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, 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!

Family Photography, Siblings

Schiedler Cousins | Oregon Family Photography

Merry Christmas! I know, you might be the kind of person who thinks Christmas is over on December 26th, and, if you are, I’m a little sad for you. 🙂 At my house we celebrate Christmas until January, so I’m still in the heart of the season. Hooray!

I’m interrupting my usual order of posts because I HAVE to share the photos of these adorable cousins! It’s a tradition in Kelly’s husband’s family to have a picture of all of the cousins taken at Christmas when everyone is in town. I loved Kelly’s family session (you can see it here) and her kids are amazing, so I knew the whole crew would be just as much fun.

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I wasn’t disappointed! All of the kids were in great moods, and all of the parents had positive attitudes, realistic expectations of their kids’ behavior, AND treats! 🙂

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So, Merry Christmas from me to all of you! Happiest of new years to you and yours and I’ll see you in 2017!