HAPPY HOLIDAYS + MATERNITY LEAVE | Leave: November 2017 - May 2018

HAPPY HOLIDAYS + MATERNITY LEAVE  |   Leave: November 2017 - May 2018

My husband Ken and I are beyond over-joyed to be expecting a baby boy in January 2018. It was a long journey of struggling to become parents for us...and this surprise came at a time when we were on a different path to parenthood through foster care. We continue to support foster care and see it in our future, but for now are focusing on the last weeks of healthy pregnancy and rest during the holidays. To learn a little bit about our story keep reading below....

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CREATING HEIRLOOMS | Annie Ekstrom Bridal Look Book 2018

CREATING HEIRLOOMS | Annie Ekstrom Bridal Look Book 2018

Back in October, I had the joy of photographing the new Annie Ekstrom Bridal 2018 Look Book. Annie was incredibly gracious as we worked through my pregnancy, a difficult weather/lighting situation in studio that day and of course the many details and planning that goes into styling a shoot to look cohesive. I was so honored to take part. 

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URBAN JEWEL TONE WINTER WEDDING | Portland, Oregon

URBAN JEWEL TONE WINTER WEDDING | Portland, Oregon

The weather in Portland, Oregon, where I work predominately, is a wild ride. Even an August wedding can become wrapped in rain and wind (very common actually) -- and in the last few years we have had uncommon heat, wild fires/smoke and ice...all making photographer's jobs just a little more complex. Last winter, the Portland area was hit over and over by snow and ice.

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AUTHENTIC + FUN FAMILY PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

AUTHENTIC + FUN FAMILY PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

I am a lifestyle photographer, which means I shoot really anything but predominately families...followed by weddings + individual portraiture. I've always gravitated towards families because of the fun, natural moments that happen on camera. The Denfeld family was a particular fun group to work with because the moments were abounding! Their children were so funny, active and full of laughs.

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AUTUMNAL WOODLAND PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

AUTUMNAL WOODLAND PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

Sometimes a simple shoot can wind up your favorite. I love when the weather clears un-expectedly and I'm able to put together something fun last minute. When the sun comes out in November here in Oregon, all the photographers emerge, groggy eyed like vampires ...cameras in tow. This last minute portrait shoot with Malaika was no different.

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WARDROBE TIPS FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

WARDROBE TIPS FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS | Portland, Oregon

The most common question/concern families have when they book their portrait session with me is how to pick a great wardrobe. I'm always glad for the question because wardrobe really does play a big part in how the photos turn out -- but don't fear, it's actually not as complex as you think :) 

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SIMPLE BRIDAL PORTRAITS AT MONET VINEYARDS

SIMPLE BRIDAL PORTRAITS AT MONET VINEYARDS

I first stumbled upon the gorgeous landscapes of Monet Vineyards on Instagram...and I knew I just had to shoot there. It took quite a few months to arrange something due to weather and scheduling draw backs...but finally the perfect summer evening was in the forecast and I was able to create this simple portrait session with our Model Anandi surrounded by Lavender.

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FEATURED IN MAGNOLIA JOURNAL

FEATURED IN MAGNOLIA JOURNAL

I was laying on the couch browsing my new Magnolia Journal magazine...when I saw that my Minted Pony Print had been featured in one of the home tour articles! As you can imagine I was completely floored and so honored to be included in this awesome publication (and confusing my husband by screaming in my pajamas). Chip and Joanna have such inspiring style and the publication is just beautiful. It's definitely a highlight of this year! Corgi thinks so too :)

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A DAY AT THE BEACH | Oregon North Coast

A DAY AT THE BEACH | Oregon North Coast

The following images are from a family beach trip last spring in Gearhart and Cannon Beach, Oregon. All images were shot on Fuji 400H film on a Mamiya 645af and on TMax400 film on a Yashica Mat 124 pushed 2 stops. It was a beautiful spring day, with unusual sunshine for spring in the pacific northwest.

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POTTERY LIFESTYLE SESSION | Featured on Magnolia Rouge

POTTERY LIFESTYLE SESSION | Featured on Magnolia Rouge

I'd been wanting to photograph a ceramic artist at the wheel for many years, but never seemed to find the proper introduction towards the opportunity. One day, while visiting my friend Tiffany's (of Foraged Floral ) "pop up shop" at Mantle (a charming Portland boutique) I met Tamara Bryan. Tamara is a very talented potter and as it would turn out...only lived a short walk from my house. Seeing as we were neighbors and had a mutual friend in Tiffany, it seemed fitting to finally pursue the pottery lifestyle session I'd always had in mind.

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MOODS + MUSIC VOL. 5 | Calm

MOODS + MUSIC VOL. 5  |  Calm

I like to stay creative by admiring visual and audio that inspires me and puts me in certain moods. I used to call this "moods + music" on my blog...and am excited to be relaunching it for myself and whoever happens to stop by. Today's typeface is Adobe Garamond, which is a classic font I use all the time. For a little extra elegance and simplicity try it in italic!

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OREGON COAST LIFESTYLE SESSION | Featured on Cottage Hill

OREGON COAST LIFESTYLE SESSION | Featured on Cottage Hill

This bright and fresh lifestyle session was shot during a real family vacation near Seaside, Oregon. My sister in law and niece enjoyed a beach picnic, some sun and of course fresh linens on the clothes line doesn't hurt either. My Corgi named Walter may or may not have photobombed quite a bit. Special thanks to Cottage Hill, one of my favorite publications, for this feature.

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RAINY DAY FAMILY PORTRAITS | Downtown Portland, Oregon

RAINY DAY FAMILY PORTRAITS | Downtown Portland, Oregon

I love golden outdoor light, but the bottom line living in the Pacific Northwest, we just don't always have the beautiful weather that film loves so much. So embracing the rain and darker light is sometimes in the cards! It was such an honor to photograph the Wecks family on this cold and rainy day in downtown Portland. Bethany and Tim recently adopted their oldest daughter Lily and chose to celebrate her by scheduling some timely and fun family pictures. It has been really special to watch their family grow over the years and particularly fun to get to know Lily even better by photographing her. I love partnering with families for the important moments to create heirloom images.

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