Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Happy Valley, OR, Portland, OR, Siblings

Strand Extended Family Session| Happy Valley, OR Photographer

I’ve known Lauren and Mike for years and years and years, and I’ve done a number of photoshoots with them. A few years ago, I took photos of Lauren’s family as a gift for her parents. This year, they decided to give the gift of an extended family session to Mike’s parents. I love doing extended family sessions because you get the chance to get evvvvverybody in the picture and show off your whole family! Also, I know grandparents love having professional photos with their grandkids — a gift for both the grandparents and the grandkids!

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It was a warm day when we did our session up at Scouter’s Mountain, but the trees are beautiful and they gave us plenty of shade! Tall trees are definitely one of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest.

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Not only was it great to get the individual families (Mike and Lauren with their kids, and Marie and Trevor and their kids), it was fun to get a photo of Mike and Marie with their parents as well! I’m sure the four of them haven’t had a picture together in a long time.

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Oh! And then there’s photos of just the grandkids. These are some of my favorite –especially when the kids are young because all of their different personalities come right out at you! πŸ™‚

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Of course, I have to include the big group photo of everyone — that’s why we did this in the first place!

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Lastly, one of the reasons I love this little hike/park is that you have the clearest view of Mt. Hood from the top. I captured this quick moment of the three oldest grandkids at the very end of the session looking at Mt. Hood.

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Thanks so much for choosing me, Strand Family! It was fun getting to see the whole gang back together. πŸ™‚

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Lake Oswego, OR, Portland, OR, Siblings

Dolberg Family | Lake Oswego, OR Family Photographer

It’s been a little while since I’ve taken photos of the Dolberg family, so I was DELIGHTED when Janel sent me an e-mail asking for family photos this summer. The last time I took their photos, Lauren inadvertently told me that her mom had a baby in her belly! It was so funny, but I tried to play off like I didn’t hear it, ha ha!

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So, it made it extra special for me to take their photos this year because I got to meet Lauren’s little sister Katherine! It’s very clear that Lauren loves her little sister so much and Katherine is still trying to figure out what to do with all that love sometimes! πŸ™‚ But, they got along so well and just wanted to run and play the whole time. Katherine’s at the age of wanting to stand and run — once you get those little feet going, it’s hard to make them stop! πŸ™‚

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Janel and Andy had so much patience with helping both of their girls feel comfortable in front of the camera. Each of them was so supportive and smiled, giggled, and hugged each of their daughters.

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One thing I learned really quickly as a family photographer is that you have to be able to move quickly on your feet! Katherine was wanting to move and I wanted them to giggle a little, so we played peek-a-boo around this cool statue that had all these holes in it that were the perfect size for the girls to pop their head in! I had my camera at the ready and each time they poked through, I yelled, “peek-a-boo!” and got the cutest giggles and smiles from them. It was so fun!

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What a great family! I can’t wait to see them again soon and watch the girls continue to grow!

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Happy Valley, OR, Lake Oswego, OR, Milwaukie, OR, Newborn, Oregon City, OR, Portland, OR

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions | Clackamas, OR Photographer

I recently had someone ask me what my favorite kind of session is. This was a really tough question to answer! I love photography and I love taking pictures of families. But my favorite kind of session? Hmmmm. While it’s a really close call, I’d have to say it’s lifestyle newborn sessions!

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Lifestyle newborn sessions are a little different from studio newborn sessions. For a studio session, the parents and baby come to the photographer’s studio and they take many beautiful images of their baby — usually these include different wraps, props, and poses. For a lifestyle session, I get to meet you, your squishy new baby and the rest of your family in the comfort of your home. As both a photographer (and as a mom who chose this kind of session for her kids!) I really appreciate getting to be in your home. Depending on how everyone’s recovery is going, it’s so much more relaxing and comfortable. If you need to feed or change the baby, everything you need is right there. Plus, siblings and pets can be there too!

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I think the other part I love about newborn lifestyle sessions is that you get to be in your home with your baby, and your pictures will represent that. I look back at the photos we did after my youngest was born, and I truly treasure them. We aren’t in that house anymore, but I have those photos to show my kids what our life looked like when our youngest Little Man came into our lives. They can see his nursery, the blankets where they played with him, and all of us snuggled up staring at his little face in the living room.

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These are the moments I want to capture for my families. I want them to be able to look back and remember the way things were at this particular moment in their family’s history. So, when I show up at your door with my camera bag, a Boppy, and a blanket (and a footstool! I’m short), know that I’m going to love capturing this beautiful, fleeting moment of time for your family. I hope that your photos bring you as much joy when you look at them as I felt when I took them.

Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Lake Oswego, OR, Oregon City, OR

Joy Family Photo Session |Clackamas, OR Photographer

I’ve known the Joy family for a couple of years, and I even did an in-home lifestyle session for them a little over a year ago. Meaghn and I are both mothers to three kids and both our oldest boys are going to be in Kindergarten this fall! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and I know she can’t either.

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We met up for photos at one of my favorite parks in Lake Oswego. It’s a pretty quiet little spot most days, but there were SO MANY geese there this time! The park has a beach on the river and the geese kept walking up to us and honking at us. The kids were completely enthralled and trying to both simultaneously be really close to the geese and really far away all at the same time! πŸ™‚

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All three of these kids are the sweetest! Edie is a delight and her older brothers love her so much! They took care of her and held her hand when she needed it — I don’t have an older brother, but I always wanted one like these two! Michael is the protective older brother and Liam is pure energy and goofiness wrapped up in a package. These kids kept me smiling for the whole session.

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Meaghn and Ryan are so fun to watch as parents. Each of them was up for any pose or idea I had, and I can’t tell you how much I melted every time Meaghn looked at her kids. She gave each of them a big smile every time they got to sit on her lap or hold her hand for a shot. It’s so heartwarming to be able to capture these moments for them, and it’s truly a privilege for me to be part of their little world for an hour or so.

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Oregon City, OR, Siblings

Langan Family Photos | Oregon City, Oregon Family Photographer

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a client blog! Between the end of the school year and moving and all of the fun/busyness that comes with summer (not to mention my busiest July as a photographer!), I let blogging fall aside. BUT! I couldn’t let too much time go by before I talked about this awesome family!

Ashley contacted me in the spring about doing a family shoot in May because there are so many flowers in bloom that time of year. I always love photos of families, but photos of families with pretty flowers and nice green grass? Yes, please!

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Ashley has two little girls, Emery and Ellie, and a son, Elijah. Emery and Ellie were too cute and had the best time giggling back and forth with each other.

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Elijah was a little more shy, but we were able to get some great photos with his dad, Patrick and a few of Elijah running all over by himself! One of the things I love most about taking pictures of little kids is that each one is different, and some of that depends on their ages. When I have a toddler who just wants toΒ move, I work with it! Letting kids be themselves makes for the best photos.

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Some of my most favorite photos from the session are the pictures we got with the kids and their parents. I just love how each of their children will take away from this session not only family pictures, but also pictures of themselves with their parents.

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We had this session up in Oregon City and I was SO excited that the rhododendrons were in full bloom and that so many of the other flowers had beautiful blooms as well. Spring in Oregon is one of my favorite times of year!

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Milwaukie, OR

Tabb Family | Milwaukie, OR Family Photographer

As soon as I got to my session with the Tabb family in Milwaukie, the first thing I noticed is how cute Jessica’s kids are. Kyle and Natalie are totally photogenic and were SO well-behaved at our session.

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Check out this cool kid, Kyle!

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And, then, of course, there is the sweet smile of Natalie. πŸ™‚

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And, to top it all off, not only are they adorable to photograph, but they get along so well! One of my favorite things to capture at sessions is sibling photographs. There’s two reasons for this: 1) they’ll never be this young again and 2) on those days when they keep picking on each other, Jessica can just look at these photos of them being super sweet and cute and remember that they do really love each other, lol!

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And, of course, we had to get the pictures with mom and dad to round it out. Aren’t they sweet?

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Thank you, Tabb family, for letting me capture all of you and for being such a delight to work with!

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Oregon City, OR, Siblings

Call Extended Family | Oregon City Family Photographer

Almost a year ago, I got to do Benjamin’s newborn session for my friend, Wendy. In December, Wendy contacted me to find out if she could gift an extended family session to her in-laws for Christmas. Of course, I said yes! We decided to schedule the session for sometime in the Spring so we could have some beautiful green backgrounds and less rain. πŸ™‚

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Extended family shoots are always a little crazy (because there are so many people!), but I love doing them. I get a chance to capture not just the individual families, but also the grandkids and the grandparents.

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And just the grandkids.

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And just the grandparents.

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And evvvvvvverybody all together!

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All of the adults did a great job of keeping the kids entertained and moving while we were taking the photos and a special shout-out to Michelle who watched all of the little kids while I captured these great photos of the Original Calls. πŸ™‚

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If you have an important anniversary coming up or you just want to get a fun gift for your parents, consider gifting them an extended family session!