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Laura Mares Photography Awarded Best Newborn Photographer in Pittsburgh

It's an honor to share that Expertise has included me on the 2020 list of the best 21 newborn photographers in Pittsburgh, PA. Many thanks to Expertise for including Laura Mares Photography on their list in an artistic city with so such talent! Photographing newborns is one of my favorite types of sessions because capturing the first few moments in the early weeks of a newborn’s life is incredibly emotional and rewarding. I am excited to meet many more new bundles of joy this year! I have been offering my services as a photographer in the Pittsburgh area since 2001 and specializing in newborns since 2015 after having my third child. You can chose between two types of newborn sessions: a posed newborn session occurs in my relaxing Mt. Lebanon home studio or we can meet in the comfort of your own home for an in-home lifestyle session. I am committed to making…

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5 Tips for an Amazing Newborn Lifestyle Photo Shoot

5 Tips for an Amazing Newborn Lifestyle Photo Shoot If I’m being honest, one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer is those first few weeks of a newborn’s life spent with their new families. There is something so emotional, pure and new that I can’t help reminiscing of my own little ones when they were that age. I am always thankful for the opportunity to document the first little precious moments of your family and home.  1. Search for a Space with Light in Your Home This could be any room with access to natural light in your home. This can be the master bedroom, nursery, living room, etc. Typically the best time of day to photograph in one's home is at 10:00 a.m. We'll turn off the lights and use only the natural sunlight to fill your room. Additionally, don’t stress about cleaning up the entire house... well…

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7 Tips to Prepare Your Children for Your Family Photo Session

7 Tips to Prepare Your Children for an Awesome Photo Session  As a Pittsburgh family photographer, I have run across a theme far too often: a grumpy child who has just received a stern talking-to in the car before the start of the session. This will likely yield to more tension, stressed parents, and a few forced smiles from the children. But my goal is to create a fun family experience that results in genuine smiles. So, today on the blog I’ve decided to share seven tips for a successful photo shoot that is enjoyable for all involved. Please remember, children want to understand what is expected of them and what a “family photo shoot” even entails. By being straight forward and explaining that the upcoming photo shoot will be a fun experience that they should look forward to! That soon they will have the chance to meet a new friend…

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Senior Portrait Tips for Guys – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Senior Portrait Tips for Guys Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Read the following tips and you’ll be well prepared to look your absolute best at your senior portrait session. Strive for a classic, timeless look. When you book your session let us know the things that interest you. Think of what could be in style now as well as 20 years from now. Clothing Bring a range of styles. Casual, dressy and something in between, like an outfit you would wear on a date. Dress in layers. We say that a lot here in Pittsburgh. It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos because they add interest. By simply adding a neutral color t-shirt under a button down, you've added a layer. You can also roll up your sleeves. Put on a  jacket or simply carry it.…

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1st Birthday Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

How did you and your spouse meet? Through his cousin, it was long-distance but communication and effort from both of us made it possible. What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? Pittsburgh has a small city feel yet it’s not too small. It is very photogenic city and friendly people. In your opinion, what baby items do you think are essential? Essential baby items: Bed bassinet, baby bath tub, changing station, and a pacifier when they’re young If you had a 25 hour day, what would you do with the extra time? Sleep What are your baby's favorite books? Goodnight moon and Put me in the Zoo What are your baby's favorite foods? Our baby enjoys yogurt, milk and fruits. What are your baby's favorite toys? Our baby's favorite toys are stuffed toys, rattle and activity center. What places around Pittsburgh do you and your baby/family enjoy visiting together?…

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1st Birthday Spotlight – Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

How did you and your spouse meet? We both attended Wheeling Jesuit University and met when we had the same undergraduate class. What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? We love the opportunities that this city has to offer; from employment opportunities to fun weekend activities, Pittsburgh has so many opportunities with wonderful memories to be created. In your opinion, what baby items do you think are essential? Ubbi diaper trash can, Zen swaddle and sleep sack, white noise machine (in room and portable for the car) What are your baby's favorite book(s)? His favorite book is "Where's Santa Claus?" What are your baby's favorite food(s)? Our baby's favorite food are blueberries. What are your baby's favorite toys? Our baby loves to play with cars. How did you celebrate your child's birthday? Location, number of guests, theme, food, cake, highlights We celebrated a winter one-derland at the Cabin…

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Senior Portrait Tips for Girls – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Senior Portrait Tips for Girls Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Read the following tips and you’ll be well prepared to look your absolute best at your senior portrait session. Strive for a classic, timeless look. Think of what could be in style now as well as 20 years from now. Clothing We want your face to dominate the portrait, all other elements in your photo should be secondary. Your clothing should be comfortable and form fitting. Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual. Bring several outfits, the more we have to choose from, the better. Let's match your clothing to the backgrounds to ensure you look your best in your natural surroundings. You'll want to have quick outfit changes. After all, the faster you change, the…

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Newborn Lifestyle Session Spotlight – Pittsburgh Photographer

How did you and your spouse meet? We met in Philadelphia during the last year of both our graduate trainings. We met at a dinner for a mutual friend. Describe how your life changed once you brought home your newborn baby. Our baby was in the NICU for 21 days so when we brought him home we were nervous and excited at the same time. We had been through a lot of stressors prior to his birth and we were so thrilled to have him home. In the beginning we just wanted to make sure that he was safe, healthy and growing. Describe your newborn baby. Siddharth was calm, peaceful and would barely cry when he was newborn. Describe a typical day in your life as a new mother with a newborn baby. Diaper change, feed, sleep repeat... that was our life when he was a newborn.  We had a lot…

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Family Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

How did you and your spouse meet? We met in Philadelphia through a mutual friend - and he never lets us forget it! What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? Pittsburgh always lands on those liveable cities lists - and we agree!  We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to live in an area where we have access to both the city and a variety of outdoor activities.  Being able to drive places in a short period of time - or being able to walk! - is a real win when you have little kids. What are your family's favorite things to do in and around Pittsburgh? If it's nice outside, we love to go to South Park for hikes and picnics, or the Arrowhead Trail for biking.  Our kids are also now at an age where we can take advantage of Pittsburgh gems like the Carnegie…

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25 Ways to Experience Iceland

Three things make me incredibly happy... spending time with my friends and family, capturing amazing photographs, and traveling to new places. In the fall of 2019 I was able to experience all three in Iceland. On my 39th birthday my friend turned to me and said "Let's celebrate our birthdays next year by going on a girls trip. I'll go anywhere. You pick the destination." That's literally how our plans got started for our epic Icelandic girls trip. We didn't know before we left but we quickly decided that exploring Iceland together was exactly what was missing in our lives. Our girls trip gave us a chance to relax, refresh and recharge. We were free to be "us" again. All of our daily responsibilities and roles were striped away. We were also able to reconnect and reminisce of our childhood days. All this while reveling in each new experience. At one…

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