Irwin PA Photographer

Family & Portrait Photographer

Based In Irwin, PA

Family Photo Sessions

Family is everything. Growing up, my dad would always say, “Friends will come and go, but family is forever. So love your family like they’re your best friends!”


It feels like just yesterday that we brought my sweet daughter Alethea home from the hospital. When I look back on the photos of her first weeks with us, I am filled with joy and the knowledge that babies don’t last. Life is so precious and each day we have together is a gift.


It is my privilege to be able to freeze a beautiful moment in time, one that you’ll never get back, but through your photos, you will be able to relive over and over again. Those silly smiles, the tiny toes, the way that your husband looks at you, they are all frozen in time through your photos. When your kids look through your photos, the wonderful memories will come flooding back, and they’ll remember your love.

I love getting to know your family throughout your session! If you have younger children, I bring along some fun animals that attach to my camera, so they know where to look. We will play, laugh, and have a good time during your photo session!

If your child isn’t interested in photos, I do my best to be extremely entertaining by figuring out things they enjoy. Oftentimes, it takes a bit of time for them to warm up to the camera, but by the end, I am confident you will have some great photos to enjoy in the years to come.

Each family session lasts approximately an hour and includes up to 10 miles of travel (one way) from my home in Irwin, PA. The location for your photos is your choice, and I am happy to make suggestions! If you’d like to go outside of the 10 mile radius included, there is an additional travel fee.

If you’d like some help on choosing and coordinating your outfits, I would be happy to send you a style guide with some of my best tips for what to wear for each season, and how to tie everyone’s outfits together!

After your session, I will text you a small preview of your photos within a week! Then within 4 weeks, the rest of your photos will be completed! You’ll be able to view them in your own personal online gallery. From there, you will be able to download your photos, share them with friends and family, and order prints and canvases (not required)! You will also receive a photo app for quick access to your photos from your phone. This makes sharing your photos with friends and family, easier than ever!

I capture many of the same families every year, and some every few years. I would be absolutely thrilled to photograph your life as it happens! I offer many photography services and you can hire me to be your personal photographer for life! It brings me so much joy to keep up with you and become friends in real life! You can follow Lasting Memories by Ellen on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with me and I will gladly follow you back!

Investment for Family Photography

I am so excited to get to know you more and capture the love you share for one another!


When you book your family session with me, you will receive:

Up to 1 hour of photography by Ellen

Location recommendations (20 miles round trip included, additional fee for extra miles)

A style guide to help with choosing and coordinating your outfits

Completely edited full set of images from your session

Delivery of your photos through an online gallery

Unlimited downloads of your digital images

Sharing privileges for friends and family

A photo app for quick access to your photos from your phone

Printing rights and the option to order prints right in your gallery


Single Family Sessions begin at $350 (+6% sales tax)

Extended Family Sessions begin at $450 (+6% sales tax)

Lasting Memories by Ellen

Pittsburgh Area Photographer

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