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Top 10 portraits of 2017

When I attempt to smoosh all of my favorite things into a David Letterman-esque top ten list, I immediately break out into hives.  I am not great at picking favortes–admittedly, all of my photos are my favorites!!!!  I get so personal invested in my client’s stories and their quirks and nuances, picking a gavotte picture becomes like trying to pick a favorite child. Or worse, trying to pick a favorite cookie from the cookie table–why can’t I love them all equally!!!!!   I digress…lol   In an attempt to sum up 2017 in the portrait category, here are my top ten favorite [non-wedding related] portrait moments of the year.  Enjoy  

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2017 engagement sessions highlights

2017 was a FUN year for engagement sessions!  We went to San Francisco to watch the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge (!), we made s’mores by the fire at the summer camp where the couple met ::swoon::, we walked puppies in the park, strolled along the Riverfront, watched Spring flowers bloom, enjoyed the sunset on a downtown rooftop, and–of course–fell madly in love <3 Enjoy a few favorite images from the 2017 engagement season, and check out my previous best of post for some 2017 wedding highlights!

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2017 wedding season highlights

what. a. year. 2017 took me all over–Pittsburgh to Paris, California to Georgia, Croatia and Italy, Bedford to Berkeley. what a year! I feel so lucky to attend and document such incredible beautiful celebrations, meeting such lovely people–how do I even begin recap all of these experiences and memories and images and people into one blog post?!  The answer is I can’t–I can just share a few.  While every wedding is beautiful and unique, as a photographer there are some shots that just speak to my soul and my style that I love to share.  So here it is, my attempt to recap some of the amazing moments from this past year, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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Exciting news for Palermo Photo!

Hello lovebirds! I am SO excited to share the exciting news with you that Palermo Photo has received a ton of press and publications his year for our beautiful couples! The most recent of which is the incredibly beautiful collaboration with some of our favorite vendors on the Figs & Honey shoot, seen today on The White Wren: Figs & Honey Elegant Wedding Inspiration Check out more photos and details from the shoot here on Palermo Photo’s feature of the Figs & Honey Shoot  Check out some other amazing publication and press features for Palermo Photo this year: The AHHHHHMAZINGGGGG shoot we did in Provence, France featured on Style Me Pretty Dana & Tim’s modern wedding at bar Marco featured on Grey Likes Weddings blog Eunice & Tyler’s incredibly gorgeous wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue Blog Sarah & Aj’s Christmas-time surprise engagement shoot shared on the How He Asked blog Anna & Grant’s rustic farm wedding featured on Pittsburgh Magazine’s blog Palermo Photo was chosen to be hi-lighted as a preferred vendor this year on two of our FAV wedding blogs, Wedding Sparrow and Grey Likes Weddings  It is always a pleasure to see Palermo Photo recognized publicly for…

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Sneak Peek: Nicole & Jeremy’s Pittsburgh wedding

Happy Monday lovebirds! I had such an amazing time shooting this stunning wedding for Jeremy and Nicole over the weekend, enjoy a little sneak peek of their big day!! CREDITS   Photographer: Palermo Photo Ceremony: Duquesne University Chapel Reception: Sheraton Station Square DJ: David Kleba, DJ Mobile Mix Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys Floral: Blossoms by Jillian

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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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Light Matters: What Clients Need to Know About Natural Light Photography

I specialize in natural light photography. As long as the sun is not directly overhead (boo, nose and eye shadows!) she and I maintain an excellent relationship. It’s why I love that my studio has such enormous windows—the light that pours in from them is not only soft and beautiful, but incredibly flattering on my clients. I’ve said it before—being a photographer is about so much more than just taking pictures. Part of my goal is to ensure that when you see your photos for the first time, it inspires you to feel amazing about yourself! To achieve that, I work hard to pay attention to lighting everywhere I go, and you know what? You should, too. Here are 4 “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to natural light photography: DO schedule your wedding day timeline around light, if at all possible, to ensure the best photos. My #1 tip for all my clients—for great photos, try to schedule your portraits when the sun is lower in the sky. During daylight savings time, this could be anywhere from between 6pm-9pm. During the fall and winter months, this will be somewhere between 4pm and 6pm. I’ll admit—it can be hard to follow this. Sometimes…

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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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