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SAMANTHA SHANNON PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographers: are you struggling with cloudy day portrait photography? After living in Oregon, which has more cloudy days than I actually thought possible before moving here, I’ve learned how to still create light, airy photos on overcast days. The good news is: you CAN get light and airy photos in overcast lighting when you follow […]

While you’ll often find me over on Instagram, sharing recent work and connecting with my favorite local businesses, I’ve been spending more and more time reading local mom blogs! I don’t know about you, but I find it so much more informative to read a whole blog post with all the links right there in […]

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If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to hire a professional makeup artist for your family photo session, my answer is always YES! This question comes up a lot in my pre-session consultations as clients decide what sort of experience they’d like. I wanted to take a minute to round up my favorite resources about […]

headshot of samantha shannon with makeup by portland makeup artist allelu beauty

Family pictures coming up and you’re wondering how to pose for pictures to look your best? Today I’m sharing my top three tips for how to look great in family photos! While gently guiding my clients into flattering poses and authentic moments is my job, I always like to start out with these three reminders. […]

Family of 5 in a lavender field

As you’re trying to figure out what to wear for your next family photos, a good place to start is to figure out your best colors for family pictures outside. Once you have a color palette in mind, it’s usually much easier to shop for clothing for pictures. I’ve rounded up my eight favorite outdoor […]

Family photo with burnt orange, olive, and cream color palette

September’s almost here, and whether you’re deep in the trenches of back to school clothes shopping or just starting to think about family pictures coming up this fall, I’ve got you covered. Today I’m sharing my favorite finds for picture-worthy kids clothes in Portland, from the best local boutiques for baby clothing. My favorite kids […]

  If kids haircuts are on your list before family photos or the start of the school year, I’ve rounded up the best children’s hair salons in the Portland area. These are salons that are made for children: they can play with toys while they wait for their appointment, sit in an airplane haircut chair, […]

Girl in lavender field - Milestone photographer in Portland

Have a family photo session coming up? The good news: it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to prepare for it. The even better news? I’ve rounded up my best blog posts on things to consider as you prepare for your family pictures. Read on for help choosing a location, selecting wardrobe, and getting your family […]

light and airy family photo session

Friends, I’m so excited today to feature a post from an incredible personal stylist in Portland, Grace Thomas of Builtgracefully. She’s wonderful at curating classic, minimal outfits that flatter each person’s figure and reflect their own personality.    _____     3 Favorite Brands to Shop from a Personal Stylist in Portland   You’ve booked […]

Three dresses by Lulu's recommended by Portland personal stylist Grace Thomas of Built Gracefully

You’ve probably landed here because you’re looking for casual spring family photo outfits. In particular, a much requested favorite: women’s pants for photoshoots. You’re in luck! While I write often about my favorite dresses for family photo sessions, I’ve had so many requests to include women’s pants options that I thought I’d write a quick […]

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