Laney & Ben {Sellwood Park}


These gorgeous kids belong to my sweet friend Beth and her husband Dean. I love getting to be their photographer and capture their family at a new stage of family life, and in a new location, every year.

Ben and Laney are currently high energy, and don’t hold still for long!  Laney, in particular, never stops leaping and twirling, running and climbing.  She has beautiful hair which she is forever brushing out of her face, in that precious little girl way.

Ben is into sticks at the moment, and had some very fun ninja moves to show me, complete with sound effects and intense faces. It was very tough not to giggle.

Laney and Ben, thank you for always making things fun and easy! Enjoy your photos!

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Nolan & Ryan {North Portland}


Aren’t Nolan and Ryan absolutely adorable? These two cuties belong to my son’s teacher, who both of my older children have been lucky to be in class with. Their mama is beautiful and sweet, but also firm (in a good way! So necessary for my rambunctious boy!) and organized. I really appreciate her work with Miles this year.

Little Ryan has roundness and chubs for days, and her smile is infectious. And, not surprisingly, she saved all of her biggest smiles for her big brother, Nolan. Nolan is active and athletic and so handsome.

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Sophia {Kelley Point Park, Portland}


Meet Sophia, one of the smartest and most determined 4 year olds I’ve encountered! The first thing she said to me upon our meeting was “Is it okay if I wear this?” showing me her own outfit selection, which differed from what her parents picked out. I immediately loved her independent spirit! She is whip smart, beautiful, and very sure of what she does and does not want to do. Definitely a future leader!

Sophia’s “Anne” (pronounced “Ah-knee” – turkish for Mother, love this word!) is my own daughter’s beloved third grade teacher. She has really brought out the best in Lily this year, with equal measures of  challenge and encouragement.  I was so excited to get to spend a morning with her, and meet her lovely wife, Erin, and of course, little Sophia.

As with all 4 year olds, Sophia was drawn to the sand. It was honestly hard to tear her away, but we managed to fit in some climbing and jumping, ballet and yoga moves, and even some posing.

Thank you, Sophia, for the privilege of photographing you and your people! You were a great subject!

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Tyler and Sawyer {Camas, WA}


Oh, how I love these three ladies! We had a beautiful evening leaping, swinging, exploring and dancing at sunset.

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Breakfast at Peri’s {North Portland}


I feel like I have 20 adorable anecdotes about this wonderful family; way too many to share in this small blog post. I’ll do my best to give the highlights!

I showed up at Bob and Morgan’s door on a Sunday morning, and found them all still in their pajamas. After a rough night with their almost two year old, they scrapped the idea for well dressed family portraits, and instead asked if I might just capture them making breakfast in their PJ’s. This new plan came with really good coffee. Happy to, yes, indeed!

There may have been a minor mishap with some spilled eggs, but sausage and pancakes smelled so good, and Peri looked like mini Cat Cora in her apron over Olaf Pajamas. Bob kept trying to convince Morgan to have a family portrait in their Boba Fet and Princess Leia aprons.  Morgan was not impressed by this idea, but I thought it was hilarious.

Once breakfast was cooked and served, and Peri had a full belly, everyone got dressed, and we headed to the playground for some play time and more photos. Peri had no interest in sitting for pictures with her folks, she ONLY wanted to slide. She slid with total joy, over and over. So, Peri, this is almost two! Cooking and sliding for your portraits. I love that you and your family do things your own way! Thanks for letting me document it.

 

 

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Alayah & Jaela {Columbia Children’s Arboretum}


This is the blog post in which I admit that I approached these gorgeous girls’ Mama about photographing them. I never do that! People generally come to me, that’s how this thing works.  It helped that their Mama, Tierra, and I had already been chatting, and she has such a friendly, kind and approachable vibe. I later learned she is a Doula, which made perfect sense! She possesses all the qualities I would want in a Doula.

Anyway, back to these beauties. Tierra graciously agreed to allow me to photograph the girls for a shoot I’d been dreaming up for a while, we chose the Arboretum as the location, and loose curls and white dresses. Alayah was so sweet, and mothering to her younger sister, definitely an old and gentle soul behind those beautiful eyes, and Jaela is spirited, temperamental (as all 4 year olds are!) and ridiculously cute.

Tierra, Alayah and Jaela, thank you for the honor of photographing you!

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