Twinning: Fun Portraits

Sometimes my favorite images are the portraits that happen after the shoot is over…like this series of twins being twins.

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Behind the studio: Lake Oswego portraits

Our Lake Oswego portrait studio is in the First Addition neighborhood, which makes for lovely backgrounds of bungalows, textures and gardens. Can you believe we captured all of these images of Hannah in just a few minutes?

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Senior Portraits in Studio: Class of 2019

If you are a Portland high school senior, now is the time for senior portraits. Whether outdoors or in studio, we can have fun bringing your concepts to life and creating art you will fall in love with.

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2018 palm beach sessions
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Hello Florida friends~

As always, I will be visiting the last week in October to capture all your fall portraits and make sure we deliver your art, gifts, and cards with plenty of time for the holidays. This year, I have a couple of extra spots for brand photos, if your business needs some storytelling imagery.

Reserve your time by contacting us here

I look forward to seeing you!

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Alaska with Kids...on the Celebrity Solstice

Living in south Florida for the first 10+ years of their lives, my kids have been on a lot of cruises….to the Caribbean, South America and Europe but never to Alaska. As pro-level cruisers, we have learned a lot over the years….like how to choose the right ships, cabins, excursions and all that. We now know that the best ships are reserved for 7-14 night cruises, and if you are loyal to one line, like we are to Celebrity Cruises, you can get all sorts of amazing perks that make cruising less expensive than land-only vacations and WAY easier for families with kids. I mean, how cool is it that you can see a new city every day and all your stuff goes with you and all the food, entertainment, and accommodations are included? Free kids’ camp? Adults-only spa and solarium? Sign me up!


On an Alaska cruise, my boys saw snow for the first time ever (in August)! They had snowball fights, created a tiny snowman, ate snow and made snow angels...all while giggling nonstop with happiness. I am not a fan of being cold or anything else that goes with winter weather, but the experience on the Celebrity Solstice was truly one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable of my life. We saw a huge variety of whales and dolphins every day and the unspoiled beauty of the landscape was simply unreal. The Solstice has an expert naturalist onboard so you also get to learn everything about the places and animals you see each day. My kids were soon whale and glacier experts.

We visited one of the most pristine Alaskan environments, a 26 mile long glacial fiord that stretches deep into the coast mountains. With an old growth rain forest at its beginning and active tidewater glaciers at its top, the experience is like taking a trip back to the ice age. Before this trip, I never knew glaciers were a gorgeous clear, turquoise-blue color. The silence and stillness here is what is most incredible to me....the only sound is the cracking of the ice as it breaks up while floating in the sea. I don't think I have ever breathed air this cold or this clean! 


Ketchican is an adorable little Alaskan town and also the salmon capital of the world. In every river, we saw thousands of salmon making their way upstream...they were literally packed side by side! Here we chartered a sea plane and had the experience of a lifetime flying over Misty Fjords...with not a drop of mist in the air on a perfectly clear day. We flew what seemed like forever over snow covered peaks, waterfalls, mountain lakes, families of mountain goats and landed for a bit at the base of a waterfall. I cannot describe the feeling of being in a place so far from civilization...this one national park covers an area the size of West Virginia and you can feel the vastness flying above and not seeing a manmade structure in sight.  


We rode the White Pass Yukon Railroad, a beautiful old fashioned steam train running along a gold rush route through the mountains with views of glaciers, waterfalls, gorges, and a number of historic sights. I think we were even in Canada for a few minutes! Creeks and rivers run through every small town and they are brimming with salmon coming home to spawn. These salmon are the most determined creatures places with only inches of water, they make their way upstream over rocks and up rapids to get where they must go. Looking into any stream, you see thousands of these fish packed in tight. Who knew there were so many salmon?


In Juneau, we took a breathtaking trip via helicopter to the top of a glacier, flying over expanses of snow covered peaks and stunning fjords. 

As we approached the glacier, we saw a tiny rectangle of dots...can you see them in the first snowy shot below? Getting closer, we could make out a dog sled camp of 300 pro sledding dogs and their trainers. Each dog had a house, but since it was summer, the dogs were warm and preferred to be outside. Even the four week old pups slept together outside in the balmy 40 degree weather!


We had a fantastic guide and we learned quite a bit about these incredible dogs, who race in the Iditarod during winter but stay at this glacial dog camp all summer. The four of us were able to mush (race) our two teams of dogs, who go FAST and follow a series of verbal commands. You cannot imagine how much our family loved this sport. And racing sled dogs on a glacier, without anyone else in sight, was an experience none of us will ever forget. I'm pretty sure this was the best thing I have ever done.

The rest of the trip included too many desserts, not enough time in the gym, and lots of whale watching under the Solstice's cozy flannel blankets. 

Guess who's going back to Alaska on the Solstice next month? Yep.

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new product: gift folios

We just received our first samples for a new product we are excited to unveil here at the studio: fine art gift folios. Each handmade 8x10 folio features two professionally printed and matted portraits (horizontal or vertical) as a luxurious keepsake, perfect for yourself or to give as a special gift.

Best of all, you can choose from the same line of linens and new eco leathers we feature in our heirloom albums and portfolio boxes. 

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Jodi is another fabulous member of my EO Chapter and a co-owner of Destira, a Portland-based manufacturer of gymnastics' leotards. I love that she built her company along with her sister and mom and that their team of employees hand sew every garment in the USA (California). Jodi rocked her creative headshots with her casual look...the textures of her sweater, jeans and boots, plus her gorgeous curls, make these headshots reflect her perfectly.

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in salad heaven at garden bar
garden bar portland brand photos
portland restaurant brand photos
portland salad bar restaurant brand photography
portland business brand photographer

Two years ago I was a bit devastated when we moved from our Division Street studio, since we would also be leaving our nearby Garden Bar.

But...guess who is moving just a few blocks from our new place in Lake Oswego? You guessed it, Garden Bar! Dreams do come true. In the meantime, I will be working on some fresh brand photography for the homegrown Portland business. Look for a few of these images to also appear in the Portland Business Journal, among other publications celebrating Garden Bar as one of the fastest growing Portland companies. 

And, if you haven't tried their incredible salads yet, what are you waiting for?

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