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Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Frenie Family

What happens when you photograph kids just being kids?  MAGIC, that’s what!

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Remember how family portraits used to be?  The family would be arranged on a couch, or maybe lined up by height.  We might put Mom and Dad in elegant chairs in the foreground (hands in lap, of course), kids standing behind with their arms on Mom and Dad’s shoulders. And everyone would be wearing their starched and ironed “Sunday best.”  Fortunately, times have changed, and we now know that we get the most memorable and lasting photographs when families are relaxed, happy, wearing their favorite clothes, in their favorite surroundings, and interacting with each other.  No matchy-matchy or upholstered couches here!

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This is the delightful Frenie family—Mom Sarah, Dad Chris, and Zach (5th grade), Ezra (1st grade) and Lily (almost 5).  I know this family well, and have been doing family portraits for them since 2013.  Mom told me exactly where they wanted to do the shoot this time—in Frick Park—an iconic Pittsburgh location for this Mt. Lebanon family.  Look how much the kids have grown in just a little more than four years!

 

Frick Park is an amazing place to photograph families and children.  This particular area is right across from The Frick Museum.  It’s close to my studio, easily accessible, and presents lots of choices for shots for families and children.  I particularly love the iconic stone arch shown here:

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As you can see, all three children are adorable, but the scene-stealer was little miss Lily, who was super funny and made me laugh throughout this session. (Lily reminds me of my own Mimi, who is just a couple days younger than Lily, and so fun in the same way.  In fact, Lily and Mimi will be in the same preschool class next year!)

LATE-BREAKING NEWS:  Ezra lost his first tooth just before this session and was SO excited to show it off his new “big boy” smile!

I designed a gorgeous wall art gallery to go in the Frenies’ living room.  It consists of fine art prints mounted on wood panels; these have been extremely popular with my clients lately!

Thank you, Frenie family, for allowing me to watch your family 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, 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.

Jack is 2! | Pittsburgh Child Photographer

I’m so excited to share the first images from my new studio in Point Breeze!  This is Jack, who spent his first year doing the Baby Plan with me so we are good buddies already!

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We tried a little natural light shooting in the sitting room, where Jack showed off his 412 style in a tee from Commonwealth Press.

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I thought that he looked pretty handsome in these black & white images!

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You’re so cool, Jack!  Happy 2nd birthday!

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Are you looking for a creative studio portrait of your baby or child in Pittsburgh?  Powder Blue Photography offers studio portraits of babies & kids as well as family portraits in and around the city of Pittsburgh.  Please contact Missy to schedule a studio Little Session for your kiddos!

Pittsburgh Child Photographer | Lifestyle Family Session

I was happy to be shooting many lifestyle family portrait sessions this winter!  This is such a sweet and different type of portrait session than the outdoor fall family sessions that are so very popular with my clients.

mother and child snugglingWe shot this session on a gorgeous snowy day so the light was bouncing all around the room and I used only window light for this session.  I almost always use some sort of supplemental fill lighting buchild jumping on a bed

This mom has done several sessions with me in the past and is a pro at styling, she had a simple, neutral, fresh backdrop ready for me in one of the bedrooms, perfect for  a little jumping on the bed action!

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Even though it was the middle of the day, the sun was low enough and the snow reflective enough that I got a couple of cute shots of these two outside, love it.

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Thank you C family!  I always love seeing you. 🙂

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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.

 

 

Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer | Baby Claire

Baby Claire is #2 for this family, whose newborn baby girl I photographed just a couple years ago!

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Claire’s family prefers a simple & clean portrait session for the newborn portraits, which is perfect for my uncluttered style.  We shot this session in my Pittsburgh photography studio.

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Big sister Quinn brought her bunny along, which adds a touch of personality to some of these sibling shots!  pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.pittsburgh newborn photographer. simple, natural newborn portrait in studio on a white backdrop. baby girl. no props.

Studio portraits always usually look nice in black & white because of the higher contrast & directional lighting.

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Thanks so much for inviting me to capture this time for you!  🙂

More from this 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, 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.

Pittsburgh Photographers | Newborn Baby Dylan

newborn baby boy with big brother. pittsburgh photographerAdorable baby Dylan has just about the sweetest and most adorable big brother in the world, so he has a good example set for him as he grows into a little person!  His brother Caden is just a huge love bug!

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This cute blue onesie fit him just right and I think it looked perfect on the irate bedspread in mom & dad’s room.  One of the first things I do when I arrive for a lifestyle newborn session is look around the house for brightly-lit areas with interesting or simple backgrounds for portraits.  We usually end up in the master bedroom at some point!

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We got these timeless white portraits on the floor in the bedroom–very simple!  Window light and a blanket, done.

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This background was actually a red Christmas blanket and a green wrap (since Dylan was born near the holidays) but I thought it looked super cool in black & white!

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My helper Caden watching garbage trucks out the window… 🙂

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The men!  Cute!

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Lucky to get this babe with his eyes open, he was so sleepy and content!

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Portraits in front of the Christmas tree are so fun!!  I have a holiday baby (who just turned 6!!) so I am nostalgic for this type of image.

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Baby Dylan has the cutest nautical-themed baby nursery!  Navy blue, lime green, grey, and white.  So classic!

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Thanks H family–I loved shooting your sweet boys!

Check out the rest of this session (including baby Dylan with his Terrible Towel!) in the video:

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Are you looking for a lifestyle family or newborn 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 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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

November 2016 Family Mini Sessions | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

Thank you to all the beautiful families who did family portrait sessions at my “city mini” date in November!  It was 70 degrees, so gorgeous and I am so lucky!  What a perfect way to close out the fall portrait season.  Thanks for an amazing 2016 and I have so much in store for you in 2017!  Make sure you are on my email list and follow me on Facebook for all the news.

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Fall minis sell out in August or September!  Make sure you are on my email list to get a chance to sign up for 2017 mini sessions.

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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 Pittsburgh, PA photography studio.  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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Westinghouse Memorial Pittsburgh, PA | N Family

The fall portrait season is winding down and cards are set to start arriving next week; I can’t believe it’s already almost December!!  I have many fun events coming up, including TWO SPOTS for Saturday’s studio minis and a holiday event at Hatch Art Studio next week for Point Breeze Light Up Night.  Make sure you are on my email list for the info!

And now for this lovely portrait session from a few weeks ago… This was my fourth portrait session with this Shadyside family!  We shot their session at the Westinghouse Memorial at Schenley Park, which is a special place to mom from her childhood.  The City of Pittsburgh recently redid the whole site, and it made a gorgeous location for a portrait session.

Max is 4 and was absolutely not shy for me–he is the sweetest kid, sitting in my lap, holding my hand, and generally just making my day x 100.  I know this is so cheesy but I just love kids and feel so lucky to be able to work with them and watch them grow over the years from babies into little humans.  Check out my first session with Max here!
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As you can see, Max is full of personality and we had a lot of fun together!

Thanks so much for believing in me N family!  So grateful to know 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, 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.”

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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+!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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