Lucia Cintra Photography » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer Lucia Cintra specializes in a mix of fun, candid and creative photography for brides who wants beautiful and timeless images.

So this is one of the reasons why I need my assistant Laura with me, lol. I have tried taking shots like this by myself, but when taking a single breath can actually throw off your focus on a macro, without her, it can take a lot longer. It’s very hard to hold a super heavy camera with one hand, the light with the other and try to manually focus at the same time (where’s my third hand, lol)? 

I love finding something sparkly for a backdrop, some candle light and a reflective surface. Well… I couldn’t find a reflective surface anywhere (not even a present wrapping. Yep, I have borrowed one from a gift table before), so my phone came to the rescue. I simply removed its case and voila! Perfect. Below are the shots for the final image, Laura assisting with the light and the setup (sorry the rings are not in focus in this one).

Below shot: Nikon D750 – 105mm – ISO 2500 – f/9 – 1/80sec with a video light.

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The prevision for that Saturday was cloudy skies with constant rain, but the weather decided to cooperate so we could take all of our photos outside before a quick summer storm passed by.

My assistant Laura and I started the day meeting Courtney at the Inn on Negley, a beautifully restored period home located in the historic Shadyside area. Her room was large and bright and perfect to accommodate her mom and all her girlfriends, who were all so very happy to be sharing this moment with her. 

Right above her, on the second floor, Craig was getting ready with his groomsmen, which made it perfect for their First Look, held at the bottom of the stairs by the main entrance of the Inn. Craig had a huge smile on his face as he heard the love of his life approaching him down the steps and the moment captured was so sweet. After a few portraits at the Inn, we all headed over to Phipps Conservatory, where their ceremony and reception took place.

Because of the rain, the wedding ceremony was setup inside the Tropical Forest room and it was so very beautiful and intimate. Those two were all smiles all day long and they couldn’t have picked a better place to start this new chapter of their lives!  

Bride looking at her wedding dressBride toasting with her bridesmaidsBride putting her wedding dress onBrideBrideBride putting on her jewelryBeautiful portrait of a Pittsburgh brideGroom writing a card to his lovely brideGroomGroom finishing getting ready for the big dayBride and Bridesmaids photos at the Inn on NegleyPittsburgh GroomBride and GroomBride and GroomClassic black and white quiet moment between the bride and groomGroom kissing brideBride and Groom portraits at a gardenBride and Groom arriving at Phipps Conservatory on a trolleyBride and Groom portraits with bridal party at Schenley ParkBride and Groom walking holding hands at Schenley ParkBride and Groom walking holding hands at Schenley ParkA beautiful custom cake by PrantlWedding DecorationsWedding DecorationsWedding programs in the shape of a fanCustom wedding champagne flutesExchanging wedding vows at Phipps ConservatoryExchanging wedding vows at Phipps ConservatoryBridal party photos at Phipps ConservatoryBride and groom practicing their dance movesBride and Groom high fiving by the engagement photo on the beachBride and groom portrait by waterfall at Phipps ConservatoryBride and groom portrait framed by leavesPhipps Conservatory wedding table decorationsPhipps Conservatory wedding table decorationsBride and Groom being introduced at Phipps ConservatoryFather Daughter wedding danceBride and Groom First DanceWedding ring detail photosGroom having fun at the wedding receptionBride having fun at the wedding receptionBride having fun at the wedding receptionWedding decorationsBride having fun at the wedding receptionBride and groom dancing at reception

Getting Ready Location: The Inn on Negley
Ceremony and Reception: Phipps Conservatory
Wedding Dress: Bridal Beginnings
Hair and Makeup Artist: Rochelle Noone (hair), Mina Rose Beauty (make-up)
Bride’s shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Jewelry: Heirloom
Flowers: Gidas Florist
Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Ganoe – AB Occasions Design
Entertainment: Move Makers Band
Cinematographer: Joshua Weis
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Caterer: Phipps Conservatory
Bakery/Cake/Cookies: Prantl’s Bakery, cookies made by family

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It rained hard all morning of Sarah & Brian’s wedding at Deep Creek Maryland, but as the day progressed, the sun started to shyly peek out from behind the clouds. By the time we photographed the very last portrait of the day, right at sunset, we were gifted with a beautiful golden sky and I wanted to make sure I captured all of it for my couple. 

Below are a few behind the scenes of how we accomplished photographing the sunset while keeping the couple well lit. I positioned Sarah and Brian where I thought would be the best location, set my camera to expose for the scenery behind them and had my second shooter Sara hold the light to illuminate the couple and then directed them on how to pose for it. A big thanks to my assistant Laura who captured all these for us to look at. 

For photographers: Nikon D610 – Nikkor Lens 85mm – 1/200s – f/7.1 – ISO 80 – off camera flash at 1/4 power.

 

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