Pittsburgh Born Photography


about us

pittsburgh birth photographers
Jessica Thomas Pittsburgh photographer
Kate Lyons Pittsburgh Photographer

Meet Jess and Kate


Pittsburgh's  top  Birth  Photography,  Doula,  Maternity  &  Fresh  48  Experts


Welcome to Pittsburgh Born Photography! We are a dynamic duo photographer partnership that specializes in birth photography, birth films, fresh 48's, milk bath maternity and newborn sessions. We are a bit quirky, silly, and try not to take ourselves too seriously. We both have a deep passion for empowering families through the birth process and capturing the most pivotal moments in your life. We are experts in all things birth photography and doula related because we have specialized, certified and studied this art for years. You will not find many people in the Pittsburgh area that have more experience than us in what we do!

Our award winning work has been featured in both national and international news outlets several times including: The Stir, Baby Center, Birth Becomes Her, Birth Without Fear, Mama Natural, Plus Sized Birth, our local Midwife Center and much more. 

We welcome families of all races, orientation, and every birth plan and philosophy imaginable in the Pittsburgh area: from home birth to the hospital or birth center, low risk and high risk pregnancies - including scheduled cesarean births, VBAC and HBAC supporters, surrogacy births, LGBTQ friendly, birth trauma survivors, rainbow babies, and many more families we have and will work with. If you are expecting a baby we would love to work with you. WE ARE DEDICATED TO YOU!

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International Association of Professional Birth Photographers


Our Services

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First look. First touch. First love. New life. You're going to want to remember every detail of your baby's birthday. We make that possible through the art of photography! You can count on us to capture the most pivotal moment of your life. We guarantee that there is nothing like seeing and touching your baby for the first time and being able to have a photo of that moment. With our special set of skills and experience we know how to capture your story beautifully while still keeping it 100% real. 


We provide informational, physical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum period. We hold space as you use the power you had within all along.

Fresh 48's & Siblings Meet Sessions

These sessions held within the first 48 hours of baby's life are a special way to honor your newest joy. We'll join your family at the hospital, birth center or home and document the sweetness that is falling in love with a new baby in a casual, relaxed, fresh way.

BIRTH films

A truly precious keepsake from the day of your baby's birth. Our birth films bring life to the same fleeting, once in a lifetime moments captured in our birth photography services in a deeply unique  way. The emotions of movement along side a personalized soundtrack create a beautiful treasure for your family.


Getting into the photograph is very hard when you are a Mom. We try to snap pictures of our children with our smartphones but rarely have captured memories of ourselves interacting with our children, with the exception of the classic selfie-pose. We love to celebrate your womanhood with a lifestyle photography session with your family. Whether you breastfeed, exclusively pump, formula feed, or a combination of methods we want to freeze this moment in time for you to cherish.

Maternity & Newborn Milk Baths

It is incredible how our bodies change and grow in pregnancy. We believe all expecting Mothers are beautiful Goddesses. Maternity milk bath sessions are unique, special and more fun than a traditional session. We also do milk bath sessions for our newborns as well. We are one of the few photographers that do this kind of unique photography and the ONLY photographers in Pittsburgh that use and supply you with a real claw foot tub!


We loved working with Jess for the birth of our son! We hired her as both a doula and birth photographer. I was so glad that she felt confident being in both roles at one time, because both of these things were very important to me. She did an excellent job and went above and beyond the call of duty!
— Adrienne
What differentiates Kate from a lot of other great photographers is that you immediately want to be best friends with her. In a situation where emotions are high and tears are shed, she kept a smile on her face and ours. The entire experience from the initial meeting to the review of the photos was so easy and comfortable. I can’t say enough good things about her personality, her support, and her gift for capturing the essential moments with the perfect shot.
— Justin




All Birth Photography, Film and Doula related packages require a $500 deposit (retainer-fee) at the time of booking. 


Basic Birth Photography: $1400

  • On-call for birth 38 weeks -until delivery

  • 1 in-person photography consultation

  • Coverage from active labor until birth

  • 1-2 hours postpartum following birth

  • 100-200 professionally edited photos

  • Private downloadable gallery of your photos (available for 4 weeks)

  • Print release on your photos

  • 10 sneak peak images within 48 hours of your birth

  • Birth Guide book


Birth Photography + Doula: $1650


Every item on Basic Birth Photography package +

  • 1 (2-3 hour) prenatal appointment in your home or location of choice

  • Breastfeeding assistance

  • Birth Guide + Local resource packet

  • 1 postpartum visit in your home 2-6 weeks after birth


Birth Photography + Doula + Additional Session: $1950


Every item on Birth Photography + Doula package +

  • Traditional Maternity session, Fresh 48's & Siblings Meet, Lifestyle Newborn session.

  • 20-40 professionally edited images

* Upgrade to a Maternity or Newborn Milk Bath session for $100 more



Birth Film (Add onto any birth package): $400

  • 4-6 minute film of your birth using video clips and images set to music

  • Private link access to download film

Motherhood & Breastfeeding: $400

  • In the comfort of your home or location of choice, lifestyle minimally-posed photography session

  • 20-40 images professionally edited

  • Private downloadable gallery of your photos (available for 4 weeks)

  • Print release on your photos


Fresh 48's & Siblings Meet: $450

  • Location of birthing facility or at your home, ideally 24-48 hours after your birth, lifestyle minimally-posed photography session

  • 20-40 images professionally edited

  • Private downloadable gallery of your photos (available for 4 weeks)

  • Print release on your photos


Maternity & Newborn Milk Baths: $550

  • Location at your home or location of choice, posed session

  • Use of our claw foot tub! (transportable to your home or outdoor location)

  • 20-40 images professionally edited

  • Private downloadable gallery of your photos (available for 4 weeks)

  • Print release on your photos



Birth photography and related services are an investment you may need to prioritize high on your list. Most families that we serve in the Pittsburgh area pay in several smaller increments leading up to their birth. We also offer Client Gift Registries for family and friends to contribute to your Birth Fund.

Please understand our prices are based on a lot of factors, including being able to drop everything at any time day or night to come to you in need, being away from our families and other obligations, maintaining our professional equipment, and having responsible back-up plans and business practices. We value your birth and take our job very seriously.



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