Listen to the Music // Pittsburgh Children's Photographer

Music is such an essential part of my process, inspiration, and what makes your session at POSE PGH special that I decided to devote a little blog to it today.

I've always felt a deep connection to music. My roots as an artist/writer were in music photojournalism. I spent many of my formative photographic years shooting concerts and interviewing musicians for an online music magazine. Once I transitioned into the commercial side of the industry (and beyond to portraiture), music continued to be an essential fountain of influence and creativity. I will sometimes conceive and envision a full session just from listening to a specific song or album. When I'm retouching, I definitely need the right music to set the mood, and I'll end up artistically retouching differently based on what I'm listening to. Lastly, upon completion, an image will sometimes represent a song for me. I may not have noticed or felt it while I was photographing or retouching it, but afterwards it will shout the perfect lyric to epitomize it. This is why on social media SO many of my images are captioned with song titles or lyrics - to me, they are a fundamental component of the viewing experience.

My personal genre of choice/inspiration is typically mid-60s through early 70s rock and roll, so you'll notice a lot of those lyrics popping up...

He ain't heavy, he's my brother. πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

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You and I travel to the beat of a different drum. πŸ’•

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And, Windy has wings to fly above the clouds...☁️

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✨ Blue jean baby queen ✨

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