Casa de Lola & The House of Cool

On April 10, 2013 by vard

A couple of months ago I was approached about doing some work for a lifestyle blog run by Nathalie Barros.  I had previously done some work for Nathalie’s boyfriend’s band and she thought I might be a good fit for the style she was trying to bring out in her posts.  Her blog centers around her daily adventures, from shopping with friends in NYC to travel & cooking and trying to come to terms with her miniature Weimaraner Lola on who gets to sit on the couch.  And she makes the whole thing cooler posting her blog in both English and Portugese (she’s from Brazil)!

For me, working with Nathalie and Lola gives me a chance to shoot in a completely different way.  More freedom and less structure…I can pretty much do anything I’d like; which plays right back into ‘all the other shooting’.  If I do something interesting or technically challenging when I’m working with Nat, it’s easily reusable in the regular Studio D shooting.  And, more than anything else, it’s just fun!

Check out Nat’s blog here, or her fan page here and say hi…and thanks for reading.

Rock on!


Email Newsletter

On February 5, 2013 by vard

Just a quick post to introduce our email newsletter.  If you’re interested in receiving it, shoot us an email to THIS ADDRESS asking to be added to the mailing list.  While it will contain some of what you find here on the blog and in other social media postings, it’ll also have some newsletter specific info on promotions and discounts on products that you’ll only know about if you sign up for it! Hope you do, and thanks for reading!

Rock on!

Here’s what the first one looks like…and click HERE to download a copy!



Italy – Jumping at Opportunity!

On January 29, 2013 by vard

Connie and I recently had an opportunity to shoot a wedding in Italy for some close friends of ours.  This was definitely on my ‘dreams’ list for what being a photographer could be, but it never really budged into the reality category.  And then it did…

Kyle & Rachael asked us to shoot their wedding a little over a year ago.  At the time it was supposed to be here in north eastern Pennsylvania.  What started off as a rather large event here in the States was morphed into a more intimate and memorable experience when they decided to take the whole shebang to Italy.

Sixty or so friends and family from the States and another twenty+ from Europe all convened in Palombara Sabina, Italy, just north of Rome.  We spent the first few days getting to know our fellow travelers and covering everything paparazzi style.  It was fun, and everyone got really used to having us around, which always makes for easier shooting at go time.  The wedding itself was held in a castle (Castello savelli) about 20 minutes away from where we were staying.  Perfect weather, great people and an amazing location; it’s a pretty good mix!  The day after the wedding a large group of us moved our base of operations down to Rome proper.  9 of us in one apartment made for some great ‘getting to know each other’ opportunities.  We’ll leave that at ‘you had to be there’…you get the idea…it was crazy fun.

On New Years Day we gathered up as many of the friends and family that we could and did some ‘formals’ outside of the Vatican and in downtown Rome.  It’s probably not a secret that I don’t mind making a scene when shooting…everyone should have their princess/rockstar moment, and this was Rachael & Kyle’s!  As much fun as it was to be shooting there, it was as equally fun watching what was happening.  Taking a step back to watch everyone enjoying an epic moment in their lives was really neat and something I’m glad I remembered to take the time to do.

Italy was amazing!  Unfortunately we couldn’t bring the short people with us, but we did get very good at Skyping with them.  Maybe next time ladies…Oh…and big thanks to my grandmother for hanging with the girls for a week and a half.  They miss you and are looking forward to July in Cape Cod! :D

Thank you one last time to Rachael, Kyle and both of their families.  You REALLY know how to throw a party!


Up next: info on new print pricing (it’s getting a lot cheaper), more blogs about what we’ve been shooting and editing for the last few months, and plenty more…

Thanks for reading.



February Mini-Shoots

On February 21, 2012 by vard

I’ve had a great time shooting the February Mini-Shoots over the last week.  Lots more to shoot & tons to edit, but here’s a few from the last few days of fun!  Thank you to everyone that’s taken part in these so far! :D

Rock on!

February Mini Shoot Promo

On February 1, 2012 by vard

Tis the season when shooting has slowed to a manageable pace and I am finally catching/finishing up on last season’s edit work.  I’ve got a bit left, but there’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.  So, as life slows down just a bit I finally have time to run a promo that I’ve been wanting to for some time.  The February Mini Shoot – designed around the idea that life is always more fun with more than one person.  $50 for a two people, be it a couple or just friends.


  • 1 outfit
  • Studio or Location
  • Online Proofing
  • Piles of Fun :D
…and you can add friends for $20/person.  This will run the entire month of Feb, but book ASAP for better shooting slots.  Drop us a line in the studio (570-752-4119) to book a Mini Shoot or if you have any questions about the promo.
Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on the flip side of the lens!

Back To Work – Seniors

On September 28, 2011 by vard

It’s been a bit since I’ve had a chance to post images from the ‘work’ side of shooting.  This time of year the blog always suffers while I try to keep my head above water.  Here’s a few from the last couple of months from some of the high school students I work with.  I have another post with more seniors coming ASAP, as well as weddings and ‘everything else’ in the not too distant future.

Rock on!