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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

As a photographer in Hillsboro, Oregon and a mom myself, I know it can feel so impossible to get the family out the door, ready for a photo session. My kids’ moods could go either way! Today I’m sharing what happens if it’s family photo session time…and your goal this year is to have a […]

photographer hillsboro oregon photo of mom and daughter in blue dress

Are you getting ready for your family photos and wondering what a session might look like? What photos will we make sure to get? These are the ones I always make sure to get for each of my clients. I like that going through this list covers all the bases, from the posed traditional portraits […]

family photos in portland oregon

These Portland family photos have all of my favorite things: soft pastel colors, glowing morning light, the sweetest family, and a little giggly baby girl! I’ve fallen more and more in love with morning sessions in the summer, and this light right here? THAT’S the reason! Babies being happier in the mornings is such a […]

portland family photographer session in summertime with a family of three

The last time I saw this family, their sweet little girl quietly cuddled in to her mama the whole time. It doesn’t feel like that long ago, but this year she was the most active, energetic, and talkative kiddo! It’s such an honor to see families year after year and I just love seeing how […]

oregon fine art family photographer

I’m about halfway through my summer season–I will likely not be open for fall bookings this year, so the end of August is the end of my year! This summer is totally flying by. If you’re hoping for family photos in Hillsboro or the surrounding area–NOW is the time! The added bonus is of course […]

hillsboro family photos

Since we live in the beautiful (and rainy) PNW, I spend a good deal of my time watching the hourly weather forecast during portrait season!  Fall sessions in particular are pretty likely to get some rain during them.  I’ve written a little bit on how a rainy photo session could unfold here, and shared a […]

rainy portrait session in oregon

Maybe it’s just my Enneagram Type 1 showing, but my anxiety around the pandemic has been materializing in PROJECTS! I’ve been in the kitchen, baking cookies, cakes, and breads. I’ve decluttered and organized and cleaned. And currently, I’m working on a project that I think many of you might like help on: I’m working to […]

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Playing catch up on blogging fall sessions is just fine with me, because I get to relive all of these incredible moments with my beautiful fall families!  This sweet family showed up for their fall family photos in Portland ready to cuddle and laugh.  It was PERFECTION!  We always chat about what my clients want […]

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