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.


I love the way mama and baby are looking at each other in this one.


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.


You can see the joy in mama’s face as she holds her infant son.  So sweet!


Can you ever really get enough of adorable baby toes?


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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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. :)


I love her cute little smile in this photo of Mom and baby.


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 and sibling photos are a lot of work, but so worth it when you get an image like this.



Look.  At that hair.  LOVE!


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.

breastfeeding photo sessions

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.


I love Elizabeth’s expression; such joy and love.


What a beautiful generations photo.  I love it when grandparents are a part of the newborn photos.


Cuteness alert–squishy baby wrinkles!


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 up.


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


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 wear.


These two are so sweet together.


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 quotes.


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!


I love it when I can capture a couple in the middle of a spontaneous laugh.  These two are so cute together!


Another gorgeous maternity dress provided by Maternity Girl.  The blush color looks so pretty on Jen.


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




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.


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!


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.


Atticus’ expression is just too adorable here!


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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