Emily & Ryan // Pittsburgh Strip District Engagement

I was so delighted when Emily & Ryan asked me to shoot their engagement photos! Emily and I worked together at lululemon and is also a yoga teacher with me at The Yoga Hive. I admire her so much because she made a powerful choice to leave her high stress banking job at Goldman Sachs to pursue her dream in teaching yoga! Her fiance Ryan also left his engineering job to start a gluten-free brewery called Auroch’s which launched officially last week with much success! Talk about two passionate people who are not only passionate for their lives but for each other! After five years of long-distance, they are finally settling back in Pittsburgh and will be getting married at the Pittsburgh Opera House next year! I couldn’t be happier for the both of them!

We started our shoot by the Opera House and by the end made our way to Klavon’s for some ice cream sundaes – a perfectly sweet ending to a perfectly sweet shoot!

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LOVE IS SWEET!

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Why It’s Important to Take Photographs

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I spent the last few days backing up months of work, the un-fun side of my job. As I was looking through all my past work, I was overcome by a huge moment of gratitude that reminded me why I love to do this. Not only for other people and my clients, but also for myself. I’m always the one on trips taking an extra five (or twenty) minutes to capture some shots, and I’ve never regretted it once. I’m not suggesting to live your life behind a lens, but enjoy the moment and also take the time to take a piece with you to reflect upon later.

I’ve loved being able to look back on all my photographs almost like an adult version of a yearbook. With everything digital these days, I try to make photo books or print my favorite photographs from trips and events. Just as I was letting my mind get the best of me thinking it’s already August and that I haven’t done enough this year…I was able to look back at the past two years in appreciation of all the universe has given me.

2013 – ran my first half marathon. camped in yosemite. flew to seattle for a doggy photoshoot. got engaged in iceland.

2014 – completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. bought a house. traveled to taiwan. celebrated a friend’s wedding in croatia….(more to come)

So whether your a hobbyist or professional, I encourage you to take some time to take some time to reflect and be grateful- whether your photos are taken on a fancy DSLR or an iPhone. I bet you will be surprised how amazing your time has been! 

Shean & Andy // Pittsburgh Highland Park Engagement

You might recognize Andy from a previous portrait session I shot on the day he competed in a Pittsburgh body building competition (https://evalinphotography.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/andyrose/). With his spray tan faded, wearing more clothes, and arm candy by his side, we set out to Highland Park for an engagement shoot with his beautiful fiance Shean.

These two are just the sweetest. Since they LOVE working out (Andy is a personal trainer, and they actually met at the gym), we had to squeeze some pull-ups and dips at the end of our session!

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