Pictures That Move is a unique photography technique that combines still images with short video clips of the same scene, transitioning from black and white to color. This unusual style offers the viewer the experience of witnessing the moment as it breathes. A still image comes to life as a person moves, a moment changes and a scene rearranges.

I was blessed to grow up with a mother who was always taking photos and home movies (this was before the days of videos or iPhones). There was something magical about watching those 8mm home movies when she would get the film back. The projector screen would come down, the old movie projector would start up, catch the film, the lights would be turned off, and time that had paused briefly for my mother's camera would come alive once again in the moving pictures, no matter how long ago it was captured. This is the feeling that I try to recreate with my Pictures That Move videos.

The intention of using this combination of imagery is to move the viewer more deeply into the experience of a moment. Pictures That Move doesn't just move the image, it is intended to move the heart as well.

Here are some examples of this technique, offered exclusively by Kukucka Photography.

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  • Pittsburgh

    A short Pictures That Move presentation of Pittsburgh, the city where no one is a stranger.

  • Portraits of Matthew

    A Pictures That Move video of Matthew by Pittsburgh family photographer Beth Kukucka. This is a perfect example of how this technique can breathe life into this quickly changing time in your child's life, and in the life of your young, beautiful family.

  • Portraits of Kaitlyn

    A Pictures That Move presentation of Kaitlyn by Pittsburgh children's photographer Beth Kukucka.

  • Ariel and Scott

    A Pictures That Move presentation of Ariel and Scott's beautiful wedding on Cape Cod by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.

  • Sofia

    A sample of how Pictures That Move can be used for model and actor portfolios as a unique marketing tool. Your PTM video can be used as a signature link in an email, which offers a convenient way for an agent or production company to view "you". My portfolio PTM videos usually run one minute.

  • Samantha and James

    An example of how Pictures That Move can be the perfect way to preserve this quickly changing time in a child or young family's life. This is one of my favorite ways to use this technique. There is something about creating a PTM video of a children's portrait session that brings it to a more personal level.

  • George and Tim

    A Pictures That Move presentation of George and Tim's LGBTQ wedding at the Olde Stonewall Inn by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.

  • Julian's Proposal

    A Pictures That Move presentation of Julian's
    surprise wedding proposal to Serena.

  • Serena and Julian

    A Pictures That Move presentation of Serena and Julian's wedding at the Pittsburgh Wynham Grand Hotel by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.

  • Lena and Rob

    A Pictures That Move presentation of Lena and Rob's wedding at the Fox Chapel Golf Club by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.