Asher's Journey

Asher’s Journey

Tears fill my eyes every time I watch this sweet video. I am so honored to be able to capture my sweet nephews journey into the world. From being tucked away in his mommy’s belly, to his sweet arrival and first few weeks at home; every moment was so precious and perfect.


Our Kids

Our Kids

Children x Nieces x Nephew x Cousins x Family

Mt Pleasant, PA Family Photography

Emotional Story Teller

 

Since Mr. Asher is on his way in t minus 1 week, this will be the final photo session these cousins will have together as the 4 amigos. They love each other, fight like brothers and sisters, and learn new tricks from one another (not all good). They are the joy of our hearts and I know my sisters are just as proud of these 4 little babes as I am. These moments are full of laughter, so fighting, so tears, but it wouldn't be our kids without everything you see here. We love them dearly. 

Golden Hour - Bella Navi Feature

The Photographers Community

Golden Hour Feature

 

Hot summer days bring beautiful golden sunsets. If you are a photographer, you know how much we seek after the perfect lighting scenario. Every day - during the last hour before sunset, magic happens in our universe. We have chosen a handful of beautiful images to share with you; from sun kissed babies, couples drenched in golden light, & children dancing through rays of golden dust. Check out these amazing images and don't forget to follow the photographers work by clicking their image!!

Happy Summer!

 
 Emily Anne Boyd - Laurel Highlands, PA  www.instagram.com/bellanaviphotography

Emily Anne Boyd - Laurel Highlands, PA

www.instagram.com/bellanaviphotography

For Mood Chasers

 Alexa Marquis - Pittsburgh, PA

Alexa Marquis - Pittsburgh, PA

 Alexa Marque - Pittsburgh, PA

Alexa Marque - Pittsburgh, PA

 Diana Moschitz - Como, Italy

Diana Moschitz - Como, Italy

 Ashley Reed - Pittsburgh, PA

Ashley Reed - Pittsburgh, PA

 India Tungate - Kentucky

India Tungate - Kentucky

For lovers of color

 Bri Santoro - Pittsburgh, PA

Bri Santoro - Pittsburgh, PA

 Bryan Schneider - Pittsburgh, PA

Bryan Schneider - Pittsburgh, PA

 Jonathan Saelens - Virginia Beach, VA

Jonathan Saelens - Virginia Beach, VA

 Jonathan Ch Diaz - Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan Ch Diaz - Pittsburgh, PA

STYLING YOUR FAMILY PHOTO SESSIONS - WHAT TO WEAR

STYLED FAMILY SESSIONS

WHY WE LOVE TO HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT WARDROBE

If you have worked with me in the past or if you know me personally, you know that one of my favorite things in the world is clothing. My family raids my closet every time they are at my house and we joke that it's like a shopping experience when they come over. My clients get to share in this same luxury my sisters and mom have because they too get to pick outfits out of my closet and wear them for their sessions. 

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Styling sessions has become one of the most beloved parts of the experience I provide my clients. We will sometimes spend days and stay up until the wee hours of the night picking out what everyone is going to wear. I do this not because I want to control every session but I want every session to be the very best for YOU. I want you to have clothes that are comfortable, fit your body type, and also clothing that flows together and will photograph well. If clients choose me to be their photographer, it's because they like my style and part of my style and brand includes your wardrobe.

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Your wardrobe is a key part to your photography experience, no matter who you choose as your photographer! You should choose outfits that coordinate, go with your location, are comfortable, and go with your photographers style. Which is why we dedicate time to this part of our process. We will create style boards for you, send you links to outfits you can buy, or you can choose an outfit straight from our "Bella Wardrobe." We have pre-selected clothing for women and children and men of all ages to use for their sessions. (Don't worry, each item is washed thoroughly before and after it is used at a session). We also encourage you to wear what you already have! Sometimes this is more sentimental and can produce an emotional impact. For example, one of my moms is wearing the same beautiful dress she wore to her bridal shower at her family session. She had it taken in so it would fit her again but it is so meaningful to her. If that is the centerpiece, then we work the rest of the outfits around that one special piece of clothing. Don't worry, we have plenty of options for you to have the perfect wardrobe for your photography session! 

 

We have recently added a new tool to our arsenal of wardrobe styling tricks and tips. We absolutely love Style & Select and highly recommend it to our fellow photographers. (Thank you Amandamarie Gillen Photography for recommending this to us!) This has made it easier for our clients to tell us the colors they prefer, the style they prefer, and to create the perfect wardrobe. They can even give us a budget for their family wardrobe and we can pick items based on the total cost. I have already used this tool to start planning my own outfits for our family sessions. 

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All of our clients will be sent an email with our style guides for their family session. Matching pants and shirts are out, khakis and white tops are out, everyone wearing plaid is out. We want to help you find current styles that will fit your family's personality and help relieve some stress. You still get to choose your wardrobe and have fun shopping but now you have a little help in the process.

CURRENT TRENDS:

floral prints, flowy maxi dresses, layers, adding a little texture/pattern, mixing & coordinating colors, floppy hats, flower crowns, comfort.

JUST SAY NO:

neon, matching outfits, too many crazy patterns, tennis shoes, characters on clothes. 

WE HOPE THIS HELPS!!!

Em & Mike - Engagement - Phipps Conservatory

Em & Mike 

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, PA

Moody - Romantic - Emotional Storyteller

This Pittsburgh, PA engagement is sure to give you all the feels. When Em told me she wanted to have her engagement photos at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens I was thrilled. None of us had been the garden before our session and we were blown away by the dynamic beauty that this venue has created. There are rooms that will take you on an adventure in Cuba, the desert with cacti, and through a Japanese Garden. It was extraordinary! 

However, the most amazing part of our experience was the pure love and joy that this couple shared together. I am honored to be able to photograph them on their wedding day! There love is admirable and strong and it is evident in these photographs. 

Take a moment to experience the love of this couple and the beauty of this location by clicking on the video below! 

Thank you Emily & Mike for a wonderful engagement session!

Bella Navi Photography LLC

Pittsburgh, PA, Cumberland, MD, Charlotte, NC + available for worldwide travel
 

 

In Your Arms - Bella Navi Weekly Feature

In Your Arms 

It has been far too long since I shared some amazing talent with you all. This week we are featuring images from some wonderful photographers with the theme #inyourarms.  I love seeing all the love between these beautiful couples. At the end of the day, there is no where we would rather be than in the arms of the one you love the most.

I also want to the thank Amandamarie Gillen from Amandamarie Gillen Photography for keeping our group alive and active during my recovery process!! She totally rocked and I know everyone enjoyed having her with us!!! I am super excited to keep her on our team to help run our group and bring us fun and exciting content! 

For a chance to featured please join our community for weekly features or send submissions to thephotographerscommunity@gmail.com

 

 Amandamarie Gillen - Wilminton, NC, Long Island, and NYC

Amandamarie Gillen - Wilminton, NC, Long Island, and NYC

 Mandy Howard

Mandy Howard

 Nick Wade

Nick Wade

 Amelia Petrus - Pittsburgh, PA

Amelia Petrus - Pittsburgh, PA

 Bri Santoro - Pittsburgh, PA

Bri Santoro - Pittsburgh, PA

 Jonathan CH Diaz - Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan CH Diaz - Pittsburgh, PA

Finding the Right Photographer

Finding the Right Photographer

(FOR YOU)

Google search: Local Wedding Photographer and you are going to be overloaded with hundreds of local photographers. Ask on your local Facebook group for recommendations for a photographer and you are going to be overwhelmed with the never ending comments and private messages you will receive. Everyone with a camera is calling themselves a photographer but do they really have what it takes to capture the important moments of your wedding day and know how to juggle all the many things that come up on a wedding day? Are you comfortable trusting just any average Joe to capture one of the most important moments of your life? If you want to have amazing wedding portraits and you want to be confident in the photographer, here are 5 tips that will help you find the right fit. 

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Meet with your Photographer

Meeting with your photographer is just a genuinely good practice. You want to know if you can even get a long with this person in the first place. Some people like myself are sensitive and kind, if I were to have a sarcastic and straight forward wedding photographer I would have been miserable and probably cried. I really didn't want to be crying during my wedding pictures so I knew I had to find a photographer that was kind and gentle. Make sure you request a meeting with your photographer before you book your session or at the very least a phone call or Skype meeting. This will remove all the pre-wedding anxiety and give you one less thing to stress over. 

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Meet with your photographer

First of all, meeting with your photographer is just a genuinely good practice. You want to know if you can even get a long with this person in the first place. Some people like myself are sensitive and kind, if I were to have a sarcastic and straight forward wedding photographer I would have been miserable and probably cried. I really didn't want to be crying during my wedding pictures so I knew I had to find a photographer that was kind and gentle. Make sure you request a meeting with your photographer before you book your session or at the very least a phone call or Skype meeting. This will remove all the pre-wedding anxiety and give you one less thing to stress over. 

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Have your engagement session with your photographer

Similar to the reasons above, you should always try to have your engagement session done with the wedding photographer you have chosen. This allows your photographer to get to understand you and your fiance and how you flow together during your photo experience. A lot of times the men are reluctant to have their pictures taken but if you get them use to the person behind the camera, they are a little less camera shy. Also your photographer will be able to learn what helps make you and your fiance open up and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Most photographers offer engagement sessions with their wedding packages. 

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Sign a Contract

Please please please sign a contract. Chances are if your photographer doesn't have a contract they are not a professional photographer. You want to steer clear of someone who just walks around with a camera taking pictures and calling themselves a professional. First I want to say that I am not in any way bashing amateur photographers who are just starting out. We all start somewhere and there is a place for us to start, experimenting with a wedding isn't one of them. Your wedding day is so incredibly special. This is the one day you will never get to have a redo of so please please please make sure the photographer you hire has a contract to protect both the company and you!

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Ask to see samples of their work

Every professional wedding photographer should have a website where you can view their work. You should never hire a photographer without knowing if you like their style. Every photographer has their own signature style that they have worked hard to perfect. We are not offended if you don't enjoy our art work as much as the next person but please make sure when you hire your photographer that the work they are putting out is the work you are wanting to receive. If you are looking for Light & Airy images don't hire a moody photographer just because they are $500 cheaper! Make sure you are in love with the images you see from your photographer and don't be afraid to ask for a recent wedding gallery to ensure that they samples they have on their website is up to date.

Don't Settle

One of the biggest disappointments I see from other women is they are not satisfied with their wedding images. They were on a tight budget and decided to cut costs and settle on a photographer. I'm just going to say it, your photographers & videographers are the most important vendor you will work with throughout your wedding experience. This is the only thing you get to take home from your wedding (besides your husband and wedding bands) and cherish for the rest of your lives. But even greater than that, your children and grandchildren and great children will be enjoying these images as well so really they will outlive you and your husband! Everything else is a one time deal. If you are on a budget and you must cut costs, find others ways to do so but for the love of Pete don't skimp on your photographer.  When Josh and I got married the most important part of our wedding (other than eachother) was our photographers and videographer. We found the photographers we loved, planned our entire day (our date, times, location, etc.) around them and fit the rest of the wedding into what was left in our budget. This was by far the best decision I made for our wedding day and I don't regret it at all. I promise, if you pick the right photographer, the one that makes you cry every time you see her pictures, the one that makes you squeal inside like a little girl at a Beiber concert, you will not regret spending the extra money on her (or him)!