LifeStyle or Formal photos?  How do you pick?  Well, with me as your photographer, you don’t have to pick.

This is why when families come to me for portraits, I try my best to capture their families as they want them captured and for some, that is a mix of real life and those more posed portraits.  We can make it all work!

This family contacted me and Mom was hoping to get some photos of them doing something together as a family but she also wanted some more formal shots.   I said we could definitely manage that.  For the lifestyle part of their session, she decided to have me photograph her making apple crisp with her boys.  They love baking together and they have a great kitchen with a big table that is perfect for this.



  • SUBJECTS: Family, mom, dad, 2 boys

  • LOCATION: North hills, Pittsburgh

family documentary photography, making apple crisp

family documentary photography, making apple crispfamily documentary photography, making apple crisp

little boy with hat over his eyes

And of course, when you’re documenting a family, you can’t forget the 4 legged family members.

family dog, family documentary portrait session

While the apple crisp was going into the oven, I had some time to capture the boys reading, playing and enjoying their space.

brothers reading together, Pittsburgh documentary portrait session

brothers reading togetherboy playing piano and boy playing with robot

mom and son cuddling, lifestyle photography

Outside Time

Then we moved on to the second part of their family session- some posed portraits in the backyard.

Pittsburgh family fall portraitWexford family fall portrait session

Wexford fall family portrait photography

The posed portraits went so smoothly, the apple crisp still had time to finish baking and so we did a few more playing photos outside.

little boy digging with his trucksboy playing baseball in the yard

And all of this was within the 60-90 minute full sessions that I offer clients.  We were able to not only capture portraits but also a bit of what life is with their family at home, together.  Boys playing and reading and baseball and baking with mom and dad.

That’s what photography is for- it freezes time for the moment.  It preserves memories of life and home and family.

Have you had your family photographed like this?  Contact me and we can give it a try!

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