Heather recently did some photos for our friend Desiree who is a great person and a very talented seamstress. She started her own home-based business with MoonCloth. She makes some really colorful and hand-crafted minky taggie blankets! She’s even made a few for our soon-to-be born Phoenix!
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My little sister Becky is interning at Fairwinds Manor which is north of Pittsburgh in Sarver PA. It is a personal care home as well as an assisted living facility for the elderly. This year the staff decided to start a new tradition to give the residents a special day just for them. They decided to start having a prom….complete with a king and queen! It is so important to give residents of these homes days full of life and smiles. It can be very lonely for a lot of them, and to bring them all together for a good cause brought a huge smile to my face. Most of them are immobile but they just loved the attention and spending time all dolled up.
I jumped at the chance to volunteer to snap a few shots when my sister asked me about it. The staff and families gathered donated dresses for all the ladies, and they helped do their hair, makeup and even nails! The gents looked so nice in their suits too! It was just so nice to see them so happy and proud in their beautiful gowns! If you ever get a chance to volunteer or visit a personal care home or assisted living home I would do it. They may not know you, but they do know that you take your time to visit them and sit and talk with them. They all have stories to tell…they just need someone to listen!
Here’s just a few shots I nabbed that day!!
I’m so happy I went up for their special event. Keep a look next year to see how cute everyone looks!
Dr. Casey Phillips is my (Heather) chiropractor. He’s a one in a million find. I started seeing him last fall after Michel and I got into a car accident on the North Side just a few minutes from our house. He took me right in and started helping me with my back and neck. He’s a great guy who really cares about his patients. Unlike other chiropractors who charge an arm and a leg to get chiropractic care, he doesn’t. He seen everyone from National dignitaries, to a huge chunk of the Pittsburgh Police force. He’s constantly reaching out to let people know they can receive great care for their pain without the huge bill.
I think he’s great so when he needed a few headshots for marketing I told him we’d help out! He’s located in the North Side and the South Hills so if you need help, definitely go see him!
We would love it if you checked out his website at Phillips Family Chiropractic
Kevin Kacvinksky is a truly impressive young man. At 24, he is only a year younger than me and Heather and already he runs 8 businesses all on his own. It took us a while to schedule this shoot because this “kid” travels a LOT! It was pretty remarkable talking with him and getting to know each other. He basically helps non-profit businesses raise money. My favorite part about him is that he also runs a Christian ministry organization in China. No small feat! You can learn more about him by visiting Kevin’s nonprofit organization website.
If you’ve been following our work for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been strobing and using off-camera lighting for quite some time to get some nice, crisp shots of our clients. A lot of it was touch-and-go and play around with lighting and see what happens. Now we’re finally at a point where I know how to control my lighting and the effects are truly rewarding. This shot above was done with just a shoot-through umbrella, but it looks natural and confident.
Heather and I were watching Zack Aria’s “One Light Workshop” DVD last night. And if you’re into photography, I highly reccomend picking it up. Or better yet, if Zack is due to come to your town, sign up for the workshop in person! I got to see him in Atlanta when I gave a presentation for the yearly Photojournalism Seminar on behalf of the Army Public Affairs.
Anywho… back to Kevin
We found this blue wall just a floor below Kevin’s office. I love how the colors all work together.
Kevin said he probably would never use this photo because I’m shooting right up his nose haha! Personally, I think this image is kick ass. It makes it seem like Kevin is full of bright and colorful ideas.
So we wanted to takes some “action”shots showing Kevin giving a presentation. If you hire me as your photographer, just know that I’m always going to try and catch you off guard. I kinda like the result of this one actually. It’s strange and random.
I call this one “The Gunslinger.” Kevin was just having at it, pretending like we were his audience and suddenly he pistol-whipped us with both his hands out. Kinda nice. Again, I love how a single umbrella turns an ordinary office shot with a blank white wall into something active and fun.
And here are some of the more casual looks. Kevin is, after all, 24. And no 24-year old should take himself so seriously that he chokes on his own tie. I dig the pink shirt.
It was a pleasure meeting you Kevin! If we were a non-profit (which, if you think about it, most young photographers are haha), we would hire you in a second! Take it easy and enjoy your travels!
One of my really good friends Faith is an amazing mom and has a very practical talent of crocheting. As wives we want to eventually create a network of all of our skills and use one another to promote our business’ and create new clients! So from now on you will periodically see some of her products posted here with One Way Street Production. I believe strongly in helping those who you love do whatever they need to, to provide for their families.
Faith makes dresses, tops, hats, blankets, baby clothes, head bands and so much more. Fashion by Faith is a great little business and her talents shines in all she does. Her beautiful children are her willing models and we have so many friends with children who will be posing in the amazing designs she creates.
Here is the first little glimpse of what she’s capable of. If you’d like to purchase something you see here, or have an idea of a custom made piece go to her website www.fashiondelafoi.etsy.com
This is a really cute little beanie with a brim and a pink flower and a gray scoop scarf. Many colors and combinations are available as well as custom sizing!
This hat and scarf are perfect for the fall. They aren’t heavy and great for the brisk air of fall. Colors and sizes are custom!
For all the football fans out there this is perfect for your little newborn! The hat is a little football beanie and the crocheted sack can be customized with your favorite team colors!!!!
This is so cute for newborns. The following designs are perfect for fall. The photo below is a little apple! The hat is the top of the apple (customized with a stem and leaf!) the bottoms are a cute little diaper cover with matching color!
How about a Halloween pumpkin for your little pumpkin!!! Need I say more!
Candy Corn is possibly my favorite candy—baby Sam is so adorable in his little candy corn hat and diaper cover!
Eve is modeling a purple beanie with flower and a long purple scarf. Perfect for your little girl who loves to dress up and look like mommy!
Faith and her family are amazing and we love them dearly. Whatever I can do to help her business grow will only help us in return as we get to post her beautiful creations!
Mia was a sweetheart. She asked us to take some professional headshots and some fun photos too for some of her ministry work and for a book she’s written. She works to encourage women in their work for God. We did the shoot at Potter’s House Ministries, a church in Mount Oliver. We also exercised some of our strobist muscle with some off-camera lighting. Some of the results were delightful. We hope you enjoy!
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.
If you are looking for a particular shot not included in this post, let us know. We have individual images or the entire CD available for purchase.
Recently I started doing some photography for IN Community Magazines and today I had the pleasure of doing a portrait shoot with Kathleen Miclot, the owner of Frame House, located in Lawrenceville. For you artists out there looking for affordable framing for your work, definitely check this shop out. Kathleen and the store manager, Tom, are very, very friendly.
So in any case, I wanted to post some of the portraits I took because I’m really happy for the way they turned out. Nothing fancy, but for the first two pictures I applied a light-balancing technique I learned recently. I was psyched as soon as I saw the opportunity to put it to the test.