Plan on having fun during your photography session. I love creating an environment that is fun for your family while also setting the scene to create beautiful portraits for your family. While Laura Mares Photography offers a variety of props, I love focusing on the simple and unique features of you and your family like your children's freckles, crooked teeth and messy hair. I have a knack for capturing the simple beauty in life -like the love between family members, the silliness of a two year old, and the look your 6 year old gives you that can melt your heart. Children are incorporated in family sessions, but if mom and dad want to take a back seat then simply book a child(ren) session. Please note that pets are welcome at lifestyle sessions! 

Newborn Baby Sessions

Newborn Baby Studio

Newborn baby studio sessions are scheduled for babies up to two weeks of age for a posed session. The studio is full of everything you can imagine, from a cream leather futon, white walls with a large window, fun antiques to furs and fabrics. Immediate family members are included in newborn sessions. Laura has extensive training and practice posing babies. She never places your baby into an unsafe position.  Please note that the type of posing Laura does is classic. Laura loves creating clean, beautiful, timeless images. Newborn baby studio sessions last 3-4 hours.

Newborn Baby Lifestyle

Lifestyle baby newborn sessions are the perfect way to capture your new baby in your home in a relaxed way. We can create beautiful images in your new nursery, with your pets, etc. During these sessions, we will capture your family in a way that you can look back on and remember how you really were. Siblings feel comfortable at home, allowing us to capture authentic moments. No posing is done in-home, just gentle direction to encourage natural connection and interaction. Again, all family members are included. Lifestyle sessions can be booked as a full newborn session, or as an add-on session to your full studio session. Newborn lifestyle sessions are scheduled at 2-4 weeks after birth. Unlike posed sessions, an older newborn is best for a lifestyle session, after the 2 week mark babies start to interact with family more.

Family Sessions

Family Studio Sessions

Come to my peaceful home studio that is conveniently located in Mt. Lebanon to capture beautiful images of your family. Studio sessions typically take place Monday - Friday and last between 45 minutes and a couple of hours.  

Family Lifestyle Sessions

Lifestyle sessions take place in your home and incorporate your family interacting with each other while using your own home as the background. Have your family captured just as you are, while connecting naturally while doing fun activities! These sessions are planned ahead of time to ensure we capture the beauty of your “ordinary” life.

Family Outdoor Sessions

For the families that love the beautiful outdoors, let’s create gorgeous images of your family outside. What’s your style; farm, flowers, urban, wooded areas? We can schedule your family session around the sunset, one hour prior to sunset.

Maternity Sessions

Isn't it incredibly special to be carrying a new life inside a growing belly? A maternity session is the perfect way to capture this special  time, allowing you to look back and remember this remarkable part of life! Playful, formal, fun, whatever your style, I will capture gorgeous shots to document this time, you are invited to bring your husband and/or other children.  Maternity sessions can be scheduled in studio, outdoor or lifestyle.

Children Sessions

Studio child sessions

Studio child sessions last between 30-60 minutes. The studio is white, perfect for creating the “clean” look. Please note that several backgrounds colors are available upon request. Studio sessions are also perfect for baby sessions!

Outdoor child sessions

Outdoor sessions take place in a local park, farm, urban setting, etc. Sunset sessions provide beautiful lighting for portraits. Sunset sessions are scheduled one hour before sunset.

Lifestyle child sessions

Child lifestyle sessions capture your child(ren) in their natural environment. Lifestyle sessions are planned around your child's interests.  Think about jumping on the bed, sidewalk chalk, swimming, having a tea party with a sibling, or simply doing what your child loves, right in your home. We can record the simple moments that portray your child at this stage in his or her life. Lifestyle photos are timeless, you will be able to look back at these photos and remember your children as they were. When you kids ask you when they are older, “Mom, what was I like as a child?”, wouldn't you love to open an album and show them?