Evoking You Maternity and Motherhood Photography by Viva Portraits

Hi all!

Viva Portraits is growing and one of the main areas is maternity, newborn, and motherhood photography. This is a huge passion of mine. This whole business was inspired by my first daughter and the desire to capture her true essence on film after all. I always tell my newborn photo clients — she is the one that got away for me. I got into artistic photography when she was about 6 months old so I don’t those precious first photos of her. Even the company that takes photos at the hospital somehow missed our room so we never even got those of her!

Everything happens for a reason and this created the desire in me to make sure everyone else gets gorgeous photos of their newborn babies. But mamas, listen, it’s important for you to get in the photo too! And that starts with maternity photos!! I know, some of you are groaning even thinking of getting in front of the camera. But it is so important. This is a journey that will change you and shape you and trust me you want to capture every step of the way.


We started “Evoking you by Viva” because we believe that maternity/newborn and mommy and me type photos deserved more attention. This branch of Viva includes full styling from the wardrobe to the hair and makeup to the props. We work with you to choose the location, style of photos, and any themes you want to incorporate.

That being said we need your help deciding on which of these beautiful dresses to add to our wardrobe closet—

These are from Etsy.com– comment if you think we should add the pink, blue or red first!

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This one above has a nice romantic feel to it and is flattering for all body types! It probably comes in other colors too.

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This one above is a beautiful color and would show off even the most modest bump!


If drama is your thing this one above is definitely for you! How gorgeous are these dark colors! I think this would be beautiful outside as well.

Let us know what you think!

And contact us today- tricia@vivaportraitstudio.com

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Baby and child photography with an artistic touch

we just love taking photos of your little angels! babies and kids are so genuine and we have so much fun during these sessions. if you are looking for an updated portrait or newborn photo session we do that as well but this is a little deeper. we are now offering fine art angel sessions! these sessions are about an hour long- they can be done in studio or outside. we start with a little chat about your little one, their personality and what colors/themes you would like to use in the photograph. We provide the wardrobe and we will either use actual angel wing props or add them afterwards in photoshop.

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Did you know not only does your child have a guardian angel always by their side but an archangel connected to them that protects them and helps them use their divine gifts throughout their lifetime?

What is an archangel?

Archangels are incredibly powerful beings of the spiritual realm. They watch over humanity and angels, but also over various aspects of the universe itself.

There are many many archangels with different areas of focus for example:

Michael: the angel of protection and love. Michael carries a sword of light that dissolves any fear.

Gabriel: this angel helps with emotions- a great angel to help little ones with anxiety or strong emotions

Raphael: the angel of healing – physical, mental and relationship healing.

Chamuel: this angels name means “the eyes of God” Chamuel can help find lost things as well as be a traveling companion and bring peace and comfort wherever you go

There are so many more, these are just a few examples! Part of this photo session is tuning into your little one’s energy to see which archangel they are most connected with at this time! It’s a beautiful and fun session.

Contact Tricia today to schedule yours! tricia@vivaportraitstudio.com

Learn more about archangels here:

Doreen Virtue describes specific archangels

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Why fall photos are the best

It’s no secret that everyone loves everything fall in Pittsburgh Pa! From pumpkin spice lattes to crisp cool air it’s a great time of year. Fall photos are on everyones agenda this time of year!


Fall photos are great because the air is a little cooler so everyone is more comfortable. This also opens up more fashion options! Layers are so fun in photos.

But let’s be honest – the number one reason fall is so great for photos is the leaves!! The fall colors are so beautiful and fleeting. It’s fantastic to capture this time of year in photos.

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There are so many beautiful spots in Pittsburgh to take fall photos! Whether you are in the North hills, Mount Lebanon, Shadyside or Moon Township, we can find a spot thats convenient for you! The light in the fall is really pretty in the early morning and late afternoon. If possible that’s a great time to schedule photos! That being said, at Viva we always say the babies (or kids) are the boss. If the best time for your toddler is 1pm we can make that work too!

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Candid photos are just as important to us as posed portraits. Sometimes those little moments that happen in between the posed photos are the best!

We love to make your photo shoot fun- what would your kids like to do? Visit a pumpkin patch? Run through the leaves? If it’s hard to think of something we don’t blame you- leave it to us- let us know your kids ages and we will do the rest!

Toddlers love having a little project like collecting leaves or sticks. Older kids love pretending we are on an adventure. Most of the time we get the posed photos out of the way first and then just have fun! You would be surprised how easy it gets when the pressure is off!

Our fall schedule is filling up fast so email us today at tricia@vivaportraitstudio.com

Thanks for reading!

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North Park photos on location near Pittsburgh

There are so many beautiful photos spots near pittsburgh pa.  Whether you are in Mount Lebanon, Shadyside, Gibsonia, Sewickley or Robinson Twp. Pa we can certainly find a beautiful spot near you! We like to pick a few locations through the summer to have mini sessions. How is a mini different than a full session? Minis are a shorter amount of time. This can be great to get the classic family photo with everyone looking and smiling, siblings together, and updated portraits for any age. Full sessions are better for newborns and more creative sessions where we get some great candid shots as well as the classic photos.

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These photos were taken in North Park. There are so many great spots within the park but we usually set up shop by the boathouse.  There is such a nice variety here with the lake, the stone building, and these beautiful birch trees! I have a weakness for birch trees if they are around I love to use them for photos!

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These three kiddos are some of my absolute favorites! Always so much fun to photograph! We had some amazing weather this day too. It wasn’t too hot and there was a nice breeze from the lake. Some kids really light up outside so it’s really nice to take advantage of these seasonal photos. We love to let kids lead the way for their session, especially the little little ones. If they want to pick flowers, throw rocks in the water  or climb trees- whatever gets those sweet smiles works for us!

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Oh my gosh this baby had so many smiles! What a fun age- around nine months- so much exploring to do! Big sister and big brother were so good with the baby. It was wonderful to see the connection between them all. With a mini session you end up getting around 5-10 finished beautiful images with printing rights. Email to check our mini session schedule- tricia@vivaportraitstudio.com

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Maternity photos in Robinson Township

Our lovely client had us take photos at her beautiful home near Robinson Pa west of Pittsburgh. The colors just popped this beautiful July day!

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Textures make photos really come alive! We love the red lace sleeve and the green leaves in this photo make a nice contrast to the dress! We love assisting our clients with wardrobe- it can make a big difference in the photos!


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This beautiful mama is expecting baby number two. She has a handsome son already and this one is a baby girl! We are really looking forward to taking the newborn photos of this little princess! We take maternity photos on location or in our studio. Both options are great and it’s nice to have somewhere to go when the weather isn’t so nice!


Tricia (our head photographer) was talking with a client the other day about how she didn’t feel “photogenic” enough to have maternity photos taken with her first two pregnancies. Little did she know that with the right photographer they could have been a beautiful memory! Luckily she did have the photos taken when she was pregnant with her third (and last) baby. Trust us- you will never regret having photos taken only NOT having them taken!! If nothing else your kids will love to look back someday and see you during this special time.


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If it helps you feel more comfortable we absolutely encourage partners, fur babies and/or older siblings to be in the maternity photos! Seasonal ideas are nice too- getting in a pond or creek during the summer makes beautiful images, snow in the winter etc. Let’s get creative together!

If you are going solo for your photos you might choose our mini session- it’s a nice quick session and you get about 5-10 photos with printing rights. If it’s a family affair you might want a larger package with more time and more photos as a result!

Contact us today to schedule- 412-965-9674 or tricia@vivaportraitstudio.com

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