What’s more Portland than St. John’s Bridge? Salt Lake City Family Photographer

Our family exploring Cathedral Park in Oregon Our family exploring Cathedral Park in Oregon Our family exploring Cathedral Park in Oregon Our family exploring Cathedral Park in Oregon Favorite Jumping pictures of our boys boys play near a rainroad track and hug their mommy. Pictures of a family of five walking near an abandoned railroad track Pictures of a family of five walking near an abandoned railroad track Pictures of a family of five walking near an abandoned railroad track boys play near a rainroad track and hug their mommy.I came across St. John’s Bridge in Portland Oregon shortly after moving here three years ago. It’s been the subject of many landscape photos but it wasn’t until this summer that I’d started recommending it as potential location for families. It’s a great spot with a lot of options for exploring, which always makes me happy 🙂

This is the second time I’ve worked with this family and one of my favorite images, seen here at the start of my portfolio, was taken at our first meeting. It’s so easy to go out and have a good time exploring with these three boys and they defiantly keep me entertained and on my toes. Reminding me of my own boys and their general enthusiasm for life, adventure and…well…Mindcraft 🙂

Now, I think the images below are my new favorites! How often do you get to fight with swords at the gates of a castle for your family pictures? (hint: whenever you want when you come to me).

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And that’s a wrap! Family Photos for 2013 done 🙂

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Family at Jenkin’s Estate. Utah Photographer

Let me tell you something, this mom…is amazing. She is a jewelry designer here in Portland, Oregon. Not only does she design her pieces, see her fall Look Book Here, but all her jewelry is handcrafted. I encourage you to check out her site, I’ve been lucky enough to receive two of her earring sets and I love them. They are timeless pieces that I know I’ll wear for the rest of my life.

And, not only that….this is the second year I’ve had to opportunity to capture her sweet family. They’ve grown a lot in the last year, learning to walk and headed off to Kindergarten. As if my own kids aren’t growing fast enough…when I see my client families year after year I’m always so taken back by how quickly time just keeps pushing forward.

Anyway, my dear friend and talented artist. I hope you enjoyed this experience. And thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for joining us 🙂
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Summer Bucket List. Utah Family Photographer

I posted here about our family summer bucket list a few months ago. I had originally planned to blog throughout the summer as we tackled the fun items on our list. However, when I went to blog our very first outing, The Hot Air Balloon Festival, I decided that what I wanted to try and do was not look at the pictures from each event until Summer was over and our moments where now memories.

I believe there is an element of longing that can only come when time has passed. Maybe it’s the rose colored glasses are easier to wear?  For some reason I treasure the images from last year more than the ones from this year,  funny how that works. You should try looking back through your images from 3 years ago. It’s shocking how quickly you forget the little details about any given memory.

I notice too that the pictures I’m drawn to are different when I’ve had a few months to step away. I’m no longer craving perfection but rather drawn in by emotion. I stared at the picture below much longer than I did at the one of both of us looking at my husband, smiling perfectly. This is a unique insight for me as a photographer and one I wouldn’t have gotten if I’d rushed to blog about our adventure.

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I have wanted to go to the Hot Air Balloon Festival for as long as I can remember. I think I went once when I was younger, but I don’t have any memories of it. (Could I make a stronger case for everyday photography in our lives?)

I had planned on going to this event for about a month, what I didn’t do was tell my husband that I was planning on going. Ooops 🙂 It was quiet a shock to him when I let him know 48 hours prior that this was, in fact, going to happen. I think he secretly thought that the alarm would go off at 4am and I would roll over and decide it just wasn’t worth it.

You can clearly see….we made it. I have the bucket list to thank. This was the first item on my list…the first Summer thing we were going to do, how could I set the tone for our summer by sleeping through it?

So we got up, got the kids bundled and in the car with their bagged cereal and we headed out to the launch site. I have to send a personal thank you to my husband….I would NOT have pulled this off so smoothly if it wasn’t for his willingness to support me and my crazy ideas.

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The rest of the day was a little rough-but the overall experience was completely worth it. I’d recommend it to everyone and I’ll think about adding it to our list next summer 🙂

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FALL MINI PHOTO SESSIONS in Utah

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Fall Pictures at Reed College. Salt lake City Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of working with this family for the first time at their Community School, Kenilworth Community Preschool.   It was such a fun experience capturing this wonderful school and all the amazing things they did with the kids during the day.  It really gave me a chance to connect with these girls before our session, so when they saw me they were ready to play.

They met me bright at Early at Reed College, located in East Portland. I love this spot, it reminds me of the college I went to in Salt Lake City, UT. The old buildings, small campus and huge trees. It’s the perfect location for a quiet Sunday morning session. We lucked out and found a few trees that had dropped their colorful leaves early in the season…because who doesn’t love fall leaves?

And, with two cute girls in their best dresses, the morning could not have been more pleasant.

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