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Paula and John are very special clients-turned-friends.  Brad and I documented their engagement and wedding, and now, I was so fortunate to be part of them becoming parents, as well!   I took Paula and John’s maternity photos this fall, but since I knew a newborn session was coming, I wanted to post them together.

Paula and John, I am truly so happy for you both.  Avi is such an amazing blessing and I was so happy to meet him.

Here are a few favorite photos from Paula and John’s maternity session and Avi’s newborn session:

Beth and Sam are two of my favorite people ever. They are incredible wedding photographers who are also close friends and adopted family to me and Brad. We have more things in common than I can even name, and the countless hours we have spent drinking coffee, running, talking, eating, laughing, crying, playing poker, wandering around the Strip District, camping, procrastinating, developing ridiculous business plans, attacking bean dip, co-working, doing the harlem shake, (kind of) crafting, facebook-commenting, yoga-ing, and most importantly, texting(!) have made my life so much happier these past few years.

Thank you, Beth and Sam, for being the kind of friends who would ask me to be part of the sweetest experience of your life. I still have tears in my eyes when I look at these photos.

Brad and I just took a lovely trip to New York City to photograph engagements, families, and dogs! It will be a while before I am able to blog all of these sessions, so in the meantime, I wanted to post one preview from each of these twelve sessions in the city. Thank you so much to every single person we worked with. It was such a fun, memorable trip and we can’t wait to come back soon! :)

Abbie, Brent, and Deacon at Battery Park City:

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Ashley, Greg, and Cosette in Tribeca:

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Rachel, Vito, and Max in Washington Heights:   new york city lifestyle family photography

Chloe the Mini-Frenchie in Gramercy:   new york dog photographer

Jenny and Chris in Brooklyn:   engagement photos brooklyn promenade

Rebecca, Ben, and Hudson in Central Park:   central park family photos

Paws on Pine in the Financial District:   new york city dog walker

Oscar and Tiki in East River Park:  nyc dog walker

Jasper on Wall Street:   nyc downtown dog

Hamilton the Pug in Times Square:   new york dog friendly

Mini Pup on her rooftop deck in Gramercy:   new york city pet photography

Henry and his new sister Penny in Sutton Place:   new york city pet photographer

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This winter, Brad and I had such a wonderful time doing maternity photos in NYC for Rachel and Vito. And, we were SO excited when they wanted us to come hang out again this fall for photos with sweet Max! Rachel and Vito, your home is truly so warm and happy, and we had a wonderful time catching up. I look forward to knowing you more over the years, not just as clients but as friends.

Here are a few favorite photos from this NYC family photography session!

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One of the favorite parts of my job is documenting people over the years. We usually meet people when they are engaged, and it’s a joy to watch them become a married couple and then grow into a family of 3. And, Chris and Heather just welcomed sweet little Robinson into the family and I was SO, so happy to come document their family this fall.

Chris and Heather, thank you so much for trusting me with your family’s photos and for being such a pleasure to know and work with. I always look forward to our time together! Here are a few photos from your session – your little man has the biggest grin I think I’ve ever seen!!! :)

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I absolutely love it when past wedding couples contact me to say that they are adding a third member to the family! Julia and Steve welcomed Maelen into the family a few weeks ago, and I was so happy to come document their new family unit.

Julia and Steve, it was so nice to see you both again. It was a joy meeting Maelen, and I hope to document her life for years to come! :)

Amanda and Nate are dear friends of ours, so when they asked me about scheduling a session for photos of Joshua, I was SO happy!! We became friends with Amanda and Nate soon after moving to Pittsburgh, and we are so very thankful for their friendship over the years. Thanks, Moores, for making this so fun and easy. Joshua is such a precious kid, big pants and all!! :)

Hudson is the littlest New Yorker I know, and he is quite the city baby. His TriBeCa apartment overlooks the World Trade Center, and his favorite park has a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. He even deals with the summer heat by splashing in the fountain with all the other kids! :)

Rebecca and Hudson, it was so much fun spending the morning with you both. I miss you already little man!!!

On July 21st, 2013, Aoife Lennon entered the world. Aoife’s name is Irish and means “beautiful, radiant, joyful” and I must say that even at a few weeks old, Aoife was just that. Aoife’s parents Conor and Bronwyn will be leaving Pittsburgh after Conor finished his PhD, so after taking photos at their home, we went to Pitt’s campus to take a few photos to commemorate Aoife’s birthplace.

Conor and Bron, thank you so much for having me into your world to document these first weeks at home. It was a joy meeting Aoife and I hope to see you both again before you leave this wonderful city. Here are a few favorite photos from your session.

As I write this blog post, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for this job, as one of the greatest honors for a photographer is to document a couple’s marriage and then their growth into a family. This session is a very special one for me, as Christy and Jared are friends for whom we have photographed many milestones, starting more than two years ago with their beautiful Priory wedding, followed a year later by their hospital-room session after the birth of their daughter Amelia.  But, wow, how the time flies!!  Amelia is now a little girl, and I had a wonderful time capturing her toddling around the park, picking flowers, climbing on the playground, and giving us all great big smiles.

Christy and Jared, thanks again for this great privilege. Your family is very special to us… I just wish we saw each other more often!! Big hugs and lots of love.

And, just in case you were wondering, this is how a one-year-old communicates that she is TIRED of taking photos!! :)


Laura and George are two people who feel more like friends than clients. They have been in front of our cameras many times, starting with their engagement photos in Schenley Park and then their beautiful Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Now, I am absolutely thrilled to have photos not only the two of them, but a THIRD member of their family: George!!

Laura and George, thank you for allowing me to be part of the milestones in your lives. Your little man is absolutely beyond words. I was smitten.

Here are a few favorite photos. :)

Meet Grace: beautiful, smart, funny, independent, and sweet. She is graduating this year and we took some photos to celebrate. Congratulations, sweet friend. I can’t wait to celebrate freedom with you this summer! :)

I am always excited to receive a new shipment of our fun, colorful albums, and today I want to show you the newest arrivals: the Milla C. Photography grandparent albums.  These books are offered with our family and dog portrait sessions, and they are the perfect gift for grandparents, as they are small and affordable to purchase in multiples.

For more information about album pricing or scheduling a session, contact me! To see more photos from sweet Avery’s family session (shown below), click here!