Mary Kizina Photography: Blog en-us (C) Mary Kizina Photography [email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sat, 13 May 2023 14:49:00 GMT Sat, 13 May 2023 14:49:00 GMT Mary Kizina Photography: Blog 80 120 Lifestyle Newborn and maternity pgh Hello everyone!! I am so thankful for 2019 and how much my business has grown and developed. Due to unforeseen circumstances I have lost my home of 1346 Silver Lane. Although it is sad, I am looking forward to what the future will bring. I am on the search for a new home and I am certain I will find the perfect place to capture your perfect memories. 

In the meantime I will begin offering lifestyle sessions to capture your perfect memories in your home! Because of this new service I am currently looking for models to help me promote this opportunity!! I am specifically on the search for a few newborns (preferably under a month old) and maternity clients. Here are a few examples from the past (like the way past!) that I am looking to recreate within my new style. Please share this blog with those who have just welcomed a new sweet pea or are expecting within the next few months! 

This session will be heavily discounted and will be used for further promotions of these sessions. If you are interested, please contact me via email ([email protected])! I am looking forward to meeting with you!

I want to thank every single one of you for your continued support and love. Mary Kizina Photography wouldn't be anything without all of you!!  IMG_0558 copyIMG_0558 copy IMG_3439 copyIMG_3439 copy IMG_4512IMG_4512 IMG_4578 copyIMG_4578 copy IMG_8556 copyIMG_8556 copy IMG_9059 copyIMG_9059 copy IMG_9083IMG_9083 IMG_9089 copyIMG_9089 copy IMG_9274 copyIMG_9274 copy IMG_9333IMG_9333 IMG_9784 copyIMG_9784 copy

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) lifestyle maternity Newborn Pittsburgh Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:46:33 GMT
Glowing Mama to be Schenley Park is so gorgeous in Pittsburgh, but not as gorgeous as this mama to be!! The weather has been perfect these past few weeks. We certainly are lucky. I love the flowers outside of Phipps Conservatory, especially at sunset. We had a great time strolling around and taking in the view. Maternity sessions may be my favorite type!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 24 Sep 2019 23:52:18 GMT
Family means everything! Large families make my day! I just love capturing the love that siblings, cousins, parents, children, grandparents all have for each other! We always have so much fun and the kids are always so excited to have everyone they love all in one place. If you have never had a large family photo session - DO IT! It may be hectic, but the outcome is always worth it and so much more. Just look at all these smiling faces!


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 24 Sep 2019 22:49:42 GMT
Down on the farm I will never grow tired of shooting on this location with the Valentine Family. The scenery is almost as beautiful as these kids are. Luciano turned 3 and there was no better way to celebrate than a sunset session during golden hour, on a farm, with a tractor, and his big brother and sister! 

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 24 Sep 2019 22:42:37 GMT
Princess Ella Miss Ella has grown so much since I first met her. She grows more beautiful ebery time, too! Three year olds are so magical but Ella had even more pixy dust for her birthday session. She had just come back from Disney World and she was feeling the "Disney effect" pretty hard! So many poses and cheeses and princess twirls. I was in love with how much fun she was having! Check it out for yourself. 


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 24 Sep 2019 22:24:10 GMT
Bat Girl is 5 My youngest baby is going to be FIVE years old and I can't even. Literally cannot!!! How did this happen? How did time go so fast? I'm sure many of you can relate.

For her 5th birthday photo session - she wanted to wear her Bat Girl costume. I mean, come on, wouldn't you? I had a hard time saying no to her sweet face and alas this amazing gallery was born. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! 



Mary Kizina Photography. Pittsburgh Child Photographer. 

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:48:36 GMT
Taco Belle Maddi Grace is somewhat of a celebrity in Pittsburgh - even at 1 month old!! She was born just before Christmas and she was in such a hurry to meet her mama that she didn't wait to get to the hospital. This sweet baby girl decided to make her debut in her mom's car in the parking lot of Taco bell!! Mom delivered her alone and tied her umbilical chord with a shiny ribbon. What a perfect way to symbolize what and perfect present this princess is. We had some fun with her newborn images in the studio and used some props from the popular fast food restuarant.



















































































Maddi Grace was such a sweet heart that I couldn't help myself with her gallery. She is just absolutely perfect!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:31:16 GMT
Three year old princess Bianca is such a sweet girl and I was so blessed to be able to take her 3 year old photos! I love capturing her fun loving energy and smiles! 

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:25:30 GMT
A precious christmas newborn Right before Christmas this adorable little boy made is debut a few weeks early. He didn't want to wait to celebrate his first Christmas. 

Although this family isn't orginally from Pittsburgh. Mama wanted to take a picture for grandpa with a terrible towel. I cannot say no to that!! I love me some Steelers.

This little guy is one lucky fellow to join a family as sweet as this one!

I could have taken pictures of this precious little bean all day <3

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) family in studio newborn Pittsburgh Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:22:21 GMT
Santa clause came to town! Christmas time is often my favorite time of year! In December I was lucky enough to have Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by the studio for exclusive mini sessions. It was the best time that I have had in the studio watching the children's (and parents') eyes sparkle with wonder as they chatted up, played and hugged Santa Claus. Here are some of my favorite images from the very special day!! 


I cannot wait until next year! I just adored these sessions. <3

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) christmas Family in studio Pittsburgh santa Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:48:51 GMT
Fall in love I just love dog people. They are my kind of people, so when Jessica asked if she could bring her "babies" with her and her fiance to their session I was SO excited! Absolutely perfect! They even brought the cutest signs as props. 

Their love shines through in their session. I wish them the best of luck in all their future years together! Congratulations, guys!!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Wed, 01 Nov 2017 22:44:55 GMT
66 years of love A local mom' group is a great way to ask for advice, vent, seek friendships and look for services such as photography. That's just where I found this lovely woman, Holly. She posted asking for a photographer THAT DAY. Which seems like a crazy request, worked out perfectly. I was available and I could not pass up the opportunity to work with this amazing couple. Engagement sessions are one of my favorites. The catch is this - they aren't engaged. They've been married for SIXTY SIX YEARS!!! How amazing is that? I just loved spending time with them. You can see their love glowing through their eyes when they look at each other.

Here are some shots from our session.


This lovely family is all because two people fell in love...

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) couple family love park pittsburgh south Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:21:17 GMT
Dot Dot Smile :) Have you all heard of the newest trend for little girls, Dot Dot Smile? Let me tell you how much I LOVE these dresses! They are soft, light weight and comfortable. They come in 3 different types (tank, cap sleeves, or a ballerina style) and an endless amount of prints and patterns. My little princesses LOVED twirling in these. They are easily dressed up for a special occasion and comfy enough to play at the park. Either way they are absolutely adorable.


Each dress is $32, which may seem a little steep - but I assure you the quality of these pieces are worth it! Not to mention that the fabric is so stretchy that my 5 year old could easily wear her sister's dress, so I do not think they will be out growing these any time soon! I had to convince them to take them off a the end of the night! They just loved playing with them on.


I mean just check out that twirl! I want one of these dresses!


If you are interested in checking out these amazing dresses - I recommend heading over to Kristina Altieri's facebook group to check out what she has in stock! She is always getting in the cutest things! 


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:35:22 GMT
Hot Metal Bridge Maternity Pittsburgh is such a beautiful city. I love looking at the skyline, watching the boats on the rivers, and taking in the beauty of the many bridges. When I got the opportunity to work with this beautiful expecting family for their maternity session and they suggested the South Side (specifically the Hot Metal Bridge) I immediately was so excited! I've crossed this bridge plenty of times an awed at it's structure, but never did I think about doing a photo session there. I am so glad that they wanted to meet with me and capture this amazing part of Pittsburgh for their maternity session. 


Right around the corner from the bridge is an adorable area with a trail. Pittsburgh never ceases to amaze me with all of it's aesthetically pleasing places! Just look at how picture perfect this family is.


Congratulations, guys! The world can't wait to meet your little miracle!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Family Hot Metal Bridge Maternity Pittsburgh south side Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:17:09 GMT
Red White and Blue As a military family I am just a sucker for the colors red white and blue. Nothing pulls at the heart strings more than some good ol' american mini sessions. 

Brooke was such a sweetheart during her mini session and her brother was such a ham! I love working with these two. My daughter came along for the session to help get some genuine smiles, and I think that it worked out well! They thought she was just too funny. 


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) American Fourth of July Mini session Pittsburgh South Park Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:04:13 GMT
American Cutie Meet Miss Emma! Her mommy and I have been friends for years and years. It's surreal to take her pictures year after year now. Especially because our babies are only a few months apart. 

We celebrated her 3rd birthday with an all american photo shoot (and included her sweet 9 month old brother in a few images too). I just love South Park during sunset. Such gorgeous light and amazing backgrounds. 

Enjoy some highlights from our session!



Happy third birthday beautiful girl, and thank you for allowing me to watch you grow! <3

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:57:37 GMT
Casey is five! It's been a few weeks since I've written a blog post, but I am back to work as a photographer pretty much fully! My knee surgery was a huge set back, but I am progressing every day and hopefully I will be back to 100% and chasing these little ones around soon!

Casey came to the studio to get a special picture for her grandma. She is 5 years old as of last month! I feel like it was just yesterday that this little girl was born and I was in the hospital holding her and awaiting the birth of my own daughter. They have grown to be best friends and I am so happy for the bond that they share!

I couldn't pick just one image to share on my facebook, take a look for yourself and you'll see why. Every single photo shows the energy, spunk and adorableness that this little princess has to offer the world!


Then a few of my personal favorites because she is such a goof!!!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Pittsburgh in studio Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:03:51 GMT
Newborn love ((Pittsburgh Newborn & Family Photography)) I have been staring at a few galleries during the weeks of recouping from knee surgery and thinking about how to write individual blogs for all these sessions. I never realized how many newborns I have photographed until they are all placed in front of me on the screen! 

When I started photography 5 years ago I started because my daughter had gotten her one month photos taken at Sears and I waited 3 weeks for them to arrive after I ordered. When the moment finally came and I had the images in my hands I almost cried. What should have been tears of joy from looking at photos that I spent way too much money on were not tears of joy, but of disappointment!! My daughter had a huge red scratch on her face that was basically glowing in every single shot. the coloring was monotone and the quality was just straight BLAH. I decided that day that I was going to learn to master my already beloved hobby and I was going to help people capture images that bring them those tears of joy that I craved.

The time had come. I had finally booked a newborn session! I was so excited. I researched, I studied, I read, I watched videos - but boy oh boy was newborn photography HARD! I am proud to say that I have come a long way and all the hard work and shushing and cuddling and snuggling makes every image worth it that much more! 

Enjoy some of the images of these precious newborns from the past few weeks.



Now it's best to schedule your newborn session within the first two weeks of your baby's life to ensure the perfect sleepy squishy photos. Sometimes, though life gets in the way. This little love bug was one month old and with a little patience and a lot of love we got him to "sleep like a baby" and got some great images!


Mary Kizina Photography offers in home lifestyle newborn photography or in studio newborn sessions. 

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:58:25 GMT
Baby Joey's Fresh48 There are fewer things that I love more than capturing the love of a family welcoming their newborn addition. I love going into a Pittsburgh Hospital (this was Magee Women's Hospital of Pittsburgh) and meeting a fresh new bundle of joy. Baby Joey was just a few hours old and I got to hold and snuggle and squish him! I just love my job! How could I not when this is the cuteness I get to work with???


Big Brother TJ is ecstatic to have a little bro!!



[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:59:03 GMT
Three generations of love Three generations of beautiful strong women came to me in the studio to capture the love and growth of their family. Great Grandma was 94 years old and bursting with beauty. I am so glad that my dear friend Maggie and her mother had the idea of this photo session and that they will have these images to cherish for years and years to come. 


Do you love Miss Amelia's dress? Margaret and Maggie own Itty Bitty Heart Creations and hand made it just for this photo session! I always look forward to seeing the amazing outfits they create!!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Family Pittsburgh children's clothing generations in studio Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:43:35 GMT
Pittsburgh Fishing I can finally share one of the cutest Father's day presents! Jacob and Carlee brought their fishing gear for a quick session by a Pittsburgh "crick"! They had fun posing with their equiptment and each other!

It goes to show that even though they may think they are little older than the rest of my clientelle - you're never too old to have a little fun during a photo shoot. It does good for the soul to act a little silly and get your giggle on!

Jacob is TEN years old!! I don't know where the time went, but I cannot believe this little man is pretty much a pre-teen! WHAT HAPPENED!? He was and is one of my favorite little buddies and always will be! Just look how cool he looks!!!!!


Here are a few more images from our session!


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:15:47 GMT
Pittsburgh Beachbody Fitness Shoot I had the opportunity to work with two very successful business owners this month at my studio in Neville Island, PA and we had a great time capturing their personalities, will power, and success! Beachbody is an amazing company that not only helps people with workout DVDs, meal plans, and nutrition shakes - they shape people into nurturing, helpful and successful coaches. These girls really have transformed into healthy, happy and financially stable women all because of this company.

First, let's meet Steph Lombardi from Steph Lombardi Fitness. Hi, Steph!

Steph has recently been able to leave her corporate job due to Beachbody and runs a booming team under the name Notorious Beauties and Bosses. She is truly a #girlboss to look up to. She's a mom, a fiance, a fantastic friend, and an even better motivator. If you have been thinking about joining the Beachbody movement and getting your life on a healthy track, she is the person to contact!

We had so much fun during her session and I think that I really captured her personality. Steph is originally from Erie, PA but now lives in the outer Pittsburgh area. She is beautiful inside and out, don't you agree?



She is also hardworking and fun!


Now let's meet Jenn Stevens from Jenn Stevens Fitness. Hello, darling!

Jenn Stevens is a one star diamond coach - which in Beachbody talk she's kind of a big deal! She is a stay at home dog mom as her shirt from Faith Forward Apparel states! Her facebook page is full of pictures of her adorable pup that I can't get enough of! She has great workout tips, recipe and motivation as well!! She is so down to earth and sweet that I wish I could just bottle her up and take her every where with me! She runs a thriving team named Team Royal Dream and she lives up to the name seeing as how she was able to build a new house with a great pool all thanks to Beachbody and her success as a coach! If you want to be just like her and live the royal dream, then message her today to find out what this is all about!

Jenn is such a radiant woman and I am so glad that I got to meet her and spend time with her. Just look how her smile glows with happiness!

She had me laughing with her fun personality and wit! AND she is so hardworking fitness and business wise!


Here are a couple more fun photos from our session!


Steph Lombardi Fitness - Facebook

Jenn Stevens Fitness - Facebook

Faith Forward Apparel - Facebook


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Beachbody Fitness Jenn Stevens Fitness Steph Lombardi Fitness in studio Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:53:38 GMT
Evelyn's Elmo Birthday I have been photographing Evelyn and her family since she was 6 months old! She gets cuter every time I see her, I swear! Her mom, Katie, made an adorable two year old chalkboard sign with all of her accomplishments. It amazes me how smart and fun she is turning out to be!!

We had so much fun at Robin hill park.


This little girl just melts my heart!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:21:31 GMT
Princess Smith on her way! Have I mentioned that I LOVE maternity sessions? This mama is gorgeous and glowing and I can't stand the excitement on the whole families face, especially big sisters! I can not wait to meet this little princess in a few weeks. We spent Memorial Day evening together walking around in gorgeous weather in Moon, PA. I love this park so's my favorite!


Just looks at these adorable big sisters. They are so excited to be welcoming another little girl to their family!


Like I said earlier, Mom was just glowing. She is so beautiful, don't you think??

Here are a few more from our session. If you are thinking about getting maternity photos before your little one arrives, my advice is DO IT!!! Nothing is more beautiful than makin a new life!


And these girls were just so pretty I couldn't help but snap a few images of them!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:47:09 GMT
Little Bay Blue Designs I am so excited that I partnered with a fellow South Hills Mom who runs a fun crafting business! Chrissy from Little Bay Blue Designs hand made each of these adorable crocheted newborn props. She is so talented and easy to work with. I am so happy that I found her, so that way all the little cuties (Like baby Audrey, here) can look absolutely precious!! These hats, headbands, and leggins are all available at her Etsy shop or facebook page. They make great baby shower gifts, props, and birthday/holiday presents! She can make them in any size....I think I may need one for when winter comes!

Show this small business mama some support by "liking" her facebook page!


If you can't wait for winter to try out something from her shop, look at this light weight sun hat!! It looks so cute on this little princess!

If you are intereseted in any of these or want to check out what else she can make, check out her Etsy site!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Mon, 23 May 2016 21:32:24 GMT
Family fun in studio Boys. Not just one boy, but this family is blessed with TWO handsome little boys!! They are going to be best buds for life. Each one lucky to have the other. I just love watching little ones interact with their siblings. It melts my heart how they watch each other and play with each other. Even though Evan is only 6 months old, you can see in his eyes how much he adores his big bro.

Honestly though....Who wouldn't adore this little man!! He is just too cute for words!!

But I guess they got it from their amazing parents. What a beautiful family!!


If you are interested in getting your family's photos taken in my shared studio space, contact me today! (412)-849-0764 or [email protected]

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Family in studio Tue, 17 May 2016 16:53:17 GMT
Reick Family in studio The Reick family has asked me to take their family photos for as long as I have started my business. This family holds a special place in my heart because as I watch their children grow I am also watching my business and photography grow. They are always so much fun to work with and I just love seeing them every few months. This session was a perfect mother's day gift for their mother and I was so happy to be a part of it. This was their first time in my shared studio space in Neville Island!!


Little Grayclyn wanted know parts of me, but after some bribery and silly faces we got one of my favorite pictures to date of her!


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Family family in studio large Tue, 17 May 2016 16:30:34 GMT
kira turns 2 Meet Kira and her parents. I love her and all of her energy! Her mom may call her a wild woman, but I think her spunk is what is going to turn her into a driven, uplifting adult just like her mama! Some of you may know her mother, Steph Lombardi of Steph Lombardi Fitness. She is a beach body coach that devotes her time to changing people's lives for the better - inside and out! If you ever need an uplifting message, just head to her facebook page and look at her quotes and statuses. She always makes me smile, just like Kira's contagious smile!!

We met on a beautiful spring day at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh for some pictures with the beautiful blooming trees. Kira loved all the puppies running around the park and I loved all the fresh air and sunshine! Just look at her adorable face!! - Steph's Facebook Page! Go give her some love and "like" it! - Steph's Blog filled with recipes, tips, and facts!!


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Beachbody Pittsburgh Toddler birthday two year old Tue, 17 May 2016 16:18:18 GMT
NewbornLiam `Newborns always surprise me on how they react to the outside world. Liam was only a few days old, but he was so aware of his surroundings watching everything that was going on. I don't think he cried even once during his session, but he did not want to close his eyes and miss a single thing. Just look at how beautiful this little boy is! Newborns are absolute perfection!


Big brother couldn't have been more proud of his new best friend!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Baby boy Newborn Pittsburgh in home session newborn photography Tue, 17 May 2016 15:33:50 GMT
Fresh 48 Liam John One of my favorite sessions is a Fresh 48. Brand new baby, brand new love, a growing family and so many genuine smiles. This session held a closer place in my heart, though, since Liam is my new baby nephew! I am a proud Auntie, for sure!!

Here are some other special shots that I fell in love with. It was hard to pick just a few from this gallery. 


Congratulations, family. He is the perfect newborn!


[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Fresh48 Newborn Pittsburgh baby baby boy hospital newborn photography Wed, 04 May 2016 20:06:24 GMT
Pittsburgh Engagement Pittsburgh is my home town. It's such a beautiful city! I just love the scenery and the rivers. This couple wanted to have their engagement session take place downtown at The Point. It was a gorgeous morning and we had such a great time walking around the park. I really enjoyed getting to know these two and their love story! Sparks were definitely flying between these love birds!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) engagement love pittsburgh Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:29:00 GMT
Sisters are BFFs I have such a soft spot for sisters, so when this family came to me wanting a session to portray the relationship between these two girls I jumped for joy! I was so excited to work with them and capture these images that the girls will cherish for a lifetime. I must do this for my girls when they are a little bit older!



Don't let those precious moments pass you by! Time goes too fast and before you know it they're no longer children!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:29:00 GMT
Holmes Family Photos Ariana and her parents met me at a gorgeous location on a sunny fall day to have their first photos taken as a family. Ari did not want to smile for the camera, but with the help of some dogs and kids at the park we were able to get a few good grins out of that one year old!

[email protected] (Mary Kizina Photography) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:25:23 GMT