Posts Tagged 'Pittsburgh'

June 30, 2014
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Wedding Pictures On Your First Anniversary: What will they say to you one year later? Five years later? Will you be thrilled to walk your little girl through her Mommy and Daddy’s wedding day using your pictures to show her what the day means to you and how you felt? Or not?

Couples getting married often ask us how to budget for their wedding photography. In our opinion, it’s THE biggest question of your wedding day. The Ovation Images answer? Budget for your wedding photography with the future in mind!  All your other wedding day purchases will fade from memory. But your wedding pictures–good or bad–become a centerpiece of your family history.  No pressure !

Wedding Photography That Stands The Test Of Time

Wedding Photography That Stands The Test Of Time

So here’s an example….Ovation Images photographed Amanda and Alan’s wedding in 2012. We had big fun and helped them make and capture a very special day. One year later, how did they feel about choosing Ovation Images for their wedding photography? Here is the card that Amanda sent us on her first anniversary.

Your Wedding Pictures One Year Later

Your Wedding Pictures One Year Later

Ovation Images builds lasting memories! The pictures of a lifetime, captured in a single day! Call us for your dream wedding photography!

  Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

 

June 11, 2014
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How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

This is what Tina and Matt had to say about that:

“You did a fantastic job on our friend’s wedding
and we are so excited to have you guys for ours!”
Tina and Matt Engaged!

Tina and Matt Engaged!

They are getting married in August and we hear it is going to be a big PARTY! Pittsburgh people like Tina and Matt are why we love what we do. Tina and Matt will be smiling when they see their Ovation Images wedding photography–that’s for sure!

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

May 16, 2014
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We get wonderful cards from happy couples and brides–even for our engagement photography which is included free in our 3 most popular wedding packages. Getting a card like this is a wonderful part of our work for you!  We throw ourselves heart and soul into your wedding photography because we are privileged to work with some of the greatest couples and families around–on one of the most important and wonderful days of their lives.
Thanks Dana and Sam! We love you guys too!

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam’s engagement photography was taken near Phipps Conservatory in Oakland, Pittsburgh.

Shopping for wedding and engagement photography? Call us and come browse
our collection of thank-you cards from our happy couples! 412-735-4959.
Mention our blog when we meet and you will receive eight free 8×10 prints
added on to any wedding photography package!

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 29, 2014
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Ovation Images In Your Community Photos with the Easter Bunny! Proceeds to Make-A-Wish.

Ovation Images Photos With Easter Bunny, Proceeds to Make A Wish

Ovation Images Photos With Easter Bunny, Proceeds to Make A Wish

Ovation Images is locally active on behalf of regional charities, and in service of good causes. We love our hometown folks–it’s that simple. Here is a partial list of charities and organizations that we have recently collaborated with, to whom we have  donated either time or money or both.

  • Butler Health System Foundation
  • Washington County Children and Youth Services
  • Harley Davidson Charities
  • Make A Wish
  • United States Marine Corps
  • A Night To Remember
  • Free The Children

This year, we are also working on behalf of Love For Lexi, the official 2014  charity of Ovation Images. If you represent a charitable organization with professional photography requirements, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about ways that we can work together! Please call Don at 412-735-4959.

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel? Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 24, 2014
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Engagement Smile

Tina and Matt had their engagement smiles on last week!

Tina and Matt Engaged!

Tina and Matt Engaged!

They are getting married in August and we hear it is going to be a big PARTY! Pittsburgh people like Tina and Matt are why we love what we do. Tina and Matt will be smiling when they see their Ovation Images wedding photography–that’s for sure!

 

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.
Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 05, 2014
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Wedding Tradition Trivia – Win Free Prints!

So you’ve been at this wedding planning business for some time now and you really know your stuff! At Ovation Images, we have a healthy respect for wedding traditions–as over 420 satisfied couples will testify! Test your knowledge against our experience! Answer all these questions correctly and we will give you 8 FREE 8×10 prints from your wedding photography files–any files from any photographer!
Ready? Go for it!

1. Why does the bride stand to the left of the groom?
2. Why do the bride and her maids carry flowers?
3. Why is it supposed to be “bad luck” to see each other before your wedding ceremony?
4. Which ancient goddess is the reason so many brides want to get married in June?
5. Who started (or popularized) the tradition of brides wearing a white dress?
6. What was the original purpose of having a bridal party and how did they do that?
7. The traditional flavoring of the groom’s cake is?
Easy 8. Rain is considered good luck on the wedding day in many cultures. Name one reason why.

(Our official source for the relevant information behind each of these questions is the editors of BRIDE’S Magazine. )

Ovation Images' Brides Are Always Smiling

Ovation Images’ Brides Are Always Smiling

You may post your answers as comments to this post on our facebook page HERE. You may also post your answers in the COMMENTS below this blog post. Please do not reply to our Twitter,  G+ or LinkedIn accounts. All answers become public and will be shared on our blog and social media accounts.

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.
Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

March 26, 2014
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Heinz Chapel Closed – Alternative Cathedral Ideas From Ovation Images

With Heinz Memorial Chapel  closed January 1- May 10, 2015, you may find yourself looking for alternatives. As you would expect, we at Ovation Images, Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photographer since 2001, have some suggestions for you!

Heinz Chapel Embrace

Heinz Chapel Embrace

Of course, if you are having a Catholic wedding ceremony, then you have your choice of cathedral-style churches from St. Paul Cathedral to St. Mary Of The Mount. The switch will be simpler if you are having a Catholic ceremony.

But if your wedding service is non-denominational, you have a different problem entirely.  One of our 2015 brides was caught in this closure and she was kind enough to share her thoughts: “The reason I liked Heinz Chapel was the interior style–the cathedral look–and I wanted to keep that a part of my wedding.” Her suggestions for cathedral-style alternatives to Heinz Chapel are

East Liberty Presbyterian Church – http://cathedralofhope.org/ – “This was one of the closest in looks to Heinz Chapel, however you or close family have to be a member of the church and have to go to classes to get married.”
Downtown First Presbyterian Church – http://www.fpcp.org/
Trinity Cathedral Downtown – http://www.trinitycathedralpgh.org/
Calvary United Methodist Church (north shore) – http://www.calvarypgh.com/
Smithfield UCC – http://www.smithfieldchurch.org/

“I really liked Smithfield UCC because it has a little of that gothic look and is brighter than the other churches we saw (less wood). You do not have to be a member and you can bring in a different officiant if you want (it just need to be approved). They seemed less structured, which we really like.”

Other suggestions will be in our next blog post–watch this (cyber)space!

NOTE: In case you missed it, this notice is from the Heinz Memorial Chapel web site:  ” Heinz Memorial Chapel will be closed from January 1, 2015 to May 10, 2015 and will reopen on May 11, 2015.  This is to allow for the installation of a climate control system. We will not be taking reservations for any events, including weddings, during that time. The climate control system is an important part of plans for the preservation of the building, its pipe organ, and woodwork.  Thank you for your understanding as we undertake this historic project”

For alternative ceremony venue suggestions and wonderful wedding photography, please call Ovation Images at 412-735-4959.
Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.  

Please visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!
Photographers, come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

March 14, 2014
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Jessica Marsh Joins Ovation Images

We are excited to announce that Jessica Marsh, formerly of Jessica Lee Photography, has joined Ovation Images as a full time partner. Jess is an accomplished wedding, newborn, senior and maternity photographer. She brings a strong portrait portfolio and a wealth of experience to Ovation Images.

Jessica Marsh at OvationImages.com

Jessica Marsh at OvationImages.com

Ovation Images partner Don Merz said “We are thrilled to have Jess with us! She brings wonderful expertise and experience to Ovation’s clients. Jessica loves Pittsburgh people and it shows in her work!” Jessica will begin work immediately, throwing herself into a newly-revamped high school seniors line for Ovation, along with other creative and fun projects! Please make an appointment to visit the studio and meet Jessica!

Text and Photo copyright 2014 by OvationImages.com.  May not be reproduced in any form without prior authorization. Please visit our Seniors blog at OvationSeniors.com and our photography blog at PhotBurrito.com.

March 12, 2014
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The Five Rules For Buying Wedding Photography (Part 1)
by Don Merz, Ovation Images (Pittsburgh’s Most-Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001)

(Part 1 of 2: We didn’t make these rules. After photographing 500+ weddings, we just know what they are…)
Ovation Images Rule 1. Know What You Like. An hour of web surfing will uncover many different styles of photography. Do you like fashion? Well, fashion photography is posed photography. So you need a photographer who is good at posing. You like story-telling pictures? Candid story telling is the core of most wedding photography–so make sure you like the way your photographer shoots candids. The way to be sure is to ask to see a complete wedding–not just the highlights. If you like formal-looking, timeless portraits, then hire a photographer who runs a real brick-and-mortar portrait studio. Studio photographers are the best at achieving the classic, timeless look. Don’t meet with any photographers until you have surfed enough to know what you like.
groomsmen getting ready for the ceremony, gray tuxedo, gray and purple wedding by OvationImages.com

“I think we’re ready….” by OvationImages.com

Ovation Images Rule 2. Know Who You Like. This is where being a bridesmaid and/or attending lots of your friends’ weddings and your cousins’ weddings will pay off. (Hopefully you were paying attention!)….and you had at least a few chances to see their photographers in action. Which ones behaved in ways that you liked? What did they do that the bride and groom enjoyed? Did you notice the photographer a lot during the day? Was that a good thing or a bad thing? Did they cause any delay during the day? What did they wear? Did you notice their professional approach? Or lack thereof? Make some notes, and when you meet with photographers ask them what their personal style is on the wedding day. Ask them what they do when people stand in the aisle in front of them taking pictures on their phones. Ask them if your friends and family are allowed to take pictures. Don’t be shy–make sure you understand how they will behave. It’s important because you will be spending all day with your photographers!
bride hugging groom after first dance, newlyweds, circuit center wedding photography

“I didn’t know you could dance!” by OvationImages.com

Ovation Images‘ Rules three, four and five for buying great wedding photography are here in the NEXT POST.
Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s Most-Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001
Mention the “five rules” when you reserve your wedding date with us and receive 8 free 8×10 prints included with any wedding photography package! Call us at 412-735-4959. 

 

July 04, 2013
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Mary and Eric had the perfect Pitt wedding at Heinz Chapel, with reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and of course a visit to the panther.    It was a gorgeous day to get married in Oakland.  Mary & Eric thanks so much to you and your families for the great day and for making us feel so welcome!!  Congratulations and all our very best wishes!!

Photography by Ovation Images, Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

June 14, 2013
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Congratulations Kristen & Michael!!  Thank you both for making Ovation Images a special part of your wedding day,
and thanks for being so much fun to photograph!  Wishing you all the best now and always.

Photography by Ovation Images, Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

May 25, 2013
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Congratulations Mary Jane & Brett!!  Thanks so much sharing your wonderful wedding with us, and for being so much fun.
All of our very best to you both!

Photography by Ovation Images, Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers