If I’ve learned nothing else about photography over the past few years that we’ve truly dedicated every waking moment to it, is what a very small part of it is actually the technical knowledge, the rest is pure magic, especially when you’re lucky enough to be shooting model, sideshow performer and ultimate clown babe, Reverend MacKenzie Moltov.  We had a shoot planned for our “Last to Leave” series that we were all looking forward to, but the best laid plans often fall through, due to a myriad of reasons that aren’t really important.  But our planned full day of  remote urban exploration, turned into only having a couple of hours and we scrambled to come up with something local.

MacKenzie had the idea that she wanted to play in water with wet gowns and dripping clown face.  As master of locations, Paul once again came up with something local and relatively easy, the Wissahickon.  I was concerned (as usual) about the light.  It was blazingly hot and sunny and my every vision of what I wanted to shoot was dark and moody, but we didn’t have the luxury of choosing the time and Paul was convinced we could find some dark and shady spots in areas our clown could play in.

Armed with flowy fabric and some dresses that will never be the same, our team once again found pure magic.  The combination of shallow sandy areas, mossy rocks and shooting dark created some stunningly etherial colors, and once we managed to make her clown face run (which wasn’t quite as simple as you would think) some hauntingly eerie images that capture the fine line between sweet beauty and a woman’s complete and total breakdown.  I think it’s one of our strongest shoots in our on-going documentation of MacKenzie’s artistic journey.

And that epic shoot that had to be cancelled?   It happened today.  And it was worth the wait.

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Belmont Mansion Wedding

Sparkler exit at Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia

Stephanie and Steve’s summer wedding at Belmont Mansion was one of those that you truly don’t forget.  For those of you who haven’t been to the Belmont Mansion, the view of Philly is spectacularly gorgeous.   The two had planned the perfect summer wedding which included an outdoor ceremony with their beloved dog, Hendrix, cocktail hour by famed Food Truck Pitruco’s Pizza, a real wood burning, brick oven pizza truck, and sparklers.  Lots and lots of giant sparklers.

The day started at Stephanie’s house, with the wedding dress handed down by both her grandmother and her mother, and carefully supervised by “best dog” Hendrix, as Paul went Philly wall hopping with the guys, getting some of the coolest groomsmen shots I’ve ever seen.  Stephanie took the summer downpour perfectly in stride, as we quickly moved the planned outdoor ceremony with her beautiful skyline under a tent, dodging puddles and driving rain.  Luckily the skies opened up after the ceremony for a beautiful photo walk around the mansion with the new bride and groom.

But we were determined to get Stephanie that epic skyline shot that she wanted, and the weather wasn’t going to stop us.  We got a stunning night time portrait of the two that is an all time classic.  We played with sparklers, ate amazing pizza and got to spend the day with two absolutely warm and wonderful families and a pack of close friends that clearly mean the world to them.  Thank you, Stephanie and Steve for letting us drop into your lives for a day.  It was amazing!

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