August 1st, 2013 by admin
I love looking around when I’m driving and finding little hidden gems for shoots. This first location happens to be in the parking lot of our local Wal-Mart Neighborhood. My boys and I went on a short bike ride here for some popsicles a while back and I knew I wanted to use this loading dock asap. I think it fit Gianna perfectly. She has such a fun, spunky personality and the grunge and brightness of it let her stand out and shine. What a difference 6 months makes in kids! I know I sound like an old lady when I say so but since our shoot at Christmas (see that post here) she has gotten so much taller and acts so much older. I had a blast with her!
July 18th, 2013 by admin
Being a grandma suits the grandma of these sweet kids so well. Each year she has the two of them photographed. This day was very thoughtfully planned out, no detail overlooked. She was prepared like a seasoned pro! A cooler of drinks were in the car, water and snacks in hand and some of their favorite things at an arms reach. Wouldn’t you LOVE for her to be your grandma?! While it was one of the hottest days of this Summer, it was still lots of fun. I certainly hope that these photographs are enjoyed for many many years. And that lots of fun memories are attached to them.
Thank you Terri for spending this very hot but very fun day with me. I loved meeting your sweet family!
July 12th, 2013 by admin
I love when people/families get involved in something that is being put on in their town. It’s such a fun way to do new things and meeting new people. Lululemon recently put on a family friendly relay at George Rodgers Park in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It was one of the first few days of our ‘heat wave’ (what Oregonians would consider a heat wave), so this 10am event was a perfect way to get a great workout in before it got too warm. The best part is it was designed for both adults and kids. The day started off with a little bit of group yoga and then broke up into circuits for the adults and fun events for the kids. I couldn’t help but wish so badly that I could have jumped in and participated. I highly recommend looking out for more of these events. It was perfect for all levels of fitness and was a fantastic way to try new things in a very encouraging environment. And as a bonus, they may provide some yummy snacks at the end
Check out the Lululemon facebook page in your area (this relay was put on by the Bridgeport store) to keep up to date on more events like this one!
May 30th, 2013 by admin
Keaton is 9 months old! Wow. He started being photographed very early, in the hospital [click here to see hospital photos], and it has been so fun to watch him grow (he has the sweetest chub!) and to continue documenting his first year.
May 7th, 2013 by admin
I was so excited to be able to photograph Jessica and Clara (big sister) before their big arrival! With just a couple of weeks left until her due date, Jessica managed to have me to her home to take advantage of this fleeting moment. I am so impressed with what Jessica has been up to these past few weeks. They MOVED! Can you believe it? Moving isn’t very fun when you’re not pregnant but pregnant makes it even harder. Throw in a 2 year old and it starts feeling like an impossible task (trust me, I’ve done it!). Amazingly she was still up for having me over! Can’t wait to hear that baby has arrived.
When Clara was born Jessica planted a Cherry Blossom tree in her honor. With this baby, a lilac tree will be planted
April 19th, 2013 by admin
I may have found someone that will, some day, get as annoyed with me and my picture taking as my own kids. My nephew. But that’s ok, I am going to keep snapping away. It’s ok for a number of reasons. It’s ok because it’s important to have documented images of fun times, events, holiday, etc. It’s ok because sometimes a photographer just can’t help keeping the camera tucked away when a cute face is around and it’s especially ok when mom, dad, family, future wife want to sit down and look at a timeline like this one. My husband and I do it often with our two boys and it never fails, we end up sitting for a BIG chunk of time reminiscing on those times past. It is just so much fun. And so amazing to watch the transformation that has happened in such a short amount of time. Sounds cliche doesn’t it?
I think it’s so special to have these little treasures to have and to pass on.
I’ve actually never blogged on this sweet boy. My brother, sister in law and nephew live North of Seattle so I don’t get to bug him with the camera as much as I’d like. But when we’re together, the camera is likely there. Putting this progression together (just a few of my favorites of him) had me sitting here doing the same thing I do with my own kids’ photos: smile, shake head in disbelief that he has grown so much and repeat.
This is a wonderful example of why having family photos and/or photos of your kids taken REGULARLY is so important. Just look at the changes! All in just 15 months. Never again will he change as quickly as he has thus far.
January 16th, 2013 by admin
This was my second surprise shoot of the holiday season. I certainly don’t care for having surprises done on myself but I absolutely love being a part of a surprise for someone else. You would never know from the look of it that we were battling the setting sun, the rain and a run away dog. The kids just went with the flow. I honestly couldn’t have asked for 3 easier kids! In fact, they were extremely helpful to me during the shoot. How lucky am I?! To top it all off, the older two even kept it a secret. I’m amazed.
Thanks Jen for having me over. I’m so glad your surprise was a success.
January 7th, 2013 by admin
Marisa contacted me in November to do a surprise shoot of her and her brothers as a gift for their parents. It was first intended as an anniversary gift but turned into a Christmas gift as time went on. I’ve been wanting to share these for a very long time! Not only are these three absolutely stunning, they all have big hearts. I thought it was such a thoughtful gift to go in on together. I received a message from Marisa on Christmas saying that she had put together an album for her parents and as soon as her mom opened it tears were flowing. I think their mission was accomplished!
December 25th, 2012 by admin
I could definitely get used to being present at homecomings! Wow, what a thrill. Mitch was a little late in getting in and my heart was pounding so incredibly hard. It’s such a high for me as a photographer to watch these loved ones come in, I certainly can’t imaging how it feels as a parent or spouse! Thank you Figgat family for having me there with you. What a great holiday it will be with your whole family together.
December 22nd, 2012 by admin
I can’t even begin to describe how much fun this engagement session was. Before heading on their new adventure yesterday (moving to IL), they lived in an INCREDIBLE studio in downtown Portland (you’ll see that building at the bottom of the post). Being the city people that they are it was only fitting to visit a number of different locations, including some downtown property. Being the suburb girl that I am, I don’t frequent the downtown area often, so it was a fun field trip for me too. As you’ll see in the images, these two made my job quite easy. I had been warned that they don’t like to smile in front of the camera and wouldn’t be ‘natural’. They couldn’t have been more wrong!
Lots of luck in your new town and on the rest of your lives together. You’ll be missed by many in the Portland area!