On January 7th, 2017, I had the honor of photographing the wedding of two good friends. Mike and Katie had a tumultuous start to their day, pushing through schedule setbacks, inclement weather, and more, but in the end things worked out and they were able to enjoy their evening with their loved ones. We braved the extreme cold and snow and were able to squeeze in a photo stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, despite being three hours behind, after which, their ceremony and reception were a breeze indoors at the lovely J.G. Domestic, located at 30th Street Station.
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Mara and Rich had their wedding celebration at the Merion Tribute House, a gorgeous venue with a long history of weddings. Their ceremony was held at the Church of St. John, just down the street, and we enjoyed the beautiful crisp autumn weather. This wedding was so much fun to shoot alongside the talented Hieu Pham and his second shooter, Dave, whose upbeat energy and sense of humor put everyone at ease and made the day that much more fun.
Congratulations, Mara and Rich!
Alex and Russell got married on October 2nd, 2016 at the Manor at Commonwealth, in Ambler, PA. Their wedding was full of autumnal decoration and charm, with so many hand made details, like the bouquet Alex's mother made out of jewelry, featuring her grandfather's Constable pin. Alex and Russell are the kind of couple that are so in love, you don't need to tell them to do anything, just point a camera in their direction and they will surely be doing something adorable and exchanging some sort of sweet affections. Their ceremony was sincere and touching, with Russell's sister officiating their self-uniting marriage and Alex's brother, Will, playing the acoustic guitar piece you hear in the trailer below.
We were honored to be part of Courcy and Emma's wedding at Radnor Valley Country Club. It was an elegant mix of cultures and traditions, culminating in a huge party for all of their friends and family.
shot by Brad Allen and Jenna Pastore
Edited and original music by Brad Allen
From 2010 to 2011, I had the privilege to be a counselor at the Central Bucks Family YMCA's skate camp, and worked at the Teen Center and Skate Park. This was how I was introduced to the CBF YMCA family, and I have fond memories of the staff, the kids, the families, and seeing the Seekers Program have their weekly meetings and seeing the joy on all of their faces. When Pat Kelly and the Y reached out to me to make these videos for their 50th Anniversary, I was thrilled at the opportunity to tell the Y's story. The following videos were created for the 50th Anniversary dinner, the proceeds of which directly benefited the programs depicted. The videos were directed by Pat Kelly, shot and edited by me, with project direction by Cheryl Brubaker, and featured original music written by Sean Kelly and performed by New Solution Entertainment.
Hayley and Jared's wedding was incredibly fun to shoot! It was a relaxed day, with a lighthearted and goofy bridal party, and the church was just a short walk across the street from the venue, Tabora Farm and Orchard. Hayley wore her mother's vintage 70's dress for the ceremony, and later surprised Jared with her second light dress for the rest of the day. After an evening of celebration, Jared got on stage with the band and rocked out on bass.
Congratulations Hayley and Jared!
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My good friends Pat and Sean Kelly of The Revere have become full-time wedding/event performers/DJs, and so they asked me to record a few videos of some of their amazing covers. Of course I jumped with glee at the opportunity to do this. Since I met them in 2006, their voices have never failed to make my heart pound in a way that no other musicians can. They are incredibly talented, wonderful people and I strongly recommend you hire them for your wedding or event!
Congratulations to Carrie and Mike who will be getting married in Hawaii on November 10th!
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My friend and alternative model, Rebecca Spotts, and I were thrilled to do this photoshoot after Becky's lapse from modeling for the last couple of years. She did her own hair and makeup and brought her own props, so much of the credit for this shoot goes to her. I picked this location after it piqued my curiosity, having driven past it a couple of times. It turned out to be surprisingly more visually diverse and beautiful than I could ever have surmised from the outside. There were not only dilapidated greenhouses, but a beautiful old barn with a partially caved in roof, and greenery springing out of the soggy wood floors. We were inspired by the richness of history apparent from the paintings on the exterior walls to the family photo album we found lying on the ground. People have lived there, and someone may still be living there. We were so lucky to have picked the day that we did, with the bright sunlight giving way to dark, ominous clouds that had the decency to withhold their rain until we were safely inside the barn, and cleared up promptly when we were about ready to go back outside.
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In exchange for editing the barn sessions for Jason Bergey, he let me use his guitar and the wonderful Lauren Pupillo and Mike Pflueger recorded me playing an original song. Thanks to Eric Sirianni for arranging this shoot!
I had the privilege of shooting this video with Mike Pflueger, Lauren Pupillo and Eric Sirianni, featuring Jason Bergey performing two original songs with friends, Native Harrow. I was a late addition to this shoot but I had a blast shooting against the rustic backdrop of this old barn in Harleysville, PA, and I ended up editing everything together.
Here is a trailer I edited together of a wedding I shot for First Floor Films, with original music that I made just for this trailer. It was such a beautiful wedding consisting of both a traditional Indian ceremony and a Western ceremony and reception later in the day, all taking place at the beautiful Crystal Tea Room in Center City Philadelphia.
I had the privilege of doing engagement photos for my girlfriend's cousin, Carrie and her fiancee, Mike. We met up with them and took a few photos with their adorable dog, then they drove us to the beautiful lighthouse at Turkey Point, in Maryland. Congratulations, guys!
I just spent the entire day cleaning up, rearranging, revising and adding content to this website! (Including recutting several samples on this site, and adding a full list of my equipment under the about/contact page!) As you can see, Sky Orphan now has a blog which will be updated with new samples and clips from my newest work! Take a look around :)
I recently had the honor of collaborating with budding indie musical artist Jessi Lee Ross on the music video for her song "Caught," which we recorded at my home with cellist Stephen Zalalas, and shot in Allentown, PA with help of her friends Billy and Lauren.
This shoot was a miracle that we couldn't have planned - we met up at a diner and right as we were about to leave it started to hail! We couldn't believe it and thought we might have been out of luck and would have to reschedule. However, the downpour lifted and we thought we would go try to see what we could get. We got everything together and found the spot we were looking for and despite the sun being out in full form it started hailing again. Lauren and Billy bravely pushed forward and we shot this emotional scene in the middle of a sunny hailstorm. In case you are wondering, yes, there was a rainbow, however all of my equipment was getting wet and Jessi was struggling to hold an umbrella together of my camera, so I didn't get a good shot of it in time.
Despite the inclement weather, it made for gorgeous footage and we ended up getting everything we needed in that one afternoon. Please enjoy this beautifully written and gut-wrenchingly emotional song, and share if you like it!