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Kids Marathon: Pittsburgh!

I (Heather) went out this morning to photograph the Kids Marathon as an aunt, but also as a photographer who wanted to put herself in a more photo-journalistic atmosphere. Because of Michel’s background in photo-journalism¬†with the army he’s been able to build our business with a different perspective in mind. And I’ve been able to learn from him how to look at things as though you were documenting an event.

This is my first attempt. And I’m so happy I got to watch my niece Meghan and nephew Ryder run the race. They did so good, so much so that my niece Meghan ran a 7 minute mile, beating her mom, my sister, and leaving her in her dust! Ryder came up right at the end in the pre-K category but he ran the whole thing! So proud of these two kids. Here are a few of the shots I snagged!

Love you all! Congrats on getting in shape as a family!

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Remembering the sacrifice: 14th Quartermaster Detachment

Please check out my Army unit’s Public Affairs blog for the 354th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment to see more photos and read an article from the 20th Anniversary of the scud missile attack!


Heroes Across America

Today I had the amazing pleasure of photographing riders of the Sea to Shining Sea biking group. The group was made up of wounded veterans who started their bike ride in San Francisco on their way across America. They’ve been on the road 52 days, and in 10 more they’ll finish up in Virginia Beach with 4,000 miles worth of wear on their treads. I was actually offered the opportunity to take photos of this group from start to finish (and get paid for it!) but I had already booked weddings during this time period so I had to decline. But I’m going to do a story on this group and how it all began, which you’ll be able to read on our 354th MPAD blog by this weekend.

I posted along several spots on their route to Pittsburgh today to get a variety of shots. This was at the Montour Valley VFW Post 7714, where Army, Marine and Navy vets waited for the fellow veterans to pass through.

The riders stopped for a quick lunch where they stretched their legs and refueled for the road…

I drove off ahead of the group so I could catch them at my next stop. A group of children from the St. Philip School waited patiently for them for several hours with American Flags. It was also a joy running into Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Bob Donaldson who I used to work with during my PG internship this past spring. I really miss that gig, and it was fun getting back into it today.

Look at all those flags waving!

Thank you guys for your service, sacrifice and your commitment to doing this ride. You’re proving to America your continuing commitment and hope to others who have suffered injuries or disabilities. I sure as heck know I wouldn’t be able to do a bike ride 4,000 miles long! You guys are phenomenal. Can’t wait to write this story about you!


Close to home…

I was upstairs in my office, organizing my military files when suddenly we heard a bunch of sirens whizzing past our house heading up the hill. Heather ran upstairs and together we looked outside the upstairs window. We saw billows of smoke moving slowly across the sky like a storm heading in.

Another siren approached. I waited to see if my ears were right, and finally another fire truck zoomed past our house. Immediately we knew one of our neighborhood houses was on fire.

My very first thought was, I gotta capture this. I gotta grab my camera and go!

Only problem, I was in my underwear.

But heather was reading my mind, and within seconds she had run down and ran back up and set my D300s in my palms. My next thought was, “Man I love this woman!”

But the camera had just the 17-50mm lens on it, and I knew that I would need at least a 70-200 to catch some of the more intimate shots of firefighters working to fight the smoke and flames.

I grabbed a handful of clothes: shorts, a hooded shirt and a pair of sandals, and I ran into my closet where I held some of my Army camera gear. I grabbed a second camera body and snapped on the zoom lens.

Then, I just ran…


Arias in Bloom – Phipps & Pittsburgh Opera Shoot

What a wonderful evening at Phipps Conservatory last night as they hosted the Pittsburgh Opera for “Arias in Bloom” with live performances and a great atmosphere. Heather and I were just in awe by how beautiful Phipps is. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the night.

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