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Exposure Triangle and Aperture

How does aperture impact my image?

In this short video, I show a few examples how changing the aperture / f-stop impacts the look of your image.

My goal is to get you off of auto and in manual mode.

Additionally, my intent is to show you that each of the images shown in the video are exposed properly but a properly exposed image does not mean it is the image you intended to photograph.

Stranger: “That is a beautiful child you have there.”
Mother: “That’s nothing. You should see his photograph.” – Anonymous


Technical Specs

Olympus | E-M1MarkII | Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens | Mirrorless Camera | MeFoto Tripod

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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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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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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!} 😀

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

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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Wedding Day TimeLine

One of the best ways to reduce the stress for your wedding day is to have a timeline and assign the task of adhering to the timeline to an organized individual that will be available for your wedding day. My suggestion is for this person NOT to be your mom, sister, etc because the tension will develop and the last thing you want is to be upset on your wedding day.

Wedding Day Timeline

Time keeps clicking along

 {This is a long post and if you need help developing your timeline, when you hire me, I will help you in developing and sticking to the timeline.}

The best time to create the timeline is before you send out your wedding invitations while you are deciding when the reception and ceremony will start. There are a few ‘standard’ rules then there are rules which just ‘happen’.

Unless you are someone who wears a gown daily, then it will take you longer to navigate in and out of the transport vehicle and between chairs, etc.. I always suggest adding at least 15 minutes for getting into and out of a limo. If you are using a bus, then this might not be as challenging but allow time for every time you and your bridesmaids get in and out of the vehicles. Therefore, if you have a stop between the ceremony and reception for pictures, you need to add extra time. Keep in mind that you need to add time for freshening up your makeup, making a restroom stop, or just ‘chillin’.


Wedding Day Timeline – Beginning of the day:


Remember to eat and have fresh food available for your day. Time moves fast and there is a great chance you will ‘forget’ to eat then will not have time for a good meal before your wedding.

How long will it take for the bride’s hair? According to many stylists, one hour is the norm which is enough time for last-minute changes. If you are getting your hair done at a salon but are not putting the tiara until the last-minute, ensure someone understands how to put the tiara on you.

How long will it take for the bride’s makeup? Many makeup artists agree to allow at least 60 minutes. This is enough time to last-minute changes and some brides ‘cry’ early and the makeup needs ‘touched up’.

What about the bridesmaids and mom? It takes at least 30 minutes for their hair and another 30-45 minutes per person for the bridesmaids. If there is only one stylist and one makeup artist, it is important to permit enough time for everyone to get their hair and make up done.

If you are getting your hair done at your home or hotel room, then I suggest that the bride gets her hair done after her makeup. The bride can get her makeup done while the stylist is doing the bridesmaids hair.


When should the photographer arrive? I like to arrive one hour before the bride is ready. During this time I photograph the detail images. Such as the dress, shoes, something old, something new, etc. In addition, I am able to photograph the interaction between everyone including some of the fun images that are loved by almost everyone. When the bride is ready, I use this time to photograph her while her hair and make up are freshly done getting portraits of her alone as well as her with her bridesmaids and some of her family.

When there are children, I find that this is a great time to get images when they are not ‘tired’ of wearing their nice clothes.


What next in the wedding day timeline?

The groom, groomsmen, ushers, etc should arrive to the ceremony location 90 minutes prior to its start. Verify this with the wedding coördinator for the church or venue but 90 minutes is typically enough time. {During this time we use 30 minutes to photograph the ‘guys’ too.}

The bride should permit herself enough time for travel to the ceremony location plus time to relax before walking in. If there is a first look then permit at least 30 minutes for this to take place.

  •  How long is the ceremony? Depending on the minister or officiate, this will last 30-60 minutes. Certain denominations are slightly longer but the average ‘non’ denomination wedding is 30 minutes.

Receiving line – should we do one or should you exit then return and great each aisle dismissing the guests as a couple? That depends on you and what you plan for the day. The interaction between the couple and guests is well received when the couple dismisses each aisle. This takes slightly longer than the 15-20 minutes (100-150 guests) but the couple has enough time to interact and control the interaction. During this time, if we are your photographers, photograph some of the interaction and set-up for the formals.

 Keep in mind that some churches have a time when everyone must be departed from the church.

How much time between the service and reception? That depends on a few factors but keep in mind travel time and too often not everything goes as planned.

It is imperative that everyone is ‘prepared’. Announce early to the family they will get their pictures after the wedding.  It takes approximately 30 minutes for the formals depending on the size and scope of your family. Allow another 30 minutes for ‘creative’ images of the bride and groom alone and a few with the bridal party.

I always scope out alternative locations for pictures to save time on the wedding day.

The larger friends and extended family photos should be done at the reception and we include them during our no booth photo booth session time {ask for more details}.


Wedding Day TimeLine

Wedding Day Timeline | Even though the skies opened, because of proper planning we created an iconic image for the couple.

How long in the wedding day time is the reception?

Five to six hours is typical which includes one hour for cocktails or ‘early’ mingling while the guests wait for the arrival of the bride and groom. I take the photos of the parents during the formals first to enable them time to get to the reception and mingle plus ensure that everything is good at the venue.


Wedding Day Timeline – reception order?

  • First Dance – many will do the first dance after their entrance and before sitting down. This is always fun. Please discuss with the DJ NOT to use harsh color lights (purple, red, etc) during this dance. These colors or dots do not look good on the couple during this dance or the dance with bride/dad, groom/mom.
  • Father/Daughter Dance – some will do this dance immediately after the first dance and others will sit for the toast/blessing. Since it is YOUR wedding, there is no wrong way.
  • Toast/blessing –
  • Cake cutting – Some will cut the cake immediately after the first dance and before sitting and others will wait until later in the day. If you cut the cake immediately, then the venue has time to serve the cake with the meal and ensure the floor is clean for dancing.
  • Toasts by the maid/matron of honor followed by the best man
  • The bride/groom can do a toast thanking everyone for attending and helping
  • Dance – depending if the father/daughter – mother/son dance was earlier, you can do this dance immediately following dinner followed by the bridal
  • Bouquet and garter toss – usually two hours before the end of the reception and before everyone is too ‘partied out’. If you wait too long then some of the guest begin to leave.
  • No Booth Photo Booth – we normally will do this for 30-45 min immediately following the bouquet and garter toss.
  • Farewell – some will do a farewell – I have seen the bride and groom leave in a rented limo, sports car (from a guest), and a variety of other vehicles.
  • Sparklers – Not all sparklers are created equal – some burn slow (for weddings and events) while others are fast burning and smoke. An INTERNET search for wedding sparklers yields hundreds of options. Give your guests enough time to get in ‘line’ – typically ten minutes and have someone coordinate the lighting of the sparklers knowing that depending on the size of your wedding, it could take a few minutes for everyone to light the sparklers – be careful and verify with the venue that sparklers are permitted.

We are offering a Bridal Show Special – Please contact me for more information.


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Hiring a wedding photographer | A few quick tips


Selecting Vendors for your wedding is overwhelming!

At the recent Pittsburgh Bridal Fair one of the common statements by attendees, ‘wow’ this is overwhelming!

I remember when I went to my first show at the convention center many years ago. It was a home show and it was filled with an insane number of vendors. I could not believe how many people were at the show, nor could I believe the choices. This reason alone scared me. Who do I pick for our project?

In the wedding world hiring the correct vendor for each part of your wedding is just as confusing as hiring the correct contractor for your home project. As daunting as this task may seem, there are a few simple tests you can do when selecting your wedding photographer.


 A few quick tips for hiring a wedding photographer


Before meeting with the photographer, ask to see samples of a ‘complete’ weddings. {Not just the images ‘advertised’ as their best work.}

  • Consistency in the work is critical. What you are attempting to avoid is hiring someone who doesn’t have the experience in photographing a complete wedding.
  • Do you like the images from a complete wedding?
  • Do you like their coverage of a ceremony, reception, candid images?
    • Fun portraits?
      • Do they offer the opportunity for the guests to get their pictures taken as a gift to the bride and groom at no extra charge?
        • We offer for no additional charge the ‘no booth photo booth’. We set-up with props in an area near the reception for the guests to get their pictures with either props or without as a gift to you. {Ask for more details}
  • Is the photographer willing to work with your schedule and how long is their coverage during your wedding day?
    • We cover your day and do not leave during the middle part of your reception.
  • Meet with the photographer in person
    • It is imperative that you get along with the photographer. You will be with them more than anyone else on your wedding day and it is critical that both you and the photographer ‘click’.
    • Look at their albums
      • Do you like the way their printed work looks?
        • Do you like their designs?
        • Not all albums are created equal
        • Do you like their albums?
  • If they are on social media, check out their ‘chatter’ and look for comments on the images they post. Do they have references?
    • Look for consistency here too. You want to verify they are ‘legit’
    • How do they interact with others and how do others interact with them?
    • Are they a ‘hot head’ who spouts off when someone disagrees with them or when they are under stress
      • Weddings are stressful 😀
    • Do they offer advice and helpful suggestions to others or do they seem to be the one always asking questions?
  • When you review their ‘complete’ weddings, verify that you see more than just the bride and groom. Too often ‘new’ photographers gather images during a controlled workshop without experience in a hectic, ‘non-controlled’ wedding day.
  • Search the internet for the photographers name
    • Look for how they comment on other sites
  • Are they someone that you believe you can work with on your wedding day?

Yes, hiring a wedding photographer is overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be.  Utilize these same tips as you hire other vendors for your wedding day.

We are offering a Bridal Show Special – Please contact me for more information.


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Pittsburgh Skyline | Sunrise over Pittsburgh


By chance or planning | Be ready for a great image | Pittsburgh Skyline

One of the best things about living in a city with mountains is the ability to get above the city skyline for either a sunset or sunrise. Since the sun rises ‘behind’ Pittsburgh when viewing it from Mount Washington, a backlit image of the city presents a tremendous image.


A few years ago, I had a client who wanted a sunrise image. Therefore, I suggested we do the session from Mt. Washington. It gives us a great view of the city and bordering rivers with a platform (overlook).


On the day of the scheduled session, I looked out the window and was greeted with fog so thick, I could barely see 20 feet in front of me.

 The Pittsburgh Skyline is tremendous from Mt. Washington

I loaded my gear and headed toward the city. On the way, I received a call from the client asking if we should cancel. I suggested that we continue as planned. When I arrived to Mt. Washington, I was greeted with an amazing view and look. Immediately, I set-up my tripod and camera attempting to capture a quickly fading look (the sun was melting away the fog) that bathed the city in a glow I never imagined.


Regardless how many times I photograph Pittsburgh, I never seem to grow tired of it but this image will always remain as one of my favorites. Why? Because it almost didn’t happen. If I would have canceled due to the fog, I never would have seen nor could I imagine this look. (Yes, the birds were flying by – they were not added later.)

 Portrait Session & the Pittsburgh Skyline

How did the portrait session go? Great! The client arrived ‘late’ but it gave me time to not only get this image but a few others that I enjoy. We still had time to get some tremendous sunrise image with the client and city for a very successful day.


If you enjoy this image, consider decorating your home with it or sending a friend a card. This image is available in a variety of formats from the link below.


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Snow Queen | A winter wedding and beautiful bride

Snow Queen - Beautiful Bride and Groom in the snow

Snow Queen – Beautiful Bride and Groom in the snow


I am not a winter person but I am a sucker for the opportunity to get a great image. So when the opportunity to get a ‘snow queen’ image, I was ready for it.

Everyone in the bridal party was very cooperative on this cold January day. They dressed for the wedding but also prepared for cold, outdoor images. Within a few blocks of the church was a perfect spot. There was an opening which provided access to snow and the beautiful sky. The snow glistened from the brisk temperature, creating a surreal look.

Moving quickly, we took multiple images of the bride and groom plus the bridal party.

The second picture of the bridal party is a fun picture but other than the lights and blue sky, it doesn’t give indication how cold it was outside and how brave the ladies were to get this picture for their friend, the bride.

Bridesmaids in the winter snow

On a brisk January evening, these brave ladies posed for their friend.

We always look for creative and unique ways to display the wedding rings. In this case, the snow bulb proved to be the ‘perfect’ prop. Telling the story of the day and time of year, the snow bulb holding the ring captured the time and season.

Snow Bulb and Ring

Snow Bulb and Ring

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Kendralla Photography | Beaver County Wedding Photographer

We have a few open dates remaining for 2014 with special pricing for weddings in January to April 2014. If you would like to meet for a no obligation consultation for your wedding photography, contact me and I will meet you at a location and time convenient to you and we can enjoy a cup of tea or together.

– See more at my portfolio site.

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Catherine and VJ | Wedding Celebration Show

Catherine and VJ were married at The Fez in Hopewell Twp, PA and as always The Fez did an amazing job hosting the wedding celebration.  I love the reflective floor and how it adds a tremendous look to the images.

Catherine’s parents created a beautiful backdrop that was used for the wedding ceremony and for the head table. It was accented by uplighting to finish off the romantic look.


Beautiful Lights at The Fez

Beautiful Lights at The Fez



Prior to the wedding ceremony we took a few portraits at the Doubletree in Moon Twp, PA.  The sky was magnificent with powerful clouds and deep rich colors.  Catherine and the ladies braved the cold wind enough for us to capture some amazing images.

Bridal Portrait at the Double Tree in Moon Twp

Bridal Portrait at the Double Tree in Moon Twp


Bridal Portrait at the Double Tree in Moon Twp in Black and White

Bridal Portrait at the Double Tree in Moon Twp in Black and White


Enjoy the Wedding Celebration of Catherine and VJ | Wedding  Celebration Show

Catherine and VJ – Wedding Celebration at The Fez from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Kendralla Photography

We have a few open dates remaining for 2014 with special pricing for weddings in January to April 2014. If you would like to meet for a no obligation consultation for your wedding photography, contact me and I will meet you at a location and time convenient to you and we can enjoy a cup of tea or together.

– See more at my portfolio site.

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