Horsford Family Portrait | Mt. Tabor, OR

These little ladies (Mahaela, 3, and Violet, 1 1/2) were as sweet as can be in their sassy outfits, complete with animal print & red shoes!  I really enjoy it when families dress creatively and I find that it adds a lot of personality to their portraits.

We did some posed shots first for the holiday card, but then we had some fun running around Mt. Tabor park, blowing bubbles, riding on the merry-go-round, and enjoying the beautiful October day.  When working with the under-5 set it’s important to get them moving and having fun, or a portrait session can quickly turn into a chore, and that’s the last thing I want!  Parents Rich & Kelly were great at corralling these energetic little ones and helping me get some beautiful portraits of their sweet faces.

I especially like this series of Mahaela blowing bubbles among the Douglas Fir trees:

What a beauty!

I did this shoot for an upcoming review at PDX Kids Calendar… so excited to be featured on my favorite Portland moms’ site!  Look for the review in early November at www.pdxkidscalendar.com.

Class of 2012: John B.

Super smart, subtle sense of humor, definitely wise beyond his years…

We did this mini shoot on the perfect cloudy day at Esther Short Park in Vancouver.  It poured rain just a couple hours later so we really lucked out on timing!

Lastly, I washed my favorite TOMS shoes in the washing machine on cold/gentle with some Woolite and let them air dry and they are clean and good as new (except better because they are slightly worn and fit me perfectly).  Just thought I would throw that out there to the internet at large since I tried to find info, and there was conflicting advice on various web pages.

Class of 2012: Lexa F., Vancouver WA

I photographed Lexa in downtown Vancouver, Washington this fine Labor Day weekend.  I love the hair color… and that necklace, wow!  Lexa is a very talented artist and a lovely lady, and she had several ideas for great places to go for photos.  We intended to go to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, but when we arrived we found it was Kumoricon, a new phenomenon for me but one familiar to Lexa.  There were people everywhere in crazy costumes (some more appropriate for a public venue than others, yikes), quite a scene!

We started at this beautiful wall that depicts scenes from WWII.  Lexa told me that she has a love for history and art and wanted to incorporate some of the scenes.  I got a ton of great shots here.

We then hit a few other great hidden spots, including a beautiful ivy-covered wall and an old whitewashed brick alley.  I will definitely shoot seniors in downtown Vancouver again because there were so many beautiful backdrops.

Lexa was easy to photograph and I got so many beautiful shots from this senior session!