I love working with family’s, especially when they are adorable and up for anything. It is also especially fun when I get to shoot around my own home town. The G family contacted me a few months back. Karen had seen my work up in a local coffee shop and wanted to schedule a session to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday. We lucked into a break in the rainy weather last weekend and had a great time shooting around town and their neighborhood. The whole family was lovely, but little Serena stole the show with her super sparkly eyes and delicious smile.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

See I told you they are adorable.

Miss Serena was so good for me, just look at those baby blues!

I always love a beautiful mama & baby shot.

They were champs for me sitting in a slightly soggy field.

After shooting around their neighborhood we ran down to the local University. Karen spent her undergrad years here so it was nice to visit the place and use some of the lovely spots as a back drop.

Serena is clearly excited about fall too!

She is pure adorableness!

Cheese ball of cuteness!

Little miss is such a character!

And one last shot of the whole family. Karen thanks for braving the weather and coming out to meet me. I had a great time with your whole family! I hope you all had a lovely birthday weekend, and Serena got some more cake! I will have the whole set for you very soon! For now lets get going on a blog challenge shall we? If you can get 25 people to comment on this post there is a free mini wallet brag book in it for you on the house. So leave some love people.

xo em

  • September 30, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Mary Rae - So cute – I heart that outfit!

  • October 1, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Phil Gibbs - Great photos! Serena is an adorable baby although I am somewhat prejudiced as she is my granddaughter.

  • October 1, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Phil Gibbs - Great Photos!! Serena is an adorable baby although I am somewhat prejudiced as she is my granddaughter.

  • October 1, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    Julie Gardner - Love the pictures!! Serena is a doll. Thanks for sharing!

  • October 1, 2010 - 9:34 pm

    ANGELA TORRES - Lovely family photos. Love how Serena is so full of life in every picture. The family pictures are so lovely as it where out of a magazine. Love you all!!!!

  • October 1, 2010 - 10:18 pm

    Angela Torres - The pictures are so lovely. Serena just steals your heart away. She’s so full of love for life. Love the family potraits also. Seem so perfect for a magazine. Love ya!!

  • October 1, 2010 - 11:06 pm

    Karen Baltz Gibbs - I hope my comment counts:) I LOVE the photos!I love seeing my happy baby girl!You captured Memories I will always cherish!

  • October 2, 2010 - 5:11 am

    Julie Gardner - Great pictures. Thank you for sharing. Serena is just a doll baby.

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Shawna Rodrigues - You guys look fabulous – what great work! Wonderful way to celebrate her birthday. :) The last one of all three of you is my FAVORITE (yes that is a hint – I will gladly accept it as a Christmas Gift 4×6 is fine – I have just the frame). :) tee hee

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Scott Binney - The black and white of Karen and Serena is incredible. I’ll take the one of the three of you in the field sitting down as well- like the background and the angle. Now everyone is going to be asking for pictures! Enjoy Vermont!

  • October 2, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Cindy Gibbs - Great pictures! What a beautiful family!!!

  • October 2, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Jaime - Too cute! Captured Karen happier than ever and hubby so proud of his ladies! Serena is a beautiful little girl :)

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Matthew Gibbs - Those are some of the cutest pictures I have ever seen. You’ll have to come out to Vermont to take pictures of Serena’s cousin Calle.

  • October 3, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Becky Sander - Beautiful! Love the black and white close-up of Serena…

  • October 3, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Courtney Gibbs - I love the pics! You all look great, and Serena is super cute in all of them!!

  • October 5, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Deborah - Great pictures! Love the leaf picture especially. And the one in the field. And the one on the bridge. Ok all of them! Happy 1st Serena!

  • October 8, 2010 - 12:59 am

    Barbara Ebling - These photos are wonderful, and really capture what a beautiful family this is. (On our next visit to Oregon to see cousin Serena, we’d love to meet with you!)

  • October 11, 2010 - 7:03 am

    JaRee Howell - What great photos! Love the leaf one of Serena and the last one of all three of you on the bridge. What a great idea for her 1st Birthday!

  • October 11, 2010 - 11:22 am

    JaRee Howell - I love the One in the field also. Love the red with the falls colors.

  • October 11, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    Mark Gibbs - Great photos! Love them all!!

  • October 12, 2010 - 6:30 pm

    Caledonia Gibbs - I love my cousin, and I think she’s really cute, and I really like these photos of her and her mom and dad! xoxo Cousin Calle

  • October 13, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    Mike - Too cute! Looks like a crazy group!

  • October 13, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    Jennifer Barrett - I just met Serena and her parents in VT for her cousin Calle’s 1st Birthday party. Lovely family! These photos are absolutely wonderful!

  • October 13, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Kevin Gibbs - Nice pictures!

  • October 14, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Crystal Wilson - Too cute! Such a happy girl!

  • October 15, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    Patrick - Thanks to everyone for viewing Serena’s one year photos. Also, thank you Emily for taking such outstanding photos of our baby girl. We love all of them.

  • October 15, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    April - Lovely pictures! What a beautiful girl!

  • October 18, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Pat Gibbs - Fabulous photos, Emiiy. You captured the essence of Serena to a “T”, but then she’s one smiley baby! Grandma G

  • October 20, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Amy Burton - Beautiful photos, Emily. I love the way you captured the sparkle in Serena’s eyes.


just in case you needed to know what I am working on this very moment…

Monica & Jordon know how to throw a party… more soon!

xo em

  • September 28, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Kathy - These are all beautiful…that first one though, literally took my breath away! The soft tones and the rings…just GORGEOUS!

  • September 30, 2010 - 10:18 am

    Erin Tole - Love the ring photo with the lavender. I swear I can smell it.


Susie and Richard were a joy to work with. From our first meeting (me with my big pregnant belly, them with their cute toddler), then our fun fall engagement session, and then at the walk through I just had a lovely time with this family. It helps that they are two of the nicest people in the Portland area too. Maricar and I had an amazing time shooting their fun and elegant wedding in Downtown Portland. The details were all so well thought out, thanks in part to the super awesome Cindy of Encore Events. She and her team were fantastic! Also the folks at Vibrant Table did amazing food and flowers for the day. For real, tamales and the bouquet were amazing!  All in all it was a stunning day.

Here are a few (ha I know, many) of my favorites from the big day:

Susie & Richard (and Maya!) thanks again for having me out to capture your day. You two are so lovely, I hope you had a great honeymoon! I will have the whole gallery up very soon. If any friends or family members would like the link when it is ready please leave a comment below.

xo em

  • September 24, 2010 - 2:57 pm

    Christina Torres - Please send me the link. Thanks!!


from the beautiful wedding of Susie & Richard.

Much more to come very soon!

xo em

  • September 24, 2010 - 11:22 am

    liv - awwwwwww….can’t wait to see more!