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, 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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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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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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, 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 to 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, 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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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!

Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Newborn, Portland, OR, Siblings

Baby Noelle and Baby Grace | Happy Valley, OR Newborn Photographer

I’m so excited to finally show you pictures of the very first pair of twins I’ve ever photographed! I’m pleased to present to you Noelle (in the green blanket) and Grace (in the purple blanket)!

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Aren’t they SO sweet?

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If you remember, I’ve taken pictures of Kevin and Kelly’s family before, and most recently documented Kelly’s pregnancy of these two cuties during a family session.

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I know it’s a cliche and everything, but you really do forget how small newborns are until you hold one and then they are teeny tiny!

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Lifestyle newborn sessions are wonderful for a lot of reasons, but one of the things I like about them the most is the way I can incorporate other members of the family into the shoot. It’s not just about Noelle and Grace being born, but it’s also about how their family is growing and seeing their siblings relate to them.

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Seriously, how precious is all of this?!

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I told my husband that we’re lucky we have a six-month old at home already, otherwise I’d be having all kinds of baby fever right now, lol.

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Welcome to the world, Noelle and Grace! You are already so, so loved. 🙂

Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Siblings

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. 🙂

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