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.

Enjoy!

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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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You know why I love this family? Because they’re actors.

Okay maybe that’s not really why I love them but it’s why I love photographing them! They’re used to the stage. They’re used to performing! And where most adults (and many children) get really shy when a camera comes out (me included) … these guys just go along with it like nothing is new. They’re completely natural in their element and completely ignoring me … which when you’re shooting lifestyle is the entire point.

I asked them to bring something meaningful to this session so they brought their guitar which was PERFECT. Dad is teaching daughter how to play. She sat there and plucked at her strings for a bit but then was more content to get up and dance with mom … which was also just fine with me!

And when she didn’t want to sit still under the tree, they came up with a story about a princess on the spot (which of course was named after her) to make her laugh.

I am in love with these family portraits.

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This wasn’t just any old newborn photo shoot. I’ve been photographing these guys for years! The first time was when the newly minted middle-child was just a few months shy of 2 years old. And now she’s a reading first grader! They’ve always been a favorite family of mine. In fact, after this photo shoot when it came time to deliver the portraits we decided to meet up and let our kids play!

The newest little man in the house is going to be ready for anything! With two crazy older siblings to play with him, or throw him around, or tease him mercilessly, or be his best bud … I’m sure he will be well loved and very tough! I look forward to seeing them again!

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Have I mentioned recently how much I prefer lifestyle photography over the old standard? Not only do I get to capture a REAL story … but there is virtually no pressure on the kiddos to perform. Cause let’s face it … kids don’t always want to perform (well, some do). This little girl very much had her own mind about what she would and would not do. And I sense that she would not have enjoyed us making her sit in one specific spot and smile for any more than 3 seconds.

She didn’t entirely trust me, as you can see from the photos. She kept staring at me with those big beautiful eyes wondering why I was still hanging around. Most little littles are pretty fascinated by my big black camera. And when they’re too tiny to understand explanations they just get to remain mystified. These days most kids don’t know what a classic camera looks like! They’re much more likely to break out a cheesy smile for a phone. I think this is to my advantage. One of my favorite stories is still the time when a 4yo girl who, when told I was taking pictures of her newborn sister, asked me where my phone was. 🙂

So in conclusion I got some beautiful photos of this adorable little girl for her first birthday. Many thanks to my stress free approach to photography. Mom and dad loved them so much they ordered an album that contained nearly all of them. pittsburgh-baby-photography-01pittsburgh-baby-photography-02pittsburgh-baby-photography-03pittsburgh-baby-photography-04pittsburgh-baby-photography-05pittsburgh-baby-photography-06pittsburgh-baby-photography-07pittsburgh-baby-photography-08pittsburgh-baby-photography-09pittsburgh-baby-photography-10pittsburgh-baby-photography-11pittsburgh-baby-photography-12

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