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One Morning with an Oregon Family.

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Thank you so much Sarah! I hope to see you again next year 🙂

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If I could only give you one. Family Photography in Portland Oregon.

It would be this one.

Why?

Because as I mother I shut my eyes and I try to remember the way my babies used to look at me…when we’d catch eyes and they’d stare at me with so much love. I could smell their sweet breath, feel their tiny feet kicking against my legs.  Both of us were just so content. For my youngest, who’s two, I can still see these memories in my mind. They’re still fresh and still happening.  But, for my oldest who’s 7…those memories have started to fade. I try so hard, my eyes squeezed tight, to see him as he was at 9 months old.

Then, I come across a picture that shows us together. Him staring at me and instantly I can clearly see his face. I can smell him and almost feel the weight of him in my arms.

That’s why this one is my favorite. Because in this picture I’ve given you this moment. Forever.

Family Photos in Portland

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Silly Love. Portland, Oregon Family Photographer

SUCH a pleasure working with this family for the second time! Repeat clients are so wonderful because we’ve already worked together. Repeat clients know my quirks and their kids already know they’re in for a fun session so the two hours we spend together are usually packed with more adventure then getting-to-know-you’s.

And with this family….the laughter never stops.

AND. IT’S. WONDERFUL.

Photo bombs, GQ faces, sword fights, karate kicks and hugs. All of this stuff is wonderful

You know why this stuff is good? Do you know why I tell your kids it’s o.k to photobomb their sister’s photo? and why I say “O.k,  let’s do one silly shot and then one happy shot”? Because it loosens everyone up….it’s not a tedious task any more to look at the photographer and smile.  It’s a time that you can jump high in the air and and look at the back of the camera to see who’s making the silliest face.

Family photos shouldn’t be a chore….they should be fun and a time that you’ve set aside to just hang with your kids. Silly, serious, curious, adventurous, loving, shy…whatever it looks like just let it be…and the emotion will stop you in your tracks every time.

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Silcox Hut Wedding, Mount Hood. Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer

When John contacted me about capturing his and Amy’s wedding I nearly jumped out of my chair when he mentioned the Venue. The Silcox Hut up at Mount Hood…of course! It was perfect.

The Silcox Hut is this small warming hut that sits about a mile up the mountain from Timberline Lodge. Originally part of the “make work project” , for me this building represents American pride and history.

For this couple the Silcox Hut meant something more than a beautiful, private location with 180 degree views of Mount Hood’s National Forest. The grooms uncle, the celebrated climber John Smolich, was one of three original climbers who had set out to restore the once abandoned building. For you Mountaineers out there, the name may ring a bell…John Smolich was one the first Americans to attempt a climb up the then-unclimbed Southwest Pillar of K2, also known as the “Magic Line”. However, on one summer day in August 1986 John, one of two lead climbers, fell in an avalanche starting what is known as the 1986 K2 disaster.

John Smolich, an avid climber who spent many an early morning climbing up the steep Palmer Glacier in preparation of the mountains he aspired to climb, leaves behind his legacy for the members of his family. Who stood on the side of the mountain and witnessed the sweet beginnings of this couple’s new story.  John (the groom) remembers visiting the hut with his uncle as a boy, and as he and his family gazed up at the crater one could see in their faces the reflection of life’s past stories of passion, determination and a love for the mountains.

As I got in my car to drive down from the mountain I had the 2.5 hour drive home to reflect on the images I’d just captured. Everything had this wonderful meaning….and I was honored to be the one to capture this great story for them.

When two people come together and vow to love, honor and cherish…something greater is happening. These two people join together their experiences, their families and their friends and they begin to weave together a new story. And when that chapter begins with so much meaning and love…how can it not have anything but a happy ending.

 

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