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Spring wildflower mini sessions went live on my website today, and because mini sessions are perfect opportunities for motherhood photos, I thought it was time to share a favorite from last year! Motherhood photography is focused entirely on the connection between you and your baby. It’s the perfect time to reflect on and document your […]

mom and baby in a wildflower field for a motherhood photo session in the PNW.

Are you planning outdoor family portraits? Whether you’re envisioning your family in a field of wildflowers or in a grove of oak trees, outdoor family portraits can showcase your family at your best. After all, some of your best family memories are of outdoor adventures. Why not take family portraits outside? With a little planning […]

outdoor family portraits with a family of four in a field

Ahh, fall portrait season. The weather turns, the kids go back to school, and you realize…it’s time to start thinking about fall family photos! Maybe you do it to have a photo for your holiday card, or it’s just your favorite season, either way: if you’re considering outdoor fall family photos this year, let’s talk […]

Gingham dress, neutral colors, and straw hat in cottagecore family photos by Albany Oregon photographer Samantha Shannon

Portland portrait photographers, we know that early fall is GOLDEN! The weather’s cooled down, but it hasn’t started to rain yet. Late September and early October truly are the magic times to get your portraits done in Portland in the fall. For this family, we were able to use their incredible hazelnut orchard at sunset […]

family of 3 sitting in hazelnut orchard by Portland portrait photographers Samantha Shannon

As a photographer serving Vancouver WA and the greater Portland metro area, I have the honor of planning photo sessions and creating artwork with some of the kindest families. Today I’m sharing one of these families, and their morning garden session that highlighted their family’s joyful, connected love.     Morning sessions truly are the […]

mom holding baby in a flower field at spring family picture location luscher farms lake oswego

Nestled above the hills north of Corvallis and west of Albany is this beautiful little park. It has California vibes so strong it makes me homesick for my Sacramento days. Tall fields, rolling hills dotted with oak trees, and the coastal range off in the distance: if you’re an Albany, Oregon photographer this is the […]

family of three in a field with a view by portland oregon family photographer samantha shannon

While most of my photo sessions take place in wide open natural areas like the Columbia River Gorge or Champoeg State Park, there’s a special place in my heart for garden family photos. In the late spring and summer when everything is in bloom, they’re especially magical! I loved spending this late August evening in […]

mom and daughter in a garden for family photos in Portland, Oegon

As a lifestyle photographer in Portland, Oregon, I get the incredible opportunity to create art out of my client’s lives. On the very best days, that includes some travel to beautiful PNW locations like the Columbia River Gorge! This summer session was at Beacon Rock, a location filled with some great family memories for these […]

family of three walking in front of Beacon Rock for a family photo session portland oregon

If you’ve landed here in search of your perfect Salem, Oregon photographer, you’re in luck! I’ve written the ultimate guide to choosing a photographer in Salem, from the top three questions to ask yourself before you begin your search, to my favorite locations for pictures in Salem, to what to DO with those beautiful photos […]

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