Studio Sessions || Have My Heart || Portland, OR

A while back a client of mine contacted me with a vision of something simple, something laid back, something to capture this time in her and her girls lives.

“What about a studio session?’

I had been swooning over a natural light studio in SE Porltand for some time and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

Dana was in and we started planning all of the details.

Let me tell you, I didn’t realize quite how much I would love the results. Because I am obsessed!

Living in Oregon, once the rainy months hit it can be difficult to plan outdoor shoots, I love in home sessions but this gives another option. Its such a beautiful space.

I’ve decided going into 2020 I will be offering more studio sessions, possibly a mini session day! Stay tuned for details on that, but in the meantime check out these dreamy images and contact me if you’d like to get your studio session booked!
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Piper Addison January

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If it’s felt like I haven’t been around lately…it’s because I haven’t.

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This sweet bundle arrived January 27th and turned our world upside down in the best way possible.

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She stole our hearts from moment one.

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And we knew…life would never be the same again.

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I’ve spent hours upon hours staring at her perfect face. And even more than that kissing her sweet cheeks and tiny hands.

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She’s been growing so fast. She needs to slow down.

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I could spend forever marveling at the wonder that is her.

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But I’ve also been starting to miss work.

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So as my sweet girl approaches her 3 month birthday, I know it’s time to jump back in.

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Thank you for your patience as I took the time to bond with this cutie pie.

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Coming up this week I will have the adorable Duke up on the blog!

 

 

 

Angel + Becky | Beautiful Barn Wedding | Eugene OR

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There’s something to be said for a small, intimate wedding, for gathering your closest family and friends and having a day that is laid back, sweet, personal. Angel and Becky’s wedding was just that. I felt honored to capture this fun and rustic barn wedding.

I have known Angel for a few years and met Becky when we got together to discuss their wedding details. She is one of those beautiful people who has the ability to immediately put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. She is so clearly genuine. I love that in a person.

To witness the union between these two was to know how happy they will be.

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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.

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From their first session..

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Balance.

bal·ance
ˈbaləns/
noun1.
 An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
  1. “slipping in the mud but keeping their balance
    synonyms: stability, equilibrium, steadiness, footing

    “I tripped and lost my balance”
  2. 2.
    a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
    “overseas investments can add balance to an investment portfolio”
    synonyms: fairness, justice, impartiality, evenhandedness, egalitarianism, equal opportunity; More

    verb

 1.
  1. keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
    “a mug that she balanced on her knee”
    synonyms: steady, stabilize, poise, level

    “she balanced the book on her head”

     

    As of late I have lacked balance. In my personal and professional life. My poor blog has been ignored as well as my laundry. I am so so so thankful for all of the fantastic business I have had this fall. I have had the pleasure of working with some really wonderful, amazing people, people who instantly I knew would turn into not just great clients but great friends as well. I thought I was “prioritizing” my clients to come first but what I have realized is without a balance to my work life as well as home life I am really doing everyone a disservice. I always want to give 110% but have realized this is simply not possible if I am trying to give 110% 110% of the time. It doesn’t add up and it makes for a grumpy groggy me.

    I have always found it incredibly hard to say “no” when it is something I love. A craft sale benefiting a great charity? Sign me up! Picking up a friend from the airport? Absolutely! A chance to meet some new clients and capture a special time in their life? You know I am ALL about it. And the thing is I really don’t ever want to say no to any of these things. I enjoy what I do so very much and truly love my crazy busy life! But there needs to be balance. AND…maybe a touch more organization for this right brain creative.

    Sigh…If only there were a few more hours in the day (who among us hasn’t wished for this wish a handful of times?!)

    Here’s a sweet baby tummy for your Tuesday! collage7

     

Baby Fever…

If you didn’t have baby fever before reading this post…I can almost guarantee you will when you’re done. Seriously, my clients sure have some adorable offspring!_MG_1471 _MG_4271-2 _MG_5248-2 _MG_5302-3 _MG_5735 _MG_8714-2 Alex Mae (5) Alex Mae (8) Evirley'sFirstBirthday (30) NatalieMarie (18) NatalieMarie (44) web web2 web8