SkySight Photography: Blog https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog en-us (C) SkySight Photography skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Tue, 19 Jan 2021 02:11:00 GMT Tue, 19 Jan 2021 02:11:00 GMT https://www.skysightphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u906324525-o341593969-50.jpg SkySight Photography: Blog https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog 108 120 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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January Boudoir Sale 2021 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/12/january-boudoir-sale-2021 January Boudoir Photography Sale 

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

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

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

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

Are you ready to begin the boudoir experience?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Boudoir Sale Pricing

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

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

 

Set options for 2021:

Settee on tan wall with natural light and windows

White/tan bed setup with natural light

Soft pink vintage dresser and mirror

Dark & shadowed

White high-key fashion lighting

Glamour makeup mirror

 

Included in every package:

Session time

Base level editing

Post processing & online album to access/download

Digital images

Copyright release

 

 

ADD ON:

5x5 30-page album - additional $225

hair & makeup artist - $175    *if available

 

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April and Michael's September wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/12/april-and-michaels-september-wedding-at-the-grand-estate-at-hidden-acres
April and Michael had a beautiful wedding at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres. We wanted to know how they felt about the big day, now that it's been a little while. They enjoyed reminiscing on their wedding day, and answered the questions below!
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) greensburg photographer Pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photography SkySight Photography wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/12/april-and-michaels-september-wedding-at-the-grand-estate-at-hidden-acres Wed, 02 Dec 2020 18:35:51 GMT
A veterans day post: Claude and Irene love letters 1944 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/11/a-veterans-day-post-claude-and-irene-love-letters-1944 A few years ago I found a box of love letters from WW2 from a husband to his wife from an antique dealer.  Claude lovingly wrote countless letters to Irene from 1944-1945 and they were so carefully kept, bound, and perfectly preserved.  So many times I wanted to unwrap them but couldn't bring myself to do so. They were so neatly put together by Irene, that I felt it wasn't my place to take them apart. Maybe if I knew Claude and Irene, or was a family member these few generations later I would have.  But I have a burning desire to find who these rightfully belong to, and have begun my search just recently.  There is a power to holding and touching these letters. The softness of the paper, the velvet ribbons and the worn edges of the tears. The stamps are an amazing piece of history and you can even feel the love in the addresses written on the envelopes. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/11/a-veterans-day-post-claude-and-irene-love-letters-1944 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:49:48 GMT
Holiday sessions 2020 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/10/holiday-sessions-2020  

 

2020 Holiday Sessions

*Indoor & outdoor options*

 

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

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SET 1

 

BLACK AND RED!

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

 

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SET 2

 

GREEN VELVET COUCH WITH PRESENTS

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

 

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SET 3

 

BRICK LOFT WITH WREATH & WINDOWS

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

 

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IVORY & WHITE

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

 

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LADDER AND LIGHTS

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

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EXTRA PROPS!

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

 

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OUTDOOR HOLIDAY OPTIONS 2020

THERE WILL BE THREE OUTDOOR OPTIONS THIS YEAR. LIMITED TO AVAILABILITY ON APPOINTMENTS.  DUE TO WEATHER, OUTDOOR TEMPS, AND FIELDS/FOLIAGE, PHOTO SESSIONS COULD BE MOVED INDOORS AS BACKUP.

 

 

OUTDOOR OPTION 1

RED BARN, FENCE AND FIELD!

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

 

 

{ SAMPLE PHOTOS COMING SOON }

IN THE MEANTIME CHECK OUT THE INSPIRATION BOARD:

 

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OUTDOOR OPTION 2

DOWNTOWN GREENSBURG HOLIDAY

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

 

 

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OUTDOOR OPTION 3

CHRISTMAS TREES

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

 
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HOLIDAY SPECIAL RATES

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

 

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*DATES AVAILABLE THROUGH END OF NOVEMBER WITH TURNAROUND BY FIRST WEEK IN DECEMBER.  DATES PHOTOGRAPHED IN DECEMBER WILL HAVE TURNAROUND CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS.

 

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

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

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

 

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*LIMITED DATES, inquire for openings.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Garrett and Emily's wedding in a pandemic - Love can't wait https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/5/garrett-and-emilys-wedding-in-a-pandemic---love-can-t-wait Emily and Garrett planned every detail of their wedding for a year in advance. They planned the perfect venue, flowers, decor, transportation for guests, every detail down to the cute signs for the reception. They invited all of their closest family and friends. One thing they didn't plan for, was the uninvited guest... Covid-19.  A true wedding crasher.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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A special dance with dad followed.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/5/garrett-and-emilys-wedding-in-a-pandemic---love-can-t-wait Sun, 31 May 2020 20:08:46 GMT
New USB branded flash drives https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/3/new-branded-flash-drives I recently was contacted by USB Memory Direct to try out their new flashdrives for my clients! I've just received a set and they're beautiful! My portrait and wedding clients who purchase these drives will love them, looking forward to sending them out this busy season. They had a lot of options, but the wooden 8gb drives were perfectly suited for my branding. I love how they're each slightly different, since it is real actual wood. Thanks to USB Memory Direct for choosing me to represent your product!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/3/new-branded-flash-drives Tue, 31 Mar 2020 03:24:50 GMT
Fifteen years in business! https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/2/fifteen-years-in-business-photography-studio-greensburg-pennsylvania  

SKYSIGHT NEWS!

Fifteen years in business & a new logo released!

 

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

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

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

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/2/fifteen-years-in-business-photography-studio-greensburg-pennsylvania Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:01 GMT
2020 Timeless Portrait Session Special https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/2/2020-timeless-portrait-session-special Timeless Portrait Sessions

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

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

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

 

Sale Details!

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

 

Professional Hair & Makeup Artist: 

 

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

 

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

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A changing area and vanity are available for your use.

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/2/2020-timeless-portrait-session-special Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:53:25 GMT
Valentines Day Mini Sessions February 2020 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/1/valentines-day-mini-sessions-february-2020
33 Valentines Day mini sessions - Starting at $199! 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th WITH TURNAROUND BY FEBRUARY 10th! - LIMITED SPACES!
+ Additional dates available before and after Feb 8th, please inquire.
(Sessions after Feb 8 may not have guaranteed Valentines day turnaround)
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The Valentine's Day sessions for 2020 are going to be such a blast! I wanted to do a set I haven't done before, and also run these sessions on an amazing discount! Our sample sessions went awesome (as you can see here!!) I can't wait to photograph your little ones too! 
 
Valentines day is all about LOVE. So I've decided to focus on all the sides of your child's personality that you love.... crazy, silly, fun, serious, and sweet! We're shooting all the little moments we can in a short period of time, and squeezing ALL THAT PERSONALITY LOVE into a fun collage of nine "Brady Bunch" style squares.  This package includes your digital files and will be finalized on editing by February 10th, so you'll be able to get prints, personal valentines, or cards printed and delivered to your door before February 14th! Plus you'll have the best Valentines Day social media posts and new profile pics to post for all your friends and family. 
 
PACKAGE INFO 
 
*Session 20 mins (per child)
*Mixture of red and pink backdrops with V-day props & sweets
*All digital files included (approx. 20 images -  suitable for printing & social media)
*Best nine digital collage (suitable for printing and great for a Facebook profile!) 
*Timeline cover collage (Sized for a perfect fit onto your Facebook cover)
*Turnaround by February 10th (with Mpix.com fast delivery you'll have prints in time for Valentines day)
 
One child $199 
Two children $299 
Three children $399 
+tax
*Each child receives their own personality session and collage will be a combination of all images in the session (both children). You can purchase additional collages if you would like one per child.
 
AND...   FREEBIES!!!!!
Everyone loves a bonus item! Here's how you can earn free items from your Valentines session. And best part is, there is NO LIMIT. Earn them all!

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

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

*REVIEW US - post a review on Google and get a free set of 4 wallets of your fave shot!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/1/valentines-day-mini-sessions-february-2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 02:50:01 GMT
Greensburg Wedding at The Westmoreland: Matt & Jackie https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/1/greensburg-wedding-the-westmoreland HELLO WORLD!

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

 

~IN JACKIE'S WORDS~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Venue – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Dress & Shoes – BHLDN

Florist – Community Flower Shop

Linens – Mosaic

DJ – Tim Palmer, Fifth Ace Entertainment

Caterer – Sun Dawg Café

Cake – Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) greensburg photographer Greensburg wedding photographer Pittsburgh wedding photographer pittsburgh wedding photography SkySight Photography wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2020/1/greensburg-wedding-the-westmoreland Wed, 15 Jan 2020 02:12:21 GMT
Recap of the Summer Field and Garden Sessions! https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/9/summer-field-and-garden-photo-sessions-winnie-palmer-nature-reserve The field and garden sessions were a huge hit! I couldn't be a happier photographer this month! The lighting, the fields, the flowers, you name it - everything to make a dreamy summer scene just fell into place. I photographed several sessions at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve this summer... A mother-daughter session, a senior, a family who was a past wedding client of mine, and a few engagement sessions who are future wedding clients booked! I have a few sessions open for the remainder of September in these fields, so if you're Ooooh'ing and Awww'ing over these pics - contact me so you can get in on this action before its winter!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/9/summer-field-and-garden-photo-sessions-winnie-palmer-nature-reserve Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:41:16 GMT
Upcoming fall foliage sessions 2019 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/9/fall-foliage-sessions-2019  

FALL FOREST & FIELDS 2019!

 

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

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

FALL FOLIAGE PREDICTION MAP 2019

OCT 12 - PARTIAL/PATCHY

OCT 19 - NEAR PEAK

OCT 26 - PEAK

 

AVAILABILITY & SALE RATES:

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/9/fall-foliage-sessions-2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:37:08 GMT
Pinterest Wedding Photography: 3 tips for sharing ideas with your photographer https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/pinterest-wedding-photography-how-to-share-ideas-with-your-photographer

 

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

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

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

 

1) Brainstorming is better than “shot lists”

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

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

 

 

2) Copied photos can look stuffy ☹

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

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

3) Environment matters, and each one is different

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

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

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

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Pinterest pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/pinterest-wedding-photography-how-to-share-ideas-with-your-photographer Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:32:14 GMT
Priory Hotel Pittsburgh Wedding: Dakota & Nicole https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/priory-hotel-pittsburgh-wedding-dakota-nicole What’s a Pittsburgh wedding without a little rain? Dakota and Nicole didn’t let a few rain drops stop them from having the #BestDayEver during their beautiful ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral and reception at Pittsburgh’s Priory Hotel. (Anyway, rain = good luck on a wedding day!) This sweet couple celebrated with family and friends in a day that was equal parts traditional and glam. It’s not always easy to make big spaces feel cozy and intimate, but Nicole and Dakota made it look easy, thanks to a big and loving group of family and friends. And we were so happy to be along for the ride. Congrats, you two!

 

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See more SkySight weddings

Venue: Grand Hall at The Priory

Church: St. Paul's Cathedral

Videographer: Liam Abrigg Bently's Photography and Video LLC

Florist: Pattie's Petals

DJ: Modern Era Weddings

Dress Shop: One Enchanted Evening

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photography SkySight Photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/priory-hotel-pittsburgh-wedding-dakota-nicole Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:18:44 GMT
Christine & Jonathan https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/christine-and-jonathan Christine & Jonathan’s wedding had so many details to love. Rose gold everything, a truly perfect cake, and the most incredible footwear (from her heels to light-up sneakers...and to add she works for Nike!) – all to go with the most incredible couple!

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

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

 

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Venue: Edgeworth Club

Videographer: Trillium Wedding Films

DJ: DJ Digital Dave

Florist: Karrie Hlista Designs

Dress Shop: Simply Luxe Bridal

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) Pennsylvania pittsburgh pittsburgh wedding photography SkySight Photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/christine-and-jonathan Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:08:04 GMT
Milk Bath Sessions https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/milk-bath-sessions  

Milk Bath Mini Sessions

 

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

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

$199

30 minute sessions 

Approximately 20-25 digital images

Copyright release included

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

Sitting up required (approx 7 mos)

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

Various dates available in August! Inquire for openings!

 

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/8/milk-bath-sessions Fri, 09 Aug 2019 01:28:59 GMT
Olivia and Robert's downtown Pittsburgh Wedding https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/7/downtown-pittsburgh-wedding-renaissance-hotel-heinz-chapel-eddie-merlots Take a look at Olivia and Robert’s big day, and one phrase immediately comes to mind: Epic. Pittsburgh. Wedding.

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

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

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

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Hair and make up: Blush and Honey

Getting Ready Location: Renaissance hotel

Dress:  Bridal beginning     Designer- Eve of Milady 

Florist: Sapphire and Lace

Reception- Eddie Merlots

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography pittsburgh Pennsylvania SkySight Photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/7/downtown-pittsburgh-wedding-renaissance-hotel-heinz-chapel-eddie-merlots Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:41:00 GMT
3 Ways to Print Amazing Photos https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/7/3-ways-to-print-amazing-photos Whether you purchased a session flash drive and plan to print your own photos or are using a SkySight print credit to purchase from our pro photo lab, this post will give you some great ideas for printing photos that are hashtag-goals.

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This is all about breaking your photos out of digital jail: They want to be free! They want to find their forever home on your wall! And it’s easier than you might think.

Before we talk size, style, materials and more, first thing's first: Why print your photos at all, when you have them digitally?

We have three main reasons:

  • Digital data loss: Not to play the fear card, but the threat is real. In the age of digi-everything, it's easy to forget that you might only be one squashed flash drive away from losing important documents and mementos, including photos.
  • The digital graveyard: Scroll back to the beginning of your phone's photo album. When was the last time you looked at that photo? Enough said!
  • One-of-a-kind art: When you print photos, you create a unique piece of art to display in your home for years - or generations - to come. You are the artist. No paintbrush or fancy art degree required! You can flex your creative muscles by mixing-and-matching options in size, color, paper, frame, material, and more. 

To help you channel your inner artist, here are our top three tips to help you print amazing photos.

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1) Don't be afraid to GO BIG!

Gone are the days of wall hanging 8x10s. At this size, your photo will most likely look much too small (unless, of course, it's part of a larger photo collage). It's a common mistake. People often underestimate the size of their wall, or on the flipside, overestimate the impact of a relatively small photo or art piece. There are plenty of tip-lists to help you determine the size of wall art you need, but just remember that erring on the side of bigger really is better. Large art, even if a tad too big, creates a focal point and acts as a statement piece in your space. Art that’s too small can get lost in a room and feel like an afterthought.

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2) Mix up the textures.

Prints are always gorgeous - classic, timeless and versatile. Thanks to modern print technology, though, we now have so many more options than plain old paper and frame. Think canvas, wood, metal, 3D forms, and even printed pallets! Whether rustic or modern, SkySight has many photo product options that would feel right at home in your home.

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3) Don't forget the little prints.

Since we started snapping and ‘gramming 24/7, the wallet size photo has struggled to stay relevant. It makes sense: the wallet photo is the analog Facebook photo post! Before social media, it was the only way to give and receive recent photos of your loved ones. Yes, people would put them in their wallets, but they’d also hand them on their fridge, cabinets or bulletin board. There they’d greet you with a beautiful smile every time you reached for the milk. It’s a little sad to watch small prints like wallets lose popularity (see above, re: digital graveyard), but you might be surprised by who will still really appreciate a wallet print today.

If you need some fresh photos of your family to print, learn more about our portrait sessions.

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) photo faq portraits prints and products https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/7/3-ways-to-print-amazing-photos Mon, 01 Jul 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Noah's Event Center Wedding: Sarah & Jacob Haubrich https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sarah-jacob-noahs-event-center-cranberry-twp-pennsylvania-wedding As SkySight wedding season gets into full swing, couples like the Haubrichs remind us why we have the best job in the world: Because we get to capture amazing moments filled with true love, laughter, family and fun. You didn't have to look far to see a big smile on Sarah and Jacob's big day. Their good vibes were so magical, in fact, that they seemed to touch every detail - right down to a wedding cake that was, we kid you not, floating on air! A few of our other favorite details? Oh just an adorable nephew, a ceremony that brought guests to tears, totally whistful bridal portraits, some baseball themed desserts and a dance floor that didn't quit!

Thanks, Sarah and Jacob, for letting us be part of the absolute fun that was your wedding day!

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See more SkySight weddings

Venue: Noah's Event Center

Florist: Karrie Hlista Designs

DJ: MobileMix Entertainment

Dress Shop: Kleinfield Bridal
 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sarah-jacob-noahs-event-center-cranberry-twp-pennsylvania-wedding Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:20:31 GMT
Omni William Penn Wedding: Sarah & Christopher https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sarah-christopher-omni-william-penn-downtown-pittsburgh-wedding Christopher & Sarah's wedding positively dripped with old-school, big-city glam, and we loved e-v-e-r-y second of it! From the bride's Gatsby-worthy accessories to the groom's killer tux, their day was filled with an air of sophistication and sweetness. We also loved how they gave a nod to the spring season and incorporated goldenrod and cornflower blue into their color scheme. Their first-look and bridal portrait series showed off what we love best as a Pittsburgh wedding photographer - interesting architecture, big skylines and urban romance.

Congrats Sarah and Christopher! We loved spending the day with you.

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See more SkySight weddings

Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel

Videographer: Trillium Wedding Films

Florist: Allison McGeary

DJ: Jeremy Ganss

Dress Shop: Bridal Beginning

Make up: Kiss and Makeup

Hair: Wanderlust Beauty Studio

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sarah-christopher-omni-william-penn-downtown-pittsburgh-wedding Sun, 23 Jun 2019 23:54:07 GMT
Lingrow Farms Wedding: The Burnetts https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/the-burnetts-wedding-at-lingrow-farms-leechburg-pennsylvania-may Ah, Lingrow Farms. It's one of our favorite locations for a spring wedding in Pittsburgh. And for Jordan and Brian's big day, it didn't disappoint. Filled with perfectly shabby-chic details, the farm set the stage for this cute-as-a-button couple to tie the knot. Their color palette complimented the location and the season with pretty pastels and soft whites. Jordan's dress cascaded with classic lace, while her maid's gowns added just a bit of the dramatic in a lavender-meets-charcoal hue. But come portrait time, it was all about the green! We were surrounded by the farm's beautiful grounds and even had a chance to incorporate a few equine friends and some stolen moments on the water.

Thank you Jordan and Brian for welcoming SkySight into your day. It was a perfect way to kick off a Pittsburgh wedding photographer's season!

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Venue: Lingrow Farm 

Church: Mother of Sorrows

Videographer: Fineline Weddings

Florist: Green Sinner

DJ: Powerbomb Productions

Dress: One Enchanted Evening

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/the-burnetts-wedding-at-lingrow-farms-leechburg-pennsylvania-may Sun, 23 Jun 2019 23:19:20 GMT
Commercial Photography: Building a Pile of Personalized Stock Images for Your own Site https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/commercial-photography-custom-stock-photo-library Commercial photography is so much more than a headshot for a business card. I love working directly with other business owners because a commercial photography session can help define their business vision. The corporate photography we create together helps boost their professional look online and builds stronger client relationships right from the start.

Here's an example: Let's say you're a business owner who needs photos for your website. You're a service-based business with 5-10 people on staff. You're located in an office in a professional building, with a sign outside. You want to convey a very professional atmosphere for your clients before they ever come to your office.

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Often, the first place you'd head is a stock photography site. Sure, you can purchase a stock image of a family you've never met smiling in front of their new home, or a stock image of a receptionist smiling while talking on the phone. But that's not really your client and that's not really your receptionist! But, what if those were real people? The next client that comes in your door has already seen the face of your receptionist on your website - which puts the client at ease, makes them feel at home and makes a much bigger impact than a stuffy, stock image of a stranger!

I highly suggest considering a professional photographer to capture and build your library of custom stock images. It's an investment that you can use right away and rely on in the future. (And in the long run, you may even save money by not subscribing to a big stock photo site!) Typically at a shoot like this, I try to capture enough images so that the business can update their website now, but also have extras to trickle out slowly on social media or their blog for the next 6-12 months. I also suggest scheduling an annual "refresh" shoot, so your website images are always up-to-date and you continue to have new images for social media.

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Here's a general list of photos I'd suggest for a small business that wants to build their own custom stock photo library:

  • Staff working at their desks, on the phone, faxing papers, sending an email on a tablet, answering a text on a smartphone, sitting at a computer...or doing whatever it is that they do!
  • The business owner working in an office or greeting a customer at the door. Plus, some professional on-location headshots inside and outside the building in front of the business sign.
  • Staff talking and interacting together in a meeting, at a conference table, in the hallways, etc. 
  • Professional headshots of each staff member smiling to camera.
  • Close-ups of hands on a keyboard, phone, or file folders (great images for website backgrounds!)
  • Interior location photos of each room and exterior building photos, so the client can take a virtual tour of your space.
  • A few fun shots of staff waving to the camera, wearing Santa hats or bunny ears, holding balloons, etc. These will come in handy for social media uses throughout the year or to send to clients on their birthday or holidays.

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Remember: Whatever you decide to do for your photography, just be sure that it is done in a professional way that reflects the service you provide. Low quality photography suggests a low quality of service!

For a commercial photography consult or custom quote from SkySight Photography, feel free to contact us!

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) commercial photography headshots https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/6/commercial-photography-custom-stock-photo-library Sat, 22 Jun 2019 19:39:35 GMT
Mother's Day Sale https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/4/mothers-day-sale Mother's Day Mini Sessions

 

Various dates throughout the month of May

$400

-30 minute session on white canopy set & high-key solid white backdrop

-Includes Digital Files

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) portraits prints and products https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/4/mothers-day-sale Thu, 25 Apr 2019 20:21:11 GMT
The Laux-Nourallah Vow Renewal at the Children's Museum in Pittsburgh https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/3/the-laux-wedding-at-the-childrens-museum-in-pittsburgh The Laux-Nourallah Vow Renewal

Children's Museum-Pittsburgh, Pa 

 

Anne and Ahmad scheduled their vow renewal a year after their destination wedding back in Anne's hometown of Freeport, PA. Her family's church was full of family and friends who came to support their wedding, vow renewal, and the celebration of expecting their first child! After their intimate ceremony we ventured out into the February cold, and they braved the weather for photos all around the city of Pittsburgh! Finally we landed at the Children's Museum for an awesome reception celebration.

Congratulations to this amazing couple and thank you for choosing me to capture these special memories for you!

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/3/the-laux-wedding-at-the-childrens-museum-in-pittsburgh Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:23:19 GMT
Timeless Portrait Sessions Winter 2019 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/1/timeless-portrait-sessions Timeless Portrait Sessions Winter 2019

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

They are a time to focus on the innate beauty of each of you and the relationships between parents and children.

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

We are offering special packages, available during the month of February. Rates are for a limited time, and based on availability.

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

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

 

CHOOSE A SESSION OPTION...

 

Option 1

Single child, 30 mins, 2 backdrops  

$400

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, and five digital files. A 20% off coupon will be provided for any album or print purchases from this session. You will also have the option to upgrade to purchase entire session on flash drive with digital files for additional $100, both offers (print/digital) are valid for 30 days after you receive your proofs.

 

Option 2

Multiple children or parents w/ child  (Single portraits taken of each child + portraits taken together),  60 mins, 2 backdrops

$450

includes:  session time, clothing/styling, editing, online proof album, and eight digital files. A 20% off coupon will be provided for any album or print purchases from this session. You will also have the option to upgrade to purchase entire session on flash drive with digital files for additional $150, both offers (print/digital) are valid for 30 days after you receive your proofs.

 

 

Professional Hair & Makeup Artist: 

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

 

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

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A changing area and vanity are available for your use.

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

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) portraits prints and products https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2019/1/timeless-portrait-sessions Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:52:45 GMT
Heinz Chapel wedding samples https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/heinz-chapel-wedding-samples  

 

One of the most popular places for a wedding ceremony in the city of Pittsburgh... Heinz Chapel of course! Here are a few sample photographs of weddings at Heinz Chapel in Oakland [Pittsburgh] PA! 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/heinz-chapel-wedding-samples Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:44:55 GMT
Kristyn & Jared Engagement Session downtown Pittsburgh on a rainy day https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/pnc-park-clemente-bridge-engagement-session-point-state-park-rain-pittsburgh-pa Kristyn and Jared 

Engagement session, downtown Pittsburgh, PA 

PNC Park, Clemente Bridge, Point State Park, and a rainstorm!! 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) engagement sessions pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/pnc-park-clemente-bridge-engagement-session-point-state-park-rain-pittsburgh-pa Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:55:33 GMT
Brianna and Trevor - Hartwood Acres Mansion engagement session https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/vintage-style-hartwood-acres-mansion-engagement-session  

 

 

Brianna and Trevor's engagement session at Hartwood Acres Mansion is in the story below! They had an amazing vintage theme that was so fun to work with! Click to open, scroll down to view!  Brianna and Trevor

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/vintage-style-hartwood-acres-mansion-engagement-session Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:49:37 GMT
Abby & Justin's wedding in Pittsburgh, PA | First Presbyterian, Omni William Penn https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/abby-justin-omni-william-penn-pittsburgh-wedding-first-presbyterian-may-2018 Abby and Justin

 Wedding May 2018 | Pittsburgh, PA

Ceremony:  First Presbyterian, 320 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

Reception: Omni William Penn 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) pittsburgh wedding photography https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/11/abby-justin-omni-william-penn-pittsburgh-wedding-first-presbyterian-may-2018 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:34:14 GMT
Fall photo sessions 2018 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/9/fall-photo-sessions-2018 This year for fall sessions we'll be doing things a little different. In the past we had 2 set dates, half hour time slots only, with a more elaborate set (couch in the woods for example). For this year, due to a few factors... we'll be scheduling multiple locations, on a variety of dates and times between Oct 22 and Nov 3. I've decided to offer 30, 45 and 60 min sessions. I'm also going to have less of a set this year and focus on the nature, walking around the woods, and less time on a single area set with props. Last year we found that some of the best areas for color on leaves required a little bit of walking through the woods at various spots, which made it more difficult to have one set in a specific spot. Due to booking & schedule changes happening often & quickly, we're not listing the dates/locations. Instead we prefer you to call or email us to see what is currently available! Location samples are below with the dates that those particular sessions were shot, so that you can compare the foliage for mid Oct vs early November. Package options are set for the special rates listed below! 

 

 

BUSHY RUN BATTLEFIELD (FOREST/WOODED AREA), SAMPLE SHOWN IS EARLY NOVEMBER:

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WINNIE PALMER NATURE RESERVE, SAMPLE SHOWN IS LATE OCTOBER:

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BUSHY RUN BATTLEFIELD (FIELDS, NOT WOODED AREA), SAMPLE SHOWN IS EARLY NOVEMBER:

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BUSHY RUN BATTLEFIELD (FOREST/WOODED AREA), SAMPLE SHOWN IS EARLY NOVEMBER:

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TWIN LAKES, MID OCTOBER:

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FALL SPECIAL RATES

*Rates below apply only to outdoor fall sessions in 2018 for 30 & 45 min sessions. 


30 MIN SESSION -  $450+ tax INCLUDES SESSION & COPYRIGHT LICENSE W/ DIGITAL FILES 

45 MIN SESSION -  $575+ tax INCLUDES SESSION & COPYRIGHT LICENSE W/ DIGITAL FILES 

FULL SESSION (60-90 MINS)  - FOLLOW REGULAR 2018 RATES (LINK HERE)


HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED? Ask me! I can estimate what I think I'll need to photograph your family and how many sets I can accomplish in that time. Or follow the general guidelines below.

  • 30 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 1 CHILD OR SMALL FAMILY
  • 45 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 2 OR MORE CHILDREN, OR OLDER CHILDREN 
  • 60 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 3 OR MORE CHILDREN, MATERNITY, ENGAGEMENT, LARGE FAMILY, OR CHILDREN WHO NEED EXTRA TIME

 

 

 

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Holiday photo season 2018 https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/9/holiday-photo-season-2018  

 

It's HERE! Holiday photo season 2018!


 

This year we are setting up our holiday photo sets earlier than ever. Dates to schedule for photo sessions will begin in early October! The majority of our sessions will take place through October and early November, to give ample time for turnaround before Thanksgiving. This will give you the ability to have your photos done, edited, delivered, and holiday cards designed, printed, stamped, addressed, and into the mail for the start of holiday season.  We will not be taking holiday sessions after a certain point in November, so please schedule as early as possible. 

This year I've decided to do several sets, and keep them all simple. Some will be free from holiday props,but still very elegant, so that it can work great for a holiday card but also not attached too much to a season so that it can be displayed on your wall year round. But of course, I want to throw in something really fun too... So I added a cookie decorating set (with real food props to get messy!) & a New Year's Eve set to the mix! Because...why not!? You can post it on Dec 31st as your profile photo, or use it on the back of your holiday card with a New Year greeting.

There are several sets, and you won't necessarily have time for all of them in one session. So take a look below and see what you like best! In fact, packages are based on time, so you can choose what you'd like to schedule and I'll help you decide how many sets I think you can fit into that time based on the size of your family and ages of your children.  Also, deciding which sets you want before you schedule would be helpful for me so I can set up prior to your appointment, if you can let me know as least a day in advance I would appreciate it.

Pricing and dates are listed below as well! 

 

SET 1:   "VICTORIAN GRAY AND WHITE SETTEE" 

COLORS:  Gray, white, silver (optional)

FURNITURE: Victorian style gray & white settee with rose woodwork on top

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR:  black, white, gray, silver, red, metallics, or pops of any bright color 

colors NOT to wear:  tan, brown, rustic looks 

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SET 2:   "NEW YEARS EVE" 

COLORS:  gray, silver

PROPS: disco ball & confetti to throw for action shot! *with or without furniture*

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR: Anything! Something festive for New Years or elegant holiday, such as metallics or sequins would be great, but any colors will work fine. 

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SET 3:    "MAKING MESSY COOKIES" 

COLORS:  white, red, bold colors

PROPS: wooden table, real cookies, icing, sprinkles, aprons (multiple sizes!), kids chef hat, rolling pin, flour to get messy! 

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR: red, white, casual, PJ's, fun Christmas outfits, red and green, holiday prints, etc. 

*KIDS MAY GET MESSY, SO WE'LL DO THIS AS THE LAST SET IN YOUR SESSION. 

 

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SET 4:   "TIMELESS AND MOD" 

This set is all about the subject... simple, no props, no seasonal aspects added. Truly timeless.

COLORS:  black, dark green, bold green 

FURNITURE/PROPS:  green mod couch 

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR: almost any color would work, suggested style is formal

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SET 5:    "CREAM SETTEE" 

COLORS: tan/cream and white, or tan with blue, or tan with red & gold

PROPS:  tan/cream settee, white pillows

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR: light/neutral, gold, white, cream, white, tan, pastels, brown, etc. 

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SET 6:    "GOLD SEQUINS AND WHITE SNOWFLAKES" 

COLORS: Gold, white

PROPS:  Gold sequin backdrop, wooden floor, white snowflakes, white rocking moose, sled

NOTE: this set is meant for small children, not large enough for families, with props that are interchangeable 

SUGGESTED COLORS TO WEAR: light/neutral, gold, white, cream, white, tan, pastels, brown, etc. 

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DATES AVAILABLE FOR HOLIDAY SESSIONS (TIMES VARY & SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY) 

TUES OCT 9 

THURS OCT 11 

FRI OCT 12  

TUES OCT 16 

THURS OCT 18  

SAT NOV 3 

NOV 5 - 9 (OVERFLOW WEEK, FEW SLOTS AVAILABLE)

AFTER NOV 9th, PLEASE INQUIRE.



HOLIDAY SPECIAL RATES

*Rates below apply only to studio holiday sessions in 2018 for 30 & 45 min sessions. 


30 MIN SESSION -  $425+ tax INCLUDES SESSION & COPYRIGHT LICENSE W/ DIGITAL FILES 

45 MIN SESSION -  $550+ tax INCLUDES SESSION & COPYRIGHT LICENSE W/ DIGITAL FILES 

FULL SESSION (60-90 MINS)  - FOLLOW REGULAR 2018 RATES (LINK HERE)


HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED? Ask me! I can estimate what I think I'll need to photograph your family and how many sets I can accomplish in that time. Or follow the general guidelines below.

  • 30 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 1 CHILD OR SMALL FAMILY
  • 45 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 2 OR MORE CHILDREN, OR OLDER CHILDREN 
  • 60 MIN SESSION SUGGESTED FOR 3 OR MORE CHILDREN, MATERNITY, ENGAGEMENT, LARGE FAMILY, OR CHILDREN WHO NEED EXTRA TIME

 

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skysightphotography@gmail.com (SkySight Photography) https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/9/holiday-photo-season-2018 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 02:45:56 GMT
Valerie and Britton's Wedding at the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer inside the Carnegie Museum https://www.skysightphotography.com/blog/2018/5/valerie-and-brittons-wedding-at-the-carnegie-music-hall-foyer-inside-carnegie-museum Valerie and Britton got married at St Paul's Cathedral and held their reception just a block away, at the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, located inside the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History in Oakland. 

They began their day getting ready in separate suites inside the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh. From there, a limo escorted them and their parties to the cathedral in Oakland. After their ceremony, we walked across the street to the Carnegie Mellon Institute building, which has amazing grand columns and stairs.

Carnegie Music Hall and the Music Hall Foyer are considered one of the grandest wedding venues in all of Pittsburgh.  It is adorned with amazing architecture and marble columns. The Founder’s Room is the very space where Andrew Carnegie once greeted his museum guests, and one of my favorite spots to grab a few images of the bride and groom in front of its golden walls and streaming window light.  The hall of architecture is truly unique with its amazing historic pieces from centuries ago.

All of these places are shown in the photos below of Val and Brit's amazing wedding day in mid April. We couldn't be more thrilled for this couple and their beautiful marriage journey that is before them. 

A special note to recognize Val and Brit's wedding planner,  Alexis Allen at Shayla Hawkins Events for making the day so perfectly designed and organized! 

Congrats Val and Brit!! 

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