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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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.

Clackamas, OR, Education, Family Photography, Happy Valley, OR, Milwaukie, OR, Oregon City, OR, Siblings

What to expect for your family session| Clackamas, OR photographer

There’s this idea among some photographers that family seasons can be a little like a blind date. You’re excited to meet this new person (your photographer). You’ve only texted and emailed a little up until now, and you’re wondering what the next hour or so will bring. You (and your spouse and kids) all have on your best outfits —you want to impress this person, after all! — and you get in the car, drive to a new place, hop out, and the. You see her (me!). Everyone introduces each other, tell some stories, have a few laughs, you say your goodbyes, and then you… wait (but not long!) for your photos. 🙂

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I did a post already about what to wear, so let’s focus today on the other parts of the photo shoot. But! Before we get to the shoot itself, let’s talk about what leads up to the day of the shoot. After you get in touch with me and let me know that you’re interested in a family session, I’ll reply with some inquiries of my own and a questionnaire for you to fill out. To make that first meeting in person a little smoother, I try to get to know you and your family ahead of time. Then, we will get all the other details squared away and I’ll get busy planning your shoot! Often, this means visiting the location, planning poses, and watching the weather. 😉

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The day of the shoot, I’ll be smiling and awaiting your arrival at the location. Then, the fun begins! We will for sure take those photos of everyone smiling and looking at the camera. One of the things that makes lifestyle photography fun is that I can get pictures of your family interacting with one another, whether that be laughing at my corny jokes or snuggling up with your kiddos. These photos are usually the ones people remember the most because of the emotions we get to capture.

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After we go our separate ways, I work on choosing the best pictures from your session and developing them into a gallery of images for you to treasure forever. When your gallery is ready, you’ll receive an email from me and instructions on how to order prints and download your images. Then, YOU get to enjoy looking at wonderful pictures of your family for years to come.

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It does kind of seem like a whirlwind romance, doesn’t it? But, unlike most blind dates, I promise to text you back. 😉