I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit jealous of this family.

When mom initially emailed me they were only going to be in Pittsburgh for a short period of time. They’d just come from another country. And they were leaving a few short weeks after the photo shoot to go to yet a different country. But no … they’re not military. And yes … they do love the lifestyle. And I would love it too! I’m a traveler at heart. I was a traveler before I had kids. I’m eager to be a traveler again. So I’m always jealous of people who manage to do this with kids!

This was a wonderful lifestyle newborn session. Little man was so cute. I was madly in love with his hair! And I really hope the wall portraits they ordered are hanging up, nice and large, in their new home!

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This was not my first time photographing this family. But it was my first time at this park! I can definitely see myself using it again. And what an amazing playground it has! If I lived anywhere near it I would be there all the time!

The last time I did family photos with them, it was little man’s first birthday … so they’ve changed a bit. Neither of the kids remembered me at all. But it made me realize how much I enjoy working with slightly older kids. Obviously they’re still little but old compared to my average clientele. I had so much fun working with these two. Such funny little personalities! I was laughing out loud editing the photos at the antics of the little girl … they really shone through in the images! They were just such perfect little goofballs for this session. I know that parents sometimes fear that means that their kids are being uncooperative and horrible but trust me when I say … unless your kid is outright being obnoxious and mean … I LOVE their crazy behavior. That’s what they act like right? So that’s what I want to capture!

And I’ve yet to photograph an obnoxious and mean kid. 🙂


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How lucky are we?? Hartwood Acres is pretty much THE hottest place to family portraits in all of Pittsburgh. On any given summer or fall evening you will find roughly 20 photographers wandering the grounds. But in the morning? Well that’s a different story. It was just me and this wonderful family here. And we got to explore! I finally ventured down to the barn which I’d somehow never seen before. These guys tagged along quite willingly!

Plus … this little girl. The very first thing she said to me was “I like your shirt!” She didn’t know that I had made my shirt and it was the first time I was wearing it so even from a 5 year old it was very nice to hear! She then immediately followed that compliment with “I love your hair!” Not knowing that I had JUST dyed it red for halloween and wasn’t exactly in love with it (it has since grown on me). You know those people who are just REALLY good at giving compliments? They’re usually people who are also really good at sales. This kid is one of those people. And she continued to be a very talkative delight for the rest of the session as well.

And her little brother! Who just smiled anytime I got near him! What a sweetie! I wonder if he will be good at the complimenting game once he becomes a little more verbose.

To top it all off … mom and I really clicked as well. I think we should get our kiddos together to play! My daughters will love relentlessly picking up her son and I can see all the girls really getting along. So hopefully there are many more photo shoots to come with this family!


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This family is my best customer. No doubt. No question. I don’t even have to count (although I should because I’m curious). They’re not my longest running customer … but they made up for it in quantity in a short period of time.

I’ve been photographing them for 3 years now. I still remember their first session because I was amazed at how well their then single 14 month old child sat still and smiled so beautifully. She was quickly followed by a little sister, and then another little sister just a year after that one. So now they are 3 girls! And THIS was their joint birthday party.

I admit I don’t frequently do birthday party portraits but I’ll do pretty much anything for my best customer! Plus I knew most of the people at the party because I’ve photographed most of them too.

PJ Masks was the theme! This was something I’d never even heard of at the time … and yet now my own children are asking for PJ Masks dolls for Christmas and they’ve never even seen the show! Weird how that works. Anyway … much fun was had. Races were run. Superheroes were pinned. Pinatas were beat open. Cake was eaten. Bikes were ridden. Everyone was happy.


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Look at this little guy. He was so ridiculously sweet. Though I do believe the first half of the photo shoot all of my photos are of the back of him as he walked away from me as fast as he possibly could. Eventually he warmed up (they always do!) and let me capture his charming little face. He was so curious about everything. Ah to be a baby where everything in the world was new. Don’t you wish you could capture that feeling and experience it again?

Afterward at the ordering session mom and dad were thrilled with how perfectly I had captured him. They said it just looked so much like him and his little personality was shining through. And that right there is pretty much my main goal. They change so much, so fast as babies it’s so important to capture them as much as you can. And at this speed it can be hard to do with a cell phone!

Enjoy these baby portraits!

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