Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Photography by Lyndsey

Photography by Lyndsey is a professional Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer providing creative and beautiful wedding photography for the inspired romantic.  Feel free to shoot me an email at lyndsey@photographybylyndsey.com for investment information and date availability.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Best Pittsburgh Wedding Photography and Best Pittsburgh Engagement Photographer serving Pittsburgh, Cranberry, Wexford, Sewickley, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Peters Township, Shadyside, Oakland, Fox Chapel, Oakmont, Monroeville, Greentree, Robinson Township, and more.

Photography by Lyndsey is a professional Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer providing creative and beautiful wedding photography for the inspired romantic.  Lyndsey has been published on a variety of wedding industry blogs including WedLoft, Savvy Deets Bridal, The Fete Blog, Lea-ann Belter Bridal, My Hotel Wedding, Head over Heels, and Hearts in Focus.  Lyndsey is also the recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 Award and the 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Award.

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Formal Family Wedding Photos | Wedding Day Series

You just gotta do it.  Parents love them and it feels like something you just have to do, no matter how unusual or non-traditional your wedding may be.  The family portraits – part 3 in our wedding day series.  Below you can find a catch up of parts 1 and 2.

Part 1:  Pre-Ceremony
Part 2:  Ceremony

Let’s chat about some tips and tricks to make this part of the wedding day smooth sailing.  The more people you add to the mix, the more complicated it can get.  Pre-planning is key!  One of the things I will do prior to the wedding is help you to lay out a family shot list.  Once I know who is to be photographed, it makes it much easier for me to lay out a plan to get the photos done efficiently!  How can the couple help?  The best thing to do is to make sure that everyone who is to be photographed after the ceremony knows to stay!  Make sure they know that they will be a part of the formal family photos so that we aren’t stuck waiting around for someone to turn around halfway to the reception and come back for photos.  Oftentimes depending on the church restrictions we may have very little time to complete all of the photos so we want to make sure that everyone is ready to go!

My biggest recommendation regarding family photos… take them outside!  Sounds crazy right?  Most people are used to standing at the altar and taking photos there but if you are up for it, I always recommend shooting family formals outside.  I’m a huge fan of natural light and outdoor scenery so this only makes perfect sense!  Don’t sweat it though, if your heart is set on altar photos, that is what we will do.  After all this is your day, I’m just here to help and recommend what has worked in the past!formal family wedding photosformal family wedding photosBlog_001Blog_001-5

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Ceremony Time | Wedding Day Series

So its finally here!  This is the moment you have been waiting and planning for.  The ceremony!  I always tell my brides after this, its all downhill!  The ceremony is Part 2 in our Wedding Day Series.

Here is the Wedding day Series so far in case you missed the first post and want to start at the beginning!

Part 1:  Pre-Ceremony

At this point in the day my couples are usually chomping at the bit to get down the aisle!  So many nerves and so much anticipation of this moment!  One of my favorite moments of the day occurs during this time – walking down the aisle.
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There is so much to be said about the first look between the bride and groom while walking down the aisle.  Remember that line from 27 Dresses?  Katherine Heigl’s character says “You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there.”  She is totally right!  There is nothing better than the look on the groom’s face.  We all expect the bride to have an emotional reaction when walking down the aisle but its amazing to see the emotion on a grooms face.  Next time you are at a wedding make sure to glance back at the groom.ceremony time Blog_001-13

This is why a photojournalistic approach is SO important during this time of the day (in my opinion).  I could never imagine this type of emotion to be present if we weren’t in the background documenting what was going on.  Blog_001-12Blog_001-11ceremony time Blog_001-7Blog_001-14Blog_001-6Blog_001-15

Can you tell that the formalities are over?  I love the look of relief on the couple’s face when they turn and face their family and friends.  Next stop, family portraits! Blog_001-10ceremony time

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Pre Ceremony Wedding Pictures | Wedding Day Series

Part One of the Photography by Lyndsey Wedding Day Series is the pre-ceremony wedding pictures!  I always break the wedding day down into five parts.  Over the next few weeks I’ll go into more detail about each of the five parts.  Today we are starting with pre-ceremony.

Pre-ceremony is one of my favorite times of the day to shoot!  I am always recommending to clients to front-load my coverage.  What would you rather have – fun awesome candids of you and your girlfriends getting your hair and makeup done while relaxing with mimosas or tons and tons of dancing shots at the end of the night?  I always say what an important part of the day the prep is.  Also since you have me and Marc with you prior to the wedding, you are getting coverage of both the bride and her bridesmaids and the groom and his guys prepping!

This part of the day has some of the best emotions.  Usually when I arrive brides are a little nervous but having a great time.  Its amazing to see the reality of the day set in as makeup and hair concludes and they put their dress and veil on.  This part of the day usually requires very little direction from me.  Aside from directing you into better light, I let emotions unfold naturally by staying as behind the scenes as possible!pre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding pictures2014-02-04_00302014-02-04_00312014-02-04_00322014-02-04_00332014-02-04_00342014-02-04_00352014-02-04_0036

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First Look Wedding Photos | Photography by Lyndsey

The First Look is one of the hottest wedding trends.  I’ve also found it to be quite polarizing!  Couples are usually all about it or absolutely not into it.  The first look is definitely a derail from tradition but it can have some amazing upsides. Why would the first look be for you?  Well if you think you are going to be super emotional when seeing your bride/groom for the first time, the first look is a great way to feel that emotion in a more intimate setting.  So many couples get so nervous prior to walking down the aisle, getting that first glimpse of each other beforehand definitely helps to calm the nerves.  Another reason builds on what I mentioned before, the intimacy of the moment!   I love seeing couples reactions when they have a first look.  When its just the two of them (and me photographing of course:)) the emotions are AMAZING!  Another benefit to the first look?  It really helps ease your wedding day timeline.  After the first look we can shoot all of your bridal and bridal party portraits leaving the time between the ceremony and reception for you to enjoy cocktail hour with your guests.  I rarely get the time to shoot cocktail hour so I love when a couple chooses a first look.  This way I can shoot your wedding reception room and details before anyone enters while Marc can shoot candids of you hanging with your guests and enjoying a drink now that the pressure is off.  Double bonus!

Amy and Mike chose to do a first look this past year and prior to the look they stood back to back and read letters that they had written to each other.  I thought this was a great addition to the first look and really amped up the anticipation!  first look wedding photosfirst look wedding photosfirst look wedding photosfirst look wedding photos2014-02-04_00172014-02-04_00202014-02-04_00162014-02-04_00152014-02-04_00182014-02-04_0019

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