Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
With its proximity to the holidays and the beautiful colors that emerge, fall is one of the most popular times of the year for family portraits. Lush reds, oranges, and yellows make the perfect backdrop for outdoor family portraits.
I recently met up with the Passos Family for some family portraits at Hoyt Arboretum. It is one of my favorite locations to photograph due to the variety of options that exist in a relatively small area. Hoyt Arboretum offers beautiful hiking trails, classic stone walls, lush vegetation, and plenty of fall color. You can’t ask for more.
Here are some highlights from the Passos’ family portraits at Hoyt Arboretum:
We recently met up with Jenny, Clayton, and their son Carter for a family portrait session. The weather was highly unpredictable, so we met up at the portrait studio for the session. However, when the three of them pulled up to the studio, the weather seemed to be holding. So, we took a chance, and headed down to the Portland waterfront. I knew of the perfect place to capture some fall foliage in the background right by the Riverplace Hotel.
Carter wanted to play with his trucks at first, but once we showed him how to play in the leaves, he quickly became distracted and wanted nothing more than to run around and play. We threw leaves in the air, rolled around, and chased each other around. It was a lot of fun and Carter couldn’t have been more expressive. It was clear that he was having a blast.
Here are some highlights from the family portrait session down by the Portland waterfront:
There is no denying it. Hiring a professional photographer is an investment.
In an age where you can purchase a Groupon, run to your local Walmart, or even ask a friend, it may seem a bit trivial as to why you would hire a professional photographer. There is certainly a difference in cost. But the overall experience and final end product does not even compare.
I have had the opportunity to photograph the Paget family on a number of occasions and most recently to celebrate Jack turning 4. We mutually agreed on a location that I knew to have some wonderful fall colors and selected the most ideal time of day. I offered clothing suggestions for Jack that I knew would photograph best amongst all the fall colors. When the session began, I spent time talking with Alicia & David so that Jack could observe the familiarity between us and then I made sure to do silly things and focus my energy on him. I interact with him getting him to do things like show me how old he is, how fast he can run, or the silliest face he can make. And then I sit back and observe and capture what unfolds.
It takes time earning the trust of a little one, but it is an extremely important aspect of creating successful photographs. Through having fun and gaining trust, the nervousness and apprehension of having photos taken, starts to fade away. Then, as a photographer, I can begin to uncover the uniqueness of the individual.
I don’t necessarily want to capture what your child looks like. I want to capture who your child is. That is the difference between sitting in front of a blue screen for 5 minutes at a portrait studio and spending an hour or more with a photographer in a more relaxed environment. The expressions, the actions, and the overall essence of what is captured is far more genuine.
Think about this the next time you are considering a portrait session for your family. In 20 years when you look back at the documented history of your family, will you be more excited about the money you saved or the quality of the portraits that hang on the walls in your home?
Here are some of our favorites from our portrait session with Jack:
Back in May, I received an email from Tom stating that he wanted to purchase a portrait session for his wife. Since she is the primary picture taker in the house, he stated there were very few photos of Janice and Peter together and he though this would be the best way to capture that. I couldn’t agree more. :)
I presented Tom with a gift certificate to give his wife on Mother’s Day. Janice was so excited for a portrait session with her son but she wanted to wait for the fall leaves. So, we scheduled a session just this past week and the timing was perfect. There was lots of color and warm sunshine.
Here are some of our favorites from Janice’s Mother’s Day portrait session with her son at the Hoyt Arboretum:
I had the opportunity to photograph Amy & Matt’s wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes back in September 2012. It was an extremely fun day at one of my favorite wedding venues in the Portland area. So, when I received the email that the two were expecting, I was so excited to have an opportunity to reconnect. It turns out that they recently purchased a home within blocks of my house. We are like totally neighbors dude!
We captured some portraits of the couple in their home and made sure to step outside as well. My favorite is of the two of them standing in front of their new home holding hands. How fun will it be to look back on that photo in 20 years?
Here are some of our favorites from Amy & Matt’s maternity session at home:
I had the honor of photographing Sarah & Todd’s wedding in downtown Portland back in 2008. We have stayed in touch over the years and I recently found out they were expecting their first child.
We met up briefly in the earlier part of this year to capture some announcement photos but most recently connected for a maternity session. Sarah & Todd were looking for something a bit rustic and casual for their portrait session. I absolutely love photographing at the Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island so I recommended the location for the maternity session.
The fall leaves were beginning to show their color and the slightly overcast day made for perfect lighting. Sarah & Todd are expecting the arrival of their little one in December and we look forward to connecting again for a newborn photo session.