Newborn Interview – Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

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At my newborn studio sessions, you can expect to have a fun and relaxed experience. When you enter my peaceful, little greenhouse home studio, you'll hear music streaming, smell lavender diffusing, and you are welcome to sip a cappuccino. We will focus on capturing beautiful portraits of your newborn baby, and we'll also have plenty of time to get to know each other! At a recent newborn session, I had the chance to meet this super sweet couple. I loved hearing how they met! Although they lived only a couple minutes from each other, they said they never would have met if they hadn't been matched online. Since the first advertisement I heard for match.com, I've been so curious if my husband and I would have been matched! Once, I even tried to talk him into taking a survey to see if we would have matched online! I'm super impressed because…

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Questions to Ask Yourself before your Couple Photography Session

Questions to Ask Yourself before your Couple Photography Session  Since preparing for your couple photography session may appear daunting, I created a list of questions to ask yourself before your session! Endless Pinterest boards, adorable Instagram inspiration, and cute pics from your best friend’s engagement shoot might all seem like amazing choices... almost too amazing to choose one! These questions should be a helpful starting point to narrow down and focus your choices so that you and your loved one can best capture your unique relationship in the most meaningful way possible. Authentic emotion and raw moments are the first priority when it comes to your upcoming session.  What story or emotion do you want to display?  This question is the perfect place to start, as you and your partner work to determine what the central theme of your session will be. A great jumping off point is brainstorming your story…

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Classic, Simple, Natural Newborn Photography

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I was always taught that newborn photographers had to create specific poses of babies wearing adorable outfits, on colorful backdrops in unique props. So I studied with a famous newborn photographer that specialized in posing babies to learn how to safely put newborn babies into classic poses. However I wasn’t creatively fulfilled, something was missing. While my newborn work looked beautiful, it lacked the authenticity and emotion that I capture during my lifestyle sessions. Now I aim to capture the love a newborn’s parents feel and the details that make newborn babies truly unique with classic, simple, natural newborn photography. Natural Newborn Sessions are Relaxed + Fun Natural newborn sessions feel relaxed for both parents and babies. A newborn yearns to be comfy, full, warm and close to mom and dad. A low-stress environment allows for the best photo outcomes. Instead of worrying about the perfect sleeping pose, we catch your…

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Newborn Interview – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Sometimes the stars align and you meet a wonderful, laid-back, snuggly family in a stunningly renovated historic Pittsburgh home. Combining an incredible family, a beautiful baby, modern Bohemian decor and a sweet Siberian husky would bring joy to any lifestyle photographer. This lifestyle newborn session was a dream shoot from beginning to end! Between shots we talked about everything from living in Pittsburgh, our dogs and job and her pampas grass. It was during this shoot that I realized I needed pampas grass to add to my Bohemian Studio! Although it's not easy to find, I finally found some at Mt. Lebanon Floral. I believe the best thing about having your newborn session in the comfort of your own home is personalization. In addition to photographing your sweet newborn, your home is featured as well! Honestly the size or decor of your home don't matter as much as remembering where you…

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Newborn Interview – Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Katie and Morgan warmly welcomed me into their historic and picturesque home on a cold winter morning. I enjoyed touring their beautifully decorated space looking for the best locations and lighting to capture this loving family. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about their lives and travels during the lifestyle photo shoot. As I was leaving I caught a glance at a witch above their kitchen sink. It reminded me of a witch my husband and I had received as a wedding gift from a friend that lives in the south. I was so curious about it. We laughed and googled to learn that it is a German tradition and she brings good luck to your home. I'm now curious how common kitchen witches are. Let me know if you have one too in the comments below. I hope you enjoy hearing Katie and Morgan story! How did you two meet? I was…

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Let Your Personality Shine – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

Let Your Personality Shine Through Senior Portraits  Sadly, I find it’s all too common that senior portraits tend to be viewed as a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all experience. Part of my mission as a Pittsburgh senior photographer is to provide the best portraits that reflect different aspects of my client’s personality! So, for this blog post, I’m detailing everything from locations, outfits, to hairstyles to help you decide the best direction to take during your senior photo session!  Location Categories I often categorize location possibilities under narrower categories such as urban, outdoor, European architecture, and studio! Although, to be honest, the possibilities are wide-open! Urban Senior Photo Location Do you describe yourself as a mover-and-shaker who’s going places and loves the city of Pittsburgh? An urban location might be for you!  Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges, is your backdrop! Some of my favorite urban spots in Pittsburgh are the North Shore and Golden…

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Creating an At-Home Greenhouse – Pittsburgh Photographer

Since I grew up in a home full of beautiful houseplants, I thought I'd create a similar at-home greenhouse for my own kids. Even though I hate to admit it, until November 2019 I thought I had a black thumb! Hana's Houseplant Advice My husband is from the Czech Republic and his family still lives there. It seems every Czech home we enter contains beautiful green plants. On a recent visit with my sister-in-law, Hana, I decided to ask for help! She gave me simple yet wonderful advice. She explained that I needed to look at the plants leaves, the dirt, and study the window light. Every week when she waters her plants she takes mental notes on how her plants look. She may give them more or less water based on the color of the leaves. She may move them closer or farther away from the window or even move…

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Modern Newborn Studio Photography

For years I have captured natural posing for families, children, and high school seniors resulting in images that look candid and relaxed. I want to bring this same philosophy to my newborn studio portraits! My approach to studio photography has always been much more modern than the rigid over lit photos from the past. I aim to capture your newborn as they are, let their personality shine to create simple studio newborn portraits! When in the studio, your baby and your family are the focus…. not the location or the background. My goal is to create images that will stand the test of time.  A modern twist on a classic look! Baby Led Posing In the studio, I aim to create a comfortable environment for your baby to curl up, stretch out, or possibly even smile. I love documenting babies unique details and personalities. I have found that the best way…

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Senior Pictures Interview – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

It has been a cold and snowy month in Pittsburgh, but that didn't prompt Gwen to reschedule her senior portrait session. She braved the cold weather and icy conditions in her stilettos! Gwen, her mom, and I spent an afternoon exploring Pittsburgh's Mexican War Streets, an urban parking garage top, yellow bridges, and Color Park. Gwen wanted unique locations to reflect her outgoing personality. She travelled all the way from Edinburg, PA to meet me in Pittsburgh! I loved hearing about her and her mom's memorable adventures thus far and how Pittsburgh was the first stop on their mother-daughter college road trip. What do you enjoy about the Pittsburgh area? I actually don’t live in Pittsburgh, I live about two hours away. But I really enjoy that Pittsburgh is a city but feels very welcoming and has so many pretty things throughout! In your opinion, where is the best place to…

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12 Must Haves for Your Bohemian Studio

12 Must Haves for Your Bohemian Studio  I redesigned my home photography studio into a bohemian inspired studio last month and let me say, it was quite the undertaking! Months of thinking, planning and researching culminated into a final product I’m ecstatic about! While searching for a helpful blog post for some studio inspo, though, I wasn’t able to find anything I loved! So, I decided to create my own blog post to inspire others looking to create an inviting space with comfortable seating, rattan, interesting textures, and house plants. 1. Dried Flowers Perks of having Bohemian in-laws is that I get the inside scoop on interior design tactics. One of my all-time favorite aspects of Bohemian homes are their dried flowers. I enjoy the calming aroma of dried lavender, as well as the aesthetic appeal of dried bouquets on windows or doors. You can buy dried blooms from your local…

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