What started as a hobby influenced by my grandfather's love for photography has blossomed into a meaningful career centered around documenting life's most precious moments. My mission is to cultivate an environment where every client feels relaxed and authentic, allowing their true essence to radiate through each photograph. At the core of my practice lies a dedication to preserving memories for future generations. 

Through my journey from being the girl with the camera in high school to becoming a dedicated family photographer today, 

one thing has remained constant: my passion for capturing authentic moments. 


My camera became an extension of my love for documenting life.
every snapshot tells a story, and every story deserves to be told.

With a unique first name and a challenging-to-spell maiden name, the quest for a distinctive name for my photography business began. Knowing my focus would be on children and family photography (seniors weren't even on my radar at the time), I delved into my childhood memories.

Reflecting on a pivotal moment from my past, a traumatic event where I nearly lost my finger, I recalled the comfort my grandfather brought me with a blue stuffed hippo. The memory struck a chord, and I found the name 'Blu Hippo' had a cute and endearing ring to it. That simple, heartfelt connection became the essence of my brand.

While the spelling deviated slightly (missing an 'e') due to an already claimed domain, it encapsulates the unique journey and personal touch that Blu Hippo represents.


a simple, heartfelt connect embraces the essence of my brand

I'm obsessed with:

get to know a little more about me

Fires, Animals, and good smells

fun fact:

I'm a southern girl at heart

favorite DRINK:

An old fashioned cocktail

you'll find me EDITING AT:

Eclectic coffee shops

who inspires you to be your best self?

My husband and two boys!

best vacation spot:

Exploring National Parks

my guilty pleasure:

Daytime naps 

I can't live without:

Yoga and my camera!

I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and am committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. I support and uplift the LGBTQ+ community and welcome all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I value kindness, empathy, and open-mindedness, and I strive to create a safe space where everyone can feel comfortable being themselves. Whatever your personality or family dynamic, I accept and welcome it with open arms.

As long as you’re kind & open-minded, I’m in.

At the core of my photography business is the belief that every person’s story is worth telling, and every family deserves to be seen and heard.

I’m just want to make cool art with you.

""Words cannot fully capture how amazed and delighted I am with the results. The photographs Taryn captured went above and beyond my wildest expectations."

"They are truly a masterpiece, showcasing the pure artistry and talent behind each image. I couldn't have imagined so many stunning photos that perfectly captured this special time in my life."

- Tara A. 

"No stress. Just easy. I love that Taryn has artistic eye with a listening ear and caring heart. Her preparedness and personality made this experience lovely from our first touch base until we chose our photos."

"Everyone came away from this magical day with shots that we weren’t just happy with - we LOVE!"

- Caroline L.

"Taryn did an amazing outdoor session with our 6 month old in 2021, and recently an even more incredible family session with our newborn and now 2.5 year old (and labradoodle!). Both experiences were comfortable, smooth and enjoyable."

"I can’t say enough great things about working with Taryn for newborn and family photos. Our toddler even asked for her to come back the next day!"

- Hanna S. 

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blu hippo photography is a lifestyle, maternity, newborn, family, and senior photographer in the Pittsburgh area.

blu hippo photography is a family, senior and lifestyle in the Pittsburgh area.