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Baby Pippa | Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

This newborn session ranks high on my list of happiest memories! Jenny & Dan called me when Pippa had just come home from the NICU–she spent some time there after being born a couple months early at about 3 lbs.  Pippa was finally approaching her due date and had almost doubled in size since birth, so mom and dad were ready to do some “normal newborn things” and have her photographed.  What a celebration!

Baby Phillipa, Pippa, “Pip-squeak”… you are so loved! Here is what your mama had to say about your birth:

“Philippa was born preterm due to complications from severe pre-eclampsia. No matter what though it was a beautiful experience filled with extremely supportive family and friends that made the day of her birth a true celebration (amidst the uncertainty of it all). She spent 27 days in the NICU and had a smooth course coming home in record time. “

newborn photography in pittsburgh, paDescribe life with a newborn. How has your life changed since giving birth? Is it like you expected or totally different?

Since giving birth life is different. There is a slower pace to things where I am able to step back and enjoy the quiet moments with Philippa that I love. Yet at the same time I am worried it is going so quickly. She grows and change everyday before our very eyes and it is a privilege to have this experience. We are so thankful.

Does baby have siblings or pets? Siblings’ ages? How did they react to baby coming home?

No pets or siblings. We plan to get a dog though once the period of sleep deprivation is behind us. Ha!

Pittsburgh newborn photographersWhen did you book your newborn session? Why did you pick me?

We booked the newborn session after Philippa was discharged from the NICU. We picked Powder Blue because of the natural quality to her photos where real life is captured in the home. Plus, Missy understood what it meant to have a premature baby and the timing of photographs. That was unexpected and meant so much to us.

How did you prepare for your newborn session? Any tips for new moms regarding newborn photography?

To prepare for the newborn session we made sure Philippa was fed, rested, and in an outfit she was comfortable in so we could minimize changes. Keeping the house warm was a good idea of Missy’s since that allowed Philippa to be changed easily from outfit to bundled in a wrap. 

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newborn baby lifestyle portraitDo you have a favorite image(s) from this session? Describe the image and why you love it.

We really love all the images. We love the image of Philippa wrapped in the parachute swaddle on the white background. She looks so peaceful and really captures the essence of her (what we think) is her sweet personality. Another favorite is one where you captured her sly smile and her blue eyes. I am not sure how long her eyes will stay blue so I am so happy we captured them during her newborn period.

pittsburgh photographersMissy – thank you so much for taking beautiful photos of Philippa. We were so happy and after everything we went through to get to this point it was nice to do something “normal” like newborn photos and have them document where she is in her life right now. She has come so far and we are so happy and blessed to have her in our life. 

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I am so grateful to have been a part of this newborn experience and look forward to watching Pippa grow! <3

See this entire 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, a mix of slightly posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also runs a studio in the Point Breeze, 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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Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Lifestyle Session | T Family

“Little Boy Blue” is a popular nursery rhyme that dates back to the sixteenth century, and the actual lyrics might even be older than that.  But, until the nineteenth century, all infants were photographed in white.  Now, this may surprise you (as it did me):  In 1918, the Ladies Home Journal wrote, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls.”  What??  Believe it or not, this trend lasted until through the 1920s and 1930s.

Now I realize that not everybody is a fan of the “blue for boys, pink for girls” thing.  As a baby photographer, I certainly don’t cling to such stereotypes.  But, stereotypes aside, babies in blue are pretty cute!

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Need more convincing?  Here’s another adorable shot of my “Little Boys in Blue,” big brother John and Baby William.

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This is the T family, who live in Upper St. Clair in a gorgeous historic stone home.  The weather was really beautiful on this August day, so we took advantage and took a lot of shots out in the yard.  Even Mom and Dad are dressed in blue and white!

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This was ostensibly a newborn session, but—as usual—the older-sibling toddler stole the show.  John, age 3, followed me around and kept me company.  I love this because it happens almost every time, and it’s so cute!  (Plus it’s what goes on all day and night at my house!)

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Baby William was a big, mellow, sweet baby (having weighed nearly 10 pounds at birth), and slept almost the whole time.  We did manage to get him to open those eyes, just a little bit.  By the way, notice how the blue sheet and white cable knit blanket extend the blue-and-white theme, while adding an extra comfy feeling to these newborn shots.

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Mom Kim and Dad Lee are from the South and both have a  flair for southern styling in their home.  So naturally, we wanted to go inside for some more intimate shots.  The pictures of Mom and her “Little Boys Blue” are particularly beautiful with the home’s neutral interiors, with Mom’s blouse and blue hydrangeas extending this classic color scheme.  Kim chose custom gold frames to create a wall grouping to hang in their family room.  These timeless “Little Boys Blue” photos will only become more classic over time.

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Thank you, T family, for bringing artistic sensibility, southern hospitality, and family warmth to this photo shoot.  I can’t wait to see what Baby William looks like as he grows!

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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 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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Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Lifestyle Session | H Family

Sisters who won’t let go of hands.  A family dog that won’t leave the baby’s side.  For a photographer like me, these are sure signs that you are entering a house full of love.

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Meet the H family. Even though this was a Newborn Session, big sister Sada practically stole the show!  Sada just couldn’t get enough of loving and holding baby sister Ilana (she practically never let go of her hand throughout the entire shoot), and, of course, baby Ilana already worships Sada.  Even the family dog, Poppy, never left Mom’s feet when she was holding Ilana.  And then there was the very obvious, long-term love affair going on between Sada and Poppy, the family pup!

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So this is a house full of love.  But let’s focus in on newborn Ilana for a minute.  After all, she’s the new little one and the reason I’m there!  This gorgeous, perfect baby was a dream—so cuddly…

… and surprisingly animated for a newborn!

She wore the most precious onesie for her solo portraits, perfect for summer.  It fit her well and kept her hands and feet uncovered, which is what I suggest when choosing clothes for newborns.

The opportunity to photograph the H family (with Mom Emilie and Dad Jared) in their Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh home was a real treat.  And what a beautiful home it was!  It had a soothing neutral décor, high ceilings, and was so spacious and inviting.  We took many shots in the bedrooms, and some under a particularly lovely dining room window.

black and white photo. window. newborn. dad. family. Squirrel Hill.To the beautiful H family—thank you for allowing me to spend some time with you in your home!

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The H family was referred to me by one of my other wonderful clients, and that got me thinking.  The other day, out of curiosity, I looked back to see how many blogs I have posted.  Would you believe I have posted 255 items since I opened my business in 2010? At first, it was just a few blogs here and there, then more, then more… and now, I try to post just as many of my sessions as I can.  Then it hit me—most of my long term clients have been referrals from other clients!  So I just wanted to say a quick thank-you to you, my clients, for all of the referrals you have provided to me over the years.  THANK 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, both posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also runs a studio in the Point Breeze neighborhood 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.

 

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Pittsburgh Baby Photographer | Baby Harper 7 Month Portraits | Baby Plan

Meet Miss Harper.  Baby Harper is the most adorable and engaging little subject.  Look how expressive she is!  Sure, I used all my silly faces and tricks, and she loved me for it!

The only thing better than photographing the cutest babies in the world is photographing them over time and watching them grow.  Baby Harper, at seven months old, is a veteran in my studio.  Her mom purchased my Baby Plan when Harper had her newborn session, and this is her Milestone Session.  (Milestone Sessions are free or discounted when families purchase the Baby Plan; click here for more information.)

I would love you to look closely at her little pink embroidered romper (above).  This is a family heirloom; Mom Corey wore it when she was a baby.  When parents include details like this, the pictures become part of family history.  In fact, Corey is an original “Breezer” (that’s what they call people who grew up in Point Breeze, who knew?).  I’m so glad I moved my studio here!

Here’s baby Harper’s newborn session from seven months ago.  They grow up so quickly!

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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 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.

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Newborn Baby William

This lifestyle newborn photography session took place in my client’s home in Pittsburgh.  Baby William is loved and protected by his dog Molly!

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I show most of my work in color but I like some images for black and white.  I usually choose black and whites for more dramatic lighting and higher contrast.

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We were trying to figure out who baby William looks like–mom or dad?  I am thinking 50/50!

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This family has a large, beautiful home but sometimes you have to follow the light right into a corner!  I loved this hallway corner for the bright light from the window.  We got a lovely portrait of Molly here as well!

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Baby William has a nautical themed nursery, with whales., anchors, and navy stripes.

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My favorite shots are these ones of William on the glider in his nursery and on a special handmade alphabet blanket (letter W of course!).  I don’t think he made a sound during our entire two-hour session.  What a sweetie!

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Are you looking for a maternity, newborn, family, or baby photographer in Pittsburgh?  I would love to hear from you!  Powder Blue Photography offers in-home and studio portraits of newborn babies and maternity, and on location family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh, including the South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, Fox Chapel, Point Breeze, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  All images © 2016 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

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Anna Rose 12 Month Session

Baby Anna Rose is a year already–that went by so quickly!  Her newborn session is here.

We shot this family session at the Frick Art & Historical Center–dad is a board member, so we were allowed access to the gorgeous property for portraits, such a privilege!

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This lovely smocked dress was work by baby’s mom in her 1 year portraits!  So nice when we can incorporate family heirlooms into new portraits!

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That mama hugs slays me, love it.

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Anna Rose did great as the sun started setting… though this is not usually the best time for babies at home, they usually can tolerate an outdoor session at sunset because there is a lot to look at!  Stopping for snacks is a must though!

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I’m a sucker for Mini Boden & tiny Saltwater Sandals!  🙂

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It’s been a joy and a pleasure working with this family throughout Anna Rose’s first year!  Happy b-day Anna Rose!

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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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Baby Jack is 1!

Baby Jack is a year old!  To finish off his first year baby plan, we headed to Mellon Park in Pittsburgh for a family session. We shot this session around 6 pm when the lighting was just right! Usually babies do okay at this hour for a family session because there is so much to look at that they are able to hang in there a little later than usual. Jack did great!

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The middle photo Jack is showing off his sign language skills (“more”)–this is something I SO wish I had taught my kids when they were babies… it just gives them so much more control over communication when they aren’t quite able to talk yet.  I think it must take the frustration level for babies down a couple notches.  This little guy is super content and happy every time I’ve seen him, so something is working! 🙂

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One of Jack’s favorite snacks is peanut butter puffs–a strange delicacy found at convenience stores all over, but one I hadn’t tried before.  He was kind enough to let me try one, and I have to say… I get it.

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At the end of Jack’s session we let him roam free, and I caught these images of him closer to sunset.  I used my hand to shield the sunlight from coming directly into my lens, which gave the top of some of these images a hazy pink quality that I really like.  Do you see it?

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Jack–you are the sweetest little guy and I am going to miss seeing you every few months!  Happy birthday!

Check out Jack as a newborn 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, babies, and seniors. 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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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.

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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!

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Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Josie 9 month family session | Mellon Park Pittsburgh

OK, I confess, I adore the name Josie.  My favorite niece is named Josie (to be joined any day by a baby sister, name TBD).  All Josies are adorable and special, so let’s just agree on that!

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Little Josie N. was so cute!  She smiled the entire time, and seemed to love being photographed.  As an “almost-ready-to-walk” 9-month-old, we grown-ups had to hustle just to keep her out of the leaves and rocks. (She wanted to eat them!), but this kind of fun and upbeat session is a joy for everybody.

And here’s something else I wanted to point out:  Look at Josie’s adorable Chinese children’s outfit, which reflects Mom’s heritage.  I always love it when families make choices for clothing and locations that showcase their values as a family, their heritage, and traditions that are deeply meaningful to them.

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See this chair?  Josie was actually pushing it around!  (I predict an early walker.)  She loved going around and around the chair, babbling the whole time, and making happy little baby sounds.  Josie is not only agile and active, but also clearly one smart little girl!

 

The day of the shoot was a beautiful Fall day, October 5, and Mom and Dad chose to have the photo session near the walled garden in beautiful Mellon Park, the Shadyside home to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Phipps Garden Center.  (Little known fact:  After dark, visitors can see the night sky twinkling from the lawn. Even in the daytime, identifying stones are hidden in the grass, bearing the star’s name and a unique inscription.  Click here to see the Mellon Park Star Map.)

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Many thanks to Mom and Dad–Chanel and Eric–and most of all to Baby Josie for a very fun and beautiful morning in Mellon Park, and for the opportunity to add new photos to Josie’s Baby Plan portfolio.

Josie is on the Powder Blue Photography Baby Plan, so I was able to take pictures of her as a newborn.  So beautiful!

Here are some additional shots from Josie’s photo shoot:

Oh–and one last thing–here’s my cute little niece, Josie, photographed in my studio last year. 🙂

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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.