This summer I was able to add a couple of Twins to my Newborn Portraits Portfolio. I must say I LOVE working with twins and would love to do it some more so if you are in the Portland metro area and expecting twins and looking for a photographer feel free to contact me. Sometimes you get to shoot photos for a family that you just connect with. That was totally the way it was with this family. Only a few will understand but they are brown coats! So I got to have a total nerd moment and discuss scy fi and fantasy books/games while setting up. We ended up deciding to shoot outside as it was about 90 degrees that day. It was absolutely amazing! well… mostly… as happens with twins when one was sleeping the other wasn’t, when one was finally full the other was hungry. so we did not get many together photos but were able to get some great single shots. Then just when we were ready to get shots with big brother He fell asleep and we didn’t want to wake him for fear of a toddler melt down. Even with the ups and downs that come with two babies, I am quite proud of how these photos came out as it was only my second set of twins.
So I am WAY behind on blogging. Its not my forte! but I feel like these sessions deserve more than just a quick upload to Facebook. This particular newborn session was one of the hardest I have ever had. I know that is what I said about the last post but this one was harder. Little one did not want to sleep at all, did not want to be posed and was definitely NOT into hats. Mama contacted me just before she turned 2 weeks old and the timing was just not where it should have been, after struggling for a bit and having little one get pretty fussy we decided to go for more lifestyle shots than posed. So we got some ok cute shots but nothing that I would normally get. When I sent the gallery to mama she asked if we could have a do over. I of course said yes and we scheduled a new session for the following weekend. At this point Little Miss was about 5 weeks old and I expect it to be any easier but told mama that we would go for some more posed ones if little one would have it. I was actually really surprised how easy the second session went. Little Miss Z was an image of perfection for the entire session. Just goes to show that the normal before 2 weeks does not work for every baby.
And then sometimes You just have to include an outtake!
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Baby Miss A really gave me a run for my money while shooting her Newborn Portraits. She wanted nothing to do with the camera and was REALLY not a hat girl. Her mama was so patient though and we prevailed. Eventually she did sleep and we pushed through as many poses as we could. In the end this has become one of my favorite sessions because while it didn’t go exactly as planned it still came out great and showed me that sometimes all it takes is patience.
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I love photographing twin newborns, this particular pair of twins are the daughters of one of my friends and actually the second pair of twins for her. These two were super easy to work with and reminded me why I love working with babies, Even though they are not all easy (well none are actually easy but you know 😉 ) I hope you enjoy the sample below.
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Every year I offer portrait mini sessions at the Woodenshoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn Oregon. This year I was able to capture three generations during one of the sessions. I love that this family gets together once a year for a portrait and hope that the tradition continues.
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This blog is coming a bit late, However I had to share a story that proves sometimes you underestimate children. About a week before Fathers Day this last June there was a knock at my door, I opened it to find my neighbors daughter, thinking she was here for my daughter I started to tell her that my kiddo was not home. She interrupted me and asked if she could hire me to do photos of her and her brother for fathers day. Of course I said yes , she then pulled out her phone and showed me a photo that she had found on Google saying she wanted to do something similar for her dad. We scheduled the day and she got her brothers mom in on the plan so that she could stay the night and her brothers mom would bring them to the photo session. By that time she had bought some letters DAD of course, and a frame for the photos and we set to work.
I am very touched by the thoughtfulness of this little girl. She saved her money to be able to get something her dad would truly enjoy and did it all without him knowing which is a feat in and of itself considering he is a single father and she lives with him!
The below portrait is the end result which she put in the frame she purchased and presented to him on Fathers day.
When I started taking newborn portraits I thought it was going to be simple. I mean they dont move so you place them and then take your shots and good to go , oh how naive I was. Newborns are about the furthest thing from easy there is but the result and the smile you see on mamas face when they see the images you have created for them makes it all well worth it. The shortest newborn session I have ever had was my first I was there for probably about 45 min (i mean it was going to be easy right I didn’t need any more time than that!) and looking back now I am super lucky Little Man was such an amazing baby! Even though those photos didnt turn out exactly like I thought they would It was still an amazing learning experience and I had done it for a friend for free so no one was out any money, and honestly little mans mom loved them and still has several on her walls several years later. The photo to the right is one of the shots from that fateful session.
When that didn’t go as planned I realized I needed to do much more research and practice so I started offering to do it for free for friends and family when they had babies. My second try was a bit better but still did not really turn out the way I thought it would either. I tried a more styled set of shots with little Mr D which got me a bit closer to the style I was trying to achieve. again I got really lucky and the little one was super content and didn’t cry but I came to realize that all those cutsy poses are really only doable when baby is asleep and that newborn wraps are a must for awake babies. The photo to the right while cute is not very technically sound and I knew I could do better. So I hit the books again.
After doing even more reasearch and finding an absolutely adorable outfit at a little boutique in Portland called Camp Hollyhock I put out another model call for a newborn. By this time I realized it is best to do these sessions within 2 weeks of birth so I specified that I needed them to be 2 weeks old at the most. At this time I also learned that there were some things that mom needed to do before the session such as heat the room that we will be working in to 75-80 degrees, and make sure little one has a full tummy and is in something that is easy to remove or better yet just in a diaper. that way we can do some of the more stylized and posed shots as baby will be more likely to sleep at that time. Baby miss Ks mama was a champ and when I arrived she was fed and snoozing and the living room was toasty warm. This is when I decided that if I am not sweating its not warm enough for baby. Things went pretty smooth at this session even though getting her to sleep was a bit of a chore. The shots that I got on this session were again a bit better then the last and prove that as a photographer you can never stop learning. These shots were a bit better technically but still lacked what I was looking for stylistically and in the editing. Now that I knew what I needed to do and practice with on posing and my camera it was time to start working on my editing style.
The next session I again let mom know what to do and what to expect with the photos and at this point felt comfortable charging portfolio building prices. I asked mom to pick out one outfit and something she would like to use as a prop and then the rest I would bring with. Little Man Fords dad loved baseball so we got to use his ball and glove in the photos. This was also the first newborn session that I was able to incorporate sibling and family shots into. This brought a whole new set of problems as I had to figure out how to keep a 3 year old calm and interested while I got little brother set up. This time I did not get quite as lucky with a content baby he was fussy and made me work for it but in the end I was able to make him feel secure enough to fall asleep and mom even called me the baby whisperer. As you may have guessed after this session I again hit the books! this time studying ways to work siblings into the shots and ways to help keep young ones involved and engaged.
I used my next newborn session (the recipient was the winner of a contest on my Facebook page) I used to practice my editing so I stuck with poses that I had already practiced a bunch on (not to say that I was perfect at them by any means they were ones I knew I had a good chance to get good shots that the parents would love. At this point I had also started looking for a newborn Mentor and entered a contest to win a 2 week mentor ship from an amazing photographer in California (Jen Dunham Photography ). These newborn photos were actually taken outside so I did not do any of the naked baby photos and he was also a bit more fussy than any of my previous subjects. this session taught me that you may have a plan and a schedule but a newborn doesn’t really care.
I ended up winning the mentor ship from Jen Dunham and after a couple sessions with her and her looking over my work I had another model call. Then because I could not purchase all the props I wanted I made a bunch of tiebacks and purchased scarves to use as wraps then keeping what Jen had taught me and I feel I made a huge improvement. I then took the photos home and shared them with Jen so that she could give me CC on them and she pointed out several other things that I could improve on. As a new photographer I can say having someone who is seasoned look over your body of work is one of the most intimidating and helpful things that you can do and I highly recommend it. There are also groups that you can join on places like Facebook that bring photographers together and they all learn off each other and give each other CC. My favorite is Pure Constructive Critisism run by the girls of Pure Photography and Design (AKA Pure Actions for photographers). If you are an aspiring photographer I highly recommend getting a mentor even if you pay for that mentors time and joining at least a local photographers group.
Once my mentor ship came to an end I kept my sessions coming by offering discounts or contests to keep growing as a photographer and eventually was able to start charging full price for sessions and still receive bookings. Any time I get an Idea for a concept Ill do a model call as I do not think you should use your paying clients to practice on. I still do lots of research and spent countless hours tweeking my style until I felt it represented me and what I want to offer clients.
Wether you are an aspiring Photographer or have questions about your own Newborn Portraits please do not hesitate to contact me on my website.
Being a mother myself I know how important it is to have photos to look back on of your children and your family so every year I offer a special for mothers day portrait sessions. These photos will be the ones that you look back on for years to come and remember that silly little thing that your little one used to do or how they would always pick the road side “flowers” and give them to you.
This year I am offering two different options, its your choice would you like Carnations? Or Roses?
20 Min Session
5 Edited images
with Print rights
$125 30 Min Session
8 Edited images on a disk
with print rights
2 – 5×7 gift prints
* both Sessions are single location and good for groups up to 5, each additional person is 10 dollars with no more than 6 per session. Non refundable retainer due at the time of booking via Pay Pal.
When I met Amanda and John at Starbucks to discuss their wedding photography I knew I wanted to make sure I photographed their big day for them. It didn’t take long during that first meeting for us to be telling jokes and laughing. They let me know that they were just having a very small back yard wedding at one of their family members homes in Washington. Ill admit I was a bit hesitant and worried if there was going to be room to do photos but this couple was so amazing they even created a virtual tour of the property they were using and again I was hooked. The grounds (I say grounds because yard just does not do it justice) could have been a venue if it wasn’t in a gated community. I knew we were going to be able to get some absolutely amazing shots for them. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
If you have any questions or need a photographer for your wedding in the Portland area please do not hesitate to contact me.
I had a lot of fun shooting Audreys senior photos last month. We spent an hour or so at Oxbow Regional Park outside of Portland Oregon. This park has so many different photography opportunities from little meadows to a sandy beach on the river. I think Audrey and I spent more time laughing than shooting photos and we got so many great images I had a hard time Narrowing it down for her gallery. Here is a small sample of Audreys gallery Enjoy!
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