Danielle & Brian's Mattress Factory Party

December 05, 2021

By: Steve Groves

It's funny how things work out.

Since I've been running this photography business, I've had the great fortune to meet some really awesome people, and several of them have become repeat clients. That is certainly true in the case of Danielle and Brian, who I met through a mutual friend (thanks, Sarah!) who tends the bar at the Original Mitchell's in Downtown Pittsburgh. But in their case, there's a little bit of a unique and special twist. But more on that later.

When I first met these two, Danielle was pregnant with their soon-to-arrive son, Walter. She was looking for a quick maternity photoshoot, so we hit up their alma mater's campus—the University of Pittsburgh.
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Everything went well, and I sent over the final images—you know, a typical photoshoot. But then they called me for another session. I don't remember for sure, but I think they may have been my first repeat client. At any rate, we did a second session. And then they called for a third session. And then they called me to photograph the wedding reception they never had the opportunity to have after they got married.

Before the reception began, we got some really nice portraits at a church just down the street from their home.

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Then we got down to business. (And by "business," I'm definitely referring to an amazing party at the Mattress Factory on Pittsburgh's North Side. These guys really know how to do it right.
 

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It was truly an awesome evening, and I'm so honored that Danielle and Brian continue to ask me to be their photographer. That consistency is what has made that unique and special twist I mentioned earlier possible. You see, in every one of their photoshoots, Walter was there. I didn't know it at the time, but that very first maternity shoot set the stage for me to watch that adorable little guy grow up through a camera lens. Who knew that one day a few years down the road I'd get to watch him participate in a party celebrating his parents' marriage?

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It's funny how things work out, and, like so many other things, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Congratulations, Danielle and Brian!

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