Laura Mares Photography

It's about your life, your love, your joy, your family. Let me capture that for you.

I am laura mares.

A Pittsburgh based newborn and family lifestyle photographer for laid back families wanting a creative and artistic photography experience. I love to capture moments as they come. I am a firm believer in love and believe that life was meant for living fully.

Are you looking for the right photographer to capture the special moments of your life for you and your family to treasure forever? As your photographer, I aim to create a fun, hassle-free experience that captures your natural beauty, unique personality and your family’s loving connection.

Portrait of Laura Mares, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer. Photograph by Laurie Donavan Photography.

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"A thing that you will see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.' - Annie Leibovitz


Lifestyle newborn and family sessions take place in your home and incorporate your family interacting with each other while relaxing in your own home. 

Lifestyle portrait of a family holding their newborn baby with their two black dogs. Photo by Laura Mares Photography.

Newborns + Maternity

Laura has extensive training and practice posing babies and never places your baby into an unsafe position. Laura loves creating clean, beautiful, timeless newborn images.

Isn’t it incredibly special to be carrying a new life inside a growing belly? A maternity session is the perfect way to capture this special  time, allowing you to look back and remember this remarkable part of life!

Children + Family

Laura loves photographing children and families. She has a romantic approach of capturing the love between family members.

Portrait of a family. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Family Photographer.
Portrait of a high school senior on Mt. Washington in downtown Pittsburgh. Photo by Laura Mares Photography.


Are you a high school senior or a professional looking for portraits? Let’s meet on location or in my home studio for a portrait session that will be full of fun poses that will focus on making your look your best.


Wanderlust. My photography journey began from my love of traveling. Here’s a gallery filled with some of the beautiful places we have visited.

black and white image of highlander cow with his tongue sticking out on the Isle of Mull. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.

Laura Mares is named Best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh 5 Years in a Row

Trusted by the Best.

What others are saying about Laura Mares Photography.

Laura is truly an amazing photographer! Her attention to detail and her expertise and quick skills allowed us to capture wonderful first birthday memories that we will cherish forever. Her photographs tell a story of our little boy’s personality and we couldn’t be happier. We highly recommend Laura!!!

– Chelsea, 1st Birthday Session

Laura was amazing with every aspect of the experience. She showed up right on time. She was very patient and accommodating with the different shots we were looking for. With a newborn, things take a little bit longer and Laura was very patient with us and there was zero rush. She was very quick with the edits on our photos and they all turned out amazing. It was difficult to choose our favorites because there were so many. We will be contacting Laura for future family photos as well! 

– David, Newborn Lifestyle Session

We had the best experience with Laura. This was our first professional photography session and Laura made it very straight ward and easy, no stress at all. She was very flexible with the scheduling, very open to our suggestions, very skilled with her photo shots, and just nice all around. We love our photographs and will be looking for more later for our next child!

– Gordon, Family Portrait Session

We had a wonderful experience getting senior photos taken by Laura Mares! She really listens to the client and customizes the experience to match their personality and taste. We couldn’t be happier with the result!

 – Dana, Senior Portrait Session

We loved working with Laura. Our pictures turned out amazing and we received them quickly. She is warm and friendly and incredibly talented!! We will treasure our newborn pictures for the rest of our lives!

– Lisa, Newborn Lifestyle Session

Oh they are so so so sweet!!! You are so talented and kind, it was a morning we will always remember! Thank you so much for capturing our new family of three so beautifully ♥️

– Amanda, Family Lifestyle Session


Laura Mares Photography

Pittsburgh's Experienced Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photographer.