Cellone Family Outdoor Newborn Session

Cellone Family Outdoor Newborn Session
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Welcome baby Nolan!  This sweet boy joins big stores Eliana & Maeve, who showered him with hugs and kisses through our time together.  We had a nice warm evening for this session, so Baby Nolan was quite content!  I’m told he is an easygoing baby, and every time I’ve seen him, include this day, he was calm and happy!

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The girls cuddled their brother and sang “Twinkle Twinkle.”

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Here is a “what to wear for family portraits” example!  Great mix of textures and light, summery colors.  Mom’s dress is the perfect hint of color & pattern, and the girls are coordinated but not matching.  A+!

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This family is personal friends of ours, so I have a personal connection with the girls and they have seen me many times!  Additionally, they are the same ages as Jonah & Mimi, so I knew all the right things to say and do to get great expressions from them.  They are pretty fun and relaxed kids to begin with though, so I can’t take all the credit!

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I loved shooting this session outside but it certainly had its challenges (mostly bugs and heat!).  The portraits of the three kids together as well as the the family portraits were much easier outside, but the ones of baby alone were slightly more difficult than home or studio sessions.

Shooting at sunset makes it possible to do portraits in direct sunlight so that I can expose for the beautiful blue sky.  I prefer to get everything exactly how I like it in camera and avoid using editing filters, actions, or overlays, aside from my personal presets I’ve made in Lightroom that apply my favorites settings for different session types.  I have separate ones for studio, outdoor, and indoor shoots that get me to a starting point in terms of tone & color.

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I do retouching as part of my editing process, especially for the newborn babes who come out with splotches, flakes, and yellow/orange skin undertones.  Fine-tuning color and skin tones is the longest part of my editing process (aside from culling, I am so bad at cutting images!).  I like to retouch skin to remove obvious imperfections like bumps or flakes, but I leave a natural texture so that it doesn’t change how the person actually looks.  This can only be accomplished by doing each touch-up individually in Photoshop (as opposed to using retouching software or filters)!  It adds time to the process, but it’s worth it.

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Thanks so much and congrats to the Cellone family–I am so honored that you chose me to photograph your new baby boy!

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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 little sessions, inside the studio or outside in a beautiful natural or urban location in Pittsburgh.  Contact Missy for rates and availability.

 

Pittsburgh Family Photographer | My Alaskan Friends | Point State Park

Pittsburgh Family Photographer | My Alaskan Friends | Point State Park
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As many of you know, I grew up in Southern California.  I got my bachelor’s degree in Northern California, then went to New York City for my master’s degree.  After that, I moved to Portland, Oregon (where I met my husband) and now I’m in Pittsburgh.  Whew, that’s a lot of moving around!  Almost everybody asks me, “Why would you move from California to Pittsburgh?”  Well, the truth is, we love it here.  It’s a wonderful place to raise my two children, my husband is happy here (he grew up here), and I have had a pretty fun time growing a business here!

Speaking of moving far away, I was thrilled to recently have been contacted by Rachel and Brandon, whose beautiful family I photographed when they were a family of three in Pittsburgh.  Now they’ve moved to Alaska.  (Huh? Were they looking for a state with even less sunshine then Pittsburgh has?)  I was so happy that, even though they only had one weekend visiting family in Pittsburgh, they wanted me to take updated family photographs.  Baby #1 is now Big Brother Sully, and that cute little guy–that’s Baby Hudson.

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So it’s not unusual for families to move a few times as they find their footing.  I still have family and friends on the West Coast.  And here’s the good part…having started my business in Portland, Oregon, I still go to Portland once or twice a year to take updated family photographs for my earliest clients there.  Win-win-win!  Contact me for details about my next Portland sessions.

You might recognize this location as Point State Park, one of my favorite sites in Pittsburgh for family sessions.  It has gorgeous views of the city as well as woodsy climbing spots for small and medium-sized little ones.  Plus the morning light is perfect.  Little faces absolutely light up, making my job easier!  (Tip: Morning is usually best for small children anyway, in terms of their little circadian rhythms.)

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But my very favorite aspect of this session?  The familiar fountain and iconic bridges allows the family take a little bit of Pittsburgh back to Alaska with them.

Thank you so much, Rachel and Brandon.  So great to see you, Sully and Hudson! Next time, maybe we will use the Northern Lights as a background.

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Missy Timko is the Pittsburgh family 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, both 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 quick updates of just the kids, inside the studio or outside in a beautiful natural or urban location in Pittsburgh.  Contact Missy for availability.

Castillo Family | Portland Session | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Castillo Family | Portland Session | Pittsburgh Family Photographer
© 2015 Powder Blue Photography. www.powderbluephoto.com

I live in Pittsburgh, the Castillos live in Sacramento, this session took place in Portland.  What??  I know, confusing.

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It was a thrill to meet Rose, who was still a baby in my mind but is actually three! She reminded me SO much of Mimi (minus the diva attitude… I’m talking to you Mimi!) and I was wishing they would run around together in butterfly wings.  Not on this trip, but soon I hope!

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Mama Stephanie is a highly educated and experienced pre-k special ed teacher (that is how we met, back in the early 00s in Cali!), so during this session she taught me many things about producing smiles and making a session fun.  There was a lot of talk of fairy dust and I felt like we were on an adventure the entire time.

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The rest of this session is in this video, but there are three images in the video that I hadn’t retouched out some dirt on Rose’s leggings yet–can you spot them??  Special prize if you win.

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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!