There have been a handful of times in my life where the setting before me proved impossible to adequately capture on camera. In California, it was the sensational sunsets. In Colorado, it was the mighty mountains. In Oregon, it was the beautiful beaches. And just recently, it was the glory of the Gray's. A family so sensational, so mighty, so beautiful, and so drenched in love that it just wasn't possible to replicate with my lens. However, they know what they have. They see it. They feel it. They live it. And whatever the outside looking in sees and feels through these images, just imagine it being magnified by ten in real life.
When my daughter was a toddler, her favorite book was one called Too Purpley. We would read this little board book over and over and over. And ever since, "purpley" has become a part of our vocabulary, even though technically it is not a word supported by Webster's dictionary. When we pulled into this field, out in the middle of nowhere, there was only one thing that came to mind: PURPLEY!
It isn't everyday that I meet someone whose kindness on the inside matches her beauty on the outside. But this young lady is an exception. When Inga, a photographer herself, initially asked if I would be interested in taking some images for her website, I felt deeply honored. I've mentioned that she is kind and beautiful and a photographer. But in addition, she just received her Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine...and already has her next goal mapped out (and in process)...a Ph.D. She founded Wild Peak Wellness in an effort to better educate individuals on their health. Whenever I have a question, from benefits of foods to how to make yogurt from scratch to which essential oils I should be selecting for my family, Inga is the first person I turn to. Once you've scrolled through her images below, please visit her website at wildpeakwellness.com. You'll be glad you did.
If I started my photography business [10 years ago] out of my love for children, I've stuck with it out of my love for seniors. High school soon-to-be seniors, that is. They are at that point where they have lived enough life to give them a sense of direction, yet they have this whole life still ahead of them, where they can change their direction many times, at any time, and still do just fine. And while more time has passed since I was their age than I care to admit, it was one of the most memorable seasons of my life. A season I would return to in a heartbeat if given the chance, if only for a day. I feel so honored to be able to spend time with this generation. They are going to do big things. They've already begun.
Cozy Up sessions were created with the holidays in mind. Details are as follows:
- When? Saturday, November 19th (Times remaining: 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, and 3:15pm)
- Where? My home studio in West Linn
- Who? Up to three children
- What? Twenty-minute sessions, six high-resolution images on a CD (in both color and black & white)
Turnaround time is one week. Limited studio holiday clothing available for use. Holiday card design service available for additional cost, if desired.
October in Portland was one of the wettest months in history. So much so that I broke down and purchased a pair of bubble umbrellas for my subjects and disposable rain covers for my camera gear. November, on the other hand, has been dry and full of brilliant end-of-season color. And when the sun is out and the trees are full of color, it's hard not to smile. To laugh. And to feel, well, happy. And to capture this from behind the lens...it feels like a dream. Every time. Because in the words of Branch (the cantankerous Troll from the new movie), "Happiness is inside all of us, sometimes you just need someone to help you find it." And for me, sometimes that someone (or more than one someone) is the person I am watching. Following. And capturing, with and through my lens.
There is nothing in this world more peaceful and profound than to be in the presence of a newborn baby. When time seems to stand still, if only for a moment, as the human eye and heart take in the blessing before it. Because as a mama to three, I know full well that new life is nothing short of a blessing. Where old and new, seasoned and fresh, big and itty bitty, ordinary and extraordinary intersect. When a newborn visits my studio, everything that was once on my mind before his/her arrival is washed away. And the one-week old, nine pound bundle featured below was no exception.
Happy New Year! I am beyond grateful for the individuals and couples and parents and families that entrusted me to capture them during 2015. Truly. I realize there are many "life documenters" out there and to be chosen, well, it's humbling. I hope to put together a year-in-review blog post, capturing some of my recent sessions that just haven't made it to the blog. In the meantime, I do plan on doing some Valentine mini sessions, in studio. I should have more details rolling out soon.
It doesn't get much better than a lifestyle session in the Pacific Northwest. Where winter is on the horizon, but fall has not yet performed it's final show. Where Christmas trees are one way, vibrantly colored leaves are another, and flocks of birds can be heard overhead. Where the ground is still damp from overnight rain, and the chill in the air is perfect for layers and snuggles. If the best part of my photography business is capturing the connection between families, the second best is capturing this connection in front of the most brilliant backdrop: nature.
This is my favorite time of year for sessions, with all the brilliant colors that Oregon has to offer. So, if you are considering a session for holiday cards, NOW is the time! I have a few openings remaining for the season.
I have one more opening for a mini session on the evening of Saturday, August 8th!
While I have been listening to the voice of my clients and offering more mini sessions, I'm always thrilled when I have a full session. I feel like I get to better know my subjects and in turn, capture more authentic, genuine, and relaxed expressions and interactions. This darling blond haired, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl's mommy got in touch with me quite a while back. After speaking and communicating several times, I felt we already knew each other when we first met at the start of the session. She wanted to include something in the session that reflected this current stage in life. I have to admit, when I think about having pictures taken of my own children, rarely do I stop to think about what they would prefer to wear or what they would prefer to be photographed with. Well, she selected the dress for her daughter to wear, and in turn, let her daughter choose an outfit. Skinny jeans, a Peanuts top, and bare feet were the winners. She also brought their dog, who turned out to be a great sport. And she ensured her daughter had a two-hour nap before the session, and mentioned treating her to Salt & Straw right after. The weather, lighting, flow, cooperation, and fun had at this session could not have been better, in my opinion. Once again, I am speechlessly honored I was chosen to document these moments.
What a trio of troopers these two little men and little lady were! They led the way and I followed, documenting both what I saw through the lens and what they were seeing through their eyes. We covered everything from bugs to a bear hunt. I have a few openings left in July for mini sessions, for the following locations/dates: Portland, July 12th
Salem, July 18th
Audrey Hepburn once said that "happy girls are the prettiest." Well, they are. Whether it's a joy-filled toddler, an upbeat tween, or a positive parent, they are the ones I find myself drawn to. And they are the ones I most enjoy photographing. Because genuine joy cannot be masked, nor can it be contained. It flows out and through. Joy in the good times is easy. It's finding joy in the trials of life that takes practice. I've always marveled at the way some of my friends shop. They can walk into a consignment store and somehow manage to walk out with statement items. I can walk into the same store with the same inventory and the same opportunity to walk out with those items, yet I fail to find them or see their potential in the midst of the less favorable ones. Hardships are like the used and dingy items while I like to think of joy as the unworn, like-new items. As I am learning how to be a better second hand shopper, I am also learning to be a better joy seeker. Because Audrey was exactly right: there is beauty in joy.
I hold a special place in my heart for brothers. Perhaps it's because I have two boys of my own who I am raising to be just that...brothers. Or perhaps it's because it's such a refreshing change from all things girly and pink and dainty and delicate. And the thing with boys is that if you put them in an environment they are comfortable in...you will get to see their many sides. Playful. Adventurous. Brave. Athletic. Daring. Charming. Loud. Messy. These two were no exception. And what I've found with boys is that in most cases, underneath all these layers is a tender, love-filled heart that just wants to be noticed, appreciated, and loved. I'm grateful I was chosen to document the connection these charmingly adventurous brothers share.