Clayton & Francesca's Wedding Day by Steve Groves

Clayton Heath was one of the very first graduate assistants to work in my office at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. He is a brilliant bass trombonist who you could find gigging around town in The Brass Roots, as well as the funk brass band Run the Meat. He was also producing his own podcast, Iron City Incline, which looked deeply into the arts culture in Pittsburgh through the eyes of its prominent figures.

Clayton was dating a young woman named Francesca, who was studying also working towards a master’s degree in vocal performance at Youngstown State University.

After they finished their graduate degrees, both landed adjunct teaching jobs in at Frostburg State University, Clayton teaching trombone and Francesca teaching voice.

Early on in my friendship with Clayton, while he was still working in my office, he asked me to take a few head shots of him for some projects he was working on. Apparently, he liked how they turned out, because that turned into several more photo shoots - new head shots for Francesca, engagement photos, and ultimately the wedding photos you’re looking at now.

I am extremely honored to have been asked by this great couple to be a part of their beautiful wedding. Their ceremony was at Horizon View Farms in an amazing clearing that perfectly fit the rustic woodsy aesthetic that is so intrinsic to their personalities.

Following the ceremony, they celebrated at The Hayloft, just down the road. Replete with beautiful landscapes, a pond, fountain, gazebo, and wooden fences, I was hard-pressed to decide what the BEST locations would be for photos. There were just too many to choose from!

In the end, surrounded by friends, family, and one of the most gorgeous days the summer of 2019 had to offer, they couldn’t have asked for a better wedding! Hopefully, the photos Melanie and I captured that day will continue to remind them of how incredibly amazing their day truly was.

Congratulations, Clayton and Francesca!

Back to the Future, Part II by Steve Groves

Previously, on…

Maybe you already took the hint, maybe you didn't, but in case you weren't thinking fourth-dimensionally, the title of this blog post is sort of a spoiler alert in and of itself. I plan to post a follow-up blog after this weekend with photos of this year's show. I'm not big on comparisons—I mainly just care that I'm doing the best I can do at any given moment, but who knows? Maybe I'll come away with the shot of a lifetime. Maybe I won't. Probably the latter. Either way, it will become a historical experience that I can build on.

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Back to the Future, Part I by Steve Groves

It's funny how time is. You can think about one moment in your past, and on one hand it seems like yesterday that you were holding your brand-new, perfect little baby boy in the hospital, and on the other hand—HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU TO STOP EATING YOUR BOOGERS, EVAN?!?!?!—it can seem like FOR.EVER.

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Music as Image | Image as Music by Steve Groves

I've gotten to help out some of the local up-and-coming bands, and it's these guys that I want to talk about. It's one thing to have the opportunity to photograph the well-known established guys, but it's something completely different to be a part of a new band's development. Even if it's just a photo that is used in a random social post, that's something I contributed to the establishment of that group.

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