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Oh, friends.  This anniversary photo session that happened in Newberg last week.  It has a BEAUTIFUL story behind it.  Briana and Nick were DESTINED to be together.  They were born one day apart, in the same hospital.  Their birth announcements appeared in their local paper right next to each other.  So when Briana’s mom clipped […]

Anniversary

Melissa contacted me early this year to book a summer portrait session for her family.  They were celebrating a new season in life and it was time to get their family photos updated!  They drove out to Champoeg State Park near Newberg from Hillsboro to make sure to have a wide variety of backdrops.  I […]

Families

This is one of my very favorite family photos.  My good friend and fellow photographer Halsey took us to Sauvie Island about four summers ago for our family photo session!  For years, especially before my son was born, I did elaborate setups with a tripod in front of our Christmas tree and then popped those […]

Tips

I love holding photo sessions in Oregon’s wine country!  Champoeg State Park is basically my favorite place in the whole darn state because of the incredible backdrop variety, beautiful glowing light, and sweet country feel.  So when I invite clients to Champoeg, I know it can be a journey from Hillsboro or Portland for them, […]

Tips

A few months ago, it was rainy and cold and I was under probably ten thousand layers of blankets and I had a vision: SUMMERTIME!  I wanted fluffy pink peonies, soft sage green eucalyptus, and a bride in a layered tulle dress in the sunshine.  It’s been AGES since my last styled shoot, which I […]

Weddings

It’s time for another round of Creative Retreat Planning!  If you’ve ever dreamed of creating a space where you and others in your industry can laser focus on your goals and plan out the big dreams of your business, a creative retreat is for you!  It’s a little bit soul-searching retreat, a little bit mastermind […]

Business

Friends.  Last night…did you catch that glowy sunset?  I was lucky enough to be out in the fields around Newberg for a family photo session and we got some GLOW!  Jenni reached out to me for family photos because their oldest daughter was headed out of state for college soon.  They wanted to be sure […]

Families

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

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