Baby Kate | 6 Month Session

I had the opportunity to photograph Kate’s newborn session at the photography studio just a handful of months ago. As any parent will tell you, time flies, and very recently we had the chance to connect for a 6 month photo session. Since the newborn session was captured at the studio, the decision was made to capture the 6 month session at home. This would allow us to capture some of the more personal elements of home and keep Kate in a very familiar environment. As soon as I arrived, Kate was smiling away and ready for her portrait session.

Mom selected a handful of really cute outfits and Kate played along even with all the wardrobe changes. She did fantastic and the results really showed. Here are some of our favorites from Kate’s 6 month session at home:

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Newborn Session at the Studio

I photographed Mistyrose and Keith’s wedding on the 4th of July last year. It was a fantastic celebration that concluded with a very festive fireworks display. Many of our wedding clients return as portrait clients as they build their families.

Mistyrose and Keith informed me that they were expecting and wanted to have newborn photos captured of their son Patriot. They arrived at the studio with a number of really special and fun outfits for their son. Keith is a huge Oregon Ducks fan and the couple both love Star Wars. So we made sure to play with those themes during the newborn photo session.

A few years ago Mistyrose gave birth to the sweetest little boy who unfortunately passed away within just days of birth. Mistyrose had the opportunity to hold him in a very special blanket that was later made into a little stuffed bear for Patriot. I had the opportunity to photograph Patriot holding that bear as part of his newborn session at the studio. I know it is a very special photo for Mistyrose and Keith that has a lot of personal meaning for them. I am so glad we were able to include a number of personalized items in Patriot’s newborn session photos. Here are some of our favorites from the session:

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Portland Surrogate Photography

As if my previous two blog posts haven’t shined enough light on the relationships I build with my clients, I think this one will make it exceptionally clear.

I met Brandi many years ago while she was working for a wedding videographer in town.  She was in the process of planning her own wedding and hired us to document her wedding.  This was back in 2008, a busy year for us where we photographed 33 weddings.  Brandi had the unique idea of creating a video that told her love story of how she and Toby met and fell in love.  We travelled to the coast for the session where a videographer captured video while I captured stills.  It was a joint love story/engagement session that began with a nice casual stroll along the beach and somehow ended with Brandi, Toby, and I running into the ocean for some incredibly playful and fun portraits.  The ocean water was unbelievably freezing (you know the kind that totally takes your breath away) and yet in all honestly, it just didn’t really matter.  We were having so much fun that day and creating some very fun memories together.

So following the engagement session, and of course their wedding day, we continued to stay in touch.  An endless stream of referrals came my way from Brandi over the years.  I have lost count on how many weddings, portraits, and various other photo shoots have been made possible because of her extremely kind words about my work.  I have photographed her brother’s wedding, various friends’ weddings, portrait sessions, and on and on.

One of the most gratifying referrals came just this past year.  Brandi is part of a surrogacy group where surrogates and intended parents share information.  As you can imagine, this group is built on a tremendous amount of trust and privacy.  A gay couple based out of Luxembourg posted an inquiry to the group seeking a qualified surrogate photographer.  Knowing that they might miss the birth of their twins here in the states, they wanted a photographer available to capture the events leading up to and immediately following their birth.  Brandi was kind enough to post a glowing recommendation of my services and within hours, I received a very heart felt email from the couple in Luxembourg.  Thankfully they were able to arrive in the United States in time to witness the birth of their twins.  I received the call from the couple during the middle of the day saying, “Our surrogate mom is in labor and it’s time for you to come to the hospital right away.”  I dropped everything I was doing and dashed over to the hospital to capture all the excitement.  Nicolas and Tom were kind enough to share their experience working with me in this surrogate photography video.

Part of the reason why Brandi is part of the surrogacy group (and able to share her recommendations), is because she is a surrogate herself.  In fact, before she officially became a surrogate, she even shared with me that it was something that she and her husband Toby were investigating.  Ever since a little girl, Brandi had always wanted to be a mother.  She is blessed with 2 precious daughters (both of whom I have photographed many many times).  But Brandi wanted to also make the dream of having children possible for others who may not have the ability to have children of their own.  So, it led her and her husband toward the path of surrogacy.  Brandi has been sharing the experiences of being a surrogate on her personal blog titled A Beautiful Blessed Mess.

Just a few weeks ago, with the cherry blossoms in bloom, I had the opportunity to capture some maternity photos for Brandi.  It was the perfect location for this photo session.

Presuming that our schedules and the stars align, within the next week or so, I will have the distinct honor and privilege of being one of the very few individuals allowed into the hospital room when Brandi gives birth.  She and her husband Toby have asked to have the birth documented.  When talking about the photo session, Brandi mentioned that the thing she wants captured the most is the expression on the couples’ faces as they hold their newborn for the very first time.  Brandi and Toby are so excited to be able to make a very deserving couple parents of a newborn son.

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Building Relationships with our Clients

I don’t recall exactly how we met or how Lynne and Matt discovered our services, but back in 2008 they hired us to photograph their wedding. I remember the excitement when they booked us. Lynne and Matt wanted to get married in the Shakespeare Garden at the Portland Rose Garden and to do so, couples have to go through a bit of an excruciating process of waiting in line on the very first day of the year. That is when the Portland Parks office makes permits available for weddings and events that are held during that calendar year. Lynne and Matt were among the first if not the first couple in line in 2008 and even made it into the local newspaper for their efforts. Needless to say, they were able to get their choice in dates and reserved the Shakespeare Garden for their wedding that summer.

Lynne and Matt wanted to capture some engagement photos before their wedding and chose Ecola State Park as the location. The park has a very dramatic view of the ocean and overlooks the iconic Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

Some time after her wedding, Lynne contacted me for some updated headshots. At the time, she was working as a personal trainer and wanted some photos to promote her business. Fast forward to just a handful of months ago, when I received an email from Lynne saying that she and Matt were expecting. I was so excited to hear the news and so grateful that they thought of me during this momentous time in their lives.

When they arrived at our portrait studio, it was fun to catch up and reminisce on all that had transpired over the years. Back when they were getting married, I held wedding consultations at my home and the portrait side of my business barely existed. Now, 8 years later, with a wedding consultation space at The Bridal Loft and a fully equipped portrait studio, I was reminded of how far my business has grown and the opportunities it has afforded me.

The relationships I build with my clients are what I cherish most. There are no words to describe the experience of photographing a couple’s wedding and then years later re-connecting and getting to meet and hold their first newborn child. Then meeting again and again over the years to capture a couple’s family. Whatever inspired me to expand my business into family portraiture I am forever grateful.

Welcome to the world sweet little Madeline. Congratulations to Lynne and Matt and once again thank you for entrusting me to capture these precious moments.

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Maternity and Newborn Sessions

I have known and worked with Jeanie and Josh on a number of occasions over the years. I had the opportunity to photograph their wedding in Portland back in 2007 and then flew out to Boston to capture their east coast wedding celebration. I also photographed their daughter Vivienne as a newborn, at 6 months, and at other times in her life as well. Then, more recently, when Jeanie and Josh welcomed their second daughter into the world, I had the opportunity to capture even more photos.

We met up at our portrait studio for a mini maternity session and then when Evelyn arrived, I travelled to the couple’s home for a newborn session. We captured the newborn session within days of birth and with grandma flying cross country just a couple of weeks later, we re-connected at the studio for a brief session with grandma too. I particularly love the image of Jeanie with her mom and 2 daughters. There is something truly special about capturing multiple generations in a single photo. I think about what it will be like for Vivienne and Evelyn to look at that picture in 30, 40, 50 years…

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Baby’s First Year Portrait Package

One of our most popular portrait options for couples who are expecting is our Baby’s First Year Package. It includes maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month photo sessions. We capture the maternity session between 32-36 weeks into the pregnancy and attempt to coordinate with our couples to capture the newborn session within 7 days of birth. These are the suggested and optimum times for the photo sessions. Then we re-connect at 6 and 12 months for the remaining 2 sessions.

Portrait sessions are offered in the comfort of your home, at our photography studio in NE Portland, or at a local park or location of your choice. The flexibility in location gives a nice variety to the work and enables us to capture you regardless of the weather conditions. Maternity sessions are great at our portrait studio or at an outdoor location. Newborn sessions are recommended indoors at our studio or at your home. This enables us to control the temperature providing your newborn with maximum comfort. We then recommend varying the locations for the 6 and 12 month sessions suggesting outdoor locations whenever possible.

Some couples choose just the newborn session. Others choose the newborn and 12 month sessions. It varies from couple to couple and that is why we offer maximum flexibility in the sessions you choose. We build a portrait package that best suits your needs.

For Kim and Siemke, documenting their daughter’s first year was extremely important. Ask any parent and they will tell you that the first year just flies by and that their little ones grow way too quickly. Kim and Siemke really wanted to preserve this time by having portrait sessions scheduled every 2 months throughout their daughter Giuliana’s first year. We built a custom Baby’s First Year Package that included all of these sessions. Here are some highlights from Giuliana’s 2 most recent portrait sessions (the first at our portrait studio and the second outdoors along the Portland waterfront area).

Next month we will be connecting to capture Giuliana’s 1st birthday party celebration.  I am suspecting that there will be cake and that Giuliana is going to like it quite a bit!

 

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Maternity Session at the Studio

Natalie & Joe nailed their maternity session.  They wore great outfits, brought just the right amount of props, a fun energetic energy, and of course, their beloved doggie.  It made for the perfect combination of everything.  I loved Natalie’s choice in attire.  Her maternity shirt with the baby’s foot prints is truly precious.  Their dog is incredibly well behaved and took direction exceptionally well.  To be perfectly honest, I have never seen anything quite like it.  Each and every command was listened to and capturing portraits of all of them together was a total breeze.

Here are some highlights from Natalie & Joe’s maternity session at the studio:

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