Welcome to the World, Little Ellie

I was beyond thrilled, dear Reader, when I was contacted by one of my past clients, whose engagement session I photographed a couple of years ago.  They were having a baby!  (Happy dance!)  They told me they were looking for a Pittsburgh baby photographer to do their newborn photos, and they knew that they wanted it to be me.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching my clients’ families grow.

And here she is, making her debut on the Red Lotus Photography blog, the  beautiful miss Ellie…

Fyi, the above image is a composite of three images.  In reality, Ellie was suspended less than an inch above a large beanbag, and there were three of us spotting her.

I think Ellie looks like a cute little Buddha in this pose.

Becky and John, I am so happy for you!  I can’t wait until Ellie’s next session!


If you are looking for a Pittsburgh photographer for your baby pictures, please contact Red Lotus Photography here!  Red Lotus Photography provides baby photography, newborn photography, and children’s photography in Pittsburgh, Fayette, McMurray, Peters, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Shadyside, Wexford, and other areas surrounding Pittsburgh.  Red Lotus Photography specializes natural light children’s photography  and newborn photography as well as studio photography.  For more information on Pittsburgh newborn photography, please see the Red Lotus Photography investment page or call Sandy at 412-216-3914.

Amanda - Beautiful! Some of your best yet :D

Katia - OMG Sandy, you make me wanna have another baby so I can take advantage of our friendship HAHAHAHAHA!!!! These are so beautiful, I LOVE the baby smile, aren’t those priceless? that’s the money shot right there!What a beautiful job my friend!

Sandy - HAHA! Katia, you are too funny! You know I would love that!

Sandy - Thanks, Amanda! :)

tiffany - I like the soft colors, but not overly soft skin in this shoot. Great job.

Sandy - Thanks, Tiffany! :)

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Luke & Cindy

Wow, what an amazing day!  Super-cool couple, awesome venue, beautiful details, and a Korean Paebaek ceremony on top of it all–I am a happy girl!  We began the day at Cambria Suites at the Consol Energy Center.  Cindy was simply stunning, as I knew she would be.  Joy Lager did a beautiful job with the makeup.

Joy Lager makeup

Asian bride
bride hugging mother
Asian bride
Asian bride and her mother
beautiful Asian bride

Cindy’s ‘something borrowed’ was her veil, which was made by her aunt, who sewed it from the veil worn by her friend in her own wedding the year before.  So pretty!

Luke, looking all Nicholas Cage-like.  Image by Jenny.

I have to say, Cindy’s bridesmaids were awesome!  So attentive, they were like a pit crew making sure that Cindy looked perfect the whole day, from keeping hair in place, to adjusting her veil and train.  Such great friends!

Asian bride

Can you believe that Cindy did all of her own flowers for the wedding?  I love how she included succulents in her bouquet and table arrangements.

succulents as a cake topper

During the cocktail hour, Cindy and Luke changed into their hanboks (Korean ceremonial attire) for the Paebaek ceremony.  The Paebaek is a traditional Korean wedding ritual in which the groom’s family formally accepts the bride into their home as part of their family; today the modern Korean family incorporates both families as a way to bless the marriage.

korean paebaek

The parents or family sit on one side of the table (one family at a time) and the bride and groom on the other. The table is set up with two wooden ducks facing each other, symbolizing fidelity.   Also on the table are dates (symbolizing girls) and chestnuts (symbolizing boys), as well as tea that will be served to the parents and various edibles.  During the ceremony the bride and groom bow and pour tea or wine to the parents and often other members of the family. Then in turn the parents and family members impart words of wisdom to the couple.

A fun part of the ceremony is when the parents toss the chestnuts and dates to the bride and groom, who try to catch them in her apron or a special cloth.  According to legend, the number of dates and chestnuts they catch is supposed to represent the number of boys and girls they will be blessed with.

Another fun part of the ceremony is when the groom carries his bride on his back around the table.

After the Paebaek, they changed back into their dress and tux to enjoy the rest of the reception.

Cindy and Luke, it was an absolute honor and pleasure to be a part of your wedding day!  I wish you many years of happiness together!  (((Hugs))) Sandy


Makeup Artist: Joy Lager
Hair: Brook Rockwell
Florist: Cindy!
Entertainment: Jodi Colella
Bakery: Creative Cakes
Catering: Common Plea

Amanda - ooo how pretty! My favorite has got to the one through the windshield – where is Jenny hiding with the flash??

Katia - OMG!!I am so in love with this wedding. You did a beautiful job Sandy, the contrasts and colorful backgrounds and garments make these images superb, composition and post-editing is fantastic and of course…you are a master at weddings my friend. Beautiful work, I am 100% sure Cindy & Luke will LOVE these images, so sad I wasn’t able to be there.

Sandy - Amanda-I used a flash on a lightstand triggered with a remote on my camera. :)

Sandy - Aw, thanks, Katia!

Kristi Ternullo - What a beautiful wedding! Your images are stunning!

Sandy - Thank you!!!

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Featured: The Knot Magazine Fall/Winter 2012

Woohoo!  Two of my photos were featured in The Knot magazine Fall/Winter 2012 issue, in the Color Report section.  The top image features the beautiful bouquet from Cara and Scott’s wedding by Bill Chisnell Productions.

The green color report features a lovely boutonniere with ivy accents from Thera and Brian’s wedding, by Allison McGeary Floral and Event Design.

Great job, Allison and Bill!

Katia - Wohoo Sandy!!Congrats!~

Aaron - YAY! How exciting! Congrats :)

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Phipps Conservatory Wedding | Erin & Dan

Another awesome couple to photograph? How lucky am I! Erin and Dan had a lovely ceremony at St. Mary of the Mount, followed by a reception at the always beautiful Phipps Conservatory. I had a great time capturing the day with my good friend Jenny Karlsson.

Congratulations, Erin and Dan!!!



Getting Ready: Hilton Garden Inn University Place

Ceremony: St. Mary of the Mount

Reception: Phipps Conservatory

Hair and Makeup: Step-Up Styles

Florist: Flowers in the Attic

Entertainment: DJ Rockin’ Bob

Cake: Prantl’s Bakery

Catering: Phipps

Aaron - Beautiful wedding! You and Jenny totally rocked this one. So many gorgeous details, and I absolutely love the shots inside of Phipps, that golden shot of their foreheads together is my fav…just perfect.

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Carrie Furnace Engagement Session {Cindy & Luke}

Oh, do I have a visual treat for your eyes, dear Reader.  Meet Cindy and Luke: a cool, sophisticated couple with amazing style and a penchant for adventure.  They are anything but ordinary, and so when they asked for a recommendation for a great location to have their engagement session, no ordinary site would do.  After a little research, I found a Pittsburgh gem called the Carrie Furnace.  Wow, what a place!  Paired with Cindy and Luke’s awesome style and incredible clothing choices, this session was a photographer’s dream come true.  My good friend Katia Forero came with us as well, so be sure to stop over to her blog to see some images from her point of view!

Image on the right by Katia.

While we were in the grassy field, Luke found the tiniest praying mantis I have ever seen!  Image by Katia.

The Carrie Furnace site is owned by Allegheny County, but tours are available through Rivers of Steel.  There are public tours available, however, if you are interested in taking professional photographs there, you will need to contact them first to make arrangements.

The Carrie Furnace has a ton of Pittsburgh history, and should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.  They are working on getting the site designated as an Historic Landmark, but until then, it’s future is not certain.  I encourage you to support Rivers of Steel to help ensure that the Carrie Furnace is still around for many years to come.

Cindy and Luke, I had an absolute blast with you two!  I can not wait for the wedding!!!  (((Hugs))) Sandy

Aaron - How have I not commented on this post yet!!? Probably because I’m insanely green with envy that you got these incredible images and I didn’t :) What a jaw-dropping session, I love every single one. It’s so hard to pick favorites, though those last few are just stunning. Nailed it!

Michel Sauret - WOW! What a great location.

Would love to shoot here in the future.

Fantastic job. Absolutely gorgeous images.

Camera Club Field Trip – Carrie Furnace | Flourish Academy - […] Red Lotus Photography has an incredible engagement session posted on her blog from Carrie Furnace, click here to see the […]

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Weeds…Issue #2

It’s that time of year again, dear Reader!  No, I’m not referring to the end of the school year, nor the beginning of summer.  No, I’m referring to my annual photo shoot of Miss Sassette in the dandelions.  Once a year without fail it seems, our lawnmower suffers some sort of malady, causing the vegetation in our yard to grow with wild abandon until we can get our mower repaired or hire a lawn service to rescue us.  I have since decided to live by an adage inspired by this annual event; I say, when life hands you weeds…take pictures!

Remember last year’s session?  I can’t believe how much my daughter has changed since then.  I blinked my eyes and she grew overnight.  It only reinforces my belief that what I do for my clients is so very important.  Don’t wait for a special occasion to document your life in pictures!  Any time with your family is special, even if it’s just hanging out in the dandelions.

Jenny - What a great idea Sandy! Your daughter has grown up so much since last year! The photos are adorable!

Katia - Sandy, what a beautiful session. You know exactly how to capture a child, their innocence and their silliness. What a beautiful session for Sam, she doesn’t know it yet but she will treasure these forever!I know it.

Sandy - Aw, thanks Katia!

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Newborn Photography Safety | TLC Tuesdays #5

It has been a while since I posted a Before and After, so I thought I would follow baby Colten’s post with a TLC Tuesday post to show you how I achieved some of the shots safely.  The photography world is abuzz about newborn safety, and with good reason.  A baby’s safety should never be risked for the sake of getting an amazing shot.  When you see a baby in a seemingly impossible pose or an unlikely position, chances are (and I certainly hope this is the case), it is a composite image.  I present to you the magic of Photoshop…

These first two shots show how the mother keeps a hand on the baby at all times; first she holds him from the left, then from the right.

And the final composite image:

Here is one more from a different session, demonstrating the popular “chin in hands” pose.

If you enjoyed this post, leave me some blog love and share with your friends!

Kristi Ternullo - Your work is absolutely beautiful. The safety and care that you provided your littlest clients is so important. Thank you for showing these before and afters – a great learning tool!

Ashley - I loved seeing the before and after photos! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy - Thank you!!

Amanda - So cute! I love the golf one with the clubs, suitcase, and the ball :)

Sandy - Thanks, Amanda! :)

Michel Sauret - What’s the trick in getting the baby to sleep and stay asleep through the setup and shoot?


Sandy - Unfortunately, there is no trick–only lots and lots of patience! They don’t sleep through the whole shoot; they usually wake up, fuss, eat, have their diaper changed, etc. in between setups. The finished product just makes it look like they slept the whole time! :)

Morgan - What stunning work you do!! Just Beautiful! Thank you for sharing, as an up and coming photographer, your work is inspiring!

Sandy - Thank you, Morgan! :)

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Professional Baby Photography | Introducing Colten

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing one of my beautiful former co-workers and her new family.  Jocelyn and I worked together “back in the day” when I was the Activity Director and she the Human Resources Director at a nursing home.  It’s hard to believe how much has changed since then; I had no idea all those years ago that I would be capturing her baby’s first week of life.  Doesn’t she look amazing?  Jocelyn, motherhood suits  you!

Scott is an avid golfer, so I incorporated that into our session.  So cute!

Can I just tell you how over the moon excited I was to finally be able to use my saddle in a newborn session?  Jocelyn loves horseback riding (as do I), and my parents just happened to see this saddle for sale. I had been wanting one for some time, so I was delighted when I got the call about it.   Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Saddle photography prop
Baby in a saddle

Jocelyn and Scott, thank you so much for thinking of me after all this time!  It means the world to me!  (((Hugs)))  Sandy

Jenny - Sandy, this is phenomenal! Such a cute baby. I LOVE the themed portraits, and the saddle is awesome.

Sandy - Thanks, Jenny! :)

Taryn Boyd - These are Amazing! And do I see a new website???

Sandy - Thanks!! And I just changed to this new design a few days ago. What do you think?

Sandy - Thanks!! And I just changed to this new design a few days ago. What do you think?

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Newborn Photography | Welcome to the world, little Eoghan

This little peanut just melted my heart!

Look at that little punum.  Can you stand the cuteness???  I wonder what he was dreaming about.  Moments later, I was able to capture a smile, too!


Meghan and Mark, thank you for allowing me to capture your baby’s precious first portraits!  (((Hugs)))  Sandy


Expecting a little one of your own?  Don’t wait–schedule your session before baby is born.  Contact me here!

Aaron - Nope, I absolutely can’t stand the cuteness at all! That pouty face is just too precious. These photos are wonderful, such a great variety!

Sandy - Thanks, Aaron! :)

Taryn Boyd - these are spectacular! l love the tone on tone

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