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!!

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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.

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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.)

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