Bennett Starts Kindgergarten | Kelly Frey

WTAE aired a story on Bennett starting kindergarten this week, can you believe that he is FIVE?!? I had the honor and privilege of documenting Kelly’s pregnancy and Bennett’s miraculous birth. Please follow the links below to see more amazing photos.

Click here to view Kelly and Jason’s maternity session, Bennett in utero.

Kelly Frey
Click here to view Bennett’s birth. AMAZING!Bennett
Click here to view Bennett’s first week of life.Bennett
Click here to view Bennett’s first birthday.Bennett
Click here to view Marena’s birth. (Kelly and I were taking selfies before they were a thing!)Kelly Frey
Click here to view Marena’s newborn session, along with shenanigans with her brother.Kelly Frey

I love to teach photography! Click here to see my offerings, including technical and business private mentoring workshops. Follow me on Facebook for updates and fun!

New DSLR Workshop – Pittsburgh Photography Workshops

The DSLR Workshop that was held in early March filled quickly with a waiting list. As a result, I’ve decided to open up a new session!

When: Saturday May 17, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Community College of Beaver County – HSC RM 6104
Cost: $100 + $20 lab
Who: Anyone interested in learning their camera and improving their photos, limit 20 attendees

Reserve your spot now:



My friend Mike snapped this photo during camera club last month, I love to teach!

Pittsburgh Photography Training

This course is for serious hobbyists and those considering photography as a career.  Learn how to use your digital SLR camera.  Topics include exposure control, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, flash techniques, composition, and lighting.  Discussion and hands-on exercises included.  Students must bring a digital SLR camera and manual to the workshop.  Please bring a lunch.  6 Hours.

Tracy Pasquale - April 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

If you still have room in the class I will sign up!!!

Workflow for Photographers – Pittsburgh Photography Workshops

I’ve found that many of the questions I receive during my technical training sessions concern workflow.

Establishing a consistent method for storing your photographs is critical to an efficient workflow.  Failure to develop a proper system will result in lost photos, time and revenue.  The solution you commit to should be repeatable, reliable and well documented.  If you execute the same steps repeatedly, you WILL become proficient!  Allow me to repeat myself… consistency leads to efficiency!

I thought it might be helpful to share this info graphic depicting my workflow.

Photography Workflow


Advanced Lightroom Workshop | Pittsburgh Photography Training

You many never need Photoshop again!

I’ve had many requests for an Advanced Lightroom Workshop and I am very excited to announce our first one EVER!

Lightroom Workshop

If you have a working knowledge of Lightroom, this workshop is for you. Please do not feel that you need to be an expert in Lightroom to take this workshop. If you can navigate the application, you will be fine.

We will cover advanced retouching, album design and many other breakthrough techniques. Our goal is to develop a consistent, Lightroom only, workflow. And remember, consistency leads to efficiency!

When: Saturday April 5, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Community College of Beaver County – STC RM4023
Cost: $100 + $20 lab
Who: Anyone interested in improving their photographs and workflow, limit 15 attendees

Reserve your spot now:



Christine - March 31, 2014 - 12:46 pm

I would love to come to one another day! If you will be doing this again let me know! Thanks!

Upcoming Workshops | Pittsburgh Photography Classes

Check out all of the offerings at the Community College of Beaver County for Spring 2014.

Saturday, 3/1: SLR Workhop, CCBC
Saturday, 3/29: Lightroom Workshop, CCBC

Saturday, 4/12: Intro to Photoshop, CCBC
Saturday, 4/26: Advanced Photoshop, CCBC

Call CCBC directly to register (724)480.3575
Learn more:

Mackenzie Summerville - February 10, 2014 - 10:32 am

Hello, Chrissy Olson sent me some info on some SLR and photoshop classes you are doing. I am definitely interested in getting more info.. (what is the location, how long is the class, how much is each class?)

Look forward to hearing from you!!


Jessica - February 10, 2014 - 11:47 am

How much for the 3/1 workshop

Lauren - February 17, 2014 - 8:05 pm

I received some information on your 3/1 class and was wondering if there were any seats available? My sister and I are interested.


Idress - March 13, 2014 - 4:44 am

As we’re getting ready to say adios to 2013 and welcome the new year, we put together a collection of the most beautiful wedding dresses that we’ve featured in 2013here at Those dresses that you, our lovely readers, liked the most. You’ve liked them and shared them in social media, and sometimes you’ve even emailed us let us know that we’ve helped you find the dress of your dreams…. and nothing could make us happier! Thank you so very much!

Styled Head-shots

I’m often asked if I offer head-shots, and up until a recently, I didn’t think that they were my thing. Last year I started beta testing styled head-shots with my mentoring clients… I would provide hair and makeup, and then take a few photos… maybe for your website, business materials, or maybe just because you wanted a nice Facebook profile photo. These sessions have not only been fun, but have helped many photographers but forth a more professional image.

I met Mandy last year as she was starting her photography business. She posted the following regarding her session:

“I wanted to share some photos from my styled session that I had with my friend and mentor, Heather Kendall Lahtinen of Weddings by Heather. A woman of many talents, she did full hair and make-up, my photos, and most importantly made me feel like a total model for the afternoon. I take photos of people all the time, but never thought I’d have so much fun in front of the lens. She has a true gift. Please visit for more information.”

Thank you so much for your kind words, Mandy!! I know that your business will soar this year!

Pittsburgh Photographer Styled SessionsPittsburgh Photographer Styled Sessions

Lashes!Pittsburgh Photographer Styled Sessions
Before and after. Pittsburgh Photographer Styled Sessions

Sessions include: hair, make-up, and 10-15 professionally retouched high resolution photos in both color and black and white. Please contact me for more details!

Jennie Parziale - January 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Just wondering some prices on the head shots and mentoring…thanks so much!! :-)

Kim - January 26, 2014 - 1:54 am

Was wondering about the price for these sessions…. Thx