lifestyle portraits

Thoughtfully captured lifestyle portraits preserve your fondest memories, from a typical day at home to brining home a new family member.

a father holding his baby girl in the living room with lots of houseplants nearby
newborn lifestyle picture of family holding baby with dog at home
lifestyle portraits of parents holding newborn baby in modern boho nursery with Siberian husky near Pittsburgh, PA

Lifestyle sessions feature your family, home and connection. The goal is to document your story authentically. We will move around your home to highlight different spaces and feature a variety of activities. Popular rooms include: living room, bedroom, play room, porch, sun room, kitchen, and dining room.  

A toddler boy sitting inside a window lookin at a globe. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.
beautiful family holding newborn baby sitting near the crib in modern boho nursery
A lifestyle image of a family sitting on the sofa holding their baby girl. Photo by Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer, Laura Mares Photography.
A lifestyle image of a family playing together to celebrate a birthday. Photo by Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer, Laura Mares Photography.

When a kind, older stranger on a dance floor in Ireland, asked, “Do you want to know the secret of life?” I wasn’t sure how to respond. He continued, “It’s simple really, it’s all about recognizing serendipity; the joy of learning to value the little moments that unexpectedly become the most memorable.” 

Since that moment, I have embraced the philosophy of seeking opportunities, seeing the positives, and focusing on the stories of the people I encounter. Life is filled with serendipity when we learn to recognize it, and it has become the backbone of my photographic style.

Dogs are family members too! Our furry friends are loyal, loving, and part of our everyday life. Dogs add personality, playfulness, and uniqueness to family portraits.

Newborn lifestyle images of a mother, father, son and boxer dogs by Laura Mares Photography.
two Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs sitting on blue velvet chair at home

“Laura was an absolute dream to work with! We booked a lifestyle newborn shoot and everything was flawless from the start of the process to receiving our prints.

Laura is not only incredibly talented and gifted, but she is also the sweetest! We could not be more pleased with how our photos turned out and would absolutely recommend booking with Laura for your photography needs.”

loving parents holding newborn in modern bohemian nursery
newborn lifestyle photo of family holding baby with dog at front door
Mom swaddling newborn baby girl sleeping on bed


 If we are lucky, we get 100 years to make memories, build relationships, and create a legacy. Let’s document your journey! I capture heart-felt emotions, authentic connection and joyful laughter, so that these precious moments in time can be savored. We can schedule your session mid-morning Monday – Friday.

Please get in touch for details and add-on customizations.


Tell your Story


ready to document your story?

Let’s work together to create unique portraits for you to treasure of your family!

A tender lifestyle image of a great grandmother with her great granddaughter. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.
Father lookin at his daughter in her crib. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.

Let's tell your story!

Let’s work together to create beautiful images that you can treasure for a lifetime!

Laura Mares Photography

Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer – Let’s authentically document your family’s love and connection at home.

Laura Mares | 2023 Voice Photography Competition Honorable Mention
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