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

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Monaca skyline at night | Bridge at night

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 Beaver County Bridges | Bridge at Night

The full moon and the lights off the bridge bathed the Ohio river in beautiful lights.

Full Moon Delight

Full Moon Delight

The air was cool and the sky was painted in all shades of blue and purple as I arrived at the Bridgewater Landing. I knew my time was minimal that would provide rich colors in the sky vs a dark black backdrop. The bridge from Rochester to Monaca was lit with the moon and man made lights creating a near perfect painterly effect on the water.

I enjoy the look of old bridges that have character and tell a story when the bridges in the area were made from local steel and from factories in states.  There is something about these bridges and viewing a bridge at night.  I am not sure why but they seem to cry out that our country was built on the backs of those who labored here.


Bathed in moonlight

Bathed in moonlight

With a full moon, the train bridge was bathed in light and cast a beautiful shadow on the Ohio river. Normally, this section is too dark to get a nice image at this time of night (earlier it is always back lit with a setting sun). However, the full moon created an amazing light on the train bridge.




If you enjoy these images and would like them for your home, they are available for purchase here and here Art Prints .

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What is included in your wedding photography packages?

Wedding Show

A wedding show is part of our wedding photography packages

Our wedding shows tell a story from your wedding day. Since our coverage is full-day, your wedding show includes memories from all parts of your wedding. When you share the video with your family and friends, they will see parts of the wedding they were not privy to until now. The fun bridal portraits, images of your wedding rings, and your first dance as a couple.  When designing your wedding show, my goal is to create a lasting ‘snapshot’ of your wedding day.  It is something for you to share and look at years from now.

Obviously, the wedding show doesn’t include all of the images from your day since in many cases the total amount of images delivered are hundreds.  However, the wedding show includes images that provoke memories and capture the essence of your wedding day.  Below is an actual wedding show delivered to the couple on a DVD with an image from their wedding day as the cover.  The DVD plays in your standard DVD player attached to your TV and your computer. Additionally, an MP4 version is available for sharing online, playing on your tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.

The ceremony was at the First Baptist Church in Aliquippa {Beaver County}.

What does your wedding photography package include?

If you ask yourself, “what should a wedding photography package include?” Know that our wedding photography packages are not typical because they include a multimedia based wedding show set to music for your enjoyment and sharing!


Wedding Package Example

Wedding Package Example


We share the dreams,
the smiles, the tears-
All life can ever bring.
But most of all, we share our
And that means everything.

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Ducky Tours | Pittsburgh

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Celebrating life in the city on a ducky tour.


“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox


We celebrated my wife’s birthday with our two eldest grandchildren, one of our brother in-laws, and my sister at multiple restaurants, a ducky tour of Pittsburgh, plus a ride up the incline.  After purchasing the ducky tickets, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.  I am always hesitant for different restaurants since I am a “health nut” and often find it challenging for healthy alternative lunches.  However, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh did an amazing job.  I asked for a ‘special’ salad, describing what I wanted and they delivered to the letter.  Now to my main point, if you buy tickets for DUCKY and decide to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, look at the tickets.  They include a 15% off coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe and no I didn’t notice the coupon until we were getting ready to board the DUCKY. :(

We rode the white bus and were ‘entertained’ by a fun tour guy with a serious amount of hair (which I don’t have).  The weather was near perfect with slightly overcast skies and temperatures in the high 60’s to low 70.

DUCKY that we rode

DUCKY that we rode

The tour starts in Station Square and crosses the Smithfield Street Bridge into the city making its way to the North Side via the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Passing by his statue and PNC park, the DUCKY heads toward the access way of the river past the war memorials (which are amazing and are a visit in of their own). Entering into the river is fun and exciting as the kids cheer with the tour guide and captain of the ship.

The water motor kicks on and off we go into the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh.







Passing by another DUCKY



We drove a short time on the water then the captain asked if any children wanted to drive the boat. One little boy raised his hand (so did I) and he had the opportunity to drive. Then the captain asked if anyone else wanted to drive and no other children wanted to drive. I kept asking :D – they then stated okay and I had the opportunity for a front and center view of the city and was able to get some amazing images.





Ducky Tours

I drove the ducky boat

Amazing view of the city from Ducky Tours Captain’s Seat

Ducky Tours Pittsburgh

Taken from the Captain’s Seat of a Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh

After floating along the water, we traveled past the war memorials and into the North Side of Pittsburgh. Since my grandkids never rode an incline nor traveled to Mt Washington to view the city from the overlook, I felt it was a must do! :D








Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Just passing by

Just passing by

Just passing by

View from the incline car to Mt Washington

View from the incline car to Mt Washington











Our amazing city of Pittsburgh from the first overlook near the incline.

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington


Must see Mural

There were many cars in the parking lot next to this mural but it is located near the road by the first overlook in Mt. Washington and is a must visit for pictures!

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

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Finding in LOVE with BRUSTER’s ice cream!

Falling in Love with Brusters Ice Cream

A toast to Hopewell Brusters! Thank you for your hospitality!



  Thank you Hopewell Brusters!

On a hot and humid day in Hopewell, Katie and Chad along with their wedding party visited the Hopewell Bruster’s on Broadhead Rd. across from the Hopewell Shopping Center. With welcome arms Brenda, Mario, and staff at Brusters served the hungry Bridal Party a variety of flavors and the 25 year anniversary, “Black Cherry Chocolate Chunk” definitely was a hit!

If you are in the Hopewell area and enjoy ice cream, stop by the Hopewell Brusters and get a picture in front of the now famous Hopewell Brusters.  {Maybe sneak a kiss from your sweetheart too!} :D

As the bride and groom enjoyed a ‘sweet’ kiss, photo bombing was a must! :D

Photo Bomb Wedding Portraits | Brusters

Photo Bomb at Brusters

Falling in Love with Brusters Ice Cream

Photo Bomb Anyone?

Falling in Love with Brusters Ice Cream

Falling in Love with Brusters Ice Cream



“With this ring, I give you my heart, I promise from this day forward, you shall not walk alone, may my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home.”

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Victory Family Church | John Bevere

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If you would like to see more of the choir images and book signing images with John Bevere, click on this link.  To download the images for your personal use (printing or sharing), right-click on the image(s) you like.


Victory Family Church | Impartation | June 22, 2014

One of my favorite books by John Bevere and one that I recommend to everyone is “Bait of Satan”.

 “The man or woman who doesn’t forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.” 
— John Bevere

Escape the enemy’s deadly trap! The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God-offense.


John Bevere (Breaking Intimidation: Say “No” Without Feeling Guilty. Be Secure Without the Approval of Man)


“True honor is an outflow from a heart that fears God.” 
— John Bevere (Honor’s Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God’s Blessings)


“True humility is absolute obedience and dependence on God. It puts Him first, others second, and ourselves third in all things.” 
— John Bevere (Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up)

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Wedding Engagement Portrait Session The Point Pittsburgh

The night was perfect with the sun setting behind the Point in Pittsburgh. I love photographing couples and especially engagement portraits. To add a different look to an engagement session, I utilize a few clips of video mingled in with the still images to produce a hybrid engagement portrait show.  Photography is about story telling and why not utilize the power of both video and still photography to create a memorable wedding engagement portrait session?


“Don’t just take pictures, capture memories!”

Kristin & Mike Engagement Portraits @ The Point in Pittsburgh from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

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Kodak Commercial Pictures Live Forever

Tremendous commercial emphasizing the importance of pictures.  One of my favorite commercials of all time!  Why?  Because it emphasizes the value and art of story telling through photography and just as important it shows the need to print your images.  Too often folks take pictures but they never print them or do anything with them other than post them to instagram, facebook, or other social media site.


“The pictures are talking . . . they are saying keep me, protect me, share me and I will live forever.”  I can hear them! 

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Weber Insurance Car Cruise Pittsburgh Area | Victory Family Church

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Summer is here, cars are cruising, and the time for fun amazing times meet.

Weber Insurance Car Cruise at Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp

Slick vehicle by weber insurance

Slick vehicle by weber insurance

Many years ago I owned a 1968 white corvette convertible with a 427, 390 HP, and ‘4 on the floor’.  I doubt I will ever forget that car and for many reasons.  I was a teenager with a few thousand dollars to spend and left the house looking for a 1967 corvette with the tear drop back and unique look.  However, I quickly found out that the $3k I had to spend wouldn’t buy a 1967 corvette (at least not one that ran).  This was long before the internet and all of the options for buying cars of today existed.  However, I found a white 68 corvette that I purchased and immediately enjoyed.  A few of us ‘guys’ had various muscle cars.  A buddy had a SS and another a camera, while a third had a very nice Cadillac. We would meet at the various locations in the area to show off our ‘ride’ and there was something about driving slow to show off the car. I bought many books on corvettes learning about their styles and unique look.  Over the years I have not kept up with the newer corvettes but my love for ‘old’ cars never died.   The Shelby Mustang, SS, Z28, and many other muscle cars with their unique look and class.

Car Cruise Pittsburgh Area

There is nothing like visiting a car cruise knowing you have the opportunity to photograph cars and trucks from various eras.  There was a beautiful 1934 Ford and I immediately commented to the owner. “That is the year my dad was born.”  Grills, grills, and more grills.  No not the kind you cook on but the beautiful grills on older vehicles.  I am not sure what happened over the years but most grills produced today are ‘boring’.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some cars that have a unique look to its front (like the Mini Cooper S) but the grills on some of the older cars had ‘class’.  No doubt at the time, the designers looked at the grills as a symbol and were not concerned with wind resistance (since they seemed to have lots of it) or energy conservation (since they didn’t) and focused on style.


Car Cruise Pittsburgh Amazing Car Grills

Amazing Car Grills

I am not a car enthusiast in the true sense of the word but an artist who looks at cars, trucks, etc for the aesthetic value.  Thus, my opinion of these vehicles is based solely on aesthetics only.  ps I love the emblems on many of the

First Car Cruise Pittsburgh area of the year

This is my first Car Cruise of the year and if its like previous years, I will not attend too many. (This is wedding and portrait season and car cruises are on the same days of weddings usually.)  However, there are future car cruises on my calendar with two at Victory Family Church.


Link to a gallery of images for the Weber Insurance Car Cruise at Victory Family Church.

For more information on upcoming car cruises in the Pittsburgh Area please visit the sites below.





Love the look of this corvette!

Love the look of this corvette!

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