6 Important Tips for Your Best Lifestyle Newborn Session

6 Important Tips for Your Best Lifestyle Newborn Session One of the coolest things that I have been able to witness during my photography career is the evolution of how baby portraits are portrayed and captured. I have watched it evolve from a beautiful posed newborn session, into an artistic, authentic, and meaningful experience that captures the love between the family and their newborn. I love how every single newborn shoot is different from the next, because each family is special and each home is unique.  So here I am trying to help you decide if lifestyle newborn photography is the best type of newborn session for you, your family and your baby. I want to empathize that lifestyle photography is more than just a trend, but an experience with the product of artistically captured moments of the love you share. I always appreciate when families bring their unique culture, faith,…

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Fashion Tips for High School Seniors

Fashion Tips for High School Seniors This post, is divided into fashion tips for high school senior women and men. Please scroll along to find the best tips for you. As you begin the task of selecting the perfect outfit for your senior session, remember to determine your inspiration. Whether that’s a simple palette, or a fashionable explosion, it will certainly help you decide the overall tone you want your outfit to represent. As a Pittsburgh Senior Photographer I am fortunate to meet high school seniors from across Pittsburgh and am constantly asked for tips on what to wear. 8 Fashion Guidelines:  Avoid neon colors, and graphic shirts with big words or logos. Stay away from fabrics that are prone to wrinkle or cling to you in unflattering ways.  Choose both casual and formal outfits to offer variety during the shoot. Incorporate a variety of colors that are still consistent with…

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5 Tips to Plan Your Senior Photo Session

What to expect and how to prepare for your senior sessionwith Laura Mares Photography!What to Expect at your Senior Photo SessionBelow you will find five tips on how to best prepare and what to expect during your personalized photo session. I have discovered that these types of blog posts help to create a strong spring board towards your creative ideas and plans! Hopefully this post can alleviate any stress before your senior portrait session. I have attempted to cover all your questions about your senior lifestyle session, but if you find yourself still scratching your head in need of more answers, please do not hesitate to comment below and I will make sure to get back to you soon!1. A Relaxed and Fun EnvironmentI love senior sessions especially because of how it fosters confidence in those I photograph. This is such a pivotal and stressful time in high school seniors lives, and…

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7 Tips for Beautiful Maternity Pictures

Seven Tips for Better Maternity Pictures In 1991, when a nude and pregnant Demi Moore posed for a Vanity Fair cover, was unprecedented for media outlets. Today, celebrities and fashion bloggers have started a trend of taking maternity pictures, both clothed and nude. It's common for the majority of pregnant women to take maternity pictures. Read on for 7 tips for taking maternity pics that you will love. 1. Get Your Hair and Makeup Done nIt can be a challenge to feel beautiful or sexy during pregnancy. Particularly if your pregnancy is difficult. This is understandable. However, the beautiful woman that you are is still there under that baby bump and the swollen ankles! Harness your pre-pregnant self by getting your hair and makeup done. For one thing, you will like the pictures even more when you get them back because you will look your best. Secondly, you will feel much more confident and pretty…

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10 Great Locations for Family Pictures in Pittsburgh

Ten Great Locations to Take Family Pictures in Pittsburgh A family picture is a big deal, and you want to make sure your family looks its best at the next photo session. That being said, you need to make sure you have the best landscape to bring out all of the good sides, as well as know what to wear for family photos. So how do you go about doing that? Well, you could start by checking out this list. Take a look below and see what's there for you. 10 Great Places to Take Family Pictures (and a Little Help on What to Wear for Family Photos) Here are 10 of the best places in Pittsburgh to take some pretty creative photos at your next session. Why not check out a few and see what works for you? 1. At Home The only thing easier than a shoot in the…

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6 Tips for the Perfect Family Photo Shoot

Whether your oldest is graduating from college, or if you've just had your first baby and want to capture them at their smallest, there's never a bad time to schedule a family photo shoot! However, if you're not comfortable in front of the camera -- or if you haven't thought about what you'd like your shoot to look like ahead of time? Things can go downhill fast. In this post, we're sharing with you some of our best tips for family photos. From advice about what you should wear to covering how to choose the right setting for your shoot, by the end, you'll be ready to get the best family photos ever. 1. Avoid Matchy-Matchy Looks We know that you want your family photo shoot to show off your family at its finest. And while coordination when it comes to outfits is important, don't make the mistake of wearing things that are too matchy-matchy.…

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10 Tips on What to Wear to your Maternity Portrait Session

10 Tips on What to Wear to Your Maternity Portrait Session I was recently asked for tips for what to wear at a maternity photo session. Since your baby bump is the "star of the show," dress to accentuate it! Read these 10 tips on what to wear to your maternity session.1. A Maxi Dress is the perfect thing to wear for maternity shoots. Maxi dresses are comfortable and flattering.2. Solid colors generally photograph well. I love white, cream and beige. I like to keep it simple.3. Tight clothing looks great in maternity shots, we want the focus to be on your adorable baby bump!4. Consider wearing a belt to help define your baby bump. Wear just above your belly to create a beautiful waistline.5. Lean towards classic clothing and away from the current trends. I want your maternity session portraits to be a reflection on your pregnancy and your growing family. We don't want the clothes to be a…

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How to Prepare for a 1st Birthday and Cake Smash Session

How to Prepare for a 1st Birthday and Cake Smash Session Cake smash sessions are a fun and joyful way to commemorate the milestone of your baby's first birthday. 1. Location We can meet in the studio, at a local park or in your home. 2. Outfits Most babies are photographed in two outfits, a first birthday outfit and cake smash attire. Cake smash attire is typically a diaper cover, bloomers, cloth diaper or tutu. 3. Decor You are welcome to bring along first birthday party decorations to the photo shoot, such as a banner, balloons, etc. You are welcome to use any items you like from the studio. Most parents tend to prefer the less is more attitude. 4. Cake It's best to introduce your baby to cake once or twice before the session so your baby has already explored the texture and you'll be aware of possible allergies. Be sure to bring a cake at room temperature, avoid chocolate, fondant and toothpicks. Most smash cakes measure…

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