The Orser family comes to Sunriver every year to celebrate summer. This year, their daughter Emma, was looking to have her senior photos taken in this beautiful place that she loves so much. They reached out to me about a senior session and ended up doing a senior, family and family reunion/extended family session all in one. In about 90 minutes we captured beautiful senior portraits and family memories all in one. I mean seriously, how gorgeous is this family?
The best part was that they got to include their dogs in many of the photos. I love to photograph the bond between fur babies and their humans. It is so special! Toby and Bailey were so playful. They loved discovering the area and even listened and smiled at the camera when they were asked too.
Lori and Jeff are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year so I thought it fitting to give them a few extra couples photos during this session. Every couple needs photos to document these occasions!
To the Orser family,
Thank you so much for laughing with me and having great attitudes throughout your session. I had so much fun getting to know your family and I absolutely love all of the photographs and memories we captured! I’m so excited for you to have these throughout your home to look back on for years to come. Thank you so much!!
I love capturing mom with her babies, even when they are all grown up!
I’m oddly proud of this photo. I held two energetic dogs in one hand and a camera in the other for this photo! I’m so lucky dogs like me and actually listen to me most of the time.
How fun is it that these dogs joined in the smiles and laughter during this image! LOVE it!
Emma loves dogs so this photo was a must!
Gotta have that sibling photo! Plus it felt weird to me to do half the session of Emma and none of her younger brother Ty so I captured a few quick photos of him too.
These two are seriously the cutest! Happy 20th anniversary Lori and Jeff!!
While on a walk with my beautiful friend, Crystal, we happened by the oh-so-famous wildflowers off the river trail. I have to admit, in the haze of a busy summer and Covid-19, I completely forgot it was wildflower season. And now the season is almost over.
Crystal and I chatted about how much fun it would be to get her three tiny girls to play in the flowers while I grab a few portraits. I was feeling the creative photo vibe so I texted Crystal and asked if we could meet up.
After floating the river, Crystal got the girls in cute dresses and we did a quick Mommy and Me photo session in the wildflowers. Can you believe how many amazing photos we got in just 30 minutes?
Even with her littlest being a bit of grump, I still was able to get smiles of all the girls. This session was truly magical and I can’t wait to take more photos in the wildflower!
Thanks for being so easy going and quick to do get the girls ready and in the flowers. I love the bond you have with your girls. It always brings me so much joy to photograph them! I hope these bring a bit of joy and magic into your home during this rough season. Love you friend!
Keena and I have been planing their family session for months and I think it totally paid off! Their family photography session at Sparks Lake in Central Oregon was perfect! I LOVE this setting so much and Keena’s flowy pink dress provided a little bit of grace that matched the peaceful setting.
Not only were we able to get beautiful family portraits of Keena, Juan and their new little son, but were able to grab a few family portraits with their dog Ellie too!
Their extended family even came with them to grab a few gorgeous photos of everyone with the baby. It was a beautiful evening at the lake and I just love all the photos!
Kenna and family,
I am so happy to have been the one to create these beautiful memories for you! I love the photos and I hope you do too. I can’t wait to see Braxton grow up.
Megan and Garrett have been in love since high school! Now they have two beautiful little ones – a perfect family. I met them at Shevlin Park during golden hour for a quick family session. It was insanely beautiful that night, I mean, look at this setting! Amazing!
We had so much fun checking out the area together. Shevlin Park is one of my favorite places to photograph families for a lot of reasons. One is that when I photograph kids and we can keep moving and exploring, they tend to not get as bored. That was exactly the case for these two. They were so excited to end at the pond that I stayed and got a few fun candids of the kiddos at the end!
This session is full of beautiful family portraits, fun candid moments and so much love. I can’t believe this is less than half of their photos!
Megan and Garrett,
Thank you so much for having great attitudes, smiling and having fun. It was so amazing to get to know you guys. Your kids are seriously cute! I know you are going to cherish these memories forever.
I love referrals because they always end up being the most amazing families to work with. That was so true with Jennifer and her family! They came to Bend to get away from the busy city life and relax in the fresh mountain air. Knowing Bend is one of their favorite places to visit, Jennifer decided she would like to get family portraits done while in town. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to work with them because we captured so many beautiful memories!
I love the photos of everyone just hanging out together and laughing. The little moments of the kids playing and being together are priceless too! Of course I had to get a ton of photos of their new little puppy, Chewie as well as portraits of everyone. Not only did I get a few images of just mom and dad together, but I ended the session with some headshots for them to use for their business.
In just 50 minutes we captured over 200 beautiful lake front portraits and candids of their family at Sparks Lake.
Jennifer, Pascal and kids,
Thank you for letting me create these memories for you. I can’t wait to see them on your wall. I know you will cherish these for a lifetime. You guys were so great!
When Angelina asked if I would photograph her family while her daughter was in town, she also she mentioned she wanted to include the dogs, alpacas and the llamas if possible. I couldn’t help but be excited. These are all my favorites animals to photograph!
When I arrived at their property in Tumalo, Oregon, everyone was excited! We wondered around the property looking for the best spots for their family photos before the fun started. I was able to capture some really beautiful family photos on the lawn and along a back road. I think my favorites were the casual family photos with the alpacas. I love how they photo bombed the portraits!
You are so sweet and I always enjoy photographing you! Thank you for letting me capture these beautiful family memories for you. I hope they will bring you joy always!
Imagine sitting at home, enjoying quarantine with your son and new puppy when you get a call that changes your life. What a miracle little Jackson is! We’ve been praying for this boy to join their family for awhile now and then suddenly, overnight, he is here.
I can not tell you how excited I am for the entire Hynes family! I know how amazing that brotherly bond is by watching my own boys and I know these brothers are going to gave a lot of fun adventures together!
I feel so grateful to have been able to photograph the Hynes family and to meet little Jackson!
Ashley and Paul,
You guys know how much our family loves you guys so I’ll just say, I can’t believe how lucky you are! We can’t wait to watch your boys grow up together. We love you guys so much and we are all so excited for your family!
I always love photographing the McCormick family. They are so kind and fun! Due to the quarantine, they happened to be in Oregon. Yay! This meant fun family photography time at Shevlin Park in Bend, Oregon.
The green spring-time Aspens made for a perfect backdrop for photos with 4 month old Palmer. She was so smiley which was delightful! And of course we had to take a couple photos in the pine tree landscape Oregon is known for. I love that those two areas are next to each other at Shevlin Park.
I’m so glad we got to take these photos and document Palmer as she grows. It was also great to show her interacting with Mom and Dad.
To the Ashley, Alex and Palmer,
I love these photos and I hope you will enjoy these memories! I can’t wait to photograph your family again.
Our sweet friends, Kim and Ryan, are moving away. I cannot tell you how sad this makes me. I love these two so much! We are so grateful that Josh and Ryan are both on the same Boneyard cycling team. Kim was so much fun to spend cyclocross season with and it truly will not be the same without her. Who is going to bring really loud noise makers for my boys? 🙂
Kim and Ryan really wanted to capture photos in Bend that would represent their time here and be really beautiful family images that they can cherish. I like to think that these will always remind them of me and Josh too. I really do hope that every time they see these images they are reminded of much we love and appreciate them.
We went to one of my favorite locations in Bend, Oregon – Dillon Falls. The field and nature path along the river are beautiful! It’s actually really difficult to photograph near the waterfall, but the rest of the landscape is stunning. It not only provided those classic Oregon trees and river, but also gave us a simple field to photograph in which was exactly what Kim was looking for.
I do want to mention Cedar, their fur baby. Often people ask if they can bring their dogs. I always say yes! Kim actually didn’t ask, so I texted her about 30 minutes before the session to make sure Cedar was in the car. I know how much their dog means to them, and especially to Kim, so it was important that he was part of these images.
Josh and I had so much fun hanging with our friends, laughing and celebrating life during this session!
Kim and Ryan,
We truly love you guys and don’t know what we are going to do without you here – I plan on calling once a week :). Seriously though, I’m so excited for the new chapter in your life and I really hope these photos give you a sense of closure to your time in Bend, while reminding you of all the memories and friendships you have made during your time here. May this next adventure be everything you hoped for!
xoxo – Kelli
Kim mentioned that she felt fireworks after their kiss in the woods. It’s amazing how just a little time focused on each other and being fully present with one another can bring back those magical sparks!
Where Kim grew up, there were a ton of these types of fences. When she saw this one, her eyes lit up and she begged me to stop and grab a couple photos.