Sewickley Photographers Near Me – Sewickley, PA 15143 Photography

This page sponsored by Red Lotus’ Sewickley, Pennsylvania Photography team.

On this page, we will not only discuss our award winning photography sessions, we will additionally point out the great things that Sewickley, PA has to offer.  Some of the most often searched locations in Sewickley, PA 15143 include the following:

  1. Sewickley Valley YMCA

    625 Blackburn Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-9622
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  2. Sewickley Academy

    315 Academy Ave, Sewickley, PA 15143
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  3. Top 3 Restaurants In Sewickley:

    Vivo Kitchen
    432 Beaver St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 259-8945
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    GoodFellas DraftHouse
    1518 Mt Nebo Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-6078
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    Cafe Des Amis
    443 Division St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-2388
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  4. Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital

    701 Broad St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (877) 771-4847
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  5. Sewickley BMW

    526 Ohio River Blvd Suite B, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-6400
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  6. Sewickley Audi Car Store

    526 Ohio River Blvd, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-6400
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  7. Sewickley Porsche

    526 Ohio River Blvd Suite P, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-6400
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  8. Sewickley Public Library

    500 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-6920
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  9. Sewickley Valley Pediatrics

    701 Broad St # 4, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-8700
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  10. Here are the 6 Top Spas In Sewickley:

    The Sewickley Spa
    337 Beaver St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-4240
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    Sean’s Signature Salon & Spa
    431 Beaver St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 749-6144
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    Casa Dolce Spa
    511 Beaver St, Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-1115
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    VSI Salons LLC
    441 Broad Street, Sewickley PA 15143
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    Tranquility WellSPA
    2605 Nicholson Road (Herbert Campus, building 3000) Suite 3130, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143
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    Esthetics – Skin Revision • Salon • Spa
    441 Division Street, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143
    (412) 741-0446
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What county is Sewickley PA in?

Sewickley is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 12 miles (19 km) west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River.

Where is Sewickley PA?

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When is Sewickley light up night?

November 30 – Sewickley Light Up Night is Friday, November 30 and features a fantastic fireworks show, music, free horse drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, an ice carving competition and lots of food vendors.

Where is New Sewickley Township?

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Is Sewickley a nice place to live?

Sewickley is in Allegheny County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Sewickley offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Sewickley and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Sewickley are highly rated.

How far is Sewickley PA from Pittsburgh PA?

11.92 miles. Distance from Sewickley, PA to Pittsburgh, PA. There are 11.92 miles from Sewickley to Pittsburgh in southeast direction and 13 miles (20.92 kilometers) by car, following the PA 65 route.

What is Sewickley PA zip code?


How much does it cost to go to Sewickley Academy?

$17,125 Pre-Kindergarten $18,625 Kindergarten $23,225 1st-5th $27,035 6th-8th $28,850 9th-12th

When was Sewickley founded?

On July 6, 1853, the Borough of Sewickley was incorporated.

How many beds does Heritage Valley Sewickley have?


Is Heritage Valley part of UPMC?

Heritage Valley Medical Group ConvenientCare Welcomes UPMC for You Patients. Heritage Valley ConvenientCare is pleased to announce that UPMC for You, the Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program of UPMC Health Plan, is now accepted at all six ConvenientCare walk-in clinic locations.

How many beds does Heritage Valley Beaver have?


Is Heritage Valley part of Allegheny Health Network?

West Allegheny Healthcare is a family practice group founded in Imperial, Pennsylvania in 1987. It is part of the Heritage Valley Health System. Our affiliation with the Heritage Valley Health System also allows us to access the services offered throughout the Heritage Valley system.



If you are pregnant and are looking for a Pittsburgh baby or maternity photographer in or near zip code 15143, please contact Red Lotus’ Professional Baby Picture Studio. Red Lotus Photography specializes in professional baby photos in the Pittsburgh PA Metro area including: Carnot-Moon, Robinson Township, Kennedy Township, Coraopolis, Imperial-Enlow, Sewickley, and Stowe Township along with other areas surrounding Allegheny County. In conclusion, we offer maternity and newborn photography in our Pittsburgh photography studio. Please contact us today to reserve your professional baby pictures session!

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Pumpkin Patch | Pumpkin Patches Near Me | Nearest Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch? Red Lotus’ Pumpkin Patch Photography is proud to present a list of the 8 closest Pumpkin Patches Near Me in 2020. COVID-19/Coronavirus has made it a challenge in locating the Nearest Pumpkin Patch that is open this year.


Pumpkin Patch 2020



Do you have a suggestion to add to our pumpkin patch list? Interested in one of our Pumpkin Patch mini-sessions? Please contact us here:

Without further adieu, these are the pumpkin patches that we know are operating under the 2020 COVID constraints:

1. Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse

Address: 1714 Lincoln Hwy, Clinton, PA 15026
Phone: (724) 899-3438

Pumpkinland Weekends
Sept 26th, 27th & Every Weekend in October
Gates Open 10-5
ADMISSION | $7 per person

Bring the whole family and celebrate the fall season with our annual Pumpkinland located behind the Farm Market. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins are sold seperately for $.50/lb), face painting, the haunted boo barn, corn maze, straw jump, pony rides (children only), petting zoo & much more! Feel free to pack a lunch or visit the food vendors we have available.

2. Triple B Farms

Address: 823 Berry Ln, Monongahela, PA 15063
Phone: (724) 258-3557

A. Fall Fun Operating Dates: September 19th through November 1st. (estimated dates)

Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-5pm Activities close at 5pm. (Start date: Sept 19.)
Tuesday through Friday: 11am-4pm Activities close at 4pm. (Estimated Start date: Sept 22)
Monday: Market Open Only. 10am-5pm Activities closed.

B. PURCHASE Fall Fun Wristbands online.

There are a limited number of slots designated each day. Two weeks of dating will be released at a time, so there is less confusion. Please select your dates carefully. Events are RAIN OR SHINE.

We will NOT be selling tickets as Walk-Ins. All wristbands will be purchased online. Wristbands Sales Begin: Sept 4.

Wristbands: $10/person – Includes Hayrides, Animal Barn & Education Acres, 2 Corn mazes, Observation Beehive, Pumpkinland, & Jumping Pillows. All activities are designed for Adults & Children to enjoy together outdoors!

3. Kerber’s Dairy

Address: 1856 Guffey Rd, Irwin, PA 15642
Phone: (724) 863-6930

October 2020- TBA
Best times and days book fast so call today!

“Please note: Weather conditions may cause delays or cancellations. Our number one goal is to provide a safe experience for our guests. Please call our store for updates. Thank you!”

GENERAL HAYRIDES (Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm)
Hayrides are available to the general public without reservation
(Last wagon loads at 3:30)

4. Port Farms

Address: 2055 Stone Quarry Rd, Waterford, PA 16441
Phone: (814) 796-4500

September 19 – November 1, 2020
Monday & Tuesday – CLOSED

Wednesday, 11AM – 7PM
Thursday – Friday, 11AM – 7PM
Saturday & Sunday, 10AM – 7PM

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms beginning in mid beautiful sunny September through the end of October. With a variety of activities, we are sure to please guests of all ages from those who are young to young at heart. Groups, Families and Friends enjoy the autumn air and ever changing glorious fall colors while visiting our sprawling farm in a beautiful country setting in Erie County, Pennsylvania among thrilling activities, shopping and dining experiences all while visiting an actual working farm. With over 37 activities and attractions here at Port Farms, our guests create long lasting memories worth repeating.

5. Renshaw Family Farms

Address: 318 Ford City Rd, Freeport, PA 16229
Phone: (724) 294-0061

2020 Pumpkin Fest Schedule: Time 11am – 6pm

October 2,3,4
October 9,10,11
October 16,17,18
October 23,24,25
October 30,31

Admission: $7:00 Per Person
(Children 3 and Under FREE)

Renshaw Farms is excited to hold its annual Pumpkin Festival in Freeport, Pa. We are happy to be a member of the Spookley the Square Pumpkin Program and to help raise awareness about Bullying. This program is based off the Spookely the Square Pumpkin Book and Spookley is the spokes person for this program.

6. Trax Farms Market

Address: 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville, PA 15332
Phone: (412) 835-3246

Trax Farms Harvest Days

Nothing could ever replace Trax Farms Annual Fall Festival, but due to the current circumstances this year we will be offering Harvest Days!

Every Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday – September 21st – October 30th
Reservations Required
Every Saturday/ Sunday – September 19th – November 1st
Reservations Required

Buy Tickets Times:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hayrides departing between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Last Hayride Departs at 4:00 pm

Saturday / Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Last Hayride Departs at 5:00 pm

7. Simmons Farm

Address: 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 941-1490

Hayrides and Fall Activities
Will open September 19, 2020

Fall Activities with Hayride (all included in price)

Also available walking to field this year (due to covid). Wristband is good for either as well as activities listed below.

A few changes this season due to Covid:
We will be trying to keep your experience at our farm similar to past seasons. We will have some changes and different options due to government requirements. Read below for changes this season. We will be adding hand sanitizing stations, limiting hayride capacity, and daily sanitizing of surfaces. This season we will also be adding walking on our ‘Harvest Trail’ to the pumpkin/activities area to ensure another option for social distancing. We will still be offering the hayrides to the pumpkin/activities area, but will limit the wagon to 2/3 capacity. Due to government regulations masks will be required on the hayride, market area, and anywhere social distancing can’t be maintained. When you arrive at the farm please follow signs and instructions so that you can be parked in the area for Hayrides, Walking, Apple Picking or Flower Picking. A wristband needs to be purchased for the hayride or to walk the ‘Harvest Trail’. We ask for your help this season to keep our customers and our employees safe.

8. Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm & Corn Maze

Address: 5970 Koman Rd, Edinboro, PA 16412
Phone: (814) 734-2833

Grab a wagon and pick your own Pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch. You can choose from 2-acres of pumpkins to pick.
Pick Your Own Pumpkin! Open during daylight Gift Shop hours. There’s no lights in the field.

What does pumpkin patch mean?

Pumpkin patch may refer to: A garden where pumpkins are planted, commonly available for sale.

What is there to do at a pumpkin patch?

Often the following is included: Antique, Wee Zips, Swings and More Swings, Tire Climbing Pile, Super Sandbox, slack lines and rope tunnels, human foosball and the corn maze. Sometimes the following will be present: Special O Trebuchet, Pumpkin Cannon.

How many acres do you need for a pumpkin patch?

Although there are a few growers with a few hundred acres, “most of them raise from 2 to 40 acres.”

Is the pumpkin patch free?

Sometimes entrance into the Pumpkin Patch is free, please consult the pumpkin farms above directly for full pricing information. Prices for activities vary; activity tickets may be purchased online for some farms, in-person at others.

What is pumpkin patching?

Pumpkin patch may refer to: A garden where pumpkins are planted, commonly available for sale. Pumpkin Patch (retailer), a store in New Zealand selling children’s clothes. “Pumpkin Patch” (Scream Queens), the fifth episode of the American television series Scream Queens.

Are pumpkin patches free?

Most are open daily through Halloween (please visit the above websites for more specific schedules). The pumpkin patch is sometimes free to enter; often it offers fun for the entire family. Activities may include the following: picking your own pumpkins, tractor races, a bounce house, taking a tractor ride around the park, entering a haunted house, and enjoy delicious food.

Do pumpkin patches make money?

If you put a little work into it and manage your crop properly with respect to disease, insect and irrigation control, it can provide as much or more profit than row crops.

How much is a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch?

Often pumpkins are sold by size. Please consult the links above for more specific pricing information.

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Engaged Photoshoot | Engagement Photos | Photo Engagement

Engaged photoshoot? Red Lotus’ Engaged Photoshoot session is able to capture your engagement photos like no other. Ideas for your outfits/dress and overall picture staging will be discussed.


Amanda & Andrew | Engaged

Slow but steady, dear reader–I am catching up on all my blogging.  Here are some pics from an awesome engagement/couple session with Amanda and Andrew taken late summer.   Ahh, summer…it seems ever so long ago….

These two love birds are so fun to be around; their quick sense of humor and playful banter just made me smile the whole time.  Amanda has a blog that I follow called Cusp of Normal; she is such a talented writer whose articles never fail to entertain.


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Love this shot of them high-fiving by Dippy the Dinosaur.

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Amanda is a master of thumb wrestling.  Don’t mess with her.

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Are these two not the cutest couple you have ever seen?

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What is it about colorful doorways that I love so much?  I don’t know, but when I find them it makes me just giddy.

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Stay tuned for the next blog post–Amanda and Andrew: The Wedding!

What to wear engagement photos?

1. Complement each other, but don’t match.
2. Wear clothes that make you feel like you.
3. Opt for classic rather than trendy looks.
4. Stick with two outfits.
5. Flatter your body type.
6. Choose pastels, cool colors, and neutral tones.
7. Tie everything together with a color scheme.
8. Incorporate at least one accessory.

Where to take engagement photos?

1. Downtown Pittsburgh & Mellon Square.
2. Convention Center & City Side River Walk.
3. Mellon Park.
4. North Shore & Clemente Bridge.
5. Point State Park and The Point.
6. The Rotunda at The Pennsylvanian.
7. CMU Columns & Cathedral of Learning.

When do you do engagement photos?

Engagement photos should be taken within 1-2 months of getting engaged before you get carried away with wedding planning. After you get engaged, you should hire a photographer right away to take your engagement photos so you don’t have to worry about them later on in the wedding journey. In some cases, you might even consider having a photographer capture the actual moment.

What are engagement photos?

Engagement photos are more than fun snapshots; they’re one of the first mile markers in your wedding planning journey. This fun, low-stress photo session is like a wedding-day dry run. You’ll learn to perfect all sorts of flattering poses while capturing save-the-date and wedding-website content in the process.

How long do engagement photos take?

Depending on travel time to your various locations, an engagement session is typically anywhere between 1-3 hours.

Who pays for engagement photos?

Traditionally, the Bride’s Family Pays for:
Services of a wedding consultant. The bridal attire and trousseau. Photography for the engagements, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception. Flowers for the church, reception and the bridesmaids.

How to take engagement photos yourself?

Invest in a tripod and remote – In addition to having a decent camera (DSLR or better), you’ll also want to make sure you have a tripod and a remote shutter release. The tripod will hold your camera in place, while the remote shutter release will allow you to take the photo discreetly by simply pressing a button.

Why take engagement photos?

Engagement photos are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the sense of joy and excitement before marrying the one you love. But perhaps more importantly, they’re an opportunity to get to know your photographer and to loosen up in front of the camera before the big day comes around.

How much are engagement pictures?

Most engagement shoots cost anything from $200-$500 on average for a package that includes one outfit and 1-2 locations. However, the average cost for engagement photos depends on where you live, project details, and your photographer’s popularity.

amanda - Believe it or not my favorite is #3 – it’s perfect. I want pictures like that of sean and I !

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Commitment Ceremony | Vows For Commitment Ceremony | Riverquest

Commitment Ceremony? Red Lotus’ Commitment Ceremony Photography vows for ideas to pull this Riverquest script off without a hitch. As a certificate is not needed for this affair, the invites begin to appear on the boat (invitations in hand). Seniors and couples of all religious denominations and from all walks of life love attending recommitment ceremonies as well. Sample some cake or go straight to the exchange of rings ceremony.


Molly & J | Riverquest Cruise

You may remember the fabulous Molly and J from their couple session that I posted a couple months ago; well, the evening before their wedding day, Molly and J treated their friends and family to a tour of Pittsburgh’s three rivers in RiverQuest’s Explorer vessel, a state-of-the art, eco-friendly hybrid electric bio-diesel boat used for education as well as events.  It was a lovely affair, with a spectacular view of the city that you just don’t see every day.

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The food, by The Enrico Biscotti Co., was a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

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Molly and J do more than talk the talk about being eco-conscious; they walk the walk and live it every day.


Image by Amy.

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These two are hilarious when they are goofing off.  If a healthy sense of humor is essential to a great marriage, they are set.

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Pittsburgh really is a beautiful city.

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Soon to come:  a selection of photos from Molly and J’s commitment ceremony, which took place at the barn at Fallingwater.  Family and friends, FYI: to see all of the photos from the cruise, visit Molly and J’s private online gallery here.

What is a commitment ceremony?

A commitment ceremony is a marriage ceremony in which two people commit their lives to each other, but it isn’t legally binding.

How to plan a commitment ceremony?

Start by thinking about what you want to do and what kind of ceremony you want to have. Exchanging vows and rings are a common part of a commitment ceremony, just like any other wedding, but what you say and do depends on your unique vision! Ask yourself these questions: Where do you want to get married?

Who can perform a commitment ceremony?

Since a commitment ceremony is not legally binding, anyone can marry you. It can be a close friend, a family member or a religious leader.

Is a commitment ceremony legally binding?

A commitment ceremony is very similar to a wedding ceremony. The only real difference between the two is that one is legally binding while the other is not. A commitment ceremony stands as a public affirmation of a couple’s commitment to one another, without it being recognized by the law.

How to perform a commitment ceremony?

A commitment ceremony is typically performed by a celebrant, and it includes the exchanging of vows and rings between the couple, and often readings, poems, and any desired rituals the couple wishes to include.

What happens in a marriage ceremony?

Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by a couple, presentation of a gift (offering, rings, symbolic item, flowers, money, dress), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or celebrant.

How do you show commitment without marriage?

Additionally, mark special occasions with sentimental gestures. Giving your partner a promise ring on a significant anniversary shows your love for and long-term commitment to them — without the pressure of marriage behind it. (Just make sure it’s very clear that you’re not proposing!)

What is a love ceremony?

A commitment ceremony can look just like a wedding, complete with church, wedding gown, and hundreds of guests — but no marriage license. Or, it can be the most alternative event imaginable: a ritual to bless your relationship, or just a big party to celebrate your love.

What do you say at a commitment ceremony?

The officiant welcomes guests to a celebration of the love and commitment between the couple. He or she will probably also say a few words about their relationship, or about marriage/commitment in general.

Amanda - Ahhh! So good to see these guys again – (although this is before the after, but now we’re after the after) you know what I mean.

The food shots are AWESOME and the city at night – DROOL :-D :-D

You rock, I can’t wait to see the wedding!

simone - wow! this is gorgeous ms. sandy!!


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Family Pictures | Photo Studios Near Me | Family Portraits

Family Pictures? Red Lotus’ Family Pictures Photography studio is located in Bridgeville and of all the Photo Studios Near Me consistently ranks at the top of customer reviews for Family Portraits.

Meet the JDC Family | Pittsburgh Photography

Meet Jessica and Derek, and their two adorable kids.  Are they not the cutest family in the universe?  I knew both Jess and Derek as co-workers  in the past, and I was thrilled when they asked me to take some pictures of their family.  They are such nice people, as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

I absolutely love doing family portraits, because for a couple of hours, I get to be a guest  in the lives of others, an insider to the special bonds that they share.  And because it’s FUN!

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Here the boys are having a blast climbing a “mountain” and the taking a giant leap down!

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Look at that big smile as daddy twirls her in the air.

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And those soulful eyes…how could you ever say no to those eyes?  Jessica has her work cut out for her. ;)

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I don’t know what it is that I like so much about this image.  Something about it evokes carefree childhood memories for me…

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Little Miss ‘O.’ stops to smell the sweet clover blossoms.

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Eeee!  A whole field of tall grass!  Was I in heaven?  You bet I was.

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A stolen moment while the kids were off playing.

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Jessica and Derek, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your family life for a little while.  I had so much fun!

What is a family picture?

Red Lotus’ Family Photography is all about capturing groups of people that have family ties. These gatherings range from the small group (such as parents and their children) to larger, inter-generational gathering in outdoor spaces. Newborn photography also falls under this umbrella. Families often want to show off their newest members.

What should you wear for family pictures?

Red Lotus’ Family Photo Outfit Ideas include some of the following:
1. Try planning your outfits in advance.
2. Choose coordinating colors when possible (not matching).
3. Consider your home decor (for wall art considerations).
4. Keep a location in mind.
5. Use the season to help select color schemes for your outfits.
6. Choose practical clothing items.
Finally, pick out some accessories to add texture to your photos.

What should you not wear for family pictures (continued)?

Red Lotus’ Family Pictures Photography likes to add the following ideas to wear:
7. Neutral, coordinating colors.
8. Patterns like plaids, stripes, and florals. You can even mix-and-match them, and don’t be afraid to layer them with solid colors and denims.
9. Fitted clothes. Tailored outfits will always look better than loose-fitting clothing.
10. Closed-toe shoes.
11. Jeans.
12. Sleeves.
13. Layers.

How much is a family portrait?

You can expect to pay $150 on up for a Red Lotus’ Family Portrait Session. The cost of photo prints or digital photos will be a separate charge, so ask upfront about our custom packages.

What is family portrait photography?

Family photography portraits capture a moment in time alongside those you care for most. They are treasured memories, placed on a wall or a mantle of a specific time and place.

How do you take a good family portrait?

1. Use a tripod when possible.
2. Shoot in Manual exposure mode.
3. Lock the focus or use manual focus.
4. Arrange people with heads staggered.
5. Allow kids to be kids and get goofy with them.
6. If it bends, bend it – how to help people pose.
7. Pose people to flatter them.

Why are family portraits important?

Family photos connect us to those who came before. By letting your kids see your photos from the past and the present, they become connected to their own story. They know the family members and ancestors who came before them and helped shape the world and person they see today.

How much does it cost to have a professional photo shoot?

Red Lotus’ Professional photographers charges typically begin at $150 for mini-sessions. Packages for birthday parties generally range from $400 to $800+ and exclusive custom packages for a wedding begins at $15k.

What qualifies you as a professional photographer?

A professional photographer is a photographer who earns more than 50% of his/her income from photography. This is the definition required for entrance into the secret Nikon and Canon factory support organizations.

What are the 4 types of photography?

The following four types of photography are currently the most popular:
1. Portrait Photography.
2. Photojournalism.
3. Fashion Photography.
4. Editorial Photography.

What do professional photographers use to print photos?

1. Bay Photo Lab
2. Photolab Yves Thomas
3. Fitzgerald Imaging

What is a professional photographer called?

Photographers who produce moving rather than still pictures are often called cinematographers, videographers or camera operators, depending on the commercial context. The term professional may also imply preparation, for example, by academic study or apprenticeship by the photographer in pursuit of photographic skills.

How do you define good photographs?

The most important element of a good photo is the ability of the photograph to communicate with the viewer. It should be able to tell a story through its composition, lighting, and most importantly its subject matter.

What is family photo?

Family Photography is all about capturing groups of people that have family ties. These range from the small group, such as parents and their children. More often than not, those members of the family or group are inexperienced models in front of the camera.

How often should you get family pictures?

We recommend capturing family portraits at least once a year. Booking at least two sessions in a year will give you a wonderful reflection of how your family has grown over the many months, especially in the early years, where they grow leaps and bounds in those short months.

Does Target still have portrait studio?

Target opened their portrait studios in 1996, initially as a way to drive traffic to the store. However, as digital photography has increased in popularity, professional photo studios have struggled. Target confirmed that their Portrait Studios closed on January 28, 2017.

Is Olan Mills Photography still in business?

Lifetouch, which bought the Chattanooga-based portrait photography company Olan Mills eight years ago, will shutter its last facility in the Scenic City early next year and sadly cut 152 jobs around Oct 25, 2019.

Does WalMart still have portrait studio? Does Sears still have a portrait studio?

Sears and Wal-mart Shut Down their Portrait Studios around Apr 5, 2013.


A - I love the black and whites! Especially number 2 and number 8!

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Photoshoot For Birthday | Photoshoots For Babies

Photoshoot For Birthday? Red Lotus’ Photoshoots For Babies sessions are the perfect compliment to mark any of your baby’s magical moments. Baby photo shoots including the couples themselves, can be shared with best friends and family alike. Interested in a shoot featuring a milk bath? Whether Valentines Day, in the rain, or during the Fall, we have the locations near me to accomplish the task at hand. Headshot modeling sessions are also available at our indoor places (studio) or the several outdoor spots we have scouted over the years. Girls just wanna have fun!


Happy Birthday Little Miss Imogen!

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to see a family grow right before my eyes.  I first met Rosalie and Chris over a year ago for maternity photos.  Since then, they have referred two couple for wedding photos; Vanessa and Matt, who were married in May, and Jessica and Danny, who will be married in August.

Rosalie and Chris, happily expecting…

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Then this couple became a family of three when little miss Imogen was born…

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I had the pleasure of returning for her 6 month milestone…

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And now, it’s hard to believe that Imogen is 1 year old!  How she has grown and changed in such a short time.  I feel honored that Rosalie and Chris have chosen me to document their family’s growth.

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These photos make me chuckle. :)  We kept Imogen happy with a handful of Cheerios; here they are suspended in the natural catch-all of her poofy little tutu.

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She is so engrossed in pushing the phone buttons…already at the tender age of one and she is embracing technology!

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It took several tries to get her to keep her birthday hat on.  My favorite is the one in the lower right corner; the look on her face as she pulls off the hat is priceless.

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Rosalie and Chris, thank you so much for once again allowing me into your lives.  I am already looking forward to the next session.  Happy birthday, Imogen!!

What should I wear for my birthday photoshoot?

7 clothing suggestions for your Red Lotus Birthday Portrait Photography Photoshoot include the following:

1. Dark clothing tends to slenderize.
2. Tone down bright colors.
3. Light clothing can look beautifully fresh.
4. Prints and patterns are a definite NO.
5. Avoid short sleeve clothing and short pants.
6. Don’t over accessorize!
7. Make Up, Hair & Nails (included with many of our packages)

How should I pose for my birthday?

5 Cool Poses To Try On Your Birthday
1. Be dramatic by dimming the bulbs and let the candles serve as the light source.
2. Carry your cake and show it off!
3. A classic pose every birthday girl should try: Blowing your candles.
4. Pose with your favorite people, your BFFs!
5. Post an unguarded moment of you and bae.

Is it photoshoot or photo shoot?

The most common way to describe a session of photo taking is with two words—photo shoot. However, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily wrong to write it as one word—photoshoot. In fact, photoshoot has recently been gaining popularity, but it has a long way to go before it catches up with photo shoot.

Is photography safe for babies?

A camera’s flash does not harm the baby’s eyesight in any way.

When should you do baby photoshoot?

Red Lotus’ Baby Photoshoot Photography team recommends the following:
In order to capture your newborn in adorable curly poses, you should take newborn photos five to twelve days after giving birth. If you want your baby’s sleepy and curly newborn demeanor to be photographed, try not to wait any longer than two weeks for a newborn session.

How do you prepare a baby for a photoshoot?

Try and keep your baby awake for at least 1 – 2 hours before the session. Avoid having to unnecessarily dress or undress baby once the session starts. Props and accessories should be easy to add / take away. The room / studio where the session will take place needs to be warm enough for baby.

How do you do a couples photoshoot?

8 Best Couple Poses for Red Lotus’ Couples Photoshoot Portrait Photography:
1. Hug From Behind.
2. Gently Hold the Other Person’s Face. You can capture a tender moment by asking the couple to hold each other’s faces.
3. Piggyback Ride.
4. Hold Hands and Go for a Walk. This can be done at any point during your photoshoot.
5. Lean on Each Other in Front of a Sunset.
6. Kiss on the Forehead.
7. Touch Noses.
8. Kiss Hands.

What should I wear for a couples photo shoot? What to Wear for Engagement Photos (8 suggestions):

1. Choose Pastels, Cool Colors, and Neutral Tones.
2. Incorporate at Least One Accessory.
3. Stick With Two Outfits.
4. Complement Each Other, But Don’t Match.
5. Flatter Your Body Type.
6. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like You.
7. Tie Everything Together With a Color Scheme.
8. Opt for Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks.

Why do people do milk bath pictures?

The milk itself creates a great deal of negative space, so the photograph is more focused on the person than the scene. Though the exact origin of milk bath photography is unknown, legend has it that Cleopatra regularly bathed in milk (donkey milk, to be exact!) to enhance her complexion.

What kind of milk do you use for a milk bath?

You can use various types of milk in a milk bath, including: whole milk. buttermilk. coconut milk.

What should I wear for a family photo shoot?

7 Family Photo Outfit Ideas For A Red Lotus Family Photo Shoot:
1. Keep location in mind.
2. Choose coordinating colors, not matching.
3. Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos.
4. Plan your outfits in advance.
5. Use the season to help select color schemes for your outfits.
6. Consider your home decor.
7. Choose practical clothing items.

What do you wear to a fall photo shoot?

Neutrals will always work nicely, and if you decide to hang your portraits up in your home, neutrals will match most decor. Your home decoration is something to consider. But don’t be scared of color if you want a little more pizazz! Yellows, rusty orange, browns, reds, can all look fabulous for fall photo shoots.

Can you do a photoshoot in the rain?

Don’t be afraid to capture a portrait in the rain. The cold, wet atmosphere can make for a beautifully moody image with some very soft lighting. If you’re heading out on a photo shoot and the weather turns, don’t pack up and go home.

Where can I take pictures in Pittsburgh?

5 Best Places to Photograph in Pittsburgh, PA
1. West End Overlook. When it comes to views of Pittsburgh, the West End has it all.
2. The West End Bridge.
3. North Shore.
4. Mt. Washington.
5. Allegheny Commons Park West/Lake Elizabeth. This area has one of the most underrated views of the city.

How should a girl pose like a model?

8 Ways to Pose in Photos Like a Model Off-Duty:
1. Profile your face and look away from the camera.
2. Cross one leg over the other. Style du Monde.
3. Look back over your shoulder.
4. Tilt your head to one side.
5. Casually lean against a wall.
6. Snap a shot midstep.
7. Slightly pop one knee.
8. Use a sidewalk curb to your advantage.

Amanda - Sooo cute! I love the hat ones! The photo J purist in me says I like the unshopped version of the tutu shot BUT the shopped one with the cool patterned background and the tinge of teal just SCREAMS to be made into a 16×20 canvas print and hung on the wall. I think its my favorite !

Sandy - Amanda, thank you for always answering in the comment form when I ask things like ‘which do you like better’ or ‘what do you think of…’. I appreciate the feedback!

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Wedding Photographers In Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Venues For Weddings

Wedding Photographers In Pittsburgh? Red Lotus’ Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers have done photoshoots in some of the best, most unique venues in western PA. Their photography style for weddings makes them some of the most sought after photographers in Pennsylvania.

Vanessa and Matthias | Wedding {part 1}

On May 2nd I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Vanessa and Matt.  Once again I have been blessed with a wonderful couple who are  just an absolute delight to be around.  The ceremony was held at St. Catherine of Siena, and the reception took place at Six Penn Kitchen downtown.

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Look at this little man, waiting for the ceremony to start.  Isn’t he a cutie?

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Vanessa looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day.

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Vanessa and Matt wanted some photos taken on the 6th street bridge, which was a short walk from the reception.  As luck would have it, the bridge was blocked off from traffic for the Pirate game–it was meant to be!

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Soon to come:  Part 2 from Vanessa and Matt…

How much is a wedding photographer cost?

1-hour photoshoot, $542
2-hour photoshoot, $868
3-hour photoshoot, $1,193
4-hour photoshoot, $1,518

How to find an affordable wedding venue?

The courthouse has long been a go-to choice for affordable ceremonies — and for a good reason.
At home.
An Airbnb or hotel rental.
Parks and beaches.
In the street.
Libraries and museums.
Aquariums and zoos.
Cafes, restaurants and bars.

What is a reasonable price for a wedding photographer?

In general, wedding photographer prices in the U.S. tend to range between $1,150 and $3,000, with the average wedding photographer cost hovering around $2,000.

Most popular wedding venues near me?

1. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
2. The Circuit Center and Ballroom by The Fluted Mushroom
3. The Boiler Room Pittsburgh
4. Gateway Clipper Fleet
5. Southpointe Golf Club
6. National Aviary
7. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
8. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
9. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
10. Rivers Club
11. LeMont Restaurant
12. The Mansions On Fifth Luxury Hotel
13. Futules’ Harmar House
14. University Club

How long do you need a wedding photographer for?

An 8-hour package is usually enough time for an average-size wedding (about 100-150 people), and the extra 2 hours of coverage will usually allow the photographer to capture the tail end of you getting ready, some detail shots of the reception space, and the start of the dance party.

How to get a marriage license in Pittsburgh PA?

What do I need to do to obtain a marriage license? Applicants seeking a marriage license must appear together in person at the Marriage License Bureau of the Wills/Orphans’ Court Division and complete an Application for Marriage License. Photo identification is required at the time of application.

What is a good price for a wedding photographer?

National average, $500
Low-end, $200
High-end, $1,499
Custom, starting at $10k+

Where to take pictures in Pittsburgh?

1. When it comes to views of Pittsburgh, the West End Overlook has it all.
2. Allegheny Commons Park West/Lake Elizabeth. This area has one of the most underrated views of the city.
3. North Shore.
4. The West End Bridge.

How to get married in Pittsburgh PA?

Both individuals must go to the Marriage License Bureau Office together and complete an Application for Marriage License. The office is located on the first floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street (on the corner of Grant Street and Forbes Avenue) in downtown Pittsburgh.

Amanda - Sweet! I love the ring shot! I can’t wait to kick it with you at fallingwater this weekend :-)

Shannon - These pictures are great Van…I love the ones of you guys on the bridge, very cool! And cracking me up that you got us in the window! :)

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Outer Banks Photographer | OBX Family Photography

Outer Banks Photographer? Red Lotus’ OBX Family Photography teams are top destination photographers servicing the Outerbanks area of North Carolina. Nags Head, NC photographers have grown accustomed to practicing their craft surrounded by the beauty that is the Outer Banks. While we specialize in beach photoshoot portraits and mini sessions from as far north as Corolla, NC & and Duck, NC to the more centralized areas of Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills to the Southern Shores area around Avon, NC. We currently have no openings for affordable weddings in the next several years and recommend the work of Brooke Mayo and Kristi Midgette for this purpose.

Life is Good

This morning I woke up to this spectacular view.  [Contented sigh…]

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The soft ocean breeze, the sound of waves crashing, the warm sand beneath my feet…I’ve been waiting for this, and I’m so glad vacation time is finally here.


I love the Outer Banks.  The last time my husband and I came here was five years ago; my daughter was no bigger than a grain of rice growing in my belly.  It was the best vacation ever…until now!  Now she is 4 years old, and we are seeing everything for the first time again, through her eyes.

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We love flying kites, and the breeze by the ocean is always perfect for kite flying.

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Life is good, and I am grateful.

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Weather in Outer Banks features a warm summer climate from May to September (which is peak beach season). Hurricane season ranges from June to November. The Outer Banks Voice is considered one of the best sources for local news.

Where are the Outer Banks?

The Outer Banks are a 200-mile (320 km) string of barrier islands and spits off the coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, on the east coast of the United States. They line most of the North Carolina coastline, separating Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.

Closest airport to Outerbanks?

As for flights, the Outer Banks is easily accessible from Norfolk International Airport (82 miles north) or Raleigh Durham International Airport (192 miles west), with the drive in being quite scenic, although filled with anticipation.

Which Outer Banks town is best?

While the Red Lotus Outer Banks Photography team loves all of the little towns that dot OBX, the usual consensus by visitors rank them as follows:
1. Corolla. From off-road beaches with wild horse tours to a few shops and restaurants scattered over 15 miles, Corolla is the perfect location if you like a mixture of seclusion with a few things to do within a short drive.
2. Duck.
3. Southern Shores.
4. Kitty Hawk.
5. Kill Devil Hills.
6. Nags Head.

Camp Grounds-Outer Banks include the following:

The Red Lotus OBX Photography team has glamped many times over the years at several of the following locations:
1. Cape Hatteras KOA – 25099 NC Hwy 12
2. Camp Hatteras RV Resort and Campground – 24798 HWY 12 MP 40.5
3. Ocean Waves Campground – 25313 N 12 Hwy, Waves, NC 27982
4. Rodanthe Watersports and Campground – 24170 NC-12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
5. Sands of Time Campground – 40523 North End Rd, Avon, NC 27915
6. North Beach Campground – 23781 NC Hwy 12
7. St. Clair Landing Family – 25028 NC-12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
8. Cape Woods Campground – 47649 Buxton Back Road
9. Oregon Inlet Campground – 12001 NC-12, Nags Head, NC 27959
10. Island Hide-A-Way – 47095 Buxton Back Road

Will there be a season 2 Outer Banks TV Show?

The Red Lotus Outerbanks Photography team loves the scenery of this series and it was recently announced that the Outer Banks TV Show officially renewed for season 2 at Netflix. The hit YA teen drama will return for more drama. You can’t keep the Pogues down! Outer Banks season 2 is officially a go at Netflix, three months after the first season premiered on the platform in April.

Outer Banks Cast Ages:

1. 27 years (September 16, 1992) – Chase Stokes
2. 22 years (August 12, 1998) – Rudy Pankow
3. 21 years (January 29, 1999) – Madison Bailey
4. 24 years (July 30, 1996) – Austin North
5. 54 years (September 9, 1965) – Charles Esten
6. 21 years (February 28, 1999) – Jonathan Daviss
7. 26 years (November 4, 1993) – Drew Starkey
8. 49 years (March 13, 1971) – Adina Porter
9. 17 years (April 15, 2003) – Julia Antonelli
10. 29 years (January 15, 1991) – Caroline Arapoglou
11. 38 years (August 24, 1981) – Cullen Moss
12. 48 years (June 4, 1972) – Gary Weeks
13. 28 years (November 24, 1991) – Chelle Ramos
14. 40 years (September 12, 1979) – Brian Stapf

Is Wicked Tuna Outer Banks Cancelled?

National Geographic has announced details on two new “Wicked Tuna” seasons coming to National Geographic in 2020. And later this year, the popular spinoff Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks returns. This season will be coming to National Geographic in July 2020 with 13 episodes.


Amanda - These are fantastic! I can almost hear the waves :-) I love the sunset and the seashell and the kite and the seagull sillhouette is sweet!

Nat - I’m so jealous!

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Bethany and Chris | Wedding

It’s been a while since I have blogged, longer than I intended.  But I hope, gentle reader, that you will agree with me when I say that good things come to those who wait.  I can’t think of a better way to start off the wedding season than with Bethany and Chris.  The wedding was held at St. Joseph’s church in Sharon, PA, and the reception at Avalon Country Club.  Fellow photographer and kindred spirit Jennifer Churches accompanied me as second shooter, which was a treat in itself.

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I absolutely loved the flowers that Bethany chose for her bouquet.  Purple hydrangeas are just a feast for the eyes.

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I don’t know what it is that I like so much about this image…something about it says old Hollywood glamour to me.  Perhaps I was inspired by the dramatic portrait of Drew Barrymore on the wall of the bedroom, depicted as an old time Hollywood starlet.

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You can see Chris smiling as he watches his beautiful bride walking down the aisle.

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Look at that bling.  Simply stunning.  Chris chose the rings himself, and I must say he did a fine job.

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A shower of purple flowers awaited Bethany and Chris outside.  Image by Jennifer.

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The only thing more stunning that Bethany’s ring?  Bethany herself.  Look at those green eyes!

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I just adore this image.  The flare from the sun gives it the most brilliant warmth and a feeling that I can’t describe.

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Bethany and Chris treated their guests to a fabulous candy bar.

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The little captions they came up with for each candy were so cute and clever.

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I was fortunate that Bethany and Chris took some additional time away from the festivities for more photos.  I can not stress enough the value of setting aside extra time for photographs at your wedding.

Look at that blue night sky, and the glass-like reflection in the pool.

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And one more kiss in the wine room before rejoining their friends and family.

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Bethany and Chris, thank you so much for a wonderful time, and for entrusting me to capture your precious memories.

Church: St. Joseph, Sharon, PA

Reception venue: Avalon Country Club

Entertainment: Frankie and the Sensations

How much does a wedding photographer typically cost?

While Red Lotus’ Weddings Photographer custom packages begin around $15k, typically, couples spend between $1500 and $10,000 or more on their wedding photographer. It’s a wide range, but you can expect to spend about 10-12% of your budget on photography and/or videography. Of course, those are just average costs. You can easily spend less—or much, much more—on your wedding photography.

How many pictures should you get from your wedding photographer?

Generally, Red Lotus’ Wedding Photographers, for a standard 8 hour day of wedding photography, this means a photographer should expect to pass along 400-800 photos to their clients.

What are the wedding colors for 2020?

Top 8 Wedding Color Trends to Inspire you in 2020 & 2021:
1. Cinnamon Rose and Dusty Rose.
2. Terracotta and Greenery.
3. Modern Rustic Style in Shades of Gray.
4. Pantone Rose Brown and Rose Gold.
5. Light Blue, Dusty Blue and Burgundy.
6. Sage Green and Light Terracotta.
7. Light Beige and Champagne.
8. Light Gray, Greenery and Foil Gold.

What are the best colors for a fall wedding?

8 Fall Wedding Color Schemes That Will Fulfill All Your Cozy, Leafy Dreams:
1. Black and white.
2. Warm jewel tones.
3. Pumpkin, sage, and blush.
4. Rich shades of purple.
5. Trendy mustard and natural greens.
6. Elegant navy and gold.
7. Merlot, peach, and sage.
8. Boysenberry and white.

How much does a wedding cost in Pittsburgh?

The cost of getting married in Pittsburgh is around $26,000, which is just under the national average of $27,000. September is the most popular month to get married in the area, and the average size of a Pittsburgh wedding is 130 guests, which is right around the national average.

Amanda - Ahhh! Thank you for posting I was about to call the blog police and send out a search party!

I LOVE the shot of the dress and her rings are to die for! Great wedding!

mike homer - all of these pictures are beautiful very well done

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Pittsburgh Family Photographers | Red Lotus’ Family Photography

Pittsburgh Family Photographers offering unique Portrait experiences. Red Lotus’ Pittsburgh Family Photography Studio is Near Me & minutes to Pittsburgh, PA

Little Miss D. | Springtime Portrait

This is my adorable niece, little Miss D.  My sister asked me to take some springtime portraits of her in her Easter dress, and of course who could say no to an opportunity to capture a sweet little face like that.

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Ah, springtime is finally here!  Winter snow is lovely to look at, but I am so ready to feel the sunshine and the breezes of spring in the air.  These shots were taken on my parents’ property; here at the edge of the woods you can see the field where the grass is starting to green.  And I really like the moss growing on the ground.  What is it about moss that enthralls me?  I love the color…the soft, velvety, blanket-y-ness that just invites you to touch it, maybe even take a lovely nap on it like a deer in the forest…it reminds me of childhood.  Note to self:  I must grow a moss garden some day.

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Thank you, little Miss D. for being so cute and cooperative!

How much does it cost for a family portrait?

A Red Lotus Pittsburgh Family Photo Shoot and Portrait Photography – begins at $150

How much do you tip a family photographer?

While most photographers regularly collect 5-10% of the total sale in gratuity, Red Lotus’ Pittsburgh Family Photography would prefer a nice thank you note/testimonial/social media review and referrals are always welcome!

Who are some of the best portrait photographers on the planet?

While we believe the Red Lotus Pittsburgh Family Portrait Photographers experience to be second to none in PA, here are a few other photographers from around the globe that compile absolutely stunning work:

Steve McCurry

Lisa Kristine


How long should a family photo shoot last?

A photo shoot should last long enough to get great portraits, and be short enough to avoid burnout or boredom. On average, a Red Lotus portrait session lasts anywhere from  15 minutes to a little over an hour, which is enough time to create a variety of images.

How often should you do family photos?

While we always recommend capturing family portraits at least once a year, our average client books anywhere between two to four sessions per calendar year. This will give you a wonderful reflection of how your family has grown over the months.




Amanda - So cute! I love her cheeks :-D Great shots! I wish the sun and the leaves would come out soon.

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