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Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Family of 6 Lifestyle Session | Baby Romy

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.

pittsburgh lifestyle newborn photographer. newborn family portrait on a bed.

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.

See this entire 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 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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Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Loughridge Family

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.

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! 🙂

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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.

Pittsburgh Baby Photographer | Baby Harper 7 Month Portraits | Baby Plan

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.

Baby Blair 3 Months | Pittsburgh Baby Photographer

I could gush over baby Blair all day.  From the sweetest face ever to her charming personality to spending time with her awesome mama, this shoot was a highlight of my month for sure!

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3 month old baby girl in grey and white nursery,  restoration hardware baby.

Despite the dreary weather, I mostly used natural light for this shoot. We shot this session in the upper level of the house and opened up all the blinds completely.  With enough windows, this can work even on a very overcast/rainy day.  I did use some fill flash on the nursery photos, but that’s kind of a must for images that are meant to feature the space (versus a portrait).  I have been using Canon 600 ex-rt’s for a couple years now and I just LOVE them SO much.  Before that I used 580 ex II”s and, though that is a great flash as well, the (very expensive!!!) Flex TT1/Mini TT5 Pocket Wizards I was using for OCF were unreliable at best.  I appreciate that with the 600 ex-rt’s, I can just turn them on and go when using for a light fill.  Time is money people.  I first saw the 600’s demonstrated by Hanson Fong at Imaging in Nashville and knew I had to have them!  I also just got a MagMod bubble thingy and found it very simple to use but kind of heavy.

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This face!! Baby Blair, you are gorgeous!!

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Baby B, you are sweet and adorable and I can’t wait to see you (and your mama) again in a couple months!!

 

Newborn Baby Landon | Upper St. Clair Newborn Photographer

One of the last newborns I photographed this year was baby Landon!  This little guy is part of a family that is very special to me! I met them in 2014 (when there were only four of them) for a Pittsburgh family portrait session, and in the meantime our kids spent a few years in preschool together.  A million birthday parties later, I am happy to call them some of our closest friends.

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Look how big Landon’s hands are!  I think he is going to be tall!

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It seems like every year I get to photograph a couple of pittsburgh newborns in front of their Christmas tree.  It’s extra sweet to me because I have a New Year’s Eve child, and I associate the holidays with having a newborn baby as well!

pittsburgh newborn photographer missy timko photographed this baby iboy in front of the christmas tree with twinkling lights behind him. wide open aperture with christmas tree as backdrop.pittsburgh photography baby newborns. baby boy in natural lifestyle newborn photographer pose.posed family portrait with newborn at christmas time.

I think Lauren looks like Clara from The Nutcracker in this picture… fitting because she just played a mouse in a local production.

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Pretty special to have a little boy and two older sisters!  Do you think they will play dress-up with their little brother in a few months?

two sisters with their newborn baby brother by Missy Timko, who photographs pittsburgh's newborn babies.

Madelyn’s dress is Tutu du Monde, a line I just drool over every time I see it.

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Lauren’s beautiful dress is from Chasing Fireflies.

smiling girl in lifestyle photography pittsburgh pose.

So honored and grateful to know you, and thanks so much for entrusting me to photograph your gorgeous baby boy!

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Are you looking for a lifestyle family portrait photographer in Pittsburgh?  I would love to hear from you!  Powder Blue Photography offers indoor & outdoor family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh, including the North & South Hills, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Upper St. Clair, Fayette, Fox Chapel, Wexford, and Mt. Lebanon areas.  All images © 2017 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

Newborn Baby Andra | Lifestyle Newborn Session Pittsburgh

Baby Andra was born at the very end of August, just four days before the school cutoff!  Will she be the youngest kid in her class?  Yet to be seen!  Right now she is just focused on sleeping and eating mostly.

This family lives right in my Mt. Lebanon neighborhood and I know mom from Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club, which I have been a member of for the past three years.

pittsburgh newborn photographer family session in home. baby girl in black wrap with floral print. Canon 600 ex-rt.

Mom is an expert in all things design, some had their stunning home as a backdrop.  Big sister Kate was very sweet, holding and kissing her baby sister!

pittsburgh newborn photographer family session in home. baby girl in black wrap with floral print. Canon 600 ex-rt.

During a diaper and feeding break, I got a tour of the gorgeous stone patio at this family’s home.

pittsburgh newborn photographer family session in home. baby girl in black wrap with floral print. Canon 600 ex-rt.

The nursery walls are black and the furniture is mostly white and neutral.  Very chic!

newborn baby nursery and little girl's room with black painted walls. pittsburgh newborn photographer family session in home. baby girl in black wrap with floral print. Canon 600 ex-rt.

Thanks L family!  So glad we’re neighbors! 🙂
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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.

Cellone Family Outdoor Newborn Session

Welcome baby Nolan!  This sweet boy joins big stores Eliana & Maeve, who showered him with hugs and kisses through our time together.  We had a nice warm evening for this session, so Baby Nolan was quite content!  I’m told he is an easygoing baby, and every time I’ve seen him, include this day, he was calm and happy!

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The girls cuddled their brother and sang “Twinkle Twinkle.”

pittsburgh newborn photographer, family session outdoors with newborn baby. family of five. what to wear for outdoor newborn family portraits.

Here is a “what to wear for family portraits” example!  Great mix of textures and light, summery colors.  Mom’s dress is the perfect hint of color & pattern, and the girls are coordinated but not matching.  A+!

pittsburgh newborn photographer, family session outdoors with newborn baby. family of five. what to wear for outdoor newborn family portraits.

This family is personal friends of ours, so I have a personal connection with the girls and they have seen me many times!  Additionally, they are the same ages as Jonah & Mimi, so I knew all the right things to say and do to get great expressions from them.  They are pretty fun and relaxed kids to begin with though, so I can’t take all the credit!

pittsburgh newborn photographer, family session outdoors with newborn baby. family of five. what to wear for outdoor newborn family portraits.

I loved shooting this session outside but it certainly had its challenges (mostly bugs and heat!).  The portraits of the three kids together as well as the the family portraits were much easier outside, but the ones of baby alone were slightly more difficult than home or studio sessions.

Shooting at sunset makes it possible to do portraits in direct sunlight so that I can expose for the beautiful blue sky.  I prefer to get everything exactly how I like it in camera and avoid using editing filters, actions, or overlays, aside from my personal presets I’ve made in Lightroom that apply my favorites settings for different session types.  I have separate ones for studio, outdoor, and indoor shoots that get me to a starting point in terms of tone & color.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, family session outdoors with newborn baby. family of five. what to wear for outdoor newborn family portraits.

I do retouching as part of my editing process, especially for the newborn babes who come out with splotches, flakes, and yellow/orange skin undertones.  Fine-tuning color and skin tones is the longest part of my editing process (aside from culling, I am so bad at cutting images!).  I like to retouch skin to remove obvious imperfections like bumps or flakes, but I leave a natural texture so that it doesn’t change how the person actually looks.  This can only be accomplished by doing each touch-up individually in Photoshop (as opposed to using retouching software or filters)!  It adds time to the process, but it’s worth it.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, family session outdoors with newborn baby. family of five. what to wear for outdoor newborn family portraits.

Thanks so much and congrats to the Cellone family–I am so honored that you chose me to photograph your new baby boy!

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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.

 

Anna Rose 12 Month Session

Baby Anna Rose is a year already–that went by so quickly!  Her newborn session is here.

We shot this family session at the Frick Art & Historical Center–dad is a board member, so we were allowed access to the gorgeous property for portraits, such a privilege!

pittsburgh family photography session at frick art and historical center in pittsburgh, pa.  12 month old baby girl and family.

This lovely smocked dress was work by baby’s mom in her 1 year portraits!  So nice when we can incorporate family heirlooms into new portraits!

pittsburgh family photography session at frick art and historical center in pittsburgh, pa.  12 month old baby girl and family.

That mama hugs slays me, love it.

pittsburgh family photography session at frick art and historical center in pittsburgh, pa.  12 month old baby girl and family.

Anna Rose did great as the sun started setting… though this is not usually the best time for babies at home, they usually can tolerate an outdoor session at sunset because there is a lot to look at!  Stopping for snacks is a must though!

pittsburgh family photography session at frick art and historical center in pittsburgh, pa.  12 month old baby girl and family.

I’m a sucker for Mini Boden & tiny Saltwater Sandals!  🙂

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It’s been a joy and a pleasure working with this family throughout Anna Rose’s first year!  Happy b-day Anna Rose!

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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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