This year has taken a pleasant unexpected turn, and I’ve started studying photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  I can’t say enough good things about the place.  After months of telling me that I was the missing link in this project, Ben put a really nice used camera on my desk.  I probably wouldn’t have bought one myself, but now can’t imagine not doing it.  I’m having such a good time capturing area homes.  The pictures you’ve seen over the last several months have been mine as a student.  I look forward to more classes and to learning and improving.  A few weeks ago I asked my neighbors via if I could photograph their Christmas decorations.  Within a couple of hours I had several responses from Lawrenceville and one from Bloomfield.  Thanks to everyone who shared their homes for the photos here – Cathy, Jess, Sandy, Brittney, Samantha, Jessica, Beth & Ameet.  Your spaces are all unique & lovely.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

Peace & Love


Local realtor Tim Fabian recently listed his historic Ross Township farmhouse and invited me over to take pictures.  Tim is also a photographer whose work can be seen in The Steps of Pittsburgh book amongst others.  The house is believed to have been built around 1863.  Although never officially declared an historic landmark, it is included in the book Landmark Architecture of Allegheny County.  The original house consisted of a kitchen with bedroom above, which is now a game room and bedroom.  The first addition to the house was done around 1888, adding the living room, dining room and 3 bedrooms.  Tim & his wife finished the attic, redid the front porch, added a gourmet kitchen, 2 car garage and full bath.  The addition was designed by Penner & Associates Architects.  Here you can see a photo of the original house as shown in the book.  The property is set back from the road and is very private with a huge front yard and lots of wooded land all around.  Just outside of the city, it took me less than 15 minutes to drive there from Lawrenceville.