Their mama had been dreaming of this shoot for months, so when she came to me with her idea I was so excited!
She made their dresses and bouquets, I brought the halos and crowns and together we made her vision come to life! When discussing the outcome she was dreaming of, she mentioned wanting the girls to be in a wooded or rich green and lush area. I knew that the backyard at my mother’s Washougal home would be the perfect place for our creation! We both loved the idea of the ivy, and how it made the girls the main focus of the session instead of the backdrop.
This session was so magical to shoot and edit! I really enjoy being able to do creative things in Photoshop to make parents images come to life.
I am excited to see these images printed out and hung up in the girls bedrooms!
This family is so special to me. I met Brad and Ashley when they were just days away from expecting their first son, Witton! I photographed them for the first time for Witton’s 6 month milestone session. I instantly fell in love with this amazing little family.
When it came time for their second son, Cruz, to arrive, they asked me to come document their home birth experience. These two people exude so much patience and love with each other and their children.
I met Ashley for coffee to chat with her about being a woman small business owner. It is so good to connect and refresh with another woman who owns her own business! Even when it’s not the same field, ideas can be bounced off of each other and plans for progress can be made! Ashley and Brad are health coaches! You can find their website HERE, and their Facebook HERE.
During coffee, Ashley let me know that she hadn’t scheduled her family images for the year yet… and also that she hadn’t printed out ANY of the images that she had paid to have done in the last few years.
We immediately got her on my calendar to schedule her 2019 family pictures!
AND I got to show her the amazing products my studio now offers, so she can have actual PRINTS in her hands!
Ashley used a service that I provide to my clients called “Style and Select”. She was able to style her family session clothing from this simple and easy to use service. We all know that choosing the family outfits for pictures is one of the hardest parts of family picture time, right? I love that Ashley was able to style her family session with ease, and made it exactly “Them”.
When discussing the theme and style of her family session, we needed to find a location. She let me know that her in-laws home in Ridgefield would be a perfect backdrop for pictures, and it was! The property was amazing, and the boys had the freedom to run and be themselves! What a great way to document this part of their journey through life, and at a place they love!
Here are some of my favorites from the Miller Family’s sunset session!
This beautiful little lady was such a gem for her newborn session! She hardly made a peep!
Whites and creams for newborns.
Babies in white look so angelic to me. Newborns are so innocent and pure, and placing them in a white wrap on a white background just looks so divine. I have multiple backdrops, wraps, and bonnets for both boys and girls for the whites and cream setups. For Mia, I loved the lace backdrop that my mother gave to me.
I love when parents have their own personal and unique items that we can use for sessions. Mia’s mama was wearing this gorgeous necklace, and we decided that it would be a gorgeous addition to the images. Adding in heirloom pieces to newborn sessions really personalizes them even more.
I do love the monochromatic look for babies’ sessions. I feel that it places more focus on the newborn than the setup. And in this case, Mia looks stunning in this gorgeous blush color.
Concannon Family – Vancouver, WA Family Photographer
This is the beautiful Concannon Family! They bid on and won my Silent Auction Package for Camas Christian Academy’s Annual L.I.T.E Auction last year! You can find out more about their wonderful fundraiser HERE.
Photographing this family was such a treat for me! Their children were in school at CCA with my children as well, so it was just like hanging out with friends!
I really love the style that Koreen decided on for her family images! The colors were so perfect for fall, very warm and rich.
We decided that the Washougal Dike would be the best place to capture her family memories this year. I sent Koreen some images of other sessions that she may like, and she loved the images on the Dike at sunset.
This family is so fun! I love their laughter and happiness! And I especially love their daughter’s disgusted face at the sight of her parents kissing!
Sofia Senior Portraits – Vancouver, Wa Photographer
It’s not very often that I get asked to photograph high school seniors, but when I do it is such a treat!
Meet Sofia! I met this sweet girl through my sister-in-law, Elizabeth. You can see her gorgeous family session HERE and view her website HERE. Sofia takes lessons from Elizabeth, and her mama is one of Elizabeth’s closest friends! I was thrilled when Sofia’s mom, Amy, told me that she had a dream about me photographing her daughter’s senior portraits.
Sofia, Amy, and I met at a little local coffee shop to discuss the session. We wanted to nail down the date, style, and location of Sofia’s senior portraits. Since Sofia was graduating from Washougal High School, we decided to keep the location local. We chose to do the session on the gorgeous Columbia River! We started at the Pedestrian Tunnel next to the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and then made our way up to the dike and then down to the water for a gorgeous sunset to end her session.
Sofia had her hair and makeup professionally done, so she didn’t have to worry about any of that the day of her portrait session. She and her mother chose fantastic outfits that suited Sofia and also showed her personality.
Her mother felt like there was an element missing from Sofia’s wardrobe choice. So she asked if I had anything in my studio wardrobe that might work for Sofia. I brought all the gowns that I had in Sofia’s size to our coffee meeting, and I was thrilled when they both chose the red lace gown! Sofia looks like Snow White to me in the red gown!
Welcome to the Morris Family’s sunset photo session!
Many of you may not know, but this is my husband’s younger brother, Joshua, and his beautiful family! His wife, Elizabeth, is my middle sons piano instructor! You can find her studio information HERE.
I look forward to this session each year! It is fun for me to meet with Elizabeth over coffee, and plan their session out! We discuss the location and time of day, and also what colors and themes she would like for the year.
Elizabeth prints out her images in large canvases each year, so she can see the progression of growth in her children. I love how she matches the clothing choices in her images to the decor in her home!
In these particular images, we decided to do a water theme and a sunset photo session. She often has a water theme for her images, but this time we wanted to be IN the water! We chose Clark Lewis Beach in Washougal, and the results were gorgeous! The children loved playing in the water, and I like how we were able to capture them in their element playing together. Joshua brought along ice cream and cones for the family, so we were able to get some picnic-style images on the beach as well.
For her wardrobe choice this year, we planned it around her gown. She chose a gown from my studio wardrobe, and it came from The House of Flynn. I love the movement of the gown, how flowy and romantic it is with the wrap-around skirt and sweetheart neckline. It suited Elizabeth perfectly for her sunset beach session. The colors were stunning for this time of year as well, they were rich and vibrant, just like a sunset at the end of summer. I love how Elizabeth works with me to coordinate her colors. Everyone isn’t wearing the same item, but their colors each pull from her gown to complete a unified look for her images.
We always try and get some images of just Joshua and Elizabeth, too. She hangs those portraits up in her bedroom each year. I love the connection these two have with each other. It’s so fun to capture!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Joshua and Elizabeth’s family session from 2018!
Be looking for their 2019 waterfall family session coming up soon!
Working with newborns is such a passion for me. I love swaddling up these tiny humans in beautiful different wraps. One of the things that I believe sets me apart from the rest of the industry, is my monochromatic setups. I do appreciate the elaborate setups that other photographers do. However, for me, it’s all about the baby. I love taking the time to pay extra attention to details; tiny fingers, tiny toes, itty bitty nose and ears, the perfect lips, and the dark fringe of lashes
I like using tiny bows on baby girls. These velvet ones are just so delicate, and compliment baby’s features so well. The soft pink color enhances the baby’s gorgeous skin color and doesn’t detract from her beauty.
Using flowers on tiebacks is another favorite of mine as well. It just adds an additional feminine touch to the images. I love the silk flowers with the dainty pearl centers. Each of my tiebacks is handmade, either by myself or by a vendor that I have specifically chosen.
Bonnets are another favorite of mine to use. Each of my bonnets is hand made by Mama Knits, and often has a matching handmade wrap as well. Ashlee finds ethically sourced wool, which she hand dyes herself and then knits into these luxurious bonnets and wrap sets.
Vancouver, WA Newborn Photographer – Abigail Lyn Everly
Meet the beautiful Abigail! I had the pleasure of photographing her newborn images in my home studio in Vancouver, WA!
Abigail is a special little lady to me. Before I was a newborn photographer, I used to nanny her older brother, Calvin, when he was just her age! Calvin is the same age as my middle son, who is now 14!
Her mama and I had a wonderful time catching up since it had been a while since we had seen each other. Abigail was the perfect little newborn model for me, too. She slept so well during all of her setups, and never made a peep!
As many of you know, I focus mainly on a monochromatic scheme for my newborn sessions as I feel it leads the focus on the baby as opposed to the props used. My in-home photography studio is filled with a monochromatic color pallet with bonnets, wraps, and tiebacks specially created for newborn photography. I know it’s such a relief for parents to not have to think about bringing their own props to sessions!
I especially love this bed by CBC Prop Shops, I have one in pink as well!
Having props that are speically made for newborn photography is so important. A lot of places offer crochet items, claiming they are newborn sized when in reality they are for a older and larger baby.
I hand pick each of my newborn props from the best of the best vendors. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to support my vendor friends, knowing I am getting a hih quality and ethically sourced product from them. They take as much care and pride in their prop work as I do with your precious baby for their newborn photography session.
Meet Atlas Levi! What a fun name for this little fella! I rarely have duplicate names in my Vancouver, WA photography studio, and this little guy is no exception!
I met Atlas when his mama, a local photographer, was hunting for someone to do her newborn photography session! Courtney is an amazingly talented photographer in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR area! You can view her work on her website, Peace Mountain Photography. We met when we were both on location for family sessions in Portland, and I noticed her amazing camera bag! It was friendship at first sight!
Atlas is close to one of the chubbiest babies I have photographed yet! He was so squishy, and fit so well in my posing ring!
Atlas’s nursery is Super Mario themed, so his mama brought in a tiny Mario stuffie for us to use during his session! It is fun when parents bring in items for their babies to be photographed with that match their nursery decor.
I couldn’t restis wrapping this chunky fella up in the potato sack wrap! Look how it shows off his chubby cheeks!