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“Step forward! Step back! Innnnntroduce yourself!” | Clackamas, Oregon Photographer

Did anyone else sing this song when they were in high school or at camp? You know, when you had to tell people all about who you are? My husband used to coach soccer and now he sings this song with our kids allllll the time and it gets stuck in my head. And, now, it’s probably stuck in yours. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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“My name is Ann! Yeah!”ย 
While Ann might be my name, I’m more often called “Mama!” around these parts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have three little kiddos (two boys and a girl) under the age of six. So, life is pretty full, fun, and crazy all at the same time! While I’ve been taking photos for most of my life, my kids are what prompted me to want to be a professional photographer. I loved documenting all of their little moments and I wanted to be able to do that same thing for other families. I whole-heartedly believe that pictures are worth taking (and printing!) to share not only with your kids now, but with future generations as well.

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“And I live in Oregon! Yeah!”
It’s true, I do live here in Oregon, but I didn’t always! I was born in California and lived there until high school when we moved to Idaho. After high school, I went to college in Washington (go Gonzaga!) and then ended up at the University of Portland for grad school (go Pilots!). I met my husband when we taught at the same high school (me=English/Journalism him=math) and we’ve started our little family here! I love, love, love Oregon. It’s such a beautiful place with easy access to a mountain, the beach, and all kinds of trails and trees and parks in between. When I’m not taking photos, you’ll find me playing outside with my kids, hiking, baking (with and without my kids), and reading a good book.

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“And I’m a photographer! Yeah!”ย 
When I was little, I used to look through my parents’ photo albums. I liked looking at their wedding photos (who were those young people in such different clothes?), but I really enjoyed looking at the photos from when I was a baby and toddler. There was something about being able to see myself grow through the eyes of my parents. Then, when I was in about sixth grade, I remember getting to use a disposable camera (remember those?) to take pictures of a trip I was on. It was so fun to snap away and then see those images developed into photos! Being able to print photos and hang them in my house is still one of my favorite things. I’m not always the best about updating our photos, but I try because my kids love seeing themselves on our walls. I think that’s what made me want to be a photographer — to be able to give the gift of these images to other families so their kids can have that same experience.

“Alright, alright, alright!”
Whew! Thanks for sticking with me until the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoyed getting to learn a little about me and I hope I get to learn a little more about you soon, too!

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