Little Apple

You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always be around
You are the apple of my eye
Forever you’ll stay in my heart
– Stevie Wonder

Looking at the sweet face of this little apple, one can’t help but smile.  All bundled up in a cozy wrap, she sleeps peacefully on the blanket Grandma crocheted for her.

newborn baby sleeping on a crocheted blanket with flowers in a photography studio in Pittsburgh

For a moment she opens her eyes and peers at the world around her.

She looks up and sees two smiling faces.  She doesn’t understand everything fully, but already she knows she feels safe and loved.newborn photography parent and baby pose neutral backdrop natural window light mom and dad looking at baby

Then she’s back to sleep, snuggled in a warm blanket.  Life is good!

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Where Should I Have My Newborn Session: Home or Studio?

A question I am often asked by parents is “Where should we have our newborn session, in our home or at your studio?”  The answer is, of course, that there is no wright or wrong answer!  There are advantages to both, so let’s look at how the two compare.

1. When you have your session at home, you don’t have to pack everything and drive somewhere to have your photo taken.  I come to you, so everything you need is right there already, from diapers and bottles, to a change of clothes if needed.  Many people love the convenience and feel less stressed with this option.

Newborn Session in the home mother holding baby sitting on couch wearing a pretty floral dress

On the other hand, when you have your session at the studio, you don’t have to think about whether your house is clean and photo-ready or not; by coming to the studio, you have a beautiful, uncluttered, neutral setting waiting for you.  Many people love having a place to go for their newborn session and find that this option is actually less stressful.

Couple holding newborn in natural light studio neutral colors standing by window

2. If you have young children, you might find that an in-home newborn session is easier on the little ones.  Toddlers get bored easily and have a lot of energy to burn.  By having your session at home, children are in a familiar environment and can take breaks every so often by going to their room or getting a snack from the kitchen.

Toddler sitting in chair holding newborn sibling

That being said, many parents like the studio because they can finish all the photos with baby and siblings, and then their child can go home or out to lunch with grandma or a nanny while we finish up the other photos.  Parents then can enjoy a few quiet moments alone with their newborn during this time.

Newborn photography - siblings kissing baby

3. An in-home session is favored by parents who want a more “natural” look to their photos.  Often referred to as a lifestyle newborn session, this option is less about props and poses and more about capturing you and your family as you are, with your home as the backdrop.  Your home, your decor, even your beautiful mess–it’s where you are in your life, right now, and it’s all part of the memory.  Baby’s poses are simple and natural (i.e. no beanbag poses or chin in hands, etc); I still provide direction with family posing, but the emphasis is more on a relaxed look and family interaction.  With in-home sessions, I don’t bring any props except for a few small items, like a neutral colored wrap and a basket.

newborn photography in the home family on bed looking at baby

At the studio, I keep a selection of wraps, hats, headbands, and blankets, as well as some neutral, understated props such as baskets, rugs, crates, and furs.  And even though the backdrop is not your home, it is all neutral tones so that the emphasis is on expressions and moments.  I also provide posing direction so that you have a variety of posed and un-posed images.

newborn photography baby girl on grey blanket and grey wrap

4. Photos taken in your home will feature the color scheme you have going on in your decor; whether you decorate with cheerful, bright colors or moody, earthy tones, your photos will carry that same theme.

older sibling brother holding baby sitting on chair in home newborn session

If you like imagery that is light and airy, that look is easily achieved at the studio since I use a large window as a source of natural light and all my decor is made up of creams, whites, and soft greys.  Some homes may not have a lot of natural light, in which case I can supplement it with portable lighting and blend it with the existing light; however, if your home is very dark or lacks windows in the areas you want to shoot, it may look somewhat different than what can be achieved at the studio.

newborn session studio natural light neutral colors family and siblings with baby


As you can see, there are pros and cons to both in-home and studio newborn sessions; it’s a matter of personal choice, and they are both great options!

Still debating on which one is best for you?  Let’s chat!


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One Year Photo Session | Little Miss Charming

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE cake smash photo sessions?  Oh my goodness, I can’t enough of them.  There is nothing better than seeing a one year old child have a blast smooshing a cake with their little hands (and sometimes feet!), and then seeing  them look up at you with that big frosting-covered grin.  But first, we always take some nice portraits before we make the big mess!

Ok, so this one isn’t a “nice” portrait–it’s just plain adorable.  I mean, come on–she made a balloon ribbon mustache!

One year old is such a cute age.  Often times babies are cruising or walking, and you can just see that personality in full bloom.  Little Miss Charming shows off her cruising skills by the pond at Phipps Conservatory–and she even knows how to do the princess wave!  😀

I can’t take the cuteness!

I also love seeing all those cute little baby teeth coming in.

The little foot up on the crate is just too precious.

My favorite–the messy frosting-covered grin!


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Then & Now | Maternity Photos 18 Months Apart

I received a really fun request from a client recently!  Eighteen months ago, she came to my studio for a maternity session and asked me to do a pregnancy silhouette for her, which I loved.  There is something so cool about the way a silhouette really shows off an expectant mother’s beautiful form.

Imagine my delight when I received a message from her the other day that she was pregnant with her second child, and had the awesome idea of doing another maternity silhouette that included her now one-year old child!

It was wonderful seeing her toddler and marveling at how time flies.  She was an adorable little girl, full of curiosity, energy, and sass.  We managed to capture her attention long enough to fulfill mom’s wish for a mother and child maternity portrait.

I really loved the way they turned out.  Check out the before and after pregnancy photos, side by side for comparison:

I love it when clients have a special idea for their photos, and love doing everything I can to make it happen!  If you have something unique or special in mind for your photos, contact me today and we’ll talk about making your vision a reality.

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A Gift to the Heart

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” – Isadora James

girl holding baby sister

It was so sweet photographing this girl and her baby sister.  She was so gentle and loving with her new sibling.

This is one of my favorite ways to pose newborns and their siblings.  It’s safe and beautiful!girl and newborn sister sibling newborn pose laying on furry blanketbaby feet held by sibling hand

So cozy in her newborn wrap.newborn baby girl close up of face

Pink and grey is a great color combination for newborn girls. So pretty!

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