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Leela’s 1st Birthday | Pittsburgh Baby Photographer | Shabby Chic Summer Backyard Party

As a baby and family photographer I am sometimes asked to photograph special milestone events in my clients’ lives, and every once in a while I am able to make this work with my busy portrait schedule!  I was thrilled to be able to photography baby Leela’s first birthday party in July!  It was thoughtfully designed by Encore Event Design.

shabby chic one year old birthday party decor. balloon arch.

Leela’s family went all-out for this event and with valet parking, a fully staffed bar, and the most lovely decor, including a beautiful photo backdrop from Vintage Alley in Pittsburgh.  This was set up for guests to take selfies, but I took advantage of the lovely setup and posed Leela’s family while we waited for her to wake up from her afternoon nap. 🙂

shabby chic one year old birthday party decor. photo booth PhotoBooth backdrop made of barn doors.

Can you believe this beautiful family portrait we got with Leela just minutes after she woke up?  What a sweet baby!  Leela is one of NINE granddaughters (yes, all girls!!), with four aunts on her mom’s side alone, so we gathered up as many of the ladies as we could very quickly and got them all in a snapshot.

barn doors backdrop for photo booth. first birthday party decor shabby chic rustic.

This party was all about the details, and the dessert table was no exception!  Everything looked delicious and lovely!  Cake and desserts by Desserts Allure and Nice to be Iced.

 

One of my favorite details was the precious jewelry on Leela’s feet!

shabby chic first birthday party dessert table with face painter, balloon artist, string lights, flowers.

Leela didn’t disappoint on the cake smash!  She dug in with the help of mom, dad, her two sisters, and her grandmas! The biggest smile came when she fed mom a bite! 🙂

first birthday cake smash fondant buttercream smash cake. sage green pink fringe banner number 1 one.

Happy first birthday Leela!  I was honored to share your special day with you!

shabby chic one year old birthday party decor. face painting ideas. balloon animals birthday party.

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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.

Mt. Lebanon High School Fashion Show 2015 | Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the 2015 Fashion Show at Mt. Lebanon High School. I’m told this is an annual tradition that goes back many years!  The theme this year was “Our 15 Minutes of Fame, ” inspired by Andy Warhol, and proceeds from the event went to Best Buddies and Mt. Lebanon’s Officer Reimer.  The girls in the fashion club did an amazing job coordinating the show, and the clothes were top notch, some even designed and sewn by Mt. Lebanon students.  I was extremely impressed overall by the professional and kind attitude of Mt. Lebanon students and am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community!

 

Are you looking for a senior portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  Click here for senior portraits by Missy Timko from Powder Blue Photography.  Powder Blue Photography offers on location 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 discuss session options!

A Sweet Gesture 2015 | Duquesne Club Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Photographer | The Family Life Fund

I had the pleasure of once again working with the wonderful board of the Family Life Fund at A Sweet Gesture 2015.  The Family Life Fund is dedicated to helping families cope with a child’s compromised health or well-being.  This is an organization that recognizes and honors the impact of family in a child’s life.  When a child faces challenges, the entire family is affected.

duquesne club pittsburgh charity event photographer

These ladies devote so much time and energy into creating this stunning event, and they do it for our kids!  The event was co-chaired by Laura Mabon and Tori Yoos.

duquesne club pittsburgh charity event photographer

duquesne club pittsburgh charity event photographer

This event is one of the Family Life Auxiliary’s main fundraisers is and I was lucky enough to attend and photograph it last year as well.

duquesne club pittsburgh charity event photographer food close up

The Duquesne Club is absolutely gorgeous!

duquesne club pittsburgh charity event photographer dorothy pollon laura mabon tori yoos

Dorothy Pollon was honored at this event for all she does for kids–she is always at the Family Life Fund events that I have photographed and has been an amazing supporter of Family Life at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Thank to all who attended!  I feel very fortunate to live in a city where the best of support is available to our kids and families!

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Are you looking for a family or senior portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers 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 discuss session options!

UnWINEd Event at Narcisi Winery Benefitting the Cancer & Blood Disorder Auxiliary at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

In August I volunteered my photography services at a beautiful event at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia.  They have beautiful grounds and facilities that are open for tasting and touring, and I look forward to the opportunity to go back there!

unlined charity event at la case narcisi winery in pittsburgh

I did a red carpet style photo booth and then photographed the speakers and general event happenings.

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Speakers included event co-chairs Tiffany Casarcia and Debbie DePew, emcee WTAE’s Mike Clark, and moving commentary by doctors and parents of Children’s Hospital patients.

Next up is the Sweet Gesture event at the Duquesne Club that I will be photographing in two weeks!  So glad to have this opportunity to raise funds again for CHP!

Pittsburgh Baby Photographer | Gabriella’s 1st Birthday! | Birthday Event Photography

Gabby is 1!  Here are some portraits we did for her birthday invitation:

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I shot her pink & green birthday party in Wexford a few weeks ago, and here are some highlights in a slideshow video:

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And a few of my top picks!

first birthday party pink and green theme

You can see photos I did with Gabby at 9 months here:

Happy first birthday cutie!

 

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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!

Casino Royale Event Benefiting the Hearing Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

This spring I had the honor of volunteering my photography services for another event held by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.  I have done several events for them now and they are always a pleasure to work with.  It is a strong personal goal and mission of my business to provide service whenever possible to help kids & families in need.

The evening began with a lovely dinner and with speakers, both patients and doctors at the Hearing Center.

children's hospital pittsburgh foundation hearing center event photos

The event was called Casino Royale, so following dinner there was a casino night!  Lots of lovely guests. and even a photobomber!

children's hospital pittsburgh foundation hearing center event photos

You win some, you lose some! 🙂

children's hospital pittsburgh foundation hearing center event photos

Thanks CHP Foundation for inviting me to this lovely event!

I am always looking for great local causes to support with either event photography services or auction donations.  If you know of a wonderful organization that supports local kids and families, please get in touch.

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.

children's hospital of pittsburgh foundation benefit a sweet gesture at inventionland in pittsburgh, pa 2014

Frank Sinatra impersonator and local actors posing as Venetian characters.

children's hospital of pittsburgh foundation benefit a sweet gesture at inventionland in pittsburgh, pa 2014

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.

children's hospital of pittsburgh foundation benefit a sweet gesture at inventionland in pittsburgh, pa 2014

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.

In Style With Children’s | Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation | Omni William Penn Hotel

Yesterday was the In Style with Children’s fashion show benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.  This was such a stunning event, so well organized and beautiful!  I met some wonderful people, all with giving and loving hearts, helping the kids of Pittsburgh to be as healthy as can be!

All of the photos from this event, including vendors, runway photos, and all of the red carpet photos, can be found here: http://prints.powderbluephoto.com/instyle  Highlights are below!

We started with a red carpet photo shoot–I captured these photos as guests arrived to the event, I had so much fun with this!

in style with children's red carpet photos

in style with children's red carpet photos

in style with children's red carpet photos

Then there was a lovely presentation by event organizers, including some speeches by Children’s Hospital patients, describing their experiences.  These were the highlight of the event, with many audience members becoming emotional hearing about these young women’s struggles and their experiences going through treatment.

children's hospital pittsburgh foundation speakers

Following the presentation was the fashion show, featuring YoBro, Miss Priss Kids, J. Hilburn, and Kiya Tomlin dresses with Emy Mack shoes.

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In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

in style with children's model kiya tomlin dress pittsburgh

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

In style with children's runway fashion show photos

Check out these adorable and fun kiddo models!

In style with children's runway fashion show kids models backstage

I guess the adults are cute too 🙂

In style with children's runway fashion show models backstage

In style with children's runway fashion show kids models backstage

All of the photos from this event, including vendors, runway photos, and all of the red carpet photos, can be found here: http://prints.powderbluephoto.com/instyle

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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, children, 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 your session.

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