The Adventures of Billie Mae

It was one of those late May days that wants so badly to be summer despite the cool spring breeze that still lingers. I met Colin, Annie, their incredibly adorable daughter Billie Mae and their wonderful dog Teddy at their home to take some photos. Nestled in a charming neighborhood among the SW hills of Portland I loved everything about this in-home session. These types of sessions are some of my favorite to shoot because everyone is so relaxed and truly able to be themselves. I love capturing people in their “space” and always find the results so true.

I loved getting to know this sweet family. Here is a peek into their beautiful life. _MG_6430 _MG_6377 _MG_6352 _MG_6348 _MG_6273 _MG_6234 _MG_6228 _MG_6224 _MG_6223 _MG_6210 _MG_6197 _MG_6191 _MG_6183 _MG_6182 _MG_6142 _MG_6132 _MG_6130 _MG_6121 _MG_6103 _MG_6079 _MG_6067 _MG_6053 _MG_6052 _MG_6048 _MG_6041 _MG_6040 _MG_6025 _MG_6024 _MG_6022 _MG_6020 _MG_6015 _MG_6008 _MG_6001 _MG_5996 _MG_5977 _MG_5970 _MG_5965-2 _MG_5948 _MG_5941-2 _MG_5938 _MG_5932 _MG_5931 _MG_5930 _MG_5921-2 _MG_5921 _MG_5900 _MG_5879 _MG_5869 _MG_5848 _MG_5844-2 _MG_5841 _MG_5821 _MG_5817

The Barker Family | Lifestyle Family Portraits | Gabriel Park, Portland OR

I get so excited when I get to photograph this sweet family, not only have they been good friends of mine for years but I swear they CANNOT take a bad picture. It’s kind of ridiculous. Needless to say I get all giddy whenever they book a session.

On a sunny afternoon this past March we met up at one of their favorite parks for Zoey’s two year photos. I cannot believe this cute girl is two! I love watching her grow and capturing the love of this family. Gabriel park holds extremely special meaning to Jeff and Nikki, not only is it a place they bring Zoey to play on a regular basis but a beautiful bench in memory of one of their good friends is located here and they explained that they always go to visit “Uncle Phil’s bench.”

I had a seriously difficult time narrowing down which photos to include in this post. I love them all.

The Barker Family (1)

The Barker Family (2)

The Barker Family (8)

The Barker Family (19)

The Barker Family (10)

The Barker Family (13)

The Barker Family (7)

The Barker Family (23)

The Barker Family (20)

The Barker Family (82)

The Barker Family (80)

The Barker Family (79)

The Barker Family (78)

The Barker Family (58)

The Barker Family (47)

The Barker Family (35)

The Barker Family (55)

The Barker Family (52)

The Barker Family (42)

The Barker Family (41)

The Barker Family (40)

The Barker Family (63)

The Barker Family (67)

The Barker Family (26)

The Barker Family (64)

The Barker Family (62

The Barker Family (76)

The Barker Family (65)

The Barker Family (68)

The Barker Family (62)

The Bailey Family | Lifestyle Family Portraits | Harrisburg, OR

I always look forward to photographing this family. They are so real. So genuine.

I’ve known Robyn for years, having grown up with her sister Traci, and reconnected with her and her husband Andy a few months after their gorgeous twin girls Lily and Emma came home from the NICU after having a rather rough start to their little lives. Actually a rough start is putting it mildly. During Robyn’s pregnancy they were given a less than 1% chance of their girls surviving. Although I was not in direct contact with Robyn at the time, Traci had shared with me what was going on and my heart ached for this family. Along with countless others I prayed daily that these sweet girls would continue to fight, I remember when Traci told me the girls had both come home from the hospital. I cried tears of happiness for the miracle that was these little girls. I immediately told Traci I wanted to gift them a photography session to celebrate this amazing time, the day so many told them would never come. Both of their precious baby girls had come home from the hospital.

We arranged a day to meet for that first session and the rest, as they say, is history.  That was in September of 2012. Nearly three years and multiple photo sessions later I have come to know and love this family so very much. Robyn has been an amazing and true friend to me, being there for me in so many countless ways I cannot even begin to count. I love her as my own family and love watching her sweet kiddos grow up! It has seriously been a challenge trying to narrow down which photos to include in this blog post! I look at these photos and I see real life, there is no pretense, there is no posing for the camera.. Just them, being real.

For this session we decided to meet at a play ground connected to an old school along Coburg Rd out by Harrisburg. I knew it would be the perfect place to start, let the kids run some energy out and of course snap some amazing photos. After the playground we headed down the road about a mile to Andy’s cousin’s house where we caught some beautiful late afternoon rays and played in the field. “Wish” flowers were among a favorite of the kiddos that day as well as making sure we got some good photos with a beloved green frog that came along for the session. This family never ceases to keep me on my toes! I love how this fun and crazy session turned out.

_MG_4982

_MG_5009-2

_MG_4841

_MG_4865-2

_MG_4861

_MG_4853

_MG_4850

_MG_4988_MG_4986

_MG_4954-3

_MG_4909

_MG_4907

_MG_4880

_MG_4983

_MG_4971

_MG_4967

_MG_4894

_MG_4978

_MG_5059

_MG_5181-2

_MG_5176

_MG_5177-2

_MG_5148-2

_MG_5106-2

_MG_5107

_MG_5140-4

_MG_5043

_MG_5172-2

_MG_5106-3

_MG_5083

_MG_5068-2

_MG_5030

_MG_4904

_MG_4886

_MG_4842

_MG_4844-2

_MG_4858-2

_MG_4911

_MG_4954-3

_MG_4977

_MG_5025

_MG_5016

And….

From their first session..

2012

Family Session | Oregon

*Make sure you switch video to HD otherwise it will look blurry!

It’s my favorite time of year!

That’s right guys it is officially, as of today September 22nd, my favorite season!fallNot only do I love Fall for it’s amazingly beautiful colors, for the absolutely perfect ‘golden’ hour and for sunsets that light the sky on fire… (although I really really love Fall for all of these reasons!)

I love Fall because it means football. LOTS of football.

I love Fall because it means gorgeous boots and scarves and cozy sweaters.

…because it means I can indulge my pumpkin addiction as often as I like in almost any form I want (pumpkin oreos?? I’m not totally sold but I mean it seems like I should probably give them a chance….)

…..because it means Halloween and Thanksgiving. Dressing up crazy and eating tons of delicious food, need I say more?

And one of the things I truly love most is all of the amazing client sessions I shoot throughout the fall<3 Each and every one always turns into such a fun day and looking back over the years they always seem to turn into my favorite sessions.

What are some of your favorite things about Fall? I would love to hear about them here in the comments section!

OK. Now back to editing!!!

{Untitled}

Image

The Bailey Family

I love this family so much. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Robyn over the past year and am continually amazed by her beautiful spirit. She is truly lovely inside and out and I am just so happy to have had the chance to photograph her gorgeous family again! The first time we did family photos their sweet twin girls were only a few months old. Now they are 20 months old and on the go! Here are some of my favorite photos from our day.IMG_0495IMG_0536-2 Untitled-13Untitled-25Untitled-1IMG_0533Untitled-14
IMG_0492-2
Untitled-2
Untitled-12_MG_0048Untitled-11Untitled-16Untitled-17