Hilary Senior Portraits

Here are a few photos from Hilary's senior portrait session.

Annie & Chris Wedding

A few photos from Chris & Annie's wedding at Springwood.

Aryn & E.J. Wedding

A couple of photos from Aryn & EJ's wedding.

Erin & Andrew Wedding

A few photos from Erin & Andrew's wedding day!


Ali models some teen fashions on the South Side for the Trib.


Tori models some teen fashions at Hartwood Acres for the Trib.

Correction Officers

Allegheny County Jail correction officers (from left to right) Christine Leech, Leann Weber, and Natalie Bryant are three female officers that may be part of a documentary that will feature female correction officers at the jail.

Cooling Off

Grace Rygelski, 6, of Aspinwall cools off from the 90 degree temperatures on Monday, August 9, 2010 in Aspinwall.

Home Again

Dec. 2003-New Kensington

Aug. 2010 - East Liberty

Dec. 2003 - New Kensington

Aug. 2010 - East Liberty

In December 2003, I covered the homecoming of soldiers returning home from Iraq to their base in New Kensington. One of my favorite photos from the day was one of Katie Witcop, holding her son, Evan, and reaching out as the bus carrying her husband, Patrick, pulled into the armory. I've run into Katie a few times since then and today I photographed her welcoming her husband, MSgt. Patrick Witcop, home again from Iraq. At her side are her three children, Meghan, 13, Sarah, 9, and Evan now 6-years-old.


Soldiers with the U.S. Army Reserve's 336th Military Police Battalion in East Liberty return home from their deployment to Iraq on Friday, August 6, 2010.

Big Winner

Brendan Walsh, 22, of Carnegie, a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh was the grand prize winner in a competition for CheapTickets.com and has won $50,000 in airfare and will have his commercial shown on the Travel Channel.

Jill & Andy's Wedding

Here are a few photos from Jill & Andy's Wedding in Greensburg, PA.


A goat makes friends with me while on assignment in Washington County.

Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy

Charley Sanders, 59, of Point Breeze, listens to the 21st Century Swing Band perform at their CD release party for their new album, "Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy," on the MCG Jazz label at CJ's in the Strip District on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

Marty Ashby, Executive Producer with MCG Jazz, addresses the crowd at CJ's.

Jamie Moore, a member of the 21st Century Swing Band, performs during the band's CD release party.

Mike Tomaro, a member of the 21st Century Swing Band, performs during the band's CD release party for their new album, "Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy."

New Construction

Paul Dimtroff works on a home being built by Primrose Homes in Marshall Township on Friday, July 30, 2010.

Living Way

Rev. Myr Bell, co-senior pastor at, the Living Way Christian Fellowship church in Homewood sits in the church's new sanctuary on Monday, August 2, 2010.


Mary Primis, the fitness instructor who was 10-months pregnant when she was shot in the deadly shooting spree at the LA Fitness in Collier a year ago, holds her son, Oliver, at her Moon home on Monday, July 27, 2010. Read more about Mary and Oliver at http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_693344.html

Marcellus Shale

A jar of water that Darrell Smitsky said came out of the tap in November 2009 sits on a fence post at his Hickory home. State environmental officials said it’s safe to drink. Smitsky says water tests have turned up xylene one time and toluene and acrylonitrile another. He fears their well water has been compromised. The nearest well is less than 1,000 feet from their home. Darrell said he began to fear the water when his goats started getting sick in the summer of 2008. He lost five goats that summer, ages 2 to 9. They all died the exact same way, with their rear legs locked rigid like they were paralyzed and with their bodies shaking all over.

John Dryer, 73, of Independence, stands on a hill side overlooking a plastic-lined frac pond that holds some 18 million gallons of water and sits on six acres (500 feet by 900 feet, and 15 feet deep) on his 226-acre farm that has been in his family since his father bought it in 1959.

Darrell Smitsky, 37, stands next to two jars of water that he said came out of the tap in November 2009 and July 2010. He fears their well water has been compromised by nearby drilling for gas.

Stephanie Hallowich, 39, stands next to a water pond with clean water that can be used to frac well and sits 150 yards from their home in Hickory’s Mt. Pleasant Township. The Hallowich's live with the industrial consequences of Marcellus shale gas wells: a gas processing plant sits within 300 yards and a compressor station sits within 600 yards. Green storage tanks on the gas wells sit within sight of their home, and a gravel access road with frequent truck traffic cuts across their property. Fearing their water has been contaminated by the drilling, the family trucks in water for drinking and bathing. They spend $156 a month for a water tank and pump, and pay $125 every time they fill the 1,500-gallon water tank every 2-3 weeks.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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