i said i would stop. abbie & ben. soldiers & sailors, pittsburgh, pa

i cannot tell you how many times i have said that i am done with weddings. 

i started shooting weddings when i was 27.

in my career, i have shot HUNDREDS.

it looks like glamorous work. 

it looks fun.

it is.  

it is exhilarating - emotional - intense.

BUT, it is really really hard. 

the amount responsibility on one for the "day of a lifetime", is enormous. 

now, as i am 13 years older than when i started, the toll it takes on my body is far greater than it used to.  

i carry 35 lbs of equipment around on me all day. 

thank the good lord jesus, that chaz did not get a shot of me the day of abbie's wedding.

it had hit 100 degrees that day, i had eaten ravenously before the wedding, some random burrito chaz found on the strip in pitt.  i was gulping down gatorade, and the entire picture was NOT pretty. 

but let me tell you what was glorious:

my friend abbie.

her husband, ben.

the dreams they and their family made into reality and the enormously special day that they became husband and wife. 

i do not shoot because of the glamour. 

i shoot because of the moments.  i shoot because of the people, and the memories.

and my dear, beautiful abbie, yours were exquisite.

ONLY part one of the day...

many more to follow.

abbie, ben and families....

i love you!
 

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imagine the wedding...abbie & ben

oh my sweet friend abbie, and her hunk husband to be, ben!

abbie and i have worked together for years, and we have this chemistry together that just KNOWS.  it's just so natural. like, i think in my twenties, i secretly had abbie's style,  it's just changed so much that i forget i once loved to dress up and be glamorous!

we shot abbie and ben's engagement photos last summer in pittsburgh.  we walked and worked :), the cathedral of learning,  the mellon institute, and other great sites in oakland.  

i leave today to shoot abbie and ben's wedding.  

i am so stinkin' excited!!

if this is what we got for engagements pictures, can you even begin to imagine the wedding?  :)))

so excited abbie and ben!!  -xx

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EMILY - ESSENZA.SENIORS 2016

senior season is in full swing once again here at the studio. 

in keeping up with the Essenza transformation that we have began, our senior line is now, Essenza - Seniors!  yes, we are excited about capturing the essence of you at this special time in your life. :)

i had 15 available spots for the senior year. 

i currently have 2 session openings left. 

if you are interested, contact me asap!
 

enjoy...miss emily!
 

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