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About Me


“The most elegant news photographer that I’ve ever met.” – best-selling author Bill Bryson

Who I Am: OK, so I photographed Bill Bryson and he really said that to me.  But I had a nice suit on and, well, news photographers aren’t usually the sharpest dressed folks out there.  Who am I to turn down a compliment, though?  For many years I was a staff photojournalist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  What a terrific profession newspaper photography is! I loved the variety, the hustle and grittiness of newspaper work. There’s probably no better way to get to know a community and the people in it.

A funny thing happened a few years ago – I found that the rush that comes along with photographing a big news event is very similar to the feeling I get when covering a wedding. All the same elements are there – characters, personality, feelings and emotions, drama – and they’re all wrapped up in a great story.  Photographing a wedding is such a wonderful and fulfilling thing for me – I love it!  Even better is making my clients happy by making something so meaningful and special to them.  Hugs and tears are encouraged:)

What I Do: I deliver freshnatural images that tell the story of your wedding day.

 Fresh means when I photograph your wedding your photos aren’t going to look like anyone else’s.  You’re a singular individual and your wedding photos are going to be about who you are and what you felt like.  Sure, we do the formal photos and group shots – those are important. But for most of the day, I prefer to let the couple – who you are, what you’re feeling, and your relationships with your loved ones – be my guide. That’s where the natural comes in. The result is a collection of photographs that are personal and unique, and that you’ll value for the rest of your lives.

Pricing: Collections are customized to meet your individual needs. Please contact me for a complete pricing guide.

Feel free to call me at 412-999-7363. You can also email me at joe at joeappelphotography.com with any questions or if you’d like to set up a consultation.

More About Me: I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. I’ve been here my whole life except for a few years that I lived on the beach in Florida – well, two blocks from it. I absolutely loved it! In fact, I’d recommend a couple of years on the beach to anyone in their early 20’s! Why wait until you’re retired?

Once this town is in your blood it’s very hard to stay away, so I returned and started photographing for newspapers and the Associated Press. That led to the position as a staff photojournalist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that I mentioned above.  I had a great time there and wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.  But I always wondered what it would be like to be my own boss.

So I decided to take a chance. Strike out on my own. Sink or swim based on my own abilities. Find those stories and tell them. Tell them not just for my couples, but for future generations. Give them all a record of the day that two families came together as one.

Speaking of family, I’ve got a great one of my own. My wife Emily and I have two young children – Phoebe and Wyatt. We live in a big, beautiful, drafty old house in Crafton. We’re active in the community – Em is active with the school and local foundations, and I’m a school board director.

One of the great things about being self-employed is that the boss doesn’t mind if I take off on a summer weekday to ride my Ducati. I’m an avid runner who actually enjoys training for marathons.  I love to read crime fiction and play a mean game of Words with Friends. I’m a garage-rock fanatic who is a closet wannabe guitar hero.  Oh my, I sound like the guy from the movie “This is 40”  😀

Here are a few professional associations that I belong to:

Professional Photographers of America:
Member, Professional Photographers of America

ISES – an organization promoting education, professionalism and best practices for event professionals:





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