Pittsburgh Date Ideas for the Hopelessly Romantic

These Pittsburgh date ideas are perfect if you’re looking to break out of the old dinner-and-a-movie routine this Valentine’s Day. (Though I’ll grant you, there is some food and film happening on this list, but it’s good food and film. Promise.) To that end, I wanted to throw together a little blog post to help my clients—both the newlyweds and the nearly-weds—come up with some great date ideas, either to de-stress during a time of hectic wedding planning, or to just reconnect. I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for both of you here! 1. Take a (free!) visit to the West End Overlook It’s free, makes for a relaxing walk, and the view is gorgeous. A great way to connect—both with your love, and with our city. 2. Take some cooking classes at Crate If you’re gonna eat, why not eat really awesome food you made? 3. Go back in time at Pittsburgh’s best vintage arcade From what I’ve heard, this place is HUGE. A great date for pop culture and gaming fans who like a little friendly competition! 4. Make something amazing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center So, I did toss a paint-your-own-ceramics place on this list, but if that’s a little too…

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Do You Really Need a Second Shooter? Part 2 of 2

Do you really need a second shooter? I’m answering this question in this 2-part post. (The first part of this answer can be found here!) A few days ago, we went over 2 myths about the second shooter and their necessity at a wedding. We learned: 1. You don’t need a second shooter to ensure your photographer can be in “two places at once”—a skilled professional photographer is going to get absolutely all the important details, no matter what. and 2. While a second shooter might net you more photos, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. Today, I want to dispell one more myth before sending you off with my final thoughts! Do You Really Need a Second Shooter?  Myth: I’m having a huge wedding with 400 people on an enormous, sprawling piece of land, and I really need two people there to be able to capture all of it. Reality: Okay, you got me. This is one of those exceptions—but bear with me here. Enter: Lauren. (Scroll down for a little bit about her.) Lauren is Palermo Photography’s Associate Photographer. (Note the distinction in title between “second shooter” and “associate photographer.”) Lauren is more than just a “second shooter.” I proudly recommend…

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Do You Really Need a Second Shooter? Part 1 of 2

Do you really need a second shooter? In this 2-part post, I’ll be answering that question from my perspective.   Over 10 years ago (ahhhh!) I got started in the wedding industry as a second shooter—if you ask around, you’ll find that most professional wedding photographers do! Not only is hiring a second shooter pretty commonplace, but it’s a growing trend in wedding photography. I have my thoughts on the second shooter: If my client specifically requests one, I will always accommodate—my first and foremost goal is to be sure you feel comfortable, happy, and attended to while working with me, so of course I’ll be sure you get anything you need to that end. With a few exceptions (extremely large, 350+ guest weddings being one of them,) I don’t believe they’re completely necessary… …and in certain cases can even detract from having the most amazing wedding photography experience possible. Let me take just 2 minutes to explain. Do You Really Need a Second Shooter? First, if you aren’t familiar with the term “second shooter,” it’s pretty much what it sounds like: you hire a second photographer to work alongside your primary photographer. Typically, you hire this person through your…

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5 Heart-Melting Engagement Stories

I love these incredible, heart-melting engagement stories. Why? They’re from my clients! Palermo Photography is passionate about storytelling, so it only makes sense to share some of these incredibly sweet engagement stories on the blog. Clients telling me their engagement stories first-hand is also a really important part of connecting with them: the more I know about your story, the better I can tell it. Now, get the tissues. 🙂 1. Bryan & Susannah “After a long-distance relationship, Bryan proposed on June 14, 2016. He took me to the lobby of his old apartment building where we first met at a party and popped the question there. His friends still live in that apartment, and all our family and close friends were waiting there to celebrate afterwards! Bryan is very much the ‘chill’ outgoing one in the relationship, while I am more type A, but he brings out my fun and silly side! Bryan is the nicest guy in the world and he is very close with my family.” 2. Kate & Danny “The proposal was not quite a surprise—we talked a lot about getting married, wanting to be married, and then finally, we were ready to get engaged—so I knew it was…

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