What to Expect at Your Lifestyle Studio Newborn Session!

What to Expect at Your Lifestyle Studio Newborn Session! Mi casa es su casa takes on a new meeting during lifestyle studio sessions! I love styling my studio to emulate homey vibes and with a detail oriented one-hour cleaning session before and after the shoot, there is no reason not to book soon! As we transition into a time of photoshoots in this new season, I wanted to take the time to give you an in-depth explanation on what to expect during a Lifestyle Newborn Session in the studio in order to alleviate as much stress as possible and to maintain an overly cautious atmosphere!  We can start off covering my routine for cleaning the studio before, during and after the shoot. Next, I’d love to walk you through the most popular props I use during a shoot and the overall flow of the session.  First, you enter the studio and…

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Newborn Session Interview – Pittsburgh Photographer

During quarantine I had the opportunity to revamp the studio with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, update the floor, and new props. It was finished just days before I received an email requesting a newborn lifestyle shoot in the studio from a super sweet new mom. It was a wonderful experience photographing a newborn again, even if I needed to wear a mask and stay at a distance! How did you and your spouse meet? Bryon and I met at the gym while attending the University of Pittsburgh. What was your baby's height and weight at birth? Our newborn is 20 inches and 6lbs 15oz. Describe how your life has changed once you brought home your newborn baby. Our life has completely changed for the better! Bryon and I had been anxiously waiting 9 months to bring our little miracle into the world. While we are no longer…

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What Jewelry To Wear For Your Family Photo

Jessica Fernhof, a freelance writer who regularly contributes to lifestyle blogs about jewelry, fashion and current trends, offered to share tips and photos to help Pittsburgh moms decide what jewelry to wear to their next family photo session. I hope you find these tips as helpful as I do! - Laura What Jewelry To Wear For Your Family Photo Family photos are so special and should be very fun to take, so do yourself a favour and prep the outfits and accessories for the whole family well in advance of your shooting date. The best way to look amazing in family photos is to choose and stick to just two or three coordinating colours. Then choose a few bright contrasting accents for your accessories and you are done! As an absolute rule, mom gets to choose her outfit first and the rest of the gang follows. So many family photos are…

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Pittsburgh Portrait Locations – Frick Park in Point Breeze

Pittsburgh Portrait Locations - Frick Park in Point Breeze Today I'm excited to write about Frick Park, it is another beautiful outdoor location for portraits in Pittsburgh. Isn't truly an iconic Pittsburgh location? Situated in the heart of the Point Breeze, Frick Park is Pittsburgh’s largest historical regional park. Frick Park is a wonderful place to photograph seniors, families and children. The park is large and offers plenty of space for seniors/families to move around. I love the beautiful lines in the architecture and as well as the landscaping. Frick Park offers many highlights for a portrait location: It is conveniently located, easily accessible and presents a large variety of background for your portraits. For this particular session we parked near The Frick Museum and walked to the picturesque stone arch at the park entrance. After capturing a few family portraits near the entrance, we continued to walk toward the open…

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My Best Photos – The Shoot & Share Photo Contest

The Shoot and Share Photo Contest is the world's largest photography contest that is fun, anonymous and completely about the photos. Voting goes on for an entire month, and you only know how your photos are doing, or even if you’re still in the contest, if you see your own images while voting. Voting is free and incredibly addictive, you simply click on your favorite image of the four that appear on your screen. Once you click another four photos appear for you to again choose your favorite. Hundreds of thousands of photographs are submitted each year from photographers around the world. It's exciting to see countless creative and beautiful shoots during the voting process. It's easy to loose track of time while clicking around the voting website. Best of the Best: Fjaðrárgljúfur, South Iceland For the past three years I have submitted 50 photos to the contest each year, in…

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Senior Location Series: Hartwood Acres

Senior Photo Location Series: Hartwood Acres The next spotlight location for this senior photo location series is the iconic Hartwood Acres Mansion! It’s the perfect place for seniors looking for a fabulous mix of architecture, flowers and nature. Hartwood Acres has so much to offer! And the best part? It is beautiful throughout the year! Be sure to schedule for the late spring, summer or fall, if you are looking for lush greenery and blooming flowers. 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 Hartwood Acres. 1. The Historic Mansion with a Curving Cobblestone Driveway Built in the 1920s with earth toned walls, the historic tudor estate features unique arches, doorways, railings and benches. The mansion features a courtyard surrounded by a forest and offers elegance and grace to your senior portraits. Honestly, every single…

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Corona Virus Practices

Corona Virus: Practices We are all in this together. During the COVID-19 pandemic season, we all need to take special precautions to keep our friends and family safe. Please check out the Laura Mares Photography Studio cleaning guidelines for studio sessions below. The studio will be available for up to 2 studio sessions a week with a minimum of 24 hours between sessions to allow for proper cleaning. We will be social distancing during sessions, 6 feet during outdoor sessions and 3 feet in the studio. Please bring only family members that will be photographed to studio. Please note that only one immediate family member should attend a senior or child portrait session. Temperature Checks Temperature checks for photographer and clients (including each family member to be photographed) the evening before the session. If any family member has a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees we will reschedule your session. Consider the following…

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10 ways to “Self Care” after having a Newborn

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10 Ways to “Self Care” after having a Newborn  As a mom of three I’ve had my fair share of stressful experiences as a mother of a newborn! So, I’ve decided to make a list of my favorite tips that I wish someone would have shared with me during the first months, and even years, after having a newborn. I have to say that as a newborn photographer it’s more than just the pictures... I love having meaningful conversations with my clients and getting to know them as people. That’s why I wanted to open up to new moms and share some advice I’ve gathered over the years.  1. Go Outside!  When you are starting to become overwhelmed by everything in the home, try a change of scenery, go outside and breathe. I loved taking walks with my newborns in their stroller. A calm nature walk or intense run was always…

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What to Expect during a Cake Smash Session

What to Expect during a Cake Smash with Laura Mares Photography I love capturing the joy of a one year old baby and the pride of his or her parents during a cake smash photo shoot! I hope you are as excited as I am if you’ve already scheduled a photo shoot, and if you haven’t, I hope this provides answers to your questions.  So first, I want to highlight the differences between indoor and outdoor cake smash photo shoots. I’ve done a great deal of both and I think it truly depends on the family’s preference.  What happens at an indoor cake smash session?  During a studio session, you will have a crisp and refined photo gallery where simplicity is highlighted. Cake: I often recommend families go for pastels and avoid red and brown icing for their cakes because needless to say...those colors don’t smash well! Props: Many parents love…

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Differences between Lifestyle and Portrait Photography Sessions

Differences between Lifestyle and Portrait Photography Sessions I’ve received this query from a few of my clients over the years, so I decided to share my thoughts on this common question.  At-Home Lifestyle What is a Lifestyle Session?  The basic outline of a lifestyle family session is an at-home, personalized photo shoot. I often tell families to explain it to their children as a friend coming over to visit and she'll take photos as well. I have the opportunity of experiencing one day of your family’s life and you have the freedom of choosing how to spend it! This can be anything from making a pizza, a tie fashion show, or a tickle fight! Not sure what your family should do for the photo session? Hold a family meeting with the kids and get some creative input! However, if you want the feel of a lifestyle shoot, but don’t want your…

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