Portland Family Photography: Tommy!

I met Tracy last fall–A mutual friend introduced us because we were both pregnant, and fairly new to Portland. We met up and chatted–she was so nice and we had a lot in common, besides the bellies–we both had worked in education, and had both traveled in Europe while pregnant. It was fantastic to talk to someone going through the same kinds of experiences as I was.

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She had her son about a month before I had my twin boys. We’ve talked about how fun it will be to have playdates with all three boys! I got to meet Tommy a couple times before this, and he’s just adorable and fun. He has this great big smile, but also a very serious gaze. So I was really excited to photograph him and the whole family! Tommy (and his parents!) did such a great job playing and being cute for the camera. 🙂 Look at them–such an adorable family, right?!

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We’d meant to do this as a six-month session, but ended up rescheduling a couple times–so Tommy was eight months old. We did this session in their home, so he was very comfortable in his surroundings. He was not sure what to make of me at first, but I think he warmed up to me. 🙂 Since we were in the living room with all his toys, he showed me all his favorite things–he loves to jump, play the guitar, gaze at books, and he just started crawling–like while I was there!

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Mt Hood Daytrip!

On the Fourth of July, my little family took a lovely little daytrip just east to visit Mt. Hood! Finally! I’ve been so excited to see this mountain up close and personal since we moved here last fall.

My husband and I visited Mt. Rainier a few summers ago and it floored me how incredibly gorgeous it was. We stayed overnight at Paradise Lodge, right up on the mountain, and spent hours walking and gawking at the scenery.  (Um, apparently I never put any photos up here…will have to fix that!) So of course I’ve been antsy to have another beautiful mountain experience.

Now, obviously it was not going to be any long trip with two babies in tow. Certainly nothing that would take ‘hours.’  I didn’t mind, though; I just wanted to get up there and see the glory!

And by golly, it was glorious indeed.

One of the fun things about driving to mountains is rounding corners and seeing the mountain in front of you, bigger each time.

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Did you know the exterior/establishing shots for The Shining were of Timberline Lodge?

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The lodge is just around that corner–see the tiny bit of road at the bottom? See what I mean about glorious??

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And in black and white too, just because.

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Turned around from that same spot, now looking south:

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At the lodge. This was as close as we got. Which was pretty good for such a short outing, I figured. Plenty of ogling time.

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On the south-facing balcony of the lodge:

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And the view! That’s Mt. Jefferson.

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We found a short ‘hike’ (maybe a mile roundtrip) along a little river to a small falls.

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It was so peaceful and cool!

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Little Zigzag Falls!

1/20th was the longest shutter speed I could do handheld–I was pretty psyched that it came out so great! I can be wobbly sometimes. 🙂

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Ahhh, evergreen trees and sunshine. Such a balm to the soul.

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Lots of them have fallen down, though.

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Here’s my husband and one of our babies, testing out some water dripping from overhead. I love the light on little M’s face. (If you’re interested in seeing more of them, you can see the post on my twin blog here.)

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We can’t wait to go explore more of nature!

Baby Photography: Mine!

This blog has been sorely neglected for months now. You may recall that we moved across the country in August, while I was pregnant. Our twin boys were born at the end of November, and are now 2 1/2 months old. So that’s my excuse. 🙂

I’ve photographed hundreds of babies, but it’s somehow different with my own. I’ve taken so many casual snaps with my iphone, but not as many nicer setups as I would have liked. I’m trying to get better about documenting our two properly–it’s already going by so fast and they’ve already changed so much! Take a look for yourself at a few snapshots from the last few months:

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And some detail shots I’ve taken recently:

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Road trip!

My husband and I have just moved from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon. I’m also pregnant with twins. Hopefully this explains why my blog has been so inactive all summer. 🙂

(on our Brooklyn rooftop)

We decided on a cross-country road trip instead of flying, because we shipped our stuff and that took two weeks. Our journey took about a week and a half (with two lovely stops to visit family), taking us through 15 states as well as a handful of national parks. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots of our adventure!

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Buckeye Blitz ice cream cone in Ohio

Wind turbines in Illinois cornfields

Rolling Iowan cornfields

Big sky Wyoming

Grand Tetons!

Jenny Lake (Grand Tetons)

Grand Prismatic Spring (Yellowstone)

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Wind turbines along the Columbia River

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NYC Senior Portrait Photographer: Battery Park Friend Session

This was a really fun shoot for me. These two girls, M and M, were my students six years ago, when I was teaching sixth grade English out in Queens. Both of these girls were smart (one was a little sassier than the other!) and I liked them a lot. They each got into top New York high schools (Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech!) and became/remained good friends. So this session was the first time I’d really seen them since they were in middle school. We got to catch up and I had so much fun talking with them (about books, boys, college, careers). They are still sharp, smart, thoughtful interesting young women and I could not be prouder of them. Enjoy these shots of these two great senior girls who are graduating next week!