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    My name is Missy Timko and I am a portrait photographer in Mt. Lebanon, PA.  My focus is on families, and I specialize in custom portraiture of newborn babies, maternity, baby's first year, toddlers, kids, and families.  I have a clean & timeless, modern style, and I love kids and being silly!

    I shoot on location, in my Mt. Lebanon studio, or in clients' homes, and most of my clients live in the city of Pittsburgh or in the South Hills communities of Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Canonsburg, McMurray, and Peters Township. I specialize in creating custom wall portraits for my clients' homes. I also teach photography workshops for moms.

    Please look around my website and get a feel for my work and who I am, including client testimonials.  Call or text me for information on sessions at 412-559-3889, or email me.  I am very active on social media, so please follow me using the icons below. I look forward to talking!

Newborn Baby Max | Pittsburgh Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Mt. Lebanon, PA

This week I am celebrating ONE WHOLE YEAR of running my photography business in Pittsburgh! Those of you who don’t know me well, here’s a little background… my family and I moved to Pittsburgh from Portland, OR in 2012 to be closer to family, since we had a then 1 1/2 yr old son, and our daughter Mimi was about to be born.  I took some time off to find our Mt. Lebanon home and to be with my baby girl but then was back up and running a little over a year ago. Before we moved to Pittsburgh, I ran my business in Portland for several years, but I also worked in Portland as a public high school photography & fine art teacher.  Now I am running the biz full time and could not possibly be happier!  I have enjoyed great success and wonderful clients since moving here and am so very grateful for all of you.

I have worked with the Kingston family twice now–once for holiday portraits back in December, and so I was thrilled when they contacted me to photograph their three-week-old baby, Max.

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Through the process of shooting and editing babies, I always fall in love with them!!  Always!  This little guy was flashing smiles at me, big ones, at only three weeks old.

pittsburgh family photography in home lifestyle with newborn baby and six year old

Big sister Arden is full of life and energy and such a happy girl.  She posed with her new brother, her Nana, and with Nana’s cat, who was in town visiting from the west coast.

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Are you looking for a maternity, newborn, family, or baby photographer in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers in-home and studio portraits of newborn babies and maternity and on location family portraits in and around Pittsburgh, including the South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Cecil Township, Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, and Shadyside 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 10 days of life.  Family sessions take place anytime!

Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Newborn Photographer | Baby Rahul & Family

You know a mom of two boys is going to be well taken care of down the road!  We did this newborn session at my studio in Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh).

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Big brother Sohan was super cooperative, and we got several wonderful shots of him and his newborn baby brother together. Melt my heart:)

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This two-year-old was not at all camera shy!  This kid is so smart and can count to 100+!!

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Some newborns are awake the whole session or asleep the whole session, but this time we got some awake shots and some asleep, perfect!

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Are you looking for a maternity, newborn, family, or baby photographer in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers in-home and studio portraits of newborn babies and maternity and on location family portraits in and around Pittsburgh, including the South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Cecil Township, Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, and Shadyside 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 10 days of life.  Family sessions take place anytime!

Pittsburgh Child Photographer | Connor S. | Studio Portrait

This cutie head can light up a room with his smile!  AT 1 1/2, he is a super busy little man!  We had a lot of fun playing cars, tickling the (mini) ivories on my little piano, and laughing.

(C) 2014 Powder Blue Photography. www.powderbluephoto.comI was so pleased to get some soulful expressions from Connor in between giggles.

I am noticing now that I put the same photo on here twice, but I am happy to report I am blogging from sunny Florida, so I’ll have to update it when I get back to the ‘Burgh on Tuesday.  For now, enjoy this cutie pie’s sweet face in back and white and color versions! :)

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Need an updated portrait of your little one? Better book with me soon!  I will not be offering “anytime” studio minis between September-November of this year so that I can accommodate custom family, maternity, & newborn portraits during that time.  Call or email for details!

A Sweet Gesture at Inventionland 2014 | Pittsburgh Photographer | Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation

I had the pleasure of joining the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation for another fabulous event!  This one took place at Inventionland, in Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh on Valentine’s Day, 2014.  This event was sponsored by Direct Energy and by many other gracious organizations and selfless people who donated their time and energy to coordinate and plan this event.

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Frank Sinatra impersonator and local actors posing as Venetian characters.

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The live auction was my favorite part, and this auctioneer was very persuasive!  Funds raised went to the Family Life Auxiliary at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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Next event… Casino Royale at the Rivers Club next weekend!  Thank you Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation for including me in this wonderful event!

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Are you looking for a maternity, newborn, family, or baby photographer in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers in-home and studio portraits of newborn babies and maternity and on location family portraits in and around Pittsburgh, including the South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Cecil Township, Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, and Shadyside 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 10 days of life.  Family sessions take place anytime!  Now booking June-December 2014.

Keeley’s Courage | Congenital Heart Defect | Beads of Courage

I had the honor and pleasure to photograph Ms. Keeley this past weekend!  She is an absolute sweetheart and a beauty!  I know her mama through my moms group and have been following her story since she was born.

Keeley was born with a Congenital Heart Defect, which so far has required several surgeries and hospital procedures, including open heart surgery in September of 2013.  She spent several months in the CICU at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh but was able to finally go home in January.  She is expected to make a full recovery but will require her feeding tube and vent for the next year or more as she grows and recovers.

After all she has been through, it feels like an absolute celebration to be visiting her in her home, where, aside from the medical gear in her room, it felt like a normal portrait session with an adorable baby and a fun and inquisitive toddler.

congenital heart defect beads of courage childrenKeeley’s brother logan is 2 1/2 and is a gentle and loving soul like his sister.  He wanted to help me with everything camera related (future ‘tog?) and is so patient and tender with Keeley.

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Keeley showed off just a few of her beads that she received from the Beads of Courage program at Childen’s Hospital.  Through this program, children receive a bead for every procedure or hospital stay.  As you can imagine, Keeley has built up quite a collection–here you can see just a couple of strands, but mom has a whole box full of them.

congenital heart defect beads of courage childrencongenital heart defect beads of courage childrenIf you look closely you can see Keeley’s scars from her many surgeries, but they have visibly faded for the most part. congenital heart defect open heart surgery scars baby pittsburgh

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congenital heart defect beads of courage childrenFollow Keeley’s journey here on the Keeley’s Courage Facebook page.  To donate, visit this page.

congenital heart defect beads of courage childrenThank you Kos family for allowing me into your home to photograph Keeley & Logan!

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Missy Timko is a family, baby, and child portrait photographer in Pittsburgh, PA with charitable giving interests in children with medical needs.  Contact Missy for information on contributing to or fundraising for your organization that helps children with mental or physical health needs.

March 19, 2014 - 12:53 am

Josh Kos - Such an angel! Love this little girl

March 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Jillian Ploskina Calder - Beautiful family, inside & out!

March 19, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Rachel Bankston - Love the new pictures!

March 20, 2014 - 2:02 am

Angela Joyce - These are beautiful photographs!