Serbian Orthodox Wedding

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If you never attended a Serbian Orthodox Wedding, you are in for an exciting event when you attend your first.  I photographed other orthodox weddings and similar events but never a Serbian Orthodox and enjoyed the entire day.  It started with the pre-wedding festivities where the family and close friends attended a party called a Skup at the bride’s home while she prepared for the day.    Guests were greeted with a Serbian band playing Serbian music not only during this part of the celebration but later during the reception when the guests participated in kolo dancing.

Groom arrives at Serbian Celebration

Groom arrives at Serbian Celebration

Kendralla Photography-D75_3407-EditWhile the bride and her bridesmaids are preparing for the day, the groom arrives and a toast is given by the father of the bride to welcome him into their family.  Laughter and more celebrating continues as the bride awaits her dad to see her for the first time.   More tears of joy as the dad views his beautiful daughter for the first time in her wedding gown on her special day.  Laughter and more tears follow as they embrace and others gather the family and friends to see her for the first time.

As she walks with her arm in her dad’s arm, the crowd of guests awaits her entrance. The little girls giggle as they see the beautiful bride descend the steps with her dad who in a few minutes will give a toast to his daughter.

After the toast and more celebrating, the bride and her bridesmaids leave for the church where a beautiful wedding celebration occurs.



Crowning of Groom at Serbian Orthodox Ceremony

Crowning of Groom at Serbian Orthodox Ceremony

They are crowned after the exchange of the rings (bethrothal) at the Royal Door and the binding of the cloth by the priest who crowns the groom first, then the bride.  The binding of the cloth which symbolises the bride and groom are bound for life is as beautiful as the crowning of the couple. The priest recites the crown blessing three times, (The servant of God, [groom’s name], is crowned unto the handmaiden of God, [bride’s name], in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.)


During the wedding ceremony, the choir sang from the choir loft adding a beautiful sound to the Serbian Orthodox Wedding.

After the service which includes drinking from the common cup and a procession three times around the altar, the wedding ceremony concludes.  The couple leaves the church and is greeted by family, friends, and the Serbian band playing.

Unlike other exits from a church, the couple is showered with coins and collected by children in attendance.

Later at the reception, the Serbian band plays and the crowd participated in Serbian Dancing and more fun filled activities.  The father of the bride gives his third toast of the day to the bride and groom followed by a toast by the kum.

The dancing, laughing, and the celebration continued into the night.

Congrats to Samantha and John!  Believing the best for your lives together!

Creative Bridal Portrait in Archway

Creative Bridal Portrait in Archway

Below is the 18-minute wedding show of the wedding celebration that we produced as a heirloom memory for the family. It contains audio, video, and stills with music and more. Enjoy!



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Tara A Country Inn Wedding

If you enjoy a wedding with a theme and a setting from a popular movie and book, then I suggest visiting Tara A Country Inn in Clark, PA.  Jaimie and Jones were married in nearby St. Michael’s church with their reception at the Tara.  The weather was perfect to highlight a beautiful outdoor wedding reception.

There are many areas to photograph, but one of my favorites is the entrance with the tall pillars to frame the couple.  As the sun set behind the Tara, the front glowed with the porch lights illuminating the couple creating a beautiful silhouette.

Romantic Wedding Portrait

Romantic Setting at the Tara A Country Inn


For all of our weddings, we capture the moments from the day not only with still imagery but with video and combine the two to create a multimedia experience to help preserve the memories from the day.

In Jaimie and Jone’s show,  notice there are parts of the speeches, dancing, and so much more to create a memorable heirloom item to share and cherish.


Bride and Groom Dip | Tara A Country Inn | Beautifully Lit Entrance

One of my favorite creative wedding poses is the dip. Where else better to perform this romantic wedding portrait is on the porch of the Tara with a twist of history tied to it.

Bride and Groom dip portrait

Bride and Groom dip portrait


German wedding toast by the father of the bride:

“Jeder hört die Musik anders – aber der gemeinsame Tanz ist wunderbar.
Everyone hears the music differently – but the dance together is wonderful.”


If you are seeking a creative wedding photography style combined with a twist of motion (video), then contact us for a wedding photography quote.

Wedding Rings | St. Michael's

Wedding Rings | St. Michael’s


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Romantic Maternity Portraits

Sunset over Ohio River

Enjoying the sunset as a couple

 Romantic Maternity Photography in Beaver County

We couldn’t have asked for a better evening for sunset portraits near the Ohio River in Monaca, PA.  The sun bathed the area in beautiful light and the rocks along the water made a perfect seat for posing.  Jessica not only looked radiant and beautiful in her flowing dress but was very easy to pose.

Anticipating their first child, Nick and Jessica came prepared for the portrait session with many cute props.

Radiant mom to be with glowing sunset

Radiant mom to be with glowing sunset

With the sun setting over the junction of the Ohio and Beaver river, it made for a perfect spot to capture Jessica’s radiant beauty.  The rocks along the river appeared to be calling out, “use us as a seat for Jessica” (okay, not really but they were perfect).

Her dressed flowed over her glowing body outlining in perfect fashion her little “bump”.

This area along the Ohio river in Monaca is one of my favorite areas to photograph sunset portraits.  High School senior and engagement portraits here always look tremendous because of the many props and amazing light.  The steps of stone in a bleacher like design and the stone wall near the pump house offer many options.


Jessica and Nick, congrats and believing the best for you and your little bundle of love.

For more information concerning romantic maternity photography, high school senior portraits, or wedding photography, please contact me for pricing and availability.  {Ask us about our custom design photo app with images from your portrait session that you can use to share your images with family and friends.}

Sunset bathing soon to be mom

Sunset bathing soon to be mom

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Fireworks | Monaca Celebration | Beaver County 2015

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Monaca Celebration | June 27, 2015

Finishing the day of celebration on a beautiful night at the junction of the Ohio and Beaver river, Zambelli Fireworks delivered a tremendous display of light.  They entertained the crowd and celebrated 175 years for Monaca (Beaver County), PA.

If you would like to see a complete collection of the fireworks images, please click here.


Monaca Fireworks by Zambelli | Beaver County PA

Monaca Fireworks by Zambelli | Beaver County PA

Monaca Fireworks by Zambelli

Monaca Fireworks by Zambelli

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The ultimate sacrifice | Memorial Day

The ultimate sacrifice - giving your life

Memorial Day 2015 | We will never forget!

We will never forget those who gave their life for us to live. This design is a composite of two images in an attempt to thank my Lord and Saviour for dying to give me life eternal and to honor and thank those who served in our military to protect this great nation.

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Jeff Miller

On This Memorial Day

Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more.
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them as we eat and play.
Remember our protectors-
who are not home today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.

Source: Family Friend Poems

Freedom:”Costly for many including God’s Son; Enjoyed both now & in the age to come!”

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 28:20



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Seneca Valley Prom 2015 No Booth Photo Booth

The Seneca Valley Prom @ the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, PA.


DJ and Lighting by Otto Productions.


No Booth PHOTO Booth by Kendralla Photography

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Click here to view and/or purchase the no booth images as well as some of the images from the dancing.

If you are in need of High School Senior Portraits or Family Portraits, I have a few openings this summer.  Please mention the Seneca Valley Prom for a special promotion. Click here to contact us.


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Candid Moments in Life

Candid Moments in Life

The best moments are not planned

I took this image of my wife and two eldest grandkids is 2009. We were walking along a path that borders our property and the moment seemed perfect for an image.  The grandkids are now 13 and 11 but this image is one of my favorite images of all times.  My wife and I were going through the thousands of images I took of the family since 2001 and this one jumped out as a ‘must print and hang’ image.  We pondered the best scripture verse and decided that Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God…” is perfect.

I printed this as an 11×14 and matted it to fit a 16×20 black frame for hanging in our living room.  This will join many other prints that we proudly display of our family and life.  My wife kept saying, this looks like something you would buy and hang on your wall from a Christian bookstore. 😀  One of the greatest compliments a photographer can get is when their spouse states they would pay for the image.

Some of the best images I took were not planned, staged, nor posed.  They just developed (pun intended).  Although this sat on my hard drive for 6 years after I processed it, the image remained ready to become a story teller.  However, I believe that an image isn’t a true picture until it is printed and hung on a wall for others to see and cherish.

No doubt this might have more meaning to us than it would to others, the connection of the viewer becomes when they can relate.  A mom can relate thinking when they walk hand in hand with their child(ren) or a grandma thinking to the day when she walks with her grandchildren.  Life is short and too often the only thing we have to trigger a happy and cherished memory is to look and hold our pictures.  There is a saying that a picture is art when it connects with the viewer.  I would add that a picture is an image when it tells a story that connects the viewer to the subject.

It is very important to preserve memories with photography but it is more important to print the images to share and hold.

What many do not realize is the image we take today isn’t for our benefit (today) but for the benefit of future generations or to comfort us years in the future.  I hope that one day my grandchildren will be blessed with children and grandchildren of their own and that this image will provide conversations they have with their families.  As I type this, tears flow down my cheeks.  Not of sorrow but of joy that a God given gift (vision and photography) can bring joy and happiness.  Tears of joy that memories are captured and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

With the advent of digital and the fact that nearly everyone has a camera (mobile device) and images are shared non-stop, my concern is that too many people fail to print their memories.  They show them off on their smart phone but when the smart phone breaks where are the memories.  Yes, more and more people store in the cloud but how many retrieve them from the cloud and display the images proudly on their walls?

Candid moments need preserved and cherished!

Mother’s day is quickly approaching.  Plan a time for pictures, preserving today for future generations.  We offer a session that includes both still and motion (video) with a multimedia show that brings laughter and tears wrapped in joy and happiness.

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Winter Engagement Photos | Pittsburgh

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Winter Sunset over Phipps

Winter Sunset over Phipps

There are certain aspects of winter engagement photos that create a unique and fun image.  The sun is lower and when the area is lined with beautiful snow the images take on a special glow that no other season replicates.  The Phipps Conservatory in Oakland has a unique look with the glass permitting ‘just enough’ light to penetrate falling on the couple as they embrace to keep warm in the chilly but not too cold winter afternoon sun.

A few days before this area was covered in snow and blinding winds.  However, a 20 degree increase in the temperature created a quick cure for cabin fever and a chance for many people to enjoy the beautiful winter sunset.  As we were creating these images, there were many patrons walking to and from the Conservatory as well as joggers, parents pushing strollers, and, casual walkers.

I have been in many cities around the country and in a few other countries but there is something special about creating memories in your home town.  Pittsburgh is unique with the architecture and scenery.


The setting sun made for beautiful long winter shadows and provided just enough warmth.

Winter Engagement Photos | Long Shadows



“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono

 No winter is too cold or dark when you have love.

Winter Engagement Photos | Winter Sunset | Ice Arena near the park


Winter Engagement Photos | Beautiful Winter Sunset
Winter Engagement Photos | Ice Rink

  “If kisses were snowflakes I would send you a blizzard!”

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Victory Family Church |Family Christmas 2014

Visit Victory Family Church this Christmas Season

Family Christmas

Family Christmas 2014 Services

  • Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Let’s celebrate Christmas together! Invite your family and friends to join us for a time of traditional and contemporary music, along with skits, creative surprises, and the Christmas Story. We look forward to seeing you at Family Christmas!

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Complete gallery of images.


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Olympus OMD – E- M5 Great time to buy

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I love to travel and when I travel I love to document what I see.  I am not opposed to rising early as you can see from the sunrise image over the desert in Phoenix, AZ or staying out late as illustrated in the night images in NYC.

Tremendous view of the desert sunrise

What a tremendous sight of color


Additionally, when time permits, I am not opposed to attempting my hand at images when the light isn’t ‘golden’ as you can see from the infrared image in this post.

IR image in the desert

Infrared in the desert

My favorite travel camera and what I use for nearly all of my macro work is the Olympus OMD – E- M5.  For street photography I use it combined with the OMD 17mm f/1.8 lens and the small size of both combined make this a tremendous camera set-up for being NON-intrusive.  There are many features that make the OMD E-M5 a tremendous travel camera beyond the size.  I love the flip up LCD screen and the ability to compose an image without putting the camera to my eye.  This helps when photographing items close to the ground or to ensure I get a candid image.

I really like that I can ‘see’ what the image looks like before pressing the shutter even when using an IR filter to capture unique infrared images.

The images in the gallery for this post were photographed exclusively with the OMD – E-M5 and either the Oly 17 or Panny 20.  (I sold the panny to get the Oly which seems to focus much faster and is worth the difference in cost.)  This image was taken while walking around NYC and the reflections ‘popped’ out at me causing me to stop and take notice.

OMD-E-M5 NYC at Night

New York City at Night




The OMD combined with the Oly 60mm macro is tremendous for macro photography. This next image was photographed with this combination and shows its macro capabilities.

OMD - E-M5

The beauty of black and white

One of the main reasons I bring up this camera is because there are many ‘Black Friday’ Specials on this camera and lenses online. You can buy this tremendous camera new for the same price many of us paid for it used one year ago.

If you are looking for a tremendous mirrorless camera that will serve you for many years, then I suggest you look at this camera and lens combinations.


Wedding Rings and Heart

Wedding Vows are sacred

Vendor Shop Amazon – Black Friday Deals in Camera, Photo & Video

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