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The desire to do a creative retreat starts small–the realization that your daily to-do list has overtaken all of your time, the unfinished big business projects, the constant feeling of running the hamster wheel that all small business owners run to keep things GOING!  A retreat won’t instantly solve all those problems, but it’s the […]

Business

From the minute I Skyped with these two for their wedding consultation, I knew we were going to have fun together!  Rachel reached out to me and said that she loved my work and my story, and when consultation couples say that it usually means that they will be a perfect SSP Couple!  These two […]

Engagement

This post has been on my to do list for a while now (okay, years), and to be honest it’s ALWAYS changing!  When I first started around 2010, I stalked every single photography blog I could find and pretty much read and watched whatever they told me to!  There are definitely way more resources out […]

Business

It’s WEDNESDAY! It’s been a few weeks since the last Wanderlust Wednesday while weddings took the lead over here.  I thought since the weather is getting warmer more often, it was a good time to pop in and remind you of a great family friendly hike here in Newberg!  It’s a shorter one, but I […]

Personal

I love that I get to start wedding days off in the bridal suite as the bride and her besties are getting ready! Anticipation and emotions are running high, all the beautiful bridal details are there, and there is a ton of opportunity for beautiful getting ready photos!  This is always a favorite time in […]

Tips

This sweet family is in a season of change: graduation parties, college acceptance letters, and new homes!  When Emily contacted me about gifting a family photo session to her mom, I was so excited for them!  Of course, I always think that family photo sessions make good gifts, but it’s especially thoughtful when kids gift […]

Families

Six years ago, Logan and John met each other for coffee.  Logan thought it would be a quick coffee date, but it turned into a long dinner at McMenamin’s Imbrie Hall in Hillsboro.  Six years and a whole lot of fun later, they were hosting their McMenamin’s wedding in the very same place!  They said […]

Weddings

Last night was a DREAM!  Beautiful church wedding?  Check.  Festive Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club wedding reception?  Check.  Cutest couple ever?  CHECK!  Mary and Marcus were married in a ceremony at her childhood church, Visitation Catholic Church in Verboort.  She grew up just down the road from the church, and even attended the church’s school just […]

Weddings

This morning, I posted some happy anniversary wishes to one of my favorite SSP couples, Lacey and Taylor.  They got married two years ago at Camp Turnaround, and I saw them just recently for an anniversary session.  I’m so glad they chose to do an anniversary session, and it got me thinking about all the […]

Anniversary

This week I’m updating my Wardrobe Guide, and let me tell you, it has been FUN “shopping” items to showcase!  As I’ve helped my clients plan their photo sessions over the years, I’ve found that the thing that many find most stressful or confusing is choosing outfits! I created the wardrobe guide to help clients […]

Tips

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