Cute as a Button

Look at this little button – isn’t she the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  Little Mila is wearing one of my favorite knit hat newborn props – or what I like to call my sleepytime cap.  Babies look so snug and adorable when they wear this hat for their newborn photos.  Combined with a swaddle wrap and my “magic basket” lined with fur, which no baby can resist, she was snoozing quite peacefully, snug as a bug in a rug.


Mila was awake for a part of her newborn photography session, and wow, did she have amazing eye contact with her mommy and daddy.  She couldn’t take her eyes off of them–and as you can guess, the feeling was mutual. :)Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-04Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-03Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-05Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-06

I love her cute little smile in this photo of Mom and baby.Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-07Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-08Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-09

Sweet dreams, little button.

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Little Sugar Plum

This little sweetie was due on Christmas day, but actually arrived the day after New Years day!  What a lovely gift she is, outshining any presents one could receive for the holidays.


I love it when babies sleep during a newborn photography session, because we can do so many cute poses.  But I also love it when an infant opens her eyes for part of the photo session, too.newborn-photography-pittsburgh-02

Newborn and sibling photos are a lot of work, but so worth it when you get an image like this.newborn-photography-pittsburgh-03


Look.  At that hair.  LOVE!newborn-photography-pittsburgh-07newborn-photography-pittsburgh-09newborn-photography-pittsburgh-10

Sweet dreams, little Brooklyn!


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Mama’s Milk Portraits

The way your baby looks into your eyes as you give her nourishment. The little hand reaching up to touch your face; your hand and baby’s hand lightly playing in a way that can only be described as something akin to dancing. The soft and quiet sound of baby’s breathing as he or she falls asleep with a full tummy. If you’ve ever wanted to capture these moments with your baby and hold them in your heart forever, the Mama’s Milk session is for you.

The Mama’s Milk breastfeeding photo session is a collaboration between Red Lotus and the always fabulous Maternity Girl. The last event we had was a smashing success, and the mamas who participated left feeling peaceful, validated, supported, and empowered.

Coming May 4, 2015 – Only 5 spots available!

Elena and I are proud to offer this special experience for mamas who want to honor this precious time with their babies.  That’s why on May 4th, Maternity Girl and Red Lotus Photography will be hosting another breastfeeding mini session event at my studio.

Each mama will have a half hour of styling and consultation with Elena, followed by a half hour photo session with me.  Elena will have a lovely trunk show set up with a selection of  stylish nursing apparel to browse; you’ll have the opportunity to wear these items for your photo session, too.

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Remember, that’s May 4th at my new studio in Bridgeville. We have a limited number of spaces available, so if this is something that you want to do, please contact me right away! (Please pass this along to any mamas who may be interested, too.)

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Sweet Dreams

Baby Joseph must have had some sweet dreams during his newborn photos, because he slept through most of the session and smiled in his sleep more than once!  I like to think it’s because he knows how wonderful, funny, and sweet his parents are, and how very much he is loved.


Don’t you just love this little wrap that Elizabeth and Josh brought for their photo shoot?  What a cute gift they received.Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-06

I love Elizabeth’s expression; such joy and love.Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-07

What a beautiful generations photo.  I love it when grandparents are a part of the newborn photos.Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-08Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-09

Cuteness alert–squishy baby wrinkles!Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-10Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-11Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-12Pittsburgh-baby-photographer-13

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Josh!!!  (((Hugs)))  Sandy

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Drink the Wild Air

I haven’t posted a family photo session in a while!  Here is a lovely family that I have been photographing since their first maternity session.  It has been such a pleasure to come back every year and watch their family grow.


Such fun personalities in this family.


This little girl cracks me

I think letting kids have fun and explore is an important part of any family photography

You can see that there is still some snow on the ground; these photos were taken in February.  When Tanya said that she wanted to do a winter photo session, I was totally on board with that plan.  I love the colors that Tanya chose for her family to

These two are so sweet

We decided to do a shot of the whole family walking and holding hands like this every year.  How cool to compare them every year and see how the kids have grown.  I love the bluish-purplish color to the trees in the background and the soft tones of all the grass and brush.  This image reminded me of one of my favorite

Tanya and Josh, thank you so much for letting me capture your family memories every year–I look forward to our annual tradition!!  (((Big Hugs))) Sandy

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Love Grows Here

Growing belly, growing family…growing love.  It’s such a beautiful thing to see a family’s happiness and anticipation when they are expecting a baby.  Today’s post features the lucky winners of my maternity session giveaway that was held in January, styled by the amazing Elena at Maternity Girl!


A gorgeous dress like this makes you want to have a formal event to go to, just so you can show off your baby bump in style!maternity-photography-pittsburgh-02

I love it when I can capture a couple in the middle of a spontaneous laugh.  These two are so cute together!maternity-photography-pittsburgh-03maternity-photography-pittsburgh-04maternity-photography-pittsburgh-05

Another gorgeous maternity dress provided by Maternity Girl.  The blush color looks so pretty on Jen.maternity-photography-pittsburgh-06maternity-photography-pittsburgh-07maternity-photography-pittsburgh-08

I love seeing the natural curiosity that children have about mommy’s pregnant belly and how they point at where baby is.maternity-photography-pittsburgh-09


Thank you, Jen, Joe, and Aiden, for being my awesome models!  And a super big thank you to Elena for everything she did to make this session fabulous!!!

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Of Good Things to Come

Cuddles and laughter…a warm hand on a round belly…a little ear listening for a heartbeat.  These are the joyful moments in anticipation of good things to come.  What a lovely family, whose moments I had the privilege of sharing when I photographed their maternity session.


I love the way little Atticus is standing on daddy’s shoe to reach mommy’s belly.maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-02maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-03

I also love how, even with the soft hues of everyone’s clothing, there is still a spot of bright color with Atticus’ shoes and race car bandaid–so very boyish!maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-04maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-05

One of my favorites from the session.  There is nothing sweeter than the feel of little hands on your face as your little one gives you kisses.maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-06maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-07maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-08maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-09maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-10maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-11maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-12maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-13

Atticus’ expression is just too adorable here!maternity-photographer-Pittsburgh-14

Larissa and Ryan, thank you so much for letting me be a small part of this amazing time in your lives!

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Cream and Sugar

My beautiful friend Sam and her sweet husband Ben came to my Pittsburgh photography studio for a second set of maternity photos; this time we did some photos with a soft and dreamy bedroom feel, almost like a boudoir session.  I love the cream and sugar tones of these images.  I think neutral colors, soft lines, and textured materials are perfect when choosing what to wear for maternity photos.


maternity-boudoir-photography-02Maternity boudoir is becoming more and more popular these days; it’s not necessarily about wearing sexy clothing, but more about a celebration of motherhood in a way that makes pregnant mamas feel beautiful and sensual.


When Sam saw her photos, she sent me this touching message: “I was extremely nervous about some of the more revealing pictures, but I don’t feel self conscious or embarrassed to show skin at all. Dare I say, I thought you made me look beautiful!!?!? I actually teared up looking at these because I can’t say I’ve ever looked at pictures of myself and felt that way. Some of these just personify the love we already feel for this baby and It’s a gift that you captured that.”

Aww, shucks.  That makes me so happy to hear that!

maternity-boudoir-photography-03Sam brought her ultrasound photo, which I thought was a sweet addition to her belly photos.  I couldn’t decide which I liked more, the one with just Sam, or the one with Sam and Ben, so I decided to show you both.  Which do you like better?

maternity-boudoir-photography-05maternity-boudoir-photography-06We also did some photos with a bandeau bra and a black fabric wrap for a simple yet elegant look.  I keep a few bandeaus and wraps at the studio in black and cream colors in my stash so that I can offer this option to all my mamas that come to the studio.


I think that there is nothing manlier than a father who cherishes his wife and child.  I just love his expression as he hugs his future son.


Sam and Ben, thank you for allowing me to capture these intimate moments for you–I feel blessed to know such kind and loving people!  (((Big hugs))) Sandy

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Deanna wysocki - These pictures are absolutely stunning!

Sandy - Thanks, Dee! :)

Twice as Nice

I still have a bunch of beautiful maternity photo sessions to share with you, dear Reader, so I’m going to keep on going with the blog posts!  I may start calling it Maternity Month…

Today’s post features a lovely couple expecting twins.  You may recognize them already, because I blogged out of chronological order and posted their newborn session a while ago!  :)

We decided to explore Mellon park for Michelle and Ryan’s pregnancy photos; there are all kinds of great spots there, but my favorite are the wrought iron gates.



Thank you for letting me capture this special time for you, Michelle and Ryan!!  (((Hugs))) Sandy

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Maternity Week: Day 7 | Winter Dream

I just couldn’t wait to share these maternity photos with you, dear Reader!  Sam is a dear friend of mine that I’ve known for years, and I’ve literally watched her grow up before my eyes!  Now she’s a beautiful mama-to-be, and I can hardly believe it.

Sam had planned on a studio maternity session, but we both had expressed our hope that maybe we’d get some snow and be able to do a winter maternity photo shoot.  Then, just yesterday, I was editing photos and happened to look out the window–it was snowing!  Big, beautiful flakes falling from the sky and covering the ground in white!  I immediately texted Sam, barely able to contain my excitement.  Somehow, we were both free on the same day, and we were able to get everything together in an hour!   Yesterday was one of those rare days when it was cold enough to snow and actually lay, but then it got warm enough that we didn’t feel cold at all.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.



Isn’t she beautiful?  I think she looks like a queen of the woodland.winter-maternity-photos-Pittsburgh-06winter-maternity-photos-Pittsburgh-07winter-maternity-photos-Pittsburgh-08winter-maternity-photos-Pittsburgh-09


Thank you, Sam and Ben, for letting me capture this special time for you!!!  (((Hugs))) Sandy



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