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Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Wedding Photographer | Pet Photographer

Pittsburgh wedding photographer

Lisa West is an award-winning Pittsburgh, PA portrait photographer that specializes in wedding photography, family portraits, high school senior portraits and professional pet photography. Lisa has over 15 years of photography experience and studied at Pittsburgh Filmmakers located in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned a certificate in fine art photography. In 2006, Lisa West officially started her photography business specializing in family and pet photography. Lisa recently won a 1st Place Award from the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Professional People, Wedding category. She has also been recognized as the top 25 wedding photographers in Pittsburgh, PA by Expertise in the 2016 and 2017. In 2012, Lisa was voted as one of the best pet photographers in the Pittsburgh area by CBS Local. Her photography has been published in a variety of books, calendars and magazines. 

Being a passionate animal advocate, Lisa West has been donating photography services to help local animal shelters since 2007. Lisa collaborated the Humane Animal Rescue (formerly Western PA Humane Society) along with other local photographers for their Our Best Friends’ Calendar during 2011-2014. She offered special pet sessions for Animal Friends during their W(h)ine tasting event in 2012 and donated pet photography sessions for their Black Tie Events. In 2011-2014, Lisa partnered with Camp Bow Wow – Pittsburgh South and the Humane Animal Rescue (Western PA Humane Society) and offered special holiday events. A portion of the proceeds was donated to the Western PA Humane Society. Lisa West has also donated pet photography sessions for Hello Bully during their fundraising events – Lovers Not Fighters Gala and has volunteered at the Pet Connection, Inc.

Lisa West’s photography style is modern, timeless and classic. She finds the perfect balance between posed and candid photography while helping her clients to feel comfortable and enjoy the moment. For wedding photography she combines wedding photojournalism and creative fine art photography while using beautiful lighting techniques. Lisa captures emotional, elegant wedding portraits and focuses on relationships. High school senior portraits, family sessions and pet photography sessions are all unique. Lisa works closely with each client and designs fun, creative photography sessions that fits each persons’ personal style. 

Lisa West Photography is based in Pittsburgh, PA, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. For more information, please call (412) 720-6368 or email us at info@lisawestphotos.com.


Fun facts about me
  • If you haven’t noticed by now, I absolutely adore animals!
  • I fell in love with photography when I was 12 years old. I began photographing my family, friends and pets after my Dad bought me my very first camera.    
  • I love inspirational quotes. They lift up my spirit and bring me strength when times are hard.
  • I read the Bible often.
  • I’m a hopeless romantic.
  • I’m addicted to Disney movies. 
  • I grew up on a military base in Virginia.
  • I love being outside enjoying nature – hiking, biking, kayaking or just being outside soaking up the sun.
  • I have four furbabies – Bella, Bear-bear, Peanut and Jasmine, aka Jazzy.
  • I have three aquariums.
  • I love to cook healthy meals. 
  • I have a green thumb! I love to do landscaping and gardening. Pittsburgh wedding photographer, Lisa West

Awards and Published Work

1st Place Award – 2017 International Photography Awards -Professional People, Wedding category 

Top 25 Best Wedding Photographers in Pittsburgh 2017 by Expertise.com

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2017

Top 25 Best Wedding Photographers in Pittsburgh 2016 by Expertise.com

Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2014 by Western PA Humane Society

Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2013 by Western PA Humane Society

Dog Fancy Magazine 2013

Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2012 by Western PA Humane Society

Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2011 by Western PA Humane Society

Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual 2006 – Finalist

Kittens USA 2004-2005 Annual

Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual 2005 -Finalist

Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual 2004 -Finalist

Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual 2004 – Finalist

Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual 2003 -Finalist

International Photography Awards 2003 Honorable Mention- People & Pets Series

International Photography Awards 2003 Honorable Mention- Aquarium Series

Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual 2002 -Finalist


Press

North Hills Monthly Magazine – Say Woof! Photographers Capture Human-Animal Bond by Erica Cebzanov, Nov 30, 2015

Pittsburgh Magazine – The Pet Lover’s Guide by Melissa Rayworth, February, 2013

CBS Local -Best Places For Pet Photography In Pittsburgh by Cheree Charmello, May 25, 2012

Tribune Review – by William Loeffler January 15, 2009


Public Art Displays

Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital 171 Green Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (412) 655-8710


Exhibitions

Pittsburgh Filmmakers – 2007 Student Exhibition – Dream Series – 4×5 Large Format

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape – 81 South 19th Street, Pittsburgh, PA -PAAR Art shows – April 16th, 2004, October 17th, 2005 and October 7th, 2006

Bedford County Arts Council – Group exhibition November 2003


Giving Back

Camp Bow Wow – Pittsburgh South – 971 Killarney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 – Special Holiday Event November 15th, 2014. A portion of the proceeds to Western PA Humane Society

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2014

Camp Bow Wow – Pittsburgh South – 971 Killarney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 – Special Holiday Event November 16th, 2013. A portion of the proceeds to Western PA Humane Society

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2013

Pet Connection, Inc. – 2013 -127 Sunrise Lane, Avonmore, PA 15618

Camp Bow Wow – Pittsburgh South – 971 Killarney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 – Special Holiday Event November 10th, 2012. A portion of the proceeds to Western PA Humane Society

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2012

Animal Friends – 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 -Animal Friends W(h)ine tasting event April 20, 2012

Animal Friends -562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 – Black Tie Events 2007-2012

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Puppy Up Walk Event

Hello Bully – 4885-A McKnight Road #197 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 – 2011 Lovers Not Fighters Gala

Camp Bow Wow – Pittsburgh South – 971 Killarney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 – Special Holiday Event November 19th, 2011. A portion of the proceeds to Western PA Humane Society

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Our Best Friends’ Calendar 2011

Western PA Humane Society – 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 – Animal Walk 2007

Animal Friends – 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 – Blessing of the Animals 2007