Senior Spotlight – Portraits on the North Shore

As a Pittsburgh senior photographer I get the opportunity to meet a lot of seniors and photograph them around Pittsburgh. During this particual senior session, we had a great time exploring the North Shore. I was surprised when we talked that we have a lot in common. We both rowed on our school's crew team and went to Germany as part of a foreign exchange program for high school students. Technically, I studied near Vienna in Austria but visited Bavaria during the trip while she will go to Cologne this summer! Are you from Pittsburgh? I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Pittsburgh when I was four. Where is the best place to eat in Pittsburgh and what do you eat there? Waffles Incaffeinated has the best breakfast food in all of Pittsburgh. When I go, I order the Breakfast Magic Waffle! What is the best thing about your high…

Continue Reading Senior Spotlight – Portraits on the North Shore

Take Your Child to Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day Today is Take Your Child to Work Day. As I was waking up this morning, I was excited to work with both of my parents today. In the morning I worked with my mom and with my dad in the afternoon. I already know what it is like to go on a photoshoot with my mom. Sometimes she hires me to assist her and she has taken lots of photos of my sisters and me. Being an assistant gave me an idea what it's like to be a photographer, but today I learned even more. My dad is a tax accountant. I know he works long hours and he is very smart. I have gone with him to Bayer before, but today, I'm going to work with him from home. This morning my mom took pictures of me and I took pictures of my mom.…

Continue Reading Take Your Child to Work Day

Ella & Tutu – A Snowy Day

Ella & Tutu: A Snowy Day Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photos by Laura Mares, Pittsburgh Child Photographer. This morning Ella and Tutu woke up to a wondrous surprise. As they gaze out the window all they can view are the millions of snowflakes  that have coated the frigid ground. So Ella dresses in her fuzzy pink Uggs and woolen cap and heads outside to play. It is quite chilly so the two snuggle close as they admire the pretty scene before them. As Ella shivers, Tutu decides to crack a joke. She giggles and claims, "Are you a snowflake... because you are one-of-a-kind." Immediately Ella begins cracking up. With a smile on her face, she proposes that the two friends head home. Safely inside, Ella and Tutu snuggle up close and watch the snowflakes shimmer in the light and slowly cascade down into the front yard. Next, Ella…

Continue Reading Ella & Tutu – A Snowy Day

Family Adventure Awaits in Norway – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Family Adventure Awaits in Norway In August, our family flew to Bergen, in western Norway.  Our first two days were restful. We arrived, went grocery shopping, hung around our AirBnB and went shopping for wool sweaters at the Dale of Norway Outlet. We stayed in a beautiful home in Stanghelle. I loved the modern white and light gray space with rustic accents. We had a couple meals on the porch and enjoyed the beautiful view. We would have loved to have had more but it was often cold and drizzly. When in Norway, one must try new food! We tried vanilla sauce, brown cheese (gzdrandsdalsost), Freia chocolate and bread that we could bake at home to enjoy fresh from the oven. Everything was delicious! The kids didn't enjoy the brown cheese but I did! I wish it was available here in Pittsburgh. Stanghelle is a village located between Bergen and the fjords. In the Dale of Norway Outlet, we saw the sweaters that the Norwegian Olympic…

Continue Reading Family Adventure Awaits in Norway – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Ella & Tutu Visit Norway

Ella & Tutu Visit Norway Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photos by Laura Mares.(Originally posted September 2017)This week Ella and Tutu are vacationing in the majestic Fjords of western Norway. Tutu is excited for the plane ride! Ella discovers that she can lay down across two seats and decides to catch some shut eye. When the dreams come to an end, the sleepy-eyed friends awaken in the air above Norwegian islands. Ella & Tutu Visit Norway Soon, they brace for the rough landing. However, when they get off the plane they are no longer in America but Norway! Mommy suggests that they stop for some food at the local grocery store, and starving Ella readily agrees! She and Tutu take command of the cart as they zip around the store, crafting a dinner for the family. Tutu recommends her favorite Scandinavian crackers, for she would know! She was here last year, during her…

Continue Reading Ella & Tutu Visit Norway

Ella and Tutu – A Very Special Gift

Ella & Tutu: A Very Special Gift My two year old daughter's favorite book is "Kiki and Coco in Paris." The book is full of beautiful photographs of a girl and her rag doll on a trip to Paris. Ella asks us to read it everyday. When I mentioned the book to my creative and talented friend, Lenna, she thought she and her mother could make a doll just for Ella. Last weekend Lenna came to visit and had a very special gift that exceeded our wildest expectations! I'm sure you'll agree. This summer my oldest daughter is going to write some stories about Ella and Tutu and their summer adventures. What was a special gift you received as a child? I'd love to hear your comments below. - Laura Mares, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photography by Laura Mares. Ella was playing on the big green swing when Mommy called…

Continue Reading Ella and Tutu – A Very Special Gift