the newborn


Thank you so much for taking the time to inquire.  Custom newborn photography is like no other type of photography.  It is very special and requires an investment of trust in the person who will be working with your precious new baby.
I specialize in custom portraiture of newborns and can offer the highest level of quality in newborn photography in the Pittsburgh area.  In fact, I am the only photographer in the Pittsburgh area to specialize in maternity and newborn portraiture.  What this means for you is that I am highly trained and focused and can consistently deliver high quality and most importantly keep your little one safe.  I can honestly say without a doubt that working with newborns is my passion!!
The best time to book your newborn session is during your 2nd trimester to ensure I’m available when your little bundle of joy arrives. Since the best time to photograph your newborn is before 2 weeks of age (while they are still in that sleepy and curly stage) it helps to book before baby arrives so that we can get everything confirmed ahead of time.
special moments

Photographing newborns is my passion.   I spend a lot of time getting every little finger and toe positioned perfectly when photographing your little bundle.  First and foremost, it is important to me for your baby look comfortable and peaceful in the photographs and to look like a piece of art.  

and little hands
When arriving at the studio, be prepared to just sit back and enjoy the session.  I can take over as soon as you arrive!  Believe me, I know how hard it is when you come home from the hospital!  I’m a mom of four and have had four C-Sections.  I know how daunting it can seem to have to think about an appointment a few weeks after delivery . . . but if you take away one thing from my blog it is that you will truly enjoy our time together and most importantly you will end up with images that you cherish for a lifetime.
Still wondering what it’s like?  Picture a warm 85 degree room, quiet relaxing sounds, the scent of lavendar filling the air, cool bevearges for you to enjoy, snacks of plenty, a comfy couch and a place for you feet . . . all while I slowly and peacefully photograph your snoozing newborn.  It’s quite a pleasant way to spend a morning!
All of my newborn sessions occur in my Oakdale, PA (in between Bridgeville and Robinson area) photography studio.  By working out of my studio, I am able to control the environment and provide you with the highest quality finished product.  My studio is kept at a balmy 85 degrees to keep baby comfortable for the session as they will be nude for a majority of it.  So feel free to dress in layers or dress lightly. Be prepared to spend about 3 hours at my studio.  I am a perfectionist and it takes me that long (even with a sleepy, sleepy baby) to achieve unique poses for your gallery.

For clients that prefer in home sessions, I do offer Lifestyle Sessions.  These sessions are NOT posed but rather a documentation of your day with your new baby.

a place to relax
I am more than happy to answer any questions that you may have, however a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.
How do I select a newborn photographer
Price is always at the forefront of any consumers mind, but you have to remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Going with the least expensive photographer is not a good way to determine who will take your baby’s portraits. Most often the least expensive photographer is also the least experienced photographer. You have to remember; this photographer will be handling, posing, and soothing your baby. It’s not just about taking the pictures, it’s making sure you are working with someone who a) knows how to appropriately handle newborns in general, b) considers the safety of your baby first and c) will provide you with a beautiful final product.  Again, I exclusively photograph maternity/newborns so I have been able to focus my training and can provide you the highest quality images.
What should I look for in a newborn photographer?
If I were selecting a newborn photographer I would look at a few things 1.  The baby should look comfortable, relaxed, and peaceful in the portraits.  Are the baby’s fingers relaxed or are they tensed up into tight fists?  Does it look like the photographer took time to perfect the pose or does it look like the baby was “tossed” on the blanket.  Can you see the baby’s face or are his/her hands in the way  2.  The baby should be the focus of the portraits. When you look through the pictures, ask yourself “What is the first thing I notice?”  Are you marveling at how precious the baby is, or finding yourself distracted amidst scenes of fake flowers, huge headbands, tutus, stuffed animals etc.?  3.  The photographer should have a LOT of newborns on their site.  The more experienced photographers will consistently show new work.  4.  Evaluate the variety of poses.  Some photographers will learn how to do one pose and then do that same pose over and over again. Look at the galleries and see if the photographer is delivering a variety of poses and not just the different angles of the same pose.  Not all babies behave the same way and a great photographer will be able to read your baby and get a very full gallery for you.
Can my other children be included in the session?

Absolutely!  Having a baby is an important event for a family and big sisters and brothers need to be a part of this special time.  I normally suggest that you have an extra adult come with you so that we can capture the sibling and family images first and then the older kids can go home and relax.  That way, we can keep the studio calm and quiet for your newborn’s pictures.

Why do you photograph newborns before two weeks of age?
Babies older than two weeks of age are alert longer and do not fall into that deep, deep sleep.  Babies less than 2 weeks old can be moved while sleeping so that we can capture them in a variety of poses.  Colic may become evident as well as baby acne after the 2 week mark.
Can any photographer take newborn photos?
Maybe. Maybe not.  Newborn photography is its own special breed of photography. And it’s not for every photographer. I’ve done every other kind of portraits – kids, families, seniors etc – and I can say that, in comparison, newborn photography requires a completely different learning curve and skill set than the other types of photography. The most important thing you can do as a consumer is to look specifically at their newborn portfolio.  Just because someone is an awesome photographer, doesn’t mean they are an awesome “newborn photographer”.
What training do you have?
I completed a comprehensive photography course through the New York Institute of Photography to attain the “technical” knowledge in photography.  I have also trained under two excellent newborn photographers one in New York and one in Oklahoma.  One of the most important things to consider when selecting a newborn photographer is their training.  With my training I have learned how to safely pose your newborn and how to “fake it” via the wonders of photoshop.  Whether you select me or another photographer please make sure they have the technical skills necessary to safely photograph your baby.   I will never put your newborn in an unsafe pose/prop.


I would love to hear from you!   If you are interested in a session and/or have any questions, please do get in touch by filling in the contact form.  If you would prefer to chat, my number is  412 519 4830


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