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!
I was so honored and excited to photograph one of my favorite families again, Jessica and Alan. I’ve known them for a long time and feel so lucky to get to capture them as bigger kids. (Check out their one-year session!) They welcomed their third child, Henry this summer. The twins, Will and Emily, are just a bit younger than my own twins, so I have always enjoying seeing and photographing them, because it’s just like playing at home. And they know me and are already comfortable with me, which makes things easier and more smooth. Mainly because they know I always have toys. 🙂 This lifestyle newborn and family photography session was a TON of fun.
This was kind of like two sessions in one–part of the time I was capturing sweet baby Henry, on his own or with his family, and the other part of the time I was chasing after Will and Emily, capturing their spirit, energy, and personality. Basically, it was a super playful and sweet session for all. 🙂
The session was at their home, so they were comfortable, and all of their favorite things were there. We started in their living room on their couch and big chair, with their favorite books nearby. The big kids read to baby Henry, and gave him kisses and snuggles, and we grownups all melted into little puddles of goo. Later we moved to their amazing backyard (which Jessica had been creating/overseeing while pregnant)–lush grass, a new swingset, tons of toys, and raised garden beds full of tasty veggies. The kids played on the swingset, and Daddy tossed them up in the air, and they got some of their favorite outdoor toys. What better portrait of a three-year-old boy than surrounded by his trucks?! [By the way, for the photos of all five family members, I was wielding a toy shark that bites, while wearing a swaddle blanket tied around my head. I have no shame when it comes to entertaining my subjects–I know I may look ridiculous but it’s always worth it for the big smiles (from the kids, the grown-ups, and me too!).] We ended the session back inside on the couch, with Mommy quietly reading to the kids.
As you can see, this is a family that is full of love and enjoyment, and it is such a pleasure to be around them and to photograph them!
Thank you so much, Jessica & Alan!!
Imagine my thrill went Emi let me know that they were expecting their second baby! You may remember that I photographed their family when their son Cedric was born last year. So hurray for more babies! Emi wanted to do a combined gender reveal family photography session. I thought this was a grand idea! She scheduled the session for the same day as their ultrasound, because she knew she wouldn’t be able to wait even an extra day to find out the news. 🙂This was a fun concept that I hadn’t seen before: Emi decided to do an umbrella reveal. She ordered two black umbrellas that had a blue or pink interior. She brought them to the ultrasound and had her mom find out the baby’s gender, and select the right umbrella. Then when it was time at our session, they opened the umbrella! Isn’t that creative?
It ended up being an unexpectedly long day for the family, as the ultrasound took much longer than expected. Thankfully they had lots of snacks, as well as Grandma to help entertain Cedric for a few hours. Our session was at Laurelhurst Park on beautiful summer day. The light was divine, and it was warm but not too hot. We set up among the trees for the big reveal–PINK!–and then roamed around a few of of the many picturesque spots. Cedric was understandably having a hard time after such a big day, but he did great, and we got some amazing smiles from him. Hugs from mom and dad always help with that. 🙂
Emi brought some baby booties that she had just finished knitting–she made some for Cedric before he was born too. They were a nice complement to her lovely purple dress!
Thank you Emi and Ryan–what a pleasure to work with your beautiful, growing family!
What are your fun gender reveal photography ideas? I’d love to work with your family!