I help parents leave a legacy of love for their children with soulful images full of sweet details and soft light.
I'm Samantha, a Portland Family Photographer
Except the next day, and the day after that, and every day since. The feeling of their little hand in mine, or the way they hug me and tuck in right under my chin: those are the things I hope to remember every day for the rest of my life.
I’ve never felt a love more intense than the spring day I held my newborn baby in my arms in 2013.
The chaos of parenthood, hoping that a camera roll of phone photos documenting all the tiny toes and little moments that add up to the biggest love you’ve ever known is enough. The feeling that I can’t manage one more thing added to my plate.
I’ve been where you are.
An experience custom made for parents who want to have tangible memories of their family’s genuine connection and joy. Who want more than a portrait session, but a memory just waiting to be made and handed down to generations ahead.
A true Leslie Knope of the family photography world, I over-prepare for your session! I send all of my clients a questionnaire before their session so that I can tailor my approach to their family. It’s so important to me to go into a family photo session knowing what sorts of images are most important to that family, knowing what their story is and what they love about their family. With all of that information in my back pocket, I can show your family as you truly are, and more effectively create images that show the real heart and beauty of your family.
I’m a Type A planner, and Enneagram 1
I believe that planning ahead means space for calm on your session day.
In college, I applied to a graduate writing program on a whim. I liked reading, I liked writing, why not? But when I packed up and moved from Corvallis (go BEAVS!) to California to attend UC Davis, I never could have imagined that the single most valuable thing I’d do there was learn how to see.
My favorite writing professor taught us that the best thing you can do as an artist is to actively notice the things around you, all the time. Which moments shimmer with beauty, their details rife with possibility for a story?
So much of what I do these days uses those same skills: when I’m with a family during a session, I’m paying attention to which moments shimmer and call for more attention. That’s where the magic is.
My alternate career choice?
I’ve been photographing families professionally for ten years now, but to really tell you about why I like photography, I have to start at why I like writing.
Homeschooling my two kids (art is my favorite subject to teach!)
cuddling my golden retriever, lucy
reading a good mystery book
hiking with my kids
avoiding laundry and dishes...
...and Baking a chocolate cake instead
Use the contact form below to learn more about the family portrait experience.
I take a limited number of clients every month so that each family gets my full attention during our time together.
I'd love to hear more about your family's story and see if we'd be a good fit for each other. Fill out the contact form below and I'll be in touch within 48 hours.
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