the joke can be over now.

for 41 years, i have had a puppy love, bubbly in my tummy, love affair with pittsburgh. 

born there in 1974, every thought of pitt is filled with black and gold, mouthwatering italian and polish food, family, inclines, KDKA and window shopping. 

the opportunities that i have had in shooting there have been some of my favorite images of all time. 


for almost a month my sister in law, loryn, has been in the shock trauma unit at allegheny general in pitt. it has been a very stressful, and intense time for my brother and us who love him so much. 

more about that later. 

i had a shoot scheduled in oakland yesterday afternoon, and had not been down to see loryn in a few weeks.  i decided to leave early, spend some time with ryan and loryn, then head to my shoot.

ry is a genius.  i'm not exaggerating.  my brother is the most cunning, find the leak in the system, brilliant person ever.  

we are total opposites. :)

after spending some precious time with him, he not only laid out directions for me, to my shoot in oakland, he went over and over them with me.  god bless him. 

we kissed goodbye and with one final drill of where i was headed to, i took off for oakland. 


first, i missed the right, then a huge piece of mascara got in my eye - i think mascara.

HURT!  i couldn't see!  i'm driving in pitt, with every stinking turn 15 seconds ahead of me, i couldn't see, and why wasn't my GPS working now too?  oh!  the volume was off.  

long story short, i arrived almost ten minutes late to my shoot, but exactly where i needed to be...the cathedral of learning. 

emma's mom and i quickly memorized our license plate numbers and grabbed our credit cards to pay for parking.  for all my dubois friends - let's just say, it is WAY different than paying for parking at the luigi's parking lot. 


we spent two hours shooting this lovely.

and for all i have in me, i'm kicking myself for not seeing what was happening to the left of us. i take such care in composing a shot.  

but then again, this is the girl who shot a whole round of bridal party pictures in front of a COOL graffiti wall, that just may have had a huge penis painted on it.

 i never saw it. no more graffiti walls at weddings. 


i should have realized when people weren't staring at emma.  

they were all day. until now.  SOMETHING was going on. 

oh, you know, there just happened to be about 3 or 4 tow trucks approaching, with police cars and lights.  

but i thought this shot was rockin. 

sometimes i hate being me. 

all of a sudden, i realized what was happening!  i looked over and NO!!!!!

the tow truck was lined up right behind the jeep to put it on.

i ran across the street - total jay walking / running.....up to the policeman.

"sir, look- my ticket, i'm paid until 3:23.  it's not even 3:00...ummm...sir."


and he wasn't even......NICE!

he told me the signs said that there was no parking after 4 a.m.

"4 a.m.??  i asked.  

"the parking slots were full, and the machine took my card - twice!  

and now you are towing?

PLEASE! don't tow my car..."

he told me.."once we start, we don't stop!"

so i ran up to the "tow guy." 

"dirty, greasy, smelly, sir..." (i always consider the inside of someone rather than the out, but this man was NOT nice on the in. :(

"please, don't lift my car onto the truck.  it's not up there yet.  you haven't started, please let it go. "

and the DUDE tells me...

"once i start, i won't stop."

"where are you taking it?" i yelled above all of the noise of 4 tow trucks installing chains to cars....

"the city impound." he yells. 

so from here, 

i know i will sound like a naive, cow poke, innocent, small town gal, but i don't care.

yesterday was AWFUL.  for a ton of reasons.

this being a big part of it - but THERE IS MORE!!!!!

to be continued...

is it only tuesday???