Offerdahl Girls | Clackamas Family Photographer

I took pictures of Tanya’s youngest daughter last year when she made her first communion. Recently, they decided to expand their family and added Valentino… their HORSE! Isn’t he HANDSOME?!

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I’ll admit that I was one of those girls in school who loved horses and wanted to have one of my very own. When Tanya told me that they bought a horse, I said, “Yaaay!” and when she asked me if I’d take some photos of her and her girls with Tino, I said “Squeeee!”

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This shoot was during one of those magical days in the fall where you get all of the pretty colors from the leaves, but you also get the warmth of the sun for one more day. It was beautiful and we had lots of fun.

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One of the many reasons I love photography is being able to share important moments with the families I work with — sometimes that means adding a new member to the family. This time, it wasn’t a baby, but a beautiful horse. πŸ™‚

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Easterly Extended Family | Oregon City Family Photographer

Kelsey contacted me this fall because she wanted to gift her mother with an extended family session — she wanted pictures of her family (herself, her husband, and her two daughters) with her own parents. Extended family sessions are a wonderful gift and a great chance to capture some memories with more of your family than you, your spouse, and your kids! (Scroll down to the bottom of the post for more information on what an Extended Family Session entails!)

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Grandparents are so special and whenever I do an extended family shoot, I’m reminded of how much I enjoy them! Watching these two little girls with their grandma and grandpa was so adorable. You can tell they mean so much to their grandparents and their grandparents shower those little girls with love.

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Kelsey really wanted some fall foliage for this shoot, so we headed up to the promenade trail in Oregon City. I love that trail because you can see so much of the river down below and the park changes so much with the different seasons (here’s a shoot I did there in the Spring with the flowers).

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It was so fun to spend the morning with this family and capturing all of these special moments with them. For one last image, here’s three generations of this family… how precious is that?

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Some info on extended family sessions: because there are more people involved, the pricing for these sessions and the types of shots I provide are a little different. Contact me if you’re interested in scheduling an extended family shoot and we can discuss the details. πŸ™‚Β 

Creech Family | Portland, OR Family Photographer

I’ve taken photos of the Creech family before, when their youngest was a newborn. It’s hard to believe Roslyn has grown up so much in a little over a year!

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We met for pictures this last fall up on Powell Butte and it’s one of my favorite places to take family pictures. Not only are the views gorgeous, but there’s gravel and paved paths in spots… perfect for walking around with kids when it threatens to rain. πŸ™‚

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Xavier is full of energy and had so many good smiles for me. Roslyn is such a sweetie and I so much enjoy seeing how she’s growing up and how she’s starting to look a little like Xavier every once in a while. πŸ™‚

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The Creech’s are such a fun family and I always enjoy my shoots with them! I can’t wait to see how much growing those littles do in the coming year.

Schiedler Family and Maternity | Clackamas, OR Photographer

Remember how I took ten-year anniversary pictures for this family? Well, what youΒ didn’t see from that shoot was this picture:

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That’s right! Kelly and Kevin were pregnant! With twin girls! I’ll be blogging their newborn session soon, but first let’s check out their maternity and family photos from this fall. Kelly wanted to have a session at a Christmas tree farm during Thanksgiving weekend and, since we live in the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, we were able to find a farm kind enough to allow us to run around all over and take pictures (and the Schiedlers got their tree there too!).

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The kids were funny and kept running around trying to find the perfect tree. It was adorable. In the meantime, we were able to snag some sweet pictures to document this family of five.

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Kelly is one of the cutest pregnant people and her belly was the perfect size — I’m still amazed there were two little girls in there!

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I’ve loved, loved getting to document all of the important memories and milestones for the Schiedlers and I’m so excited to get to introduce their new baby girls soon!

Bowe Family | Happy Valley, OR Family Photographer

Elizabeth contacted me about taking her family’s pictures this last fall, and we decided to meet up at Scouter’s Mountain in Happy Valley. When I got there, I was met by the sweetest family! Elizabeth’s kids wereΒ so amazingly well-behaved and they were up for all kinds of fun and had their best smiles at the ready!

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When someone schedules a family session, I don’t often meet them before the day of the session. We’ve chatted a bit via e-mail, but I’m usually meeting clients for the first time when I take their pictures! It’s fun to finally get to put faces to names and get to know one another. The Bowe family was so fun to finally meet! The kids were excited to get their pictures taken and were all smiles!

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I’m glad I had my camera at the ready because they hugged each other “just because”! These kiddos were just so sweet.

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We took these pictures up at Scouter’s Mountain in Happy Valley this fall, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! I had a great time meeting this fun family and capturing these images for them. πŸ™‚

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Baby Roland | Portland, OR Newborn Photographer

I took Laura’s maternity photos a couple of months ago, and now I get to be the one to introduce you to Baby Roland!

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I love getting to watch new parents fawn over their baby; everything is so new and cute!

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Laura and her husband, Aaron, named Roland after a football coach Aaron had in high school. This particular coach became more of a mentor to Aaron and has been a big presence in his life. What a wonderful way to honor someone who has been so important. πŸ™‚

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And, not only does he have a great name, but he has a cute smile to boot!

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Kaufmann Boys | Portland, OR Family Photographer

IΒ love having clients come back to me year after year! It’s such a thrill to be able to see kids grow up; often, they’re still themselves, but there just a *little* bigger/smilier/funnier than they were the year before. I took pictures of these three brothers about a year ago, and it was so fun getting to interact with them and see how they’re growing up!

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Aiden, Ethan, and Christian are full of boyish energy and kept me on my toes! πŸ˜€

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But, I was rewarded with some pretty great smiles and some very funny faces!

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I can’t wait to see how they grow and change in the coming year!

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Baby Nathan | Portland, OR Newborn Photographer

I’m back to picture-taking and blogging after having my third baby. Hooray! And, what better way to come back than by taking pictures of this family and their beautiful newborn?

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I’ve known Baby Nathan’s parents forΒ years and their oldest son, Ben, is a little younger than my oldest son. Erika and I met through the program I did in graduate school, before she met her husband, Tony. I was privileged to be at their wedding and I’ve loved seeing their family grow over the years. It’s been a delight to see the beautiful mom Erika has become!

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See? Seriously. So beautiful

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Ben was such a fun older brother to photograph! He had the perfect amount of energy and gave me lots of great smiles.

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As always, it was wonderful to capture these sweet moments of this family of four!

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Welcome to the world, Baby Nathan! πŸ˜€

Fun announcement!

I promised that I had a fun announcement for you, so here it is!

Almost three weeks ago, my husband and I welcomed our third child into the world! Our baby boy was born during the eclipse (!) which gives him one of the coolest birth stories ever! πŸ™‚

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We are totally in love with him, and so are his siblings! I’m taking some time off to recover and figure out how to operate as a family of five. πŸ™‚ If you’re wanting to schedule a fall family session, please e-mail me! I’m still checking my e-mail and Facebook messages, but it may take me a little longer to respond than usual. Thank you for your understanding and support!

Picture by Ashlie Behm Photography