Tour Laura Mares Photography Photography Studio

Tour Laura Mares Photography Photography Studio

Welcome to this behind the scenes tour of my home newborn, child, family, maternity photography studio.

The studio officially opened back in 2012! It has changed a lot over the years (and I’m sure I’ll continue to change it as my needs change!)

The studio is divided into two main areas, the sitting area and the shooting area. I hope that the sitting area will act as your living room during your portrait session and that you will feel comfortable and relaxed in the peaceful space.

Next to the sitting area is the shooting area – where newborns, babies, children, families and maternity sessions are photographed. This is where the magic happens!! The space has a large window with a lace curtain that’s fantastic for natural light portraits. If it is a dreary day, there are also strobes we can use to still capture beautiful portraits. Available background colors include: off white, white and gray. Or a couple different painted canvases and a double sided wooden backdrop.

When you glance around the studio, you may notice some cool old vintage cameras and a variety of props. Clients often comment on the old cameras. For example they may have owned similar ones when they were children or their grandparents used to take pictures of them with similar models. Among the old camera models are three of my old ones; my very first camera, a 110 film Kodak, the Minolta SLR that I used during college and the double lens reflex camera that I bought shortly after watching Hope Floats. 

My childhood dream was to be a photojournalist for National Geographic. Although I am self-employed, I do feel like I am living my dream. I am thrilled to take pictures of the families around Pittsburgh and travel with my own family on summer vacations.

The studio has a variety of props, most are either vintage, rustic or natural. Some highlights among the props include an old bread box, an antique stroller, a wrought iron crib, bowls, baskets, old buckets, blankets, wraps, quilts, etc.


Hi, I'm Laura Mares! I'm thankful to be a wife, mother and Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer. I photograph because I believe that life is simply beautiful and every person has a story worth telling. I'd love to tell yours.