Pamela Salai is known for putting others front and center as one of Pittsburgh’s premiere family photographers. Rarely is she put in the spotlight! Having the opportunity to work with Pam for my own maternity shoot, I wanted to chat about what goes on “behind-the-lens.” Her work is definitely captured in a unique light and setting. With Pam, anything goes.

From real live unicorns to whimsical, casual merry-go-rounds in the park, photography is made magical. What I love most about her work is that she captures the fairytale that every child sees. She really sees the world from the eyes of a child – a wild, magical and wondrous place.

Known for her imagination and keen eye for detail, Pam recently released a Magazine on how she built her name in photography, Mastering Minis. Taking her teachings to the next level, she is launching a LIVE Mentor Class from June 24-30.

Doing what I do best, shedding light on awesome girl bosses, I wanted to spotlight Pam and her effort to mentor and guide fellow photographers! Read my “Behind the Lens with Pamela Salai” interview to really get to know all of the effort that goes behind these phenomenal shoots.

Can you walk me through your design process for your sets? What is typically involved in building a set?

I would love too! Let’s reference one of my most sought after mini sessions sets “Daydream Minis.”

For my daydream mini session I knew I wanted it to be super whimsical and look like a dream, during the day – lol. When I created my first idea for this 2014, I did it outside. I had a tent, some fluff for clouds, a huge moon that my husband cut out of wood from a drawing, I threw in some pillows and hung stars from a tree. It was super cute…but I was still learning my style with editing and shooting.

I continued to work on the idea every year moving it indoors. I rented a studio and eliminated the tent and rented a couch…It wasn’t until like 2016 that I nailed the look for these mini’s. Now, I couldn’t even imagine them any other way.

All of my sets start with a dream or a vision. 

Once I have this idea floating around in my head I start to draw it out on paper. This way I can add/tweak things as I go along. *not every vision gets implemented as I visioned – sometimes they actually turn out better than I thought. 

After getting it down on paper and clipping out of magazines or drawing in props that I want I start searching or “making” those props needed. 

My garage or basement ends up becoming my “staging” area (even though I have a studio – I rent it out so I can’t just run down there and set things up as easily as your think with one that has a studio )

Where do you find inspiration for your set designs?

All over. Mostly in my head. I have honestly always been a creator and my imagination runs on full octane. However, sometimes these inspirations can be sparked from something I see. A book. A postcard ( mostly the vintage ones get my wheels turning). A magazine ad. a commercial or even sometimes just something that I had drawn in my notebook years ago and bring it to life.

Your work is definitely different than most photographers and I think a lot of that is owed to vision. How would you describe your style?

Aw, well thank you. I think the best way to describe it – is what I have been told. Light and airy, whimsical, magical. I am a story teller and I love to tell stories with imagination being the key behind it all. So my visions are fueled by my clients wants and needs. If it’s one of my exclusive mini sessions, such as “daydream minis” – those come straight from me. If it’s a full session I do a Q & A with my client this helps me create a vision that is meaningful to them. So when they look through their album it sparks a memory, a time in their life where I captured it & saved it on the pages for them to flip through for years.

Let’s talk costumes! Do you offer all clients dresses? Where do you shop?

Ekkk one of my favorite parts. I am such a girly girl and I really truly believe that the clients outfits makes a statement so it has to be perfect and “fitting ” for the set. I do not have a specific place I shop because I have so many places that I love and each ones serves a different purpose. However, I do have a curated client closet that I have had for 5 years and have been building on each year. So if we do not find the perfect thing in my closet then I help them find it whether that means renting, buying or sometimes even having it custom-made. For my daydream mini sessions, I bring a huge rack of clothing for the girls and boys to pick from. It’s really fun for them because they feel like they are playing dress up.

What about props – how do you pick out props?

I don’t always find what I want so I will make it or refurbish something that I have. I am all about re-purposing ( props can get expensive). Having 2 girls & a boy, I do sometimes “borrow” things from their room. However, I do love vintage shopping so I am always on the look out for cool unique items where-=ever I am. I book out 3-4 months in advance so I have a good idea on 1/2 of my year anytime I am out so I know in my head what to look for.

Want to know more about the details and how to make a shoot set work? Pam is spilling her secrets!

Pamela Salai | Pamela Salai Photograghy is releasing :
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can be found below and also on the Hello Storyteller platform

Featured inside the magazine : mini sessions from start to finish , a peek inside one of my magical mini sessions, Tips, How to find inspiration, How to make profit and more…

What is included in this Mentor Live ???

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Exclusive E-book

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Exclusive Audio

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BTS tutorials

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Student Assignments

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In my bag

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Q & A

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Pam will pull ⓞⓝⓔ lucky name on the 30th from everyone who is in her class to win a swag bag including :

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a free annual membership from @ summerana actions ( I will link FB for FB & IG for IG )

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printed version of the magazine

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along with a fun magical swag bag filled with magical goodies

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remastered 

I am so excited to share with y’all my NEWEST version of Mastering Minis by Pamela Salai photography – remastered. I am on the Hello Storyteller platform and will have a Mentor Live class June 24-30th where I will be with you for 1 week in a private group. You can ask my anything about the magazine or mini sessions and PLUS there will be LOTS of extra goodies that will go along with the class ! I hope to see you there !!!

Mastering Mini’s (remastered) Magazine by Pamela Salai photography Featured inside : mini sessions from start to finish , a peek inside one of my magical mini sessions, Tips, How to find inspiration, How to make profit and more…

What is included in this Mentor Live ???

  • Exclusive E-book
  • Exclusive Audio
  • Editing & BTS tutorials
  • Student Assignments
  • In my bag
  • Studio Q & A
  • *Print options available

A special Thank you to my copy write editor for helping me ! Love you !!!

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April 24-29, 2019

Private Photographer | Bahamas, sea turtles, mermaid soul sisters and beachbody

Mermaid: A sea woman who chooses Imagination over Fear

“O MY M GEE” … as my one daughter says. Where do I begin ?

I just came back from this amazing “workcation” ( is that a word ? Well, it is now. I will be giving Webster a call later to update them 😉 ) This is my second year that I was hired to be a private photographer for a team of amazing women. It doesn’t stop there it was in the BAHAMAS – YES, this is real like (I am sorry for text yelling but I am still like PINCH me) . I got to hug the faces off of 13 totally bad azz chicks that work hard | Play hard, left with amazing friendships, grew friendships that I already had and … came back with a pretty hard core tan hahaha.

So what is this all about ?

You may think you know what Beachbody is all about — “It’s that company that sells exercise programs and supplements, like P90X and 21 Day Fix, and Shakeology, right ?

Technically, yes — but there’s so much more to it.

Beachbody is home to exercise plans and supplement …and so much more.

I met Alyssa through a mutual friend, Jaclyn. I did her families photos and immediately we kicked it off together. (She is totally my mermaid soul sister.) So I mentioned above that I went last year (2018) to the Bahamas with her & her team of top 20 success holders and it was such a epic time. So When Alyssa invited me back for year 2 I was like EKKKKKK, YES ! So what is a success holder, what is a team…how do you get on board so you can “earn” to travel all over the world ? Click here to ask Alyssa all about it !!

I can not wait to show you so so many photos from this amazing workcation. However, for now I will leave you with my mermaid soul sister swimming with the turtles. Check back soon though because I will be posting more !!


Bob Marley — ‘love the life you live.live the life you love.’

Pamela Salai Photography is a Pittsburgh Child Photographer also specializing in maternity, family in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas including but not limited to McCandles Township, Wexford, Franklin Township, Sewickley Township, Butler County, Cranberry Township, and Washington County.

 If you would like more information regarding booking a custom session with Pamela Salai Photography, please click here or contact me directly by clicking on the contact button at the top of my website or email me at : pamelasalaiphoto@gmail.com .

Often I am asked about client wardrobe. I  provide a curated wardrobe for my child clients and maternity sessions. Often these outfits can be seen through out my photos. When you book your session I will further discuss this options with you along with the stylist options I provide.

I use natural light and organic settings to create custom magic for each session.

Let’s Connect !

1. Sign up for my emails : CLICK HERE on the right hand side you will see a “sign up ” where you can enter in your emails there.
2. Join my private group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686002001654081/
3. FACEBOOK  you can choose to “see first” or even set the notifications on
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I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you
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Now is the time! Don’t let another year pass that you say … I really should book a mommy & me session for me and the kids. I know those thoughts!! I have been there done that. Just do it and trust me – you will be so HAPPY that you did !

There are 2 options for these mommy and me mini sessions.

Option 1: $595 | 5 fully edited images sent digitally 

Option 2: $1085 | 10 fully edited images sent digitally along with a 5×5 Signature album 

About Signature Albums :

Albums are a great way to display magical memories from your sessions. Let’s be honest…How many times have you booked a session, had amazing photos , downloaded them to your computer and then never printed them. Even if you have a large home, you may not have any more wall space to
wall paper your home in more photos. In addition, not every images is wall worthy, however, they are still part of the story and having them in an album is a great way to reminisce those memories. I custom design each album and make sure to include all or as many images as possible into your keepsake. My albums are 10 page spreads on archival thick photographic paper, lay flat spreads that are built to 
last for generations.  
You have the choice of linen or leather (I will show you sample colors) or will pick the best color option based off of the colors in the session.
Albums are boxed in a keepsake graphic linen box – that are great for storing. however, albums are meant to keep out to be loved by the family and visitors. My albums have become a new favorite with my clients. They are great gifts to yourself or to a grandparent or other.

Location: Whimsical lush green area, probably longer uncut grasses (around the Wexford area) On a perfect gold hour evening the light will be warm and creates a magical glow. The exact location will be disclosed upon booking ( with in a month of the session )
Please keep in mind I am not responsible for animals, insects or plants. Please spray, lotion and cloth yourselves appropriate.

Date: May 19th

Rain Date : I will work with each client individually on a rebooking of you mommy & me should your session get rained out. 

Time: Sessions take place near sunset . Whatever time is chosen please DO NOT be late & be 10 minutes early. If you are late that will cut into your time which can also result in less images if I am not given the amount of time needed. 
The slots time out at 20 min. Sometimes I do get everything I need in 10 minutes. These are mini sessions and I will make the call if I feel I got everything I need under 20 minutes. 

Styling suggestions provided and are suited to the location

Details: Simple, emotional, whimsical mommy & me sessions (or maternity). I am a story telling photographer. My goal will be to collect details, close up and far away images. These are not meant to be super posed, however, not lifestyle – it’s a magical mix of in-between. 

mommy & me , lace dress, tutu du monde, backlit, whimsical
Pittsburgh mommy and me posing vintage settee in Joyfolie fairytale

Pamela Salai Photography is a Pittsburgh Child Photographer also specializing in maternity, family in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas including but not limited to McCandles Township, Wexford, Franklin Township, Sewickley Township, Butler County, Cranberry Township, and Washington County.

 If you would like more information regarding booking a custom session with Pamela Salai Photography, please click here or contact me directly by clicking on the contact button at the top of my website or email me at : pamelasalaiphoto@gmail.com .

Often I am asked about client wardrobe. I  provide a curated wardrobe for my child clients and maternity sessions. Often these outfits can be seen through out my photos. When you book your session I will further discuss this options with you along with the stylist options I provide.

I use natural light and organic settings to create custom magic for each session.

Let’s Connect !

1. Sign up for my emails : CLICK HERE on the right hand side you will see a “sign up ” where you can enter in your emails there.
2. Join my private group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686002001654081/
3. FACEBOOK  you can choose to “see first” or even set the notifications on
4. INSTAGRAM

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Pamela Salai Photography is a Pittsburgh Child Photographer also specializing in maternity, family in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas including but not limited to McCandles Township, Wexford, Franklin Township, Sewickley Township, Butler County, Cranberry Township, and Washington County.

 If you would like more information regarding booking a custom session with Pamela Salai Photography, please click here or contact me directly by clicking on the contact button at the top of my website or email me at : pamelasalaiphoto@gmail.com .

Often I am asked about client wardrobe. I  provide a curated wardrobe for my child clients and maternity sessions. Often these outfits can be seen through out my photos. When you book your session I will further discuss this options with you along with the stylist options I provide.

I use natural light and organic settings to create custom magic for each session.

Let’s Connect !

1. Sign up for my emails : CLICK HERE on the right hand side you will see a “sign up ” where you can enter in your emails there.
2. Join my private group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686002001654081/
3. FACEBOOK  you can choose to “see first” or even set the notifications on
4. INSTAGRAM

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