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Oregon Wine Country Family Photos | Photographers in McMinnville, Oregon

July 10, 2024

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There’s nothing quite like Oregon wine country in the summer–except, well, Oregon wine country family photos in the summer! I might be biased, but the sun setting over the rolling hills of Yamhill county just has my heart. It’s such a short drive from Portland, but for families looking for a slower paced, country feel in their family photos, it’s so worth it. When families are looking for photographers in McMinnville, Oregon or the surrounding wine country, I know we’re aiming for these rolling hills in the background. The valley was showing off on this day, and to make it even better, this sweet family came ready for fun. When the parents put the emphasis on relaxing and letting the kids be themselves, we really do get magical moments.


family of four stands in the rolling hills of Oregon's wine country near Portland Oregon by photographers in McMinnville Oregon Samantha Shannon


I always try to take plenty of photos of just the kids, too–especially ones that highlight their relationship. These two were besties during the session: active, goofy, and loving!

photographers in mcminnville oregon - candid photo of brother and sister


family of four with sister on brother's shoulders in Oregon's wine country near McMinnville Oregon


My favorite way to get a portrait of elementary-aged children (okay, most children) continues to be in mama’s arms. They’re cozy and genuinely happy: the best memories to put on film.


portrait of daughter by photographers in mcminnville oregon Samantha Shannon Photography



This next image reminds me of everything summer. The sunset glow, a tall field, wind blowing through hair, and a ruffled sundress.




If you’re wondering how to prep your kids for a session with photographers in McMinnville, Oregon or elsewhere, pop over to my post on 5 Ways to Have a Great Family Photo Session. And if you want to chat about booking your own family photo session, head to my website here and reach out!


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