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timeless family photos

As a mom of two myself, I know how fleeting each phase of a child's life can be. When I pass by the family photos on our walls these days, I wonder just when our girl lost those rolls on her baby wrists, or when our son started looking so TALL. Time passes so quickly, without us even realizing!

In my ten years as a family photographer, I've come to realize that a family photo session is an opportunity to stop time. It's your moment to soak in every little thing you love about your family. To memorize the details of this instant in your child’s life before they grow again, to cuddle them no matter what age they are.

That's why I believe it is so important to take the time for a family photo session. I love to use natural areas around Portland and Oregon that reflect our family and our kids--beautiful, slightly wild, and home.

I'm Samantha

portland family photographer

your

Let’s slow down time, just for an afternoon.

Katherine & Daniel

"We've turned to Samantha Shannon for engagement/wedding photos and holiday photos for several years now. Will definitely be coming back for years to come!"

"Her attention to detail, ability to personalize each shoot, and incorporation of natural light and details is perfect."

KIND WORDS

Vanessa & Spencer

"She is personable, flexible, patient, has a great eye, and really listens to what we have in mind for the photo session. Her pictures are amazing and capture the joy of the moment. So far, we have had three sessions with her (engagement, wedding and first baby) and plan on keep working with her in the future."

"We love working
with Samantha"

KIND WORDS

"The quality of her shots is amazing--she has such a gift with using natural light. Not to mention that she was so patient and had such a calm demeanor with my two rambunctious girls. I planned on only purchasing a few photographs, but I had to buy the whole album after seeing them."

"She has such a gift with using natural light"

KIND WORDS

Kaylyn & John

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME for FAMILY PHOTOs in portland?

Summer is truly magical in Portland! It's my favorite season to photograph in, while everything is so lush and schedules are more flexible. Fall family photos in Portland are also so beautiful, but if you'd like to use fall photos for your holiday cards, book sooner rather than later so that we can work around any fall weather that might come up. I book out about six weeks in advance in summer and fall, so reach out as soon as you've decided on a session so we can get you on the calendar! 

WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?

Each session location option is handpicked by me each season to photograph beautifully. You'll be able to select one of these naturally beautiful locations with flattering light and plenty of room to play. Most of my locations are on the westside, near the Hillsboro, Beaverton, Wilsonville, and Newberg areas, with some options closer to Oregon City, Salem, and West Linn. If you have an idea for a particular location, please let me know! I love discovering new locations!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR OUR FAMILY PHOTOS?

It can be so overwhelming to put together outfits for the family for your family photos! I'm here to help! A personalized style board with shopping links is included in every full session. I also offer a Client Closet that you're welcome to borrow from, as well as a Wardrobe Guide that will walk you through the ins and outs of choosing what to wear for your family photos! If you need extra help, I'm available to help you sort through your options--I love that part!

CAN WE BRING OUR DOG TO OUR FAMILY PHOTO SESSION?

Do you travel to the gorge or the oregon coast?

I do travel for family photo sessions at Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast. You can read more about Columbia River Gorge family photos here and here. If you'd like to book one of these sessions, please email me using the contact form below to check on travel date availability.

what can we do to prepare our kids for family photos?

Your kids don’t have to be perfectly behaved. In fact, they should just be their little selves. That’s their only job during your session. And yours? Your only job is to soak in how they are, right now, right at this moment. Exactly how their hand fits in yours, how they hug you, how they love to explore or sing or jump. Enjoy every single second and every little thing. And really, truly, that is the ONLY thing we need to make beautiful pictures. With these few key things we do before hand, we set ourselves up for a great session so you can focus on your favorite little people. 

A curated experience, from start to finish

all family photo sessions include complimentary access to the client closet, a collection of dresses that photograph exceptionally well

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based in Newberg, Oregon serving the Portland Metro Area

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