Proud to be named by Expertise as one of the best Newborn Photographers in Pittsburgh
three years in a row, 2018, 2017 and 2016!

photo credit: Pia Rothmann Portrait Photography

Welcome to Laura Mares Photography! Where photography meets creativity + heart.

Since you are here you must be in need of beautiful portraits of your family. I love that. That’s what I do best! I strive to capture creative, natural, and timeless images of you and your family to treasure for years to come. My work is a blending of photojournalism and fine art.

I’m Laura, a newborn, child and family photographer based in Mt. Lebanon, PA and serving the greater Pittsburgh area. I have a cheerful, easy going personality, am patient and love meeting new people. I’m all about experiencing a whole-hearted life, engaging in meaningful conversations and recording the beauty in the world.

Beginning the journey

I grew up dreaming of becoming a photojournalist for National Geographic. I imaged traveling to the ends of the earth, photographing the beautiful people and telling their story to the people at home. I spent years working in a dark room learning the ins and outs of all things photography. I earned a communications degree with a minor in advertising, PR and international studies. With my heart set on travel, I took a job teaching English in Prague. It was there that I married my soulmate, a Czech lawyer fluent in Czech, German and English. Soon after, we settled down in Pittsburgh. Life was good. During my third pregnancy I did some soul searching and decided it was time to pursue a full time photography career.

About the business

I am an experienced photographer specializing in capturing timeless family keepsakes. Photo sessions are either on location (a local park, your home, etc.) or in my fully equipped home studio, located in Mt. Lebanon, eight miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. My goal is to create an experience where my clients feel comfortable enough to enjoy themselves while feeling confident that I'll capture who they are with my camera.

I consider it a joy and a privilege when you hire me as your photographer. I am committed to producing the best work possible for you. I take pride in my photography and consider it art. I search to provide uniquehigh end props including: authentic antiques, souvenirs from travels, knitted and crocheted outfits and blankets, vintage plaid wool blankets, natural furs and flokati rugs and wooden plank floor boards. I strive to answer your emails, be punctual, and deliver your gallery and products in a timely manner. To stay current in an ever changing industry I attend monthly entrepreneur meetings and multiple photography workshops each year.

Loads of experience 

I have had many satisfied clients since I first began this journey in 2001, capturing magazine covers, yearbook portraits, head shots and group shots for the Legal Intelligencer, Duquesne University, Carlow University, Frick Academy, Baldwin Whitehall School District as well as many families around Pittsburgh. My work has appeared nationally and internationally in magazines and art shows. Although this all started back when I was in college at Robert Morris University, I took a couple breaks to travel and have kids along the way. It grew into a full time business in 2015.

Random fun facts:

  • I have three children (so I can always find a beautiful model!)
  • I’m a INFP | The Idealist
  • I have visited 46 states and 26 countries.
  • My husband and I got engaged on a cruise ship from Gibraltar to Morocco. So we don’t know what continent we were on!
  • My bucket list if full of places I want to visit, with Scotland at the top of my list and Alaska, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana close behind!
  • I love shopping for antiques, decorating our home and reading historical fiction.

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Please note: Expectant parents should inquire during pregnancy to ensure a session date is available for their baby. Studio newborn baby pictures are best captured within the first 10 days of life.

Let’s connect!

Click here to book your session today, call (412) 654-3367 or email I'm social - become a fan and follow along with the journey.