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It really is the BEST part of my job when wedding clients come back to me a few years after the wedding for family photos!  By the end of a wedding day, I always feel such a connection to my clients–they’ve become friends as we’ve walked through the wedding planning process together.  So when 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 […]

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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

This sweet family is in a season of change: graduation parties, college acceptance letters, and new homes!  When Emily contacted me about gifting a family photo session to her mom, I was so excited for them!  Of course, I always think that family photo sessions make good gifts, but it’s especially thoughtful when kids gift […]

Families

Kaitlin and Tylor are the sweetest!  I first met Kaitlin way back at Emmy and Orion’s wedding, and I was just thrilled to see her again!  She and Tylor are planning a fall wedding out in the Columbia River Gorge, and so, given their love of fall colors, it was only natural we’d shoot their […]

Engagement

This last weekend was AMAZING, friends!  I spent the weekend with six other photographers at the Dream Bigger Retreat that I organized out in Lincoln City! I knew I needed some time away to refocus my business and inspire myself for the season, so I created this weekend as sort of a creative mastermind opportunity […]

Families

Let’s take a minute and talk about WINTER birthdays!  My son has a birthday coming up in March, so we’re deep in planning mode!  Because we’re in Oregon, just going to a park and letting the kids loose onto the playground doesn’t really work, because it could rain AT ANY MINUTE!  We’ve been lucky with […]

Families

Oh, Katherine and Daniel!  You’ve probably seen them on the blog before: if you’ve seen their Union/Pine wedding in Portland, or one of their family portrait sessions, you know I LOVE photographing this family!  When they came to SSP’s Anniversary Session Event for past wedding clients, it was so nice reconnecting with them again and photographing […]

Anniversary

Last August, I blogged about this EPIC IDEA that I had in the middle of the night, just a few weeks before celebrating our own 8 year wedding anniversary.  I needed to gift my clients ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS!  By the time we’ve planned and photographed an engagement session and a wedding together, I am INVESTED in […]

Anniversary

I love my family sessions!  It’s so fun to watch kids grow over the years as they come back for yearly photos!  I was blessed in 2018 to meet so many new families too, and together we explored some fun locations!  Cooper Mountain and Champoeg State Park are still my favorites but I also fell […]

Families

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