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Summer is a busy time for weddings and I love it!  Weekends are filled with the anticipation, joy and celebration that comes along with wedding season.  During the week, things are a little bit quieter but I’m still very busy editing photos, designing albums and the dreaded bookkeeping and other necessary office tasks.  So it’s great to get out on a warm evening around sunset and be a portrait photographer in Pittsburgh.

Engagement portraits are a lot of fun because they’re done when there’s no pressure to get back to the reception.  They’re scheduled when the light is beautiful and are a great way to get used to being in front of a camera.  You’re wearing “civilian” clothes instead of your wedding outfits, so it’s sort of like the first family photo session.  Here are a couple of photos from recent engagement portrait sessions:

Once married, many folks decide that they want to start a family.  It’s such an exciting time!  I remember very well the anticipation and joy that came while my wife and I were expecting our first child.  The second one was fun too:) Elizabeth and Joe are expecting their first child in a few weeks.  We went out last night and did some portraits at Point State Park:

Elizabeth looks fantastic!

 I photographed Stacie and Eric’s wedding three years ago.  Now they have two beautiful baby boys.  It was great to reconnect with them and see their family grow:

I got to reconnect with another couple who’s wedding I photographed a few years ago. Julie and Chad’s daughter Kaelyn was just a toddler then.  She’s all grown up and will be starting kindergarten in the fall:

My wife and I have family portraits on our walls.  I love looking at them and remembering what the kids looked like just a few short months or years ago.  They change so fast.  Give me a call if you’d like to talk about a doing a portrait session that results in photos that are more than a record of how you look.  I believe that a good portrait ought to reveal who you are as a person, a couple and a family.

katrina wallace - July 9, 2013 - 2:13 pm

So sweet to see families grow. Kids get big so fast and it’s so important to have photos taken. I especially love the photo of Kaelyn. :) So cute!!

Julie Weber - July 9, 2013 - 2:50 pm

More amazing work done by you Joe! All of the photos here are beautiful – I find myself still coming back to check out all your work time and time again. Thank you again for our wonderful family portraits! Everyone loves them :)

Twentieth Century Club Wedding Pittsburgh

wedding couple portrait with fall leavesRebecca and Seth were definitely ahead of the curve with their 1920′s Art Deco-era inspired wedding decor theme.  With the recent release of the film The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the style of the 1920′s has become very popular.  That beautiful landmark lent itself perfectly to Rebecca and Seth’s theme for their Twentieth Century Club Pittsburgh wedding last fall.

Rebecca was absolutely gorgeous.  She wore her mother’s wedding gown, with a little modification from a designer friend.  Seth looked great, too, in his grey tuxedo and bow-tie.  But it was their son Rowan who stole the show when he carried their rings down the aisle wearing a black tuxedo!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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gray tuxedo with polkadot bow tie and a vintage wedding dress in the style of the Great Gatsby

Seth is a great dad.  Seriously, he and Rowan are so sweet together.  Tux or no, when the kid needs a diaper, the kid needs a diaper:

father with his son before a weddingfancy peacock cake topper and sequined high heels

Truth be told, Rebecca was a little bit nervous before the ceremony.  Hey, it’s all part of the day and the relief that comes after the ceremony makes the reception that much better!

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Seth, on the other hand, was all smiles as he walked down the aisle with his mom, Mona, and dad, David:

groom walks down the aisle with his parents in the Jewish tradition

Rebecca and here dad Dan shared a quiet moment before heading to the ceremony:

nervous bride with her dad before a wedding ceremony

I told you that Rowan was so cute in his little tuxedo.  He walked down the aisle with his grandma Anita (Lisa’s photo):

cute ring bearer walks down the aisle at a wedding

Rebecca’s nerves disappeared once she started down the aisle.  Such a beautiful smile:

bride smiles as she and her dad walk down the aisle on her wedding day

Lisa’s photo below:

bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony

bride and groom celebrate at the end of their wedding ceremony

I loved this moment just after the ceremony:

bride and groom hug after their wedding ceremony

Rowan joined Rebecca and Seth after the ceremony:

bride and groom celebrate with their young son after a wedding

Some portraits by the big window on the second floor of the 20th Century Club:

bride and groom portraits in front of a large windowbride and groom portrait against a stone wall

Ironman!

motorcyclist with an iron man helmet

The sunlight was so beautiful that afternoon:

bride and groom dance in the afternoon sunlight

Rebecca and Seth during the toasts:

bride and groom laugh during toasts

Rowan joined Rebecca and Dan during the father/daughter dance:

bride dances with her father and her young son

The Hora:

bride is picked up in a chair before the hora dance at a weddingbride and groom are held aloft in chairs during a hora dance at a weddingmen dance around a bride during a wedding reception

Seth and his dad dance:

groom dances with his father

Seth and his buddies danced around Rebecca:

groom dances with his friends at a wedding reception

Here’s a different view from Lisa:

detail of a bride

Seth dances with his father and father-in-law:

groom dances with his father and his father-in-law during a wedding receptionman dips his dance partner during a wedding receptionCompetition for the bouquet required some serious athletic skills:

guests fighting for the bouquet toss at a wedding reception

I guess all of the excitement was too much for Rowan.  What a sweet moment:

bride and groom with their child at a wedding reception

Mike Garrard - June 27, 2013 - 6:25 am

Great moments as ever Joe… nice ‘catch’ on the bouquet toss!

Ben Godkin - June 28, 2013 - 12:48 am

Beautiful work Joe!

katrina wallace - June 28, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Love this set Joe … it feels so heart felt.

Photography Education | Pot Luck Pow Wow

One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that I’ll never figure everything out.  Change is at the heart of the nature of life: Business, art, style and fashion are always evolving.

That’s why I feel so strongly about the importance of photography education to professional growth and learning.  So I regularly attend workshops, conferences, webinars and other events to inspire me and help me to evolve.

I’m extremely fortunate to be friends with a lot of very fine photographers.  A few weeks ago, 19 of us got together in the Hamptons for a home-brewed workshop and week of fellowship and fun.  It was one of the most valuable learning experiences of my career.  Since we each chose a topic to present on, we decided to call it the Pot Luck Pow Wow:) I was the only Pittsburgh wedding photographer there – we had folks from overseas, Ohio, California, New York, Boston, Chicago, Montgomery and Austin.  Everyone left their egos at home and openly shared their experience, knowledge and skills.

Although I took my professional gear, I ended up taking photos with my iPhone.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Mark Janzen held class outside between the pool and the tennis court:

Mike Garrard traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to be at the Pow Wow.  He brought his mad ping pong skills with him:

When you get a bunch of photographers together you’ve got to expect a certain amount of geeking out!  I saw the image that Ed Atrero and Julie Lowry were working on and it was really cool:

Genevieve and James Nisly are a dynamic photography team from Ohio.  I was so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know them better:

Steve Koo reprises his role from the original Karate Kid:

Me and my dear friend and running buddy, Julie Lowry:

See, it wasn’t all fun and games – we got a lot of learning done:

I’m still dreaming about the dutch apple pies that Caroline made:


Aga talks about connecting with clients:

I love the beach in all weather conditions:

Gulnara, Nadine and Candice on a windy evening at the beach:

Thanks friends!

 

 

 

Joe Rumore - June 27, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Hey, you left Portland out! (kidding)! But seriously, what a great summary of a few days together with some fantastic wedding photographers! It was a truly great experience living with you and learning from each other… and having some fun too!

Joe - June 28, 2013 - 12:01 am

Joe! I’m sorry. Portland – there I said it :) It was so great to see you and Britney!

Caroline - July 3, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Aww yay!

Mandy and Justin – Lawrence County Wedding Photography

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Mandy and Justin are a great young couple who also happen to live near me here in Crafton.  They’re very creative and the wedding and ceremony were a reflection of that quality.  It was unique and lovely.

I rarely work by myself these days, but I covered this event solo and am pretty proud of the results.

The wedding was at a place called the SNPJ in northern Lawrence County.  There are a bunch of rustic cabins, a lake, pavilions and a modern event center.  I was there several years ago to cover a fireworks convention.  A well known fireworks maker had been cremated and his ashes were placed in a huge firework shell.  For the finale, the shell was shot high into the air and everybody applauded as the huge explosion filled the sky with color.  A pretty awesome memorial, if you ask me:)

Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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Justin is a very talented graphic designer.  He came up with the wedding program and the design on the little sachets of rice:

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Ethan, the flower boy didn’t feel like cooperating:

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Mandy and her dad Mark walk down the aisle:

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Justin was overcome with emotion when he saw Mandy:

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They mixed potpourri as part of the ceremony:

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The couple’s friend Justin read a poem he wrote especially for the wedding:

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Reverend Charles Puff was excited!

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What a beautiful fall evening it was!

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Mandy and Justin head to the Alpine Room for the reception:

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First dance:

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Details:

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The aftermath of the cake cutting.  Nobody escaped unscathed:

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A dance off between Justin’s brothers:

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Mandy’s mom Sandy and dad Mark are great dancers:

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Fearless Awards!

I was thrilled to find out that two of my photos were chosen for the Fearless Awards latest collection of images!  This is one of the toughest contests out there to place in.  Thousands of images are submitted by photographers from around the world and less than 10 percent are chosen. Here are the photos:

Mackenzie and Chris walk down the aisle at the end of their wedding at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside:

Kim and Jim cut the cake at their wedding at Lingrow Farm:

 

Here are a couple of my other winning images from prior rounds of the contest.

Round 2

Round 13

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