Donovan – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! {Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, OR}

Cutie Donovan’s mom and I have been planning their family session for quite some time. Originally, Megan had her heart set on the Lan Su Chinese Garden, but we quickly moved away from the idea upon learning that the space doesn’t allow portraits to be taken during regular hours. We made some alternate plans, but ultimately, didn’t carry them through, because Megan could only really see their portraits being taken at the Chinese Gardens. Once I saw the space, I understood! The day of, despite the fact that I’m a huge rule follower, we decided to take a risk and shoot at Lan Su anyway, and just try to be discreet. I’m so glad we followed through! The Gardens are incredibly beautiful and it was a perfect setting.

Donovan is a fun, active, super handsome kid, and the whole family is quick to laugh, affectionate and natural in front of the camera. They brought some Happy New Years hats, and Mistletoe to ambush their little dude with kisses.
Thanks Derek, Megan and Donovan, so glad we broke the rules and went for it!

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Kai – Wild at the Zoo {Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR}

Kai and his parents, Ivan and Siri, met me at the Great Northwest Exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. This particular section of the zoo is my favorite, with winding paths through a forested segment of the zoo property.

Kai was an adorable subject (as were his sweet parents!), with a big and frequent smile, if only I could get him to stop moving! This kiddo is on the GO! I was under the delusion that his parents could set him on a step or foot path, and I’d be able to get a few snaps in before he got up and ran. Nope. Not even. He was very fun to chase though, and he really had an enormous grin every time he was on the move, so it all worked out!
Thanks Siri and Ivan, for letting me capture your fabulous little man!
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Baby Noah – A Visit – {Jamison Square, Portland. OR}

Adorable baby Noah, along with his parents, Matt and Molly, were in town for Thanksgiving to visit family and friends. Matt’s sister (Stephanie), and I have been friends for many years, so I remember Matt from when he was a high-schooler. Fast forward, and wow, is it different to see Matt as a dad!

Noah is a beautiful, happy baby, thanks, I’m sure in part, to Matt. He’s one of the most attentive… concerned dads I’ve ever encountered. Molly, Stephanie and I had a good laugh watching him fuss over Noah, making sure his cheeks weren’t cold, his nose wasn’t running, and swaddling him in a blanket every 10 snaps of the camera. It really was cute to watch. Matt’s a super good dad.
I was also able to capture Noah with his cousins, Tyler and Sawyer, and he was all smiles for big cousin Tyler. It was really cute to watch them interact!
Thanks, Molly and Matt, for letting me capture your cute little man! He’s just a doll!
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