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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Henry, Olive & Kate -Scientifically Proven Cuteness {OMSI, Portland, OR}


Once again, I had the privilege of meeting up with Henry and his twin sisters, Kate and Olive. I love capturing these beautiful siblings!

Our session took place inside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and it seemed to be a really perfect location for these kiddos. Big brother Henry was especially mesmerized by all the science. I came ready with tons of bribery candy, remembering that last time we shot, the children ran in three separate directions the entire session. What a difference six months makes! All three were incredibly cooperative and smiley. These are truly happy children, and I think their joy shines in these portraits.
Henry, Olive and Kate, I hope we can do it again! It is my great joy to photograph each of you!
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Baby Trent – Bittersweet {Seattle, WA}


Remember this little baby? Here he is at 6 months. Crazy how time flies. These were taken a few months ago, and this kid is already walking. He is so amazing.

Trent belongs to my beloved best friend, and these were taken on a hot, bright, bittersweet day in September when we bid goodbye, as she prepared to move her family across the country. I was honored to take these before they left, but I’ve also been taking my sweet time with them, knowing its will be a long while before I get to see or photograph Trent again.
Amy, Jedd, and Trent, I miss you guys so much already! Blessings in your new adventures, but don’t forget to come home to those who love you when you’re through!
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Gage – Class of 2012 {Portland Waterfront}


Ah, Gage.

Super handsome kid, polite, laid back, affable, brought a gorgeous entourage along, consisting of his girlfriend and Auntie. We had a fun morning session, walking the waterfront near OMSI, and then setting up in a nearby Alley. I love when a client is up for anything, and Gage was. At one point, I think I asked him to sit on a dumpster!
Thanks Gage, for being the perfect senior subject!
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Owen – Crazy Energy, Crazy Photogenic {George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego,OR}


Talk about photogenic! This child is so photogenic, even when he’s giving his craziest face, he takes a fabulous photo. I loved getting to capture him and all of his crazy. Owen’s mom, Amy, picked an absolutely gorgeous spot in George Rogers park. I hadn’t been there before, but I will definitely be returning.

Owen has an amazing bond with his parents, and his close relationship with his dad, in particular, was evident on this day. Owen is definitely his Dad’s mini-me. When he wasn’t wrestling with his dad, he chased the ducks and vascillated between sweet cuddles with his pretty mama, and then in typical little boy fashion, taking running jumps into her arms.
Thanks, Amy and Mark, for a high energy evening! I loved every minute of it!
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Shane – Class of 2012 {Portland Waterfront}


I met up with Shane on a bright sunny afternoon on the Portland Waterfront near OMSI. The first thing I noticed about Shane was his pretty hazel eyes. The sun was really bright by the time we began our shoot, and Shane mentioned that he was practically a vampire, spending much time gaming. The sun was really bothering those hazel eyes! For that reason, we moved away from the water and spent most of our session in a nearby shaded alley way with railroad tracks and a colorful mural. Shane was really taken with the mural, and I as thrilled to photograph him in front of it.

Thanks Shane, for such a fun session! I hope you love your photos!

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Tyler & Sawyer – Apples of Mommy’s Eye {Heritage Farms, Hillsboro, OR}


Loved, loved, loved my session in Heritage Farms Apple Orchard with one of my favorite families, The Merlocks. Ms. Tyler is so photogenic, and loves to ham for the camera. Oh, and I did bribe her for smiles with lots of sugar free watermelon gum (Sorry, Steph and Ty!). Sweet Sawyer is smiley and so content in her Mommy or Daddy’s arms.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful girls with me, Stephanie and Ty. I just adore them!

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Fiona – Brown Eyed Girl {Peninsula Park, Portland, OR}


Ms. Fiona and her parents met me at Peninsula Park for portraits on a recent Saturday morning. There is such a sweetness and loveliness to this family! Little Fiona has beautiful, soulful brown eyes that, for the first half of our session, communicated a strong message of “I’m watching you Lady, stay away from me!” Gradually she warmed up and the more playful Fiona emerged, fun and goofy, successfully reenacting the “Triple Dog Dare You” telephone pole scene from A Christmas Story (yes, she licked a tree) and even more impressive, getting her parents to do the same thing. I loved observing and capturing their interactions!

Thank you Brian and Bethany! It was so much fun!

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Preston – Totally Boyish, Infectiously Good-Natured {Farragut Park, Portland, OR}


Once upon a time, when I was the mommy of a little 9 month old girl, I went to tour a new daycare facility. I was skeptical, uncertain. The place we had originally picked out to care for our child had not lived up to our expectations, and I wanted to be certain we weren’t fooled twice.

With my critical gaze set, I entered the baby room. I took it in, from one corner to the other, and found it clean and colorful, yet peaceful. Still, I needed more assurance. And in the far corner of the room, I found him: in one of the small bassinets, laying on his tummy, bum in the air, was a gorgeous baby boy sleeping soundly. He looked to be resting easily, seemed so content. No cares, no strife.
This was a good place, I could tell.
We signed my daughter up. She and this baby, Preston, became fast friends, and have remained close. I totally adore this kid to my core. He is so lovably goofy, so totally boyish, so infectiously good-natured.
Though we don’t see him often enough, when we do, its as if no time has passed. And then I look at pictures like these, and I’m reminded of how quickly its actually going.
You’re 5 now, Master P, do me a favor and stay there for a while! And, keep Karter Lily with you! We both love you lots!
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