This was such a lovely day. Sarah and Michael have been together for four years and made it official with a sweet courthouse wedding day. They didn’t feel the need for a full wedding to-do, but that doesn’t mean the day wasn’t filled with love!
It was a beautiful Friday evening at the Multnomah County Courthouse. The judge was a friend of a friend, in a happy twist of fate. In attendance were their friends Susan and Paul, and Sarah’s son Noah. He was nine years old, and loves reading and their cat Isabella (she has her own hilarious and adorable Instagram account!). He was pretty quiet the first time we met, but at the wedding he was full of fun energy. (The judge let Noah sit in his chair and bang the gavel at the end of the ceremony!) Sarah is so friendly and warm. Michael is funny and comes off as a little stoic sometimes, but he got a little choked up at the end of the ceremony…which made me a little choked up too. I loved seeing these two look at each other during their ceremony–again, beaming with love. It just warmed my heart and it was such an honor to be present for this special day.
After the ceremony, we all went to the Rose Garden for some photos. It was a bright, warm evening, perfect for strolling and enjoying the fragrant blooms, which also made for a beautiful backdrop. Noah was hilarious to watch, literally jumping up and down and all over the place. (And check out that face in his portrait–it cracks me up!) Little boys sure do have boundless energy! He was so sweet posing with both his mom and Michael though, and seeing the three of them holding hands together was just precious.
This family is a fun and warm group of people, and it really has been a privilege to get to know them. Congratulations, Sarah and Michael!!
This spring I attended a networking event that featured a number of local non-profit organizations. Though I’ve lived in Portland for more than four years, I hadn’t heard of any of them! The first one really piqued my interest–The Children’s Book Bank. I love books, I love kids, I love literacy, and I love anything that connects all of those things. I chatted with Todd for awhile and we met a couple times over the summer to talk about ways to work together. The first collaboration was with another business that does all those things–Green Bean Books. It’s a small, adorable children’s bookstore on NE Alberta. They have a great selection of books and small toys for kids of all ages, and they have a sweet little patio for outside reading, and they host readings/authors/fun events every month too. If you’ve never been, definitely check it out! All the parents loved looking at the shelves just as much as the kids, if not more. 🙂
So we created reading mini-sessions: photographed by me at Green Bean Books, with a credit to buy a book there, with part of the session fee benefiting the Book Bank. Again, all the great things together, now in photos: kids and books, and helping more kids get books. That’s what I call a win-win. And a third win is how wonderful it was to meet these lovely families and work with Jennifer at Green Bean Books. I’m hoping we’ll do another round of these in 2017, so make sure you’re on the newsletter to get updates.
Basically, this Portland Sunset Maternity photography session was a dream. I’m so excited to share it! Jess was expecting her second child and really wanted to do some special portraits to honor it. She was interested in sunsets and silhouettes, and I thought that sounded amazing too. Here in Portland, it’s hard to get a clear sunset without either the city, or some hills and mountains in the way. So I started looking around for parks and places to get a good sunset view. I read about Skidmore Bluffs, which neither of us had actually seen before, and we decided to try it. It’s a really small, skinny park in inner Northeast Portland, literally on a cliff indeed, just at the end of a residential street. Not a standard park like you’re used to, but it had a perfect view across the river. (It also overlooks a trainyard, so if you have a toddler it might be a great place to go, as long as you ensure no one goes over the cliff, of course.)
We met in the middle of a gorgeous golden hour, so I wanted to take advantage of some of the foliage to create some images with that amazing rim light and flare. Then we moved to the clear-sky view as the sun went down. We did a few partial and full silhouettes, and some AMAZING flare came out. I also set up an umbrella to get a different look with the red maternity gown. I was squealing all over the place because it was all just so beautiful and amazing. See for yourself:
Becca’s parents were having a birthday, and all the families were gathering (some from out of state) in Portland to celebrate together. And photographs to commemorate the occasion was a perfect way to enhance the celebration. The Cathedral Park extended family photography session was basically a family love fest hang-out. Pretty great way to spend the day!
The three families have children ranging in age from three to twelve, and they were all so amazing together. They played together–Statues in the Park, tag, frisbee–so well that I would have thought it was a group of neighborhood friends. These cousins are so lucky to have one another! They all get together once or twice a year and it’s obvious that it’s a special time for all of them. Becca and Eric have three-year-old twins. And you know how much I love twins! Three-year-olds can be fickle, but they’re always adorable, and their unpredictability makes for a fun challenge. Basically, making funny faces, chasing and tickling. 🙂
We had a series of posed portraits of the different family groupings to start our session, and then had some more relaxed time. The families split up among different activities, so I alternated between them all. We were at Cathedral Park, which has much to offer a large family gathering. For pictures, the platform with the gorgeous bridge architecture. For eating, picnic tables and space for grills and blankets. For playing, plenty of open space in sun and in shade. The families brought some fun stuff–food to eat, croquet to play, balls and frisbees.
You’ll see with these photos how much love these families have for each other, and what a wonderfully fun day it was! I was honored to be there with them. Thank you, Sameck Families!
What a lovely morning I had at this Vancouver family photography session!
Lindsey and Dan live in Camas, and had the great idea to do our session at Fort Vancouver. I hadn’t been there before, but I’m glad to know about it now! There’s a giant field, all wide open space. Perfect for toddlers who like to run around in circles. 🙂 Claire was such an explorer–she wanted to look and move around. She touched the trees, and climbed up onto a picnic table (and would have run right off if Dan hadn’t caught her! which then became a most fun game), and especially loved the gazebo. She ran back and forth between her parents, and peered out from between the rails. Just too cute.
Little Claire is two years old. She has an infectious grin, she has teeny tiny little pigtails, she loves her Olivia pig, and she loves to read. They brought a few of her favorite books and a picnic blanket, so after a bit of the running, it was time for something quieter. They all sat down and read together. I love seeing toddlers with books–their little hands touching the pages, big smiles and giggles when they see their favorite pages. And families reading together always makes me happy, so it’s one of my favorite moments to capture in a session.
This is a stylish family. Notice their beautifully coordinated outfits! They’ve been working on renovating their house for a few years, which was an old school! They’ve done an incredible job; it’s just gorgeous inside, like a Pinterest board. And the best part is that they added a large canvas photo from our session to their wall by the staircase. I love that we create not just fond memories, but beautiful prints and wall art that will be enjoyed every day for years.
Thank you, Lindsey, Dan, and Claire!