Who are Palermo Photography Clients? | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Maria Palermo is an award-winning Pittsburgh wedding photographer available for travel. Ready to find out more?  Palermo Photography clients are in love! They’re excited to tell and retell the story of their engagement. They hold the most intimate weddings, typically squeezing only about 150 or fewer loved ones into perfect, quaint venues. Sometimes they travel—even elope!—because they want their wedding location to reflect the uniqueness and intimacy of their love. They experiment with—or even totally forgo!—wedding traditions because they know their love is anything but traditional. Why? Allow me to repeat… Palermo Photography clients are in love. You’re in love. Head-over-heels, excited, enamored, mad, crazy, wildfire love. You know how they say you should be with someone who makes you feel the same way you feel when your waiter shows up at the table with your food? You get it. You’ve found that person, and you totally get it now. This is it—this is love. For you, the wedding isn’t about the wedding—it isn’t about the flowers and the dress and the cake (though all of those things are amazing)—it’s about celebrating! It’s about reaching out to all your friends and family, pulling them into that big, warm, happy feeling…

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Pittsburgh Wedding Planners: 3 of My Favorites!

Pittsburgh wedding planners are some of the best there is. Which is good news—I’ve worked with couples who have tried to take care of everything themselves on the day of, and that. looks. exhausting. Even better news, though—recently, my clients have been talking to me about the costs of hiring a wedding planner, and wouldn’t you know: it’s actually not as expensive as you’d think. Something to keep in mind: There are wedding planners/coordinators, and then there are wedding stylists. Wedding stylists mainly just focus on the aesthetics of your wedding. They’ll help you make plans for tablescapes and things like that. Wedding planners and coordinators will actually hang out with you on the day of and make sure everyting goes according to plan, and according to the timeline. (I’m also a timeline fiend myself, since a wonky timeline usually means there won’t be much time for pictures.) Today, I’m featuring 3 of my favorite Pittsburgh wedding planners. Note that they don’t all do day-of coordination: your best bet is to give them a call and simply ask questions. (Or contact me! I’m always happy to help.) Here we go! 1. Natalie Berger She doesn’t have a web presence yet, but I’ve…

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The Pitfalls of Pinterest

*raises hand* Hello everyone. My name is Maria Palermo. I am a Pinterestaholic. With no plans for recovery. That said, I’m probably the perfect person to spend a minute or two discussing the pitfalls of Pinterest—at least, concerning photography. I want to address what I feel like is the blurring of lines between taking inspiration from others’ ideas and attempting to copy another style exactly. Because originality matters. You are an original. And I really want to hammer home how important and beautiful and wonderful and special that is. Part of that involves no longer succumbing to the pitfalls of Pinterest (myself included) and paying close attention: Over the last few years, I’ve noticed more and more couples requesting very specific images to be recreated on their wedding day. The thing is, over and over, each of these clients request the same handful of images–ones I have absolutely seen pinned again and again on Pinterest. I love to make every wedding photo experience as fun and unique as possible, so I am all for creative photos, and Pinterest has been a tremendous resource for gathering inspiration! But… …unfortunately many of the most highly-requested images at weddings have already become *gasp*… …cliché. So, for your protection—…

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4 Wedding Traditions to BREAK!

Today, I’m thinking about some of the most fun wedding traditions to break! Why break tradition? Well for one, it’s 2017. And for two—it’s YOUR wedding, and you’re free to express yourselves, your personality, your values, and your interests, absolutely anyway you want. Furthermore, some of our most time-honored wedding traditions are steeped in weird lore… Did you know the best man’s role used to be to steal the bride away so she’d get to the wedding ceremony in one piece? He was also traditionally an epic swordsman. I’ve even heard the best man stood guard to be sure the groom didn’t back out of the deal (you know, back when women were property,) and even to protect the bride’s virginity. Eesh. Speaking of virginity, did you know the garter was once supposed to be given to family members as proof that the marriage had been, erm, consummated? (Do we really need that anymore?) Even the bride’s bouquet served an odd purpose. Back in the day, women typically only had one bath a year. The bouquet was to stave off her, um, fragrance. Now that we’re sufficiently weirded out, let’s dive in here and think of some other wedding traditions to break… DISCLAIMER:…

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9 Creative Flower Portrait Ideas

Bouquets, bouquets, bouquets…they’re great, and I love a gorgeous flower arrangement—but I think we can definitely come up with some more creative flower portrait ideas than just standing there holding a bouquet! Today, I’m tossing out a couple of thoughts on some other things I think we could do with those gorgeous flowers. These are ideas we could use pretty much anywhere: weddings, engagements, Sunday Funday—but I’d especially like to think about weddings, and about expanding our horizons when it comes to bridal photography. Creative Flower Portrait Ideas 1. Hang some flowers up high, and stand below them Here’s how they’ve used hanging flowers at a reception site, but I think it would look really gorgeous to hang strings of flowers up high, and do portraits below and among them! Much more creative than just standing and holding the bouquet! 2. Teeny, tiny flowers in your hair Let’s have a spring bridal shoot, and use the tiniest flowers we can find to adorn your hair! 3. Floral wreaths and nests! This photo is actually of a floral newborn portrait prop, but we can totally use a similar concept to make wreathes, or even nests to photograph details like shoes and rings. 4. A…

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3 of the Best Pittsburgh Florists

Here’s another installment in my vendor recommendation posts! Today: the best Pittsburgh florists (at least, in my opinion!) It’s always so hard for me to pick which vendors to feature in these posts—but, you’re choosing vendors for your big day, from an enormous selection, so I can only imagine a couple of recommendations here or there helps. (For more recommendations, check out my vendor guide!) Here we go! 1. Posy Floral and Event Styling Posy is one of my favorite vendors to work with, which is why I consider them one of the best Pittsburgh florists. Their arrangements are always incredibly bright, vibrant, exciting and interesting, and everyone who works for them is always so friendly and accommodating! Here’s the info: Website: http://www.posypgh.com/ Address: 3101 Brereton St., Pittsburgh, PA Phone: 412.298.2640 Email: posypgh@gmail.com 2. Mt. Lebanon Floral Mt. Lebanon is a family-owned business that specializes in gifts, but does an incredible job with weddings, too! They’ve been serving the city for long time, which I think contributes to them being one of the best Pittsburgh florists, but I also really like how helpful they are when budget-conscious brides come to them. Website: http://www.mtlebanonfloral.net/ Address: 725 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA Phone: 412.561.2500 3. Blue Daisy Floral Designs…

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My Top 5 Photography Resolutions for the New Year

2017 is here! In celebration, I wanted to share my photography resolutions for the new year. First things first—what the what 2016? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a year fly by so quickly. That’s absolutely crazy to me. Pretty sure David Bowie just went out like a speeding bullet last January and dragged the space-time continuum along with him. But enough about that. Photography resolutions. 1. Shoot more photos in my personal life. (Whoops.) My life is pretty great—in part, because I spend so much of it totally entrenched with my happy clients, telling their beautiful love stories. But hey—my life’s a story worth telling, too! This year, one of the photography resolutions I’m really committing to is simply to take more photos for myself. And not just iPhone photos, either. Even more importantly, this will definitely help keep me grounded in my mission: to tell stories meaningfully and vibrantly, because stories matter. 2. Actually print photographs I’ve taken. The good thing is that there are a ton of great apps online these days making that much easier. While organizing and printing my digital photos might be a bit more time-consuming, I can definitely commit to using an app like Chatbooks…

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12 Toasty Warm Winter Wedding Cover Ups

Okay, so not all of these will keep you warm in subzero temperatures, but I still can’t help but love all these wedding cover ups! While autumn and winter are typically a wedding photographer’s “slow seasons,” I still get several couples looking to take advantage of the crisp, clean white background a beautiful winter has to offer, or the bright pops of color we might discover during a fall portrait session in the woods. If you’re one of those brides (or thinking about becoming one!) here are some great wedding cover ups for you to get inspired by! 1. Something soft and intricate 2. A cable-knitted shawl 3. A bright red cardigan with matching details 4. A giant, fuzzy, hooded cape 5. A breezy, lacy bolero 6. A deep, woodsy brown, fur shawl 7. A leather jacket 8. Short dresses + fuzzy wedding cover ups = <3 9. A bright yellow cardigan to match the setting sun 10. An alternative to the white dress with a deep, burgundy sweater 11. Something soft and pastel with sweet, floral details 12. White sweaters paired with chunky, woodsy scarves How about you? Could you pull off an outdoor wedding in the autumn or winter? Tell me about…

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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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The Folklore of the Pittsburgh Cookie Table

The Pittsburgh cookie table is one of the reasons why this city is the perfect place for me to work. Sure—the wedding industry in this city is an active and creative one. There’s also all the interesting things I discover shooting engagement photos and weddings in new churches and chapels. Another plus—I get to be a part of one of life’s happiest moments for countless people every year! But really, the cherry on top of everything? It’s the Pittsburgh cookie table. Psst: some of my clients recently won awards for their cookie tables. Check out the features in Pittsburgh Magazine here and here! A cookie table is a spread of literally thousands of cookies in dozens of different varieties that sometimes replaces the cake as the center of attention during dessert.  Just as often, though, an ornate cake will accompany this vast array of sweets. The important part, though, for many Pittsburgh weddings is that there’s a table stacked with home-baked goods.  The tradition of unveiling the table is as long-standing for some families as the couple’s first dance or the exchanging of rings. The cookie table is a local phenomenon that stretches back almost a hundred years, according to some accounts.  In…

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