Julie and Kevin @ the North Shore’s Mexican War Streets (engagement session)

bride and groom hold hands laughing

Julie and Kevin remodeled their gorgeous home on Pittsburgh’s North Side (on the Mexican War Streets), so of course they wanted me to photograph their engagement session there with their sweet sheepdog pup. We hung out in their living room, backyard, and took a walk to the park nearby. Here are a couple of my favorites. <3

Though my clients hire me for my hands-off documentary approach on their wedding day, that definitely does not mean I avoid portraits! I do LOVE photographing couples, especially in their natural environments where they are most comfortable.

Late last year I blogged the ONLY reason to do an engagement session, but I think I might have been wrong (*GASP*). Yes, engagement photos are a fantastic tool to help us create beautiful wedding-day portraits, but there’s MORE to the photoshoot than just practice for the wedding day… it holds tremendous value on its own, as a way to document the simplicity of your lives together before everything changes after marriage. Engagement sessions tell the story of who you are TODAY.

That’s why I think every couple should be photographed in a location that is important to them: where they met, live, or spend much of their time. Bring your animals, your home decor, and your favorite coffee joint. Let’s tell the story of who you are right now.

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Pamela Anticole

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Pamela Anticole is a Pittsburgh based newborn and family photographer. Her award winning style is thoughtful and emotional, and your client experience is both relaxed and fun!


Pamela will photograph your baptism, birthday party, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, or wedding in a documentary style learned as a newspaper photojournalist. It is her focus on real, natural relationships and ability to anticipate emotional candid moments that bring sensitivity to her work as a documentary photographer. Pamela is located in the Wexford area of Pittsburgh, PA and available for family photography within 45 miles of downtown Pittsburgh. She also offers photography education for parents both online and on location in person in the Pittsburgh area.