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Family Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Today, I'm excited to share highlights from a recent family portrait session in Mellon Park. I had a blast spending time with this photogenic family! Sadly, when I get behind the camera I get so focused on creating portraits that I occasionally forget names or use the wrong ones. I can't actually claim to be good with names in the first place, but when my interest is capturing portraits, it only goes downhill. (I'm curious if other photographers have the same trouble.) So today, I'm going to introduce you Mike and his family... But only I call him that, the rest of the world knows him as Brain! How did you and your spouse meet? Brian and I met Senior year at Penn State. I showed up at a bar on campus with one of my girlfriends, and Brian was sitting at the bar with his buddy Mike, who was also…

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10 Tips to have the BEST Birthday Cake Smash Photos – Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

10 Tips to have the BEST Birthday Cake Smash Photos From the ages 1 to even 40, cake smashes are the perfect way to celebrate the turning of age in an exciting and low-stress environment. Please read these ten tips you need to know for your upcoming cake smash.  Mellon Park, Pittsburgh 1. Bring Wipes and a Towel Messes are bound to happen when you have a baby and cake. Simple math, cute baby+pretty cake=mega mess. It’s great to bring some wipes in your purse just in case, to wipe the icing that you are going to find all over yourself along with your little one. It’s also a great way to try and quickly eliminate soon-to-be stains.  2. Bring a Change of Clothes for Baby (and Parents) This is along the same lines as the first tip,  try to bring some clean clothes so your baby's ride home isn’t in…

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10 Travel Tips for an Epic Family Vacation – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

10 Travel Tips for an Epic Vacation! 1. Pack Light I know this might be counter-intuitive because I know we all want to be prepared, and bring everything we might possibly need for a trip, but trust me! From my extensive travel experience, the best memories are never made because of the stuff you brought. Simple packing lends to a cheaper trip, and it’s easier to manage your belongings, and reduces the chance of losing something. 2. Pack Clothes you can Wear Multiple Times in Multiple Ways In order to pack light, I bring multipurpose clothing, simple colored shirts, and easy-to-wear shoes. Wear simple, solid colored clothes and plan to wear layers. For example, overalls, and jean jackets are great ways to spruce up an outfit. Bring a couple plain t shirts, they are perfect because they don’t take up much space, and you can wear it with skirts, pants, shorts,…

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Newborn Lifestyle Spotlight – Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

Meet Thomas and Kaitlynn, an interesting couple, who recently welcomed a adorable newborn girl into their lovely family. After spending time with these new parents while photographing them in their beautifully decorated home full of antique maps from their world travels one feels welcomed and connected with the family. I can only imagine how their home will evolve soon to include newborn and family portraits to the walls of their Pittsburgh home.

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Lifestyle Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Lifestyle Spotlight | Pittsburgh Family Photographer I love meeting new people. I began to realize how much I loved meeting people when I began traveling and teaching English after college. I love that photography offers me a unique chance to authentically capture a glimpse into a family's daily life. Think about it, one doesn't often welcome someone into their home for a couple hours to observe their family life! Although I often arrive as a stranger, I hope to leave as a friend. I can't explain it, but there is something magical about having your family photographed naturally in your home! How did you and your spouse meet? Brian was my brother’s friend when I was a sixth grader and he was an eighth grader. We didn’t really notice or talk to each other until I was a senior in high school and he was a sophomore in college, when we…

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The Senior Portrait Awards – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

The Senior Portrait Awards To be honest, I have been extremely busy lately with senior portraits this past year... and I’ve loved every second of it! This is the first year that I have really focused in on senior sessions, and I have enjoyed it so much I thought I would take the time to appreciate all the seniors I have photographed recently. So, I’ve selected some of my favorite, and gave them some accolades and recognition.  1. Senior Award: Best Sunset Shoot This girl was such a blast to shoot and I was excited when she suggested Mount Washington as her location. It was so great getting to know her better and laughing together during her golden hour photo session.  Location: Pittsburgh's Mount Washington 2. Senior Award: Most Outfit Changes This girl brought five outfits to her session, and all were super cute! Her session was at Mellon Park, and…

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1st Birthday Spotlight – Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

1st Birthday Spotlight - Pittsburgh Baby Photographer Mellon Park is my favorite location to take portraits in Pittsburgh. I've been going there for years, but every time I go I see new angles for taking portraits. Kennedy is an easy going sweetheart and we all had a wonderful session celebrating her first birthday in Mellon Park. We laughed and got creative our entire time together. Check out how beautiful her smash cake is below!! How did you two meet? We met at work! We are both recruiters. I asked him for help working on a position and once we filled it we celebrated with drinks. After that first date we both knew! What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? The city environment but small time atmosphere. You get the best of both worlds here! In your opinion, what baby items do you think are essential? A sound Machine is…

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8 Tips for a Meltdown-free Family Portrait Session

I know that for many of us dread the thought of a family session. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we all want beautiful family photos, but just don’t see our own family as able to pull through. We’ve all heard the horror stories from friends and family. But I am here to reassure you that I have 8 tried-and-true tips on how to make your family shoot flawless! Hope these are helpful! -Laura

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