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Celebrating 70 on the Waterfront | Portland Family Photographer

As we age, it seems to me that adult birthdays are pushed to the side; time, organization, or feeling a lack of inspiration all contribute to not making the most of what should be a treasured day. I'm guilty of this myself, finding that the decade celebrations hold the most sway because they feel important. Just something to ponder among the other 5 million things you think about during the week.

But birthdays aren't just for kids. 

We met at Skidmore Fountain, walked through the Saturday Market, laughed, played and took in all the sights Portland has to offer. The honoree is a former civil engineer, so we spent time looking and talking about the bridges of Portland. I learned a lot about the history and making of each bridge we came across on our walk! I love meeting new families and spending enough time with them to truly get to know them, especially when they are happy to share their knowledge and experiences (and know how to have fun!).

Gardening with siblings (oy!) | Portland Documentary Family Photographer

My daughter loves to garden. It goes beyond choosing plants and deciding where they will be placed in our garden beds: she loves the feel of soil and breaking up the roots in her agile fingers. 

This season, I somehow got my son out to help plant. I'm sure he saw it as a chore, which might be why the afternoon ended with pointing fingers, water being thrown, and lots of screaming from the girl.

Olivia was so excited to plant the seeds that came from Grandpa Walt's farm. Two different types of peas, carrots, beets, cilantro, and dill were strewn on freshly tilled garden boxes, while we found places for kale, chard, and fennel starts that we purchased from the local nursery.

This might have been the start of the chaos. Once garden tools are thrown with such disgust, you know things are about to get real.

Yep, that's Liv's "I hate you" face. Carter had just thrown water all over her leg and sandals which threw her into a full on tizzy. So much for a peaceful day of gardening and being outdoors!

Does your family like to garden? Do you have moments where you have to stop the laughter because one kid is beyond reasoning and the other has pushed the limits? Every.single.day. at our house!

Head on overand see what my friend, Margaret Albaugh, is sharing of trampoline adventures. We’re lucky to have a amazing family photographer in Spokane!

Want to get some of these crazy faces for your family album? Get in touch with me and let's make magic happen!

Welcoming Baby Levi | Fresh 48 Portland Documentary Photographer

I like babies. They are tiny, wrinkly, and the color of a dragonfruit when they cry. Parents snuggle up with their freshness, examining the subtleness of their facial expressions and I stand in awe of the emotion that sweeps the room, like a gust of wind through an open window.

Bringing a new life into the world is a big deal. Family and friends are not so patiently waiting for the invitation to come meet your new wonder. Hopefully, they are bringing helping hands, a quiet spirit, and some good food! 

The first hours after birth, whether in the hospital, a birthing center, or at home are momentous.

Big brother, Owen, got to meet his little bro for the first time. He was full of caution as he approached the bed. He carefully climbed up and snuggled in with mom while reaching ever so gently to touch his brother's face. This moment right here...so good. 

A handmade poster just for Owen's brother! During the pregnancy, baby was lovingly referred to as "Tookie". 

The excitement of meeting his brother was overshadowed by the package of fruit gummies he received as a gift. Food>Brother.

Making memories in the first 24-28 hours after birth is so important. I can barely remember anything that happened after my kids' births and am so thankful for the photos I have. Endorphins, hormones, emotions, exhaustion, and more all wash over you as a new parent. It's beautiful, wondrous, and completely overwhelming! 

Documenting these fleeting hours is a gift: give yourself or someone you know these memories. Get in touch!

Awakening to Real Life Family Photography | Portland Documentary Photographer

Awakening to Real Life Family Photography | Portland Documentary Photographer

The late winter grey skies are starting to break as the sun dares to warm our faces. I watch as the flowering plum and cherry trees dotting the streets burst into riotous blossom.

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