Pittsburgh Child Photographer | Lifestyle Family Session

I was happy to be shooting many lifestyle family portrait sessions this winter!  This is such a sweet and different type of portrait session than the outdoor fall family sessions that are so very popular with my clients.

mother and child snugglingWe shot this session on a gorgeous snowy day so the light was bouncing all around the room and I used only window light for this session.  I almost always use some sort of supplemental fill lighting buchild jumping on a bed

This mom has done several sessions with me in the past and is a pro at styling, she had a simple, neutral, fresh backdrop ready for me in one of the bedrooms, perfect for  a little jumping on the bed action!

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Even though it was the middle of the day, the sun was low enough and the snow reflective enough that I got a couple of cute shots of these two outside, love it.

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Thank you C family!  I always love seeing you. 🙂

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Are you looking for a lifestyle family portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  I would love to hear from you!  Powder Blue Photography offers indoor & outdoor family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh, including the North & South Hills, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Upper St. Clair, Fayette, Fox Chapel, Wexford, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  All images © 2017 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

 

 

Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Baby Claire

Baby Claire is #2 for this family, whose newborn baby girl I photographed just a couple years ago!

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Claire’s family prefers a simple & clean portrait session for the newborn portraits, which is perfect for my uncluttered style.  We shot this session in my Pittsburgh photography studio.

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Big sister Quinn brought her bunny along, which adds a touch of personality to some of these sibling shots!  pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.

Studio portraits always usually look nice in black & white because of the higher contrast & directional lighting.

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Thanks so much for inviting me to capture this time for you!  🙂

More from this session here:

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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, 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.

Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Laura G. Maternity Session

Laura called me about a Pittsburgh maternity photography session, and said she felt great being pregnant and wanted to capture the energy of the Brookline neighborhood where she lives.  We got the MOST PERFECT WEATHER on this day–around 70, clear, so lovely.  Right now (as I am writing this), it’s 20 degrees and snowing, just a couple weeks later.  Pittsburgh!!!

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She sent me some great snapshots of the streets where we ended up shooting, and I said “yaaaaaas!!!”  I love a location that has meaning to my client and has qualities I look for–great lighting, deep space, and interesting details (like these awesome stairs.

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The rest of this session is here:

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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, 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 or call 412-559-3889.

Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Baby Imran

Welcome to baby Imran and congratulations to his overjoyed family!  We shot this lifestyle newborn photography session at the family home in Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh).

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You know I LOVE a newborn baby and a pet!  Bentley the cat was happy to oblige me. 🙂

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This little guy had not one but two grandmas in town (on a resident and one Pittsburgh for an extended visit)!  All the grandparents fussed over this little sweetie, who is full of personality and expression at just a week old!  So  many smiles, which of course they are are not “real” smiles at this age but I beg to differ!

Wonderful meeting you and your loving family, baby Imran!

See more of the family and the rest of this session in this video:

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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 Photographers | Newborn Baby Dylan

Adorable baby Dylan has just about the sweetest and most adorable big brother in the world, so he has a good example set for him as he grows into a little person!  His brother Caden is just a huge love bug!

This cute blue onesie fit him just right and I think it looked perfect on the irate bedspread in mom & dad’s room.  One of the first things I do when I arrive for a lifestyle newborn session is look around the house for brightly-lit areas with interesting or simple backgrounds for portraits.  We usually end up in the master bedroom at some point!

We got these timeless white portraits on the floor in the bedroom–very simple!  Window light and a blanket, done.

This background was actually a red Christmas blanket and a green wrap (since Dylan was born near the holidays) but I thought it looked super cool in black & white!

My helper Caden watching garbage trucks out the window… 🙂

The men!  Cute!

Lucky to get this babe with his eyes open, he was so sleepy and content!

Portraits in front of the Christmas tree are so fun!!  I have a holiday baby (who just turned 6!!) so I am nostalgic for this type of image.

Baby Dylan has the cutest nautical-themed baby nursery!  Navy blue, lime green, grey, and white.  So classic!

Thanks H family–I loved shooting your sweet boys!

Check out the rest of this session (including baby Dylan with his Terrible Towel!) in the video:

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Are you looking for a lifestyle family or newborn portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  I would love to hear from you!  Powder Blue Photography offers indoor & outdoor family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh, including the North & South Hills, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Upper St. Clair, Fayette, Fox Chapel, Wexford, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  All images © 2017 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

Newborn Baby Landon | Upper St. Clair Newborn Photographer

One of the last newborns I photographed this year was baby Landon!  This little guy is part of a family that is very special to me! I met them in 2014 (when there were only four of them) for a Pittsburgh family portrait session, and in the meantime our kids spent a few years in preschool together.  A million birthday parties later, I am happy to call them some of our closest friends.

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Look how big Landon’s hands are!  I think he is going to be tall!

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It seems like every year I get to photograph a couple of pittsburgh newborns in front of their Christmas tree.  It’s extra sweet to me because I have a New Year’s Eve child, and I associate the holidays with having a newborn baby as well!

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I think Lauren looks like Clara from The Nutcracker in this picture… fitting because she just played a mouse in a local production.

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Pretty special to have a little boy and two older sisters!  Do you think they will play dress-up with their little brother in a few months?

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Madelyn’s dress is Tutu du Monde, a line I just drool over every time I see it.

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Lauren’s beautiful dress is from Chasing Fireflies.

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So honored and grateful to know you, and thanks so much for entrusting me to photograph your gorgeous baby boy!

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Are you looking for a lifestyle family portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  I would love to hear from you!  Powder Blue Photography offers indoor & outdoor family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh, including the North & South Hills, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Upper St. Clair, Fayette, Fox Chapel, Wexford, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  All images © 2017 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

November 2016 Family Mini Sessions | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Thank you to all the beautiful families who did family portrait sessions at my “city mini” date in November!  It was 70 degrees, so gorgeous and I am so lucky!  What a perfect way to close out the fall portrait season.  Thanks for an amazing 2016 and I have so much in store for you in 2017!  Make sure you are on my email list and follow me on Facebook for all the news.

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Fall minis sell out in August or September!  Make sure you are on my email list to get a chance to sign up for 2017 mini sessions.

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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 Pittsburgh, PA photography studio.  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.

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October 2016 Mini Sessions at Powder Blue Photography | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Fall is the best time of the year for a Pittsburgh family photographer!  I reconnect with some of my favorite people and get so much gorgeous family portrait work done in such a small period of time! We lucked out (for the 4th year in a row) with amazing weather–60-70 (!!) degrees and sunny both days.  The following sessions are from my South Hills date:

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Images from my fall mini sessions at Frick Park coming later this week!

I offer the fall family minis in Pittsburgh every year, but I only do other mini sessions and events on a random basis.  To be the first to hear about these types of events, sign up for my email list!  I have some special ideas in mind for 2017–mostly involving cool and fun photography techniques since I do not do prop-themed shoots.  (Have you seen the portraits I did for Point Breeze Light Up Night?)  I have some other exciting business developments coming in early spring, so keep checking that email for news from me!

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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, 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.

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Westinghouse Memorial Pittsburgh, PA | N Family

The fall portrait season is winding down and cards are set to start arriving next week; I can’t believe it’s already almost December!!  I have many fun events coming up, including TWO SPOTS for Saturday’s studio minis and a holiday event at Hatch Art Studio next week for Point Breeze Light Up Night.  Make sure you are on my email list for the info!

And now for this lovely portrait session from a few weeks ago… This was my fourth portrait session with this Shadyside family!  We shot their session at the Westinghouse Memorial at Schenley Park, which is a special place to mom from her childhood.  The City of Pittsburgh recently redid the whole site, and it made a gorgeous location for a portrait session.

Max is 4 and was absolutely not shy for me–he is the sweetest kid, sitting in my lap, holding my hand, and generally just making my day x 100.  I know this is so cheesy but I just love kids and feel so lucky to be able to work with them and watch them grow over the years from babies into little humans.  Check out my first session with Max here!
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As you can see, Max is full of personality and we had a lot of fun together!

Thanks so much for believing in me N family!  So grateful to know you! 🙂

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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.

Helena | Fox Chapel High School Class of 2017 | Canon Dual Pixel RAW

We shot gorgeous Helena’s session at Hartwood Mansion in the area between Fox Chapel and Allison Park.  This is an absolutely stunning location, LOVED it.  The bookish/historic background reminds me of Hogwarts!  The downside is that there are other families there doing portraits there too, but I don’t mind that too much.

So along with this perfect weather day and location came my perfect subject, Helena!  Happy photographer.  We tried a few different looks and lighting scenarios to create a sense of variety in her images.  Helena’s favorite was the one of her sitting on the steps.  I like the ones with the flowers in the background.

********** 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, 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.

This was the first session I shot with my new Canon 5D mark IV!  I am so thrilled with its performance!  The only disappointment was the Dual Pixel RAW feature–it takes up so much more memory and the software is really clunky.  When you change the pixel layer (?), you have to export as a TIF which destroys my whole RAW workflow.  I might use this more if they add a Lightroom plugin or something faster & easier to use.  Not sure it will ever make sense for me if you have to color correct within the DPP software though… I have been refining my system in Lightroom for so many years and this messes up my batch editing process.

Tree pose for mom!

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In the last several images I tried to capture Helena’s free spirit.

********** 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, 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.

I loved meeting you and your mom!  Thanks for doing portraits with me!

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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, 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.