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A Midsummer Family Photography Session at the Walled Gardens in Melon Park

July 23, 2020

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Mother and daughters smiling in a garden inspiration at Mellon Park | Pittsburgh Family photographer | Anna Laero

I was so excited to photograph the family of Pittsburgh florist May Chester. When we worked together on a few projects before, we had clicked instantaneously. Seeing her designs on those projects made it clear she is truly an artist! She brings a sense of beautiful life to all her floral pieces and designs. So I was sure her family would reflect that beauty and vitality. As a Pittsburgh family photographer, it is a joy to work with such a family. 

We had a beautiful family and a time set. All we needed for her family’s photo session was a setting as beautiful and artistic as she is.

Expectant parents in a walled garden with dappled sunlight film photography Mellon Park Phipp's Conservatory Walled Garden | Pittsburgh Family Photography by Anna Laero Photography

Ultimately we decided the walled gardens at Mellon Park were perfect for documenting this beautiful time in their lives. Since they are a gorgeous and welcoming place in the middle of Pittsburgh, they fully reflect the life she captures in her floral designs. Her little ones truly love flora as much as their sweet mama. And they appreciated its beauty even as they played among its boughs.

Pink hair bow in dark hair and a little girl smelling tree blossoms at Mellon Park's Phipp's Conservatory Walled Garden
A smiling girl among white flowers brown eyes
Parents sharing a moment together in a garden, and mama watches as the girls play | fine art film photography
Pittsburgh florist May Chester snuggles with her family on a garden lawn at Mellon Park film photography by Pittsburgh Family Photographer Anna Laero

Part of a family photography session is the “standard” portrait of everyone smiling for the camera — the pictures you give your grandma or hang up in your office. As a family photographer, I help these portraits become a glimpse into who a family is. The Chester family provided many such wonderful glimpses into their vibrant lives. They made it easy to turn “standard” photos into fine art family photography.

Black and white photo of parents with a daughter in front of an old brick wall   | Fine Art Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Anna Laero
Portrait of Pittsburgh Florist May Chester from Floral Design by May among the flowers Film photography by Anna Laero
Two pictures of sisters on a garden path one in black and white the other in color inspiration
Family portrait on a garden path happiness goals Pittsburgh Family Photographer Anna Laero
Maternity portrait of May Chester in Mellon Park's gardens beautiful mama by Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer Anna Laero

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to capture this family photography session in a lovely place with such lovely people. Thank you, May, for bringing so much beauty into the world with your heart and your floral artistry! It was an honor for this Pittsburgh family photographer to document your beautiful (and growing) family.

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