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.
It’s time to introduce Stina! She’s my amazing assistant and friend. If you get a call from her, just know that she’s awesome and can help you with anything, like figuring out what to wear to your session or choosing an awesome location. She planned her whole session and it was perfect!
It was truly a gift to be able to meet up with Stina and her family on our road trip. This was one of the only sessions I’ve shown up to without any make-up on and my hair a mess after an 8 hour car ride. Sometimes that’s how it goes. And it didn’t change their photos one bit. I really love being able to stop anywhere to photograph families. This family is special since Stina is on my team helping make amazing art for our clients.
We met them at the Anthony Chabot Regional Park where they like to visit as a family. It was pretty busy, but we were able to find a few places with beautiful scenery and hardly any people which helped us focus on their relationships. I love that their joy and love can be seen throughout their photos. Their kids, Caleb and Leena, (oh, did you notice we both have boys named Caleb? I love it!), anywho… their kids are beautiful, full of joy and actually get along. Leena kept making Caleb smile and even gave him a piggy-back ride to get him to laugh.
It was fantastic getting to know them all more and seeing our kids play together. I can’t wait for the next hang out time!
It was a joy meeting your family! Thank you for all you are doing for me and all the help you give me and our clients. I couldn’t do this without you and I hope gifting you some photos helps you know how much I appreciate you! I can’t wait to get to know you more and see what magic we will do together!
Aren’t we a cute team? And seriously, what’s up with my hair?
This family is seriously amazing! Christy and Charlie have a very full life – full of cuddles, joy and tons of love! And it’s totally contagious. Every time I’ve gone to their home and spent time with their family, I leave feeling refreshed and ready for anything. It may be surprising to be energized after wrangling quadruplets, but I thrive in chaos, which may be one reason why I love photographing this family of seven.
One day before their 10th anniversary, Christie decided that a celebration was needed. 24 hours later, they held this beautiful vow renewal to celebrate. I’m so impressed with how quickly she got everything together and I’m so happy I could be there to document this special event for their family. I know the kiddos are maybe too young to remember it fully. I hope they can look back at these photos and see how amazing their parents are! Even with a move to Oregon and tons of chaos in their lives, they still find ways to celebrate their love. And maybe more importantly, they still love each other fully like when they first met.
Christy and Charlie,
I’m so happy that you held this event even in the midst of a quarantine. It is so important, maybe more than ever before, to do things like this. You’ve reminded me of how special each anniversary is. I hope you continue to show your kids how much the two of you love each other. May this year be filled with more joy than the 10 before!
As part of the vow renewal they wanted to sit as a family in a circle to tell each other how much they love each other. It was such a sweet moment!
I had the pleasure of photographing the Guiney family over the summer when they had just found out they were expecting. So you can imagine my excitement to photograph their maternity/family photography session a few months later!
Kevin contacted me before Christmas asking for a gift card that he could give to his wife, Rebekah, as a very special Christmas gift. It was so much fun to take my normal gift card and add a little holiday touch. Check it out here: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/11/24/new-gift-cards/
For their maternity session they chose to go to Tumalo State Park where they have enjoyed family dates together. It’s a special place in their hearts which made it perfect for their portrait session!
I always suggest taking photos at a place that is meaningful to you. When you hang your prints on your walls, it’s so amazing to see the scenery that brings back all the memories you’ve enjoyed at that special place. I can only hope that looking at these pictures brings back all the family memories that they have created over the last few years.
When it finally came time for their session, it started snowing. And not the pretty snow that is beautiful for photos, but that slick rain/snow stuff that isn’t pretty and just ruins your hair. So we made a plan to reschedule and it totally worked out. Just a few days later is was sunny and 60 degrees out which gave us this Spring look that completely matched Rebekah’s floral dress.
I just love the sunny glow that created the dreamy look. While we focused on the maternity portraits, I also wanted to make sure we captured all the family photos they were looking for too. In just 45 minutes we stopped time and gave them plenty of joyous and fun memories of this special time in their lives!
To the Guiney Family,
You guys are so much fun to photograph. Thank you so much trusting me with these memories. I can’t wait to meet your little one!
I am a working mom and I love my kids, but there is a reason why I’m not a stay at home mom. For all you ladies out there that do stay at home with your children, more power to you! I seriously don’t have the patience and I love that you do.
So if you are like me and you now have to work from home with your kids, I’ve created a few tools for survival that have greatly helped us and hopefully will help you too!
Let me start by saying, I already worked from home before the coronavirus broke out so making that transition was easy for me. The big change I made in my work environment was moving my office into the spare bedroom that is filled with sunshine. t might seem like a weird move, but since I have limited outdoor time now, I needed to maximize the light in my life. It’s been two days since the move and I already feel a new sense of inspiration.
Now let’s talk about the real changes we made. Before: my typical day started at 7:30a when my kids were off at school. I had quite time to read my bible, pray, journal and listen to God before I started my actual work. I had 4 hours of uninterrupted work time everyday before I picked Noah up from school at 12:30p. It was amazing.
Now, like you, I wake up to my kids and they are by my side the whole day. Day two of quarantine I knew I had to do a few things different to survive. As a creative, I have a hard time sticking to a schedule. I like the freedom of being able to do what I need to do, when I need to do it. But kids thrive with schedules. So I started to pray.
I needed to know what their schedule should look like and what we needed to do to be mentally and physically well to survive. Here’s what I came up with:
7:30a – Breakfast
8 – Yoga
8:30 – Get dressed
9 – Music time
10 – Snack
10:15 – Project time / free play / work
12 – 12:30- Lunch and 20 mins tv
12:30-1:30 – Home improvement project
1:30-2 – Outdoor time
2-3 – Indoor exercise
3-4 – Reading/art
4-4:30- Clean up time
4:30-5:30 – tv and work
5:30-6 – make dinner
6 – Dinner
Caleb helped me put this together and afterwards looked at it and said,” Mom, when are you going to get any work done?”. Well, I have about 2 hours while they work on a project to do my work. I also can work during their outdoor time, during reading time and during their tv time. This gives me pockets of time and breaks up the work for me. I still get about 4 hours of work time everyday and my kids don’t think I abandoned them throughout the day.
If you need to work full time from home, then you will need to double the amount of projects you give your kids and still break it up. They need constant direction. Your 8 hour work day may take all day to get through. If breaking up the day is not an option for you, then you will need to get day care or have someone come watch them. Please do not expect kids to stay away from you if you are home. They still need to care.
So let’s talk about why we made the schedule the way it is. My kids do Cosmic Yoga best when in pajamas so it seemed like a great idea to start the day with it. It also helps to calm their minds and sets the tone of focus for the day. When we have had to skip it because of webinars or other interruptions, the day has been tough. Today was one of those days 🙂
We go straight into getting dressed after yoga because it is important to start each day with getting dressed. I also want to make sure we minimize germs and changing clothing each day helps with that goal. We also all make our beds before breakfast to again, start each day on the right foot.
After everyone has gotten dressed and brushed their teeth we go into music time. Their minds are able to focus on the music now that they have done their yoga and officially started their day. It also helps to reinforce the calmness I’d like to see throughout the day. I teach them bits of how to play the piano and the Ukuele. I am learning right along with them so we do it together. We each have one assignment to accomplish each day.
Which brings me into my main chunk of work time. The kids are given a fun project that they can do after they work on a school assignment. This gives them a goal and a prize and keeps them busy for a chunk of time. -Oh and a snack to get their minds and bodies ready for the work. Typically they won’t complain about hunger again until it’s lunch time. All these things combined give me uninterrupted work time. I give them a special treat at lunch too. They get it taken away if they do interrupt me at all. My mind resets if they interrupt for any reason. I need total focus when I work so they lose out when they break the rule.
During lunch my kids get to watch one TV show. Honestly, this keeps the food at the table while I get another ounce of work done. I eat while I work 🙂
Then we tackle a home improvement project. This gives us a physical project to work on as a team, reminding them that we are in this together. It gives us something easy to do together that gives us a win for the day keeping spirits positive. It also helps get done all those weird little projects around the house. These projects range from putting together a desk for Josh, to painting the laundry room, to organizing their toys to cleaning baseboards. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you all do it together and can get the goal done in one day (make sure they know what the task is and what it looks like to be finished for the day).
After focusing for so long, the kids need to get outside. One reason why I do this later in the day is because I’m waiting for the temperature outside to go up. I’m typically forcing my kids outside. Sometimes they go on a walk with me or my mom and her dog, sometimes they play in the sandbox. I just want them in the sun and fresh air as much as possible. If was more than 50 degrees out on average then I would keep them out longer.
Indoor exercise is a rotation of each kid on the elliptical, then bouncing their legs on the ball while counting my PT exercises. They just have a little fun while I actually try to exercise.
They then go into reading time while I stay on the elliptical. Noah usually finishes his project from earlier since he can’t read.
We spend some time cleaning up toys and sweeping the house to make it look nice each day. This keeps me sane. Also, the faster they clean up, the more TV time they have next.
TV time and work wrap up time is after clean up. Then we move into dinner time. The boys switch off who helps with dinner. We make dinner together, eat and get them ready for bed.
Everyday can change, but the more we stick to this schedule, the more everyone knows what is happening, stays calm and the more work I get done.
I really hope this will help you as much as it’s helped us. We are accomplishing more goals than ever before (like learning instruments and doing home projects). Adjust it to fit your needs! And celebrate the little wins each day!
If you’ve been following me then you may recognize Stephanie from a commercial photography shoot last Spring where she played Caleb’s mom. It may seem weird to have someone else play your kid’s mom in a photoshoot, but it wasn’t weird for me at all. I think it helps that I adore Stephanie!
When Stephanie called asking for info on maternity sessions, I was thrilled! I really am so excited for her and husband to start a new adventure and with twins!! Seriously, so excited!
The main thing they wanted out of the session was to not only have beautiful photos of the two of them and of Stephanie, but also of the gender reveal. These photos are to be the gender announcement to all their friends and family! And with everyone totally online these days as we quarantine together, there really could be no better way to announce the gender of their sweet little babies.
I will say that I’m so happy we were able to take these photos. It was the first session with true social distancing in place and was actually a bit easier than I thought it would be. Typically I stand 6-30 feet away from my clients in order to use longer lenses and get more of that amazing compression and bokeh. Social distancing during a photography session simply meant that I needed to use my words more, rather than moving hands and touching my clients to let them know how to pose. It also meant that I couldn’t help carry their props or pick them up for them. I did feel a little helpless at the session, but for good reason – I needed to keep my couple (and babies) safe, just in case.
Social distancing really didn’t dampen the mood or change much and we were able to keep that minimum 6 feet apart the whole time while having fun and capturing these beautiful winter maternity portraits! I’m really so glad we didn’t cancel. Even in 20 degree weather we pushed through and spent 40 minutes quickly capturing 100 perfect images.
Don’t let the coronavirus ruin your life. You can still have joy and find beauty in the world. You can still celebrate gender reveals. Just look at this amazing couple!
To Stephanie and Will,
Thank you for trusting me to capture these beautiful memories for you! And thank you for coming out in 20 degree freezing winter weather. I hope you guys can cherish these photos for years!!
Carrie and I met through a mutual friends at a Bunco night and instantly got along. After learning that she hadn’t had time to find a photographer and take family photo with Hank, I knew we had to change things! Months later (but at least we did it!) we were able to schedule this awesome winter family session at Shelvin Park in Bend, Oregon.
It turned out to be a touch cold with a few flurries of snow here and there, but we still had a good time! We spent most of the session trying to get sweet little Hank to smile for 1 good family photo. Thank goodness Eric and Carrie trusted me enough to keep smiling and not worry about their boy. We kept going and got Hank to play and even had fun looking for fish at the end.
I love seeing families come together to capture this special time in their lives. Even if everyone isn’t in a perfect mood, we can still get some really beautiful moments.
Eric and Carrie,
Thank you so much for keeping those smiles on your faces and trusting me with your family photos. I love how they came out and hope you can enjoy looking back at this time! Todd, thank you for listening, having fun and being a great big bro, even when Hank kept kicking you away. Your attitude was awesome and totally helped things go smoothly. Thank you!!