Senior Location Series: Urban Pittsburgh

Senior Photo Location Series: Urban Pittsburgh The next spotlight location for this series is Urban Pittsburgh! It’s the perfect place for seniors who search for an unconventional, creative spot that will make their celebratory images stand out. An urban setting is something I’d recommend for individuals who have a quirky, individualistic personality, and who love pictures that pop. I have photographed seniors in a wide variety of locations around Pittsburgh which is what I’ll be describing in depth during this blog post.  1. North Shore + Golden Bridges The North shore is a perfect, iconic spot in the heart of Pittsburgh. I recommend it for those who are proud of their Pittsburgh background and either plan to stay in the area, or want a little piece of home as they depart on their college journey. The soft yellows of the bridges and the blue azure sky are such a simplistic and…

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Jewelry + Fashion Tips to Look Your Best at Your Next Photo Shoot

Are you overwhelmed about deciding what to wear to your upcoming photoshoot? As a Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer, I enjoy planning my own family's outfits for photoshoots but I realize that this can cause stress for others! I was recently at a Premier Designs Jewelry open house where my friend, Natalie Shiff, gave great tips on what to wear and how to wear it! Natalie is a mama of five, lives in Mt. Lebanon and likes to help women elevate their look. I asked if she'd share tips for the blog. Natalie agreed and said, Laura, "It all begins with a simple 1,2,3!" I hope you find Natalie's tips helpful while you are planning what to wear to your next portrait session and if you are looking to update your jewelry please find Natalie's contact info below. :) Begin with a simple 1-2-3! 1. Start with Staples Classic tops, tanks, solid dress, neutral colors Great colors for tops: white, ivory, blush, gray, tan,…

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5 Tips from a Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

5 Tips from a Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer  It truly is a blessing to be able to document the early, precious first days of a newborn's life as home. Today I'd like to share some of my tried-and-true strategies for a successful newborn lifestyle session.  1. Play Relaxed Music I was raised by two musicians and my brother is a musician too! When I was growing up our family life revolved around music performances. To this day I appreciate music. I believe it’s always helpful to play calming music to set the atmosphere and make my clients feel comfortable. A couple of my favorite Amazon Prime playlists are coffee shop jazz, acoustic chill and relaxing classical cello. Some of my favorite artists to listen to during family photo shoots are Jason Mraz, Lemmon & Maisy, Simon and Garfunkel, Lucio Battisti and classical music and folk pop in general. It’s interesting to…

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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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5 Tips for an Amazing Newborn Lifestyle Photo Shoot

5 Tips for an Amazing Newborn Lifestyle Photo Shoot If I’m being honest, one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer is those first few weeks of a newborn’s life spent with their new families. There is something so emotional, pure and new that I can’t help reminiscing of my own little ones when they were that age. I am always thankful for the opportunity to document the first little precious moments of your family and home.  1. Search for a Space with Light in Your Home This could be any room with access to natural light in your home. This can be the master bedroom, nursery, living room, etc. Typically the best time of day to photograph in one's home is at 10:00 a.m. We'll turn off the lights and use only the natural sunlight to fill your room. Additionally, don’t stress about cleaning up the entire house... well…

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7 Tips to Prepare Your Children for Your Family Photo Session

7 Tips to Prepare Your Children for an Awesome Photo Session  As a Pittsburgh family photographer, I have run across a theme far too often: a grumpy child who has just received a stern talking-to in the car before the start of the session. This will likely yield to more tension, stressed parents, and a few forced smiles from the children. But my goal is to create a fun family experience that results in genuine smiles. So, today on the blog I’ve decided to share seven tips for a successful photo shoot that is enjoyable for all involved. Please remember, children want to understand what is expected of them and what a “family photo shoot” even entails. By being straight forward and explaining that the upcoming photo shoot will be a fun experience that they should look forward to! That soon they will have the chance to meet a new friend…

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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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10 Tips to have the BEST Birthday Cake Smash Photos – Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

10 Tips to have the BEST Birthday Cake Smash Photos From the ages 1 to even 40, cake smashes are the perfect way to celebrate the turning of age in an exciting and low-stress environment. Please read these ten tips you need to know for your upcoming cake smash.  Mellon Park, Pittsburgh 1. Bring Wipes and a Towel Messes are bound to happen when you have a baby and cake. Simple math, cute baby+pretty cake=mega mess. It’s great to bring some wipes in your purse just in case, to wipe the icing that you are going to find all over yourself along with your little one. It’s also a great way to try and quickly eliminate soon-to-be stains.  2. Bring a Change of Clothes for Baby (and Parents) This is along the same lines as the first tip,  try to bring some clean clothes so your baby's ride home isn’t in…

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