for 41 years, i have had a puppy love, bubbly in my tummy, love affair with pittsburgh.
born there in 1974, every thought of pitt is filled with black and gold, mouthwatering italian and polish food, family, inclines, KDKA and window shopping.
the opportunities that i have had in shooting there have been some of my favorite images of all time.
for almost a month my sister in law, loryn, has been in the shock trauma unit at allegheny general in pitt. it has been a very stressful, and intense time for my brother and us who love him so much.
more about that later.
i had a shoot scheduled in oakland yesterday afternoon, and had not been down to see loryn in a few weeks. i decided to leave early, spend some time with ryan and loryn, then head to my shoot.
ry is a genius. i'm not exaggerating. my brother is the most cunning, find the leak in the system, brilliant person ever.
we are total opposites. :)
after spending some precious time with him, he not only laid out directions for me, to my shoot in oakland, he went over and over them with me. god bless him.
we kissed goodbye and with one final drill of where i was headed to, i took off for oakland.
first, i missed the right, then a huge piece of mascara got in my eye - i think mascara.
HURT! i couldn't see! i'm driving in pitt, with every stinking turn 15 seconds ahead of me, i couldn't see, and why wasn't my GPS working now too? oh! the volume was off.
long story short, i arrived almost ten minutes late to my shoot, but exactly where i needed to be...the cathedral of learning.
emma's mom and i quickly memorized our license plate numbers and grabbed our credit cards to pay for parking. for all my dubois friends - let's just say, it is WAY different than paying for parking at the luigi's parking lot.
we spent two hours shooting this lovely.