Ensley is four and Camden is two! | Portland, OR family photographer

I’ve known these two kiddos for their whole lives. 🙂 I did the newborn photos for Camden a year ago (how has it been that long?!) AND his six-month photos, and watching the two of them grow into the fun siblings they are today has been so fun.

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Recently, Ensley turned four years old and it’s hard to believe that she’s such a little lady now! She has such a sweet smile and knows how to work the camera!

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Camden turned one in July and he’s so cute! He is such a little goof and he has such big eyes! I love that his mom picked out this Uno shirt for him — so festive and fun at the same time.

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And then there are moments like this that totally warm my heart. 🙂

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Baby Aria | Portland, OR Newborn Photographer

You might remember I posted pictures from little Aria’s baby shower a few weeks ago. I’m happy to announce that she’s finally here! 🙂 Aria has a sweet smile, beautiful eyes, and a full head of dark, dark hair.

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One thing I really love about newborn photos is taking pictures with new parents. Often, they’re still learning all of their little one’s new habits, but they also have gained so much insight in such a short amount of time about the little person that’s suddenly taken over their lives. 🙂

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Janelle, Aria’s mom, looks so beautiful in her new role as mother. And Jeremiah, Aria’s dad, coos and sings to her all the time — you know she already has so much of his heart. 🙂

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Aria is incredibly precious and I loved every minute I was able to spend with her. 🙂

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Baby Benjamin | Portland, OR Newborn Photographer

Benjamin’s mom and I go way, way back. 🙂 Wendy and I were in grad school together and I’ve loved getting to watch her family grow over the past few years. She and her husband, Matthew, just had their second baby, little Benjamin. Their oldest, Lydia, is a little over three years old and in complete love with her little brother.

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Seriously, look at that face! The whole time during the session, she kept saying, “I hold the baby… I kiss the baby.” Completely and totally adorable.

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Also, Benjamin has so much hair! Maybe it’s just that both of my kids were born with only a smattering of hair, but I love seeing babies come out with whole heads of hair. 🙂 I think it gives them so much personality right from the start.

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Congratulations to this new family of four!

Aria’s Baby Shower | Portland, OR Photographer

Is the baby shower for the mom or for the baby? Or is it a little of both? 😉

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No matter which way you look at it, Janelle was just glowing at her baby shower. She’s expecting a little girl soon and they’ve decided to name her Aria.

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Aria is already so, so loved. People from all parts of Janelle’s life were there to celebrate little Aria’s arrival. Everyone had a fun time and the food was delicious! There were so many handmade gifts (some of them you can see above) and the CUTEST clothes (seriously, can I PLEASE have that coat in my size?!).

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The background you see with the flowers was made by Janelle’s mother and sister! Everything was planned to perfection and Janelle’s friend Boram was a truly lovely hostess.

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We’re excited to welcome you to the world soon, little Aria!

Jancovicz Family | Portland, OR Family Photography

Jess and I have been in the same book club for a few years now, and I was SO happy when she asked me to take photos of her family. Zayla has the BEST personality and Pax is the smiliest toddler. 🙂

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It was a HOT day when we took these photos and the sun was right above us, but that meant we got some great pictures in the shade.

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These two just make me so happy. Zayla loves her brother and he gets a huge kick out of watching her and laughing.

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A delightful, happy family. 🙂

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Sheahan Family | Portland, OR Family Photograher

As I looked out my kitchen window a couple of weeks ago as I was getting ready for the Sheahan’s family session, I was a *little* nervous about the clouds and drizzle and wetness. Laura, the sweet mom in these photos, and I texted back and forth about the weather. On the one hand, no one likes taking photos in the pouring rain (most people aren’t looking for the “drowned mouse” look). On the other hand, it’s been the wettest Spring here in Oregon in 75 years, so the rain might never go away.

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“We’re up for it if you are!” was Laura’s text to me, and I’m so glad we decided to go with it! Not only are their pictures super cute (her boys are adorable and full of fun!), but they have that classic “This is what life in the Pacific Northwest looks like” feel to them. 🙂

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I think one of my favorite pictures of the whole session is this last one, above. Laura and her husband were posing for a cute photo and their boys just HAD to get in on the action and posed themselves right along side their parents! 😀 Adorable.

First Communion Photos | Portland Family Photography

I was especially lucky this Spring to have two families contact me about taking pictures of their daughters for their First Communions. I admit that First Communion weekend is one of my favorites — the kids are all dressed up and it’s such a big moment for them!

The first session I did was for Sophia and we were fortunate to have access to the church one afternoon to take her pictures.

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The second session was for Ava. Ava’s mom really wanted me to take pictures so she didn’t have to. 🙂 It’s always crazy with extended family and friends and making sure everyone gets in the picture, so I know it made Ava’s mom’s life so much easier with me there.

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Congratulations Sophia, Ava, and all the young ladies and gentlemen who received their First Communions this year!

Bell Family and Maddy Turns ONE! | Portland, OR Family and Child Photography

This little girl was my very first client and now she’s just turned ONE! Eeek!

Here’s Maddy when she was a newborn:

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And here she is now:

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I mean, how adorable is she?! Answer: Super Adorable.

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I mean, can you even remember the last time you were THAT happy? 😀

And because we can’t let her have ALL the spotlight, we took a few pictures of her mom and dad too.

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And the whole family together.

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This park is the same place where Emily and Taylor (Maddy’s parents) had their wedding photos taken. There’s a photo in their living room of the two of them and this tree, so we recreated the moment. 🙂

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And, because I can’t resist some Mom/Baby, Dad/Baby pictures, here are a few more:

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A beautiful, wonderful family and a truly adorable ONE-year-old!

Renton Family | Portland, OR Family Photography

When Jocelyn contacted me about taking photos of her family, I was SO excited to find out her little man, Davis, had just turned ONE! That first year has so many milestones — smiling, eating, crawling, and (for some) walking! Davis was just learning how to take a few steps and could get around pretty well holding on to mom or dad’s hand (sometimes both).

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Can’t you tell how proud he is of himself? 😀

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Davis loved to snuggle and get close to his mom, but he was totally happy being silly with his dad, Zack.

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That stick ended up in his mouth .23 seconds after this photo was taken. 🙂

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Happy First Birthday, Davis! 🙂 Best wishes to you and your sweet family in the coming year!