Alaska Retreat

Our whole crew from the studio just returned from a week-long retreat to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice. We did a ton of work (really!), ate way too much, spotted orca, humpbacks, porpoises, and seals and came together as a team of 5. Great times!

We're now back and ready for a summer of Portland sunshine, iced coffee and photography. Hope to see you soon~

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family of four

Oh, how I love a house with great light! Look at these gorgeous images of mom, dad and their two little ladies being themselves and having a good time. Ah, kids know how to live in the moment~

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lifestyle ranch shoot
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I just returned from a few days in Florida for what I think was my all-time favorite project to date.

Here's a peek at some items on my shot list:

  • large and small chicken coops
  • barn, interior and exterior
  • front and back pastures
  • mini barns
  • obstacle course
  • ponds
  • white sand beach
  • arena
  • 10 breeds of chickens
  • horse training in round pen
  • horse driving over bridge
  • kids feeding tortoises strawberries
  • grooms hand walking and grooming horses
  • groom dropping hay
  • 11 miniature horses individually
  • goats playing on goat gym
  • donkey group
  • six large horses photographed individually
  • all staff headshots

Of course, the day I arrived the weather went from balmy to downright scorching. I don't think I have ever been so hot, dirty and exhausted or drank so much water...but I also loved every single minute of the experience.

Oh and the best part? As I was packing up to leave after Day 3, a miniature horse decided to give birth in a pasture. Take a peek at the little foal with her mama at just a few minutes old. Pure magic.

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Spring Family Portraits

Hello, friends! I am booking sessions in Portland and Palm Beach for May and June. Click here to request your portrait session for family, children, or babies, in our Portland/Lake Oswego Studio or in Palm Beach mid-May. We have a brand new keepsake product we cannot wait to share~

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Palm Springs Getaway

Palm Springs is my new go-to place when it gets too cold in Portland. I love the desert (in winter and spring!) and the incredible architecture. So much inspiration here!

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Delray Beach Family Portraits

THIS is how you coordinate everyone for a photo shoot and the pool (and resident giant swan) was a perfect backdrop.

You can't even tell it was raining~

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bye, Miami~

It's our 8th annual holiday cruise on Celebrity Cruises! After so many voyages at all times of the year, my kids are pros at #cruiselife and Celebrity is the only line we even consider. They do the best job making our trips a true getaway, with lots of luxury, little worry and easy options for gluten and dairy free guests. I could literally sit on the veranda all day every day and just watch the ocean....

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Living With Art of Your Family

What would you enjoy looking at the most each day? A painted still life? An abstract watercolor? A collection of modern graphics? Or art that depicts your unique family and your connection?

For me, and for my clients, we would choose the last one.

Why? Because looking at art of our families makes us happy. The images remind us of fun times, of hugs, laughs, and days gone by. We all know how quickly the years fly by. We want to remember everything, and portraits help us do just that. Portraits also remind kids that they have a family where they belong....they love seeing these portaits every day too. And, they know someone loved them enough to hang their portraits on the wall.

When I walk around my house, I see a lot of portrait photography. And, no matter how I'm feeling, even if it was a really bad day, the images of my family ALWAYS make me feel better. This is US. My peeps. I would rather enjoy this type of art then any other. And, that says a lot coming from an art historian!

Here are some images of LHP art hanging in a client's home. I love the simplicity here. Would you like to create a gallery wall of portraits in your home? We can help. And, we promise you will love looking at your family art every single day.

(Framed images are by me, Lena, and the last three are by my second shooter, Courtney.)

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heirloom family portrait albums

We created this stunning charcoal linen 12x12 album for a new client to showcase their family studio portrait session. WIth 20 pages printed on gorgeous Fuji Crystal Archive paper (about as far away as giclee/ink-jet printing you can get). These albums are meant to enjoy, collect, and treasure for generations to come. What family or grandparent would not love one of these for the holidays?

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