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LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh
Monday, May 13, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

Skyler found his family.  Jen and Patty found their heart. I had the honor of photographing an adoption proceeding for a couple whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago. This wasn't just any adoption proceeding, though. It was a proceeding that made the challenge of growing up gay in the 70's worth every rock thrown and every name called.Skyler is the blessed soul who is officially, legally, the son of an amazing couple who I'm privileged to know, Patty and Jen. They have waited for Sky since long before he arrived - and even their wedding day took into consideration the child they would one day have. That day finally came.Not only are Patty and Jen a lesbian couple, legally ...

A Picture of Your Heart
Friday, January 04, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

A Picture of Your Heart - Pictures That Move - LA Photographers Since moving to LA, I've thought a lot about how I want to market myself here as a wedding, portrait and event photographer. I knew before unpacking my first box that I would be one of a gazillion other talented photographers here. (Dear Lord there are some amazing creatives out here.) But it's invited me to do some soul searching to find what it is, I feel, that makes me different.My first intuitive answer? There is room for ALL of us! We're ALL here with individual gifts, and there is no limit to what we can contribute to the tapestry! We're ALL needed, and we ALL have a place. All hands (and hearts) on deck!  My ...

Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

Honoring the Unclaimed - Kukucka Photography, LA I had the opportunity this morning to do something I've wanted to do for a few years now.Every year there is a multi-faith, public memorial here in LA - the annual Burial of the Unclaimed - something that has taken place since 1896. The cremains of all the unclaimed souls are buried together. All those who passed alone - without a family, without a friend, without anyone knowing that they left this plane - and for some, that they ever even existed. Today I had the privilege to stand with so many others who braved this unusually cold and rainy day to say that their lives DID matter, and they DID NOT leave unnoticed. (Interesting that on ...

My Return to LA - Los Angeles Photography
Sunday, November 18, 2018
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

I lived in Los Angeles for about 14 years, but came back to the Pittsburgh area (my hometown) to be closer to my aging parents, somewhere around 2005. I didn't know it then, but could easily suspect in retrospect, that I would stay back east long enough to lovingly walk both parents Home - along with two siblings - and I wouldn't change a moment of it. Having only known the bond of a big family - shit and all - I'm so grateful to still have my beloved sister and best friend Jan, on this side of the veil, as well as our brother Mike. I jokingly tell Jan that we're the "last of the Kennedys", as we were part of a large, incredibly bonded family, well known in the small western Pennsylvania ...

Pittsburgh Wedding Photography - Pictures That Move
Thursday, April 19, 2018
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

- Pittsburgh Wedding Photography - Pictures That Move - Kukucka Photography - As I begin the process of making some changes in my wedding photography business and finding a business partner to collaborate with, I thought I would put together a Pictures That Move wedding video of some of my favorite scenes from the past wedding season.This technique is a combination of short video clips, combined with still images of the same scene, to create a kind of moving picture. I feel such passion for these creations, and this is the direction my heart tells me to go. While these videos can be very powerful and moving, I'm finding that I can't quite put the attention into them that they deserve ...