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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Shocker: Senior Photos Have Evolved Since Your Mom was in High School

Shocker: Senior photos have evolved since your mom was in high school While I’m happy I didn’t attempt to be a trendsetter for my Senior Portrait and opt for neon patterns and all the hairspray humanly possible, it’s safe to say a lot has changed in the world of Senior Photography since I was a high school senior. (Yes, I know I’m aging myself) If marble backgrounds and cliche studio shots are not what you have in mind, I think you’ll be excited about how I handle all my senior portrait sessions. I focus on capturing you and your personality in this very special moment of your life. I’ve been there - stress about college applications, the prom, and maybe even which photographer to choose to take your senior pics. That’s why I work so hard to ensure that every client of mine ends up with one-of-a-kind portraits that they absolutely…

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Senior Pictures | FAQ

2021 Senior Pictures - Frequently Asked Questions Inquiries for senior pictures in Pittsburgh have already started coming in this year. With the inquiries also comes several questions! I hope to answer the most commonly asked questions below. Please know, after you officially book your high school senior photo session you'll receive a guide to help you prepare for you senior pictures. If you have any additional questions, feel free to add them in the comments. What happens if it rains the day of my session? A few days before your session we can discuss the weather if the weather forecast doesn't look promising. We will formulate a plan on when to decide to reschedule as well as choosing a rain date if necessary. When should I book my senior photo session? It's best to book 2-3 months in advance. If you would like your pictures taken between August to October, I…

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7 Family Friendly Activities in Pittsburgh

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7 Fun Things to do with Your Family in Pittsburgh (safely even during COVID) Below, I’ve included some of my family’s favorite activities to do in Pittsburgh, even during COVID. During the shut down, we’ve been able to spend a lot of quality time together. These are some of the things we’ve done as a family before and during the pandemic.  1. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Our family purchased a membership for Phipps as it was one of the only places we could visit with the COVID-19 restrictions in place. I love how diligent they have been about being safe and following guidelines. My family also enjoys visiting all the different exhibits. It feels different every time we visit! Some of our favorites include the Winter Flower Show, Van Gogh exhibit, and Tropical Forest Cuba. Taking your family to Phipps is a beneficial, educational experience that’s great to teach your kids…

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Essential Newborn Photos to Take at the Hospital

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Looking back, I wish I had created a list of photographs for my husband to capture during our hospital stay with each of our newborns. With so much to think about while preparing for each of our baby's arrivals, I never managed to capture it fully. Through photographing other families and their precious newborns, I've created a list of all the must-have newborn shots. I hope that these ideas benefit you in documenting your newborn's arrival. I'm sharing photographs I captured during a Fresh 48 session early last year for one of my closest friends. I loved photographing this time with Lenna, her newborn daughter and her whole family. Fresh 48s are a great way to capture the real and raw moments during your newborn's first few days. Newborn lifestyle sessions are another great option for capturing newborns. Lifestyle sessions focus on capturing your newborn during his/her the first few weeks…

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Family Interview | Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

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Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with amazing families! Last summer, I received a call from a then Pittsburgh mom asking to schedule a golden hour family lifestyle session featuring their backyard tree deck built around two hundred-year-old sycamore trees. Honestly, I could have pinched myself. I think being a photographer must be the best job in the world! Together we spent two hours laughing and participating in fun activities like dancing, snuggling and even climbing on dad to keep the children engaged. How did you and your spouse meet? Through friends in Miami, Florida where we were both living at the time. What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? Snow in May. lol j/k....  Safe, family-friendly, great schools, and the cost of living is low. Write 3 adjectives that describe your family. Energetic, silly, and curious. Describe your children. Emily is 8 and is sweet, caring, shy, and…

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Family Interview | Pittsburgh Child Photographer

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It's a joy to watch children grow from year to year between their photo sessions. Check out a couple of my favorites from past photo sessions at the end of the interview. What kind of Christmas traditions does your family enjoy? We have started elf on the shelf (snowflake) and watch lots of Christmas movies all December. This year we watched Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, Elf, Frosty, Rudolph, and Charlie Browns Christmas! What kind of toys would your children like to receive as gifts? We enjoy giving our children educational gifts or experiences. What kinds of decorations do you put up your home? This year I decided to buy a 12 foot artificial tree. Which wouldn’t have been a big deal except I failed to anticipate how heavy it would be to put up. So Neil has to help on that one! What kind of ornaments do you put on…

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