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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

Kara and Mike’s Butler County Wedding

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OK, so this one made me feel really old!  When I was in college I worked summers delivering beer for my uncle’s distributorship (definitely a great job!).  Kara’s dad Chris worked there, too, and I became friends with him and Kara’s mom Chris.  I was shocked last year when I got a call from Kara asking if I could photograph her wedding.  There was no way that the little girl I knew then was old enough to be out of school let alone getting married!

In truth, I was delighted to have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.

Kara and Mike had their ceremony at Holy Sepulcher Church near Butler and their reception at a place called Schnoodleberry Farm (really!) near Saxonburg.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

I had my friend Phil Pavely working with me that day.  The first photo is his:

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Kara and her mom, Chris:

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The girls played cards while they waited for the ceremony  to begin:

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Kara and her dad, Chris:

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Next two photos by Phil:

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Mike and his guys celebrate after the ceremony:

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Kara shares a laugh with her mom and mother-in-law Linda:

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We went over to nearby Armstrong Farms for some portraits:

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Some details:

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A great shot from Phil:

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You knew this was going to happen:

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The grass dance floor was packed the whole evening (Phil’s photo):

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It was Mike’s birthday, so everybody joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to him:

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Stacy and Noah | Green Gables Wedding Photography in Jennerstown

Mountain Playhouse Wedding in PennsylvaniaStacy and Noah have a great story of how they met.  It was at a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains where Stacy was the camp nurse and Noah was a counselor.  Noah had a medical condition which piqued Stacy’s interest.  Eventually, that initial interest in Noah’s biology led to their discovery that they have great chemistry together.

Their wedding was a real reflection of their personalities and interests.  They put a lot of thought and effort into bringing their vision to reality – from typing each individual invitation to making jam as a favor for their guests.  It was a great pleasure to photograph such a fresh and personal event.  Let’s look at some photos:

Stacy gets ready with her mom and sisters:

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Noah checks the sound for the ceremony with his friend Chris (Caroline’s photo):

Noah has a large collection of typewriters that he’s fixed up.  They typed out their invitations on these old machines.  Guests were encouraged to use them to type a message to the couple:

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Stacy and Noah have a word before the ceremony:

Noah’s mom Nancy gives Noah a hug after walking him down the aisle (Caroline’s photo):

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Stacy’s dad Allan gives her a kiss at the end of the aisle:

Noah’s sister Sarah and his mom Nancy were taken with emotion:

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Stacy and Noah held a self-uniting ceremony, also known as a Quaker Wedding, which requires no officiant.  Their friend Chris acted as master of ceremonies:

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The weather had been threatening rain all day long and it finally came during the ceremony.  The staff at Green Gables passed out umbrellas to the guests and the wedding ceremony carried on.  Yay!:

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Stacy signs the self-uniting document while Noah’s mom Nancy (left) and Stacy’s mom Sue (right) served as witnesses.

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Noah’s dad Ira held an umbrella for the couple as they embraced at the end of the ceremony:

Noah’s uncle Danny welcomed Stacy into the family with a hug:

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Stacy and Noah bought a pallet of pumpkins that weighed hundreds of pounds.  They brought them to Green Gables where they first served as decorations during the ceremony and then their guests carved them:

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Instead of dancing, the reception featured a talent show.  Stacy and Noah kicked it off with a piano and clarinet duet of “You Are My Sunshine”

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Their guests were a talented bunch!  Their friend Daniel sang:

Noah’s uncle Ian played a beautiful medley of songs on his 12-string guitar:

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Noah’s sister Sarah and her husband Jason brought down the house with an interpretive dance performance of Stacy and Noah’s courtship.  It helped that they both were professional dancers:

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Stacy’s dad Allan gave a toast:

Danny Bakan and the Nephfolk performed 84,000 Ways on Guitar, toe cymbal and kazoo:

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As an example of the broad range of performances, the couple’s friend Kat did a hula hoop dance:

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Thanks again.  A Green Gables Wedding always seems to be unique and very fun affair.  It really is a lovely place in a beautiful part of Pennsylvania.

Stacy and Noah’s album turned out beautifully.  Check it out here.

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Rebecca K - April 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

So sweet! I love the idea of the talent show!

David Morgan - April 24, 2013 - 1:56 pm

I like the ‘thumbs up’ shot Joe! :-)

katrina wallace - April 27, 2013 - 12:18 pm

I ADORE this wedding! You really captured their spirit in an honest and beautiful way Joe! Love, love, love!

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