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.

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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. 😉

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. 🙂

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

Sophie turns TWO! | Milwaukie, OR Family Photographer

This little girl celebrated a huge milestone this last month when she turned TWO! There were a few days of rain behind us and several days of rain in front of us, so I’m glad we were able to get out on one of the nicest days we’ve had so far this year!

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Sophie has one of the sweetest smiles you’ll ever see and is very sure of herself, much like most two-year-olds. 🙂 I loved all of the faces she made for me!

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Also, how fun is it to have a balloon that’s bigger than you are?!

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We ended the session by letting her play on the playground that had been calling to her since we got there. She was so fast climbing, sliding, and swinging!

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It was wonderful to be able to celebrate this sweet girl! Happy second birthday, Sophie!