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Irwin PA Photographer

Family & Portrait Photographer

Based In Irwin, PA

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

After nearly 12 years of shooting hundreds of wonderful weddings, God has led me to slow down. My kids are growing so fast. Time is precious. The long nights of editing and being gone for full days on the weekend is not the lifestyle I desire or can sustain.

 

So I am no longer taking on any more traditional weddings than I have currently booked. I have 2 more weddings booked into 2023. After that, I’ll be taking on just 5 elopements or small weddings a year. I’ll be primarily focusing on serving families as time goes on.

 

It’s a difficult decision for me. I have enjoyed being part of people’s best days for all these years and that part will be very hard to let go. The joy and celebration of love through marriage is truly one of the best parts of my life. I’ll just be focusing much more on the marriages and growing families that come afterwards! I’ve been blessed with a packed out calendar every year for the past few years with families that I’ve photographed. Some of them again and again as they return each year. I couldn’t ask for better lives to be a part of than the people who come back each year.

 

I truly cherish each and every friendship that has formed from the weddings I’ve photographed. Being part of your wedding day has meant that I am literally by your side for nearly your entire day. That is something I will never forget or take advantage of. You have trusted me with your most precious memories, and I can’t thank you enough!

Much Love, Ellen

Elopement Photography

After 11 years of shooting hundreds of wonderful weddings, God has led me to slow down. My kids are growing so fast. Time is precious. The long nights of editing and being gone for full days on the weekend is not the lifestyle I desire or can sustain.

 

So I am no longer taking on any more traditional weddings than I have currently booked. I have 3 more weddings booked into 2023. After that, I’ll be taking on just 5 elopements a year. I’ll be primarily focusing on serving families as time goes on.

 

It’s a difficult decision for me. I have enjoyed being part of people’s best days for all these years and that part will be very hard to let go. The joy and celebration of love through marriage is truly one of the best parts of my life. I’ll just be focusing much more on the marriages and growing families that come afterwards! I’ve been blessed with a packed out calendar every year for the past few years with families that I’ve photographed. Some of them again and again as they return each year. I couldn’t ask for better lives to be a part of than the people who come back each year.

 

I truly cherish each and every friendship that has formed from the weddings I’ve photographed. Being part of your wedding day has meant that I am literally by your side for nearly your entire day. That is something I will never forget or take advantage of. You have trusted me with your most precious memories, and I can’t thank you enough!

 

My website will be undergoing some big changes (which have already begun!) so I appreciate the patience as I make this transition out of weddings and full time into family and portrait photography!

What is your dream wedding like?

I used to dream about my perfect wedding day.

It would start with a morning picnic with steamy hot drinks, at an overlook with the perfect view of the sunrise. We’d hike to a waterfall and dip our toes in at the bottom; playfully splashing and enjoying the love we share. Eventually, we’d get dried off and hike back to our car where we’d enjoy a snack, wrapped in towels, laughing while pretending the trunk we were sitting in was actually comfortable. Heading back to our house, we would put on our wedding attire and prepare for our evening ceremony in a field full of wildflowers with the best view of the sunset. Mom and Dad would meet us there with our sisters and brothers, to witness the two of us entering into marriage. Afterwards, we’d walk through a light lined tree path and enjoy a candle light dinner in the woods together. Celebrating life and love with the people who’ve always been there for us! After hugs and well wishes, we’d set off on our new adventure of life. Together, forever.

If your dream wedding is intimate and personal, then this is the place for you!

Small weddings and elopements are a great way to keep your day special and completely personable. You can create a day to match your personalities and preferences while still having the best day to begin your marriage! No matter what size wedding you decide to have, you deserve to have the best photos!

Your wedding is just one day, but your marriage is forever. Putting the focus on the two of you and your commitment to love, honor, and cherish until death, is a great way to begin your lives together! That is why I offer photography by the hour to accommodate your small wedding or elopement plans!

So if you desire a wedding day that is filled with special moments for you and your love, completely comfortable and true to yourselves and the love you are creating; a day you will remember, then maybe a small wedding or elopement is for you!

Booking Me As Your Photographer

Let's find out if I am available for your elopement! I only take on 5 elopements or small weddings a year. Fill out the contact form and I will get back to you within 2 business days! Then we can schedule a consultation over the phone or video chat and talk about all of your plans.

I can't wait to hear your love story!

Client Testimonial

"We had the most amazing experience with Ellen. From the pre-planning, to after the wedding, she always listened to every detail we wanted. She went above and beyond to travel around the city to capture our love of Pittsburgh! I still can't help but look at our wedding photos over and over!"
Lauren & Benjamin

I can't wait to be your photographer!

Once you've signed the contract and paid your retainer, you are officially booked! Every couple who books their wedding with me receives a complimentary engagement session!

I'll send you my style guide which is packed with the best tips for what to wear and how to prepare for your engagement photos! Then we can decide on the best location that will be perfect for the two of you. Once your engagement photos are completed, you can use them for save the dates, wedding decor, or simply have them printed for your walls!

What You Will Receive

Within a week of your elopement, you will be sent a preview of your photos! Then within 2 months, all of your photos will be completed!

You will receive:

  • A fully edited online gallery with all of the best photos from your day! (No limits on the amount you will receive.)
  • A photo app for quick access to your photos from your phone!
  • Unlimited downloads.
  • Sharing for family & friends.
  • Print & social media rights.
  • The option to purchase professional prints, canvases, and photo cards!

Elopement Photography Begins at $1500

Client For Life

Just because your wedding day is over doesn't mean that our time together has come to an end!

In fact, after spending the best day ever with you, I'd be so sad to never see you again!

That's why I make it easier than ever to hire me again for your milestones and yearly photos!

You are now a Client For Life! That means you will receive an *exclusive discount* on most future sessions that you book with me! No one else receives this discount. Only my wedding clients! I am so excited to watch your marriage grow and flourish into something amazing and I would be thrilled to be your photographer for every milestone in your lives!

"Ellen photographed my engagement, wedding, maternity and family photos. She is amazing to work with! She makes sure she captures all the little moments that make your day special. I couldn't have been more impressed by the pictures! Ellen is truly an artist with her camera!"

- Kate & Rick (Clients For Life)

Lasting Memories by Ellen

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