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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Henry, Olive and Kate {Vancouver Library, Vancouver WA}



Its been a while since I’ve photographed these three fantastic kids. I was so happy to see them again! They have changed, but stayed the same. Henry is now reading the Harry Potter series (doesn’t he favor Harry a bit?) and definitely has a new maturity. Miss Olive told me that her favorite day of the week is Wednesday, and took to calling me “Mrs. Smiley” in her adorably cheerful voice. Kate was a big fan of making silly faces, and was just the sweetest kid and most compliant subject.

Henry, Olive and Kate, thanks for always making my job easy. You three are so bright and so delightful, I always look forward to our time. Enjoy the photos!

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Baby Stella and Olivia {Sherwood, OR}

“For never before in story or rhyme

(not even once upon a time)

Has the world ever known a you, my friend,

And it never will, not ever again…

Heaven blew every trumpet

And played every horn

On the wonderful, marvelous

Night you were born.”

Welcome, Baby Stella!


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Alexis & Dominic + Baby {Frenchman’s Bar Park, Vancouver, WA}

Alexis will be welcoming a new baby girl any day! She’s such a radiant mama-to-be,  and is already a wonderful mom to her little boy, Dominic. All of this beautiful February weather made for a gorgeous golden hour shoot, and I’m so pleased with how our shoot unfolded.

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Baby Jaxon and Big Sister Madison {Banks, OR}

Well, hello there, blog! Its been a while! I’ve been busy TAKING photos  for amazing families and seniors over the last 3 to 4 months, and sharing photos via blogpost fell by the wayside. Its a new year, so I’m back blogging sessions again. Im hoping to blog older sessions, too!

First up, new baby Jaxon and big sister Madison. Madison is a doting, energetic big sister to this little guy, and in between all the big sister sweetness, she showed me her room, her headstands, her twirls, her closet, her favorite stuffed animals. She even showed me her loose teeth. She is mesmerizing.

And, her new brother definitely takes after her! His skin was so gorgeous, not a trace of baby acne, and his hair was coppery and wavy and so sweet. He was content to be held, but needed the reassuring sounds of his family around him when we tried to lay him down on his own. He needed his people!

Madison and Jaxon, thank you so much for allowing me to capture you both during this special time. Your family is just lovely, and I came away from our session with a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your photos!

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Hannah and Graham {Sellwood Park, Portland}

I had such a fun session with Hannah and Graham! They are beautiful children, silly and lively, just the type I love to photograph. Graham fixed his own mohawk the morning of our shoot, and his mom, figuring it was best to capture the children as they are, rolled with it. I’m so glad she did! His hair was absolutely the cutest, and matched the wildness of his personality. Perfect.


And, Hannah, the well mannered older sister, so lovely and graceful, with her Mommy’s blue eyes and blonde hair. She and her brother were more than happy to hug and snuggle, mostly without being asked!

Thank you, Hannah and Graham, Laura and Travis, for being such wonderful subjects! I thoroughly enjoyed our morning together!


Abby and Aiden

An evening with beautiful light. A new location that exceeded expectations. A family I always look forward to catching up with. Sessions like this remind me why I have the best job!

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Evelyn and Gus {Westmoreland Park, Portland OR}

I have had the privilege of photographing this beautiful family several times now, most recently when little Gus was a tiny, new thing. Evelyn has always been a favorite subject: She has this bright, boisterous, charming personality, and intense, deep brown eyes that just melt me. Seeing her brother, who was a newborn the last time, as this toddling, round bellied, doe-eyed ball of energy and cuteness was amazing! He is only a little younger than Ev was the first time I met her. Time moves so fast!

We tried a new location, the recently remodeled Westmoreland Park. Its going to be fantastic when all of the orange fencing comes down! We stuck to a few main areas that were accessible, including a small footbridge. The children chased geese, and played like crazy with sticks. All in all, a fun morning! Thanks, Evelyn and Gus!

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Eloise {Laurelhurst Park, Portland OR}

Meet beautiful Eloise! She is dainty, and feminine, and about as happy as they come. Her blue eyes sparkle. And, she never stops moving. I met up with Eloise and her parents, Jared and Carra,  over Labor Day weekend, and wouldn’t you know, it rained. Most of our session. I was so bummed, although we got several adorable shots, rain was visible in most of them!

So, Eloise and her parents met me again on a much drier day, and we were able to complete the session, rounding it out with lots of Eloise action shots!

Thanks, Jared and Carra, for allowing me to capture your precious girl! She is amazing!

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