Archive for the ‘Senior portraits’ Category


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Laura is a sweet and funny girl I met at church. She often leads worship and this past summer she spent some time doing mission work in Nicaragua. You can read about her amazing adventures here: Passport Nicaragua. When she left Nicaragua, she left several things behind (on purpose), including her guitar! That’s just the kind of person she is. When I saw she received a new Martin guitar as a gift, I asked her if she would let me photograph her. We finally had time to have a little shoot earlier this week. Laura is always laughing and smiling and usually surrounded by kids. They are just drawn to her. I hope I managed to capture just a little bit of who she is in these pictures.















Pittsburgh Senior Portrait Photographer

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Wow! I survived September. This past month was definitely the busiest and craziest month ever for my photography business. Sooooo many seniors! October is proving to be more manageable. I am still photographing seniors, but the weekends have switched to family portraits. I will be sharing some of those images soon. In the meantime, here are some recent seniors. I still have a few dates left on the calendar if you have not scheduled your senior portraits yet.  For those of you who just need a yearbook pictures, I do have some special rates for studio yearbook sessions. Please email me at for more details.


Alexis rocked her shoot! Sometimes it’s just really hard to settle on one image to showcase. I will definitely be sharing more of her images later.



I loved Rachael’s curly red hair and we she announced she brought her guitar I think I might have squealed with delight. I love when seniors bring instruments to their shoots.


Tessa and her mom were a blast. They had a ton of idea for the shoot and made sure to share them with me ahead of time so we could plan accordingly.  Tessa really wanted “the chair shot”, but finding a road with a yellow line that wasn’t like Grand Central Station was a bit of a challenge. Tessa finally remembered this lightly traveled road from her bus route. I love how this turned out. And please, be cautious when doing pictures on roads. Safety is ALWAYS the top priority for me.


Tyler is Tessa’s brother.  I love everything about this, his expression, the glasses, the rolled cuffs, the loosened tie. I really appreciate the fact that Tyler let his mom and me make him all GQ. He was just an all around great young man to work with.


What I didn’t mention is that Tessa and Tyler are twins!


Talia. Eyes. Amazing. Do I really need to say anything else about this?


Sara was such a sweetheart to work with and had great style.  This is a spot I usually cannot use in the afternoon because the light is coming from the wrong direction. But we ended up with an extremely overcast day which worked in our favor. I love how this turned out.




Senior Portrait Photographer in Pittsburgh, September Update.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Just a quick update with some recent senior portrait shoots. Senior season is in HIGH GEAR and I am out shooting sessions almost every day. September is full, but I do have some openings left in October.


First up Shelby. I photographed Shelby’s sister Kady 2 years ago when Shelby was a little tenth grader following us around. So great to get to know Shelby and see what a beautiful young lady she has become. LOVE, love, love the sun here. I will call 2013 the year I finally mastered sun flare. 



Yes, I do photograph boys! Will the the younger sibling of previous senior portrait seniors Luke and Lainy. He wanted something “different” so we did a twilight shoot in Pittsburgh.




Angela! Wow her eyes were amazing and this girl knew how to pose. Loved her hair, her clothing. Loved everything about her shoot!





Hannah wanted studio, urban, and natural settings. I love sessions with tons of variety. She texted me pictures of her clothing selections ahead of time, and I knew the vintage suitcases would work great with her chevron dress. I am planning on purchasing this image as a HUGE canvas and hanging it in the studio.






Brittany is majorly talented. We photographed her with two different instruments, and her in ballet clothes. Love these dreamy, amazing, Disney-esque shots.



So I don’t really ride (well a little), but I am a huge horse lover. I have dying to photograph a senior with a horse. This image is pure serendipity for me. Beautiful girl. Perfect dress. Gorgeous horse. And amazing light. It makes my heart happy.



Another boy! Had to get up early for this one but I loved working with Ryan and visiting with his mom who I met last year when I photographed her older son, Cole.


Ok, I will sneak in a couple of non-seniors. Kelsey was one of my seniors 4 years ago and we got together over the summer to photograph her before law school. You can plan on seeing this one enlarged and in my senior as well.


And finally, Megan, my beautiful niece came to visit me for the entire month of July before she moved to Florida.  Of course, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have her model for me.


Pittsburgh Photographer: Mallory, Class of 2014

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Mallory and her mom drove some distance to my studio in Butler for her senior portrait session, only to have an unexpected thunderstorm put a damper on things. After spending an hour or so shooting in the studio, we were fortunate to see the sunshine once again and moved the shoot outdoors. I always encourage my seniors to do a combination of urban and natural settings for their portraits. I love shooting in fields, but Pennsylvania tends to be really, really green in the spring and the summer. Urban settings offer such a great variety in color and texture, which really balances all of of that green.


This is the outfit she showed up in. She was NOT planning on using it for her shoot, but I thought the shorts were super cute !


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Ever since my shoot with Julia, I’ve been getting requests for this shot.

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My favorite shot of the evening.

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Pittsburgh Photographer: Kelsey, Model Session

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Kelsey was one of my senior portrait clients 4 years ago. I first met her several years ago during a local theater production of Annie (she was Annie!). Her mom is also my son’s dentist so I see her parents at least twice per year. They are a wonderful family and some of the nicest people I know. A few weeks ago, I asked Kelsey if she would like to come model some dresses for me before she heads of to  law school. I haven’t even had a chance to look at most of the images yet, but here are a few that jumped out at me.


At the studio with my garage sale vanity I found this past spring. I am always on the look out for vintage or interesting pieces I can use for portrait sessions.


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Senior Portraits in Pittsburgh: Hadly, 2014

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

A few weeks ago a I shot a photo session with Hadly in Pittsburgh. Ever since my senior portrait session with Paige last year, I have been getting a lot of requests for “the bridge shot”. Please note, I only photograph people on the bridge when it is CLOSED. A lot of people have asked me how I managed to stop the traffic. Please use good sense when taking pictures!


Hadly was a lovely person, inside and out, and she had the most amazing blue eyes. It rained the entire drive to the session and I was worried we were going to have to reschedule. But the skies cleared, and while we didn’t have any sun, I was actually in love with the overcast day. As much as I love the backlighting and fun shadow play you can get on sunny days, colors tend to be more deep and vivid on overcast days.


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See what I mean about her eyes?? Wow.

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One of my favorite images.

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Love the light!

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This one has an almost Grecian feel.

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Check out a slideshow of my entire senior portrait session with Hadly!

Pittsburgh Photographer: Senior Portrait Slideshow

Friday, July 5th, 2013

I had such a fun time exploring a few Pittsburgh neighborhoods with Rupali and her Mom!


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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

My shoot with Alyssa!

Pittsburgh Photographer: Recent Senior Portraits

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

It’s getting to that time of year again where I am so busy shooting I don’t have time to blog! Here are a few favorites from my recent senior portrait sessions. Hopefully, I can post more images later. Don’t forget to check out my facebook page for the most recent updates.


Brynn plans to study theater after she finishes high school. She was very expressive and was so much fun to work with!





Heather is adorable. She is also super smart. She plans to study genetics. I love learning about my seniors’ plans for the future.




Kennedy is a dancer and photographer. I’ve noticed a lot of seniors who have plans to work in the photography field book with me. I take that as a compliment! She has already shot her first wedding and plans to pursue a business degree in college, so she can run a photography business better. This is very smart thinking and a route I highly recommend.



Don’t be fooled by this serious shot of Allison. She was almost all smiles during our shoot. Allison was referred to me by one of my 2013 seniors. I hope I get a chance to post more pictures from her shoot so you can see her gorgeous red hair!




And finally Kristie, who was one of my seniors from a few years ago. She came over to the studio for a test shoot and it was wonderful to see her again. Kristie is going to be studying hair and makeup this fall and I hope she and I will be able to work together on some projects at the studio.




Pittsburgh Photographer: Julia in Studio

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Julia is one of my wonderful seniors from a few years ago. She came to visit me as the new studio space and we shot a few images to demonstrate some of the features of studio. Many of the seniors I work with are hesitant to have part of their shoot in the studio. They worry that studio shoots= old school or boring. But take time to look through any top fashion magazine and you will see many, many images shot in studios. I am fortunate that my studio has both a large natural light shooting area with interesting architecture, as well as an area I can use for studio lighting. Studio can be modern, fun, and fresh! I encourage all of my seniors to shoot at least part of their session at the studio. And if you happen to need a traditional picture for the yearbook or to give to your grandparents, we can accomplish that as well.







My sweet husband found this vintage couch and had it repaired for me.


The studio ceilings are very high and perfect for dance portraits.



Julia is so graceful. I love this image of her in the window.