Archive for the ‘portraits’ Category

another mama baby session

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

mama baby session

mama baby session

Also: found a great quote for those of us mamas dealing with post-pregnancy bellies:

“… the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

mama baby

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

mama baby portland or

A lovely portrait from a new mama boudoir session in the studio… March 2012.

Rachel’s work is featured on the Joyful Mammas website

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A couple of months ago I did a studio shoot for Bridgit Danner, who wanted real photos of real mammas for her health program website. It’s a nice change from all the coaching programs that use generic stock photography, don’t you think? I really like the way she cycles different photos in the upper right hand corner.  I enjoyed working with all of the families who came in for the shoot; it was a crazy day at the studio.


Check out Joyful Mammas. The site features my portraits of local Portland Oregon families:


joyful mammas fertility coaching portland or

If you click on the image above, you’ll go to the page with a signup for her teleclass scheduled this week. On Thursday, March 1 at 12:00pm PST, Bridgit will be giving a free talk about Diet & Fertility. Since being pregnant, everyone always talks to me about fertility stuff so I thought I would put this out there for any readers around the country (or world!) who might be interested in more information about how diet can affect your ability to make babies. :)


Joyful Mammas is a comprehensive natural health program designed to achieve pregnancy. We carefully assess your medical history and health habits, and design an individualized plan for you and your partner. We then give you tools and support, and monitor progress to adjust as needed until baby is well established!

Molly Thurston Parker – Queen of Hearts Baking Company

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Queen of Hearts Baker Molly Thurston Parker

Molly Thurston Parker is a baker in Portland, Oregon who has created a line of delicious hand pies in sweet and savory flavors. She sells at the Portland Farmers Market and select stores throughout Portland. Her pies are gluten free and DELICIOUS!

Queen of Hearts Baking Company Molly Thurston Parker

Queen of Hearts Baking Company:

I offer Artisan Portraits on weekdays in the SE Portland studio. Working artists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are welcome in the studio to gain updated headshots for websites, social media, and other promotional purposes. Contact me to set up your session.

Linda Sattgast

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Linda Sattgast Scrappers Guide

Linda Sattgast is the creative force behind family owned and locally operated Scrapper’s Guide, the online environment in which she teaches digital scrapbooking techniques and helps others learn how to use templates and create interesting digital scrapbook pages.


I offer Artisan Portraits on weekdays in the SE Portland studio. Working artists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are welcome in the studio to gain updated headshots for websites, social media, and other promotional purposes. Contact me to set up your session.

Meredith & Aris

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Meredith & Aris Portland Oregon


Portland, Oregon  |  January 2012


Thursday, February 9th, 2012

in home baby portrait session

in home baby portrait session

in home baby portrait session

in home baby portrait session

Recent Press that Features Rachel’s Portrait Work

Friday, December 16th, 2011

My musicians have been busy being famous this holiday season!

Vocalist and Resonance Ensemble Managing Director Stephanie Kramer was featured in this nice piece in Oregon Music News: Life as a Professional Choral Singer.


“Singing, and all of the experiences that come along with it, is one of the greatest joys of my life.”


Musician portraits headshots Portland OR

 One of my luminous portraits of Kathy FitzGibbon is used on the Lewis & Clark news piece here. It looks great in context.

Musician portraits headshots Portland OR

Are you into classical music?

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!

Latricia Askew

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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Color portraits outside the studio, July 2011. Test shots for Latricia’s portfolio.