Laura Mares Photography Awarded Best Portrait Photographer in Pittsburgh

Laura Mares Photography Awarded Best Portrait Photographer in Pittsburgh It's an honor to share that Expertise has included me on the 2020 list of the 22 best portrait photographers in Pittsburgh, PA. Many thanks to Expertise for including Laura Mares Photography on their list in an artsy city with so such talent!  I strive to make my clients feel at ease and confident during our time together. I love capturing portraits, but I also love photographing each aspect of what makes an individual uniquely beautiful: A senior girl picking flowers, a child snuggling with her parents, a business owner looking to update his/her profile/instagram images. An experience - that's what I strive to provide my clients. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a high school senior, a family with a newborn or excited kiddos and a dog or two in need of timeless, heirloom portraits - I promise to give you a fun…

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Why Choose Laura Mares Photography to Capture Your Senior Photos

Why Choose Laura Mares Photography to Capture Your Senior Photos 1. A Personalized Experience My daughter was recently speaking with a friend, a senior at Mt. Lebanon High School, who had his senior pictures taken last fall. He described the experience as "quite robotic" as his session was exactly 30 minutes long, with a line of seniors scheduled before and after him, filtering through the senior portrait studio. He mentioned he felt a little disappointed. After 12 years of schooling that lead to a much anticipated senior year, I can understand the discontentment upon receiving cookie-cutter images. That's why I recognize that senior photos, alongside senior rec, prom, etc, are a major milestone in a young adult's life. That is why I aim to create unique images for every senior I photograph. I grow genuine relationships because I remember the excitement of this moment in a high school senior's life. It…

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Senior Session Series: Mellon Park

Five Reasons to Choose Mellon Park for Your Senior Portrait Session Choosing a location, for such a moment as special as your end of high school photo shoot, can sometimes feel daunting. If that's the case for you, I’ve decided to craft this series featuring some of my favorite locations for senior photo sessions to better aid you (or your senior) in the decision making process.  1. Unique Pittsburgh Location Mellon Park is a beautiful and historic walled garden that is full of European charm, lush greens, seasonal blooms, unique wrought iron gates and even a cobblestone lane. Mellon Park is a park in Pittsburgh that not many think of when deciding where to have their senior photos taken. It will be sure to stand out among many of your friend’s photos and is a wonderful way to document your unique journey through high school. I love that Mellon Park looks…

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Senior Session Series: Rustic Location

Five Reasons to Choose a Rustic Setting for Your Senior Portrait Session  Choosing the location for your end of high school photo shoot is a daunting task. This is why I pride myself on my ability to photograph sessions at nearly any location requested. So, I’ve decided to take the time to create a series of some of my favorite locations and reasons for each such as rustic, urban, gardens, etc.  1. Neutral Backdrop  For students who are apprehensive over the possibility of choosing trendy locations that may not age well, the timeless farmhouse look is a location fitting for any senior with any set of interests. I often view woodland scenes as moldable clay, perfect for any session. I’ve had a wide array of clients, ranging from high school couples, senior girls in flowy dresses, and school dance photo shoots. This all goes to say that one of my favorite…

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1st Birthday Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

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How did you and your spouse meet? Through his cousin, it was long-distance but communication and effort from both of us made it possible. What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? Pittsburgh has a small city feel yet it’s not too small. It is very photogenic city and friendly people. In your opinion, what baby items do you think are essential? Essential baby items: Bed bassinet, baby bath tub, changing station, and a pacifier when they’re young If you had a 25 hour day, what would you do with the extra time? Sleep What are your baby's favorite books? Goodnight moon and Put me in the Zoo What are your baby's favorite foods? Our baby enjoys yogurt, milk and fruits. What are your baby's favorite toys? Our baby's favorite toys are stuffed toys, rattle and activity center. What places around Pittsburgh do you and your baby/family enjoy visiting together?…

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Family Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

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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…

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15 Things to do with your Family in New York City

Looking for a weekend get away with your family? With so much to offer, the Big Apple is a great place for a family to bond, experience new things, and create memories that’ll last a lifetime! Labor day weekend, my family traveled to NYC to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Our weekend was filled with laughter and fun even though I wish we could have spent a little time there. Below I’ve included 15 of our favorite activities that our family enjoyed.

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Family Spotlight – Pittsburgh Family Photographer

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Today, I'm excited to share highlights from a recent family portrait session in Mellon Park. I had a blast spending time with this photogenic family! Sadly, when I get behind the camera I get so focused on creating portraits that I occasionally forget names or use the wrong ones. I can't actually claim to be good with names in the first place, but when my interest is capturing portraits, it only goes downhill. (I'm curious if other photographers have the same trouble.) So today, I'm going to introduce you Mike and his family... But only I call him that, the rest of the world knows him as Brain! How did you and your spouse meet? Brian and I met Senior year at Penn State. I showed up at a bar on campus with one of my girlfriends, and Brian was sitting at the bar with his buddy Mike, who was also…

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1st Birthday Spotlight – Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

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1st Birthday Spotlight - Pittsburgh Baby Photographer Mellon Park is my favorite location to take portraits in Pittsburgh. I've been going there for years, but every time I go I see new angles for taking portraits. Kennedy is an easy going sweetheart and we all had a wonderful session celebrating her first birthday in Mellon Park. We laughed and got creative our entire time together. Check out how beautiful her smash cake is below!! How did you two meet? We met at work! We are both recruiters. I asked him for help working on a position and once we filled it we celebrated with drinks. After that first date we both knew! What do you enjoy about living in the Pittsburgh area? The city environment but small time atmosphere. You get the best of both worlds here! In your opinion, what baby items do you think are essential? A sound Machine is…

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