Personality Quiz to Find the Best Senior Photo Location

Personality Quiz to find the best place for your senior photo session  Who is your biggest inspiration? a. Joanna Gaines, I love her unique sense of style and admire her success. b. Audrey Hepburn, I absolutely love her fashion sense and philanthropic work. c. Lou Gehrig, I’m inspired by the “Iron Horse.” Sara strolling Hartwood Acres Rachel in a vintage red truck How would your BFF describe you? a. Creative! I’m always working on a new pet project b. A daredevil! I love going on adventures and trying new things! c. Hardworking and self-motivated! I’m always putting in the effort. What’s your favorite hangout spot? a. Going out on a picnic with friends and gathering flowers for a bouquet. b. Trying out a new restaurant in the city. c. Going out for burgers! Gwen posing on an iconic Pittsburgh bridge Kaili lounging at Color Park Do you have any fears about…

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Senior Location Series: Lawrenceville

Senior Location Series: Lawrenceville  This location is a new spot that I’ve fallen in love with! Lawrenceville is full of artistic spaces that are both unique and beautiful. It’s great for those who love the urban feel but are looking for a location that makes you stand out from the crowd. Another plus of this location is that there is so much variation within such a short distance. As you take on the task of determining which location is best for your Senior session, I hope this series helps you! Feel free to check out other blog posts that detail locations that my clients love. (link links)  Now I’ll go into a little more detail about all of the unique spots that you can choose within the Lawrenceville area!  The Foundry  Alex Simakas is the founder of the Foundry on 41st Street. Where the street once met a dead-end near the…

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Senior Interview

Meet Delilah! She recently graduated from Pitt and is an aspiring writer! I love that she reached out to me about a college grad session, because I feel that too often we forget about the importance of documenting college graduation. I absolutely loved working with Delilah as she has such a fun, bubbly personality and a contagious zest for life! Below you can find my interview with her.  What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? I love the variety that the city brings. If I want to have a night out in the city or just lose myself in nature, I can do both with no problem. In your opinion, where is the best place to eat in Pittsburgh and what do you order there? My favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh by far is the Shady Grove. My partner and I go there all the time to…

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5 Favorite Newborn Shots – Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

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My Favorite Newborn Shots and Why I Love Them It’s always fun to meet and photograph a newborn baby. Just as every newborn is unique so is each newborn photo session. At every newborn session, I patiently capture multiple shots and angles of each baby. Here are five of my favorites that I aim to capture at each newborn session. Newborn Wrinkles I've been documenting back wrinkles since I began photographing babies! It's always been a favorite because most babies are comfortable resting on their tummies and seeing those wrinkles seem to make everyone smile. :) Eye Lashes Isn't it amazing that even the youngest and tiniest of babies still have eyelashes? Newborns may be tiny but typically their lashes aren't. Profile I love simplistic, natural newborn portraits, where the baby and baby's details are the main focus of the portrait rather than opting for lots of props and outfits. Baby…

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7 Simple Steps for Planning your Lifestyle Photoshoot

7 Simple Steps for Planning your Lifestyle Photoshoot  Whether you’ve scheduled your Lifestyle Session or are deciding whether it’s the best choice for you and your family, take the time to read through the main tips that will make your lifestyle photo session a success!   1. Choose the Right Space  When deciding which rooms to use during the lifestyle photo session, it’s best to consider which rooms have the best lighting. I always use natural lighting, and have noticed that most homes have the best sunlight in the morning. You should consider which rooms will photograph the best. Try to choose a space that will only require light cleaning or preparation ahead of time. Lastly, also consider which room you will use based on what space has the best memories surrounding it. Perhaps your family loves cooking together and the kitchen would be the perfect spot! Or maybe you love…

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Who to Invite to Your Senior Photo Session

Who to Invite to Your Senior Photo Session  Choosing who to invite to your session photo session is an important choice! This blog post helps you decide who to invite, as well as some potential posing ideas.  Surprise your biggest fan and invite your mom to take pictures with you!  I always recommend bringing a parent to help during the session. They are so helpful with holding accessories and making seniors laugh! However, you might want to invite your mom or dad to be in some pictures with you! As a mom, I always cherish taking pictures with my children. So, I know that I would love if any of my children included me for a couple pictures during their senior photo sessions! I first got this idea when one of my clients, Bella, invited her mom along during the session and they even got some adorable pictures together. See photo posted…

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5 Things I’ve Learned about Frank Lloyd Wright

5 Things I've Learned about Frank Lloyd Wright When my mom, daughter and I had an unexpected free weekend in March, we decided to visit the four Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Laurel Highlands. We visited Polymath Park, featuring the Duncan and Mäntylä Houses, Fallingwater, built for the Kaufmann family in 1939, and Kentuck Knob, built for the Hagan's in 1956. In addition to exploring the homes we also had time to grab a delicious bite to eat at Treetops in Polymath Park. At the time of our visit, it was possible to tour each of the houses with the exception of Fallingwater due to COVID restrictions. At Fallingwater it was only possible to explore the grounds and around the outside of the home. The Duncan House 1. Usonian Usonian comes from USONA or United States of North America. Usonian homes are sophisticated yet simple. These houses typically feature native…

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Senior Location Series: Frick Park

Senior Location Series: Frick Park  The next spotlight location for the senior photo location series is the gorgeous Frick Park! It’s a perfect place for seniors looking for a fabulous mix of rustic vibes, princess forests, old-timey greenhouses, and bohemian flower patches. It is gorgeous throughout the year and I have especially enjoyed exploring the area this spring time due to all the fresh flower blooms!  While I have photographed seniors in a wide variety of locations around Pittsburgh, today we’ll explore highlights of having your senior pictures captured at Frick Park.  Bridge over a Creek  I am IN LOVE with this spot! It feels like such a wonderful enclave, as the trees almost frame the little walk way. It’s the perfect spot for those of my seniors who love nature and exploring in the outdoors! The wood frame is so unique and unlike any location I normally see in the…

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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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