Thank you for considering Laura Mares Photography! If you choose me as a photographer, you are choosing not only to have your portraits taken, but a fun experience too! I imagine you are curious about what you could expect at your session! Knowing what to expect can help your prepare for your session. I love to combine posed and candid shots to create a variety of portraits for your gallery.


To schedule your portrait session, weither it is newborn, child, family or lifestyle you need to complete the proposal, contract and send a $50 retainer. Please note, family portraits in the fall book quickly. During scheduling we will choose the location for your portrait session. If you would like reccomendations, I have several places where I love to shoot. We will pick the best location that showcases you (and your family) the best! We can meet in local parks, at your home or in my Mt. Lebanon home studio.

Before Your Session:

Once we schedule a date for your portrait session, you can start thinking about what to wear. I know this can be difficult, but I can provide you with several tips to unstress the process! Decide if you'd like me to bring any props, you are also welcome to bring your own.

During Your Session:

I love hearing over and over again that photoshoots with me are FUN! I am thrilled to hear this because I want you to look back at your portraits with fond memories of a fun experience! I try to ease everyone out of being uncomfortable and feeling awkward, and instead, to enjoy the moment with each other. So get ready for some fun!

After Your Session:

After a couple of days, I often post a couple of sneak peeks on Facebook and/or Instagram for you. Please tag yourself and/or share!

Ordering Portraits:

Typically around two weeks after your session, I will upload a gallery of lightly edited portraits for you to chose your favorites. Once you have chosen I will complete any additional edits, if needed. You are able to order prints directly through 

What kind of photographer are you?

​​​​​​Primarily ​I am a newborn, family, lifestyle photographer. I aim to capture authentic moments between you and your family.

Where are portrait, family, lifestyle sessions held?

Sessions are held on location in local parks (both urban and rural locations are possible), your home or in my home studio in Mt. Lebanon. 

How long will my session be?

Most sessions last around an hour, with newborn and lifestyle sessions lasting longer.

What will my session be like?

​​​​​​​I am primarily a newborn, family lifestyle photographer.

Where will my newborn session be held?

Lifestyle sessions are in your home while posed newborn sessions are in the studio.

What should I wear?

Clothes should be comfortable and fitted. Layers add interest in the portrait. For families I recommend starting with mom's outfit and coordinate the family to mom. Read more tips on the blog

How far out are you booked?

Typically two months in advance.

Will I get the digital photos from my session?

Yes, all packages include digital images, the amount included depends on your package.

How can I order prints and products from you?

It's possible to order prints directly from the website. For other items, I will order them for you from a variety of labs. Customized professional products include albums, wooden blocks, canvases, and more.