Each year I take our family photos and this year I wanted to take more than simply a family photo so I brought out my tripod and set the timer and just captured what happened. It is a very different experience photographing your family when you are in front of the camera instead of behind it. I am so use to interacting with my clients and seeing what I am capturing so this was a fun and different challenge. In the end we got some great photos with connection, love, and laughter.
I know most photographers prefer to shoot family sessions in the evening but my favorite light is early morning light. This morning the weather was perfect so we ventured out to my new favorite nature park in Hillsboro and took photos. This is the 3rd year in a row I have been able to document this adorable family and I love that this year they brought their awesome dog along too.
When your family lives in different states and you get together for Thanksgiving it is the perfect opportunity to capture family photos.
The weather this year in Oregon has been extra special allowing us to truly enjoy the beauty of fall. Typically Oregon has so much rain that the leaves fall off the trees before the color can appear. This year we have had a long fall with trees changing color starting in September and here in the end of November we still have lots of yellow. The mom is one of my all time dearest friends, one of those people you meet and you instantly know you will be life long friends. We have been talking about doing a photo session but between the rain, kids being sick, and getting dark so early it was hard too coordinate a time. So when she text me last week asking if I could take photos I jumped at the chance because this family is just so incredibly nice and also so adorable! You might remember this gorgeous family from their session last year, this year we went to a new nature park that opened this year in Hillsboro. Instead of black Friday shopping we decided to head to the park for a morning family session. The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time playing and being silly during the session. I absolutely love their images and hope you do too!
I always get so excited when I open my email inbox to find an email from PDX Parent Magazine with a photography assignment. Last week the Marketing Director contacted me because they were in need of a child looking at one of their magazines. As soon as I read the email I knew exactly who I wanted to be my model for this project. One of my dearest friends whom I met in our local MOMS Club has the sweetest 3 year old daughter who my children and I just adore. She is full of personality and very social and happy. We went to the local library to take these images and it was the perfect setting. We took some inside the library then headed out to the gorgeous park behind the library. I thought for sure I wouldn’t get any more photos (posing a 3 year old who has to hold a magazine so I can see the cover while looking the camera is a big ask) but she really surprised me and did a fantastic job. The best part was at the very end with the gorgeous backlit sunshine and her holding the magazine smiling she kept saying “I’m nailing it! I’m nailing it!” over and over. Her mom and I were in hysterics. Hope you enjoy the images!
When a family contacts me for a fun summer family session and they don’t have a location in mind I try to think of a place where the kids can have the most fun. Well this nature park in town has the craziest and coolest handmade face sculptures (made out of branches) that you can play in along with a nature playground complete with sand and water and I knew it would be the perfect location! If you read my blog or look through my portfolio you will recognize this family, though the kids have grown so much. Well this was one very fun evening at the park!
This family of soon to be 7 was moving from Oregon where they lived for 2 years back to Florida and wanted to capture the beauty of the Pacific Northwest before they left. We headed out to the scenic and historic Columbia Gorge and stopped at several viewpoints and waterfalls to take photographs.
I love when families contact me about doing family sessions in Central Oregon. It is a gorgeous backdrop and bonus I get to travel down and visit my parents and my sister and her family who live there. The cove is a must see location if you are ever in Madras Oregon and home to many of my childhood memories. These sweet families I have known since I was just a little girl in elementary school and I love that we have remained in contact. Isn’t Facebook the best for staying in touch? Well we decided to take the two sisters family photos and then also include their parents for a big family reunion photo session.
Downtown Portland on the waterfront there is the most gorgeous row of cherry blossom trees that bloom once a year and the entire park is a sea of pink. This mama was determined to capture her family within the beautiful pink background. We headed downtown and even though there were dozens of other families with photographers who had the same thought we captured these gorgeous images their family. This images melt my heart, so much love!