Family

The Sanders Family

I joined the Sanders family at the house they rented in Sunriver, Oregon for a little family photography session. This family loves the outdoors, golf, swimming, fishing and just watching the kids play! Sunriver was the perfect place to create amazing family memories. I feel so grateful to be the one to capture these timeless images for them!

Right when I got there we headed outside to walk around the property to find a great spot for their photo session. We didn’t just find a great spot, we found the most perfect spot! It was a little trail surrounded by trees right off the golf course. The sun glittered through the trees onto the path giving a yummy glow to their images. All the kids had plenty to play with throughout the session including flowers and sticks. And I’m pretty sure the adults were entertained by the golfers coming through.

I think we captured some amazing photos in such a short amount of time. These are going to be great memories!

Sanders family, I hope this week has been everything you hope for! Your hospitality and friendly attitudes is contagious and made your session so much fun! I hope to photograph you guys again in the future!

These two boys just melt my heart! I love this timeless photo!!!

Just a few headshots for their website: https://www.ocrebelslacrosse.com/

Westberg Family

Andrea and Gary gathered almost the entire family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year! The family spent a week together in Sunriver, Oregon relaxing, having fun and spending quality time together. When kids grow up, it’s hard to keep gathering as a family. The Westberg’s realized this could be one of the last family get togethers with all of them together so they wanted to capture the happy memories!

I absolutely love the blue and orange natural tones they chose for their outfits. They really pop off the green background and highlight their skin tones!

We had so much fun playing by the river in Sunriver. It was amazing how fast we captured all their images. At the end of the session I pulled the two girls aside for a mini session just with them and we still finished the entire shoot in 45 minutes!

Westberg family, I hope your time together was everything you wished for! May you continue to make family memories always.

The Demott Family

The Demott family has been gathering in Central Oregon for over 30 years to spend time as a family. This year they decided it would be fun to document their time together with some fun family photos in Sunriver.

Almon Family

Aunts are the best! Especially when they want a photoshoot of the sweet littles and whole family together. Kim loves her family and wanted to capture their time together at the place that she grew up going to every year: Black Butte Ranch. Kim loves the mountains, the lakes and especially the wild fields because they remind her of her childhood. Now, she gets to share these amazing family memories with her two incredibly cute nieces. 

We had fun playing with the dogs, taking photos and letting the girls twirl in their dresses. I can’t wait to see these photos on their walls and on Kim’s dog blog too! Oh, did I mention her and Butter have a blog? We had to get a bunch of portraits of Butter for them to share! 

Forkner Family

Black Butte Ranch is one of the most fun places to have a family reunion. Not only are there a ton of great things to do at the resort and in the area, but it’s so beautiful too!

I met Anna and her sweet family out at Black Butte Ranch for some family photos. Little boys can be a challenge sometimes in photos. These kids just wanted to make silly faces the whole time. So I did my best to play silly games and let them make whatever face they wanted to, basically I did whatever I could to get natural smiles, and I think it worked!

We got amazing family photos of the whole family, each family on their own and a bunch of kid photos. I can’t wait for them to have these on their walls at home!

Bell Family

Can I just say, I think this family is so adorable! They get together once a year to spend time together and get family photos taken. I am so happy to have had the honor of being their photographer this year! It was a bright morning with blue summer skies to match perfectly with their colorful summer outfits.

Photographing kids is so amazing. I had a lot of fun chasing around their little ones out in Sunriver. When kids aren’t ready to be in front of the camera, it can be extremely challenging to get them to smile or even look at the camera. So, I got creative at this shoot. I let both the older girls take one of my cameras and be my second shooter. Not only did they have fun, but it also gave them the confidence to be in front of the camera. I think they definitely have two soon-to-be photographers on their hands!

AS we were walking back to the cars after the session, this sweet girl said to me, “I love horses more than anything in the whole world! Except God and Jesus”. My heart melted!!

Herbert Family

Oh my goodness this family is so sweet! It was so much fun to celebrate this special time with their family. Booby and Laurice not only are celebrating their 50th anniversary, but on the same day celebrated Laurice’s 70th birthday. How amazing is that? The whole family came together to spend time with each other in beautiful Sunriver. I just love all the portraits and candids we captured for them!

Bragg Family

I think every mom of boys learns to love the bundles of energy that our littles are filled with. As a mom of boys myself, photography sessions with little boys are some of my favorites! They are filled with discovery and adventure!

We started the Bragg family photoshoot by going on a walk through the forest. It was only a few yards, but I could see the eyes of these kiddos light up as they walked by sticks, pine cones and of course the bugs! It was easy to get them to smile pretty at first.

With just about every session with littles under 2, the kids can only stay happy for so long. I do my very best to only shoot for about 40 minutes to make sure they are done before they get too tired. In this case, their little man only lasted about 10 minutes. I’m pretty sure mom was shocked we got so many lovely photos of their family!

As a parent, I know it can be so disappointing to have your kids melt down when just want them to smile. I’m so glad mom and dad had such amazing attitudes and were happy to keep shooting! We kept going and got some sweet candid moments, portraits of the parents together and each parent with the kids. Although, I’m pretty sure 90 percent of the photos on the blog are from the first 10-15 minutes.

I can’t wait to decorate their home with their amazing family memories!!

I love when families bring props to show a specific time in a child’s life. I think he really felt like a super hero flying through the air as he jumped off the tree stump!

Morris Family

When the Morris family stepped out of their cars in all red, white and blue, I couldn’t help but smile! It was July 5th so the first thing Audra said was, “It’s not 4th of July colors. We were going for summer”. I think summer family fun is exactly what we captured on Sunriver for this amazing family! I really love how well they coordinated the different colors in their outfits. Baby Caroline’s dress is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. We had so much fun hanging by the river, snuggling with these adorable kiddos and just being silly.

Is this not the sweetest moment? She loves her momma so much!

Watch the video below to see ALL 100 of their images!

Schwarz Family

Meet the Schwarz family! Oregon natives who moved away to Tennessee a year ago. They came back to visit and wanted to celebrate with amazing family images in the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.

I so love the sweet little wild flowers that we found by the river! They only come out for a few weeks each year in this location and they were just perfect for this thunderstorm session, giving it a very spring-in-Oregon feeling.

I often have people ask, “What happens if there is a thunderstorm when we are scheduled to shoot?”. I totally understand the concern! Thunderstorms are often unpredictable and come in to Central Oregon on a regular basis. So what do I do? I keep an eye on the weather and change when we shoot as needed.

So… I met up with the Schwarz family in Sunriver on Saturday evening when the skies where slightly cloudy. I had checked the weather all day because it just had the smell of a thunderstorm, but it did not say there was a chance of thunderstorms. As I was leaving my house, my smart husband asked if I was going to take our clear umbrellas with me. I said, “No, it’s not going to rain”. Oh how God laughs when we make plans!

Right as I parked my car I started hearing thunder and seeing bolts of lightning crashing down. Luckily there was no rain, but that lightning was intense… and we were going to be shooting in a field. Even with a lightning rod on a pole above my head, I still wasn’t sure this was going to work. I even called my hubby to see if he thought it was safe to be in a field with a metal camera in a lightning storm. He wasn’t sure, but I heard my 7 old in the background saying that if I feel tingling I should put my feet together and drop to the ground, with an added, “I love you mom!” which made me think that he was sure I would get struck! That’s when the Schwarz family pulled in and the rain started pouring.

I quickly ran through the rain to meet them and ended up snuggling with Laura in the front seat of their care. Luckily we are both small! It was definitely a different way to get to know new clients and now I feel like we are true friends :).

As the rain poured down and then turned to hail, Olivia watched the storm on a weather app to see when it would pass. Thank goodness this teen loves weather because she could tell exactly when we needed to get out and start shooting before the next set of showers rolled in. So, when she said to, we ran to the field and had 10 minutes before the rain started coming down again. Then we shot for another 5 before it was just too wet and stormy to continue. I would have loved to keep shooting in the rain, but I’m so glad we stopped because the lightning came back and was so crazy! I’m so glad we all avoided getting struck by lighting!!

This entire shoot was photographed in about 12 minutes in the rain with lightning a short distance away. It may have been a bit crazy with a lot of rushing around, but I think we got some pretty amazing images with a fun story to go with them!

Isn’t she so gorgeous?! I wish we could have kept shooting in the rain. If it wasn’t for the lightning, I would have suggested we keep going just for Olivia!

White Family

Oregon nature is so beautiful. I love being able to capture families in the amazing place that we live in! The White family came to visit Sunriver, Oregon from all over and decided that Sunriver would be the perfect place to not only visit, but to have some beautiful family portraits taken of their whole family. I love when entire families get together and capture these precious memories, especially when it also means celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary! Yay!

Jean asked for simple, traditional family images in the natural Oregon landscape and I think that’s just what we captured. Coming from Arizona, I think they really cherished the lush green pine trees that our forest is filled with. I can’t wait to see these photos in their homes! Congrats again Jean and Joe on 50 amazing years (and a beautiful family)!

This little sweetheart, Madison, has autism which of course created some fun challenges for their session. Personally, I believe all kids are amazing in their own way, and Madison was no exception! While she had trouble sitting still (totally normal for any kid), she was a full of joy and adventure.

One of my main goals as a photographer is to not only capture a beautiful portrait of each kid, but to capture their personalities while keeping them entertained. I loved watching Madison play and wonder through the forest.

Keeping kids with autism excited about the session is hard. I had her take some photos with my camera of her dad and sister to keep her interested, which I think see totally loved! So while I couldn’t get her to keep smiling the whole time, I know I captured her with all the different expressions that make her who she is.

Ficker Family Reunion

The licker family came to Bend, Oregon to celebrate their parent’s 50th anniversary! It’s so amazing to be able to photograph so many 50th anniversaries. It seems like a lifetime to be with someone. Actually, it is a lifetime!! John and Diana have been married for 50 years and that truly is something to celebrate.

The Ficker family met me at Drake Park in downtown Bend for a few family memories to be captured with their family reunion photo session. Then they walked off to 900 Wall for a delicious celebration dinner. These are just a few of their awesome family portraits!

Runberg Family

Kristi was so excited to be able to capture their sweet little girls at this perfect stage in their lives. It’s always a joy to photograph families who just know the images are going to be great (a little secret: if you believe they will be beautiful, then they will be). We got all these great images for the Runberg family in just 25 minutes! I love to shoot fast and get as much as I can in our time together.

So why do I love minis?! Because by the time the kids get a little tired, cranky, cold, etc., the session is over. Mini sessions are the best!

I also love when people choose new locations that are so meaningful for them! This area is near the Runbergs home and they love to come down for to water with their girls and friends. It was so perfect for this session!

Barklow Family

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Spring is always an unpredictable time in Sunriver. I never really know what the weather will turn out to be. In fact, when we started planning for the Barklow’s family reunion photography session, it looked like Spring would be in full force with the sun shining! Then the weather changed to snow again and we started planning for blankets and jackets to run to between shots as well as layers to keep everyone warm. Luckily it’s unpredictable because we ended up with a gorgeous warm spring morning, just like we had hoped for! Yay!

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Morning sessions can be tricky with lighting. I’m not a photographer who shies away from daytime sessions. I don’t always choose that perfect golden hour sunset. My main goal is to make sure that the photography session is at a good time for the family I’m photographing. For the Barklow’s, it was a morning session, a very sunny 10am morning session. So, I put them in the sun. While we all agreed these were not our absolute favorites of the day, I just couldn’t walk away from the shoot without capturing the beautiful Deschutes River in the background. However, this meant that they got duplicate poses of all the kids, by the river and with the field behind them. I may have made it harder for them to choose their favorite images to print, but that’s why I help at the ordering session! I can’t wait for their family to get their amazing artwork to hang in their home!!

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I love how the Barklow’s kept their outfits in the neutral blues with a little splash of orange to brighten it up and add to that Easter weekend/spring look!

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Scalas Family

I absolutely love when families come together for the holidays to spend time with one another. The Scalas family came to Bend for Thanksgiving from all over, including New Zealand!! When family literally flies across the world to be together, family photographs are a must! One of my favorite things at a family reunion session is capturing all the cousins with Grandma and Grandpa… so after one group photo I got the kids to cuddle their grandparents. It was so sweet! Of course we photographed each family together as well as the cousins together and kids on their own. These kids were so cute. It’s fun to be outside in a beautiful location for photos, even if the kids get distracted and want to play in the nature, I mean, who wouldn’t? I love all the natural smile of these kiddos. I ended their session with a special parent time to capture beautiful photographs of the parents together – it’s not all about the kids. The main stars of this session are their amazing group portraits. Everyone has natural smiles, laughter and you can see that they are all very happy to be together!