When a bride sends you an email asking if the two outfits she’s picked from Morning Lavender will work for her engagement session, you do an elated HAPPY DANCE and then calmly reply: yes, those will work wonderfully! Everything about Elizabeth and Justin’s downtown Canton engagement session was picture perfect.  Their outfits coupled with the […]

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Engagements

Downtown Canton Engagement Session | Elizabeth + Justin

When you think of a classic downtown Pittsburgh engagement session, you think of city views and the golden bridges crossing the three rivers. Katie and Rob’s session on the North Shore had all the quintessential Pittsburgh elements for a perfect early spring engagement shoot. We started their session on the Mexican War streets. These streets, […]

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Engagements

North Shore and Mexican War Streets Engagement Session | Katie + Rob

Snow, Sun, Snow.  That was the theme of Feburary 2021.  We began the month with loads of snow.  We even had a string of snow days! John and Grace were thrilled by the blanket of white in our backyard.  Matthew shoveled the snow off the driveway in the back into a large pile for the […]

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Schaefer Family Adventures: February 2021

Katie and Thomas’  downtown Pittsburgh engagement session was the perfect way to kick off our spring 2021 engagement sessions. Warm sunshine filled the air, bouncing off the colorful homes along the Mexican War Streets in downtown Pittsburgh.  We were so excited to finally meet this sweet couple in person.  We had chatted with them over […]

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Engagements

Mexican War Streets Engagement Session | Katie + Thomas

When planning a wedding, you have a million and one things to think about. Gathering and curating your bridal details might seem like daunting task, where to begin? what should I include?  I decided to put together this blog post in the form of a checklist to help with this! I begin every wedding day […]

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Bridal Details Checklist

This is a topic that most brides might not think about initially when planning their wedding: the getting ready space.  They might know the location, their family’s home, an Airbnb, a hotel room.  But what I’ve found in my years of photographing weddings is that there’s one major thing that can make or break a […]

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Weddings

Window Light: The Key To The Perfect Getting Ready Space

A new year is here.  I begin a new year of blogging our family adventures, big and small, ordinary and extraordinary.  I love the rhythm of these posts, documenting my growing family. Even if I was the only one who scrolls through them, it’s worth it. January was a slow, quiet month at home.  We […]

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Schaefer Family Adventures: January 2021

There’s something about snowy portraits that is just magical! Last week there was a large snowfall and everyone was excited about a snow day.  I was even more excited about the fact that Casey and Zachary’s engagement session just happened to be scheduled that day! Fresh fallen snow for an engagement session? Yes, please! Casey […]

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2021

Snowy Winter Engagement Session in Steubenville | Casey + Zachary

Let’s talk about veils. A veil can complete the bridal look.  They can come in a variety of styles, lengths, colors and weights. So what exactly makes them fly? What length should you get? There can be so many questions that arise when selecting this part of your wedding look. We often joke that Matthew […]

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Weddings

Veils: Choosing The Perfect One For Your Wedding Day

We are kicking off our 2021 engagement sessions with a wintry Pittsburgh engagement session up on Mount Washington! This sweet couple was such a treat to work with….you can truly tell, just from being with them, how much the deeply care for each other. We met up with them on a super chilly afternoon and […]

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2021

Winter Engagement Session in Pittsburgh

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