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!

newborn family session with family posed on a couch. Family of six with 4 kids.

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.

pittsburgh newborn photography session with four kids. pom bonnets.

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.

pittsburgh newborn photographer. family posed on a bed with a dachsund.

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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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Baby Kat has the brightest, prettiest blue eyes!  She was alert and calm for much of our time together and let me get these gorgeous photos of her sweet face near a window while she was still awake.
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She put her little hand under her chin all by herself, obviously camera ready.  We even got a smile, suuuuuper cute.
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Mom and dad live in a home with lots of interesting details so I incorporated them into our shoot as much as possible, like this cool headboard and baby Kat’s adorable green and pink nursery.
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newborn baby girl lying on bed lifestyle photography pittsburgh
newborn baby girl lying on bed lifestyle photography pittsburgh

Sleepy girl dozed off toward the end and I got these peaceful shots.  Such a sweetie.
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Mom designed baby Kat’s nursery around the vintage lamp featured in the bottom right picture.  I love her crib!!
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Great meeting you baby Kat, so excited to watch you grow! 😍

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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 entire metro area of Pittsburgh, including the Point Breeze, Shadyside, Mt. Lebanon, and Upper St. Clair areas.  All images © 2017 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

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!

newborn photography session in home lifestyle pittsburgh baby sleeping on a bed

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!! 😍

newborn photography session in home lifestyle pittsburgh baby sleeping on a bed

So cute when I catch a baby smiling! 🙂

newborn photography session in home lifestyle pittsburgh baby sleeping on a bed

airplane theme baby nursery

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.

Baby William was born last month and joined big brother Avery for a newborn photography session at their family’s home in Point Breeze.  Something very special about this session is that it took place just a couple weeks before the family moved to a new home, so they will always have these memories of their adorable home (that they completely renovated in the loveliest of grey & white tones, my fave) in the city.
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Avery is such a smiley boy, he peeked out and smiled at me as soon as I walked in the door and I never saw him without a smile on his face, except when he was making dinosaur roars!
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Baby William snuggled sweetly on Avery and slept through most of the session.
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I usually structure a lifestyle newborn session with family/sibling photos first so that dad and/or siblings can participate for just a short time.  The rest of the session is just mom & baby.
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I always feel lucky to get both sleepy and awake photos of baby… sometimes they are so sleepy that it’s hard to get a photo of their eyes open.  But every baby is so different!
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Congrats R family, thanks for inviting me to your (old) home, can’t wait to see the new place!

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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.

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!!

outdoor family portraits. neutral outfit ideas for family portraits. chambray pink white.

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.

outdoor family portraits. neutral outfit ideas for family portraits. chambray pink white.

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!

outdoor family portraits. neutral outfit ideas for family portraits. chambray pink white.

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

outdoor family portraits. neutral outfit ideas for family portraits. chambray pink white.

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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