Alex came home from Germany a couple weeks before the due date to see Ashley one more time as they prepare for the birth of their first born. Sweet little Palmer knew dad was home as couldn’t wait to meet him. Within 24 hours of Alex arriving, she was born.
My favorite thing about being a photographer is being allowed into the lives of strangers to document the most important moments in their lives. I met Ashley and Alex on their wedding day and have enjoyed every minute of getting to know them sine then!
Last year they came out to Oregon for their maternity session. It was totally epic and amazing. Here’s a link: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/10/24/sparks-lake-maternity/
With Ashley living on the East Coast, that meant I couldn’t be there for the birth or newborn photos of Palmer, but they decided to visit the West Coast so Grandma and Grandpa could meet her.
Of course we had to capture this special time since they won’t be together very often. Ashley and Palmer live on the East Coast while Alex works in Germany so this photo session really was special. Not only is it documenting Grandma and Grandpa with Palmer, but also Ashley, Alex and Palmer together as a whole family!
Ashley and Alex,
You two are an amazing couple! I know Palmer is going to have an incredible life, where ever you take her. I hope this time doesn’t go too quickly for you and I hope you can cherish every moment. Thank you for letting me capture these images for you. I can’t wait to photograph your family again!
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.
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!
Brasada Ranch is a beautiful resort located in sunny Central Oregon. It’s the perfect place for any family to stay. The Pushkas family spent a few days at Brasada Ranch with the grandparents and had me come out to take beautiful photos so they can have some fun family memories of this time together. It was a bright and sunny day at the ranch so we chose a shady location under the tree and the famous Trestle bridge. We had a lot of fun together listening to music and just hanging out smiling at the camera. Thanks for letting me capture these beautiful photos for you! I can’t wait to see them on your walls!
I always love when families have their parents, siblings and other loved ones join in on the fun of picture taking. There are so many beautiful interactions and fun candid memories that we can capture. The Klier family session was perfectly filled with fun play time for all which made for great photos!
It was so much fun to have dogs, horse and even a llama in this session. When the Klier family sat down in the field, the horse immediately came over to check things out. He then left us and pulled a lens out of my bag. I love it!
Their farm served as the best possible setting for everyone. Not only was it stunning, but everyone felt right at home (because they were). This might not seem like a big deal, but it was so easy for everyone to have drinks and just hang out. Little Conner was very comfortable and played the whole time. This allowed me to capture natural expressions throughout their session. I’m so happy that their farm worked out!
Klier family, thank you for letting me the one to capture these memories for you! You guys were so easy to work with and such a pleasure to be around. Next time we’ll have to head to the dunes in Oxnard for some beach memories. I can’t wait to get your beautiful gallery walls up in your homes!
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/
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 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.
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!
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!
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!!
Oh my goodness this family is so sweet! It was so much fun to celebrate this special time with their family. Bobby 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!