Archive for the ‘children’ Category

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Portland OR photographer black and white

working in the new studio

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Many thanks to Margaret Jacobsen for these behind-the-scenes photos of me working with her kids in the studio last month.

behind the scenes Portland studio

Manasse and his cousin

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

ilford hp5 plus film
[Moreno Valley, California – July 2011 – Ilford HP5 film]

Portland, Oregon: You really shouldn’t hire me for your family portraits.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

As an enemy of mediocrity, I am a big believer in specialization.
Lots of photographers today try to do it all: weddings, newborns, families, pets, corporate headshots…

I have discovered that my joy is found in giving creative people photographs of themselves that help them feel successful and confident in life and on stage. This means that when symphony musicians, visual artists, and small business owners walk through my doors, I am confident I can provide interesting headshots to add to their repertoire. I also know that the women of all ages and all sizes who come through my studio to have a private boudoir folio made will walk out with a collection of flattering and natural-looking images to help her confidently celebrate a life milestone. Artisan portraits are my niche, and it means that despite how charmed I am by sweet families and funny children, and while I do enjoy bringing artistic black and white photography into the home for the occasional portrait commission, I am now redirecting potential family portrait clients elsewhere.

black and white portraits
black and white portraits

(The kids I do photograph tend to be individualists with a sense of humor like these two lovely ladies I photograph every year in Boston. Their mother’s love for black and white photography has been a basis for a wonderful collection that has grown through the years.)


I did one final set of family portraits in September for my east coast clients who live in the Boston area. Many of the legacy clients who hired me this year were among my first wedding commissions, and found me when I was just a fledgling photographer. Every time I am on the east coast I try to find an excuse to connect, and I am grateful for their enthusiastic support as my artistic voice emerged.

I also flirted with a personal project this year in the THREE YEARS OLD study. Those photos were fun, hilarious, and full of personality. I loved the whole thing.

But… I don’t want you to hire me to do your family portraits this year! I want you to go to someone who specializes in child and family work, and will traipse all over Portland with you.

Here are some Portland photographers I know who will treat you right and give you a good price for their work. (Bonus: much less than I would charge you.)

  1. Kersten Green is in North Portland. Kersten is an up-and-coming photography superstar, so hook up with her now before her rates go up and make her your go-to gal for warm family portraits.
  2. Margaret Jacobsen is a beautiful creative soul. Previously in California, she brings a huge smile and inspiring spirit to her work. Margaret, out of Lake Oswego but serving the Portland metro area, is running a holiday mini special through the end of November.
  3. Emily Garrick is another woman whose child and family work is beautiful.

A couple of other Portland family photographers with specials this month:


Two other Portland portrait photographers whose work I admire:



TIP: try to book your photographer as early as possible

so you’re able to schedule during a time that works for you and before the weather gets too dreary – and start ordering your holiday cards in time to catch a sale from! Popular photographers like these ladies fill up quickly during the pre-holiday season, not to mention take time off to spend time with their families.

Good luck!


Saturday, October 8th, 2011

black & white portrait of a little girl

Ramsey is growing up to be quite a little lady. Boston, MA.


Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Three years old

Tyler is almost four, with a brand new baby sister. She was the most instantly gregarious of the children who have come into the studio over the past few weeks. Tyler turned the studio into her personal performance platform, dancing and singing as a “contestant” with the stage name Jenny. Charming and playful, she didn’t hesitate to try to boss me around.

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.


Monday, August 15th, 2011

three years old

Miles was excited to come into the studio. His mother is a photographer, so he is no stranger to being in front of the camera. He decided he was going to wear his Harry Potter shirt for his photos. Miles is a mix of influences – he doesn’t hesitate to punch his older and much taller sister smack in the eye, but if you put him near a baby he becomes the most gentle little guy in the world. Also: this kid helped himself to all of my graham crackers!

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.


Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Three years old

Alinea started out already friendly and sweet, and then she found some fluffy pink props in the back of the studio and was in pink princess heaven. In her spare time, Alinea loves to play Mousetrap and Candyland. Personally, I was charmed by her crazy three year old hair.

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.


Monday, August 1st, 2011

three years old
Oscar has visited the studio before, and he remembers the ceiling fans! Like Jude, he also became obsessed with the fans during his visit, turning them off and on. Oscar wasn’t really into talking with me or answering any questions, but he sure was happy to poke around the studio and look at all the equipment. Being up on a high seat made Oscar nervous.


Friday, July 29th, 2011

three years old

Charlotte is usually quite talkative, but was “shy” in the studio. She also decided not to use any words on this visit. She enjoys exploring with her daddy and loves to eat waffles.