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A common question I get from clients inquiring about a maternity session is: Can I include my older kids in my maternity photos? The answer is a big, resounding YES! The arrival of a new baby is a celebration for the whole family, and family maternity photos are the perfect way to document the anticipation. […]

maternity photo

Looking for the best camera stores in Portland for camera bodies, lenses, or camera repair? Portland has a thriving photography community, and we’re lucky to be supported by a number of camera stores truly dedicated to the medium. Whether you’re looking to check out a lens rental, have your camera professionally repaired, or just want […]

Camera stores Portland Oregon: Top 7

After seemingly endless months of quarantines and distancing during the pandemic, one type of portrait session has seen a huge increase in 2022 and 2023: family photos with grandparents. Everyone’s learned just how precious our time together is with extended family. A photo session that includes these favorite people is the perfect idea for a […]

Extended family photos with grandparents in Portland, Oregon

When you sit down to book your family photos, one of the first questions you might run into is: what is the best time of day for outdoor photos? How can you begin to look at your calendar if you’re not sure what the best time is for your family photos? Are we talking mornings? […]

Family of three in an orchard at the best time of day for outdoor photos - 7pm

In parenting, there’s a whole lot of in-between moments.  Sure, there are the recitals, the big games, the annual family photo sessions.  But in-between?  Thousands of little magical moments of childhood are unfolding in your home every day. Goofy, adorable little things they’ll do for a week before moving on and then never again.  I’d […]

Girl in lavender field - Milestone photographer in Portland

When is the best time for maternity photos? Whether you’ve landed here because you’re wondering when is too early for maternity photos (or too late!) or if you’re just looking for maternity photo ideas, the first step is figuring out when to take maternity photos during your pregnancy. Generally speaking, photographers recommend taking your maternity […]

spring family pictures in the wildflowers at the columbia river gorge

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

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

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