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
LOVE,
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.

 

 

 

 

 

DUCKY Tours

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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Hybrid Portraits | Introducing a WOW factor

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High School Senior Portraits | Hybrid Portraits

 

Senior Portrait Sunset

Sunset over the Ohio River

Would you like to introduce a wow factor to your high school senior portrait? We offer a portrait session that will make you say WOW! – I love still photography and portraits but why not have a video or ‘advertisement’ of YOU? A few video clips taken during the portrait session and added to your portrait show to create memories that lasts for generations. You can show the video at the high school senior’s graduation party, send a copy to grandma and let her show off her grandchild to other’s in her circle of friends, or just sit and enjoy the show !

The sun set was magnificent setting over the Ohio River with the clouds dancing in the sky.  Both created a beautiful High School Senior Memory for sharing and admiring.

Adding a little “FUN” to the portrait session | Hybrid Portraits

 

Class of 2014

Nike Swoosh | High School Senior Central Valley

Portrait sessions must be fun! We do everything possible to make the High School Senior Portrait session fun! The setting must be memorable as well as the images. There are certain images which most high school seniors who played football enjoy and its the Nike Swoosh image! Add a little dramatic flare with lighting and you have an image worth sending to all of the cousins to show off.

What better way to enjoy a sunset?

 

Reading the Bible with the sunset

Sunset over the river

Incorporate into your High School Senior portrait session what you enjoy doing!

Imagine this image on your wall! Images that invoke emotion and memories! Telling a story with both stills and motion.

Sample Hybrid Portrait Session Show

 

Hybrid Portrait Session | A touch of motion and stills – watch the show and you will see various clips with motion creating a unique look to your high school senior portraits :D

DJ Senior Portraits Class of 2014 Central Valley High School from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

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Seneca Valley High School Prom 2014 | Cathedral

 

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As always, we had a great time photographing the Seneca Valley Prom held at the Cathedral in New Castle, PA. Otto Productions provided the light, sound, 15 confetti cannons, 40 beach balls, and 600 glow bracelets. We had our popular “No Booth Photo Booth” set-up with hats, glasses, and other fun props for fun and memorable pictures.  The back drop was provided by Seneca Valley High School and Fun Fore All in Cranberry Twp, .  Pictures from the No Booth Photo Booth and more are available at Kendralla.com.  Please use coupon code SV10 to receive 10% off any prints ordered from our sister site. If you need your Senior portrait (or any portrait), please mention the Seneca Valley Prom for an additional bonus to our portrait package.  We offer Hybrid Portrait sessions which creates a great memory for you and your family.  What is a hybrid portrait session?  Contact us for more information.

 Seneca Valley High School Prom 2014

No Booth Photo Booth | Seneca Valley High School Prom 2014

No Booth Photo Booth | Seneca Valley High School Prom 2014

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