Monthly Archives: August 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

The weekly photo challenge this week is “up”, so I could not resist this picture.  I had the priviledge of doing a trash the dress session with an amazing girl, who was wanting, willing, and able to climb UP into a gorgeous tree for a few of her pictures.  I caught her looking UP and admiring the beauty of the tree and the day in this photo. So much beauty in one picture, I am glad to be able to share it with you.   Enjoy! 🙂

My week of Trashin’ the Dress!!!!

This week……I was lucky enough to do 4 (yes, FOUR!!!!!) trash the dress sessions.  (I think I am now officially an addict.)  One session I posted already (click here to see), in a barn setting that was SO fabulous and fun.  This week I did grafitti walls, waterfall streams, beaches, and even brides up in a TREE!  How awesome is that?!?!?!?!  I hope you enjoy looking at these photos even a fraction of the amount that I enjoyed taking them.  These ladies and their guys were awesome!  I thank them for letting me be a part of these memories of their wedding days and dresses. 🙂

I was married 18 years ago, and the concept of Trash the Dress sessions after weddings hadn’t even been thought up yet.  If it had, I would have been first in line…..these are the most fun of all the sessions that I do!

If you arent familiar with “trash the dress” sessions, here is a basic description via Wikipedia:  Trash the dress, also known as fearless bridal or rock the frock, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. Usually brides decide to have pictures taken on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings.

So, you can find images of women doing crazy things such a ripping the gown, or even setting it on fire while they are wearing it……all the way to the other end of the spectrum of just some relaxed shots, in a place other than a church or reception hall, where the bride and/or bride and groom are just having fun together.

Why do I wish that this concept had been invented waaaaaay back when I got married?  One of the things I remember about my wedding night (when all the festivities were over) was how sad I felt that I had to take that gorgeous dress off….and never put it on again.  Off it went to the storage/preservation box, never to be looked at again.  TODAY, these lucky gals get to wear it again.  To PLAY in it, without the stress of the wedding, the reception, the nerves, and all else a wedding can entail.  Its like a “FREE TO BE ME” session in the most gorgeous thing they will ever wear.  Who wouldnt be in LOVE with this idea???? 🙂

Mother/Daughter Memories

Bittersweet.  That would be the definition of my mother/daughter session last week.

I had the opportunity (and privilege!) of photographing my nieces and their mom before the girls go away to school.  One to a prestigious college, the other to a prestigious boarding school she has been dreaming of attending.  Both girls, leaving home and spreading their wings within 3 days of each other.  Bittersweet.

We chose an urban session in downtown Erie.  There are so many beautiful things downtown, we weren’t at a lack for gorgeous backdrops (and I wasn’t at a lack for gorgeous subjects to photograph!).  🙂

One of the things I most treasure about my job as a photographer is giving people memories.  Forever memories-to hang on their walls, to put into photo albums, to watch on slideshows on their computers or tvs-whatever they choose, I have helped to give them that gift.  Sometimes this gift is more evident than others.  Sometimes people realize it during the session, some more as they are looking through their pictures after the session is over, sometimes it might not occur to them until years later what they actually have in front of them.  A priceless moment, frozen in time by the click of the shutter.  I think these three ladies realize, as they are all embarking on a new path in their lives, what a priceless gift they have in these photographs.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Heather and Jason – Wedding and TTD session

Wow….it was so much fun working with Heather and Jason!  What a fun and exuberant couple they are, and WOWZERS we got some HOT pics for our trash the dress session.  From church and gazebo to barn and farm, I had a blast taking their pictures.  Heather’s dress was AMAZING and she played the part of a glowing bride to a T!  What a special day for them (and for me…..I am grateful for being a part of it!)!

So, without further ado…..(insert drumroll, please!)  here are Heather and Jason’s post-wedding images followed by their trash the dress session! 😀

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Discovering the Beauty of Erie ~ 5 minute photo challenge CONTINUED

For those of you following my blog on HelloErie , I promised I would post the rest of my pictures of my personal 5 minute photo challenge here.  For those who happened to find THIS post first, you are doing it backwards!  Quick–go here and read the quick blog post explaining the concept before continuing:

So, without further ado, here are my quick snapshots taken on my 5 minute challenge.  Did you complete the challenge?  If so, I would love to see the photos you took as you were discovering the beauty of Erie, or your  own hometown, wherever you might be!  Post a link to your photos in the comment  box below. Thanks for sharing!  ~ Christine

Random fun this week……

This week, I gave myself a personal challenge to just snap random shots, things that came to me or things I saw as I was out and about.  This encompased trying a new funky technique (called zoom effect…see flower below), getting great pics of the sky if I so happened to see them, and capturing some precious moments between siblings along the way.  I was delighted with some of the results I got….here are a few of my favorites. Remember you can check out ALL my favorites on my website:

Now, Enjoy!



Wintergreen Gorge Session

I had the privilege last week of also photographing Trisha and Rich and their four awesome boys.  Who knew a session at a cemetary could be so breathtaking.  Wintergreen Gorge certainly is not lacking in beauty, as it has waterfalls, bridges, pavillions, fences, ponds, and a host of other wonderful beauty to incorporate into the pictures.  Not to mention a gorgeous family that had me laughing the whole hour we worked together.  Thanks Trisha and Rich! 🙂

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Amy and Shawn

What a fantastic family I was able to photograph last week at the beach.  Amy, Shawn and kiddos were so much fun, lighthearted, and easy to capture pictures of while they played on the beach and in the water.  The girls were so happy and had such a great time, I ended up with more shots of them than I knew what to do with!!!  Thanks guys, for giving ME a great memory of a fantastic session on the beach with you!

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