Laura’s Interview with Camera Geeks

What is Camera Geeks? Camera Geeks is a new site that interviews professional photographers. They aim to know the person behind the camera. I was recently interviewed for their website. Their mission is based on Ansel Adams' famous quote, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” Terry and Danielle, of Camera Geeks, are curious what exactly it takes to make a great photographer if it isn't the gear. “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. - Ansel Adams My Experience with Camera Geeks I first met Danielle when I photographed her beaufiul family in my home studio for their holiday portraits. Months later a new mom was requesting recommendations on Facebook for newborn photographers. Danielle recommended me by writing, "Laura Mares is phenomenal with baby photos. I didn't find her until my kids were a little older…

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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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Laura Mares Photography Awarded Best Newborn Photographer in Pittsburgh

It's an honor to share that Expertise has included me on the 2020 list of the best 21 newborn photographers in Pittsburgh, PA. Many thanks to Expertise for including Laura Mares Photography on their list in an artistic city with so such talent! Photographing newborns is one of my favorite types of sessions because capturing the first few moments in the early weeks of a newborn’s life is incredibly emotional and rewarding. I am excited to meet many more new bundles of joy this year! I have been offering my services as a photographer in the Pittsburgh area since 2001 and specializing in newborns since 2015 after having my third child. You can chose between two types of newborn sessions: a posed newborn session occurs in my relaxing Mt. Lebanon home studio or we can meet in the comfort of your own home for an in-home lifestyle session. I am committed to making…

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7 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Pittsburgh – Laura Mares Photography

Read the full article on Peerspace "We're big fans of yours and wanted to let you know that we featured you in our 7 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Pittsburgh article!" Those are the best words to read to brighten a dreary Pittsburgh day like today. It's not everyday that you receive word that you have been featured on Peerspace, the Airbnb for production, event, and meeting spaces as one of the seven best lifestyle photographers in Pittsburgh! Read snippets from the feature below. "Combining many genres, lifestyle photography at its core is the art of capturing the authentic days of a person’s life in an artistic fashion. It’s not just about portraits, although that is an element; most lifestyle photographers endeavor to allow you to remember the feeling of that one particular moment after years — sometimes decades — have passed. When you’re seeking out Pittsburgh lifestyle photographers, start with this…

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The Story Behind the Highlander Cow Portrait

Let me introduce you to Argyle. He placed in the Best of the Best of the 2019 Shot & Share Contest. Photographers are always looking everywhere for the next “perfect photo” opportunity. I am always looking at the direction of light, people's expressions and connections and/or wondering what would be the best angle to photograph someone or something. Our family vacations are no different. This past summer we took photographs of the train traveling through the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh. I also took photographs of my children dancing in front of Castle Fraser and looking for the Loch Ness Monster near Urquhart Castle. After climbing a muddy mountainside (in Birkenstocks) I had just enough time to take a quick selfie before the train arrived. We even hired a professional photographer, Natalia Swiader to take photos of our family exploring Circus Lane and Dean Village in Edinburgh.  All the while…

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Laura Mares Photography named Best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh

Every year Expertise names the best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism. What an honor to share that Expertise has included me on their list of the 20 best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh, PA for the fourth year in a row! It's a special privilege to be included on this list that's full of so many great photographers. I am very thankful to be on the list again this year. I began my photography business mainly as a family photographer, but also photographing weddings, events, and children. My inspiration to add newborn photography to my repertoire was inspired by the enjoyment I had photographing my own children as newborns.  While I greatly enjoy the variety of taking many types of photographs, I love every opportunity I receive to photograph newborn babies! I offer both lifestyle newborn and posed in-studio newborn sessions. Studio newborn sessions are available for…

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The Mares Children are Featured in Iconic Child Magazine

Anna, Ben and Ella Mares are featured in the current issue of Iconic Child Magazine! Our family loves planning vacations, trying international foods and exploring new places. My children are always happy to model for me. Weather we are at a cool location and plan to post their portraits on instagram or if I just need to do a quick light check before a portrait session in the studio.

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Best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh

Laura Mares Photography Awarded Best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh Laura Mares Photography was named one of the twenty Best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh in 2018 by Expertise. I am so happy to receive this distinction for the third straight year! Expertise shares that their goal is to connect people with the best local experts. Expertise scores newborn photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzes the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best newborn photographers in Pittsburgh, PA. The following criteria is used for the candidate ranking: Reputation | A history of delighted customers and outstanding service. Credibility |Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards. Experience | Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education. Availability | Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored. Professionalism | Providing service with honesty, reliability and respect. It has been an amazing journey getting here. Looking back I realize it all started with…

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