Wednesday, July 16, 2008

2008 WPPI Accolade of Excellence

We are very excited to announce that one of our entries into the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 2008 8x10 Print Competition received an "Accolade of Excellence!"

We have been members of WPPI for several years now, but this is our first time entering one of their print competitions, which is why it means so much to us to get this award on our first try!

Here is the text from the press release:

Laura Eaton of Chesterfield, NJ, has received special honors in the WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL (WPPI) 2008 WPPI 8 x 10 1st Half Print Competition.

Designed to recognize outstanding photographers, the judging was held in Santa Monica, CA on June, 2008.

"Untitled" received an Accolade of Excellence in the Bride and Groom Together category.

Eaton competed against an international field of photographers to win such honors.
The WPPI 8 x 10 1st Half Print Competition awards are presented each year at the largest trade show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The 2008 competition included 932 prints in 18 different categories submitted by photographers from all over the world.

Thanks again to Tatiana and Julien for giving us an opportunity to take an image like this!


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jaclyn and Joe Engagement Session - Valley Forge Park

Valley Forge Park is becoming one of my favorite places to shoot. Center City is great for the variety of backgrounds and that "city-vibe," but there is definitely something to be said for being able to lay down in a field....

Luckily, Jaclyn and Joe were accommodating to my crazy requests - I'm so in love with this picture!

So, what do you think? I think Jaclyn and Joe had a pretty good time.... ;)

I love this shot that Paul got (one of many!) - he just sneaks off to the side and gets these totally natural looks....

We can't believe the wedding is coming up so quickly - August will be here before you know it! We are so looking forward to it!

We hope you love these images as much as we do! Thanks for sharing this awesome day with us!


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Audrey and Chip - June 26th

Audrey and Chip had a beautiful day for their June 26th wedding! It was a very intimate event that took place at the Waterworks area behind the Philadelphia Art Museum, followed by a reception at the Waterworks Restaurant.

For being a relatively small wedding, there were so many great moments! We had a chance to walk around Center City and get these iconic shots.....

Then we headed over to the Waterworks for the ceremony...

.... which Mayor Nutter performed!

I love the photo above because of Audrey's reaction to the Mayor's request for the rings. At the beginning of the ceremony, there was a little concern over the location of her wedding band. Audrey was completely at ease about the whole thing and just started looking for a "stand in" band. Suddenly Audrey noticed that her ring was actually stuck inside of Chip's! So I just had to get this shot...

Audrey paid so much attention to the little details, like the gorgeous arrangements, the vintage car and the beautiful table settings at the restaurant...

Audrey and Chip finished the cocktail hour and the start of their reception with this amazing sunset. I wish the two of you all the best in your new lives together!

And a special thank you to Katie Harmer who did an excellent job as my second shooter - Katie has such a great eye for details and always notices the emotions and elements in the background that make the day special - thank you Katie!!!


Thursday, July 03, 2008

And one more! Christine and Michael's Engagement Session

The weather has been so great lately - so that is why we've had all these fun engagement sessions lately! Don't worry, if you are looking for a little blog-variety, next post will be about a wedding!

Christine and Michael has a super colorful session! Every where we walked in Philly seemed to have a pop of color! First we found these great teal colored garage doors....

...then as we walked down South Street, we found a store that painted the whole side of their shop with these huge flowers....

Paul had to practically drag me out of that alley - I was having so much fun with that background!

Finally we decided to balance things out a bit with some more classic backgrounds...

- I just loved how the light was hitting the wall on that last shot...

Christine and Michael, I hope you two had as much fun as we did! It was awesome exploring South Street with you! You two have such great attitudes and such positive energy - your wedding is going to rock!

Thanks again!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Another engagement session! Diana and Jim

We've had quite a few of these lately! Paul and I love these sessions because we get a chance to really get to know our couples and connect with them... Diana and Jim were no exception!

We took in a great Saturday afternoon in Lambertville and New Hope - and just explored! There are so many great backgrounds and hidden little paths in that area. Diana and Jim endured a little bit of hot weather to get these shots, but I think they'll agree it was worth it...

And only in New Hope can you find a metal sculpture of a couch in the middle of train station platform! Diana and Jim were more than happy to snuggle up on there - even though it was about 95 degrees out!

We had a great time guys - can't wait for your wedding!

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