Kerri Ellis is the head teacher at the preschool that we just love! Noah has so many amazing friends and it is such a great community. I was so happy to capture these precious family moments when Kerri hosted her entire family for a week over the summer. I got a ton of great family portraits of the whole family together as well as each family individually. We had a ton of fun and I was able to get some great candid family moments of them all together too. As soon as the session was over the kids jumped into the river. I had to stick around and capture those oh so special summer moments of all the cousins having classic summer fun in the river. These are such amazing memories for their whole family. Shevlin Park is a greta place for family photos, especially in the summer when it’s full of green. Family reunion photography is the best way to remember family reunions!
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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!
Families often come together to celebrate, but it’s rare when a family gets to celebrate multiple milestones together. That was just the case for the Avery family who came together in Sunriver, Oregon this summer. Their family celebrated a 50th, 20th and 10th wedding anniversary! Wow!
I absolutely love family reunion sessions where we can get amazing family group portraits with everyone and we can do little mini sessions of each family. This time, I made sure we spent a little extra time with each couple too! Everyone needs amazing portraits on a milestone anniversary right? My favorite part of this session was when Mom and Dad brought out their wedding photo from 50 years ago to get a photo with it. So great!
The Evans family were so much fun to work with! They wind chill made it a little cold out, but we took their portraits in a little nook of trees feet away from their condo to make it easy for Grandpa and their little ones to get warm and have easy access to the snacks. It was perfect! I love the red accents they added for their holiday cards too.
I love taking multi-generation photos like Grandpa with the grandkids, Grandpa with the great grandkids and all the men together!
Seriously though, how cute are these cousins in their holiday ties?
The reason it’s great to have a photographer who knows how to shoot fast, especially with little kids, is because they can very quickly go from a full out cry to smiling and back again. I love the beautiful portraits of each of these brothers, but I left the natural cry in too since it so describes them at this stage in life.
Celebrating 50 years of marriage is definitely an amazing reason to get the whole family together! The Fellin’s did their celebrating with a family reunion session at The Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon. They even had a fun idea to hold up their fingers in the amount of years they’ve been married. So much fun!
This family loved spending a piece of the summer together in Sunriver, Oregon. This session was all about summer fun for everyone. I love the fun blue tones they chose for their outfits which are really bright and fun totally represent who they are. We had a great time together in Sunriver capturing memories for their family to cherish for years!
The Shaw family had a large family reunion in Sunriver, Oregon this summer and wanted to make sure these memories were captured forever. I took them to my favorite spot in Sunriver right along the river. It was a beautiful day for family photography and they all had a ton of fun capturing these amazing memories for them. I love how happy they all are. It’s so much fun to be able to capture all the cousins/grandkids in one photo along with all the grown up kids and their parents together. These are photos that are going help them remember these precious times forever.
Are these large group family photos not just the most beautiful things ever? I just love this location with the river flowing through the background. The Scyphers family chose soft spring colors for their family photography session that are so beautiful and perfectly capture the relaxed outdoor vive of their vacation. I love when families get together and capture the fun!