The first time I photographed this sweet family, they were a brand new family of three. Their oldest son was only a few days old, and they hadn’t yet moved onto their acreage outside of Portland. Then, a few years later, little sister came along, and I photographed her as a newborn as well. But here’s the thing about clients like these – they always become friends. When they were on Maui a year or two ago, I drove across the island to meet them for a vacation drink. And when we were in Bend last fall, Amy came to my baby shower. We joked the about the cabin I had long-since heard rumors of. The one that was out by the pond and had been in the family for years and years. When I came to Oregon for some portrait sessions last week, I sent Amy a message.
“How about getting your family out to that pond for some portraits?” I said. And we did. And oh my goodness, it was nothing like I imagined. I’m pretty sure my face turned into the heart-eyes-emoji when I saw it.
This session is the kind of session that Oregon summer dreams are made of. It’s the kind of laid-back, everyday life session that you always want your clients to choose. It’s photographing the mundane and the chores and the feeding horses and herding chickens. It’s the throw-the-hair-up-in-a-bun and grab-the-rubber-boots kind of every day moment-in-time.
These sessions – with clients-turned-friends in the easy every day – they are what make me love to do what I do.