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When you have a brand new baby you spend a lot of time looking at their adorable features . . . you look at their tiny fingers and toes and you’re just in AWE. After a few days you probably already have a hundred cell phone pictures but nothing quite takes the place of professional portraits. The posing, the composition, the lighting, the props, the editing. I promise, I can take your perfect little bundle of joy and create beautiful images that you will treasure forever!

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No words necessary to describe this adorable newborn photography session . . .

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There is nothing more magical than the birth of a child, and capturing and preserving the tender innocence of your brand new baby is my privilege.  I understand that new parents have many commitments and are very busy (and tired!!), especially in those first few days after the birth of a baby. However, I can’t stress enough how important it is to bring your newborn in for a newborn photography session!!   I don’t need to tell you how fast children grow from infant to toddler, and then before you know it your child will be getting on the school bus. The moments click by almost as fast as the shutter on my camera. The first fourteen days after you have a baby is the optimal time to schedule your newborn session, because your little one will still be sleepy, tiny and cooperative.  Capture those first few days of your child’s life forever!

If you weren’t planning on scheduling a newborn session and have changed your mind and have a baby that is older than 14 days we can still create beautiful images of your baby at any age.

So . . . what are you waiting for??  Schedule a session for your baby today!  Send me an or call me at 412 519 4830.

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Lately I’ve been feeling like motherhood isn’t much fun . . . laundry, messy houses, chauffeuring to softball/ musical/lacrosse/volleyball/therapy, racing to the grocery store etc. But what I realized is that all this “stuff” isn’t motherhood! It’s just stuff that fills my life and takes me away from my family. All of this deep thought has made me want to freeze time and capture what I truly love about motherhood . . . laughing with, playing with and loving my kids. So, with all that said, I’m scheduling motherhood minis again. Sessions held in Oakdale, PA. See info below. I hope you take the time to slow down and remember why we all do this crazy thing called motherhood!

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My 5 favorite things about a newborn session Capturing New Families:

Each and every one of my newborn sessions is unique.  Each family comes with their own experiences that brought them to being new parents.  Some find themselves in the role very easily, others have had to work really hard to become parents.  For this reason, I’m drawn to newborn photography.  No matter how the new family came to be they all have love in common.  Anyone who has a child knows that there is no stronger love than the love a new parent has for their baby.  Capturing that love is indescribable!

 Capturing Fleeting Moments:

It’s so cliche but the newborn stage is so fleeting!  The tiny squeaks, the little squirms, tiny fingers and toes, little yawns – and my favorite part . . . when they stretch and their backs arch and their little bum sticks out – – gah!!  When you are only getting a few hours of sleep a night it may be hard to remember how your baby looked,how their hair curled, how tiny their little toes were.  That’s where I come in!

Newborn Perfection:

I don’t think there is anything more perfect than a newborn baby.  I find myself in awe every time I think about how babies are created.  From one one cell that divides billions of times, all of their “parts” develop.  There really is nothing else in the world as miraculous as that!  That miracle is not lost on me.  Even though I have photographed thousands of newborns I find myself humbled before each one as I contemplate their perfection.  Staring into the face of a newborn and realizing they are 100% innocence and love – I mean, how can you not love that!

 I Get to Snuggle Tiny Babies!!

After talking with or emailing my clients before their session from the moment they walk in the door I feel an instant connection both to them and to their precious baby.  I feel like a proud aunt and instantly want to pick up and love on each baby.  It’s not uncommon for me to say that I want to keep a baby or two or three . . . I guess it’s a good thing my clients get to know me a bit before the session or they would call me the crazy aunt!  There is often a bit of downtime in a session if baby needs a break from modeling and that’s again where I get to gently rock, shush and soothe babies back to sleep so the new parents can just continue to relax.  I mean – does it get better than that!

 I Create Priceless Memories:

One of the best feelings is knowing I’ve created memories that will last a lifetime for a family.  Parents and I often joke about how we are going to embarrass the baby at their high school graduation by showing their adorable newborn pictures in a slide show to all their friends!  I get to do that as a newborn photographer – – I get to freeze time, I get to capture something that ordinarily would have passed and parents may regret not taking the time to document it.  It’s not unusual for my clients to get teary eyed when they view the final images that I deliver to them.  I often get notes back saying how grateful they are to have the images and how much they will cherish them.

So what are you waiting for?  If you are expecting, please contact me to learn more about a newborn photography session!

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Pregnancy is such an exciting, joyous and let’s be honest, nerve wracking time!  With all of the preparations and expenses for a new baby, some families either forget about maternity photos or decide to forgo maternity pictures.  Other times I have had moms tell me that they are uncomfortable with their body and don’t feel particularly photogenic.  While a picture is worth a thousand words, I just have to add a few more words to really express how important it is to silence your inner critic so that you can capture your families love for the new baby even before his/her arrival.

As you have seen in my maternity portfolio, I love capturing the connection between a mom and the new life growing inside of her.  I will never ask you to wear anything you don’t want to or to bare more than you want to.  I work closely with all of my maternity clients to fully understand what it is they are looking for with their maternity session.  I strive to create very natural, heartfelt, candid images that you can feel.

Even though I’m a photographer now, I wasn’t when I was expecting my children. I was one of those people who listened to their inner critic and hid from a camera.  Now that they are older (my oldest is taller than me now!!), I wish more than anything that I could look back on those photos myself as well as be able to share them with my children.  If my mom had a picture of her when she was expecting me, I can guarantee that I wouldn’t be analyzing how she looked – I would be reveling in the love that she had for me.

Ok, so if my words haven’t convinced you, take a look at the beautiful session below . . . I can guarantee you will never regret the decision to capture this fleeting time (although, when I was pregnant it didn’t feel fleeting – – it felt forever!!).

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Imagine at your 18 week sonogram they tell you “it’s a boy!”.  You get excited, you start picking baby boy names, dreaming of baseball, trucks, dinosaurs etc.  From the moment you hear “it’s a boy” you start to picture your son and the future you will have with him.  Then, at another sonogram at 38 weeks, they tell you “oops, it’s actually a girl!”.  Shock, surprise, confusion and change of plans!! So, new baby name, new nursery theme, new baby clothes . . . and, to add to that excitement this would be the first baby girl born in 57 years – – and what a beautiful baby girl she is!!

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Rainbow Baby Newborn Photography Session Pittsburgh

Nothing is more exciting than standing in your bathroom and staring down and seeing two pink lines.  In that instant, you start dreaming of a future for the little life growing inside of you.  Visions of chubby baby rolls, first steps, first day of school, learning to drive, getting married and even grandchildren!  Unfortunately, not all moms get to experience the joy of childbirth following pregnancy.  For some, their dreams end with the tragedy of losing their precious baby.  I can’t even imagine living through the incredible pain, sadness and heartbreak that comes along with losing a baby.  Some women never get to experience the joy of holding a baby in their arms.  Others, eventually do go on to have another baby.  This is what it means to have a rainbow baby.

What is a Rainbow Baby?

A rainbow baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what’s to come.  Having a baby after losing one brings an onslaught of emotions.  For those moms who do go on to have another baby they may feel angst, worry, fear and even guilt at times.  These moms may worry that having another baby means they have moved on and are over the loss of their first baby.  But a rainbow baby does not mean that a mom is over the loss of her previous pregnancy.  Rather, a rainbow baby is symbol of healing, renewal and love.

This family shared their emotional journey with me and I felt incredibly honored to be able to capture their beautiful baby girl’s newborn session.

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Baby K | 6 Pound Peanut

Anybody who has been around newborns before know that they come in all shapes and sizes.  This little guy was just 6 pounds, 7 ounces at birth and was closer to just 6 pounds for our session . . . I love when babies don’t even fit into their own skin yet!  Gah, I miss those days!!

I get asked a lot if sibling and families are included in the newborn session . . . and the answer is absolutely yes!  Having a new baby is such a momentous occasion and I want to make sure that each and every family member is part of the process.  Big sister was almost 3 years old for this session and her mom described her as a bit shy with new situations. Luckily, she’s also very sweet and loved being a helper.   With a little encouragement she warmed up quickly and we were able to get these sweet pictures.

If you are considering having the whole family in the newborn session (which I highly encourage) it may also seem super daunting to find outfits for everyone.  That is one of the reasons I suggest booking in your 2nd trimester so that we can work together ahead of time to get everything ready before baby arrives.  This mom and I talked about wardrobe several months before the session and she was able to find this sweet dress for her first born.  I also have several dresses for moms to wear so that they can take wardrobe off of their list of things to worry about.  If you are considering a session and would like to see the dresses I have available, just give me a call and we can set up a studio tour.

If you are considering a newborn session with me and have any questions or concerns I would love to talk to you.  Shoot me an email and we can talk about anything that you are unsure of.  I promise you – you won’t regret it!

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I’m sure you’ve heard it said a hundred times by now . . . newborn photo sessions occur within the first 2 weeks of a baby’s life.  Why the narrow timeframe?  Well, a few reasons, babies typically “wake up” right around the two week mark. Up until then they pretty much just sleep and eat!  With that schedule, it makes it really easy to get the traditional posed newborn type photos that you see all over my blog.  Also, up until that two week point newborns are still very flexible and are really comfortable being gently molded into sweet pose after pose.  And don’t let me forget about newborn skin!  While newborns can often be red or jaundiced those features can be reduced with the power of photoshop.  After the 2 week mark, newborns often get significant rashes, blemishes etc.  While these can also be reduced via photoshop it’s definitely harder to create that smooth, fresh natural newborn complexion.

Why am I telling you all of that?  Well, I’ve had a handful of clients email and say “I know you only photograph 2 week olds, but my baby is 6 weeks now and I’m wondering if you would still photograph him/her”.  The answer is “of course!!”.  Just because the ideal time is less than 14 days doesn’t mean I won’t or can’t photograph your baby if he/she is beyond that “ideal” window.

While your session flow may be different than it was if your little one was super new, I have been doing this for a very long time and I can work with babies of any age.  We may not get all the same poses but I can still create a very full, very adorable gallery for you!

So . . . I just wanted to go on record saying bring me your babies!  Whether they are 6 days, 16 days or 6 weeks I can still create a beautiful gallery of timeless images for you to cherish for years to come.

So, if you have bothered to read all this and are either expecting or already snuggling your little one, please CONTACT ME to learn more about a session with me!  I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

And that brings me to Baby R.  He was 6 weeks at the time of our session.  His mom had wanted to get his pictures taken as a newborn but with being born right before Christmas it just didn’t happen.  I’m so glad that she didn’t just think it was too late . . . he will never be as small as he was on the day of our session and his mom now has these images to remember when he’s taller than she is!

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