Portraits are a major part of what I do and there are plenty of options for whatever you need. Engagements, family photos, seniors, kids, or lifestyle; I have you covered.


What to Expect

Portrait sessions should be a lot of fun and when we can interact and have a good time, they are. I prefer to shoot portrait sessions about an hour prior to sunset at the location* of your choice, and the session will last approximately thirty minutes after the sunset. This time of the day is referred to as the "golden hour" and provides the best natural light conditions for your session. In order to capture natural looking photos during our session my sessions are conducted in a laid back manner. This results in a more hands off approach as it relates to posing. I may guide you on where to stand, looking in a specific direction, or get closer to your loved one. Beyond these basics, I want your personality to take over and shine through in the pictures we make. The best images are a direct result when clients are not afraid to be themselves and just have a good time.


*While the location of the session is your decision, I can certainly highlight a number of places in or around the Pittsburgh area. If you select a location outside of Allegheny County an additional fee may apply. I can also provide studio portraits at my residential studio as part of our session.


What to Wear

What you decide to wear for your session is up to you. I will provide a little guidance on the subject for you if you are interested. If this is a family session please do not show up in the same exact outfit. Matching is okay and should be done by matching colors in the same family. I discourage everyone in a white shirt and blue jeans. Try and select clothing options / styles that will stand the test of time. These images will, especially in the digital age. Lastly, please stay away from clothing that has large logos if possible (I have to remove them for copyright purposes).


Pricing and Additional Details

All portrait sessions start at $250 for 1-1.5 hour session. This session fee covers my time to photograph your session and prepare your images. The fee does not cover any print or digital products.


Following our session, it will usually take 1 to 2 weeks to prepare your images and gallery for review. You can expect between 20-30 images to review in your gallery. The images that are in your gallery have had some or all of the following edits performed for your preliminary review; Color Correction, Exposure Correction, Light Detail, Contrast, and Basic Retouching. It is important to note that these images are not the final product. During the preliminary review, you can select the images you wish to purchase for print or as a digital negative. Additionally, during this review we can discuss additional edits you would like to see as part of the final product. Once the final images are selected, I will fully edit your images for final delivery.


Session fees are to be paid in full prior to the session. I accept cash, check, money order, and credit / debit cards. In addition, once our session is scheduled, I will provide a copy of our Session Agreement (contract) for you to sign and bring with you to our session.


Individual Prints, Canvas Gallery Wraps, Birth Announcements, and Holiday Cards are available. Below you will find pricing for the most common sizes for your reference. Additional sizes and pricing will be available in your private gallery or per request prior to your session.


Individual Print Prices


Wallets (Set of 4, 2.5x3.5”) = $3.00

4 x 6” = $3.00

5 x 7" = $5.00

8 x 10" = $9.00

11 x 14" = $20.00


Canvas Gallery Wraps


8 x 10" = $69.00

11 x 14" = $89.00

16 x 16" = $99.00

16 x 20” = $109.00


Birth Announcement and Holiday Cards


4 x 8" = $2.00 per card up to 50 Cards

50 Cards = $45.00



CD of High Resolution Photos


10 Photos on disc = $100

additional photo after 10 photos = $5 per photo

All Photos from your session on disc = $300



Your gallery will be available for 30 days for preliminary review and order placement. The original digital images will be kept on file for no more than 90 days should you need to order additional digital copies or prints.


All images purchased can be used for personal and non-commercial use.  You are free to print, email, and upload to social networking sites all of the images purchased.  You may not make derivatives or sell to make profit any of the images taken by Pavé Photography.