Erie PA

Want to know the best non-ocean beach here in the States? Oh, it’s just 2 hours north of us in Erie, Pennsylvania!

Want to know the best non-ocean beach here in the States? Oh, it’s just 2 hours north of us in Erie, Pennsylvania! We recently went to Presque Isles State Park to check out this little paradise as well as stopped by the local Theme Park called Waldameer. The beach was beautiful with no trash in sight. White, sandy beaches. Big Pennsylvania trees and warm swimmable water. Like, going to a pool in the summertime warm. Nothing like a chilly cold lake you have to get used to. Waldameer was also a treat because it was a cool older Park that you just paid by the ride. It was a lot of fun and Larrin and I even took turns to go on this insane top rated wooden roller coaster. It was kind of the perfect day!

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A Lot of Things

Many things have happened since my last post about our trip to Cleveland. All good things, except for a small hiccup where we had to say goodbye to our Ford Focus we bought after Russell was born. Larrin got into a fender bender on the highway and it was not fixable. Other than that we celebrated Hannah’s 2nd birthday, Russell graduated pre-school, we MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOME, I’ve had a handful of births I photographed and got published, and had other small adventures in Pittsburgh.

So here is a crash course in our photos and lives here in Pittsburgh for the last month! We are very excited to have a jam packed June and July and a much needed birth photography break for myself. Enjoy!

Hannah’s Birthday

Hannah had a nice low-key birthday with our family. She got a bike from Grandma Jackie and Papa Hoss, a trampoline from Grandma Diane and Papa Tom, Russell bought with his own money a toy phone for her, Aunt Calista and Uncle Collin bought her Moana, and we got her a pop-up RV tent. We bought our delicious ice-cream cake from none other but Sugar and Spice!

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Phipps Trips

I love taking the kids to Phipps Conservatory. It is beautiful, always changing and more low key than some of the more popular museums.

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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium 

We love going to the zoo come Spring time. We have gone a handful of times now since the last couple of weeks. The kids really enjoy going here.

Also, check out our Zoo VIDEO. I’ve been practicing video with my Fuji XT20 for all the good traveling and vacationing we will be doing this summer. The kids LOVE when I make little family videos.

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Other Fun Family Photos

Here are other random assortment of photos we’ve taken last month and this month. I know it all looks like rainbows and buttercups but I promise you we are just like everyone else where we have rough days and our children are monsters and we get mad and yell and are lazy and stay in our PJ’s all day and things do not go our way. I do enjoy sharing are good moments with our friends and family though. We are very happy in our lives right now.

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Hello Cleveland

We have lived here in Pittsburgh for a year and a half now and have finally just now made it to Cleveland! It’s been on our to-do-list for some time but haven’t gotten around to it until this last weekend during Spring break/Easter weekend.

We have lived here in Pittsburgh for a year and a half now and have finally just now made it to Cleveland! It’s been on our to-do-list for some time but haven’t gotten around to it until this last weekend during Spring break/Easter weekend.

It’s definitely been a hope of mine to make it someday to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum so moving out here to the East has made that quite easy. It’s just a little frustrating that it took this long! I could have stayed there all day – obviously – but my family had about an attention span of 2 hours. My expectations were set low towing the family along and there were definitely some major meltdowns during our visit but the highlights included: Jimi Hendrix guitars, original written songs (Purple Haze, Holy Diver, My Life, etc.), Some amazing Hammond Organs by the Allman Brother’s Band and Journey, fabulous costumes and clothing by artists like David Bowie, Elton John, and Elvis, even pieces of wreckage from Otis Redding’s fatal plane accident. Of course, the building itself is a sight to see on its own. I loved it, but perhaps I can find a fellow rocker friend someday to go with me again.

After the museum we went to Little Italy! It was cute and we went to lunch at Mia Bella. It was a good choice. We also had to get some desert over at Prestis Bakery afterwards. It was so busy. We had to take numbers and wait for about 20 minutes to get us some cheesecake and canoli’s.

Our last stop of the day was Edgewater Park where we got to see lake Erie and hang out at the beach. Hannah was not too sure of this whole beach thing… but she started to warm up towards the end a bit. Hopefully she will like it a little more when we go back up to Lake Erie this summer when it’s a lot warmer. We got to take take some photo ops by the Cleveland sign before we left. We got some slurpees at 711 and headed home.

* *While we were heading home Russell told me that a rock that he found at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum had a sticker on it and asked me to read it. I thought for sure he had dropped it somewhere at some point or put it down back and the museum. I looked at it and realized Russell had found a special rock that was SUPPOSED to be found and that we needed to take a picture of it and go re-hide it! We thought that was pretty cool. So, our fish rock will soon be hidden somewhere cool in Pittsburgh for someone else to find and do something with!

Enjoy our photos and family video of our trip!

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100 Days 100 Photos

April 10th means it’s the 100th day of the year! That also means that I have 100 photos for the 100 days. No, unfortunately I have not been perfect but I expected some stumbles but I didn’t want that to stop me from continuing the 365 project! For the most part though I have taken a photo every single day.

I have tried my best to use my nicer cameras for the photo project so I can grow as a photographer and get comfortable with my skills – but there is a few Galaxy S6 phone photos in there, and that’s okay. Most of the photos come from either my Nikon D750 or Nikon D5200. Most recently my photos have been from my new Fuji XT20, which is awesome!

I’m trying my best to document the days and my family. I know I will cherish these photos from this year so much in the future. Documentary photography has basically always been my “journal.” I get it from my Dad! I hope you all enjoy my photos thus far.

(1) Jan 1st
1|365 Dinner
(2) Jan 2nd
2|365 Deep Sleeper
(3) Jan 3rd
3|365 PB&J
(4) Jan 4th
4|365 Hannah Banana
(5) Jan 5th
5|365 On The Tip of My Tongue
(6) Jan 6th
6|365 Snowy Play

 

(7) Jan 6th
7|365 Too Cute Not to Share
(8) Jan 8th
8|365 Texture
(9) Jan 9th
9|365 Sketti
(10) Jan 10th
10|365 Off to Work
(11) Jan 11th
11|365 The Mirror Illusion
(12) Jan 12th
12|365 Trolly
(13) Jan 13th
13|365 The Joy of Target
(14) Jan 14th
14|365 Hannah the Destroyer
(15) Jan 12th
15|365 Rusted Steele
(16) Jan 4th
16|365 Book Worm
(17) Jan 17th
17|365 Sick
(18) Jan 18th
18|365 Book Party
(19) Jan 19th
19|365 Little Helper
(20) Jan 20th
20|365 Phipps Phish
(21) Jan 21st
21|365 Death Suckers
(22) Jan 22nd
22|365 Reflections
(23) Jan 22nd - 2
23|365 Happy Tree
(24) Jan 24th
24|365 Puddle Time
(25) Jan 27th - 2
25|365 (5)
(26) Jan 26th
26|365 Eight Leg House Invader
(27) Jan 27th
27|365 Sibling Connection
(28) Jan 287th - 3
28|365 My Sweet Honey-Bee
(29) Jan 21st - 2
29|365 Lewis
(30) Jan 21st - 3
30|365 Fish-Eye Family Portrait
(31) Jan 6th - 3
31|365 Pokey Thingamabobs
(32) Feb 1st
32|365 How It’s All Possible
(33) Feb 2nd
33|365 The Tyrant King of Lizards
(34) Feb 3rd
34|365 Coconut
(35) Feb 4th
35|365 Is This Your Card?
(36) Feb 6th
36|365 Wake Up Sunshine
(37) Feb 7th
37|365 Dashing
(38) Feb 9th
38|365 After The Snow Comes The Sun
(39) Feb 10th
39|365 Two Lights
(40) Feb 11th
40|365 Secret Photo of Sleeping Man
(41) Feb 6th
41|365 Sweety
(42) Feb 9th
42|365 Backyard Winter
(43) Feb 9th
43|365 Comfort Food
(44) Feb 16th
44|365 Livingroom
(45) Feb 16th
45|365 Strong Like Mom
(46) Feb 16th
46|365 Everyday Suburban Pittsburgh
(47) Feb 17th
47|365 Interactive Art
(48) Feb 17th
48|365 Taxidermy
(49) Feb 18th
49|365 Me
(50) Feb 18th
50|365 My City
(51) Feb 19th
51|365 Another Nights Work
(52) Feb 20th
52|365 Computer Selfie
(53) Feb 21st
53|365 City at Dawn
(54) Feb 23rd
54|365 All Smiles
(55) Feb 24th
55|365 Backyard Sunset
(56) Feb 24th
56|365 Look at Me
(57) Feb 25th
57|365 Pinball Wizard
(58) Feb 26th
58|365 Troublemakers
(59) Feb 28th
59|365 No Shirt No Service
(60) March 1st
60|365 The Walkway to Work
(61) March 2nd
61|365 We Work into the Night
(62) March 3rd
62|365 Doctor Checkup
(63) March 4th
63|365 Trouble
(64) March 4th
64|365 Strike!
(65) March 5th
65|365 Date Night
(66) March 8th
66|365 And Dad Came
(67) March 9th
67|365 Sharing is Caring
(68) March 9th
68|365 My Crew
(69) March 10th
69|365 Our First Home
(70) March 10th
70|365 Keep it Classy Pittsburgh
(71) March 10th
71|365 Posers of the Highest Class
(72) March 12th
72|365 Bedtime Stories
(73) March 16th
73|365 Through The Red Window
(74) March 16th
74|365 First Haircut
(75) March 17th
75|365 Chillin’ Like a Villian
(76) March 17th
76|365 One Last Hurrah
(77) March 18th
77|365 Hipsterville USA
(78) March 18th
78|365 The Cemetery Castle
(79) March 19th
79|365 Moes Better Than Chipotle
(80) March 21st
80|365 My Precious!!!
(81) March 21st
81|365 First EP Cover?
(82) March 23rd
82|365 Many Russells
(83) March 24th
83|365 The First Spring Flower Sighting
(84) March 24
84|365 Young Photographer
(85) March 24th
85|365 Succulent Snail
(86) March 25th
86|365 Big Blue Slide
(87) March 25th
87|365 Frickin’ Pinic
(88) March 26th
88|365 Exuberant
(89) March 31st
89|365 I’m Going to Eat it All
(90) April 1st
90|365 Mario
(91) April 3rd
91|365 Those Pokey Things
(92) April 3rd
92|365 No More Naps
(93) April 3rd
93|365 Grass Flowers
(94) April 3rd
94|365 5 Looks Good
(95) April 3rd
95|365 Less Than Amused
(96) April 4th
96|365 Soupy
(97) April 6th
97|365 When Will The Warmth Come
(98) April 8th
98|365 I’ve Arrived
(99) April 9th
99|365 Springtime
(100) April 10th
100|365 The Milkshake Factory