Welcome to Laura Mares Photography

Where photography meets creativity and heart.


As a lifestyle and portrait photographer, I strive to capture captivating, genuine and timeless images for you and your family to treasure. My work is a blend of photojournalism + fine art with rich colors and moody shadows. 


I grew up dreaming of becoming a photojournalist for National Geographic. I wanted to travel, photograph the beautiful people from far away lands and tell their stories.


I have a cheerful and easy-going personality, I am patient and love meeting new people! I love experiencing everything life has to offer, traveling to new places, trying new foods and recording the beauty in the world.


I spent years working in the darkroom learning the ins and outs of photography while earning a degree in Communications from Robert Morris University. In 2001, I opened a small photography business, in 2016 it grew into a full-time career.

If we work together, you can expect an experience that is...​

house plants, natural light and a checkered floor


I’m committed to making your experience low-stress and enjoyable. Expect to laugh and enjoy yourself. 

bohemian studio with apple boxes, house plants, persian rug and natural light


I want to capture the emotions of you, your people, and your life at this moment so that one day all the feelings will come rushing back.

photo of a white desk, iMac, and cactus


My background as an ESL teacher has prepared me to talk to just about anyone, stick to a clear plan, and anticipate questions so that you never have to wonder.

vintage mirror with greenery and dried flowers


My goal is to capture your family’s unique connection, personality and the beauty; while documenting the genuine emotions that fill life’s everyday moments and major milestones. 

I want to get to know you in order to capture portraits
that tell your story...

senior smiles of a girl in Pittsburgh's Mexican War Streets


From a meaningful outdoor location to a cozy corner of your home, we’ll use the environment to help tell your story. No matter where, I love to create a laid-back space.​


My photographs have been published in children’s fashion magazines and displayed in international galleries. More importantly, they have been featured on mantles and walls of homes where families live, laugh, and love.​


I want you to always remember the way your children loved to play with your hair, your husband’s sheer joy as he held your newborn baby, or how you cuddled with your furry friend.​

Before Your Session

After you have booked your session, you will receive a digital magazine designed to guide you through choosing a location, deciding what to wear and providing additional helpful tips. My goal is to create an experience where you are comfortable, relaxed and able to enjoy yourself; while feeling confident that you’ll receive captivating images of you looking your best. 

family of 3 at sunset with their black dog near Phipps Conservatory

During Your Session

We’ll meet at your chosen location whether that be your home, an outdoor location, or my home studio. I’ll guide you through natural poses and we’ll most likely laugh and have a good time together!

After Your Session

You’ll receive an online viewing gallery about a week after your session. Once you select your favorites, I’ll begin the final edits. You’ll receive another link to your final gallery where you will be able to download your digital images and order prints.

A toddler boy sitting inside a window lookin at a globe. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with how you see them. - Elliott Erwitt

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Random Fun Facts


I have visited 46 states and 28 countries.

Bucket List

My bucket list if full of places I want to visit, with Denmark and Sweden at the top of the list and Alaska, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana close behind!


I have three children (so I always have a beautiful model or an assistant nearby!)


I’m a INFP | The Idealist


My husband proposed on a cruise ship between Gibraltar and Morocco. So we don’t know what continent we were on when we got engaged!

Free Time

I love shopping for antiques, decorating our home, reading historical fiction and spending time with my family.

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