I take all the pictures 📷

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I was a professional photographer long before I was a mom, so it made sense that I would be the one to take on the role of documenting our family life. And I do it with the fervor of a woman who feels her kids slipping away from her, because as my oldest steps right into his preteen years, I can’t help but hold my youngest *that* much tighter.


Damn, it’s too short.


In photographing your family, I do not just provide beautiful smiling portraits… including an extended candid photo period is intentional! As your kids adjust to having me around and your interactions become more natural, that is where I find the pictures that hold your memories.


I am very much looking forward to photographing your story.

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Features | Awards

FPJA Top International Family Photographer. Individual images awarded by FPJA and Documentary Family Awards.


2 Images selected for inclusion in Transforming Perspectives, an exhibition celebrating documentary family photography, 2021. Invited to participate in artist panel discussion as part of opening reception.


Exhibited as part of Worth Manifesto's documentary trip to the Brownsville-Matamoros border:


Exhibited at Three Rivers Arts Festival, Mellon Park's A Fair in the Park, Butler Art Center, and Downtown Living Exposed by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.


Featured on Petapixel, Pittsburgh Parent, Valley News Dispatch, Pittsburgh Mom Collective, PPA.

What Google Says

Kathy Ochs
Kathy Ochs
17:17 29 Aug 23
Pamela Anticole did an excellent in capturing my daughter's wedding day! The photos far exceeded our expectations and were super creative and unique. She worked harder than any photographer I have ever seen, getting the best angle for every shot. We are thrilled with the photos Pamela took and highly recommend her to take your treasured family and wedding photos. She is very professional and easy to work with and we could not be happier. We are very grateful clients!
Amy Julia Harris
Amy Julia Harris
14:15 06 Jun 23
Pamela was absolutely incredible!!! She is immensely talented and such a kind and relaxed presence. She does not get in the way at all and lets the day unfold organically, but manages to capture every single moment perfectly. She also put us so at ease. Love all the photos -- cannot recommend her enough!
Lindsay K
Lindsay K
14:41 12 Mar 23
Pamela was absolutely wonderful! She is personable, professional, and has an eye for capturing sweet moments! She was a perfect fit for our newborn session! We will definitely be using her for future needs!
Britt-Brian Butler
Britt-Brian Butler
12:55 02 Jan 23
Pamela has taken pictures for our engagement, wedding, and the birth of our daughter. She is so easy to work with, not only as far as scheduling, but during sessions. From day one, she’s felt like part of the family and makes it way to relax and get candid pictures. Her attention to detail and photo journalist eye captures moments we didn’t even know we’d want to cherish for years to come. I’d recommend Pamela to anyone looking to capture any of life’s most precious moments.
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
20:47 11 Nov 22
We are so grateful to have had Pamela document our family—two years in a row—and will keep coming back! Her eye and talent are not to be matched. She has scouted the most stunning locations that lend themselves wonderfully for beautiful, family-friendly shots. She understands kids and knows just how to capture them at their best (even if they’re at their worst during the session! Hah!). We treasure Pamela’s talent and can’t wait to see what she captures during our next session. Her warmth and skill produce the loveliest, most meaningful photos.
Denise Handler
Denise Handler
13:53 01 Apr 22
We hired Pamela Anticole to photograph our son's Bar Mitzvah on 12/04/21 and she did an amazing job capturing the memories of the day. Let me start by telling you I found Pamela by searching online and simply falling in love with her photos. We knew Pamela was the right fit for our special day from moment she arrived at our event. She just connected with our family. Having a photographer at your event is about more then just the pictures. Pamela made every one from newborns to seniors feel comfortable, but never rushed. I can honestly say she caught all of our memories. Her photos truly tell a story about our special day. Pamela was open to requests for special photos that we wanted to have, and she got every single one. She had a beautiful way of capturing small details that I never would have even thought of. Pamela worked well with all of the other vendors we had at our event also, which is important on your special day. I will definitely use Pamela again. She was patient with us as we selected the photos we wanted to be printed and prompt in the delivery of our prints after the event, and they were stunning. We look at our photos often and get many compliments on them. You will definitely not be disappointed with Pamela's photography, style, demeanor, or professionalism. I feel lucky that we found such an amazing photographer!
Christina Montemurro
Christina Montemurro
20:17 23 Feb 22
My family had a wonderful experience with one of Pamela's mini sessions. Pamela was so easygoing and friendly and made everyone feel at ease - no small task considering we have two teenage boys. Her choice of location was perfect and she knew just how to make us look and feel our best. Highly recommend!
Natalie Noel
Natalie Noel
17:17 29 Nov 21
Having our family photos taken by Pamela was an awesome experience. It was easy to arrange an appointment, the location was spectacular and she was great with our kids! We will definitely be repeat customers!
Jill Parrish
Jill Parrish
15:24 29 Nov 21
Our photo session was planned on a Saturday. This was between two, 12 hour night shifts for myself, it was 33 degrees, wet, and windy. Our kids (2 and 5) were struggling so much that I was certain we would be lucky to get one good family photo. Not with Pamela! She is truly a miracle worker! Her professionalism kept our family moving and focused throughout our 20 minute session. Her maternal qualities shone through as she worked with our kids as if she had known them their whole lives. She couldn’t control the weather but the setting was glorious, even my five year old commented “Mommy those trees look like they are on fire!” As I admire our final photos I still don’t know how she did it or how I will choose! She managed to capture my family being playful and loving as well as posed and smiling. No one would know all that we had against us from looking at our pictures and that is because we had Pamela behind the camera. Throughout the process she was quick to respond to my emails and calls. She was professional and courteous and her confident experience was reassuring. The final product was well worth the investment and we will be looking forward to future family sessions with her.
Valarie Blake
Valarie Blake
17:37 20 Nov 21
We did a mini shoot for fall. Pamela was amazing. Our toddler did not cooperate but Pamela was a professional. She somehow managed to get some great photos even though we spent most of the shoot chasing our two year old around. She was also quick to get back our photos. Will definitely be getting more photos from her again!
Kristy Lumsden
Kristy Lumsden
22:41 19 Jan 21
If you want a photographer that truly captures the life of family or your wedding, Pamela is IT. Not only is she one of the most kind people I’ve ever met, she is an incredibly talented photographer that will go out of her way to make your session/wedding the best ever.
Patrick Bowen
Patrick Bowen
03:10 25 Nov 20
I worked with Pamela to purchase a gift for a coworker, so I have not been on a photoshoot with her. From the first time I called through the purchase and delivery of the gift she was extremely friendly, helpful, flexible, and fast to respond. From a customer service perspective alone I would recommend her compared to some photographers I have worked with in the past.
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Fun Facts!

  • I grew up playing on the Aspinwall streets here in Pittsburgh, until the streetlights came on... so I can hold my own with rollerblades, bikes, and a basketball.
  • I've been a professional photographer for 20 years- and still loving it! This is about 20 times longer than I've been interested in any other activity, ever.
  • My very big family laughs. a. LOT. You may think I'm a laid-back extrovert, but I'm neither.
  • I had a love affair with film long before I realized that photography could become my career. Now I am heading back to my first crush, building a pinhole camera with my kids and shooting on 4x5 film.
  • Give me ALL of the adrenaline.
  • I feel a constant urge to create. My favorite tool is my camera, though I experiment with watercolors, drawing, and metalwork. I see light and composition everywhere. I have sold my work at Three Rivers Arts Festival downtown.
  • I believe art should take a stance and, hopefully, evoke change.
  • I think different is the MOST INTERESTING.

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Pamela Anticole

Serving PA OH & Beyond

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.