTURE THESE MEMORIES OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

-Autumn & Bill Stankay :)

 

 

 

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) wedding wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/6/kate-and-calens-wedding-at-ross-mountain Mon, 28 Jun 2021 18:33:31 GMT
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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.

 

 

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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! 

 

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Wedding Planning Tips https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/6/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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First... DETAILS FOR THE BRIDE.

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: 

-Shoes 

-Jewelry 

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

-Invitation 

-Save the date

-Garter 

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

-Charms should be attached to bouquet if you have them 

-Perfume 

-Bouquet

 

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.

 

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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).

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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) 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Blossoms 2021 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/3/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 skysightphotography@gmail.com to set up your session or feel free to ask any questions you might have.

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What to wear for a professional headshot https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/3/what-to-wear-for-a-professional-headshot QR_HEADSHOTS_006 - CopyQR_HEADSHOTS_006 - Copy grasek_068grasek_068 goal headshots_026goal headshots_026

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

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

 

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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STYLE

 

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. 

 

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A photography tutorial: How my mom makes pasta https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2021/1/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.

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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.

 

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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.  

 

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

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

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If the wall caves (above pic), just pull it back in (below pic)

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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. 

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Dont forget to keep the dough covered in flour!

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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!
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