Tell me a little bit about your business!
I’ve been photographing Pittsburgh weddings since 2009. With well over 100 events behind me at Christina Montemurro Photography & Video, I have experience with weddings in a wide variety of venues. Rustic barns, the quirky Hotel Monaco, the sleek, dark Urban Room at the Omni William Penn, the Pittsburgh classic Heinz History Center, the elegant Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, and the gardens at Phipps.
What makes your work unique?
My approach is genuine, low-key, and focused. I believe brides and grooms should look their best…but still be true to themselves. For most people, that’s looking happy and relaxed, not like stylized models. If you’re not ordinarily gazing into the distance with a fierce, sultry expression, your wedding day probably isn’t the best time to start.
For the times of the day that are not specifically happening for photography, I aim to stay in the background as much as possible. Many times when couples view their reception photos, they say “I don’t even remember you being there!” I love hearing that because I believe you should spend much of your wedding day enjoying the company of your new spouse and all the people who have come to celebrate with you.
I’m committed to making sure that I have a good plan for the day. I also prepare for all of your organized photos (family photos, bridal party, couple portraits) so that I use our time as efficiently as possible. You should never be standing around waiting for me.
What is your ideal client like?
I love to work with couples who are planning a meaningful wedding, not just a pretty one. I love all the details, but what I love even more is when couples find ways to make their wedding ceremony personalized and true to the unique connection they share. It’s such a privilege to document the emotional moments that truly move your heart. Those are the moments – and the photos – that will be treasured the most as the years pass.
What is your approach to photography?
Before a photo session, I share a favorite beverage with the couple and get to know them a little bit. That helps make it clear that I’m genuinely interested in who they are and what their story is. Once that trust and confidence has been established, they’re much more comfortable.
I like classic, timeless editing. Nothing overly edited, just basic color correction to make images look their best.