Fall Mini Sessions

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, dear Reader, you may have missed out on my announcement last week about Fall mini sessions.  I have a few spots left, so there’s still a chance to snag on for yourself!


The October 18th  and 24th minis will be held at the outdoor area by Phipps Conservatory and Schenley Park, and the November 15th sessions will be held at my new studio in Bridgeville.

$450 includes a 30-minute photography session, 10 retouched images on USB with reprint rights in both color and BW, and an online gallery, with the option to purchase additional files for $50 per file.

Some important details:

  • Payment in full is required prior to the session date; I will send you an invoice via Square to pay by credit card.
  • Please be on time for your session; I won’t be able to extend your session if someone is scheduled after you
  • Unless it is actively raining, the outdoor mini sessions will take place as scheduled.  I will contact you if we need to reschedule to the rain date.

Contact me today to book your session!

And if you haven’t already, you can sign up for my newsletter at the “Be In the Know” tab located at the upper left corner of this blog. :)

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Their love for each other and their baby outshines the sun.


Nia and Jason are such a cute couple.  I loved how playful they were, always smiling and laughing with each other during their maternity photo session.maternity-photographer-03

What to wear for a maternity session?  I love the maternity dress that Nia wore; I think maxi dresses are a pretty and elegant way to show off that baby bump.maternity-photographer-05

Nia, you are luminous.maternity-photographer-06maternity-photographer-07maternity-photographer-08maternity-photographer-09maternity-photographer-10maternity-photographer-11maternity-photographer-12maternity-photographer-13maternity-photographer-14Looking forward to meeting your little one, Nia and Jason!!

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Bundle of Love

Sweet little Isabel, adored by everyone who meets her – even the family pet!  I love when the whole family, including the dog, are involved in a newborn photography session.


I’m always amazed at how pets often seem to instinctively understand what is going on when a baby comes into the family.newborn-baby-photographer-02

This particular pup was especially loving towards the baby.  So sweet!newborn-baby-photographer-03

Safety is always first of course when it comes to newborn photos with pets; sometimes dogs may not realize their own size, or may try to stand up suddenly if they don’t understand what they are supposed to do.  If the parents are ever unsure of whether or not their dog will be able to stay put, I like to put baby in a basket for added safety, and both parents stand on either side within arms reach.newborn-baby-photographer-04

This is my favorite kind of mother and baby picture.newborn-baby-photographer-05

I remember my husband and I looking at each other this very same way when our daughter was born; it was hard to believe that we created such a beautiful little being.newborn-baby-photographer-06newborn-baby-photographer-07newborn-baby-photographer-08

I think it is fascinating how babies mimic facial expressions.  You can see Isabel making the same expression as her mama in this picture.newborn-baby-photographer-09

I also amazed at how newborns, only days old, already know who their mama and daddy are.newborn-baby-photographer-10

One of the things I love about this photo is that the nightgown little Isabel is wearing was actually worn by her mama when she was a baby.  How sweet of grandma to save that piece of clothing for her.newborn-baby-photographer-11

Look at that little smile!newborn-baby-photographer-12

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Happiness on the Way

Gosh I just love being a maternity and newborn photographer.  For a moment I get to share along in the joy and anticipation of a new life with expectant parents, and it is so sweet.  Pregnancy photos commemorate a very special time in a couple’s lives, and I am proud to be a part of that.

Could this couple be any cuter???


Tina and Eric, congratulations on your baby-to be!!!  (((Hugs))) Sandy

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Teddy Bear

Meet little Theodore, who is so cute and cuddly that I’m sure he’s already earned the nickname Teddy Bear.  We had to take at least one photo with a teddy bear hat, of course, which I just so happened to have in my studio.  I keep a variety of hats, headbands and other newborn photography props at the studio, and this hat is definitely a popular one for baby boys.


I think this one may be my favorite from the session.infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-02infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-03

I love the way mama and baby are looking at each other in this one.infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-04infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-05infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-06infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-07infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-08infant-photographer-Pittsburgh-09

Congratulations Sarah and Mike on the arrival of your little Teddy!

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Baby of Mine

From your head down to your toes, You’re not much, goodness knows.
But you’re so precious to me, Sweet as can be, Baby of mine.


Is there anything more beautiful than a mother and her baby? For these mother and child photos, I wrapped Ashlee in one of the fabric wraps that I keep in the studio. If you’re preparing outfits for your newborn photo session and are wondering what to wear, one of the things I like to mention to parents is that when baby is naked, it makes more sense for parents wear something that shows more skin. This serves two purposes; first, it takes away all distractions and allows the focus to remain on the faces of the parent and child. And second, it looks more natural; if baby was naked and the parent was all covered up in regular clothing, it might look out of place. The rule of thumb is, if baby is naked, parent should at least show arm skin, and preferably show shoulder skin. Otherwise, I usually put baby in a wrap that coordinated with the parents’ clothing.Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-03

You can see the joy in mama’s face as she holds her infant son.  So sweet!Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-04Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-05

Can you ever really get enough of adorable baby toes?Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-06Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-07Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-08Pittsburgh-newborn-photographer-09

If you are expecting and are looking for a Pittsburgh baby or maternity photographer, please contact Red Lotus Photography or visit the investment page here. Newborn photos are usually scheduled to take place within the first 10 days of birth, so please plan ahead and call Sandy before baby is born! Red Lotus Photography specializes in baby photography, newborn photography, maternity photography and children’s photography in Pittsburgh, Fayette, McMurray, Canonsburg, Bridgeville, Peters, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Shadyside, Wexford, Sewickley, and other areas surrounding Pittsburgh. Sandy offers children and newborn photography in her Pittsburgh photography studio . For more information, please contact Sandy today.

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