Pumpkin spice has made it’s appearance!  That means fall is right around the corner with it’s crisp air, fiery trees and comfy sweaters.

That also means it’s time to start planning for fall family portraits sessions.

Once again I’ll be scheduling Short Sessions during the months of September, October and November.  I have a limited number of appointments available so it’s best to schedule early to guarantee your spot.

Short sessions are a perfect way to update your photos (and get that special image for your holiday card)!  And just so you know, I will still be scheduling full sessions for newborns, tweens and families as well.

Last year’s fall sessions were so much fun!  We had leaf battles, tree climbing, and deer spotting!  Not to mention lots of hugs and laughs.  Oh and 4 legged family members are welcome too!

fall family portraits with Jodi Walsh Photography

About the session

Sessions are $225.  I offer flexible scheduling for your 1 hour session on location.  Sessions include a $125 print credit and 3 digital files with print release.  My short session clients can expect a gallery of 20 re-touched images within 2 weeks of their session.  Additional products and digital files are available for purchase from your final gallery.

For additional session and booking information, please email me or fill out my contact form and I’ll be happy to get back to you so we can start planning!

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Volleyball Players Pittsburgh Session

Last week I posted a teen/tween sisters session that we had in downtown Pittsburgh.   We spent our time walking around the cultural district and just enjoying empty streets on a Sunday.  This is rare and made possible because football season hasn’t officially started yet and the Pirates were out of town.

Teen sessions are all about capturing YOU (the teen) and clothing is a big part of that.  I encourage my clients to plan on two outfits for their session- usually one is more formal and one is more casual.  For this session, the girls decided that they wanted to have their second outfit be their volleyball uniforms.  Needless to say, I was so excited for this!

My high school soccer photos never looked this cool!

Pittsburgh urban teen session in volleyball uniforms

Pittsburgh urban teen portrait session in volleyball uniform

Making a Difference

Miss M plays for the high school volleyball team.  It’s a sport that she’s very passionate about, even traveling to Florida this summer to participate in a tournament!  What’s also cool about Miss M is that she created and implemented a small volleyball camp for elementary and middle school girls over the summer for her senior project.  For 3 mornings back in June, girls from grades 5 and up could go to the gym and begin to learn volleyball skills.  My daughter participated and loved it!  And I was so surprised and impressed that it was organized by this 15 yr old!!

 

Pittsburgh urban teen portrait session in volleyball uniform

Pittsburgh urban teen session in volleyball uniforms

Miss NK isn’t old enough yet to play on the high school team but she is working hard and honing her skills.  I’m confident that she’ll be there soon enough!

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A portrait should show who you are and that can include what activities you do.  !And having your portrait taken should be an exciting experience where you walk away feeling confident and proud of who you are and how you look.  I’m learning that no matter how amazing you look on the outside, often we don’t feel that confident on the inside but just the right image can change that feeling.  Do you have a teen or tween who would love a session like this?    Contact me and let’s start planning

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North Hills Sisters Session around Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

I’ve mentioned how fun these tween/teen sessions are to do.  Well, I now have evidence!

Last year, this tween’s mom contacted me because she new her daughter would love an experience like this.  She was right.  Her Boho session in a local park was so much fun and she loved her images.  Big sister wanted to participate too but in true teenage fashion, she couldn’t quite make the early morning session time that we set.

As you can imagine, I was excited and surprised to hear from mom last month.  She contacted me saying that both girls wanted to have a teen session this year!

And It was such a great session and so different from last year!  This year the girls decided that they wanted to plan a urban teen shoot.  They wanted a city location and they decided to have one of their outfits be their volleyball uniforms!  With such different images, I decided to break up their blog posts into 2 parts- the city session and then their volleyball session.

Session Details-Teen/Tween Session

  • Session Type: Teen/Tween Sisters
  • Subject: Tween girl, Teenage Sister
  • Location: Downtown Pittsburgh, Cultural District

What I love about these sessions is seeing the confidence just come through as my clients get more comfortable with the camera!  Just a few glimpses at what I’m capturing on the back of my camera can give a huge boost to confidence and transform the session.

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Pittsburgh tween urban portrait session

Pittsburgh teen urban portrait sessionPittsburgh teen urban portrait sessionPittsburgh tween urban portrait sessionAs you can see, downtown Pittsburgh can provide a wide variety of backdrops for portraits.  In just this session, I found sculptural elements, bright airy spots, industrial and the natural ivy wall!  And all of it was available within a 5 minute walk!  It’s one of the things that I love about shooting downtown.

Is it time to update your portraits?  Contact me!  There are still appointments available for families and tweens!

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Long Beach Island Vacation

Our visits to the beach each summer are full of relaxing, reading, soaking up the sun and just enjoying family time without the world’s intrusion.  We don’t watch TV or listen to the radio (aside from occasional classical music).  We still check our phones but that is minimal too.  Our vacations are for the most part, unplugged and I love it.

So what do we do with all of that time?  Lots of talking and connecting.  Lots of games of doubles solitaire.  And I always have my camera out.

Last year, I was determined to do some photos of my daughter, my beach girl.  I picked up a long and flow-y white dress and we walked over to the beach around sunset. It was magical!  I loved the images of my girl and she loved getting her dress wet in the waves!

We were both excited to do this again.

Same dress, Same beach.

My girl insisted on wearing the same dress.  It still fit but a little tighter and a little shorter.  Yep, she’s growing.  Still there is something classic, almost timeless about a girl in a white dress on the beach.  Still beautiful.

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What do I love the images of my beach girl?

Well, of course I think my daughter is beautiful and I’m almost desperate to stop time and soak all of the moments in because they’re passing by so fast.  I can’t even fully express all that I think as I watch her transform from my goofy little peanut into this poised young lady.

And yet there is something more of value to these images.

My daughter isn’t camera-shy.  She isn’t afraid to make a silly face or strike a goofy pose.  Her favorite images are the ones where she’s wearing her glasses because they’re more “her.”  She’s fearless.  She’s confident.  confident

That has been what I wanted for her.  From the moment I looked at her sweet face, I wanted her to not question her value or worth but to be confident in who she is as well as how she looks.

Yes, it’s not perfect. She has her moments of doubt as most of them do, especially at this age but they are brief and quickly forgotten.

And that’s why I do this.

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Summer Session with My Beach Girl

The beach is my happy place!  The breezes, the salty air, the sound of waves crashing… all of those little details combine to bring me just enough joy that I can overlook my annoyance with sandy feet.

The Jersey Shore has been our beach destination for the past several years and I’ve always wanted to do beach pictures.  Unfortunately, I never seem to have the time or a cooperative subject.  The days pass so quickly on vacation.  And my little beach girl is more interested in playing than posing!

This year, I made a point of doing some planning and making it happen.  It helped that it became more important to my girl when she saw the pretty dress that I picked up for the session.

It worked out perfectly!  My girl in her dress with sun-kissed cheeks and salty hair on the beach with the setting sun.

  • Subject – tween girl
  • Location- Long Beach Island, New Jersey

 

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Take the Time

I look back at these images and I’m so happy that I took them.  That I made the time to take them.  My girl is growing.  I’m seeing her transform from a little girl into a young lady.  Images like this freeze those moments.  I can look back at how carefree she danced in the waves in the dress that was a little too big.  I can remember her chasing seagulls, running and laughing with her crazy hair blowing in the wind.

My advice to you and to all the parents out there- take the pictures!  Don’t direct.  Don’t force looks and smiles.  Sit back and observe and take the pictures.  Be the document-er of your child’s history.  Not just when they’re little but also as they grow.

And take the time to have someone capture you with them.

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