Hoyt Arboretum Family Photography in Portland: Tara and Family

Portland Natural Family Photography

Tara and her family do a family portrait session every November–so I was honored that they chose me for their 2013 family photos! I met Tara, Jim, and their daughter Eriana at the Hoyt Arboretum, which is part of Washington Park in Southwest Portland (just up the hill from the Children’s Museum). As you can see, there was plenty of beautiful autumn foliage for us as the backdrop. We spent our session walking a little loop trail behind the main visitor’s center, but there are twelve miles of trails throughout the park–most of them featuring a specific type of tree or plant (the Maple Loop must have been incredible!)  I will definitely be returning there to explore in different seasons, with a lot more time to wander, and a map–it looks like you could walk for days!

Tara and Jim are down-to-earth, friendly people who clearly love each other and their beautiful daughter. Lovely people, all of them, as you can see. 🙂 I had such a great time photographing this family! These pictures still make me smile.

family portrait in fall foliage

little girl funny face

Little Eriana was almost three. She was so very cute, and she also did not want to interact with me! Well, not initially, anyway. But of course I knew that we could get to her. 🙂 First, the classic Daddy toss loosened her up, and then I wore down her defenses by pretending to chase her. She finally started to laugh and squeal and show her true colors. I loved seeing it, and I LOVED capturing it. That’s my favorite–getting those genuine, happy moments that really show someone’s spirit. 🙂

father playing with daughter

individual portraits

couple embracing fall foliage

little girl smiling

little girl smiling

Look at that face! Haha, I love it! A little bit of sass, a little bit of “let’s have fun,” and a whole lot of personality. 🙂

little girl playing in park

little girl playing in parkfamily walking in park

family portrait in fall foliage

mother and daughter in park

family portrait in fall foliage

happy little girlhappy little girl and parents

Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful family this autumn!

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