I'm not going to lie.... these two have a special place in my heart. These two individuals are a couple of the sweetest people you will ever meet, and to see that their family is growing just makes my heart happy. We started their session near the Portland waterfront to get some great shots of the Portland bridges in the background, and then travelled onward to Washington Park to capture Oregon's beautiful greenery. In typical Portland fashion, it even started raining towards the end of the session to truly give it an authentic pacific NW feel. Love these two so much! Thanks again Keenan family for enduring the rain with me. I had so much fun getting to know you both.
Last year I photographed little Ayla's newborn session. It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since then. Ayla's momma wanted to shoot a family session followed by a "cake smash" to celebrate her birthday. Ayla's mom even went all out, getting all sorts of styled props for little Ayla's mermaid-themed session. Unfortunately... Ayla wanted no part in it. We set everything up in Hoyt Arboretum, set Ayla down, and she immediately starting bawling as soon as we put her near the cake. Her parents tried their hardest to show her how yummy her birthday cake was, but little Ayla just wasn't having it. Her demeanor deteriorated quickly and we eventually gave up, planning to try again in my studio a few days later. Despite her having one of the most precious mermaid-themed cakes I've ever seen, Ayla despised her birthday cake at my studio too. She wouldn't even try the icing without crying. Lynette had the brilliant idea that perhaps with the cute cake design, Ayla just wasn't connecting that the cake was something to eat. We quickly grabbed a spoon from the kitchen and tried feeding it to her that way, and to all our surprise, instead of getting messy with her hands she continued eating with her spoon like the proper little princess that she is. What followed are some of the most adorable cake smash photos I have ever taken. Everything from her sweet smiles, her faces of disgust, to her sugar-induced food-coma; her range of emotions through out these sessions are hilarious. This sweet little cutie pie has stolen my heart, and I think she'll steal yours too. Enjoy!
The Party Begins
This little family stole my heart the minute I met them. The Lamadrids were so excited when they found out they were expecting child #3. They hadn't done maternity or newborn sessions for either of their other children and, since their new baby will most likely be their last, they wanted to celebrate the occasion with maternity portraits of the whole family. We photographed their session in Hoyt Arboretum, one of my very favorite locations in Portland. We grabbed some family shots of them all together, until the kiddos became restless and just wanted to play, allowing us to capture some beautiful portraits of just mom and dad together. We finished the session with a wardrobe change and a family picnic, complete with bottled sodas, blueberries, and strawberries. This family couldn't be any sweeter and I am so grateful that I was able to capture these once-in-a-lifetime portraits for them.