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7 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Pittsburgh – Laura Mares Photography

Read the full article on Peerspace "We're big fans of yours and wanted to let you know that we featured you in our 7 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Pittsburgh article!" Those are the best words to read to brighten a dreary Pittsburgh day like today. It's not everyday that you receive word that you have been featured on Peerspace, the Airbnb for production, event, and meeting spaces as one of the seven best lifestyle photographers in Pittsburgh! Read snippets from the feature below. "Combining many genres, lifestyle photography at its core is the art of capturing the authentic days of a person’s life in an artistic fashion. It’s not just about portraits, although that is an element; most lifestyle photographers endeavor to allow you to remember the feeling of that one particular moment after years — sometimes decades — have passed. When you’re seeking out Pittsburgh lifestyle photographers, start with this…

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Senior Pictures Spotlight – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

As I was walking to meet this senior girl and her mother at Kennywood Park late this summer, I had make an effort to slow my breathing because the idea of capturing senior photos during the beautiful golden sunset at Kennywood Park that it made me giddy!! I was so excited to receive an email from her mother early in the summer with a portrait I had taken of her daughter back when she was in elementary school! Are you from Pittsburgh? I was born in Vero Beach, Florida and moved to Pittsburgh when 17 days old. In your opinion, where is the best place to eat in Pittsburgh and what do you order there? The Yard is the best. I recommend the Frank the Tank without the Gorgonzola cheese and onion straws. What is the best thing about your high school? The best thing about my high school is the art…

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The Difference Between a Senior Session and Class Pictures

The Difference Between a Senior Session and Class Pictures I have listened to the thoughts of many who were on the edge between taking the plunge and hiring a senior photographer, and every time I tell them this, senior year is a special time. Your child has outgrown their baby blanket, and is preparing to take on the world. It’s an emotional, and wild ride for both parents and seniors! The purpose of the senior session is to celebrate all your child has accomplished during their time at school and home, and a way to remember it as they continue on to a new life in college and beyond. It’s a great time to get together and bond with your child through picking out the photographer, choosing outfits, location, and just an overall great transition to their final year at home. It’s a moment students look forward to, and something to…

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15 Things to do with your Family in New York City

Looking for a weekend get away with your family? With so much to offer, the Big Apple is a great place for a family to bond, experience new things, and create memories that’ll last a lifetime! Labor day weekend, my family traveled to NYC to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Our weekend was filled with laughter and fun even though I wish we could have spent a little time there. Below I’ve included 15 of our favorite activities that our family enjoyed.

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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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