Thank you and Happy New Year!

2016 was a great year we had so much fun being part of so many weddings and special events. It is truly an honor to be given the opportunity to document and a privilege to create art around such important events in peoples lives.

From the bottom of my heart I want to say Thank You to every single one of you for allowing us to be a part of the most important and special events in your life . We are looking forward to an awesome and as always fun 2017!

Wishing you all the best for 2017!

Sincerely,

Kevin York

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Bryn Athyn Cathedral – Cairnwood Wedding Photographer

I always love coming to Cairnwood Estate and it’s always a special treat to have a ceremony in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. So many opportunities for great photography with this venue!

Where do I start with the Cathedral?  It’s spectacular both inside and out. The great thing about this place is that even if the weather isn’t perfect, you can get great images there. The first time I worked there it rained, but we had so many spots outdoors, under cover, that the weather made no difference. The interior is a classic big church. Super high vaulted ceilings, beautiful natural and artificial light, big granite columns and a long runway to the alter.

Courtney & David’s wedding this August was a Bryn Athyn Cathedral ceremony with the reception at the Cairnwood Mansion. I think it’s so cool to be able to have your ceremony at such a beautiful venue and then a short walk to another awesome venue for your reception.

We all had a blast that day! Courtney & David were a wonderful couple to work with and their families were so nice. I have included a few of my favorites from the day.

Congratulations Courtney & David wish you all the best!

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Morris Arboretum Wedding – Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

It has been a couple of years since I have worked at the Morris Arboretum. But I was very fortunate to return with such a loving, animated couple along with their wonderful families, awesome wedding party and the ring bearer Mochi.

Ariel and Ross are a very affectionate couple and it really shows. Ariel was in love with the arboretums rose garden. She had the wedding there and many of the portrait photos we did were in the rose garden. I have to admit it was really great and the light was absolutely beautiful. Middle of June late afternoon, evening light you can’t go wrong and to add a couple who gave me so much well you can see the results.

The Wedding Design, Planning, & Florals were by Mark Kintzel

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Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Kevin York

Hi Kevin!

Wow, wow, wowwww!!! We can’t thank you enough for your hard work, energy,  dedication, (and humor!!) throughout our entire wedding day! You and Justin were incredible to us and all of our guests. You made everyone feel so comfortable while having a blast. We can’t thank you enough. We will be blasting many wedding and social media sites 🙂

We are so excited!!

Thank you so much again! You’re the BEST!

Sincerely,

Ariel

Thank you so much Ariel & Ross:)

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Wedding photographer Kevin York meets Paul Newman!

Back in the 90’s, prior to finding my current passion and love for being a wedding photographer in Pennsylvania, I spent a lot of time traveling around the country chasing race car drivers, famous stars, and the prestige of photographing them.  Along this incredible journey I had the honor of meeting all of the heroes of my youth, in addition to some high-status stars.  One of the most deep and influential people I had the chance to cross paths with was Paul Newman.

Although Newman was a very generous man, and an actor who maintained a level of dignity and class that is still to this day rare in Hollywood; easy to get a hold of was one thing he was not.  Getting Paul to sit for me proved to be quite a challenge.  He had me pursue him in three states until we finally met in Milwaukee.

This photo shoot was different for me, and I suspect for him also.  I was polite and professional, as I am with every client.  I called him Mr. Newman, which I am sure made it obvious to him that I was not one of the Hollywood paparazzi shooters he must have frequently encountered.  I also did not have an army of assistants helping me to get the perfect shots, it was just me and the great philanthropist, one on one.

So there I stood, a little in awe, with one of the most well known stars in the world.  There were a million questions I could have asked, but I needed to stay focused on the task at hand . . . who knew how much of his time I was allowed.  My assignment was to get a portrait of him for RACER Magazine to accompany a story they were composing describing how racing has changed since 1969.  Mr. Newman had starred in a movie called Winning, playing a character who had won the 1969 Indy 500.  The portrait needed to look rough, like we were in a garage, the “grizzled veteran” type of thing with dramatic lights, etc.  You get the picture.  I scouted the space where we stood, and just as I had all the logistics worked out in my mind, and had mentally prepared myself; Paul said “No, I don’t like this.  Let’s go to my motor home”, and when he said motor home, he really meant mansion on wheels.

“Hmmm” I thought to myself “I’m in a bus with no light what do I do now?”  As a professional and experienced photographer, I know that you can never be too prepared.  In this line of work things never go as planned, so you have to be prepared to protect your good name, by having everything you could possibly need in any situation.

To say the least I was surprised by his choice, but not of course not shocked.  Perhaps Mr. Newman was not being difficult, but was challenging me, pushing me to be creative on his terms.  “Ok, here you go, take your shots” he said bluntly.  Nothing like a little pressure, right?  Keep in mind that this was before digital photography (remember film?) so unlike many “so called” photographers today, you had to know what you were doing.

“Mr. Newman, it is a little dark in here, can I turn on a light?”  “No” he said . . . strike one.  “If you don’t mind sir may I open one of these blinds a bit just for a little light?” I asked, “Just a little” he replied.

With that, I started to work with Paul Newman.  “How cool”, I thought to myself.  “I would like to work close with your eyes” I said “Yea they all do” he responded. Here I am, moving this superstar of film around, posing him, lighting him, and for a few minutes he worked with me.  “Hey, do ya have it?” he inquired,  “I got something” I replied.  “That’s all ya get.  Good luck!  Nice to meet ya”.  And with that, we were done.  I gathered my equipment, shook his hand, and within moments I was out the door.  Ten minutes of my life I will never forget.

The images turned out to be magnificent, and RACER magazine loved the photos!

I’m posting this today for various reasons.  I love to share tales of my career that illustrate some of the amazing places my passion has taken me, but more importantly it is always an honor to be able to pay tribute to someone who is selfless, and has done so much for others.  Throughout his life, in addition to winning numerous awards and national auto racing championships, Paul Newman founded a company with a sole purpose of donating all proceeds after taxes to various charities (which to this date has acquired over $250 million), assisted in founding the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy , donated to various scholarship funds, and partook in a multitude of other charitable acts.  Everything he did was done with integrity, honesty, and class, attributes that are rare gem in today’s society.

I can not share the images which were used for the story, but I can show these out takes.  I think he did like me?  Thank you Mr. Newman.

 

 

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