Erie Weddings: Anita and Jonathan

Saturday October 2nd started and finished with a steady rain.  But it was warm and dry inside the Sunset Inn, on Erie’s lower east side.  This lovely club, nearly 90 years old, is run by Michael and Paula Barrett, and maintains all of the old 1920’s character with a clean, classic image and great service.
Anita and Jon were going to have an outdoor ceremony at the gazebo, but the weather suggested otherwise.  Some quick rearrangement by the staff set up a neat ceremony area indoors, near one of the fireplaces.  A lively reception followed the ceremony, with many in attendance kicking their heels to the sounds of many decades of great music.

We captured some great images of the happy couple and their loving families and friends. Congratulations and best wishes, Anita and Jonathan!

Senior Photography – Dealing With Rain

Today I had the honor of taking Jay’s senior portraits. He and his mom came all the way from Cambria County to work with me. I was not about to let a “little rain” stop us!

Starting mid-morning, we took our chances outside and captured some great images before the rain started. Then it came down in buckets. We were working under the Peach street railroad underpass for a while, until the road started flooding and coming up over the sidewalks. Cars were having trouble passing through, and they sent out sheets of water as they drove by.

Before we abandoned ship and left the underpass, we captured this great image above. The white balance was set for “cloudy”, which gave the electric lights a golden color. The flooded roadway reflected the lights and created a one of a kind lighting situation.

Then we fought the torrents of rain in the streets as we returned to the indoors to work with backdrops and strobes. Once the weather broke, we returned outside and captured this great image below, along my favorite painted wall near 15th and Peach.
Great job Jay! We’ll have more great images ready for you soon!

Jacob’s Bayfront


Wednesday started sunny, but as the day matured, we had a weather system literally circling our city. Rain cells to the southwest, wind from the east, patches of blue sky mixed with lightning. Jacob and his family were great sports. We worked through clouds, drizzle, wind and finally the system matured into a full blown downpour. Fortunately we had the great shots already taken. Here’s a great shot of Jacob taken down by Dobbins Landing. The rusty poles are great visuals, and the threatening clouds are a reminder of the interesting weather we enjoyed tonight. Jacob, thanks for the opportunity to take your senior images!