Class of 2015: Mady

Mady. At 6 feet tall and strikingly beautiful, you know when you are in Mady’s presence. She is mesmerizing. I had such a fun time with this girl. She has the easiest, most genuine smile, but can just as quickly throw a fierce, serious look.  In other words, a dream to photograph!

Mady is an Athlete, with 10 years of soccer under her belt, and no doubt a formidable opponent to look up to across the net in volleyball.
She loves to watch Friends (!), and  wants to be a Graphic Designer.  She also confided that her Mom, April, is her best friend, and spoke about how blessed she feels to have her as a mom. Awww! I hope April can give me some tips, so my girls are telling their Senior Photographers the same sweet things about me in 10 years time. I can dream, right?

Mady, its was such an honor to take your senior portraits! Have so much fun this year!!!!  





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Natalie & Christopher {Sellwood Park, SE Portland}

I love, love, LOVE getting to meet and photograph new families! This was the first time I’ve captured adorable Christopher and Natalie, and man, were they wonderful subjects! Sweet and smiley, loving toward one another, and amazingly focused and able to follow instructions.  A rare trio of traits amongst the younger set. I was impressed and grateful! They were so easy on me!

I think they are each a “mini-me” of their parents, Natalie with her dark hair and eyes looks like her Daddy, and Christopher has his mommy’s gorgeous smile, and her dimple too! The kids ran, cartwheeled, and explored all around Sellwood Park, and hopefully had almost as much fun as I did!

Thanks Natalie and Christopher, for such a sweet session! I hope you love your photos as much as I do!


Oliver and Zaeda {Fields Bridge Park, West Linn}

I always look forward to seeing Oliver and Zaeda! They grow and change each year, of course, but there are also constants: They are amazingly silly kids, and amazingly good to each other. Oliver has recently lost some key teeth and has the cutest smile! And, Zaeda, who is just this mesmerizing little ball of energy, gave herself a haircut in the not too distant past. She’s now sporting some adorable pixie bangs! Its so special for me to get to capture theses fleeting details of their childhood.

This year, we did our usual round of posed images, and then the kids played for a while on the playground. I think so much of their personality comes through in the “play” photos. Oliver is cautiously determined,  Zaeda, brave, capable and a bit wild.

Thank you Oliver and Zaeda, for letting me capture you once again! Until next time!

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Lily is Eight. {Portland, OR}

She’s full of big ideas and big emotions. She speaks thoughtfully, with the vocabulary of someone older. She is beautiful. She has an incredibly big heart for other people who are hurting.  She loves to talk about history. She is able to get creative with any scrap of paper, twine, or junk she is given. She has a competitive fire for athletics. She is social and never afraid to raise her hand with a question, or an answer. She is dramatic, (sometimes over-dramatic).  She is a loyal and forgiving friend.

She is so very loved and is affectionately known as “Sissy” to our family.

And now, she is eight!


 Q&A with Lily:

What do you want to be when you grow up?  An Artist, an Actress, an Author or an Athlete. Or maybe an Illustrator.

What is your favorite thing about school?   Art, and Math.

What are you really good at?  Sketching, and talking in a british accent.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?   I’m really, really smart. I like my hair and freckles, I’m kind (sideways glance to her brother and sister )…to most people, besides my sister and brother.

What is something you dream about? Going to the moon.

Owen and Kieran {Alberta Park, Portland, OR}

I’m finally getting to blog these photos of new baby Kieran, and his family! Kieran fits his name to a “T”, as his mommy informed me that Kieran means “dark headed one”. I think he looks like a dark headed version of his big brother, Owen.  Kieran was sweet and sleepy until he very end of our session, while big brother Owen was crazy and energetic and kept his parents, his Dad especially, on their toes. We met at Alberta park and captured some baby and family shots, as well as some crazy Owen shots. We then finished up at home with the family, where Owen showed me his guitar skills, and his grandma sang him folk songs. Adorable!

Thanks, Warner Family, for allowing me to capture Kieran’s newness!


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Where We Live| August


Well, its time for another edition of Where We Live!  Be sure to visit the other photographers blogs linked at the bottom of this post!

This month, I offer a hodgepodge of Portland Quirkiness. First up is the creepy Paxton Gate shop on hip Mississippi Avenue. This place is like Portland’s version of Borgin & Burkes (an uber creepy shop in the Harry Potter books). Tons of rare taxidermy,  jars with preserved critters and other oddities. There is a great deal of irony in this shop, since Portland is a fairly anti-gun, anti-hunting, Pro PETA place. My science-minded 6 year old thinks this is the coolest shop in the world, and asks to go here whenever we have a Mommy/Son date. Lucky me!

Next, one neighborhood over from us, on the last Thursday of the month, an event called  “Last Thursday” takes place on well known Alberta St. This began as a showcase for street art vendors, but its become more of a social event. Though there are clowns, circus acts, human gnomes, and live music, its really an adult event. Great people watching, neat art, lots of second hand drugs.

Last, my children and I took a little outing to visit the Wishing Tree! This amazing tree is located in a nearby residential neighborhood at NE 7th and Morris, where people hang wishes for themselves or others. I did not expect this spot to be so moving, but reading the dreams and prayers of so many in one spot was amazing! So glad the kids and I went. Ironically, my son wished for a collection of Shark Teeth he saw on our outing to Paxton Gate!

Until next time!

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Next, check out out the lovely Jennifer Reynolds who shows us around Delaware!

Baby Kane {Lake Oswego, OR}

Baby Kane! Just 11 days old when I met him, this little boy is so incredibly handsome, with blue eyes and a head of thick black hair, I have a feeling he will grow to be as strong as his name sounds!

I joined his family on a bright and warm Monday morning, and was so excited to have such a beautiful family and beautiful home to photograph in. Heidi and Brett have it together, I was utterly impressed by how calm and capable they were as brand new parents. Kane was awake the entirety of our session, which made for lovely interaction with his parents.

Thank you Heidi and Brett, for allowing me into your home at this precious time to capture these images for you. It was a huge honor!




Zachary, Elias and Addie {Kelley Point Park}

There is so much to be said about this wonderful family! Mary is a friend from many years back, and was one of the first clients I ever had the privilege of photographing, back when I first started my business.

Zachary and Elias were just babies then, and now, they are tall, athletic boys!  Zachary has the most amazing heart, and it seems to overflow right into the twinkle of his bright blue eyes. He is very obviously the older brother, very nurturing, and spent the entire session begging for and plotting a special picture of just he and his baby sister. Melt!

Elias is this tall, active creature, who cooperated on his own terms during our shoot, and those terms usually involved having a stick in his hand! Eli very much looks like his Uncle Mike. I could see the resemblance to Mary’s younger brother immediately. I’m going to call now that the kid is going to be a distance runner. He ran from spot to spot during our shoot and just seems a natural at it.

Little Addie is so incredibly precious, with deep, soulful eyes and a way about her that is seems cautious and stoic at times, but then I would catch a glimpse of her smile, and it was just magic. She is very clearly the apple of her family’s eye.

A little photographer’s secret: Posing couples is sometimes awkward and difficult, and natural interaction can be hard to come by. Mary and Jeff were hands down the EASIEST couple to photograph ever. They are affectionate in such a genuine way, the best photos I took of them were the ones where they didn’t even know they were being photographed. Seeing Mary happy and surrounded by this amazing bunch did my heart so much good, and reminded me why I love my job.

Mary, I love these photos so much, and hope you do too!