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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!

first year baby photography session at mellon park in pittsburgh.

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! 🙂

first year baby photography session at mellon park in pittsburgh.

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.

first year baby photography session at mellon park in pittsburgh.

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?

first year baby photography session at mellon park in pittsburgh.

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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B Family | Strip District

You know how you basically can’t even talk to your accountant or tax attorney friends from March 15th until tax time?  There is a busy season for photographers too–basically April to accountants is what October is to photographers. There is a real ebb and flow in this business, and I structure my year to work with it rather than fight against it! I do all of my traveling, professional development, gear maintenance, and a lot of work on the structure of my business in the winter months (January, February) when I am mostly shooting just newborn and baby sessions.  I do not plan any nonessential travel from late September through Christmas when I am shooting family sessions in addition to my sweet newborns.  I certainly make time to enjoy the fall and all of my favorite holidays, I just plan to be working a lot too.

My thoughts behind this is that a) it’s beautiful in the fall… changing leaves, cooler weather (sweaters and boots!), and it’s generally just b beautiful time of year to be outside.  And b) holiday cards with a gorgeous professional photo on them are a big thing, I know I enjoy sending and receiving.

This family contacted me later in the season to shoot an outdoor family session for their holiday card.  We started in their home and went outside for the rest of the session.

pittsburgh family photography session in strip district loft with the benter family.

They live in the Strip District and dad had some locations in mind… I was a little hesitant since choosing a location has so much to do with lighting and factors about the background that most people wouldn’t think of… however, he nailed it with these incredible spots.  In fact, I will be revisiting this location this week for a fitness-inspired maternity session.

pittsburgh family photography session in strip district railroad location with the benter family.

Baby H is a real charmer with soulful eyes.  He was happy being outside even with the cooler temperatures.  I like the dark backdrop in this next series and the fact that it includes gritty railroad trestles next to an adorable babe.  The bottom photo is the one that ended up on their lovely letterpress card.

pittsburgh family photography session in strip district railroad location with the benter family.

The third location we went to is a little walking bridge that overlooks Pittsburgh… another spot chosen by dad who is a Pittsburgh local and knows the Strip District area well.

pittsburgh family photography session in strip district railroad location with the benter family.

Some families choose more casual outfits but this family was more comfortable in something formal. I was definitely in love with mom’s orange wrap!

See all the images from this session in this video slideshow: 

If you would like to shoot a family portrait session with me in the fall, I book up to nine months in advance (12 for baby planners), so get in touch as soon as you know you want to work with me.  As I am writing this I have several dates in October booked even though I have most of August free.

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Missy Timko is the Pittsburgh Family Photographer 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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Maternity On Location Studio

Maternity Session with Jaclyn & Thomas | Twins

The year 2015 was a record year for twin births in Pittsburgh, and here at Powder Blue Photography, we couldn’t be happier!  We love twins!

Meet Jackie and Tom, who became parents of twins last week.  These images are from their maternity session, but watch for some adorable newborn twin portraits soon–we shot their session today (!!!), and babies Michael & Madelyn are insanely cute!

maternity portrait taken in a pittsburgh maternity photography studio. black and white and color images of twin pregnancy.

Jackie and Tom wanted some outdoor shots, but it was the first week in January!  We could have encountered snowmageddon, or we could have had 75 degrees (like on Christmas Eve, remember?).  The solution was to approach the shoot with flexibility and flow.  (What else can you do when it comes to winter weather?) As it turns out, we were lucky!  It wasn’t an extremely cold day.  So we decided to do some shooting in my studio (above) and some outside, right around the corner from my studio (below).  It was chilly, so we had to work quickly when we were outside.  But it worked out great!

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Jackie and Tom were more than ready to be parents, and they are SO excited to be having twins.  I offer maternity sessions as an affordable add-on to clients who book a newborn session with me.  Check out some of my favorite maternity images here.

couple expecting boy girl twins holding up sports-themed mets onesies on a clothesline. twin pregnancy maternity session images. pittsburgh maternity photographer powder blue photography.

Now, what’s on that clothesline that Jackie and Tom are holding? If you look closely, you will see two New York Mets newborn-sized onesies, one for a baby girl and one for a baby boy.  So let’s figure this out.  The Mets’ home opener is on April 8… the babies will be around three weeks old.  This could work!

pittsburgh maternity photographer missy timko from powder blue photography shot these twin pregnancy maternity session images. pittsburgh maternity photographer powder blue photography.

Jackie and Tom are so excited about entering this new phase in their lives, and I am thrilled to be able to help capture their incredible journey.  Newborn images coming soon!

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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, and high school seniors. Missy’s style is simple, natural, and clean, a mix of slightly posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also owns 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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Studio Newborn Portrait Session | Baby Jack

For Baby Jack’s newborn session we shot in my studio in Pittsburgh.  I like to create a lifestyle look even when shooting in my studio, so I created some soft and cozy spots of Jack to cuddle with mom & dad.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, 10 day old baby boy in studio lifestyle newborn session, neutral brown blanket and grey seamless savage paper backdrop

I like the natural style of these newborn images, with lots of brown, grey, white, and other neutral tones to create a timeless image.

For these high key white backdrop images, I shot the family with my largest soft box behind them.  Baby Jack’s smile in the last image is just one of many I captured during this session!

pittsburgh newborn photographer, 10 day old baby boy in studio lifestyle newborn session, neutral brown blanket and grey seamless savage paper backdrop

Though I generally prefer color, studio images look great in black & white as well.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, 10 day old baby boy in studio lifestyle newborn session, neutral brown blanket and grey seamless savage paper backdrop

This is my favorite grey seamless backdrop–I have been using this same savage grey tone for years, and I change it up, lighter & darker, with my lights.  I think the lighter neutrals & lovely textures on mom & dad look great.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, 10 day old baby boy in studio lifestyle newborn session, neutral brown blanket and grey seamless savage paper backdrop

Congrats P family, your little guy is precious!  More images 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, 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.

pittsburgh newborn photography session in home. baby boy born in pittsburgh, Sports nursery theme.

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!

pittsburgh newborn photography session in home. baby boy born in pittsburgh, Sports nursery theme.

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

pittsburgh newborn photography session in home. baby boy born in pittsburgh, Sports nursery theme.

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.

pittsburgh newborn photography session in home. baby boy born in pittsburgh, Sports nursery theme.

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, 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?

lifestyle newborn session. family holding newborn baby girl using large window as softbox backlighting them.

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!)

black and white baby girl nursery pittsburgh lifestyle newborn session

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.

black and white lifestyle newborn family portrait pittsburgh newborn baby yawning on a bed

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 | My Alaskan Friends | Point State Park

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.)

(C) 2015 Powder Blue Photography. www.powderbluephoto.com

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.

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Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Rooftop Session | Downtown Pittsburgh

When you hear the word “rooftop,” what do you think of?  Well, romance — of course.  Think about Sleepless in Seattle, Dirty Dancing, LA Stories, ……  (For you parents out there who never get to watch grown-up movies:  Ratatouille, The Muppet Movie and Kung Fu Panda.)

So, yes, rooftops equal romance.  Case in point:  Lexie and Ryan below.  The really delightful twist is that these very romantic pictures are of parents-to-be……and very soon.  Romance, love and having a baby–throw in a rooftop setting, and it gives me goosebumps.  I have the best job in the world!

pittsburgh maternity photographer rooftop session penn garrison building downtown pittsburgh skylineThe location is a gorgeous landmark building in downtown Pittsburgh, where Lexie and Ryan live.  It was a sensational location, since it is near some of Pittsburgh’s best food and cultural venues: restaurants like Sienna Mercado and Ten Penny, and the fantastic Pittsburgh Downtown Cultural District (including the Benedum Center, the Byham Theater, Theater Square, Heinz Hall, the Reilly Theater, and the August Wilson Center).  The view was spectacular (Heinz Field, the Allegheny River and North Shore, just to name a few).

This was a Mom-to-be who really knew what she wanted.  I love that!  Her neutral clothing choices and professionally-done make-up were beautiful.

Personally, I always think the family dog adds great personality to any shot.  This is Greta, who was a sweet and patient girl and a very good sport when it came to being photographed.

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Lexie and Ryan, thank you so much for the opportunity to capture this very special moment in your lives.  And for reminding all of us that romance and childbirth go together like love and marriage (and a baby carriage!).

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Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Baby W | Fall on-location maternity portrait session south hills

These two lovebirds are expecting their first chick later this year.  Mama had many ideas for a great shoot and I loved her style! You don’t always have to use maternity clothes for your shoot because tighter is better when it comes to getting a flattering portrait of your belly.  Plus you might fond something that is maternity-friendly that will be more your style than maternity options.

The sunny sunshine image below with the bright blue sky is my favorite! She brought this cute hat to wear so I was able to point her directly into the late-day sun without bothering her eyes too much.

pittsburgh on location maternity session with woman in white lace dress at 33 weeks pregnant. South Hills Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.

pittsburgh on location maternity session with woman in white lace dress at 33 weeks pregnant. South Hills Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.pittsburgh on location maternity session with woman in white lace dress at 33 weeks pregnant. South Hills Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.

Can’t wait to see the beautiful baby girl that these to are expecting (and her nursery sounds lovely as well!).

pittsburgh on location maternity session with woman in white lace dress at 33 weeks pregnant. South Hills Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.

The rest of this session is in the 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, 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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Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Happy 1st Birthday, Beau!

Have a look at Baby Beau’s First Birthday shoot, part of the family’s Baby Plan.  These photographs were taken on July 22 in Upper St. Clair.

Shooting was tough the first time!  A typical growing toddler, Beau wanted to “fly away” so badly, that it was next to impossible to get anything but a blur!

(But don’t forget that you and I always have the option to say “This kid is a little too tired/hungry/whatever today, let’s try this another day.”  And that’s what the three of us decided to do.  No harm, no foul, no charge.  I’m a mom; I get it.)

We rescheduled the session and it worked out much better the second time.
Of course, the great thing about toddlers is how hilarious they are.  Baby Beau kept Mom and Dad laughing (even though it was very hot!), and we got some memorable and beautiful photographs that will be treasured forever.  Good boy, Beau!  (cuddle, cuddle)

For some reason, this little “birdie” brought to mind a poem I remember from my college poetry class:

What does little birdie say
In his nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till thy little wings are stronger…….

–From Cradle Song, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Is there ever a more exciting year than baby’s first year!  Forget the lack of sleep, forget the stress……all we will remember later is how completely adorable they are.  Fortunately, Mom and Dad captured Beau’s first year with the Powder Blue Baby Plan so that not a moment of that first year is lost.  Blink and they’re all grown up!

Check out Beau’s newborn session here:

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.