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Welcome to part one of my 4-part series on my approach to family photo sessions. Over the last decade, I’ve refined the way I photograph families to make the process enjoyable and authentic for each family, as well as something that can be reproduced so that the feel that you see in my portfolio is […]

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It’s been a while since my last Wanderlust Wednesday post! Today I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite lesser-known trails, Trappist Abbey in Carlton. We love this family-friendly hike near Newberg for the beautiful country landscape, views of wine country, and great mix of forest trails and oak savannahs. My husband’s from the northern California […]

The last time I saw this family, their sweet little girl quietly cuddled in to her mama the whole time. It doesn’t feel like that long ago, but this year she was the most active, energetic, and talkative kiddo! It’s such an honor to see families year after year and I just love seeing how […]

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When you have a large family and the kids are a little older and have their own lives and their own schedules…it can be hard to get everyone together in the same place at the same time! I know this can be a challenge even when my parents want to get the family together–it’s just […]

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Decorating has never been a gift of mine. I enjoy it, and I’ve definitely spent some time moving furniture around and buying new vintage quilts (okay, a LOT of time on that last one), but pulling a room together where it looks like a real grown up lives there? NOT something I was ever able […]

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It’s official. Lavender farms are my new favorite place to shoot! We did our own family photos at this farm a few years ago, and of course we love to stop there during Newberg’s Lavender Festival, but I hadn’t done any client work out there myself. So when Ally told me she loves lavender AND […]

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I’m about halfway through my summer season–I will likely not be open for fall bookings this year, so the end of August is the end of my year! This summer is totally flying by. If you’re hoping for family photos in Hillsboro or the surrounding area–NOW is the time! The added bonus is of course […]

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We had a pretty incredible vacation at Mt. Hood last week, and now that I’m finally done going through the photos…I had to share! I think our last REAL vacation was five YEARS ago! Woo! We were overdue! On our last vacation, which was to Bend, we rented a cottage on a farm on AirBnB […]

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to adventure out with a few photographer friends to explore the Columbia River Gorge. I brought a few dresses from the new Client Closet, some flowers from the incredible Elle & Lu Flowers in Dundee, and we made some magic happen! This chance to stretch my creative […]

If you’re anything like me, finding something to wear for your photo session can be a little overwhelming. I go through my closet first, usually, and everything is your standard mom-wear: t-shirts, shorts, and jeans. But I think portrait sessions are really a great time to dress up a little bit! A swishy dress adds […]

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