Saturday, July 9, 2016

Family Portraits

Oregon Family Portraits

Summertime is a beautiful time to get together for family portraits.  The weather is nice and lots of family reunions are scheduled.  It is a great opportunity to invite a portrait photographer to spend some time with your family group to capture beautiful and memorable family photos.  High quality and artistic printed images are a wonderful way to document forever the people who are most important to you.  When I was growing up photos were always important to my family.  At my Dad's house now is a huge wall covered with framed portraits of everyone throughout the years.  Old black and white film photos of my grandparents on their wedding day, photos of my brother and I with every dog, horse and cat we ever had throughout the years, my nephews, our cousins, aunts, uncles, friends.  Whenever we go to Dad's house everyone will gather around the wall and point and laugh.  This is what I want to give people as a portrait photographer.  I want to connect with the hearts of the people I meet and photograph.  And when my heart sees their heart and I put my camera in the middle then a beautiful portrait we can create.  Today I'll share a few tips on how to prepare for your family portraits.  A little planning can go a long way in capturing those beautiful family portraits you will treasure for a lifetime.

Plan the location with your photographer ahead of time if possible.  I work with my clients to pick a location that is most convenient and comfortable for the family group.  I can always find the light in any location, but it helps to have identified a park or home where there is good light and a few group set up options.  The photos in this post were taken at the Riverfront Park in Harrisburg, OR.  This location has a large covered gazebo and a rocky flat river beach area.

Take photos when everyone is fresh as possible.  For example, in the mid morning after a light breakfast, or at the beginning of the family event.

What to wear, I think that really depends on the family, but my favorite style is when everyone is comfortable and individual.  A bit of contrast is nice so that people don't blend together too much, but in general, comfortable and clean and neat.  The family in this post chose a nice red/white/blue color palette.  Jeans, boots, and button down shirts for the guys, and dresses and Frye boots for the girls, I loved it!  The sisters and mom did their hair and makeup together beforehand and made for a beautiful, connected, creative vibe that I caught on to right away when I met up with them for the photoshoot.

Relax and have fun together.  This is the best part of course!  I absolutely love photographing families because they love each other so much.  Take this time as an opportunity to connect with those that you love and I will help you with movements and poses to bring out the best of everyone.  I want to hear a few stories and tell some jokes and get to know you.


Oregon Family Photographer





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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Due Donne Summer


Summer fashion inspiration here with some of my latest fashion images created with Kyla over at
Due Donne Boutique.  We headed over to the Owen Rose Garden in Eugene for a change of pace from our usual shooting location around the Fifth Street Market.  The rose garden is such a beautiful peaceful place with delightful pockets of light.  All outfits from Due Donne Boutique in Eugene, OR.  Above Kyla wears the Emil Rutenberg skirt, Majestic top, flip flops and statement handbag.


Above Kyla models one of the new Beautiful People tops, so excited Due Donne has this designer back in stock!  Paired with the Genetic denim jeans and Don Pliner sandals equals perfect casual luxury.  I'm definitely going to snag one of the new Beautiful People pieces for my summer wardrobe!


Above Kyla wears a stunning Bailey 44 dress.  Imagine wearing this to a summer event or a date night!


Another stunning Bailey 44 dress above, this patterned dress is so classy!
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Class of 2016


A few of the girls I've photographed are graduating this month, it's such an honor to document some of these moments.  Here is the beautiful Emily who is graduating from U of O!  Congratulations on your accomplishment!



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