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Ella & Tutu Visit the Zoo | Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

January 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Ella & Tutu Visit the Zoo | Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photography by Laura Mares.

It is Ella's 4th birthday and Tutu has decided to treat her to an exciting trip to the Zoo! The family packs themselves into the minivan and begins the trek to the wildlife park. Ella can hardly contain her excitement as they soar upward on the escalator. 

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Ella poses before the huge sign and proudly boasts her new age, 4!

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

The two stumble upon a Rhino, and Tutu is terrified before Ella patiently explains to her that it is just a piece of cardboard. They see how they measure up to the size of a real Rhino, and Ella jumps for joy when she sees that she is older than Tutu is Rhino years. 

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

The next animal they stumble upon is a ferocious Tiger! The three become fast friends...

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Ella and Tutu continue walking, bundled up in their layers of brightly colored coats and winter accessories. Soon Tutu catches sight of a sign informing them that penguins are soon to be parading on the path near the aquarium. The two dash to the scene and excitedly watch the performers.  A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

After the penguins rush off to their cozy indoor homes, Ella and Tutu begin the treacherous journey down the polar bear ridden path. They gasp in relief when the cage is empty, and sneak inside for some quick shots.  A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Next, the two adventurers find a black cat that they can ride!  They imagine a kingdom where they are the rulers and the big cat is the mascot, who goes by the name "Whiskers."

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Ella and Tutu escape the relentless wind as they rush to the aquarium. They are quickly captivated by the elegant fish. 

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

They then round the corner, wondering what could possibly be next.

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Tutu finds the beautiful, blooming flower first and leads the way for Ella to discover it.  

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

The next room frightens Ella extremely when they find themselves in the dark. 

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Trembling, they walk along the hall and uncover dancing jellyfish. They realize that it's in the dark that one finds the light.   A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Ella's tummy grumbles in hunger just as Mommy announces that it's lunch time. Ella grins from ear to ear!

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

As they await the foods' arrival, they search to find where they are on the map.

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

With full tummy's, the two enter the Elephant den, and are shocked at how huge it is! They marvel as the zookeepers feed, shower and manicure the massive creatures. 

A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

As they reach the end of their adventure, they wander the gift store and Ella laughs as she imagines the shark singing Happy Birthday.   A girl and her doll visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. | Photos by Laura Mares

Thanks for joining Ella & Tutu on their birthday zoo adventure! Read more of their adventures here.


Laura Mares is an experienced photographer specializing in capturing timeless family keepsakes. Laura works on location and in her fully equipped home studio, located in Mt. Lebanon, eight miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. Laura’s style is creative, natural, and timeless. Would you like beautiful portraits of your newborn baby, to update your child and family portraits or to document a milestone in your life such as a wedding, graduation, birthday or reunion? If you are interested in high quality, timeless photographs, book your session today, call (412) 654-3367 or email laura.mares@me.com. To view a wide range of gorgeous portraits and to get great tips, advice and beautiful inspiration follow along on Instagram and Facebook.


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