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Baby Pippa | Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

This newborn session ranks high on my list of happiest memories! Jenny & Dan called me when Pippa had just come home from the NICU–she spent some time there after being born a couple months early at about 3 lbs.  Pippa was finally approaching her due date and had almost doubled in size since birth, so mom and dad were ready to do some “normal newborn things” and have her photographed.  What a celebration!

Baby Phillipa, Pippa, “Pip-squeak”… you are so loved! Here is what your mama had to say about your birth:

“Philippa was born preterm due to complications from severe pre-eclampsia. No matter what though it was a beautiful experience filled with extremely supportive family and friends that made the day of her birth a true celebration (amidst the uncertainty of it all). She spent 27 days in the NICU and had a smooth course coming home in record time. “

newborn photography in pittsburgh, paDescribe life with a newborn. How has your life changed since giving birth? Is it like you expected or totally different?

Since giving birth life is different. There is a slower pace to things where I am able to step back and enjoy the quiet moments with Philippa that I love. Yet at the same time I am worried it is going so quickly. She grows and change everyday before our very eyes and it is a privilege to have this experience. We are so thankful.

Does baby have siblings or pets? Siblings’ ages? How did they react to baby coming home?

No pets or siblings. We plan to get a dog though once the period of sleep deprivation is behind us. Ha!

Pittsburgh newborn photographersWhen did you book your newborn session? Why did you pick me?

We booked the newborn session after Philippa was discharged from the NICU. We picked Powder Blue because of the natural quality to her photos where real life is captured in the home. Plus, Missy understood what it meant to have a premature baby and the timing of photographs. That was unexpected and meant so much to us.

How did you prepare for your newborn session? Any tips for new moms regarding newborn photography?

To prepare for the newborn session we made sure Philippa was fed, rested, and in an outfit she was comfortable in so we could minimize changes. Keeping the house warm was a good idea of Missy’s since that allowed Philippa to be changed easily from outfit to bundled in a wrap. 

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newborn baby lifestyle portraitDo you have a favorite image(s) from this session? Describe the image and why you love it.

We really love all the images. We love the image of Philippa wrapped in the parachute swaddle on the white background. She looks so peaceful and really captures the essence of her (what we think) is her sweet personality. Another favorite is one where you captured her sly smile and her blue eyes. I am not sure how long her eyes will stay blue so I am so happy we captured them during her newborn period.

pittsburgh photographersMissy – thank you so much for taking beautiful photos of Philippa. We were so happy and after everything we went through to get to this point it was nice to do something “normal” like newborn photos and have them document where she is in her life right now. She has come so far and we are so happy and blessed to have her in our life. 

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I am so grateful to have been a part of this newborn experience and look forward to watching Pippa grow! <3

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 Point Breeze, 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 Newborn Photographer | Lifestyle Session | T Family

“Little Boy Blue” is a popular nursery rhyme that dates back to the sixteenth century, and the actual lyrics might even be older than that.  But, until the nineteenth century, all infants were photographed in white.  Now, this may surprise you (as it did me):  In 1918, the Ladies Home Journal wrote, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls.”  What??  Believe it or not, this trend lasted until through the 1920s and 1930s.

Now I realize that not everybody is a fan of the “blue for boys, pink for girls” thing.  As a baby photographer, I certainly don’t cling to such stereotypes.  But, stereotypes aside, babies in blue are pretty cute!

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Need more convincing?  Here’s another adorable shot of my “Little Boys in Blue,” big brother John and Baby William.

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This is the T family, who live in Upper St. Clair in a gorgeous historic stone home.  The weather was really beautiful on this August day, so we took advantage and took a lot of shots out in the yard.  Even Mom and Dad are dressed in blue and white!

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This was ostensibly a newborn session, but—as usual—the older-sibling toddler stole the show.  John, age 3, followed me around and kept me company.  I love this because it happens almost every time, and it’s so cute!  (Plus it’s what goes on all day and night at my house!)

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Baby William was a big, mellow, sweet baby (having weighed nearly 10 pounds at birth), and slept almost the whole time.  We did manage to get him to open those eyes, just a little bit.  By the way, notice how the blue sheet and white cable knit blanket extend the blue-and-white theme, while adding an extra comfy feeling to these newborn shots.

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Mom Kim and Dad Lee are from the South and both have a  flair for southern styling in their home.  So naturally, we wanted to go inside for some more intimate shots.  The pictures of Mom and her “Little Boys Blue” are particularly beautiful with the home’s neutral interiors, with Mom’s blouse and blue hydrangeas extending this classic color scheme.  Kim chose custom gold frames to create a wall grouping to hang in their family room.  These timeless “Little Boys Blue” photos will only become more classic over time.

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Thank you, T family, for bringing artistic sensibility, southern hospitality, and family warmth to this photo shoot.  I can’t wait to see what Baby William looks like as he grows!

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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 Newborn Photographer | Lifestyle Session | H Family

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

 

Pittsburgh Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Portland Session | Baby Fisher July

This “lil’ cajun hushpuppy” is the son of some friends of mine from college (Chico State, late 90s).  Did you know I grew up in Southern California (San Diego), went to college in Northern California (Chico), and then I worked as a high school teacher in both Sacramento, CA and Portland, OR before moving to Pittsburgh in 2012?  SO much has changed, and I was so happy to reconnect with old friends who are new parents!
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Some mutual friends of ours got married in Portland last month, so this little sweetie’s mama asked me to photograph her little guy while I was there, and I am so crazy about how they turned out!  Now only is he just SO cute, but I liked the blanket in the background and how different the landscape looks than here… though our grass is pretty dead now that it has hardly rained since June in Pittsburgh!

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I got really emotional when I was working on these images!  There is just something really simultaneously special and just so nuts about starting a new life as a mom and dad.  I am so excited for these guys and so excited to watch baby Fisher grow into a little man.

lifestyle in-home newborn session. natural newborn posing. window light with fill flash. family portrait session win home. color and black and white.We had a wonderful trip to Portland and I admit I miss it a lot, but I am definitely happy here in the ‘Burgh and don’t see us moving, ever.

See the rest of the images from this session here:

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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 Pittsburgh, including the South Hills, McMurray, Peters Township, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, Fayette, and Mt. Lebanon areas..  All images © 2015 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

Pittsburgh Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Baby Louis | Mt Lebanon, PA

Baby Louis is the second born to his big brother Maxigan the cat.  The boys played very nicely together and seem to be adjusting to sibling-hood well.

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This little sweetie came early so we shot his session when he was already a few weeks old.  These sessions are very special because even though he was before his due date when we shot this session, you could see he had already adjusted to the world by giving beautiful eye contact, and he was very aware of his surroundings any looking right at mom & dad.

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And then there is this guy… such a lovable kitty and I was thrilled to get these great photos of him looking so handsome.

You can see the rest of this session in this video:

Congrats G family!

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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 © 2015 Missy Timko at Powder Blue Photography.  Please contact Missy to schedule your session.

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