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 photographer for laid back clients 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 authentic 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

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

Father holding newborn baby at home. Portrait taken by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.
A newborn baby sleeping in a Moses basket. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.

Newborns + Maternity

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

Having a newborn is a life changing event. Let’s create clean, beautiful, timeless images of your newborn for you to remember how tiny your newborn once was!

Children + Family

Every family needs photos that capture the love between family members. When you update your family pictures you update your family’s story.

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.

Seniors + Portraits

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.

Travel

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.

What others are saying.

A portrait of a family of three with their two doodles sitting in a park near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Very skilled with her photo shots

We had the best experience with Laura. This was our first professional photography session and Laura made it very straight forward 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
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T12:22:07-05:00
A portrait of a family of three with their two doodles sitting in a park near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Family Photographer
We had the best experience with Laura. This was our first professional photography session and Laura made it very straight forward 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
Newborn lifestyle images of a mother, father, son and boxer dogs by Laura Mares Photography.

Very patient and accommodating

Laura was amazing with every aspect of the experience. She showed up right on time. She was very patient and accommodating. With a newborn, things take a little bit longer and Laura was very patient with us. She was very quick with the edits on our photos and they all turned out amazing. We will be contacting Laura for future family photos as well! 

- David, Newborn Lifestyle Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T12:29:38-05:00
Newborn lifestyle images of a mother, father, son and boxer dogs by Laura Mares Photography.
Laura was amazing with every aspect of the experience. She showed up right on time. She was very patient and accommodating. With a newborn, things take a little bit longer and Laura was very patient with us. She was very quick with the edits on our photos and they all turned out amazing. We will be contacting Laura for future family photos as well!  - David, Newborn Lifestyle Session
Black and white portrait of a 1st birthday boy. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Baby Photographer.

Attention to detail, expertise and quick skills

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, Cake Smash Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T12:34:11-05:00
Black and white portrait of a 1st birthday boy. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Baby Photographer.
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, Cake Smash Session
Lifestyle picture of siblings holding baby brother in their arms

Most beautiful gallery I have ever seen

This is the most beautiful gallery I have ever seen. I’m so thankful 

- Lauren, Lifestyle Newborn Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T13:18:28-05:00
Lifestyle picture of siblings holding baby brother in their arms
This is the most beautiful gallery I have ever seen. I’m so thankful  - Lauren, Lifestyle Newborn Session
Family hugging during golden hour for a family photo session near Pittsburgh, PA

Best money we’ve spent this year

Thanks so much for capturing everything so beautifully. Best money we've spent this year, hands down!

- Evan, Family Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T13:23:03-05:00
Family hugging during golden hour for a family photo session near Pittsburgh, PA
Thanks so much for capturing everything so beautifully. Best money we've spent this year, hands down! - Evan, Family Session
blacka and white professional headshot on white background. photograph taken by Laura Mares Photography, a Pittsburgh Photographer

Will recommend you to my friends…

I definitely will recommend you to my friends, the photos are so natural and professional! Your expertise and editing are remarkable!

- Natalie, Professional Headshots
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:12:53-04:00
blacka and white professional headshot on white background. photograph taken by Laura Mares Photography, a Pittsburgh Photographer
I definitely will recommend you to my friends, the photos are so natural and professional! Your expertise and editing are remarkable! - Natalie, Professional Headshots
natural family portrait in front of white brick wall

Such a wonderful job…

Laura, you did such a wonderful job and my son had lots of fun. He's still talking about it a week later. Thank you again!

- Krista, Maternity, Newborn + Family Sessions
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:14:13-04:00
natural family portrait in front of white brick wall
Laura, you did such a wonderful job and my son had lots of fun. He's still talking about it a week later. Thank you again! - Krista, Maternity, Newborn + Family Sessions
natural family picture of family of six near Pittsburgh

Thanks for a fun session!

It was so hard to choose my favorites, you ended up getting a lot of great pictures! Thanks for a fun session!

- Meghan, Family Sessions
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:15:36-04:00
natural family picture of family of six near Pittsburgh
It was so hard to choose my favorites, you ended up getting a lot of great pictures! Thanks for a fun session! - Meghan, Family Sessions
A lifestyle image of a family playing together to celebrate a birthday. Photo by Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer, Laura Mares Photography.

We LOVE the pictures…

I cannot tell you how much we LOVE the pictures. I think you became our family photographer.

- Tanny, Family Lifestyle Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:19:01-04:00
A lifestyle image of a family playing together to celebrate a birthday. Photo by Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer, Laura Mares Photography.
I cannot tell you how much we LOVE the pictures. I think you became our family photographer. - Tanny, Family Lifestyle Session
at home lifestyle photo of a family sitting on a sofa holding their newborn baby

We felt extremely relaxed…

Laura made us feel extremely relaxed during the shoot and she was so patient. We plan to book her for our son’s pictures moving forward!

- Tara, Newborn Lifestyle Sessions
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:20:56-04:00
at home lifestyle photo of a family sitting on a sofa holding their newborn baby
Laura made us feel extremely relaxed during the shoot and she was so patient. We plan to book her for our son’s pictures moving forward! - Tara, Newborn Lifestyle Sessions
All the women of the family sitting together. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photography.

Capturing candid moments

Laura’s work is very creative and thoughtful. She does an excellent job of capturing candid moments and making them picturesque. Although her poses are well thought out, they appear very natural. I would highly recommend her for any job!!

- Stephanie, Family Sessions
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:30:37-04:00
All the women of the family sitting together. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photography.
Laura’s work is very creative and thoughtful. She does an excellent job of capturing candid moments and making them picturesque. Although her poses are well thought out, they appear very natural. I would highly recommend her for any job!! - Stephanie, Family Sessions
Lifestyle image of a maternity couple standing between flowers with their dog near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer

Perhaps what I liked most was the creative interchange…

I hired Laura for my maternity pictures and newborn lifestyle photo shoot and was very pleased with the results of both! The quality of the photos was great and Laura came prepared with props and ideas to both sessions. Perhaps what I liked most about working with Laura was the creative interchange that we had.

- Cindy, Maternity + Newborn Lifestyle Sessions
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:34:46-04:00
Lifestyle image of a maternity couple standing between flowers with their dog near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer
I hired Laura for my maternity pictures and newborn lifestyle photo shoot and was very pleased with the results of both! The quality of the photos was great and Laura came prepared with props and ideas to both sessions. Perhaps what I liked most about working with Laura was the creative interchange that we had. - Cindy, Maternity + Newborn Lifestyle Sessions
Family of four sitting on the step at Mellon Park

Laura is very patient and quick with little kids.

Laura creates an atmosphere that is relaxed and fun. She is very patient with little kids and also quick to get the best shots before they get bored. Having our pictures taken was a great experience! Thank you Laura, it was a pleasure to have our pictures taken by you and we love the results!

- Nina, Family Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T17:38:38-04:00
Family of four sitting on the step at Mellon Park
Laura creates an atmosphere that is relaxed and fun. She is very patient with little kids and also quick to get the best shots before they get bored. Having our pictures taken was a great experience! Thank you Laura, it was a pleasure to have our pictures taken by you and we love the results! - Nina, Family Session
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Decided to use her photography service forever

Laura is a very professional photographer with fantastic customer service. I found her via the internet, got a family session with her, and decided to use her photography service forever. Highly recommended!

- Flora, Lifestyle Family Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2018-05-30T19:45:05-04:00
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Laura is a very professional photographer with fantastic customer service. I found her via the internet, got a family session with her, and decided to use her photography service forever. Highly recommended! - Flora, Lifestyle Family Session
loving parents holding newborn in modern bohemian nursery

We are absolutely obsessed with them!

Thank you so so much for capturing these photos!!! We are absolutely obsessed with them!  It was so hard choosing our favorites as we are in love with them all, but we finally settled on our selection. Again, we are sooo pleased with how they turned out and can’t thank you enough for your incredible work.  Looking forward to seeing the final edits!

- Megan, Newborn Lifestyle Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-09T19:01:47-05:00
loving parents holding newborn in modern bohemian nursery
We are absolutely obsessed with them!
A newborn baby sleeping in a Moses basket. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.

A morning we will always remember

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, Newborn Lifestyle Session
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T11:37:59-05:00
A newborn baby sleeping in a Moses basket. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.
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, Newborn Lifestyle Session
portrait of a high school senior girl dancing on a rustic field near Pittsburgh, PA

Customizes the experience to match their personality

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
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T11:41:49-05:00
portrait of a high school senior girl dancing on a rustic field near Pittsburgh, PA
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
lifestyle newborn family picture with white dog with beautiful natural light

Warm, friendly and incredibly talented

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
Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer
2021-03-10T11:46:27-05:00
lifestyle newborn family picture with white dog with beautiful natural light
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
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Laura Mares Photography | Award winning Pittsburgh Family + Newborn Photographer

Awarded + Published

Expertise Awards Laura Mares Photography Best Newborn + Portrait Photographer in Pittsburgh

Laura Mares Photography Best Newborn Photographers Pittsburgh 2021 Expertise
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best portrait photographers in Pittsburgh 2020 | Laura Mares Photography
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best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh 2018 | Laura Mares Photography
best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh 2017 | Laura Mares Photography
best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh 2016 | Laura Mares Photography

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