Welcome Baby Adelaide!.  She was very calm and sleepy in these images because we shot this session when she was only six days old.

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait on location. baby girl. no prop. dog. dad. pink swaddling

Fabrics, shadows, unexpected pops of color.  Contrasting textures—the family dog Maeby’s coat against Adelaide’s exquisitely smooth newborn skin.  Vivid against neutral.  Personal family touches. These are the elements that go into a visually stunning–as well as deeply memorable—family portrait.

lifestyle newborn images on a bed using window light and fill flash.  newborn baby girl wearing green headband and a white kimono onesie.

I have learned from experience that there is a clear advantage to shooting a session shortly after newborns come home from the hospital.  Early sessions like this tend to go smoothly since brand new babies are relatively less fussy, sleep a lot, and also tend to have the most wonderful “Wow, this is my family!” expressions when they are awake.  By the time they are 2-3 weeks old, they are less predictable and a little more prone to fussiness—usually without warning!  I have shot numerous sessions at 3 weeks+, and there are advantages to that age as well, but if mom wants sleepy newborn shots, week 1-2 is best!

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait on location. baby girl. in crib. printed sheets. newborn feet. no props.

One way to add visual interest in textures, shapes and angles is to convert images to black & white.  When my clients purchase image files, I include black & white conversions of all images, which I do individually, converting each image one at a time.  The visual impact becomes completely different from that of a color photograph, since the eye goes to textures and angles instead of straight to the color. Somehow, connections and emotions can be more vivid.

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in client home. black and white. nursery. no props.

Take a big stretch, Baby Adelaide, on the beautiful quilt made by one of Mom’s oldest friends, Sam. I could write a whole blog just about this quilt, since it is a great example of how many ways personal touches can be incorporated into a handmade newborn gift.  Sam incorporated a John Muir quote into the quilt because this family loves mountains. (In fact, right this minute, Adelaide’s grandpa is hiking the John Muir trail!)  One of the prints is a grizzly bear print, which came from an artist in the favorite city (Cologne, Germany) of Mom Sara, who is a German teacher.  The patterns on the quilt became the inspiration for the rest of the nursery.  Mom just cannot believe her dear friend was able to make this quilted treasure, especially since she had a baby herself, just two months earlier.

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait on location in white crib. baby girl. handmade quilt.

The L family lives in a beautiful Victorian-style home.  The nursery is an amazing woodland style, with a shadowy mountain wall mural hand painted by Dad, Tim. You know I love grey, especially in a nursery!

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait on location. baby girl. woodland nursery. hand painted wall. woodland nursery.

The family goes camping and backpacking almost every summer in the Smokey Mountains or the Sierra Nevadas, and the forest and mountains are sources of happy memories growing up.  The family considers the mountains “their happy place,”  so of course they wanted Adelaide to experience that in her own nursery.  So the nursery becomes a focal point for the family’s deepest passions, with the hope that Baby Adelaide grows up to be a brave little explorer.

Mom Sara advises parents of newborns to heed the recommendations for how to dress your newborn for the shoot:  “I am so happy that she wasn’t in something baggy.  Otherwise, I just trusted Missy to work her magic and we had a great time on top of it!  I’m so so happy I decided to do the newborn photos, as I already love seeing the change with my little one.”

Thank you, L family, for the delightful opportunity to work with you.  I look forward to documenting Adelaide’s first mountain climb!

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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.

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.

pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white bed. baby girl. sister. no props.

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!

dog. cocker spaniel. girl. child

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!

family photographer. newborn. 2-year-old girl. master bedroom. Squirrel Hill.

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.

 

Those of us who live in Pittsburgh need no convincing that Pittsburgh is glorious in May.  The city seems to alive after the always-too-long winter.  We all come out of hibernation in May.   The other thing that happens every May is–babies, babies, babies!  For me, the month of May is always full of requests for outdoor newborn sessions. I love it!

Case in point:  Baby Aidan, big brother Nolan, and Mom and Dad (Kaitlin and Bob).  With a newborn, it’s not really necessary (or even a good idea) to go too far from home to get a great outdoor shot, especially during the nice weather.  I chose the side steps of the family’s new home in Mt. Lebanon as the setting for these beautiful family portraits.

outdoor newborn family portraits on porch.

Then we moved inside for some more cuddly shots, and what could be more cuddly than bed?

Big brother Nolan and I are old friends, even though he’s only 18 months old.  When Nolan was a newborn, Mom and Dad purchased the baby plan for him, and he just had his 12-month photo shoot just a few months ago.  Here’s Big Brother Nolan as a newborn:

Newborn Baby Nolan | Sports Nursery

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Nolan was a quiet baby, but since he has become a Big Brother, he has become the biggest chatterbox! He has a Baby Brother to talk to now! (Nolan calls baby Aidan “A”.)

This is definitely one of my favorite families, and I look forward to taking their photos as they 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, 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.

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.

I have two brothers–one 21 months older, and one three years younger.  Yes, I am the middle child and the only girl.  Being the only girl was fun, but I always though it would be fun to be either the oldest—you get to do everything first—or the adorable baby of the family!  However, everyone knows the middle child is the smartest… so I’ll take it.

pittsburgh family portrait 70-200 canon lens at f4. child tween portrait at nature park .Can you imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to photograph the Ferriolo family?  Two brothers and one sister! In this family, twins Luca and Michael are eight years old and sister Julia is age six.  So Julia isn’t the middle child like I am, but she still has two brothers to deal with. I can relate.  (The puppy’s name is Mac.)

This was one of those days when everything comes together perfectly.  The setting, the family, the weather, the dog (well, he ran off once with his leash in his mouth, but he was just playing)—it was all near perfection.  This photo shoot took place on a beautiful Spring day in May, and we did the shoot at a nature park in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunset that day too.

pittsburgh family portrait 70-200 canon lens at f4. child tween portrait at nature park .

But the absolutely best part of this shoot was the Ferriolo family itself.  These funny and goofy kids—Luca, Michael, and Julia—reminded me of a lot of the crazy times I used to have with my two brothers.  Nobody plays together quite like siblings do. You relate to each other by fighting and playing, playing and fighting. But there is no deeper love, except for the love you feel for your Mom and your Dad.

pittsburgh family portrait 70-200 canon lens at f4. child tween portrait at nature park .

Because these guys are really into Minecraft and Roblox (like my own little guy, Jonah), I pretended to be cool and know all about it myself.  I think they saw right through me, but in spite of that (or maybe because of it), I got some great smiles out of these sillies!

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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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