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Your Session Experience

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” - Ansel Adams

What to expect at a session with Laura

Plan on having a good time during your portrait session. I love creating an environment that is fun for you and your family while also setting the scene to create beautiful portraits for your family. While Laura Mares Photography offers a variety of props, I love focusing on the simple and unique features of you and your family like your children’s freckles, crooked teeth and messy hair. I have a knack for capturing the simple beauty in life – like the love between family members, the silliness of a two year old, and the look your 6 year old gives you that can melt your heart. Children are incorporated in family sessions, but if mom and dad want to take a back seat then simply book a child(ren) session. Please note that pets are welcome at lifestyle sessions and at pet friendly portrait locations! 

A couple holding their newborn baby. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.
Parents holding their baby's feet with their wedding rings on her toes. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer.
A newborn lifestyle image of a newborn baby laying on a bed while his French Bulldog rests his smiling face on him. Photo by Pittsburgh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer, Laura Mares Photography.

Lifestyle Packages

Newborn • Family

Let’s capture your raw emotion as you connect as a family while documenting your authentic moments with your children. 

Newborn lifestyle sessions are the perfect way to capture your new baby in your home in a relaxed way. We can create beautiful images in your new nursery, with your pets, etc. During these sessions, we will capture your family in a way that you can look back on and remember how you really were. Siblings feel comfortable at home, allowing us to capture authentic moments. No posing is done in-home, just gentle direction to encourage natural connection and interaction. Again, all family members are included. Newborn lifestyle sessions are scheduled at 2-4 weeks after birth. Unlike posed studio sessions, an older newborn is best for a lifestyle session, after the 2 week mark babies start to interact with family more.

Family lifestyle sessions take place in your home and incorporate your family interacting with each other while using your own home as the background. Have your family captured just as you are, connecting naturally while doing fun activities! These sessions are planned ahead of time to ensure we capture the beauty of your “ordinary” life. Lifestyle sessions are planned around your child’s interests.  Think about jumping on the bed, sidewalk chalk, swimming, having a tea party, or simply doing what your child loves, right in your home. We can record the simple moments that portray your child/family at this stage in life. Lifestyle photos are timeless, you will be able to look back at these photos and remember your children as they were. When your kids ask you when they are older, “Mom, what was I like as a child?”, wouldn’t you love to open an album and show them? 

LIFESTYLE$499 plus 7% sales tax
Up to two hour session • 25 digital images with classic edits • Available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $100 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

LIFESTYLE PLUS| $749 plus 7% sales tax
Up to two hour session • Receive all the Digital Images from Your Gallery (typically 75+ images) with classic edits • Available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $200 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

Add-on a beautiful set of 5×7 extra thick matte prints or a Custom Designed 8.5×11 Photo Book.  Maternity and/or first year add-on packages are discounted when booked together. 

Please contact me for all the details.

A lifestyle image of a father sitting on the sofa tickling his daughter. 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.
A toddler boy sitting inside a window lookin at a globe. Lifestyle photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer.

Portrait Packages

Family • Baby • Child • Maternity • Couple • Engagement

Let’s create stunning images, from beautiful places featuring you (and/or your loved ones) looking your best! 

We can schedule your session in the morning or around the “magical” hour which is one to two hours before sunset. Or you are welcome to come to my peaceful home studio that is conveniently located in Mt. Lebanon. 

GOLD | $749 plus sales tax

Up to 2 hour session  one or two locations • 20 retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $200 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

SILVER | $499 plus sales tax
1 hour session • one location • 12 retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $100 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

Please contact me for all the details.

Family sitting outside laughing together. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photography.
Portrait of two children whispering while sitting on a field. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Family Photographer.

High School Senior Portraits

Let’s capture your (or your teen’s) unique personality while creating gorgeous one of a kind senior portraits!

GOLD | $749 plus sales tax

Up to 2 hour session • 25 beautifully retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • up to 3 outfit changes • You’ll receive a $200 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

SILVER | $499 plus sales tax

1 hour session • 15 beautifully retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • 2 outfit changes • You’ll receive a $100 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

Please contact me for all the details.

A portrait of a senior girl standing on Mt. Washington at sunset, Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer
Portrait of a girl with a VW Bug. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer.
Portrait of a senior girl leaning against a brick wall holding a sunflower. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

Head Shot Session

HEAD SHOTS | $149 plus sales tax

Get ready to attract your ideal clients with your professional head shots! • 30 mintue studio session • Retouched images available for $49 an image for you to use as you please to start increasing your sales

Please contact me for all the details.

A portrait of a women sitting in the studio, Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer
A portrait of a women sitting in the studio, Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer
A black and white portrait of a women sitting in the studio, Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Posed Newborn Packages

Let’s create fine art portraits of your newborn! Newborn studio sessions are scheduled for babies up to two weeks of age for a posed in-studio session. The studio is composed of white walls with a large window, antiques, furs and fabrics. Family and sibling shots are always encouraged! Laura has extensive training and practice posing babies. Your newborn will be placed in safe and classic poses. position. Laura loves creating clean, beautiful, timeless images. 

Full | $999 plus 7% sales tax 
The full newborn session lasts between 3-4 hours • Includes 20-25 beautifully retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $300 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

PETITE | $499
The petite newborn session lasts between up to 2 hours  Your newborn will remain diapered • Includes 10 beautifully retouched digital images available by online gallery so that you can download, use and share them with your loved ones • You’ll receive a $100 print credit toward prints purchased through your online gallery

Maternity and/or first year add-on packages are discounted when booked together. 

Please contact me for all the details.

A portrait of a newborn baby girl posed in studio near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer
A portrait of a newborn baby sleeping on a blue blanket near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer
A portrait of a newborn baby girl wrapped in a white wrap near Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

Customize Your Session!

Additional session time $149/hour

Additional digital images $49

8.5×11 • 24 page • lay flat photo book $259

16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas $299

Set of 5×7 extra thick matte prints $159 (one of each digital image)

Extended family Session add-on $99

Images on USB $59

It's time to book your session!

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

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