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.
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!!
What a fun family! When your whole family comes to visit and you know it won’t happen again for a long time, that is when you book a photo session. Callie knew that when her niece and nephew came to town that she just had to get adorable photos with the little ones (and of course her parents, brother and sister in law), but we all know the kids steal the show 🙂
These kiddos are so cute! I wish they lived closer so I could photograph those beautiful little faces every year.
Callie and her brother grew up in Bend and even ran into some friends from high school in the middle of our shoot. They are really a great family. With Callie’s dad getting more unable to move around, these family photos are more valuable than ever before. What was so great was that Callie was able to borrow an amazing off-road wheel chair for the session to get dad around. Click here to learn more about the AdvenChair.
If you haven’t been out to Dillon Falls in Bend, Oregon, I’d highly suggest heading out and checking out the trail along the river. It goes right by the falls. My favorite spot for photos is the field. It’s only accessibly for part of the year, and you can’t go too far into it, but it sure is pretty!
We had perfect fall weather for this Dillon Falls family photography session. I love the fall colors they chose for their session too! It screams fall, and yet still can work all year long when they hang these photos in their homes.
Moms always ask, what if my kid cries the whole time? I do have a ton of tips I give to families on how to prepare your kiddo for a session so this doesn’t happen. It includes keeping your schedule the same as always and making sure they get a lot of rest. So, when you drive into town at midnight the night before your session and truly have no control over emotions of your kids, what do we do at the shoot? We shoot anyway. We play, we bribe (yes, bring the candy), we say yes, we make them happy and we shoot a little longer if we need to.
Sweet little Barrett had a rough go at this session, but he totally rallied at the end. Even throughout the session you can’t totally tell that he was crying. The rest of the family helped with him and kept the atmosphere joyful, which can be the key to success. I’m so happy with their family photos and extra glad that Barrett loves M&Ms 🙂
To the Pfister Family,
Thank you for trusting me to take these amazing family photos of your crew. I hope you love them as much as I do! I know you will cherish these for years to come.
When Jenny contacted me, she said she was looking for a simple family session with a lot of candids. She did’t want to to go too far from home with little ones, but was hoping for something beautiful. As soon as she mentioned that they live in Tumalo, I knew the perfect spot for their family session!
The Tumalo Reservoir is an amazing spot to hang out at. My kids love to ride their bikes through the dirt and just take in the beautiful sites. They even came with me and went riding with Josh during the photo session.
In fall, the beach hides as the water drains away. Rather than diminishing the environment, it simply changes to something stunning in a different way. We were able to walk down into the reservoir for big meadow photos.
We started their photos on the beach under the huge Juniper tree. I love how the light filters through the tree branches to give just a kiss of sun to the Bottorff family. After that, we ventured out into the big meadow, and then back into the trails for the more traditional Central Oregon landscape. One of my favorite things about full family sessions is the number of different backgrounds we can play in to make sure we have a ton of variety in the photos. We only photographed for 45 minutes and still got all these fun shots and more!
I also love having special moments with each parent and each child. At this young age, the bond between parent and child is so strong and a just love documenting that sweet silliness!
These kiddos loved being outside and being able to explore. we could barely keep them still! It was so much fun to capture their pure joy.
To the Bottorff family,
I just love your photos! I hope these precious memories always remind you of this time in your life. Kids grow up so fast. I hope you always enjoy these photos! Thank you for letting me capture these special images for your family. I can’t wait to photograph your family again in the years to come!
Are these girls not just the cutest? I seriously can’t handle how adorable these girls are! I’m so happy we made this shoot happen. It was almost scrapped due to unforeseen events but mom, Karla, rallied last minute and came with 15 minutes of sunlight left in the day. We totally made it happen and captured an awesome session of these sweet kiddos and mom!
I just love their white outfits with the white winter Aspen trees at Shevlin Park in Bend, Oregon. Karla asked for a white look and that’s what we created for her! It almost has a spring vibe with the darling strawberry dusted summer dresses.
I’m so glad you made it out the park for this darling mini session! I think it was totally worth it and I know you are going to love these photos for many years. Thanks for letting me capture these memories for you!
Alycia loves being outside with her family so when it came to their family photos she asked if they could be outside near water. Water is always tough in the fall because the river’s stop rushing and most roads to the lakes are closed. Even the stream at Shevlin Park can be hard to photograph at when it isn’t surrounded by greenery. Luckily I knew of this tiny little beach at Shevlin Park that I knew would be perfect for those fall water photos. (Don’t worry, in their final prints the road bridge will be edited out). I think this was the perfect setting for these first few photos.
Their two little girls have big personalities which I think is always fun! Not only do I want to show off those personalities, but I also have to find a way to calm them down for the family portraits that mom wants. Alycia and Andy let me deal with the girls for the majority of the time and did a great job smiling through the chaos.
The real challenge came when it was time for sibling photos. Every mom wants a photo of the kiddos together so I was determined to get it. Unfortunately their littlest was determined to explore and not sit with her big sis. In the 2 minutes we able to get her to sit, we captured some fun photos of them.
Shevlin Park is always a favorite place for photographers. Right across from the beach is a grove of Aspen trees, a trail to the pond and a small fishing pond surrounded by beauty. Yes, we did take advantage of all the sweet little spots for photos.
Normally I only shoot for 45 minutes with little ones, but because of all the fun locations at Shelvin Park, we kept on shooting for the full hour. I’m so impressed that the girls kept on smiling. We only had one short break down the whole shoot. Good job ladies! (and mom and dad)
To the Herriott Family,
You guys are always a joy to photograph. I love these photos of your family and the joy that capture. I hope you guys will be able to look back at these photos for years to come and hold on to this precious time. Thank you for letting me capture these for you!
These kids are so much fun to be around! They are filled with energy and get along so well! Twins can be a lot and you can see these two have big personalities. It was so much fun to play in the cold fall air and capture these memories for their holiday cards.
Thanks for playing Lilly and Tommy! I always love hanging with you guys and your family!
Aren’t these sisters the cutest? We had fun making silly faces and capturing beautiful smiles at Shevlin Park for the Spezza fall family mini session! They asked for the majority of their images to be photojournalistic images so that’s exactly what I created. I love letting the kids play and interact with each other and with mom and dad. We definitely got some cute memories! I can’t wait to see these on holiday cards.
To the Spezza Family,
Thanks for taking time to play. It was great meeting you and I know you’ll enjoy these special family memories for years to come. Thanks for letting me be part of it!
The Johnson family were so much to photograph! We met up at the top of Shevlin Park in Bend, Oregon for a relaxed family portrait session with the extended family. David and Megan and their two sweet kids haven’t really done family photos yet so this was a special treat for them. The photo session was also a special gift for mom from the whole family!
I think their photos came out so beautifully! We captured that perfect combination of casual candids with portraits for everyone. I loved watching the kids explore and being able to capture their playful spirits!
We had a little trouble with the wind so I really can’t wait to see which images they pick to be retouched. Once the fly aways are gone, these images are going to really look amazing in their homes.
Johnson family, I hope you guys cherish these sweet moments forever. Kids grow up so fast and the years fly by. These memories will keep this time preserved forever. Thank you for letting me capture these for you!
With quadruplets comes a life of total chaos complete with smiles, laughter and probably a few tears on a daily basis. Personally, I thrive in chaos. It makes me feel alive and focused. I truly can’t imagine having 5 kids, 4 of which are quadruplets, but I did get to be there for a fun and magical day in the sun.
I have to say, these kids are pretty awesome. At only 20 months they are each incredibly unique with shining personalities. Thank goodness big sis Charlie is there to help out!
In 45 minutes we were able to run around, have fun, take family photos, splash in some water and create some amazing family memories for the Hemme family. This unique family session was truly one of my favorites of all time. The joy… the craziness… everything about it I just loved!
To the Hemme family:
Thank you for letting me join your family for an hour to capture these summer moments. You guys had the best attitude during the session, knowing that it would be a ton of fun and hoping for the best. I’m so glad you dove into the chaos with smiles because the joy that we captured together is priceless. I can’t thank you enough for blessing me with this experience and I can’t wait to be there for all the big moments in your life! I hope these photos bring your family a ton of joy and smiles when there are tears!!
So much fun!! I love seeing kids play and be happy!
The is image might not seem like much but it totally represents this family! I love Charlie jumping in the air and all the other littles running off while mom and dad and keep smiles on their face. Sometimes you just have to laugh at the chaos!
I’ve known Jake and Trish for awhile now, since our amazing OC days. Some could even say I’ve know them since the Medieval days, when Jake was a knight’s apprentice (at Medieval Times).
We had so much fun visiting with them for a few days this summer. I can’t believe they already have two kiddos! It seems like time flies. Last time we visited them, Trish was about 8.5 months pregnant with baby number 2 and Josh and were placing bets on which baby name they would pick (they picked our favorite one ). This summer we got to meet baby Huxley and, Oh, My, Goodness!! – I just love this kid! We totally bonded. I seriously can’t believe I don’t get to hang out with him all the time :(.
I super miss my friends already, but we did have a blast with them and are so thankful they don’t live too far away. Here are a few special pics we took in their backyard as a little thank you for letting us stay with them.
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!!!
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