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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy Friday, friends!  We’re ramping up into wedding season–I’m deep in timelines and wedding logistics on my desk.  So today, I thought I’d chat about a big choice my couples make during their wedding planning that can effect their whole reception timeline–the receiving line! High up on many of my couples’ priority lists for their […]

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When I meet with potential wedding clients, I love to bring a folder full of wedding planning info for them.  Besides the fact that I am one of those people who love to assemble folders full of information (cough, Leslie Knope, cough), I genuinely want each couple to walk away with the best wedding planning […]

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It’s SPRING!  Which means it’s time to figure out what to wear for spring photos!  I’m kind of loving making these What to Wear posts, friends!  I get to “shop” and put together everyone’s outfits.  I hope these are helpful posts for you! Today I’m sharing an Easter-inspired What to Wear board for family portraits.  […]

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Let’s talk ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS!  This is one of my favorite things to chat about at wedding consultations because I genuinely believe in how important they are! In fact, I believe in them SO MUCH that I include a complimentary engagement session in each of my wedding collections as my gift to the couple!   They’re that […]

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It’s FRIDAY (and MARCH, what??) which means it’s time for an FAQ Friday!  I have a lot of clients who have dogs as a part of their family, and I often get asked if dogs can be included in engagement or family sessions. YES!  ABSOLUTELY! I LOVE dogs and I’m always so excited to get […]

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It’s that time again!  As we get into spring portrait season, it’s time to start making decisions on what to wear for your family pictures or engagement session in the SPRINGTIME!  It might feel far away on a rainy day like this, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll need some time to start shopping!  […]

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