Newborn Baby Jacob | Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

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Like most two-year-olds, Lillian is excited about her baby brother Jacob.  And, as you can see, she takes being a big sister very, very seriously.  Incredibly attentive and patient for her age, Lillian took such good care of Baby Jacob during the shoot that I hardly heard a peep out of him.  I love this serious expressions on Lillian’s face (above and below), as if to say, “Having a little brother is an important job.” But at the same time, “…isn’t this fun?”

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And Baby Jacob slumbered through most of it, although he did wake up long enough to gaze up lovingly at his new family.

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The H family is one of my favorite families to photograph—this is my third session with them!  First was a fall family portrait session two years ago, and the second time was for a maternity session before Jacob was born.  Everybody is growing so fast!

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Lee and Jessica have a beautiful historic home in Shadyside, which is decorated to perfection.  And I mean complete perfection.  Lillian’s room was very girly girl’s room, and Jacob’s room is aeronautical in theme; but both are so much more interesting than the usual “cutesy” baby rooms we’ve all seen on Pinterest.  The use of color was stunning.  If you don’t believe me, just look:

Baby’s furniture is by Restoration Hardware Kids.

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One more fashion note:  Baby Jacob was photographed in a simple but elegant crochet diaper cover, and I was able to get some very precious “bottoms up” shots.  This diaper cover worked great because it wasn’t too bulky.  So if your Aunt Sally is knitting a diaper cover for your newborn, and her knitting needles are fatter than highlighter pens, you might want to have a talk with her.

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Missy Timko is the photographer behind Powder Blue Photography, a boutique photography studio located in Pittsburgh, PA. She specializes in newborns, maternity, families, seniors, and headshots. Missy’s style is simple, natural, and clean, a mix of slightly posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also runs a studio in the West End Village in Pittsburgh.  There are many session options, from full-length custom sessions to shorter Baby & Child or maternity sessions, inside the studio or outside in a beautiful natural or urban location in Pittsburgh.  Contact Missy for rates and availability.

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*Adapted from “My Little Brother” on www.netmums.com chatroom, September 2007, posted by Erin C.

Newborn Baby Nolan | Sports Nursery

Sweet Christmas baby Nolan was born just before the holiday! He is a peaceful little guy and slept the entire time I was shooting. I was very fond of his classic Janie & Jack outfit–sometimes newborn clothes can look very large on newborns but this one fit just right, and I thought the texture looked perfect for photos.

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Have you ever tried to photograph LED Christmas lights?  I had the hardest time getting them to show up!  Apparently they blink on and off at a frequency that we can’t see with our eyes but that is faster than my camera’s shutter speed. Many of my shots looked like the lights were off; I was so baffled but figured it out later.  Anyway, with a little extra patience and some brainstorming on camera settings, I got some great shots by the Christmas tree anyway!

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Nolan’s nursery has a colorful sports theme and we also took a baseball photo for dad.

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This family’s light-filled Southside loft was beautiful for photos–very tall ceilings and beautiful window light.  Even in the brightest of homes though I am usually using Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlites or Westcott Flex LEDs for fill–I don’t mind using a higher ISO if I have to, but I do like the sharpness that comes with adding light to a lifestyle newborn session.

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Missy Timko is the photographer behind Powder Blue Photography, a boutique photography studio located in Pittsburgh, PA. She specializes in newborns, maternity, families, seniors, and headshots. Missy’s style is simple, natural, and clean, a mix of slightly posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also runs a studio in the West End Village in Pittsburgh.  There are many session options, from full-length custom sessions to shorter Baby & Child or maternity sessions, inside the studio or outside in a beautiful natural or urban location in Pittsburgh.  Contact Missy for rates and availability.

Newborn Baby Lena Mae | Modern Rustic Black & White Nursery

Please welcome newborn Lena Mae, born in Fall 2015 in Mt Lebanon.  This beautiful baby girl arrived about a week before Thanksgiving, and Mom still hosted a huge Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends.  Mom might have been exhausted, but Baby Lena had lots of loving arms to be thankful for. And who could resist holding this sweet baby in between bites of turkey and gravy?

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I really can’t wait for you to see baby Lena Mae’s nursery, one of the loveliest and most delightful combinations of creative visual elements I have ever seen.  (And I have seen some of the most amazing nurseries in all of Pittsburgh!)

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The first thing I noticed about the nursery was the color scheme.  While it had a distinctively sweet baby girl vibe, it also had an undeniable rustic & earthy quality.  The nursery was filled within homemade, hand made and personalized items, reflective of this family’s strong appreciation of the warmth that handmade and hand-selected items can add to any room.

Mom made the hanging yarn pom-poms and painted the antlers obtained in dad’s hunting expeditions.  If you look closely, you can see a cute little hobby horse next to the crib; this little guy belonged to Dad when he was young.  This horsey was cleaned up in anticipation of Lena Mae’s arrival.

I was particularly blown away by the overall color scheme of this nursery.  Would you think to decorate a newborn girl’s nursery with a black and white arrow trim?  Or put gold curtains with pink sheets?  Or place a turquoise lamp in the middle of all that black, pink, gold and beige?  I wouldn’t either, but look at this beautiful result!  I admit it, Pinterest has definitely helped me come up with new decorating ideas, but I will never have the creative decorating eye that this mom has.  It is truly amazing how this eclectic room all comes together for little Lena Mae.

black nursery decor wood crib pink teal purple nursery land of nod pottery barn nursery detailsWhat would you call this decorating style?  Rustic-elegant-artistic-baby girl-homespun-artistic?  Please tell me in the comments below!

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After a busy week, this new family is ready for some down time together.

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Check out images from mom’s maternity session here:

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Are you looking for a maternity, newborn, family, or baby photographer in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers in-home and in-studio portraits of newborn babies and maternity we well as family portraits in and around the Pittsburgh South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  Please contact Missy to schedule a maternity appointment and a tentative date for your newborn session.  Maternity sessions take place around 33-36 weeks, and newborn sessions take place in the first few weeks of life.  Family sessions take place anytime!