Stephan Frazier Photography: Blog http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Stephan Frazier Photography stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:00:00 GMT Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:00:00 GMT http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1005658576-o665927894-50.jpg Stephan Frazier Photography: Blog http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog 80 120 Samantha and Aaron Engagement session http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/9/samantha-and-aaron Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo              Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Flowers: T&J Floral                                   Tuxes: The 700 Shop

Hair: Fantastic Sam’s                            Wedding Planners: Samantha’s Mom and sister         

Wedding: Christ Prince of Peace          Reception: Indiana Country Club

Transportation: Molly’s Trolley’s

 

Samantha and Aaron meet while they were in high school. She had the locker above his and would amuse herself by dropping books on his head, which she says was always an accident. They started dating there Junior year when another guy asked her to go get a ice cream cone and she invited Aaron to come along. She told him “You can never have to much Ice Cream” He was able to impress her with his knowledge of figure skating and won her a free blizzard!

I’m willing to bet Aaron had looked up some facts about figure skating he could be ready with knowing that Samantha was a accomplished skater.

One of Samantha and Aaron’s best friends is Sam’s little sister Liz. She was an early advocate on Aaron’s behalf and they have the same comic side and share a bunch of inside jokes. Aaron’s has a saying that “We come as three, we leave as three.”  Also look for the joke picture of Liz watching them kiss later in the post, its priceless.

I asked Samantha if it was ever difficult to keep a relationship going when they were so young and I love her answer. “Maintaining our relationship has been pretty easy. We both get along really well, never fight, and we understand each other. We are easy going and trust each other. “

One of my favorite moments during any wedding is when the bride and groom get to sneak looks at each other during the ceremony. It’s such a great moment when faces are unguarded because the Priest and me are really the only ones who can see it. The eye contact that they make is so telling. Every little look and smile they give each other is so sweet.

Thanks for checking out my blog. Have a great day and enjoy the pictures.

                                                                                                Best

                                                                                                Stephan 

Samantha and her sister Elizabeth

Could she look anymore like Audrey Hepburn.

Aaron found a private spot in his parents garage to read a letter Samantha sent over to him. I really enjoy this photo. Aaron seeing Samantha for the first time while she's walking down the isle with her father. 

Love the Look Shannon is giving Aaron here.    

"We come as three, we leave as three" 

 

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Rupauli and Kiran Day 1 http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/7/rupauli-and-kiran-day-1 ​Rupali and Kiran Day 1

 

Rupali’s Parent’s house in Natrona Heights, Pa.

 

Rupali and Kiran met while they were both in medical school at the University of Chicago. If the rumors are true, Kiran became a TA just so he could get to know Rupali. No matter how it started out, the two of them are clearly very in love and had an amazing wedding. I’m really looking forward to sharing their story with you in my next few blogs.

 

Rupali started Friday off with Ganesh Puja, a prayer ceremony, at her parent’s home in Natrona Heights, Pa.  All auspicious Hindu ceremonies begin with a prayer to the Lord Ganesh, requesting him to remove any obstacles that may arise during the ceremony. The Kumars transformed their small sunroom into a lovely spot for the entire family to gather and celebrate the start of the wedding.

 

The Kumars also invited Kiran’s family over for lunch and to perform his Upanayana, the sacred thread ceremony.  This is a rite of passage for young men and one interpretation of the word nayana can be translated to mean ‘bringing the ultimate truth nearer in sight.’ The hallmark of the Upanayana ceremony is the wearing of the Yajnopaveetam, or sacred thread. This is part of Kiran’s preparation for marriage.

 

One of my favorite moments of the day was the Bride’s Haldi Tel Ceremony or blessing, cleansing and beautifying ceremony. Watching Rupali’s mother hold her scarf on Rupali’s head while her sisters, cousins and other married women in her family rubbed turmeric on her was very touching.

 

To round out the day, Rupali had her Mehendi or henna application done in the afternoon. This was another highlight of the day; the smell of burning coconut still lingered in the sunroom from earlier in the day and mixed in with the smell of henna was just wonderful. The married women in the family all reminisced about their weddings and how it became real to them when the henna was applied. The smiles on the faces of all the young girls while they listened to the stories was just precious.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Stephan 

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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/7/rupauli-and-kiran-day-1 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:52:28 GMT
Samantha and Aaron Engagement session http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/5/samantha-and-aaron-engagement-session I’m so excited to be photographing Samantha and Aarons wedding soon, such a great couple. We had an amazing engagement session and I can’t wait for the wedding. We had such a good time making photos all over the city and I know we are going to get some great ones on the big day.

Enjoy

Stephan 

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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/5/samantha-and-aaron-engagement-session Fri, 08 May 2015 14:39:14 GMT
Kristin and Justin Real Weddings http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/4/kristin-and-justin-real-wedding

It’s a joy to work with two people who love each other so much. Thoughtfulness is something I’m a big fan of and could defiantly do better at in my own marriage. But Kristin and Justin is an amazing couple, their wedding gifts to each other were very thoughtful. Justin had the tickets and program from there first Pirates game mounted and framed. Kristin had photo cufflinks made with images of bridges that Justin had designed on them. Which was such a nice touch.

 

VENDORS

Ceremony - Saint Boniface Church Pittsburgh http://holywisdomparish.org

Reception - Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium http://www.pittsburghzoo.org

Extra photo location - Wigle whiskey https://www.wiglewhiskey.com/barrelhouse

Dress – Kenneth Winston from Sisters II bridal http://www.sistersii.com

Flowers – Carrie Ann Powell Designs http://capfloraldesigns.com

Wedding Coordinator – Hello Productions http://www.helloproductions.com

DJ – Modern Era Weddings http://www.moderneraweddings.com

 

We stopped off at Wigle whiskey Garden on spring garden for a quick cocktail and some very distinctive photos. I do try to know my couples and I found out that Justin is a big fan of whiskey. So I thought we could try and get in a quick stop and enjoy some amazing old faction’s and other signature whiskey cocktails as a fun stop on the way to the zoo. 

I love this pretty hillside with all the purple flowers on it. It makes a nice back ground for the group portraits and couple photos at the zoo. I love the zoo because they take you around on a special golf cart to see all the animals and try and get some pictures with them. This one of the tiger turned out great!

Kristin has actually been to Africa and so they loved the sigh post with elephants on it. 

DJ Thomas P. Walter from Modern Era Weddings always does a great job of keeping the music flowing during the reception. He always remembers to keep the brides and grooms play list on track as well as fitting in request from the guest. 

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The First Kiss http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/4/the-first-kiss One of my favorite moments of the entire wedding day is the couple’s first kiss. There’s a surprising amount of variation in kisses. Some people go for cute and chased others really get in there, and all levels in between. 

Then there’s the no kiss wedding. It was at a catholic church and the priest told the couple they weren’t to kiss during the ceremony. I’ve really never understood why. I was standing in the back of the church in the main isle waiting for the kiss and all of a sudden they were being announced and walking towards me. I started to think I must have had a mini stroke and missed the kiss when I frantically gestured to them to stop and make out for a quick second. I swear you could hear my b-hole clinching up for about 3 miles away. 

Obviously every culture is different and has its own customs. Some people kiss in the front of the church and other don’t kiss during the ceremony as a matter of tradition. 

I like to talk to my couples about planning out the first kiss. I tell them to stand in the living room and try to picture what their first kiss will look like.

Is the groom going to grab her around the waist and pull her in and dip her down? Will the bride grab his coat lapels and bring him in for serious smackers?

These does two things, one its fun to practice kissing! Two it makes sure you look perfect in the first kiss picture. It’s a win win. 

 

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Wedding time line planning tips http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/wedding-time-line-planning-tips Top 6 Timeline Tips for your Wedding Day

 

Ok, so you have the plan all set. You’ve got the party bus in place, and checked to make sure its not driven by a crazy person (that’s actually really important!)  And everything is ready to go from the flower arraignments to the end of the night send off.   Then the zombie apocalypse happens.  What are you going to do, give up on your wedding and just let that tacky undead ruin your wedding? No, I don’t think so. Let’s barricade the doors and windows and tell the DJ to turn it up to 11.  You get my point.  Here are 6 suggestions to help with your wedding time line. 

1.  Allow extra time.

Traffic, parents running late, flat tire, what ever, something will happen! Ok, it might not but as any mother will tell you, “Expect the best…” Do I really have to finish that saying?  Let’s face it, things happen, and when you build in an extra 30 minutes then then it doesn’t throw off your entire schedule if something does happen.   I’ve been to over 200 weddings and almost all of them have one or two SNAFUS happen. 

2.  You can’t over plan.

Excel spread sheets, bridal magazines, wedding rehearsals, I’m talking to you Type A’s out there… Planning to the nth degree can be fun, but more importantly, it takes the guess-work out of your day.   You can identify important points throughout the day and delegate key friends to assist you in carrying out the plans, for instance, designate a friend or two who are not in the bridal party to pack up and tidy the bridal room at the ceremony location.  They can make sure things get moved on to the bus and ensure that nothing gets left behind, and you can maintain your schedule without the added stress of collecting all those little things you took out while preparing before the ceremony.  Take the worry out of the day, and you will have more freedom to enjoy it.  It is super fun to think about every aspect of your wedding and it helps build the anticipation as the day approaches. 

3.  Have a Plan B.

Have a back up plan in place. I don’t actually mean you need to have a second reception venue booked or anything crazy. But if you’re getting married in Oakland and you want go to the North Shore for pictures, its always good to check and see what other events are planned downtown for the day of. If there’s a baseball game letting out right around the same time as your wedding, it’s going to cause a delay. Heading up to Mt. Washington or to the Hot Metal Bridge as an alternative to the North Shore might save you the hassle and headache of getting stuck in traffic.

 

4.  Let it Go.

As the Elsa says, “Let it go, Let it go,..” well, I’ll stop now because I sound off key even when I’m typing. Seriously I can’t sing to save my life.  I always like to remind people that no matter what happens at the end of the day you are still married and that’s the important part. On my wedding day, my wife was 30 minutes late to the ceremony. Seriously, 30 minutes!  Even the minister was beginning to look uncomfortable. Turns out, she and the bridesmaids had a hair situation happening. I’ve never asked what the hair situation was because I love being married and hope to stay that way until the day I die.  We did get married that same day and that was 10 years ago. 

5.  Keep it loose.

No matter what happens you’re still married. Think the best man won’t forget the wedding rings? Seen It! It was a 30-minute car ride each way between the wedding site and the hotel where he left them. So what I suggested to the couple was to get all of the pictures done. I asked a friend of the groom who wasn’t in the bridal party take the room key and get the rings. Then my second photographer and I started getting all the photos we could out of the way so the couple could go straight to the reception after the wedding.  We got all of the family photos done before the rings arrived and got the bride and groom to the reception on time with minimal delay in their schedule.

 

6.  Let’s communicate.

Talk to your vendors and find out how much time they need to get everything done. Hair and makeup artist, caterers and even the priest should be consulted about how much time they will likely need.  If you’re having a full Catholic mass, then the time is fairly standard; if it’s a non-religious ceremony, those can be done in as little as 15 minutes. Make sure you get input on your time line from the wedding professionals you have hired to provide you with such great service.

Thanks for reading my post and I hope you got some good tips. I know I haven’t laid  out a exact timeline for you. Since every wedding is unique yours needs its own plan.

My goal with this blog is to make sure you get amazing photo and also have a great time. Of course I’m totally selfish when it come to the amount of time you schedule for photos. Like 3 hours would be amazing! But it’s a wedding not an all day photo shoot so I work with you to make sure you spend as much time and possible with your friends and family and also get great photos.

 

Take Care.

 

Stephan 

 

 

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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) Pittsburgh Wedding engagement. photography planning timeline wedding http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/wedding-time-line-planning-tips Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:04:48 GMT
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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) Center Circuit Pittsburgh Wedding photography http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/jamie-and-kevin-11/29/14 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:27:49 GMT
Caitlin and Bill http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/caitlin-and-bill Caitlin and Bill had a fairytale wedding Saturday at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Church in Butler, Pa. It's a beautiful church and always fun to shoot at. After a tear filled ceremony (Caitlin's sisters lost it). One of my favorite moments of the day is when Caitlin's dad saw her for the first time in her wedding dress. As a dad those moments always get me. 

After the wedding it was on to Six Gem Farm for a quick photo session, it’s the bride’s family farm just minutes from the church and really beautiful place. The dark and stormy sky looks amazing in the photos and is supering dramatic. Thankfully it held off raining while we made the photos.

Then we his the north shore to get some pics on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. And a stop a BZ’s bar and grill for a Southern tier Pump king, delicious.

The Omni William Penn is a beautiful hotel and the 17th floor ballroom looks amazing. And Caitlin was a trooper to go out into the rain in her wedding dress to get pictures by the fountain.

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Whitney and Evan http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/whitney-and-evan Whitney and Evan's Lingrow Farm wedding was a beautiful event and was touching. 
 
They had a amazing day with a awesome first look ceremony. Evan kept his back to house while Whitney walks up behind and gentley lays her hand on his shoulder to turn him around. They they share a private moment and passionate kiss. 
 
The brides blush colored dress was perfect with her fiery red hair and alabaster skin. And he was very handsome and she promised during her vows to love him "even if he get's hairier than he is now."
 
It was a perfect day for the ceremony at Lingrow's lake. They wrote there own vows and many people were crying when they exchanged their first kiss as man and wife. 
 
They also developed there own signature cocktails for the reception that were a big hit with the guest and really give a personal touch to a wedding. 
 
Thanks so much for visiting. 
 
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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) Lingrow Farm Pittsburgh Wedding photography http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/whitney-and-evan Sat, 09 Aug 2014 13:54:48 GMT
5 Reasons to do a engagement session http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/5-reasons-to-do-a-engagement-session If you are on the fence about booking an engagement session, here are 5 reasons why you should:

 

1. It helps to build the relationship between you and your photographer.

 

This might not seem all that important but remember you will be spending about 10 plus hours with him or her on your wedding day.  From my perspective, I like to get to know a couple and let them get to know me.  We spend a few hours together, visit several locations, and sometimes break the session into two smaller sessions to get both daytime and nighttime locations incorporated into the story.  It’s a fun, relaxed environment without all the pressures of the wedding day.  The couple usually has a few locations in mind that are important to them – where they met, where they had their first kiss, where they like to spend time together.  I consider this important rapport-building time.  I interact with them, ask them questions, make them laugh, smile and of course, kiss!  This helps the couple get used to me and to the way I shoot and how I provide direction.  The more comfortable they are with me and having their pictures made, the better the photos are.  

 

2. Practice posing.

 

I’ll let you in on a secret: dramatic, knock-your-socks-off, timeless pictures rarely happen without some help.  Although my shooting style is documentary, I rely on posing at certain points throughout the wedding day to get those dramatic, pictures.  Good posing takes knowledge and practice to do it just right, so that it looks natural instead of forced and awkward.  I give fast-paced direction to the couple, moving them in and out of light in striking ways, positioning their heads or arms to create a sense of heightened emotion captured by chance.  The engagement session allows time for the couple to practice poses, laugh and have fun.  See my blog post, 5 Tips on Posing.

 

3. Let’s tell your story!

 

People often tell me that after they look at one of my engagement albums they feel like they know the engaged couple.  How can this be?  The photographer that can quickly develop a strong rapport with the couple and gives solid posing advice will be able to show the couple in their best light, get them to smile, and let their guards down.  Once this happens, great photographs are inevitable.  The couple’s love for each other shines through every time.

 

4. You get great pictures to use on your save the date cards.

 

My wife’s favorite photograph of us together was snapped a few moments after she accepted my proposal of marriage – it’s timeless and the smiles on our faces couldn’t be bigger.  We had this photograph printed onto a postcard and mailed it to our friends and family to announce our engagement.  Later, we gave this photograph to our parent and siblings and it’s the one we still see in everyone’s homes 10 years later.  You might not think about how important photographs of you and your fiancé will be to your future self.  You can use photographs from your engagement session on your Save-the-Date cards, as table decorations at your reception, or in a signature album for your guests to sign.  And definitely get your favorite picture in a frame to keep at work or to adorn a table or wall in your house. 

 

5. Its really quite fun to have your pictures taken.

 

It’s quite possible the last time you had professional photos made was when you were a senior in high school.  Don’t think of the engagement session as the standard studio experience.  Together, you and your photographer can pick some great locations that will provide a unique background to your story.  Pick out places that are important to you as a couple – like where you had your first date or your favorite ice cream shop.  Mix up day and night shots for more drama. 

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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) engagement session http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/5-reasons-to-do-a-engagement-session Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:26:07 GMT
Lisa and Mark Pittsburgh Wedding photographer http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/lisa-and-mark-pittsburgh-wedding-photographer I met Lisa and Mark last year at a Starbucks in Waterworks mall to talk about their truly amazing wedding. One of the major concerns they had before hiring me was if I had ever done a Serbian Orthodox wedding. I’ve done several orthodox weddings in the past but the Serbian traditions were new to me. I did some research to find all the aspects of what makes a Serbian wedding special.

I’m very luck to work in a job where I get to document a family’s milestone occasions. The  Macesich’s are a very close family. It was fantastic to look through Mark’s parent’s photo albums and see the same traditions acted out a generation later. Its a great feeling to know that 30 years from now, Lisa and Mark will be able to bring their own wedding albums to their children’s weddings.

The Skup is a traditional party before the wedding where everybody except the bride gets together for a meal and traditional music before the wedding. Think of it as like a reception before the wedding. The band wrote a new song to commemorate the day.   

If you ever get invited to a Serbian wedding, make sure you try the slivo plum brandy, delicious. And every wedding needs a “Stari Svat” (wise older man) to help make sure the groomsmen behave themselves prior to the wedding.

The ceremony was at Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville Pa.

The reception at the LeMont overlooking Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington, was a beautiful and super-fun affair. Lots of great dancing and libations to cap off a amazing wedding day.

Congratulations to Lisa and Mark “Živeli!

Enjoy

Stephan

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stephan@stephanfrazierphotography.com (Stephan Frazier Photography) Pittsburgh Serbian Orthodox wedding Photography http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/lisa-and-mark-pittsburgh-wedding-photographer Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:27:51 GMT
5 Tips on Posing http://stephanfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/3/5-tips-on-posing  

5 Tips on Posing

Good posing doesn’t just happen.  It takes knowledge and practice to do it just right, so that it looks natural instead of forced and awkward.  Knowing how to position the bride and groom does several things; it helps tell their story, it highlights their best features, and draws the focus to their faces.  This creates clean, strong composition and makes the photo all about them.  

Read these posing tips and practice them before your engagement session and especially the wedding day.  Even if you don’t remember all of these tips on the big day, a professional photographer will guide you through these and other poses to ensure you look your absolute best in each photo. 

1.Stand up straight with shoulders back. 

Why?  It elongates your silhouette, making you appear taller. Standing tall like this portrays good posture and good health.  If you slouch, it will make your spine curve and visually add weight to your belly and neck. 

2.Heads and Necks – Get in front of a mirror and practice different movements

Why?  You probably have a side you feel shows off your features best.  Depending on how you hold your head, your jaw can be more defined and your neck slimmer.  Practice good posture – stretch out your neck and lift your chin, but keep it natural.  A chin angled too far downward will give the appearance of double chins; too high and you will show off your nostrils. 

3.Hand placement

For Guys – Place your hands on the small of her back

For Ladies– Place your hand nearest the camera on your fiancé’s bicep or lapel, and your far hand on the back of his neck

Why?  This masculine pose pulls the couple close together, creates a sense of intimacy, and definitely states, “We are a couple”.  It shows off his muscles, while also showing off your ring.  It has a huge side benefit of slimming the appearance of your upper arms.  When your arms are pressed against your torso, the camera will visually add weight to them.  This particular pose creates the illusion of an inverted triangle, starting at the hips, and extending upward to the head.  It’s a simple, clean look, its aesthetically pleasing, and shows off your love while looking longingly in each others eyes, or perhaps with her head and eyes tilted downward while he kisses her forehead.  From here, you might be asked to simply change the position of your head and the resulting image will have a completely different look and feel from the previous one. 

Sidebar: Make sure if your arms are down that they are loosely at your sides in a natural drape and don’t be afraid to flex a little bit!

4.Bend a knee and point your toes

Why?  Rather than standing with legs straight and feet flat on the ground, a sense of drama is portrayed with a slightly bent knee and toe pointing towards the ground.  This pose shows dynamic movement.  More importantly, it showcases your femininity.

5.Height Disparity.  Get your face near his. 

Why? Getting your faces close together communicates romance and makes for strong image composition.  Lets face it, not all couples are similar heights but there are many ways to achieve this look with body positioning.  For example, he might stand with his legs wide apart, while you stand straight up and press against him.  This lowers his head and puts it closer to yours.  If he is significantly taller than you, a step-stool might be necessary for some shots.  A professional photographer has many ways to bring the couple into the same visual plane for amazing images. 

 

Thanks for checking out my Blog, have a great day.

 

Stephan 

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