Senior Session Series: Mellon Park

Five Reasons to Choose Mellon Park for Your Senior Portrait Session Choosing a location, for such a moment as special as your end of high school photo shoot, can sometimes feel daunting. If that's the case for you, I’ve decided to craft this series featuring some of my favorite locations for senior photo sessions to better aid you (or your senior) in the decision making process.  1. Unique Pittsburgh Location Mellon Park is a beautiful and historic walled garden that is full of European charm, lush greens, seasonal blooms, unique wrought iron gates and even a cobblestone lane. Mellon Park is a park in Pittsburgh that not many think of when deciding where to have their senior photos taken. It will be sure to stand out among many of your friend’s photos and is a wonderful way to document your unique journey through high school. I love that Mellon Park looks…

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Senior Session Series: Rustic Location

Five Reasons to Choose a Rustic Setting for Your Senior Portrait Session  Choosing the location for your end of high school photo shoot is a daunting task. This is why I pride myself on my ability to photograph sessions at nearly any location requested. So, I’ve decided to take the time to create a series of some of my favorite locations and reasons for each such as rustic, urban, gardens, etc.  1. Neutral Backdrop  For students who are apprehensive over the possibility of choosing trendy locations that may not age well, the timeless farmhouse look is a location fitting for any senior with any set of interests. I often view woodland scenes as moldable clay, perfect for any session. I’ve had a wide array of clients, ranging from high school couples, senior girls in flowy dresses, and school dance photo shoots. This all goes to say that one of my favorite…

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Senior Portrait Tips for Guys – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Senior Portrait Tips for Guys Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Read the following tips and you’ll be well prepared to look your absolute best at your senior portrait session. Strive for a classic, timeless look. When you book your session let us know the things that interest you. Think of what could be in style now as well as 20 years from now. Clothing Bring a range of styles. Casual, dressy and something in between, like an outfit you would wear on a date. Dress in layers. We say that a lot here in Pittsburgh. It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos because they add interest. By simply adding a neutral color t-shirt under a button down, you've added a layer. You can also roll up your sleeves. Put on a  jacket or simply carry it.…

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Senior Portrait Tips for Girls – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Senior Portrait Tips for Girls Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Read the following tips and you’ll be well prepared to look your absolute best at your senior portrait session. Strive for a classic, timeless look. Think of what could be in style now as well as 20 years from now. Clothing We want your face to dominate the portrait, all other elements in your photo should be secondary. Your clothing should be comfortable and form fitting. Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual. Bring several outfits, the more we have to choose from, the better. Let's match your clothing to the backgrounds to ensure you look your best in your natural surroundings. You'll want to have quick outfit changes. After all, the faster you change, the…

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Senior Pictures Spotlight – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

Taking senior portraits is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of sessions. It's such a joy to get to know each senior while taking their senior pictures. Bella is an amazing girl who radiates love for all around her. We had a great evening enjoying lots of laughs during the beautiful summer sunset. Are you from Pittsburgh?  Yes! I was born in Mount Lebanon.  In your opinion, where is the best place to eat in the Pittsburgh area and what do you order there? The best place to eat is probably Franco’s Trattoria. And I normally get cheese ravioli.  What is the best thing about your high school? I love how small it is.  Describe your family with one word. My family is loud.  How would your friends describe you? Compassionate  If you took a road trip, where would you go? The beach!  What kind of music do you enjoy?…

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Senior Pictures Spotlight – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

As I was walking to meet this senior girl and her mother at Kennywood Park late this summer, I had make an effort to slow my breathing because the idea of capturing senior photos during the beautiful golden sunset at Kennywood Park that it made me giddy!! I was so excited to receive an email from her mother early in the summer with a portrait I had taken of her daughter back when she was in elementary school! Are you from Pittsburgh? I was born in Vero Beach, Florida and moved to Pittsburgh when 17 days old. In your opinion, where is the best place to eat in Pittsburgh and what do you order there? The Yard is the best. I recommend the Frank the Tank without the Gorgonzola cheese and onion straws. What is the best thing about your high school? The best thing about my high school is the art…

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The Difference Between a Senior Session and Class Pictures

The Difference Between a Senior Session and Class Pictures I have listened to the thoughts of many who were on the edge between taking the plunge and hiring a senior photographer, and every time I tell them this, senior year is a special time. Your child has outgrown their baby blanket, and is preparing to take on the world. It’s an emotional, and wild ride for both parents and seniors! The purpose of the senior session is to celebrate all your child has accomplished during their time at school and home, and a way to remember it as they continue on to a new life in college and beyond. It’s a great time to get together and bond with your child through picking out the photographer, choosing outfits, location, and just an overall great transition to their final year at home. It’s a moment students look forward to, and something to…

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The Senior Portrait Awards – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

The Senior Portrait Awards To be honest, I have been extremely busy lately with senior portraits this past year... and I’ve loved every second of it! This is the first year that I have really focused in on senior sessions, and I have enjoyed it so much I thought I would take the time to appreciate all the seniors I have photographed recently. So, I’ve selected some of my favorite, and gave them some accolades and recognition.  1. Senior Award: Best Sunset Shoot This girl was such a blast to shoot and I was excited when she suggested Mount Washington as her location. It was so great getting to know her better and laughing together during her golden hour photo session.  Location: Pittsburgh's Mount Washington 2. Senior Award: Most Outfit Changes This girl brought five outfits to her session, and all were super cute! Her session was at Mellon Park, and…

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8 Need-to-know Senior Portrait Photography Trends – Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

8 Need-to-know Senior Portrait Photography Trends | Pittsburgh Senior Photographer Thankfully, the days of manufactured senior portraits are long gone, replaced with the more personal and artsy looks. The trends are constantly changing, but with me your look with always be in style. With graduation closer than you think, today is the perfect time to schedule a session with Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer.  Candid Shots  Goodbye to the old half smile, all faint and awkward. And hello to the authentic and beautiful smile that is yours! This trend is my favorite in that all it involves is the genuine YOU. I often accomplish the candid look through creating a relaxed atmosphere during the photo shoot. I love allowing you to be as creative as you want and coming up with your own poses. My life motto is to never forget your smile, and I think that is the best…

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