Bringing Back the 80’s - A “Heathers” Themed Group Shoot!

At the end of June, we kicked off the Class of 2020 Style Squad HS Senior Model Team year with a fun “Heathers” themed group shoot. For those not familiar, “Heathers” is an 80’s cult-classic movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. As a teen growing up in the 80’s this movie was a must-see! In recent years, it has gained popularity as a high school musical featuring angsty teens struggling with fitting in. “Riverdale” even got in on the action, devoting an entire episode to “Heathers”!  Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie, check it out!

This shoot was oh so much fun and a great way to kick off the year! It was a hot day in Greensburg where the shoot took place, but my team rocked it!! They showed up looking the part and rocking the ‘tude which is totally needed to pull off the “Heathers” vibe. Dom even wore a leather duster jacket for some of the photos and, despite the hot temps, he wore it like a boss!

This was our first official shoot with the Class of 2020, but despite working together for the first time, and working with me for the first time everyone nailed it! Emma had the attitude down perfectly and Kylie had the “smize” going all day. If you don’t know what “smize” is, Tyra Banks coined the term on “America’s Next Top Model”. It’s “smiling with the eyes” - that look that draws you in and makes you wonder what is going on behind them.

After the shoot, we all went to Parkwood Inn in Greensburg for a pizza party! I gave the team their highly coveted Swag Bags, we got to know one another, and enjoyed the out-of-this-world cupcakes! Shout-out to Emma’s Mom, Courtney, who owns Coralee Cupcakes in New Kensington. 

I LOVE my group this year! Both teens and parents are wonderful and we all hit it off from the start. I can’t wait to work with each of them and get to know them better over the next year. Look for their individual blog features coming over the next few months! Plus, follow along on our journey - there are a lot of fun things coming for this team (most of which they aren’t even aware of - shhhh!). 

If you or someone you know is a junior this year, have them shoot me an email to get info on next year’s Style Squad! I’m also still scheduling senior sessions for this year’s Class of 2020 so reach out to get your session scheduled! I love to create sessions that are unique to each senior and can’t wait to get started on yours!!

Here are some of the final images from the “Heathers” shoot!

And…some behind-the-scenes of the shoot, pizza party, and swag bag goodness!

To see the full image gallery, click here. The password is: Class Of 2020!

Waiting for Baby Hadley Pearl

I had the honor of photographing Erika’s Baby Shower at Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar in Plum a few months ago. What a beautiful shower! From the moment I walked into Eighty Acres I could tell that this shower was planned with a ton of love - each detail, from the craft stations for making Baby Hadley a headband, clothes hanger, or blocks to the Mommy approved “Mom-osa” Bar, was extraordinarily planned and got each and every guest involved in a special way. I’m so excited to share images from the Shower below. Stay tuned for Baby Hadley’s Lifestyle Newborn session - I can’t wait to meet her!

Whew...such a busy summer!

This summer flew by in a whirlwind and now back-to-school, pumpkin spice, fall leaves and sweater weather are upon us.  This is my favorite time of the year when I love to enjoy time outside with my family sitting beside a fire, bike riding, or just curling up with a good book and a blanket under the stars. It's also, in my opinion, THE best time for a portrait session! The weather is cooler, the fall colors are gorgeous, and the sunlight has a beautiful warm glow to it which makes a beautiful backdrop for portraits. It's also a great time to get a jump on the Holiday season and get your family portraits updated and ready to put on your Holiday Cards. I have had the honor of working with some truly wonderful clients this summer and you can see some of my favorite images from those sessions below. If you'd like to schedule a portrait session, be sure to contact me soon, as my fall calendar is filling quickly! I'd love to meet you and your family and create gorgeous heirloom artwork for your home:)

Holiday Mini Sessions 2017

Announcing Holiday Mini Sessions for 2017!

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I am so excited about our new Holiday Set!

This year's theme is "Sparkle for the Season" and was designed to show off your Holiday finery!  This set is great for children, siblings and small families.

Our mini sessions are just like they sound, half sessions (20 - 30 minutes) at a special holiday rate and includes special collection pricing and products as well.  You will not get a better deal at any other time of the year!

These sessions are very limited and will book quickly, so don't delay if you want to reserve your spot!  To sign up, email the studio at or call (412) 374-7359.

This year, I am offering BOTH indoor and outdoor sessions.  Indoor sessions will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at Greensburg Country Club. 

Outdoor sessions can be scheduled for any date/time and will include limited holiday props. I am only accepting bookings for 10 outdoor sessions at this reduced rate.  Once they fill up, sessions will go back to my regular session and package pricing.

Select either the Digital & Print Collection or the Signature Collection. Pricing is as follows:


(10) Digital Images with Print Release
(1) 8x10 Fine Art Print
(2) 5x7 Fine Art Prints
(8) Wallet Size Prints (*must be of same image)


(10) Digital Images with Print Release
(1) 8x10 Fine Art Print
(2) 5x7 Fine Art Prints
(8) Wallet Size Prints (*must be of same image)
11x14 Print (matted in 16x20 frame) - Your choice of gold, silver, or black

(Set of 50)

Add on custom-designed holiday cards to any collection!  Select from several different design options (all new for 2017).  Cost comes out to only $2.50 per card!

BONUS! Two-sided metal holiday ornament with every order over $400!


To reserve your session time, please email the studio at or call us at (412) 374-7359.  Let us be part of your holiday memories this year!

From Pretty Princesses to Zombie Eating Vampires…Can you Relate? And…introducing "Boho, Baby!" Spring Sessions

Aaahhh Children. 

Innocence & Wonder.  

Princes and Princesses.  

Fairies and Unicorns.  

Monsters and Grim Reapers and Soul-sucking Dementors.

Wait.  WHAT?!  

That about sums up my nieces’ first 5 Halloween costumes.  They went from cute curly-haired princesses in frilly dresses to gory hideous monsters seemingly overnight.  I’m not just talking about their Halloween costumes either.  

That was just the beginning.  Soon after, they wouldn’t dare be caught combing their matted hair, bathing regularly, wearing jeans without holes in them, or shirts that aren’t black and filled with wrinkles for fear that they look like they are “trying too hard” in front of their friends.  

It blew my mind to find out that it’s actually a “style” to look like you have no style.  The kids who pull it off best are the ones who look like they rolled out of bed and onto the school bus (and many of them have done just that).  

My sister, much to her dismay, cried as she packed up all of the tulle dresses & puffy skirts awash in sequins and glitter and dropped them off at Goodwill in a black garbage bag straining from the weight. 

Now…my sister isn’t a sentimental gal, but she sure wishes she had just ONE photo of her girls in one of those dresses looking sweet and innocent and girly.  Then, just maybe, she would remember the way her oldest daughter’s hair would curl around itself and get so matted, it would take hours of combing to get it untangled.  OR, how her youngest had those huge brown eyes and lashes for days that would get even larger when she smiled. AND…she would have proof (actual, documented proof) that at one time, even for a fleeting moment, those girls LOVED to wear those dresses.  

That’s just one of the many things that me and my sister miss…the vision of those young girls so full of innocence twirling around the living room in their dresses, their tulle skirts billowing out as they spin faster and faster.  I want that image in my mind forever, but as the years go on and those young girls grow into young women, that memory is getting harder and harder to conjure.

Need some help bringing YOUR memories to the forefront? 

I have an assignment for you.  Try it - right now.

Without looking at any old photos or videos, try to imagine your children 2-3 years ago. Close your eyes if you need to. What are they wearing? How were their features back then?  

Now, what did you love MOST about them at that age? You can’t be vague here. Was it the way your son cried every time the grass tickled his feet?  Was it the way your daughter would play dress up with your jewelry or the time she wore your engagement ring to school and you had to go retrieve it, all while trying not to have a panic attack? 

I’m guessing your memories are all mashed together, and you can’t remember specific details. The memories are there, but you can’t seem to get them out. 

Now bring out a photo or a journal entry, and the memories will FLOOD back! “Oh yeah! Little Siena used to wear that crazy neon green hat, and sunglasses that were too big and insist on carrying around that little rubber worm with the brown spots. We lost that worm at Disneyworld and she cried for days (all while still wearing those darn sunglasses)”.

What can be done to hang on to those precious visions?” 

Don’t worry!  I got you:)

We all need prompts to open the floodgates of precious memories stored in the recesses of our brains for safe keeping.  Photographs help us access the details of those memories.


Introducing "Boho, Baby!" Sessions 2017

8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print Example

8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print Example

What is it?

The result is something that will kick your memories back into gear, so you can experience what I just talked about, the emotions and memories you forgot you had.

"Boho, Baby!" Spring Sessions give your child a chance to experience something fun, magical and memorable while also giving you the chance to see them as they once were before they hit the “gore” stage.  If you are one of the lucky ones and your child is still in the "innocent prince/princess stage" then this is the perfect way to capture that stage before they move on to the next (not so pretty) one! The 8x10 Inspiration Print will be a tangible keepsake of your child, full of wonder and in the “prince” or “princess” stage that flew by before you could blink. It will also serve as a daily boost of self-confidence to your child as they see their image along with the inspirational message and are reminded of all of the unique and special qualities they possess.


"Boho, Baby!" Signature Session, Credit and 8x10 Inspiration Print

  • 25 - 30 minute portrait session with flower swing, mason jar full of “fairies” and other fun surprises.  You also have the option to use the Studio’s wardrobe to create a boho styled session at no additional charge.
  • $75 portrait credit toward your artwork of choice - great for hanging on your wall or giving as gifts. (In-person ordering session required)
  • Free 8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print - Your child’s image with inspirational text and graphics will make a unique art piece that will serve as a daily reminder to your child to be positive, stay strong, or be brave.  A perfect piece to display in your child’s room to give them the self-confidence they will need to navigate the years ahead. (A $95 value)
  • Price: $127 


*Sessions are non-refundable
* $127 is the session retainer, $52 of that is used toward the session, the other $75 is used as portrait credit, the 8x10 Artist’s Choice Inspiration Print is free.
* Portrait Credit MUST be used during the in-person ordering session.  After that time the credit will be forfeited.




"Boho, Baby!" Spring Signature Session FAQ


Who is this for?

These sessions are perfect for children of any age, either alone or with siblings! The floral swing makes such a fun backdrop for capturing your child's innocence and wonder!  I will photograph siblings together, and individually for some great images that you and your children will love.

How do we book?

You can see our available session dates and times and reserve your session at this link. You will need to select your desired “day/time” from the available options, and check out with a credit card.  If you prefer to book over the phone, feel free to contact me at 412.374.7359 and I will be happy to take your payment information.


What should we wear?

If you are planning to use the Studio's wardrobe, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your session so that you will have time to change.  A pop-up dressing room will be provided.  Please bring a backup outfit in case your child's size is not available or the available wardrobe is not to your liking.  Shoes and jewelry will not be provided.

If you plan to use your own clothing, I recommend a plain colored dress for girls (no patterns) and a button down shirt with a tie or suspenders for boys (again, no patterns).  Shoes should be a neutral color, black, or metallic and jewelry should be kept to a minimum.  

Some other things to consider:
Please remove chipped nail polish or touch it up before the session.
Please remove any temporary tattoos or stickers.


What is the 8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print?

It is a print of your child’s image with inspirational text and graphics. The combination of images, text and graphics will make a unique art piece that will serve as a daily reminder to your child to be positive, stay strong, or be brave.  It is the perfect piece to display in your child’s room to give them the self-confidence they will need to navigate the years ahead. 


How do I use my print credit and order more prints from the session?

2-3 weeks after your session, we will schedule your Ordering Appointment. where you will see 6-10 images from your session.  Your print credit MUST be used at the Ordering Appointment or it will be forfeited.  Additional prints and products may be ordered during this appointment as well.


Am I required to order a package or additional prints and products?

Absolutely not! There is no obligation for you to order additional prints or products, however, most people find that it is hard to choose just one image from their session and often purchase additional items.  Most clients spend between $500 - $700, including the session fee.


When should we arrive?

We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before your scheduled session time, especially if you are using the Studio's wardrobe. Since the sessions are on such a tight schedule, anyone arriving more than 5 minutes late for their session will forfeit their session retainer.


What happens if we need to cancel or reschedule?

Because we have such a limited time frame for these portraits, the session retainer is non-refundable. If we have more available dates specific to the "Boho, Baby!" sessions, we can reschedule as long as you give us at least 48 hours notice. No-shows forfeit the entire session retainer. Anybody more than 5 minutes late for their session will forfeit their session retainer.


Can I give this session as a gift to my wife or mother?

Absolutely! Just go through the checkout process and book at this link, using your own information. After you successfully purchase the session, pop me an email at letting me know you are using this as a gift. At that point I’ll mail you a certificate you can give as a gift.


Can I include all of my children so that they can be photographed together?

You sure can, however, any group with more than 3 children needs to purchase two back-to-back sessions. A larger group will take longer to photograph. You will get the complete benefit of two sessions (double the product credit and two identical inspiration prints)


Can we get in the pictures and can we include grandma too?

I am happy to do a quick photo of you and Dad with your children, however, since this is a mini-session, I am unable to include grandparents or other relatives due to time constraints. You can email or call us about a traditional portrait session if you would like a complete set of family portraits. Our traditional portrait sessions include portraits of your children together, individuals of your children, you and your partner, and can include grandparents too!

Any other questions?  Feel free to contact me at or 412.374.7359.

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