ADRIENNE

There are some people who stay with you your whole life, they some how don't escape through the cracks of change and the passing of time and growing older. They remain, ever present, in all forms throughout every stage of life. And even in those days and months and years of possible silence you still know they are there, waiting for your call when you need them most and they will always be there. This is my A, Adrienne, Adrienne Jill, in whatever name I call her she answers most always with a smile on her face. Adrienne has been one of the longest friendships I have been lucky enough to have; there aren't many people in this world that touch as many souls as Adrienne has and because of this I am proud to be her friend. She has this way about her, this way that makes life happier, the air a little lighter and this sense of hope that exudes from her very core. She is a captivating human being for the fact that she gives more of herself to others than almost any other person I have met through my time on Earth. She left for the Peace Corp. a few weeks ago and before she left she spoke to me about her fears as well as the overwhelming amount of Love she had received in her last few days in Pennsylvania. Its just Adrienne. Worrying about how many people Love her and how she doesnt know how to give back to them in the same depth. But the truth is, just by being in this life she has given more to them than she knows. And that is always enough. There is a book that I gave her that I hope she cherishes as much as I do, in it, the author speaks in part of the main character and of his life. He speaks a passage that in every way, shape, or form envelopes Adrienne:

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” 
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild

So A, let me say this, your life is a beautiful one, filled with hope and adventure and life and love and humility. You are worth more than you know. You are beautiful. You are someone I am proud to have known for over half of my life. So go my friend, do amazing things, touch new lives, and find the beauty in the simplicity. I love you dear friend.

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An Ordinary Day

Dear Marc,

Today is nothing special, I am sitting in a coffee shop, not even drinking coffee..I just like to watch people pass by on the street (you know how I zone out). Today is ordinary, but I sit here and find myself thinking of you and that one time you decided it would be a good idea to take me dancing on our first date. And of course now we know I have to have a bottle of beer before any such event should take place. Im laughing to myself and people are looking but I dont care because they dont know me, they dont understand that I do that some times. They aren't you. It took me a long time to finally get that AH-HA moment (the one where you realize what makes sense) because lets face it, we were young and stupid and selfish and had no idea who we were. Im not saying I know exactly who I am right now but Im better off than I was years ago. You were always that guy that 'wasn't good for me' because you did some stupid/crazy stuff (dont deny it)..and I was always the girl who was reserved and sheltered...complete opposites. We still are opposites in so many ways which is why we work. You understand the things I dont, you're the logic to my nonsensical train of thought, you're the crazy to my reserved. I know that when you are around I can open up to people, something I have always struggled with.

But the truth is my love, no one will know me the way you do. No one will understand why I enjoy doing so much alone or the fact that Im a bit of addict/hoarder for popcorn. No one gets that when I hit a wall or have a panic meltdown I need to be in water immediately. And no one knows my secrets. But you do. You have allowed me to trust someone so deeply that I can be entirely myself without judgement or insecurities. It makes sense to me now why God put you in my life. You're the balance that I have always needed and the happiness I didn't know existed. It is because of you that I have been brave enough to do half the things I've done in my life. It's because of you that Im not afraid of the future or messing up or letting go of things. Thank you for walking in to my class in sixth grade and changing my life. You are without a doubt one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

So, on this ordinary day, on this extraordinary earth I wanted to tell you how much you mean to me. You have changed my world for the better just by walking in to it, for saying yes to Amanda when she forced you to 'go out with me', for taking me dancing on our first date in your old ranger, for all the secrets you've kept, and for the ones to come. I Love You....to the stars and back.

xoxo - Bre

Gabrielle Halle Photography

Carly + Chase| Bridegwater Engagement

I have known Carly since I was born...literally...I have a picture of her holding me as a newborn. She is like family to me so when she asked me to photograph her wedding this coming May there was no way I was going to turn that down. I had a blast running around Bridgewater with Carly and Chase, they were all about changing in my pop-up 'turkey hunting tent' aka my changing station...I think Keith (my Godfather..Carlys dad) would be proud ;) Cant wait to shoot your wedding and celebrate with you guys! 

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Christina + Mike | Pittsburgh Engagement

I love Pittsburgh, and I love people who love Pittsburgh. When Christina and Mike explained to me that they wanted their engagement session all around the city I was pretty stoked (yes I went all 'california surfer' on you). The great thing about this city is that it can be for anyone, each section has its own vibe and personality which fit Christina and Mike perfectly. I have never met two people who are so nice and so 'in' to each other, and thank god for that because it made my job so much easier. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in October but until then here is a lil sum'in sum'in from their lovely engagement session! 

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Getting back to the root of it

The truth is, I have not been very good at blogging (I honestly hate that word), however, I love to write. I think writing, like photography, is a way to express situations and emotions of life and I have never wanted my writing to be solely based around my photography. I want the people who read my entries to really feel like they know me, sort of if we happened to cross paths one day you would stop me and chat like we were old friends, therefore I am dubbing this my little diary...not a blog. And, I plan to stick to it, to make time in the weeks of life to sit down and write to you about whatever happens or perhaps about nothing at all. So, for my first declaration of diary freedom I present to you the roots of my life, my family. 

We had a Laszlo family picnic yesterday, I love my Hungarian roots and I love the family that comes with them. We have been trying to get together every year, sort of like a family reunion and this year was awesome. The more I am with my family the more I notice how our lives revolve around the children we are all starting to have. I love this fact because kids always have a way of bringing out the best in grown-ups...they make you want to explore and imagine new places..to pretend that you arent actually in Pennsylvania but rather in a castle and you must be rescued before you can climb down the playground steps. We gravitate to our little ones because they instill hope in us that so many other human beings can sometimes try to destroy. Because of this I tried to fill my camera up with tid-bits of a few little monsters at the picnic. I also tried getting some photos of everyone else that I love (some are missing) because I wouldnt know where I am going if I didnt know where I came from right? So, let's meet my lovely Laszlo's <3


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Makenzie + Eric | Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club

I had the pleasure of meeting Makenzie and Eric through a Jess (another bride of mine) and I have to say that I do not think I could of hit a better jackpot. I have never met two people who are as kind, honest, and loving as this couple; I consider myself to be one lucky woman. I was lucky enough to do their engagement photos in Pittsburgh on Mt. Washington and Grandview Park but I have been even luckier that I got to photograph their wedding and my goodness was it beautiful. Throughout the whole day I felt relaxed, stress-free, and had the most fun at a wedding I have ever had...guest or photographer combined! They decided to skip th bouquet toss and garter for something better...dancing and a best man who would jump on the bar, drench himself in alcohol, then swan dive into the crowd of party-goers. Yep, like I mentioned before, I am one lucky woman when it comes to clients. Anyway, I just wanted to take a second and thank these two amazing people for being a part of my life; I am blessed to know you not only through your photography but through the love that is so passionately and sincerely shared between the two of you. A love like yours does not happen everyday and that is always something to be marveled at. I wish nothing but the best for you and hope to see you again soon.

All my love,

*Bre

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