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Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Susan & Ross

An intimate downtown Harrisburg wedding, followed by a sentimental stroll along the Susquehanna and six course gourmet meal and wine tasting at Bricco….

Susan shared, “We had initially been referred to you by another photographer and were blown away by your work!  We fell in love with your style of photography, your use of color and especially the way you can capture emotions in your photos.”

She continued, “When it came to working with you on our wedding day, you were extremely professional, you showed up early, were very friendly and were able to put us at ease when taking photos which is neither my husband nor my strong suit!  Plus you were always happy to experiment with poses and from what you showed us on your view finder I can’t wait to see them. I am most looking forward to just re-living the day through your photography.”

Susan thanks so much for your kind words!  I’m so thankful that you were referred to me!  Helping to put couples at ease and capturing natural emotion is one of my favorite things to do and I love to play with color and  get creative too!

I started out with a softer, emotional shot that incorporates the iconic Walnut Street Bridge and will share a colorful silhouetted shot of your wedding rings at the church…

The stained glass was stunning as was the golden light streaming through the window.  Here Susan bows her head in prayer prior to her wedding ceremony…

Susan shared, “The veil that I wore was the same veil that both my mother and grandmother wore on their wedding days.”

Here Susan’s mother helps Susan to adjust the family heirloom…

She continued, “I remember being in elementary school, visiting my grandmother’s house, and trying on her veil. ”

I love capturing a unique and beautiful portrait of brides on their wedding day.  I loved the way this angle looked on Susan and how comfortable she was in front of the camera when I snapped this image.  I made sure to show off the veil, too.

The stained glass windows of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Harrisburg are so pretty, if you look closely you can see Ross silhouetted in the window…

Susan shared, “Ross is one of the happiest, kindest people that I know  always willing to go out of his way to help his friends with anything they need.”

While I love getting creative, I also enjoy capturing classic portraits of the groom, too and work on finding just the right angle…

The gold light filtering in the stained glass, again was stunning– it is the same window that Susan stood before earlier!

Susan shared, “Choosing our ceremony location was very easy.  I had asked one of the priests I worked with at the Diocese of Harrisburg to perform the ceremony and so we knew that his parish is where we would have our wedding.”

Ross shared, “Seeing Susan in the church on our wedding day stunned me. I actually forgot to thank her father for escorting her like the priest said I should do! Seeing her then hit me with the reality of it all!”

The marble floors of this church are so pretty, I played with the reflection here a bit…

Ross explained, “When we first started to discuss wedding plans, I didn’t think I would enjoy the small ceremony and reception that Susan wanted so badly, but it really did work out great. The intimacy of the whole event made it really special.”

Kiss the bride…

Man and wife!  Their expressions here are priceless!

The wedding was intimate, with only a couple of family members in attendance.  Susan’s grandma was one of those guests!

After getting married their next step was to call people and make the announcement.

Here Ross plays with his brand new wedding band as they both talk on speaker phone!

I captured a quick classic portrait with all of the pretty golden lights and details in the background…

And Ross took Susan for a spin 😉

Then we headed out for a walk in downtown Harrisburg— the happy couple was all smiles.

If you look closely you can see the capitol building in the background…

Something about this part of the day totally reminded me of Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast…  maybe it was her long ringlets and blue cape or the winter scene or colorful, historic town, but I loved it!

Here I really showed off her cape and framed Susan and Ross as they walked together along Front Street.  I framed them in the trees and hedges and used the background of downtown Harrisburg.

Ross shared, “Susan’s personality fills in mine in many ways. Where I’m more of a sedentary person, she wants to go on adventures. Where I try to contain my excitement about things, she lets her excitement known. Saying that “she completes me” sounds so cliche, but I do think that she fills in the parts of my life that I lack in, and that I do the same for her.”

I focused sharply on the couple also including the Susquehanna River and bridges subtly in the background…

In this photo I really capture all of the bridges and the river… it almost feels like Paris to me here– I liked the black and white feel:

Susan explained, “Ross and I luckily both share a favorite color, blue, so when it came time to decided what color we wanted to be our main theme for the day it was an easy decision to make. ”

Their wedding attire and florals had blue accents.  Here I played a bit with perspective as they crossed below the bridge I was standing on.  I love playing with framing like this…

Ross reminisced, “I realized I was falling in love with Susan during Thanksgiving week 2013. At the time, I was teaching her how to play the trumpet (with mixed results) at school, but as time went on our lessons became less about music and more about just talking for an hour. I planned on texting her maybe once over the Thanksgiving holiday to say hello, but I ended up talking to her every single day, and I loved every minute of it. We started dating a week later.”

Susan added, “I first met Ross during the early morning workouts we had to do for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets but it wasn’t until the end of freshman year when I decided to learn trumpet and a mutual friend suggested Ross as a teacher that I actually started to talk to him on a regular basis. I was horrible at remembering to practice my trumpet so during every lesson I would try to talk to him to distract him from asking me to play for him an I slowly fell in love with his personality, specifically his very sarcastic sense of humor.”

I’m not sure what Ross is saying here, but my guess is that it’s pretty sarcastic!

Susan explained, “It meant a lot to me to take photos in downtown Harrisburg because I some of my earliest and my favorite memories take place in Harrisburg, from  visiting the capitol when I was in kindergarten, to walking along front street attending all of the different street fairs that get put on every summer. Harrisburg just reminds me so much of my past, so it was fun to start my future there as well.”

Here they slow danced a little,  talking and smiling surrounded by the water, bridges and a flock of geese…

Ross shared, “After being together for five years, we’ve never stayed upset with one another for more than a day. We understand the value of communication and the importance of having unique opinions on certain things.”

He looked so pleased to have Susan by his side…

Susan shared, “I’m happy to report, even after being together for several years, Ross is the same person I met then, always willing to go on adventures with me, continuously putting up with how messy I can be and always quick with either a sarcastic remark or bad joke and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.”

I loved the lines and contrast of the bare branches against the fading sky.  I also thought the leaves on the ground were pretty and interesting to play with.  I may or may not have laid down in the middle of Riverfront Park to capture this shot…

Susan explained, “My cape was originally a part of the uniform that I wore when I was in the corps of cadets and it was so warm!”

I love how the wind caught her cape in this moment!  As day faded into evening, there was a very subtle sunset…  there is something about it that is so soft and sweet…

Susan smiled, “While the church was easy, choosing the reception location was a little harder, we knew we wanted to have a sit down dinner because of how small our wedding was. My husband came up with the suggestion of Bricco which I loved immediately as my family had been going to the restaurant for years and always had a great experience.”

Bricco was within walking distance of Front Street.  It was charming, elegant and had upscale Mediterranean fare… it was located off of third street in Harrisburg and I loved the buzzy downtown space.

Their private room was decorated with pretty wooden wine boxes and a clever culinary themed chandelier.

They were greeted by a sommelier who introduced them to a new wine between every course…

Here I focused on the wine and let the bride and groom fade into the distance– there was so much delicious food and wine!

The menu was quite extensive…

A candid moment with Ross and his mom, haha he peeked over at me at the last second…

The chef also came in and talked about each course, too…

Everyone shared stories and chatted, it really was a very sweet experience!

The kitchen was open as well and I was able to capture the chefs hard at work!

Ross stated, “The staff at Bricco did a very good job making the dinner so special. It was literally the best mean I’ve ever had!”

Ross smiled, “The dinner was fantastic and a real highlight for me.”

Here Susan’s father joked with the rest of the table…

Everyone burst into laughter…

A peaceful stroll along the Susquehanna at twilight…

Susan & Ross, I am so honored to have spent your wedding day at your side.  I hope these are just the sort of colorful, beautiful, emotional images that you were both hoping for!  Please share this blog post with all of your friends and family!

JenniferMay 12, 2019 - 10:03 pm

Absolutely stunning and beautiful photos

Senior Portrait Photographers: Jon’s Industrial Senior Portrait Session

A steam plant?!?  Yes please!!!  You won’t want to miss the intense shadows, colors and light in Jon’s modern senior portrait session…

When we first met, Jon shared, “You did such a great job photographing my brother, Nick, a few years ago, so I really knew you’d do a fantastic job with my senior portraits.  You are very versatile as an artist and offer high-quality work, I also really appreciate how you are willing to go anywhere to capture a person authentically.”

While I love to capture a full scene, in the case of the photo above, one full of intense shadows and vibrant colors; I also really like getting up close and personal and photographing more traditional portrait like this…

I will go pretty much anywhere and thought with him wanting a more urban, industrial look, and wanting to stay in Shippensburg that finding some way to incorporate the old University steam plant would be really cool.

We hopped inside and it was a total playground for me– so much interesting light, texture, shadow– such a treat!

Jon shared, “There are really two different sides to me– one is very casual and laid back, enjoying art and nature.  The other side of me is more academic and serious, going to business school.”

He continued, “You really brought both sides out throughout the session, putting on the suit jacket really helped, too.”

Jon said, “Going into this, I knew that I could totally trust you, and that something really cool would come out of whatever inspiration you found.”

Here I saw this intense light streaming through the window, catching on the dust and creating cool rainbowy orbs:

Jon continued, “Even if I had no idea what you were seeing at the time, I was up for trying whatever, and am so happy I did.  It didn’t feel like I was changing up my poses or expressions enough to be all that different or interesting, but the photos are so creative!”

Here I noticed the snow melt creating interesting reflections and bokeh– this is actually Jon’s reflection:

Jon shared, “I just committed to studying marketing in college.  I’m so excited for the future and to see what it will bring.  Change is always good.”

For this photo I shot through a hole in the wall from a level above– I liked the dramatic look of that framing and the shadows, even how the American flag was illuminated.  When I mentioned something to Jon he commented about his brother, who has a real interest in politics.

Jon explained, “For me, this series of images captures my growth in Shippensburg and all the facets of who I am today.”

He continued, “I guess it’s that I’m growing up, maturing, I feel so different, almost like a different person.”

I snapped this photo of him adjusting his jacket in the mirror– I joked if he ever comes out with an album this would make a great cover…

I love the intensity of this image.  I like the saturated colors and the cool tones and reflections on one side with the warm tones and shadows on the other.

If you look closely you’ll see Jon, a set of stairs and even some of Old Main through the window.

Again, intensity…

I thought it’d be fun to write something in the session.  We first tried writing Jon with an extension cord, but found this chain to be more flexible.  He created a letter J.  I like how well this plays to the industrial aesthetic.

Classic:

When I showed Jon this shot, he thought it was cool, but when I shared that I used a John Deer tractor to create it (you can see some of the signature green) he laughed out loud!

He smiled, “John Deer, yep, that’s my home town!”

I played with depth of field and compression here as well as perspective.

I shot through a grated metal floor allowing me to have this levitating sort of perspective.  I used an 85mm lens here, it gives is that soft structure that surrounds Jon.

I also kept his eyes and the colorful lines from the stairwell in sharp focus.

I like how soft this shot is as well, again, more snow and snow melt.

All business… 🙂

Jon explained, “There is a part of me that is really outdoorsy and adventurous.  I like that you caught that, too.”

Jon cleverly shared, “Tunnel Vision” about this image:

Jon concluded, “I think the steam plant really worked perfectly for me.  I’ve always into mechanics and engineering, and it will soon be the home of the new engineering program at Shippensburg University.  I’ve always been so curious as to what is inside there and now I finally know, haha!”

The vibrant blue of the sky, the intense golden sunlight casting the tree’s strikingly clear shadow onto the steam plant… this photo could look incredible blown up on a canvas.

Jon I hope these were just the sort of modern, creative, industrial photos that you were looking for and that they captured all the many facets of your growing personality!   I feel lucky to have photographed you and your brother, and can’t wait to see what the two of you achieve in life.  The sky is the limit!

The Bond Wedding Photographers: Kim & Alex in York

Intense colors, artistry and love abound for this unique couple at their York, Pa Bond wedding…

Kim shared,  “There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted you to be our wedding photographer! When I first saw your photos, I was amazed by the bold colors of each creative photograph.  You have an eye for good lighting, unique angles, and play with shadows and shapes to create outstanding, artistic images.  Each photograph is thoughtful, a work of art.”

Alex added, “Our wedding day was amazing and I’m looking forward to re-living it all over again– the excitement, fun– it will be great to have those moments and memories captured.”

Kim continued, “I also loved how involved you are with the couples you shoot. I love that you took the time to get to know us and understand where we are coming from and what we were hoping for with our photos.  We also had such a great time on our ‘trial run’ exploring downtown Carlisle during our engagement session.”

Thanks so much, guys!  I was so inspired by all of your artistic choices and felt that you 100% trusted me and would go along with whatever.  This really made the sky my limit and I was able to get such personalized, cool shots for you!  I did really amp us the color and creativity for you two!

Kim and Alex are a unique couple with artistic sensibilities.  They wanted simple elegance but with pops of funk and wow did they chose the perfect venue for it– The Bond in York, PA.  Just like Kim’s dress it has these classic, chic elements but then adds a pop of modern art, fun, and drama.

Kim’s shoes were fabulous!  I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings and never seen anything quite like them.

Kim laughed, “My shoes were so bedazzled and unique. Even the wait staff and the chefs loved my shoes, some of them even pulled out their phones and took photos of the shoes!”

Kim continued, “My bouquet was enormous! I wasn’t expecting the immense bouquet, but it was everything I could have ever dreamed!”

Here I incorporated both her bouquet and the ceremony backdrop.  I loved the light in the room and wanted to give Kim a frame that felt intimate and would bring in another element of interest…

Kim shared, “I wanted my girls to feel comfortable and look their best, which is why they all had unique dresses. I told them to pick from a selection of colors, but the rest was up to them!”

Their dresses were fantastic!  And totally complimented the chic, modern feel of the The Bond and all the artistic space surrounding it!  There are several murals to play with, and I thought the colors of this one perfectly complimented Kim and her bridal party…

Kim shared, “Josephine did such an incredible job with hair and make-up .  She was such a sweetheart and amazing to work with. She knew what she was doing, and she made getting my makeup and hair done so fun. She made me feel beautiful on my wedding day, and I can’t thank her enough.”

Kim you *are* so beautiful!

Kim shared, “Marla, ‘the sunflower lady,’ really deserves a shout out, because she really took time to communicate with me to create the perfect bouquets. She built the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen. My bridesmaids absolutely loved theirs, and I loved mine- it was enormous! Marla put so much effort into the arrangements and I couldn’t have been happier!”

One of the bridesmaid’s bouquets– so unique!

Ok, so now it’s the men’s turn in the spotlight– check out those kicks!

Another cool mural backdrop as photographed by my second photographer for this wedding, Priscilla.

The gang’s all ready– time for Alex’s first look!

Alex shared, “The first look was the thing that stood out to me the most on our wedding day.  Awe-struck is probably the best word for how I felt. ”

He continued, “I was a little nervous, not as nervous as I thought I’d be. I was excited to finally see Kim after being separated since the night before. It was such a special moment and Kim looked absolutely beautiful.  I will never forget that.”

I brought in some soft elements in the foreground to add some color, visual interest and to capture the intimate feeling of the moment.

The look on his face says it all…

Kim shared, “I was thrilled to see Alex at the first look. I couldn’t wait to see him and see what he looked all dressed up. It was a perfect, such a great, intimate moment for the two of us.”

She went on, “I was in awe when I saw him during our first look. He was so handsome and he just looked so nervous but excited about finally getting married. I look forward to continuing to build our lives together and to start a family of our own.”

Because The Bond is located in the heart of downtown York, on the Royal Square where Prince, King and Queen intersect, there is so much for me to work with creatively.

It is not every day that you have intense reds and yellows, a brick wall with ivy and construction equipment to work with!  I paired it all with framing and a tilt shift technique…

The same location, but a different lens (literally) and totally different vibe…

Here is a marriage, hehe, of both the portrait and construction…

Kim shared, “We work well together because we have taken our time getting to know each other and to understand each other. We’ve been together for nine years, so we’ve been through most of what life can throw at a couple.”

Here they walk hand in hand, taking on the world together.  The fall colors in November were awesome.  I found this street where the light was perfectly illuminating the fall foliage…

Kim smiled, “I fell for Alex because of his personality. From the moment I met him there was something magnetic about him and once we went out on our first date, I knew he was someone special. He’s so charming, confident, loving.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him more over the years.”

“He’s also really funny and has this way of making me laugh.  His sense of humor is what gets me the most.”

Laughter ensued after this giant owl attack for sure…

I had such a blast working with these two on their wedding day exploring downtown York– the murals, the streets, construction sites haha– they were game for every idea I had from fleeing giant owls to traveling down a dark alley together!  It is such a gift to be able to have no limits on what I can do creatively.

Kim shared, “I literally adore everything about Alex, even his opinionated strong-willed side, I like it all.  He’s honestly everything I could have ever hoped for. He’s become my best friend, our bond is incredibly strong.  I feel so lucky to have him in my life.”

Alex added, “Kim’s personality is really the biggest reason I fell for her, too. We both feel so comfortable around each other. It’s exciting, fun, and interesting whenever we are together.  I still feel that way and we’ve been together for several years!”

Awww the look on his face, again…

He went on, “We share similar interests, but we also have interests of our own too, so there’s never a dull moment.”

I thought this photo really illustrates that idea well.  Never a dull moment for sure… I love playing with reflections!

Alex concluded, “I look forward to spending the rest of my life with her and continuing to build our life together on this new path.”

To me their path is surrounded by color, adventure and authenticity.  I love how this image shows all of that and them simply together in the middle.

Alex explained, “You know, people always say your wedding goes by so quickly, that you never get a chance to enjoy the moment before it’s over. That wasn’t how I felt at all. I had such a great time with everyone. I made sure to take the time to enjoy the moment and spend it celebrating with Kim.  We took the time to soak it all in.

He went on, “Our wedding day was smooth, and went on without any issue, everyone enjoyed themselves, and they were happy for us.  I was most excited to spend the day with my wife as well as family and friends, and just have a great time.  I really felt that we got to do that.”

One thing that I do for all of my couples is work up a wedding day timeline.  That way we can build in as much time as they need to do everything that they want.  For Kim and Alex this meant getting a good chunk of quality time to be alone and stroll around town together.  We did that.   And yes, everyone was overjoyed for these two!

Ahhh reflections, my favorite!  Here Kim puts finishing touches on her vows before the ceremony starts…

Kim shared, “I loved how unique The Bond is, unlike any other venue in the area. The industrial/modern look is one of my favorites, and the muted colors really allowed me to choose any look or theme I wanted.”

Alex added, “I liked the lighting of the venue, that’s one element that stood out to me. It looked like two different rooms from morning to night. The large windows gave the perfect amount of light for the ceremony.”

This little man was ready to get the show on the road:

Here these two little princesses prepare to walk down the aisle… I love capturing candid moments like this, you can almost feel the anticipation of everyone waiting in line.

Kim shared, “My favorite part of our wedding day was the ceremony. Walking down the aisle and seeing Alex was so amazing, seeing his face looking back at mine was so comforting.”

Aw her eyes say so much…

I love working with two photographers on a wedding day.  Here we were able to get both the traditional shot of the bride walking down the aisle and this colorful silhouetted one, both speak so much to Kim and Alex’s day and I’m so happy they have both!

I was able to get both the silhouette and this shot from that back that to me feels so elegant, timeless and emotional… all of the guests, the space, the chandeliers and Kim’s gown brilliantly glowing…

Kim’s father “giving his daughter away”

Aw he’s so smitten!  A lot of brides worry about this, that if they have a first look, prior to the ceremony he’ll be “over it” and the ceremony won’t be a big deal.  I haven’t seen this be the case.

I love to get unique perspectives and angles during the ceremony.  Here I captured the glow of the gold light on the ceremony floor and the chandelier…

Kim shared, “His vows were beyond amazing, it was one of the moments I’ll never forget.”

I love that they are hand written on a piece of notebook paper.  There is something so sweet and authentic about it!

Everything that they shared was so genuine and heart-felt.   That backdrop though, wow!

I love to capture authentic emotion throughout, here Kim wipes a tear from her eye as she states her vows.  I played up the color in the frame including the intense glow of sunlight from the outside window.

Kiss the bride…

Alex shared, “I liked seeing how it all came together, especially the music during the ceremony. We had some uncommon ones that were quicker and bolder than the typical ceremony music.”

Kim added, “Ending the ceremony walking down the aisle as husband and wife was such an amazing moment, there was so much energy between the music we chose and the feel of the room.”

Kim shared, “I loved seeing everything come together at The Bond.  The little touches such as the painted mural and the beaded curtains right when you walk in.”

Lol, when looking for a shot that showed off the beaded curtains I found this, one of my shots of the flower girl haha!

Talk about color, how about these drinks?

Kim shared, “I was most excited to experience everything. It was amazing to see all our hard work and planning pay off into the most beautiful day I’ve ever had.”

Her cake looked like a work of modern art.  I have several shots of it, but I like this one with all of the background.

Her cake was so pretty.  I really wanted to capture the glitter and play with the vintage illustration and shadows here.  I played with a purple tint for the wall to bring out the purple on the cake and topper, too…

Kim explained, “I didn’t have an exact theme or look for our wedding the closer we got to the actual day. I wanted some vintage style, which is why I made my centerpieces the way I did. They were muted pinks and silver floral pieces. Overall, I wanted it to look elegant and simple.”

I pulled in more purple with my lighting and brought in the gold and blue tones from the sky that was fading into twilight.

Again I pulled in the purples and blues from the outside scene, they seemed to compliment the indoor one so well:

 

For this first dance shot, I really wanted to pull in the entire scene.

A little magic …

Kim smiled, “The Ugly Bowl an interesting tradition in my family. Each time a member gets married, the person who gets married before them presents the “ugly bowl” to the newlyweds during the reception. It’s been passed down since 90’s and everyone signs their names and wedding date inside. It’s one of those things that keeps us close, a nice inside joke for the family!”

Photobooth fun!

I love all of the emotion captured here:

This is not photo shopped, I just used elements in the room to bring in this ethereal feel to the father-daughter dance:

Kim shared, “Hiring The Bond was a great choice for Alex and I.   Abby and Megan were absolutely amazing to work with. They listened to everything I had wanted and made my wedding day more beautiful than I could ever imagined. I’d also like to say thank you to the staff for the JDK Group. They were so professional and great with everything and the food was beyond amazing.”

Dancing the night away– here I played with some gold tones…

“You cannot look into someone’s soul and not fall in love with them. I looked into your soul once, I am trapped for eternity.” –Cynthia Go⁣⠀

Kim and Alex, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day!  It was such a pleasure for me not only just to be there, but to get to know you and have such a unique environment and free reign creatively to really capture the two of you with all of your artistic style and influence!

If you’d like to see more of Kim and Alex, check out their engagement post here.

If you’d like to check out some of their wedding vendors, feel free to do so here:

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