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Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Family of 6 Lifestyle Session | Baby Romy

I was thrilled when my friend Tess called me up to schedule a newborn session.  First of all, she (at the time) was mom of three of the most adorable kids you can imagine, plus she is an artist and has a great sense of style.  She clearly had a vision for her shoot (lifestyle but not too candid, posed but not stiff or fake), which was right in line with the types of images I love shooting, so everything went great.  I’m including some of her words below describing this session as well as life as the mom of four kiddos.

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Baby Romy was born on December 2 at Magee in Pittsburgh, so we got to use moms cool/retro holiday decorations as a backdrop for some of these!

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Mom Q&A

Describe your birth experience.

Induced Dec 2nd at 39 weeks (the day after my birthday!) Easy & quick- 5.5 hrs start to finish which is about how long all 4 were.

Describe life with a newborn. How has your life changed since giving birth? Is it like you expected or totally different?

Still full of chaos and very loud…. but even more love and snuggling! Adding #4 hasn’t been too hard at all. Transition to #3 was hardest for us. Helps that we have relatively good sleepers all around. 

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

Pippa (6), Rex (4), Casper (2) – everyone is in love with her! Even Casper who regularly asks to “hold baby?” -we were really worried with how he’d do since he’s still quite a momma’s boy and baby himself. Pippa is a huge helper!

pittsburgh newborn photography session with a lot of color and patterns. rose blanket, mustard blanket.When did you book your newborn session? Why did you pick me?

Summer- because of how much I love all of your work! Last baby- important to commemorate “completing” our family even though we never really did newborn sessions for other kids. 

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

Kept an eye out for outfits as soon as we booked the session- coordinating 6 people is hard! Go with the flow!

Do you have a favorite image(s) from this session? Describe the image and why you love it.

Several! LOVED the pom bonnet images- fun and silly- full of personality! Loved the one of me with baby by the window in b&w- didn’t expect to since my goal was more of the whole family or the kids together.

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Mom also said… “Loved doing some of them in the kids’ room because of the quilt on the wall as background. It looks fantastic in the photos, but it is very sentimental! Was a wedding gift from my grandfather, made by my grandmother who was exceptionally talented but passed away when I was only 1.

Love how well you nailed blending a ‘lifestyle’ feel with capturing group ‘posed’ images. Exactly what I was hoping for!

It was super helpful how much you helped with the pinterest board and helping me make decisions on outfits and what would look best- having your green light on those decisions helped me to feel confident and chill for the shoot.

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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.

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Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson

Look at Dale (dog on the left) smiling!!  What a sweet pup!  Of course, I expected this from big sister Anna Rose’s newborn session a couple years ago.  Best dogs ever!! <3
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Baby Jackson joined big sister Anna Rose for this session at their Pittsburgh home.  This little guy has the sweetest little face!

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Anna Rose said “I love you” to me during this session and it was the highlight of my year as a photographer.  I really love the kids I work with and it means a lot to me when they  seem to like me too!!
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Again with the dogs!! ????

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So cute when I catch a baby smiling! 🙂

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Can’t wait to watch you grow baby Jackson!

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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.

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Babies Families On Location

Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Loughridge Family

So many of my clients want to shoot their annual family portraits in the fall, but this session is going to make a strong case for a summer session!  Look at the beautiful, lush summer leaves and flowers!  Additionally, it’s warm for baby and the light is gorgeous.  Pro tip for summer sessions–bug spray!!

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We shot this session at my favorite South Hills location and it was as perfect as ever.  I knew I could leave it to Mom Jill to coordinate great threads for her family too–beautiful pinks & blues looked soft and pretty on the summery backdrop.

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This session is baby Andra’s 12-momnth session for her Baby Plan, so I have gotten to know the girls pretty well at this point!  This kind of familiarity allows me to get the best of expressions!

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I’m happy to call this family “friends” as well, I know mom from Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s club!

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Baby Andra started walking days after this session–perfect timing. 🙂

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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.

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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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Families Kids On Location

Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Frenie Family

What happens when you photograph kids just being kids?  MAGIC, that’s what!

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Remember how family portraits used to be?  The family would be arranged on a couch, or maybe lined up by height.  We might put Mom and Dad in elegant chairs in the foreground (hands in lap, of course), kids standing behind with their arms on Mom and Dad’s shoulders. And everyone would be wearing their starched and ironed “Sunday best.”  Fortunately, times have changed, and we now know that we get the most memorable and lasting photographs when families are relaxed, happy, wearing their favorite clothes, in their favorite surroundings, and interacting with each other.  No matchy-matchy or upholstered couches here!

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This is the delightful Frenie family—Mom Sarah, Dad Chris, and Zach (5th grade), Ezra (1st grade) and Lily (almost 5).  I know this family well, and have been doing family portraits for them since 2013.  Mom told me exactly where they wanted to do the shoot this time—in Frick Park—an iconic Pittsburgh location for this Mt. Lebanon family.  Look how much the kids have grown in just a little more than four years!

 

Frick Park is an amazing place to photograph families and children.  This particular area is right across from The Frick Museum.  It’s close to my studio, easily accessible, and presents lots of choices for shots for families and children.  I particularly love the iconic stone arch shown here:

pittsburgh family portrait 70-200 canon lens at f4. on location family at Frick Park

As you can see, all three children are adorable, but the scene-stealer was little miss Lily, who was super funny and made me laugh throughout this session. (Lily reminds me of my own Mimi, who is just a couple days younger than Lily, and so fun in the same way.  In fact, Lily and Mimi will be in the same preschool class next year!)

LATE-BREAKING NEWS:  Ezra lost his first tooth just before this session and was SO excited to show it off his new “big boy” smile!

I designed a gorgeous wall art gallery to go in the Frenies’ living room.  It consists of fine art prints mounted on wood panels; these have been extremely popular with my clients lately!

Thank you, Frenie family, for allowing me to watch your family grow!

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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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Jack is 2! | Pittsburgh Child Photographer

I’m so excited to share the first images from my new studio in Point Breeze!  This is Jack, who spent his first year doing the Baby Plan with me so we are good buddies already!

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We tried a little natural light shooting in the sitting room, where Jack showed off his 412 style in a tee from Commonwealth Press.

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I thought that he looked pretty handsome in these black & white images!

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You’re so cool, Jack!  Happy 2nd birthday!

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Are you looking for a creative studio portrait of your baby or child in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers studio portraits of babies & kids as well as family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh.  Please contact Missy to schedule a studio Little Session for your kiddos!

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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.

 

 

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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!  🙂

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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.

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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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fall mini portrait session at fairview park in pittsburgh, pa. pittsburgh family photographer.

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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.