Greenwald Betz Family Portrait | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

This is an inner southeast family with an adorable Old Portland house, complete with stunning front porch and a climbing wall and treehouse in the yard.  August (Gus) is 3 and baby Ezekiel (Zeke) is 9 months.  I just love these boys’ solid citizen names.  Gus was one of the names on our short list of baby names for Jonah (along with Grover and Emory), but we went with Jonah because it just seemed more suitable somehow.  Anyway, I loved how these portraits turned out with all the variations of stripes (3 shirts + siding) and with mom’s devotional tattoo peeking out alongside her adorable sons.  So charming!

Totally dying over Zeke’s two little teeth showing. He is just a couple weeks older than Jonah and reminds me of him so much!

Accordion Mini Album

Do you love showing off your baby’s sweet face as much as I do?

I just got my accordion mini albums from the printer this afternoon!  These things are so stinkin’ adorable.  Of course I used my favorite model so I could order a couple extra books for the grandparents 🙂  But seriously, look at this MOST adorable pocket album:

Perfect for showing off to anyone who will listen–comes with a hard front and back cover and a durable ivory sleeve.  Also sits nicely on a shelf or desk.  I have other designs as well but I love this one with the buttons and stitching.  Almost too cute to handle.

Class of 2012: Lexa F., Vancouver WA

I photographed Lexa in downtown Vancouver, Washington this fine Labor Day weekend.  I love the hair color… and that necklace, wow!  Lexa is a very talented artist and a lovely lady, and she had several ideas for great places to go for photos.  We intended to go to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, but when we arrived we found it was Kumoricon, a new phenomenon for me but one familiar to Lexa.  There were people everywhere in crazy costumes (some more appropriate for a public venue than others, yikes), quite a scene!

We started at this beautiful wall that depicts scenes from WWII.  Lexa told me that she has a love for history and art and wanted to incorporate some of the scenes.  I got a ton of great shots here.

We then hit a few other great hidden spots, including a beautiful ivy-covered wall and an old whitewashed brick alley.  I will definitely shoot seniors in downtown Vancouver again because there were so many beautiful backdrops.

Lexa was easy to photograph and I got so many beautiful shots from this senior session!

Photo Collage Storyboards

Storyboards are a modern way of displaying favorite photos and can include design elements such as lettering, drawings, flourishes, or frames printed right on top of the photo.  They are mounted on styrene and they arrive ready to place on a tabletop easel or in a frame.  I am an experienced artist and designer and can customize designs, colors, and text to your liking.

Today I was testing out some new design elements on this photo of Baby Oona… I love the idea of putting baby’s name in these blocks right on top of the photo and printing it on a storyboard.  I also added a lacy border to this photo:

Here’s one I made of Jonah at 7 months:

You can also keep it simple, creating a collage with rounded corners to add a fresh twist to displaying photo collages… no need to bother with multiple prints and mats in a complicated frame.

Imagine this one sitting on the buffet table at the graduation shindig:

Custom storyboards start at only $40, including the photos, and are printed at my pro lab.