A Big Move

As a parent, I find great joy in seeing my children succeed in their passions and talents. The McCoyville family knows that joy- their very talented son was accepted into Boston Ballet School. This meant they would be packing up their home in Oregon to make a new home on the other side of the country.

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Before they left the West Coast, they visited family in California- where I got to take their photos.

Grandparents, Brother and Sister, Spouses, and Kids

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Grandparents with grandkids

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The Christensens

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I look forward to the next family visit on this coast!

Ave Family Portraits

As is customary, I have let a lot of time pass since I last shared. I went through my photo library and had to make a tough call on which beautiful family I would post. These two cuties caught my eye…

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Their photo session was done in their back yard. They have a fun playhouse/fort, I love the color! Here they are with their beautiful mom and proud dad…

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Such a joy to have photographed- thank you, Ave family!

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Totah Family Portraits

I am so slow at updating. My busiest month for family photos is November- and I’m posting this session in April! It’s so silly- I love my families, and this one is no exception. Some day I’ll get faster at sharing!

Here they are- the Totah family!

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Grayson and Sami were so fun, I really enjoyed taking their photos.

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We concluded our session with a photo of some very special guests. I look forward to our next ‘play date’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Family Portraits: The Christensens

Family portraits are always so much fun for me. I love having the opportunity to photograph what makes each family unique.

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Ian and Tessa are best friends. It’s so sweet to see a big brother that doesn’t just love his sister, but really enjoys being around her.

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Tessa wanted to be sure we got a clear shot of her ‘flair’…

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And check out Ian’s eyes! Whoa.

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In case you are wondering who to congratulate on such cute kids…

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Could I have a job more fun than this? I don’t think so.

Annual Family Portraits: Engle Family

Every year my husband and I try to take our family portraits sometime between Thanksgiving and the first week of December. This year, I was uncomfortably large. We were anticipating the birth of our 5th child in December- so we decided to wait until he arrived. Well, he held out longer than I had expected, arriving on December 22. In ten years, I hadn’t missed sending out Christmas cards. This year, I did. But we did get cards sent out- they just said ‘Happy New Year’ instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was pretty happy with our family portrait. Sure, Gideon is crying- but he does that.

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The ‘big kids’ were super cooperative, and very helpful. Oh, and mega cute!

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That’s our family. They bring me outrageous amounts of joy ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby Alia

I had a really great time working with Sarah Dawn Photography while up in Washington state. We had the joy of freezing a few sweet moments in time.


Little Alia was so cooperative!

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I think she was having as much fun as we were…

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Meeting her mom and dad was just as much fun. Such dedicated and loving parents- and musically gifted, too.

Alian in guitar case

The guitar wasn’t just for show. Sarah and I were enjoying the music as we tried distracting Alia from the print on her dress. Really, she was enamored with her dress- we had to reposition her so she couldn’t keep grabbing it and covering her precious little face! I look forward to working with Sarah again, and watching Alia grow!

Rose Family

I’m currently up in Washington State visiting my husband’s family. While here I have had a few photo shoots. Remember my friend Val? She’s the one I did a maternity shoot for in February with my sister in law. Well, baby Lucas is almost 6 months old now!

We took a walk and captured some natural interactions.
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Cyan and Logan played on a swing at a nearby lake.
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Cyan looks so much like her mom. Lucky girl!
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Even the rough and tumble need some mom time.
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By the end of our shoot, little Lucas needed some mom time, too. Only Val could supply what he needed.
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It was a fun time, with fun people. I always enjoy our visits!

Visit from Afar

My friend (and loyal client) Gwen scheduled a photo session several months in advance as she was really excited about her sister’s visit from Ireland.

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Gwen and her husband, Gary have been here for several years. It was great to see the family together!


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Kennedy and Evan got to spend time with their cousin, Charlie.

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Kennedy was glad to have photos with her Auntie Brenda!

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Have a safe trip home, Brenda and Charlie – and come back soon!

Giggles, Laughs, and a lot of Love

Could you imagine getting six kids all dressed and ready for a family photo session, while maintaining happy attitudes and a positive outlook on the experience? The Mays family did just that- and were such a fun group to photograph! Mays Family

Usually there’s a grumpy one in a family photo session, but not these guys! Each child enjoyed their ‘star’ moment…

Shiloh Little Shiloh was not only cooperative, but accommodating too.

Isaiah Isaiah was glad to share his playful personality.

Darrell Most 8 year old boys are reluctant to have a picture taken, but Darrell was willing and helpful.

Takai Takai has a beautiful smile, and was pleased to share it.

Jasiah Sweet Jasiah. Cute, fun, photogenic.

Anjal Anjal was all smiles, whether the camera was on her or not.

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Darrell and Tamara Here they are, the people responsible for this amazing bunch. Thanks for a great session, Darrell and Tamara. I look forward to more!


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard