Before I became a photographer, I didn’t realize that one of the best aspects of the job is meeting the families that make up Pittsburgh. It’s difficult to explain what a privilege it is to be trusted and even become friends with clients as you meet over the years. This family is fun, loving and kind – it is obvious when you get to spend time with them how special they are!
How did you and your spouse meet?
We met at a small liberal arts college in the Pittsburgh area and bonded over being from the other side of the state.
What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area?
Everyone who lives here is incredibly friendly and focused on building a close community.
Describe your child.
Claire is an independent and fierce little girl, so watch out world!
What are your family’s favorite things to do in and around Pittsburgh?
We love going to the various festivals in the downtown area, visiting new breweries as so many are friendly family, and exploring Phipps.
Share a funny family memory.
Claire is 22 months old and can understand our requests more and more. She was playing with a puzzle and couldn’t get a particular piece in the base. We told her to try turning it around. She proceeded to stand up and turn herself in circles. We started laughing, and Claire quite proud of herself for making her parents laugh, started spinning more until she fell. This explains our family dynamics perfectly. One person is always trying to make another laugh until it goes too far!
What are your family’s favorite restaurants?
We love going to Spoonwood and Mindfull Brewery because both are kid friendly, have a great atmosphere, and good food.
What is your family’s favorite meal to cook at home?
Any meal that we can successfully make without Claire throwing it is our favorite!
How did you decide to schedule a family session with Laura Mares Photography?
We compared various photographers in the Pittsburgh area in terms of price, style, and online reviews. Ultimately, we decided on Laura Mares Photography because of her ability to capture the personalities of the families she photographed, while also making the photo itself unique. A lot of photographers we viewed had an obvious “go to shot” for their families, which felt impersonal. Others either just did studio shots or went completely in the other direction with shots that were not realistic. Luckily, Laura enjoys combining her creative and unique perspective with outdoor scenes to capture a family’s dynamics. The results are truly stunning and closer to art than traditional photos.
How did you prepare for your family photo session?
I focused on coordinating our clothing, using Laura’s website as guidance, so that the pictures appeared more natural. Then I gave my husband a daily reminder that the session was for the family, not just him. You have to know him, he will take any attention he can get and run far with it! Luckily, I am the opposite so his comical approach to the photo session helps me relax.
What is your favorite portrait from your family session?
There is a picture with Claire and Lex sitting on the steps. I was going to get her food because she is an eating monster and the two of them had a moment, which Laura captured. Claire is leaning on her dad and laughing, which sums up their relationship. She is a daddy’s girl and they both love making the other laugh.